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Sibyl Creasey and Shirley Fuller have extracted news articles from two old county newspapers, the Canton Herald and the Wills Point Chronicle. These newspapers have been microfilmed and are housed at the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton, for the benefit of researchers. Copies of these articles are also available by writing to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103. When requesting a copy, please send a check or money order for $2 to cover cost of copying and postage.


CANTON HERALD, September 9, 1932

"Alf Foster, the son of Mrs. T.R. Foster of Canton, had the misfortune of spraining his ankle Wednesday afternoon. The accident happened near the bank in town when the horse upon which he was riding fell, catching the young man's foot underneath. The boy was given medical attention immediately and it was found that his ankle was badly sprained and that there was a possibility that his ankle bone might be broken.

"William Dunn, who formerly was a mail carrier between Canton and Edgewood and on the Ben Wheeler route and later a café owner in Gladewater, and his wife are visiting the latter's father, J.W. Parker, and family. One day last week Mr. Dunn decided that he would try his luck at picking cotton and secured a new cotton sack in which to put the cotton. After the day's hard work when Mr. Dunn weighed his cotton, he found that he had picked the enormous sum of 19 pounds. Mr. Dunn has decided that he will not compete with the other cotton pickers and now offers his new sack for sale.

"Marriage Licenses: Following is a list of marriage licenses issued by the county clerk since the last publication: Randolph H. Duncan and Francis Rucker; W.A. B. Brown and Cordie Viola Browder; R.R. Hardegree and Pauleta Heard; C.I. Marion and Edna Foreman; Carroll Simmons and Lorine Smith; W.C. Darnell and Mary Broyles; J.O. Robertson and Cleo Barker; Fred A. Michael and Evalina E. White; J.O. Almony and Nellie Daniels; R.D. Gamble and Mildred Johnson; and Sammie Bunton and Rosie Lee Dove.

"Sunday morning, August 28, just as the sun peeped over the eastern hills, painting the tree gold, and the first good morning call of the sleepy bird to its mate could be heard, the oldest and most sacred institution known to man, that of matrimony, was solemnized in the home of Mrs. John Terry, when Miss Odessa became the bride of Mr. Maurice Gautier. The spacious living room was artistically decorated with angel lilies and fern, a beautiful improvised altar of fern being arranged on the fireplace hearth. Pink burning candles shed a soft light over the room, adding beauty and dignity to the happy occasion.

"Miss Ura Terry sang ‘I Love Thee,' by Grieg, accompanied at the piano by Miss Faye Terry. When the last note of this love sone was wafted away, there was a solemn hush and Miss Ura Terry softly sounded the first chord to Mendelsohn's wedding march, to which strain the bride and groom entered the living room. They were met at the altar by Rev. A.D. Sparkman of Canton, who performed a beautiful and impressive ring ceremony. Immediately following the ceremony breakfast, consisting of fruit cocktail, creamed chicken on toast, loqust jelly, hot rolls and coffee, was served to the bride and groom, Mr. and Mrs. Gautier, Rev. A.D. Sparkman, Rev. and Mrs. F.E. Turner and daughter, Mary Grace, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Terry, Misses Ura and Faye Terry, Mr. Emmett Terry and Mrs. John Terry. The table was beautifully laid with center piece of fern and tube roses, the places being marked with hand-painted wedding bells.

"The bride wore a traveling gown of blue crepe with darker blue accessories and carried an arm bouquet of pink radiance roses. Mr. and Mrs. Gautier left immediately for Dallas, Carlsbad Cavern and other points in New Mexico. After three weeks they will be at home as teachers in the Wentworth community.
"Last Friday Mrs. Theo Lumpkin was burning some paper when a trash pile nearby caught fire, which set fire to the garage. The alarm was sounded and the excitement was high as the fire truck was delayed. The fire, however, was extinguished before the firemen arrived on the scene. The damage was slight, as only one corner of the garage was burned, and the family car was not at home.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: T.J. Foster, who is attending the law school at the University of Texas, is visiting his mother, Mrs. Velma Foster. Mr. and Mrs. Pletz and Mr. and Mrs. Yancy Lewis of Dallas spent one day last week with Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Nichols. Mrs. C.L. Hubbard and Mrs. C.P. Smith spent several days of last week in Dallas, visiting relatives and friends. Mrs. R.M. Majors returned to her home in the Center community the latter part of last week, after visiting her son, Glenn Majors, and wife. Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Constant and daughter of Tulsa, Okla., arrived in Canton Friday night, bringing Miss Benja Sides, who had been their guest, home.

"Mrs. Geo. Hilliard, Jr., and Mrs. Glenn Majors motored to Denton Saturday to take Rogers Teel, who spent the summer with Mr. and Mrs. Majors, home. Mrs. R.M. Lively and daughter, Miss Ethel Lively, have returned from Dallas, where they visited Mrs. Estelle Poole, who returned to Canton with them. Mrs. Ellis Campbell and little daughter, Charlotte, of Wills Point, were visitors in Canton for a short time Saturday, and the former's granddaughter, Nanetta Key, returned with them for a few days' visit. Mrs. F.G. Hutchinson returned to her home in Dallas Sunday, after a visit with Mrs. Alice Hargrove and other friends in Canton. Mrs. Hutchinson is the mother of F.H. (Francis) Hutchinson, former tax collector of this county, and is well known by all the people here.

"The many friends of Miss Fontilla Johnson of this community will be very glad to learn that she has accepted the position of home demonstration agent of Nolan county. Miss Johnson is the daughter of Frank Johnson. This position reflects credit upon the young lady and her acquaintances feel sure that she will be successful in her new undertaking."


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