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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, December 2, 1932

"Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon for Mildred Jane Barber, five-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Barber, who died at the family home at Martins Mill at 2:55 Friday afternoon. The services were conducted by Rev. Carroll Baskin, Baptist pastor there. Interment was in the Liberty cemetery. The deceased was one of twin girls.

"More than 600 cans of turnip greens and 500 cans of beef have been canned recently by colored folks in Van Zandt county. Two canning clubs have been organized with a membership of nearly 100 members. These clubs are the result of two vegetable canning demonstrations and three beef canning demonstrations given by the agent to the colored folks near Canton. One club is being sponsored by a church north of Canton with Lennie Mathis as president and Evelyn Gray secretary. The other club is at Redland and is being sponsored by the school Three of the teachers are responsible for this forward movement. The teachers are S.V. Pierce, Mrs. C. V. Smilie and Miss Cora E. Pierce.

"J.B. Bolin has in his possession a pair of shoes that are 70 years old. These shoes were the property of his mother; his father, Dr. J.A. Bolin, bought them in Tuskegee, Ala., in 1852. They are a keepsake and are in good condition at this time. Anyone who is curious to see the variety of shoes worn by the women of 1852 may go to Mr. Bolin's store and he will be glad for you to see these 70 year old shoes.

"Mrs. Ab Sides was carried to the Nan Travis Hospital at Jacksonville on Friday, Nov. 25, where she underwent an operation for gall stone. It is reported that Mrs. Sides is getting along as well as could be expected, and it is the hope of her friends here that she will be completely recovered at an early date.

"LETTERS TO SANTA CLAUS: As usual this paper will print the children's letters to Santa Claus, but we must insist upon the children expressing their wants as briefly as possible and getting their letters in early. It is intended to give space only to small children under 10 years of age and to insure publication a letter should bear a notation from parent, guardian or teacher showing that it is a bona fide letter from a little child. Unless they bear the o.k. of some adult person we will omit letters that we think may not be written by little children in good faith.

"Dear Santy: My name is Doris Lummus and I want some boots, a doll, some candy, apples and oranges. I want to have a grand time and I want a Christmas tree, too. I am sleepy, so goodby. Yours always, Doris Lummus, Canton, Texas.

"Dear Santa Claus: Please bring me a doll, doll cart, a little house with windows and doors that open and close, and a set of dishes. I have moved from Wills Point to Canton, so be sure to leave my ‘playtoys' here. Don't forget my aunties, Travis Sue and Charlotte Campbell. They live at Wills Point. Nanetta Key, Canton, Texas.

"Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl two and one-half years old, and I want you to please bring me a baby doll that will go to sleep and say ‘mama,' a little buggy for my baby to ride in and a little pair of gloves. Please remember Big Mammy, Granddaddy, and my little brother, he is only eight months old. Very truly yours, Patsy Ruth Cox.

"My dearest Santa Claus: I am writing to you to tell you what I want you to bring me. I would like to have a pair of gloves, wrist watch and doll clothes. Santa, don't forget the poor children, and also the two Mister Rileys of the Canton post office. Go to see everyone. Your friend, Willie Jo Barlow, Canton, Texas

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. C.W. Ashworth and Guy Ashworth visited their daughter and sister, Mrs. J.C. Rogers, in the Cedar Grove community Friday. Mrs. A.O. Loughmiller and two children spent Thanksgiving Day in Wills Point with Mrs. Loughmiller's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Samford. Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Rodgers and daughter, Miss Annie Marguerite, were Thanksgiving guests of Mrs. D.S. McPhail and Miss Janie Weir in Wills Point. Misses Hazel and Beola Ashworth, teachers in the Elwood school, were visitors in the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ashworth during the weekend.

"Mrs. Ben H. Grey and family of Dallas, Mrs. A.L. Farrell and family of Grand Saline, Mrs. A.M. Gulledge and family of Ben Wheeler spent Thanksgiving with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Heard. A.A. Dawson was called to Fort Worth on Friday of last week to see his uncle, A.B. Dawson of Wills Point, and wife who were in a hospital there as a result of an accident. Mrs. John Gilmer and little son, Belvin Royce, spent the Thanksgiving holidays with Mrs. Gilmer's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Bell, and Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Gilmer at Gatesville.

"M.K. Thomas and Mr. and Mrs. G.N. Ashworth spent Friday with Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Tyler in Dallas. Mrs. Geo. Hilliard, Jr., Mrs. Claude Riley and Mrs. M.B. Brackney visited in Dallas last week. Mr. and Mrs. W.E. West and two daughters visited relatives of Mrs. West in Archer City Thanksgiving. Miss Marie Smith of Dallas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Smith, visited her family Sunday afternoon. Judge Love West, J.C. Gibbs, C.W. Ashworth and Elmer Prater had business in Austin on Wednesday. Miss Carlye Mae Wallace and Hugh Mathis spent the Thanksgiving holidays with relatives of the former at Knox City. Miss Ilene Scott visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Scott, of the Hayden community during the Thanksgiving holidays. Jack Blankenship, who is attending college in Tyler, spent the week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Blankenship."


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