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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 30, 1932

"Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Franks, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Franks and Chester Franks of Paducah have been visiting relatives in and near Wills Point and Canton. On Sunday, Sept. 25, relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Herrin in the Hayden community for a family reunion. A bountiful feast was spread on four bales of cotton and was enjoyed by all. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Franks, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Franks, Chester Franks, D. and Mrs. G.W. Park, Carlton Park, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Scott and children, Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Herrin, Mr. and Mrs. A.N. Herrin and son, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Dewees and children, Mr. and Mrs. T.H. Park and children, Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Scott and children, Mr. and Mrs. Will Long and daughter, Mrs. Will Gentry and children, Mr. and Mrs. T.W. Dewees and children, Billie Herrin and A.O. High. Several friends came in during the afternoon.

"M.A. Loughmiller died at the home of his son, Frank Loughmiller, in Hayden community Friday, Sept. 23, 1932, at 7:20 p.m. He was born Aug. 31, 1852 in McMinn county, Tenn. He came to Texas when a small boy. On Dec. 20, 1876, he was married to Miss Safronia Smith in Cherokee county, Texas. ‘Uncle Mack,' as he was familiarly called, was a great old man. All who knew him loved and admired his good habits and traits. He was a great favorite with the young people in his community. It is sad to part from him but these things come to us all. To these dear children, console yourself of having him all these years. You have had him so much longer than the average do. (For more on this long article, see the original on microfilm.)

"EDOM: Believe it or not, our good friend, Uncle Jim Gulledge, retired independent farmer, made the statement in Edom that three weeks ago Sunday morning that his good wife sowed them a turnip patch from which they had their first meal Sunday, the 25th, with plenty more in patch four inches high. Perhaps they do better when sown on the Lord's day. Joe Wyatt, who recently moved his family to Clowers community, south of Grand Saline, where his wife will be one of the teaching faculty, insisted that their pet cat be moved along with them, which they did and to the surprise of all, when they returned to Edom a few hours later for the second load found the cat had beaten them back to their former home. Each declared they had securely fastened the pet in their home, but the cat came back.

"The Van Zandt County Story Teller's League, which is affiliated with the national league, will have the story telling tournament at Canton Methodist church Saturday afternoon, October 8, at 2 o'clock. Judges will be from outside the county. The loving cup will be awarded and the two delegates appointed to the national convention to be held in Dallas November 3, 4 and 5. We are entitled to one contestant at the convention on Thursday afternoon, November 3rd.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: J.W. Bateman was an Athens visitor Tuesday. Mrs. W.B. Rodgers spent Tuesday in Wills Point. S.F. Hilliard spent Wednesday in Dallas on business. Miss Effie Nell Thomas was a Terrell visitor last week. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Majors were Wills Point visitors on last Sunday evening. Willie Hugh Fizer visited his brother J.L. Fizer in Breckenridge last week. J.H. Couch and family visited Mrs. Leland Rhodes in Gladewater Sunday. Miss Marienne Sparkman and Mrs. Claudie Riley visited in Dallas Thursday. Miss Miriam Lawler has returned to Denton where she gets her degree in December.

"Little Miss Nanetta Key returned Saturday from Wills Point where she spent a few days with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Campbell. Tax Assessor McPhail had business in Waxahachie on last Tuesday, his daughter, Claydie Mae going with him, the latter remaining there to enter school. Grady Slate of Canton and Charlie Wright of Wills Point had business in Dallas last Sunday. On their way home they had an accident. For further information, see Charlie. John Mack Ashworth and wife and little son, John Mack, Jr., of Mineola visited Mrs. and Mrs. C.W. Ashworth Sunday. Miss Beola Ashworth returned with them to spend this week. Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Franks and Chester Franks of Paducah and Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Scott and sons, Jack and Glenn, and Carlton Park were visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Terry on Friday of last week.

"Mr. and Mrs. French of Woodville, Okla., are visiting their daughter, Mrs. A.D. Mathis, and family. Rev. and Mrs. A.D. Sparkman and daughter, Miss Marienne, were Tyler visitors on Wednesday of last week. Miss Lucille Smith spent the week end with Miss Marie Bennett, who lived about three miles south of town. Mr. and Mrs. S.J. McCauley motored to Dallas Sunday to take their son, Loyd, who entered Baylor Dental College. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mills of Edgewood spent Sunday with their daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Hilliard. Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Mathis motored to Denton Tuesday of last week to take their daughter who will attend college there."

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