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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, November 4, 1932

"Mrs. L.O. Richards of Van won first place Wednesday in the district elimination contest of the Texas Story Leagues at the Y.W.C.A., in Dallas, in which twelve leagues were represented, three from Wichita Falls and one each from Denison, Lufkin, Kaufman, Terrell, Van, Bonham, Garland and Dallas.

"On last Saturday, three Canton boys riding in a model T Ford belonging to J.H. Couch turned over on the road near the school house. The accident occurred when the boys had to turn out of the road to avoid colliding with another car. The boys in the car were Lloyd Terry, son of E.M. Terry; James Couch, Jr., the son of J.H. Couch and wife; and Byron Burnett, the small son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Burnett. The little Burnett boy was not hurt, while Lloyd Terry receive a sprained arm and a bad cut over the right eye along with some minor bruises. James Couch, Jr., was more seriously hurt; he has a badly bruised back and hip and one side of his face was also bruised back and hip and one side of his face was also bruised. Both of these boys are getting along nicely now, and it is the hope of the people here that no complications will develop.

"On last Friday afternoon Ira Burnett with six school boys started to Van to see the football game between Wills Point and Van in Mr. Burnett's Ford car. As they crossed the highway on Buffalo street, a car driven by Will Ayers of Myrtle Springs ran into them, causing the Burnett care to overturn. Some glass was broken and a tire punctured, but none of the boys were hurt. Mr. Burnett suffered a bruised arm, but is getting along nicely. Mr. Ayers' wife and baby were in the car with him, but were not injured. Mr. Burnett, being hard to discourage, transferred the boys to his Chevrolet and made the game anyway.

"Marie Youngblood died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Youngblood, near the Cana community, Friday, Oct. 21, at the age of 4 years and was buried in the Cana cemetery Saturday, Oct. 22, Rev. R.B. Moon conducting the funeral services.

"Five home demonstration members met with Mrs. H.D. Easley Friday, Oct. 28, to discuss a place for a road side market. To specialize on growing vegetables which will meet the demands of the public was decided upon by the club members; also to establish a stand near the Easley home where assistance will be available in conducting a roadside market. Each club member agreed to make at least five gallons of vinegar out of persimmons and syrup skimmings. Stanger Springs home demonstration club members are practicing living at home and each year are learning something new. It was decided that the next meeting would be at the home of Mrs. D.A. Easley.

"Mrs. H.F. Blackwell, Jr., entertained on Halloween night in honor of her little daughter, Elsie Marie. The little guests were dressed in costumes and had the spirit of the night when they arrived. Candy was made, which with apples, was served to the following: Doris Lummus, Mary Belle Sides, Eula Joe Sanders, Elsie Marie Blackwell, Miss Benja Sides, Mrs. Lexie Sides and Mrs. John Sides.

"Card of Thanks: I take this opportunity of expressing my sincere thanks to the people of Canton for their courteous, kind treatment these two years we have been in your midst, especially while Genelle was in the hospital. Many have been kind to that are not members of our church. I want to commend the splendid work of the teaching force of our school. I don't think I have ever known a more honest effort, and faithful endeavor on the part of any one like our worthy superintendent, Mr. Swanzy. R.B. Moon.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone Thomas and little daughter, Martha Nell, of Dallas arrived in Canton Saturday afternoon, Mr. Thomas returning to Dallas on Sunday, while his wife and daughter remained to spend a few days with Mrs. Thomas' mother, Mrs. C.L. Stanford. Mrs. R.M. Lively and daughter, Miss Ethel, are spending this week in Dallas with their daughter and sister, Mrs. E.C. Poole. Miss Gladys Fowler, daughter of Mrs. E.H. Fowler of Kenefick, Okla., is visiting her grandmother and other relatives here. Mrs. Geo. Hilliard, Jr., attended the pie supper at Myrtle Springs on last Friday night and the program at the same place on Saturday night.

"Misses Ilene Scott and Evelyn Weldon, attending school in Canton, spent the week end in the Mt. Pisgah community with the latter's homefolks. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lummus and two children spent Sunday in the Moore community with Mrs. Lummus' parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Petty, and family. Mr. and Mrs. George French have returned to their home in Woodville, Okla., after spending a few weeks with their daughter, Mrs. A.D. Mathis, and family.

"The following people from Canton attended the P.T.A. County council meeting at Edgewood on last Saturday: Mrs. Mark Foster, Mrs. Henry Reynolds, Mrs. J.K. Todd, Mrs. W.E. West, Mrs. J.M. Shields, Mrs. J.R. McKenzie, Mrs. G.M. Hilliard, Sr., Mrs. W.L. Steed and county Superintendent A.O. Loughmiller.

"Mrs. Coffee of Woodville, Okla., has returned to her home after spending a few days with her sister, Mrs. A.D. Mathis. Miss Dorothy Jane McPhail, of Wills Point, spent last week with Mrs. W.B. Rodgers and family and with Miss Vodie Jones. Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Dawson and little son, Athol Allen, left Wednesday for Wortham, where Mrs. Dawson and Athol Allen will visit while Mr. Dawson went to Navasota to attend the Methodist conference."


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