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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, January 2, 1931

"On Christmas day, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Strickland of the Wentworth community had with them all their children and grandchildren, there being ten. They also had a guest Arby Crow and Miss Mildred Williams of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Kitts and son of Sulphur Springs; R.E. Jordan and family of Wills Point; Mr. and Mrs. C.G. McKnight and two children, Misses Stella and Audrey and Sherd Strickland of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Strickland and daughter of Grand Saline. After a full day of pleasure, including feasting talking over old times, the children began to take their homeward journey. This being the first time the family has all been together in 14 years, everyone enjoyed the day to the fullest measure.

"Andrew Greene Barlow was found dead in bed at the home of his son, S.J. Barlow, of Edgewood, last Friday morning, Dec. 26. His death was supposed to be caused from heart failure. He had lived in Van Zandt county about 20 years coming here from Mississippi and first settling in the Phalba community where he lived until the past 8 years during which time he has lived with his son near Edgewood. He was, at the time of his death, 72 years of age. He has been a life-long member of the Methodist church and to all who knew him he has lived a life that will merit him an eternal home on that golden shore. His wife preceded him in death nine years ago. He leaves four sons and three daughters to mourn his going. The entire community joins in extending condolence to the bereaved. [Contributed]

"A host of Van Zandt friends will regret very much to learn that Rev. A.M. Quindlen, a pioneer Van Zandter and one of the best known and beloved ministers of the gospel, has been confined for several days in an Abilene Hospital, with hemorrhage of the nose, the attack coming before he could reach his home at Winters. His daughter, Mrs. Maude Christopher, resides in Abilene, which accounts for his being in that city. Latest advices from his bedside reached another daughter, Mrs. R.D. High in Canton Wednesday, to the effect that her father's condition was somewhat improved, that the hemorrhage had been checked, and the patient's condition was encouraging. Life-long Van Zandt friends of this well known Baptist minister join this paper in sincerely hoping that Brother Quindlen will soon be restored to his normal self, and remain yet a long time in the land to be the benefaction he has always been to those fortunate enough to enjoy his association.

"LOCALS: Mrs. Mary Ethel Brandon spent Christmas day in Dallas with friends. Angus Nixon, attending A&M College, spent Christmas here with homefolks. The postoffice, bank and not a few other places of business observed New Year Day. Miss Lottie Rasco of Henderson spent Christmas week here with homefolks and friends. Dr. Lee and B. Frank Sanders of Ben Wheeler were prominent visitors in Canton Wednesday. Mrs. Bart Barlow, Mrs. Clyde Settles and little son, Reginald, did shopping in Terrell last week. Mr. and Mrs. Dean Mathis visited the latter's parents in Woodville, Okla., during part of Christmas. Mrs. F. Page, Mrs. A.D Sparkman, Mrs. C.F. Riley and Miss Marienne Sparkman were Terrell visitors Tuesday. Herbert Riley, teaching at Munday, was a Canton visitor last week. He was formerly connected with the Canton High School. Mrs. Egbert Mann and two sons returned Thursday afternoon from Fort Worth where they spent several days with Mrs. Mann's mother.

"E.F. Barnes and family of Denton were here last week visiting relatives and friends at different places in the county. Mr. Barnes was superintendent of the Canton schools at one time, also served the county as county superintendent. Mrs. and Mrs. C.H. Lester spent the Christmas holidays and at other places in the county, visiting relatives and numerous friends, returning home today. Mr. Lester says they were ‘fed up' mighty well down here in the ‘Free State' and enjoyed every minute of their stay. Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ashworth had for their guests during Christmas Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Rodgers and two sons from Wills Point, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ashworth and son from Shreveport, La., Mrs. and Mrs. John Mac Ashworth and son from Mineola, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ashworth, Jr., from San Antonio, Miss Beola Ashworth, teaching at Elwood and Miss Hazel Ashworth, teaching at Bethel.

"Mrs. Desdemonia Safronia Loughmiller, wife of M.A. Loughmiller, died at the family home in the Hayden community Monday afternoon, Dec. 29, at 4 o'clock, and her remains were interred in the High cemetery Tuesday afternoon, the funeral service being attended by a large number of neighbors and sympathizing friends. The religious service was conducted by Rev. G.M. Fletcher, pastor of the Wills Point circuit Methodist church. The deceased was a good woman and her death brings sorrow to a large circle of friends in this county, where she has spent much of her life. She is survived by her husband and a number of children, among them being a daughter, Mrs. Finis Blasingame, of Wills Point.

"Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Heard entertained in their hospitable home during Christmas. Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Heard and daughter, Azel Lee of Taft, Texas, Mr. and Mrs. Ben H. Gray and daughter, Benja Lee of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Farrell and daughter, Josephine, of Grand Saline, Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Gulledge and son, Billy Joe, and daughter, Mary Elizabeth, of Ben Wheeler. It was a grand time for all concerned. Mrs. E.A. Heard returned with her son and family to Taft for an extended visit and Mr. Heard will join them there first of the coming week."

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