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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 18, 1932

"The house occupied by A.H. Travis and wife, and owned by Mrs. Lula Sides, was destroyed by fire on Thursday afternoon of last week. The fire originated when a young lady boarding with the Travis family lighted an oil stove which had been filled by mistake with gasoline. The lady left the room for a short time, but upon her return she found the room filled with flames. Mr. and Mrs. Travis were out of town when the fire occurred. The city fire department was unable to control the flames, but were able to keep the fire confined to the one building. Cecil Johnson and wife had rooms at this house and were able to save most of their furniture and belongings. The Travis family lost all their furniture, clothing and belongings which loss was not covered by insurance. Two Persian cats belonging to Mrs. Travis were burned to death. Mrs. Sides' loss is partially covered by insurance.

"John U. Reid of the Oakland community died at his family home Sunday, Nov. 13, following an illness of several months' duration. Funeral services, under the direction of the Hilliard Undertaking Co., of Canton, were held in the Oakland Baptist church, with Rev. A.D. Sparkman officiating on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial took place in the cemetery of that community, where numbers of relatives and friends gathered to show their love and appreciation for this good man. (For more on this long article, see the original on microfilm.)

"There will be a singing at the Methodist church in Canton, on next Sunday afternoon, Nov. 20, at 2 o'clock. We have the promise of singers from the following classes: Wallace, Jackson, Wise, Whitton, Hayden, Moore, Rast, Myrtle Springs and other places. Expecting some good class singing, under the direction of such leaders as Seale, Jordan, Sanford, Bartlett, Beall, Matthews, Grooms, Westmoreland, Pleasants, Ramsey, Williamson, Stephens and many others. Will have special songs, solos, duets, quartets, etc. Quartets from Wise, Whitton, Hayden and Phalba will be here. Also looking for the Estes Brothers of Edgewood to assist Mr. Sanford in some special singing. Everybody come, bring your song books, and you that do not sing come out and listen to some of the best singing you have ever heard. (Signed: Barlow, Steed and McKenzie, committee.)

"Mrs. N.J. Andrews, old time resident of Van Zandt county, died at the home of one of her sons, Dick Andrews, in Jackson community, Friday, October 21, 1932, at 11:53 p.m. Aunt Nan, as she was affectionately called, was born near Fort Smith, Arkansas, May 14, 1851. She was untied in marriage to B.C. Andrews at Logtown, Arkansas, December 31, 1858 [probably 1868]. Soon after their marriage they came to Texas and settled on their farm in Jackson community. Her husband preceded her to the grave 40 years, 6 months, and 3 days. Aunt Nan's remains were laid to rest beside those of her husband in Old Bethel cemetery, Sunday, Oct. 23, 1932. Rev. Owens of Colfax conducted the funeral services. She was 81 years, 5 months and 7 days old at the time of her death. (For more on this long article, see the original on microfilm.)

"The Canton Sacred Harp singing class met at the Methodist church Sunday. We had some real good singing. Visitors from Wills Point and Jackson attended the singing and we were glad to have them. The president of the class is Jimmy Slaughter and the secretary Margie Lee Groves. The president called on some good leaders and the class was well conducted.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Ernest West was a Fort Worth visitor Tuesday. Bruce Marshall was a Canton visitor this week. Maburn Sides was a Tyler visitor last Saturday. Mrs. Lee Steed visited in Tyler and Jacksonville Wednesday. T.M. Hicks was a Grand Saline visitor one day last week. Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Seals have been visiting in Wichita Falls. Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Threatt of Wills Point were Canton visitors Sunday. Mrs. Alice Mitchell and Miss Lorene Mitchell were Edgewood visitors Friday. Miss Lorene Mitchell of Dallas spent the week end with her mother, Mrs. Alice Mitchell. Jack Ashworth of Tyler spent the week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ashworth. Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Steed of Dallas visited the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Steed Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest West attended the Texas T.C.U. football game at Fort Worth on last Friday.

"Mrs. O.L. Pittman of Dallas was a week end visitor in Canton of her mother, Mrs. C.L. Hubbard. H.F. McPhail and Dr. Hilliard attended the Boy Scout training school at Van on Tuesday night of last week. Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Todd had as her guests last Sunday Mrs. Todd's mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. B.B. Corban of Tyler. Mrs. Dunlap of San Antonio, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Knight and Mrs. Adams of Dallas visited Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Todd Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Theo Lumpkin and son, Theo, Jr., and Billy Lummus visited relatives and friends in the Tundra community Sunday.

"Mr. and Mrs. John Wright, Ike Slaughter and Thomas Cox of the Moore community visited J.R. Wright and wife in the Whitton community on Friday of last week. Mrs. E.C. Poole and Mrs. Knighton of Dallas motored to Canton on last Friday to bring the former's mother and sister, Mrs. R.M. Lively and Miss Ethel Lively, who had been visiting in Dallas. Mrs. Mary Ethel Brandon attended the regional meeting of the Business and Professional Women's club at Tulsa, Okla., Nov. 11, 12, and 13. She was accompanied by Mrs. G.B. Montague and Miss Eron Bule of Wills Point.


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