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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, October 7, 1932

"Ed Marshall says he has things ready to handle as large crowd Saturday as there was here ‘first' Monday. So he had the big shows coming for the closing day and night. Added to his big rodeo and wrestling shows, Mel Roy will be here with his magic acts, which will be a crowd-getter in anybody's town. As there are no long acts in the world today that are in comparison to Mel Roy's show, it looks like a sure thing that Saturday will be a big day.

"Rev. A.D. Sparkman performed two marriage ceremonies at his home in Canton on Sunday, Oct. 2. One of these couples were O.C. Sherwood of Myrtle Springs and Miss Ethel Edwards of the High community. These young people are well known in this vicinity and their friends and acquaintances wish them all the happiness possible in this life. C.E. McMaums of West, Texas, and Miss Claudia Montgomery of the Wallace community were the principals in the second marriage. Friends of the participants extend best wishes and congratulations to these happy people.

"It has been reported that the road work will be started here within the next two weeks. Our guess is that it will be three weeks before work of laying the concrete is started in Canton. There is quite a bit of preparation to be made here yet and all the machinery is to be moved and set up before the concrete laying can get underway. At present there is about two or three miles of concrete yet to be laid before the crew can start moving the machinery so it will be at least two weeks yet before work will be started here.

"V.J. Bishop, 73 years, was killed at the railroad crossing near the deport in Edgewood, Saturday morning, when a freight train struck him, at approximately two o'clock. Mr. Bishop had been in Wills point Saturday morning with his daughter, Mrs. Mell Allred, and returned to Edgewood on the bus, leaving here about 1:30 o'clock. Upon his arrival in Edgewood, Mr. Bishop left the bus and started walking across the track. As he stepped on the rails the train whistled and he, not being about to move rapidly enough, was killed instantly. Mr. Bishop is survived by a large family of children, namely: Mrs. Floyd Wadsworth, Mrs. Harvey Furrh, Mrs. Frank Furrh and Mrs. Mell Allred of Wills Point; Mrs. Elbert Orsborn of Edgewood, and Virgil and Walter Bishop of Myrtle Springs. The funeral services and interment were held at the Highland cemetery Sunday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. Kimberly of the Baptist church at Edgewood. Mr. Bishop was one of the old-timers of this county, having a wide circle of friends and admirers who will join this paper in extending sympathy to the bereaved children and other relatives.

"On Saturday night, Oct. 1, Bruce Williams, 15, son of J.C. Williams of this place, happened to the great misfortune of breaking his arm while enjoying an evening of skating at the local rink. The accident occurred when he attempted to jump a box while skating, and one of his feet hung on the box causing a fall. The boy fell on his left arm in such a way that he broke both bones just above the wrist. He also received slight injuries about the face. Bruce was given medical attention immediately but nevertheless has suffered intensely as a result of his injuries. It is the hope of this boy's many friends that he will soon recover completely from his misfortune.

"Mrs. Mary Jeter, wife of Dr. J.J. Jeter, died at the family home in Colfax on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 12 o'clock. She had been in ill health for some time, her condition becoming serious about three months ago. A short time ago Mrs. Jeter was carried to the Nan Travis hospital in Jacksonville for treatment which seemingly did no good. Funeral service were conducted by Rev. A.D. Sparkman at the Baptist church in Canton at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon, Oct. 3, where many friends and relatives gathered to show their affection for the loved one. At the request of the deceased, Miss Marienne Sparkman sang ‘The Pearly White City.' Interment took place at the Canton cemetery and the many floral offerings gave evidence of the high esteem in which this good woman was held by her friends and neighbors. (For more on this long obituary, see the original on microfilm.)

"On Monday night somewhere near midnight, the people of this community were awakened by a severe wind, which did quite a bit of damage and caused some of the people to hunt the ‘dugouts.' This wind blew the tent and poles of the skating rink down and took the tin top of the front part of Rasco's garage off. Several trees in town were damaged, and no doubt other things but all in all, the inhabitants of the town felt a little uneasy and were relieved when the wind ceased blowing and the quiet first norther of the year arrived.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. Ellis Campbell and Mrs. Mozelle Brown of Wills Point were in Canton for a few minutes on last Friday enroute to their homes from Whitton, where they attended the fair held in that community. Mrs. Anna McMahon returned Saturday from Texarkana, where she has spent the last three weeks with her daughter, Mrs. W. E. Prater, who has been seriously ill but whose condition is improved at the last report. Born to Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Thomas on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, a 10 pound baby boy.
"Miss Dorothy McPhail of Wills Point was a weekend guest in the home of Mrs. W.B. Rodgers and family. Mrs. Glenn Majors and Mrs. George Hilliard spent Monday and Tuesday in Venus visiting the former's sister. Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Scott and sons, Jack and Boyd, of the Hayden community visited relatives here Monday. Tom Fizer of Paris, Texas, spent the week end with his mother, Mrs. J.L. Fizer. Mr. and Mrs. Dick Lester, Mr. and Mrs. Bonnie Knight and Mr. and Mrs. C.O. Scott of Wills Point visited friends here one night last week.

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