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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 14, 1932

"Mrs. Theo Lumpkin delightfully entertained the Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Club on Tuesday, Oct. 11. After the five games of bridge, Mrs. B.O. High, was declared high score winner, receiving a lovely prize. An attractive salad course was served to the following club members: Mesdames West, High, Sides, Gilmer, Hargrove, Shamburger, Shoemaker, Travis, Stanford, Connor and Dawson; and guests, Mesdames Majors, Key and Hilliard, and Miss Kellis.

"R.G. Camper, 79, Van farmer, and owner of land on which there are several oil wells, died on Thursday night, Oct. 6, at about 7 o'clock at his home. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, Oct. 7, at 3:30 at the Union Chapel Methodist church of which he was a member, and the burial took place in the cemetery there under the direction of Thorndike Undertaking Company of Tyler. Surviving the deceased are three sons: W.L. Camper of Van, B.W. Camper of Austin, and E.G. Camper of Colfax; two daughters, Mrs. T.H. Wallace of Tyler and Mrs. J.A. Alexander of Grand Saline, and one sister, Mrs. Fannie Lummus of Colfax.

"Marriage Licenses: Following is the list of marriage licenses issued from September 18 to Oct. 9: David Hendon and Lee Jordan; Leon Mitchell and Pearline Dorough; Leon Bridwell and Mary Jane Smith; R.A. Tucker and Malinda Adams; R.C. Ayers and Eunice Condray; Bryan Bedingfield and Gladys Fincher; Willie A. Parks and Gladys Spears; G.T. Curtis, Jr., and Lucille Stallings; R.L. Cartwright and Osia Dunn; Jeffie Nugent and Emma Mire Voyles; Allen Houston and Sybil Sinclair; Sidney C. Mason and Edna Tarver; Odis Humphrey and Mary Emma Gabriel; Albert McMillon and Ruby Washman; W.F. Woolverton and Ivy Walker; J.W. Lynn and Verner Pettie Price; Royce Rusk and Lanora Harris; Herman A. Vess and Mary Hazel Mayne; C.E. McManus and Claudie Montgomery; O.C. Sherman and Ethel Edwards; J.D. Ramsey and Mary Miller; J.W. Lee and Maggie Whatley; Thomas J. Morris and Opal Beard; Jessie L. Stephens and Virginia Fuller; Willie Spears and Katherine Johnson; Robert Brown and Erly Eugene Chandler; and Sidney Beard and Velma Brown.

"Mrs. G.A. Reaves, age 66, died at the family home in Colfax on Friday, Oct 7, after being confined to her bed with inflamatory rheumatism of some ten months. Funeral services were held the following afternoon at 2 o'clock at Colfax. Rev. B.F. Jones, assisted by Revs. F.E. Turner and A. D. Sparkman conducted the services, which a great number of friends and relatives attended. Interment took place at the cemetery at Colfax. Palbearers were H.L. Calloway, W.H. Calloway, Dr. T.R. Keahey, R.L. Hughes, Elbert Slaughter and R.U. Wright.

"Mrs. Reaves was born in 1866 in Barren county, Alabama. In 1883 the deceased was married to C.A. Reaves to which union was born nine children, two of whom died in infancy. In 1902 Mr. and Mrs. Reaves moved from Pontotoc, Miss., to Colfax, where they have made their home since that time. Surviving are her husband, C.A. Reaves, of Colfax, four sons, H.T., L.O. and C.A Jr., of Colfax, and Sam of Canton; Three daughters, Mrs. S.H. Rusk of Colfax, Mrs. M.E. Griffin of Fort Worth and Miss Maggie Reaves of Longview.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. W.L. Steed was a Dallas visitor on Saturday. Lee Sharp of Commerce was a week end visitor in Canton. Mrs. Jim Mills of Edgewood was a Canton visitor Monday. T.M. Hicks was a Grand Saline visitor one day last week. Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Hilliard were Dallas visitors Wednesday. Mr. Quinn of Grand Saline was a Canton visitor one day last week. Jack Ashworth spent the week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ashworth. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Majors were in Wills Point for a while Wednesday night. Mrs. Meddie Selke of Tyler was in Canton on Tuesday of this week on business. Mrs. C.L. Hubbard and Miss Marguerete Rodgers spent the week end in Dallas.

"Rev. and Mrs. A.D. Sparkman were Wills Point visitors on Thursday of last week. Miss Arlene Steed spent the week end in Dallas and attended the state fair while there. Mrs. F.W. Allan and Mrs. Fannie Hardy of Wills Point spent last Thursday in Canton. Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Terry and little son, Thomas, attended the state fair in Dallas on Wednesday. Miss Marianne Sparkman left on last Sunday morning for Fort Worth, where she will attend the Baptist Seminary. Miss Fanelle Boyles and Miss Bessie Lee Poe of Grand Saline were the guests of Miss Emma Lou Hilliard Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. L. Yates and daughter, Lavern, spent from Friday until Saturday with Mr. Yates' brother in Fort Worth.

"Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lummus and family recently moved to Tyler where Mr. Lummus will have charge of a barber shop. Mr. and Mrs. N.C. Anderson and son, Ward, spent Sunday in Terrell with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.F. Anderson. Ed Gottlich and Woodhouse Gibbard of Dallas and Marvin Rose of Wills Point were Canton visitors on Thursday of last week. There was a good number of people who went from Canton Saturday afternoon to attend the funeral of Mrs. C.A. Reaves at Colfax. Mrs. George Hilliard, Mrs. Glenn Majors, Mrs. Howard Heard, Mrs. George Hilliard, Sr., Mrs. J. Lee Sanders and daughter, Miss Nadine, were Dallas visitors Monday. Rev. and Mrs. R.B. Moon and family spent Sunday in Myrtle Springs where they attended the quarterly conference of the Methodist church."


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