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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 21, 1932

"Homer H. Sides, crop reporter for the census bureau, announces that there were 15, 484 bales of cotton ginned in Van Zandt county prior to Oct. 1, 1932, as compared with 12,898 bales to the same date last season. While the number of bales ginned up to the first of this month exceeded last year's ginnings by 2, 595 bales, the total crops expected to fall far below last season as a large proportion of the cotton in this county has been ginned.

"Ballots for the general election are now in the hands of the county clerk and voters who will be away from home Nov. 8 may cast an absentee ballot any time up to Nov. 4. It is not expected that the number of absentee ballots will be as large as for the primary elections as the interest in the general election is not so intense as when there were numerous contests for county offices.

"Mrs. Emma E. Williams, age 81 years, 6 months and 20 days, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Porter Walters, in Myrtle Springs, Friday, Oct. 14, and was buried in Haskell, Texas, Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. R.D. Moon conducting the services and Eubank Brothers having charge of the funeral. The deceased, nee Miss Mixon, was born in Alabama in 1851, coming to Texas in 1892. Her husband preceded her in death several years, and she is survived by several children, grandchildren, and many friends, who are joined by this paper in extending condolence and sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

"Rev. A.J. Birdwell, age 51 years, died at this home in Myrtle Springs Monday, Oct. 17, and was buried in the Myrtle Springs cemetery Monday afternoon, Rev. Wallace Goode of Wills Point conducting the funeral services, assisted by others of the ministry in that section. The deceased was born in Texas and has been in the Baptist ministry for the past 24 years, living a life for Christ and others, and gaining an innumerable list of friends, admirers and followers in his professed faith. He is survived by his wife, nee Miss Rosie Scott, and several children.

"Mrs. Lexie Dean Robertson scored again last week when her verse volume, "I Keep A Rainbow," won the Texas Poetry Society's award. Mrs. Robertson lives at Rising Star and is the daughter of A.G. Dean, a former county treasurer of Van Zandt county, where Mrs. Robertson is well known.

"Mrs. Jim Couch was hostess to the birthday party given each month by the Woman's Missionary Society of the Canton Methodist church, at her home Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 13. There were ten birthdays in this month. The entertainment committee were Mrs. Jim Lively, Mrs. Todd and Mrs. Carpenter. A ‘White Elephant Part' was held in connection with the birthday party. At the conclusion of a very pleasant afternoon, refreshments were served. Mrs. Todd, Mrs. Carpenter, Mrs. Lively, and Mrs. Mathis assisted the hostess in serving.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Lloyd Groves was a Dallas visitor on Sunday. Rodgers Reynolds and Heber H. Hamil were Tyler visitors Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Roma Mathis and Mr. and Mrs. George Wages spent Tuesday in Dallas. Mrs. W.C. Hickerson of Texarkana is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Bridgeman. Mrs. Claude Riley and Mrs. M.B. Brackney spent Tuesday and Wednesday of last week in Dallas, the guests of J.A. Brackney and wife. Postmaster C.F. Riley had business in Wills Point Friday and motored on to Dallas to spend the week end with his brother, Charlie Riley.

"Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Majors spent Saturday night with Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Omni Scott in Wills Point, and visited the state fair Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. N.C. Anderson and son, J.C. and Ward, visited Mrs. Anderson's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Waggoner, in Mabank Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. V.L. McCallum and children, Juanita, Buddy and Bobby Gene of Dallas spent Sunday with Mrs. McCallum's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Smith. Miss Charlie Waldrip of Palestine spent the last two weeks with her aunt, Mrs. Cora Donohoe, and left for Terrell Sunday to spend a few days with a friend there."

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