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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 28, 1932

"On last Sunday night we enjoyed one of the best singings that we have heard in a long, long time at the Wallace church. The house was filled to over flowing and everyone enjoyed the evening to the fullest extent. People from several communities were present and took part in the singing. Hayden, Wise, Dawson, Canton and other places were represented. The Southern Wonders, colored quartet of Wills Point, rendered several enjoyable numbers. Jim McKenzie of Canton made two interesting speeches but was handicapped as his time was limited and he had not prepared to make any talks. The Wallace people have this kind of singing once a month and it is really worth your time to hear them if you like good singing. The Whitton singing class meets every Saturday night at Whitton and you have a cordial invitation to be present and help out with the singing.

"Miss Marienne Sparkman, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. A.D. Sparkman of this place, who is attending the Fort Worth Conservatory, will sing over station KFJZ during the women's club hour on Friday morning, Oct. 28, at 11 o'clock. Miss Sparkman is well known in Canton as is her talent for singing and no doubt many of her friends will listen in during the program so they may enjoy her singing.

"W.D. Lawler, four miles east of Canton, won first place at the state fair this year on ribbon cane. He has taken blue ribbons at all the major fairs of the state for the last three years. Mr. Lawler also furnishes the ribbon cane exhibit for the county exhibit which always scores high. He has won ten ribbons the last three years, including three first places at the state fair.

"MARRIAGE LICENSES: Following is a list of the marriage licenses for the last two weeks: Cozell Thompson and Lizzie Hays; Oddest Rushing and Mildred Huff; Clyde Morgan and Odell Todd; Doyle Stewart and Thelmas Johnson; William Monday and Dora Ammie Tucker; C.W. McCaine and Zoar Lamb; J.H. Phipps and Connie Langley; R.E. Wilson and Ina Mae Youngblood; T.T. Williams and Lovania Baxter; Homer Smith and Girline Music; E.L. King and Estaline Collins; and Pierce Eskue and Virginia James.

"The senior class of the Martins Mill high school met in its first meeting of the year Thursday afternoon and elected officers for the ensuing year. The following officers were elected: Ana Nell Stringer, president; Mrs. Lee Wills, vice president; Etolia Black, secretary and treasurer; Bessie Mae Parker, reporter. Mr. Dowdle was selected for class sponsor. The class this year is composed of the following members: Ana Nell Stringer, Thomas Prestridge, Hazel Gandy, Delton Burnett, Paul Chaney, Carlye Mae Bass, Mer Lee Willis, Merlee Baskin, Lucille Bass, Grady Gandy, Mason Ramsey, Z.K. Simmons, Kermit Halbrook, Etolia Black, Fayrene Lancaster, and Bessie Mae Parker.

"Notice, Singers: The Tri-County Singing convention, composed of Van Zandt, Smith and Henderson counties with J.R. Erwin, president, will be held at Edom Sunday, Oct. 30. Singers are invited to bring books and lunch and spend the day. Some notable musicians and a great feast of song are expected. S.C. Beall.

"The Wednesday Study Club met with Mrs. Connor, Oct. 19. Each member answered roll call with a current event. Mrs. A.H. Travis reviewed ‘The Wind,' by Dorothy Scarborough. Mrs. Howard Heard gave the life of Frank Reaugh (artist), and Mrs. Geo. Hilliard, Sr., explained the importance of trees. Miss Annie Massey, formerly a charter member of the club, was a visitor. Delightful refreshments were served. The club adjourned to meet next with Mrs. Mark Foster. Music and Composers will be the study of the club, and the roll call answers with a famous composer. The date of the meeting is Nov. 2, and the hour has been changed again to 2:30 o'clock.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bush and family visited in Wills Point Sunday. Mrs. J.W. Terry and little son, Thomas, returned Monday night from Paducah, where they visited relatives for a few days. Mrs. H.E. Smith left Sunday afternoon for Dallas where she will visit with her daughter, Marie, and sister, Mrs. J.M. Corey. Mr. and Mrs. N.C. Anderson and son, Ward, spent Tuesday and Wednesday of last week in Dallas, visiting the state fair and buying holiday goods. Mr. and Mrs. N.C. Anderson and sons, J.C. and Ward, spent Sunday with Mr. Anderson's brother, Mr. J.W. Anderson, and family of Elm Grove. Tom Fizer of Paris spent Sunday with his mother, Mrs. J.L. Fizer, and brother, Willie B. Fizer, en route home from a visit with friends in Houston.

"Miss Edna Pearl Smith, Mr. and Mrs. V.L. McCollum and children, Juanita, Buddy and Bobby Jean, spent Sunday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone Thomas and little daughter, Martha Nell, of Dallas were week end visitors of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Thomas and Mrs. C.L. Stanford.

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