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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 25, 1932

"The W.M.U. of the Baptist church here sponsored a lovely shower at the home of Mrs. Tom Riley on Monday, Nov. 14. The shower was in honor of Mrs. A.H. Travis, who with her family, lost her possessions when the house in which she was living was destroyed by fire recently. Forty or more women participated in the event, which was a great success. Many useful and attractive gifts were presented to the honoree.

"The six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Payne of Myrtle Springs was seriously injured when he was struck by a gravel truck on the Union Paving Co.'s pavement through Myrtle Springs Monday of this week. J.F. Butler, employee of the Union Paving Co., and residing in the home of E.W. Smith in Wills Point, was driving the truck that struck the boy. The injured boy had been talking to a man in the Gulf Filling Station in Myrtle, so it is said, and turned to start across the newly paved thoroughfare when the truck struck him. The boy was caught on the fender and light of the truck and the driver, Mr. Butler, aided in taking him off. Little Payne was carried to Canton for medical attention and first aid, later to be carried to a Dallas hospital where he is at this time. At the last report Wednesday morning, the young boy had undergone a complete examination and it was found his condition was not fatal. He will recover.

"Marriage Licenses: Following is the list of marriage licenses for the past two weeks: W.F. Wallace and Helen Stuver; O.T. Mann and Drucille Tucker; W.C. McNees and Florence Thedford; R.B. Davis and Pearline Lamb; J.R. Patrick and Frances Mozelle Taylor; Walter S. Hall and Beulah Shields.

"Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Niblack of Grand Saline recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, a record rarely excelled. Both were born in Jackson county, Ga., in 1844, and came to Smith county a few years later. They have resided in Grand Saline since 1902.

"The Browning home demonstration club near Ben Wheeler is the first club of its kind in Van Zandt county to sponsor a traveling library. Fifty books are furnished in one shipment by the Texas state library at Austin without cost except for transportation charges. Mrs. Lillie Tunnell has charge of loaning the books and uses the card system in keeping records. She reports no loss of books to date. The 50 books have been read by club members and their families since the first of June, 1932, and a new shipment is to be ordered for winter reading. Miss Sadie Wilson is president of the Browning home demonstration club with Mrs. Sabra Oliver as secretary.

"Mrs. Caroline Truitty Rast, who resided in the Cream Level community died at the family home on Wednesday, November 16. Interment, under the direction of the Hilliard Undertaking Co., Canton, took place in the Holly Springs cemetery on Thursday, Nov. 17, with Rev. M.I. Brown, pastor of the Methodist church at Murchison, in charge. Mrs. Rast was born in Shelby county, Tennessee, on August 17, 1855. Early in life she was converted and joined the Methodist church and lived a Christian life, always true to the vows of her church. At the age of eighteen she was united in marriage to D.M. Rast, to which union was born seven children, six girls and one boy. All of these children are living except two, the boy dying in infancy and the other child dying at the age of 63. Mr. Rast died thirty-one years ago. Mrs. Rast was 87 years old, 2 months and 29 days at the time of her death.

"Miss Mamie Maume was hostess to the birthday social of the Woman's Missionary Society of the Canton Methodist church Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 22, at the Dixie Hotel. Co-hostesses were Mrs. T.R.Keahey, Mrs. R.B. Moon and Mrs. W.O. Carpenter. Mrs. Jim Lively, Mrs. W.O. Carpenter and Mrs. Todd were on the entertainment committee. Mrs. C.A. Smith gave a reading, ‘Little Mary's Essay on Husbands,' Gencie Lee Couch gave a reading, ‘Junior's Thanksgiving,' and Willie Joe Barley gave a reading, ‘We Thank Thee.' In the contests Mrs. West and Mrs. Haynes won the prizes. At the conclusion of a very pleasant afternoon, sandwiches, cake and tea were served to 25 members of the society.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Horton and T.A. Horton of the Bethlehem community were Canton visitors Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. C.O. Scott of Wills Point spent Saturday night in the home of Mrs. and Mrs. Glenn Majors. Mr. and Mrs. N.C. Anderson visited the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.F. Anderson, in Terrell on last Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. D.T. Riley visited Uncle Bill Powell in Greenville last Sunday. Mr. Powell has been in ill health for some time. Misses Beola and Hazel Ashworth, who are teaching school at Elwood, spent the weekend with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ashworth. Pearl Parker recently from Oklahoma and now living in Edgewood visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Barlow last week end.

"Russell Terry of New York visited enroute to California. Mrs. Mattie E. Terry of Cana and Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Gautier of Wentworth were visitors of J.W. Terry and family for a short while Monday night. Russell Terry of New York visited his mother at Cana and other relatives in and near Canton the first of the week. He was on his way to California where he has been transferred, and his mother accompanied him to Westbrook for a visit. On her return she will visit a son in Fort Worth. Guy Bow and family who have resided in Canton community on route one for some twenty years, moved to Dallas this week where they will reside in the future. Mr. Bow owns his farm in this county and says that hs is ‘burning no bridges' because he may come back to the ‘Free State' some time in the future."


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