This week in Dallas County history, as recorded in the Buffalo Reflex.
April 6, 1961
John “Johnny” Wilkinson, 85, retired after 50 years with Ford Motor Co. in Buffalo.
Famous band director and composer Karl L. King was to be the guest conductor at the Buffalo High School Concert Band’s performance. He was in Buffalo visiting an old friend, and at one time, King was the director of the Barnum & Bailey Circus Band.
Loren D. Taylor, Davies Chevrolet, received Chevrolet Motor Division’s highest selling honor.
The BHS senior class was to present the comedy-mystery “Three Fingers in the Door,” and the Windyville High School junior class was to present the amusing mystery “Mr. Co-ed.”
Edde Lindsey was elected Skyline FFA president.
Showing at the Buflo Theatre: “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” and “The Magnificent Seven.”
Area deaths: Artie Leonard Henson and Hughie L. Virgen.
April 8, 1971
Jesse Stafford was elected Buffalo mayor.
All the guns stolen from Stafford Feed Mill Supply were recovered in Kansas City.
Mr. and Mrs. Marion Evans, Buffalo, were to mark their 67th wedding anniversary.
Showing at the Buffalo Theatre: “One More Time,” starring Sammy Davis Jr., “Let It Be,” starring The Beatles, and “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”
Showing at the Autoscope Drive-in Theatre: “Moon Zero Two.”
Area deaths: Kathleen Virginia Nichols Owensby, John McCord Burtin, Freddie Scroggins, Julie Ann Sanders (from measles complications), Effie Olivia “Ollie” Hicks, Vestie Parkie Evans, Anton “Tony” Zitek, Billy Ray Dickey, Martha Ellen Ginnings Linch, Danny Lee Porter, Ray Hardison and Fannie S. Snider.
April 9, 1981
Fire in the London Smoke area destroyed about 300 acres.
A body found this past December near Fair Grove was positively identified as William Gayle Legan, 55, of Dallas County. He apparently died of natural causes several months before his body was discovered. He was last seen after having car trouble near Fair Grove.
Bones thought to be human, found near Urbana, were actually part of a canine skeleton.
BHS students Randy Villines and Scott Jensen formed the comedy team “Smith and Smith.”
Strong winds, which might have been a small tornado, destroyed two barns near Tin Town.
FFA State Farmer degrees were awarded to BHS students Darin Henderson, Ed Caselman, Julie Blue, Mark Eagleburger and Daryll Hicks.
Showing at the Highway 65 Drive In Theatre: “Motel Hell.”
Area deaths: Eunice R. Anderson, Donald Bertrum Jones, William Lewis Staton and Arthur Lewis Cumings.
April 10, 1991
A parked car was struck, causing it to crash through Dr. David Showers’ office in Buffalo.
Work was progressing on a 60-bed skilled nursing facility on West Main Street, Buffalo.
Area deaths: Deryll M. Huckaby, Lloyd Richard Bryan, Ronald G. McCurry, Verda L. Herzog, John Wesley Ray, Lacy Janea Caselman, Roy Amadee Fugate and Eva May Wallace.
April 11, 2001
Buffalo fourth-graders got to pet two black bear cubs, raised by Ben Hostetler.
The Fun Days and Rodeo was to be at the 4-B Arena north of Buffalo.
Dr. Robert Baker accepted the pastorate at Bible Baptist Church, Buffalo.
A grand opening was to be held at the Taco Bell/KFC and Gold Rush Express, Buffalo.
Area deaths: Clifford E. Richerson, Lavonne Emily Schlussler Ernster, Acnith B. (Legan) Hack, James A.J. Baker and Carol Louise Patrick.
April 6, 2011
Products sold in area stores under the guise of “incense” presented legal and health concerns.
The Louisburg, Long Lane and Tunas post offices were to see staff cuts and reduced hours.
Jenna King and Macy Obernuefemann of BHS were heading to state in speech and debate.
Leasha A. DeCamp, Fair Grove, died after an ATV crash in Webster County.
Area deaths: Mary Elma Harrell, Wanda June Randall and Henry J. Glowacki.