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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 11, 1932

"In honor of her sixth birthday of her little daughter, Frances Jane, Mrs. H. E. Prater assisted by Mrs. J.K. Todd, entertained with a party on last Saturday afternoon, Nov. 5. Many interesting games were enjoyed, after which refreshments were served to the following guests: Julia Frances Loughmiller, Joe Bob Hilliard, Billie Louise Carpenter, R.B. Moon, Bess Kellis, Janie Maurice Marshall, Margery Hilliard, Mary Helen West, Mary Bell Sides, Gensie Lee Couch, Elsie Marie Blackwell, Al Denny Hamilton, Athol Allen Dawson, Frances Heber Hamel, Martha Lou Jones, Juanice Sawyer, Betty Gene Stovall, James K. Todd and Frances Jane Prater.

"Mrs. Mary Fuller, old time resident of Van Zandt county, died at her home in Edgewood, Thursday morning, Oct. 27, 1932, at 11:30 o'clock. ‘Ant Mary,' as she was affectionately called, was born in Talledega county, Alabama, Sept. 17, 1844. She came to Van Zandt 51 years ago and on Sept. 12, 1883, untied in marriage with J.A. Fuller at Martins Mill, Texas. Directly after their marriage they moved to a farm near Canton where they remained (with the exception of two years in Fort Worth) until about 15 years ago when they moved to Edgewood and purchased a home where she has since lived. (for more on this long article, see the original on microfilm)

"Robert Brown and Miss Lottie Elizabeth Sudduth were untied in marriage Friday morning at 10 o'clock in Canton, Justice of the Peace R.E. High officiating. The bride was reared in the Wise community and comes from one of the county's most highly respected families. The groom's home is at Ardmore, Okla., but he has been employed as an oil driller in the East Texas field near Kilgore. They left immediately after the ceremony for Fort Worth, where they expect to make their home. This paper joins friends in extending congratulations and best wishes.

"J.D. Stringer, formerly president of the First State bank at Ben Wheeler but now president at Tyler of State Bank & Trust Company, was seriously injured in a freak automobile accident Sunday a few miles out from Kaufman on his way to Dallas. When the car in which he was riding with Roy I. Carter and his bookkeeper, Mr. Lammond, skidded around a curve in the rain, hitting the side railing, it caused a plank on top of the railing to be thrown up over the head of the car through the windshield and to strike Mr. Stringer's chin shattering his jawbone and injuring his neck. The other occupants of the car were uninjured.

"Mrs. S.Z. Woolverton died at the family home near Pleasant Glade Friday morning, October 28, and was buried Saturday morning at the Old Bethel cemetery, Rev. Ben Jones, pastor of the Baptist church of Ben Wheeler conducting the funeral services. Mrs. Woolverton was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Roquenmore, pioneer Texan. She was born in Panola county Oct. 17, 1849, and at the time of her death was 83 years and 11 days old. (for more on this long article, see original on microfilm)
"Marriage Licenses: Following is a list of marriage licenses issued since the last publication: Jessie Lee Norris and Zula Lee Adams; J.H. Hamilton and Lillian Mitchell; Thomas Rose and Minnie Flatt; Robert Brown and Lottie Sudduth; Lester Tucker and Nina Yancey; and R.H. Valentine and O.V. Baugh.

"Miss Grace Abbie Flowers died at the family home near Pleasant Glade Saturday night, November 5. She was buried Sunday evening at Elm Grove cemetery, Rev. L.W. Athey, pastor of the Methodist church of Pleasant Glade conducting funeral service, assisted by Rev. N.W. Oliver, pastor of Mabank Methodist church. Miss Grace Abbie Flowers was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dud Flowers. She was born Aug. 7, 1915, being 17 years and 3 months old. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dud Flowers, and three brothers, Aubrey, Allen and Chester Flowers. The pallbearers at the funeral were six boys in her Sunday school class as follows: Coy Pollard, Odis and Roy Norrell, Euion Chamblee, James Gaston and Alvin Mariable. The flower girls were her Sunday school class as follows: Arva and Janet Woolverton, Ollie Fay and Illa Mae Norrell, Velma Jane and Mildred Hall, Evelyn and Bonnie Cecil Bell, Beuna and Iva Yancey, Jewell Hathcock, Iveta Bennington, Ola Norrell and Wilma Athey. This community extends our greatest sympathy to her family.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. Albert Hargrove was a Terrell visitor Tuesday. Mrs. F.R. Hall and daughter, Mary Sue, had business in Dallas on Friday of last week. Misses Sharp, Hybarger and Newton, teachers in the school here, spent the week end in Dallas. Mrs. C.T. Morgan, Miss Margaret Jamieson and Leroy Box of Wills Point were Canton visitors Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Leon Cox and little daughter, Onetia, spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Cox. Dr. and Mrs. John Wills of West and Mrs. Humphrey of Fort Worth visited with C.R. Ham and family Sunday and Sunday night. Misses Travis Sue and Charlotte Campbell and Mary Jane Jamieson spent the week end with their sister and cousin, Mrs. H.S. Key.

"Miss Pauline Gillespie and Charles Parish of Old Bethel visited the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Ham, and family of Phalba Sunday. Misses Beola and Hazel Ashworth, teachers in the Elwood school, near Wills Point, were week end visitors of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.W.Ashworth. Angus Nixon, attending A. & M. College at College Station, spent the week end in Canton with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Nixon, and family and his many friends. Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Sartin and little daughter, Peggy Jean, and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Smith spent Sunday with Mrs. Sartin's and Mrs. Smith's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd McNeill, in Edom.

"Macon Sides has recently purchased the interest of his father, A.E. Sides, in the Sides Garage, and is now the owner of the said business. He will be glad to see all his old customers and all new ones that come to his place of business. Friends here have been advised that Mrs. M.G. Sanders, who underwent an operation in the hospital at Temple on Tuesday, is doing as well as could be expected and all earnestly hope that the operation will be successful in restoring her to perfect health."

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