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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 16, 1932

"Mrs. Herber H. Hamil entertained a number of little friends of her son, Francis Herber, in honor of his fourth birthday on Tuesday afternoon of this week. There was a large pink birthday cake with four holders filled with little candles and a pink rose in the center that caught the fancy of all the children present. Pink ice cream and little individual pink cakes decorated with a tiny rose were served by the hostess, assisted by Mrs. A.D. Mathis, Mrs. Minor Burns, Janie Maurice Marshall and Ina Mae Burns, to the following guests: Jaunita Gage, Faye Gage, Billie Louise Carpenter, Frances Jane Prater, Wanda Fern Johnson, Gene Peace, Minor Burns, Jr., Bobbie Burns, R.B. Moon, Al Denny Hamilton, Joe Bob Hilliard, McKelvy Ring and the honoree, Francis Herber Hamil.

"Grandma Oliver celebrated her 73rd birthday Sunday. She was spending a while with her daughter near Wills Point. Her children all gathered with her at the home of Mrs. W.C. Carpenter, carried dinner and presents. The two big tables of sumptuous food were layered with the birthday cake in the center holding the 73 candles. The children and grandchildren and great grandchildren all came through the room where grandma was, placed their presents in her lap, and all around her. Several dollars were also pitched in her cap. When the names were read and presents showed grandma was led to the dining room where the candles were brightly burning on her cake and the fine dinner waiting. There was 72 guests present, each one wishes for grandma many more happy returns of the day.

"There will be a community fair at Ben Wheeler, September the 23rd and 24th. Ben Wheeler for a number of years held one of the outstanding community fairs of the county but for the last few years have dropped this event. The following citizens were appointed on the Fair committee: Mr. J.E. Howell, A.J. Riley, G.C. Adrian, Joe H. Clark and S.O. Cooper. Arrangements are being made to have special attractions. Farmers are urged to select some of the best of their products and exhibit at the community fair at Ben Wheeler, September the 23rd and 24th.

"The Sacred Harp convention met Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church in Canton. Jimmie Slaughter was elected president and Billie Moore was selected as the vice president. There were visitors from Jackson and Edgewood. The Convention's regular meeting days are on the second Sunday of each month.

"LOCALS: Mrs. Annie Coleman of Hollywood, Calif., visited Mrs. John P. Groome and Mrs. Belle Mathis here last week. Mrs. Coleman is a former resident of Canton and is well known in this community. Miss Helen H. Swift of College Station, the district home demonstration agent, spent Friday in Canton, discussing the work for the year. Miss Swift also attended some demonstrations with Mrs. Brandon on that day. Mrs. Alice Hargrove had as her guests Sunday afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Jack McBeth and daughter, Anita, of Dallas and Mrs. W.T. Sanders and Mr. and Mrs. Earle Sanders of Wills Point.

"Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Hilliard moved on Thursday of last week to the home of Mrs. Lexie Sides, where they have rented an apartment. The couple has been living at the home of the former's parents since their recent marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Holly Jones went to Van Friday to move a house that they had bought to their farm in the Colfax community, where they moved the early part of this week. Mr. Jones will go back and forth to his work in Canton. Alex Dean, former Van Zandt school teacher, is visiting relatives and friends in Canton. Mr. Dean lives at present at Byers, Okla. He has taught school all over Van Zandt county and is well known in this community. His many friends and acquaintances will be glad to see this popular man again.
"Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Groves and daughter, Margie Lee, and son, C.A. Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Randall Richards spent last week touring interesting points in Texas, including Liberty, Galveston, Houston, Corpus Christi, Austin, and San Antonio. While they were in the last place mentioned, they visited the Alamo and Breckenridge Park. Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Riley and two children have returned to Canton, where Mr. Riley has been employed as principal of the school. Mr. Riley was formerly superintendent of the school in Canton, and the people here are glad to have him with them again. Mr. Riley is building a modern home on highway 64, about a mile from Canton, where he and his family will reside.

"Miss Fontilla Johnson left Tuesday to accept a position as Home Demonstration Agent at Sweetwater in Nolen county. A.E. Sides, Tom Beard, Ira Burnett, George Wages and Albert Travis left Sunday for Lubbock to attend the Democratic Convention. Mr. and Mrs. Johnie Mack Ashworth and little son, Johnie Mack, Jr., spent Sunday with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ashworth. Mr. and Mrs. W.E. West, Elizabeth and Mary Helen spent the week end with Mrs. West's parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.B. Ray, or Archer City. Miss Bernice Inez Newton of Bertram and Miss Fannie Carmel Hybarger of Pineland, two new teachers in the school here, arrived in Canton last week, and have rooms with Mrs. C.L. Hubbard. Mrs. A.D. Sparkman returned Thursday night from Wharton, where she has spent the last month with her mother, who is ill. Rev. Sparkman met his wife in Tyler."

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