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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 9, 1932

"Mrs. Noma Tull Sanders, the wife of Hon. Morgan G. Sanders, congressman from this district, died Saturday morning, December 3, 1932, at Scott & White Hospital in Temple. She had undergone an operation several weeks previous but was convalescing satisfactorily and expected to be able to leave for home a few days hence. She went to breakfast with Mr. Sanders and for a walk over the grounds earlier in the morning, and about 9 o'clock she had gone into an adjoining room when she called to the nurse that she felt dizzy. She only lived an hour after the attack, but was conscious until a few minutes before she passed away. The news of her sudden death was indeed a sad shock to her relatives and many friends. (For more on the long article, see the original on microfilm.)

"Mrs. Geo. Hilliard, Sr., entertained the members of the Wednesday Study club at the home of Mrs. Claude Riley November 30. Mrs. W.N. Tull of Dallas introduced by Mrs. Sparkman, addressed the club on W.C.T.U. work; also told of some good old times in Canton which the club heartily enjoyed. Mrs. Ernest West introduced Mrs. Julia Davis, A Terrell clubwoman, formerly a Cantonite, who spoke on club work. Mrs. Home McPhail read ‘Boys.' Other guests were: Mrs. J. Lee Sanders, Mrs. A.D. Sparkman, Mrs. Jno. Gilmer, Mrs. Mattie Brackney, Mrs. Jno. Sides and Miss Pickett of Fort Worth, house guest of Mrs. Shamburger. The members answered the roll call with a Texas City and its leading industry. Mrs. R.E. Blackwell read a play by John William Rogers. Mrs. Swanzy gave the life of James B. Gillett. The next meeting of December 21 will be a Christmas party and Mrs. Therese Lindsey of Tyler is expected to read for the club.

"Roger Dunn and Miss Ordiste Easley of Ben Wheeler, Texas, were married at the home of Rev. Pippen at Colfax on Tuesday evening, November 29, at 7 o'clock. The bride wore a pattern costume of periwinkle blue and black velvet. Her accessories were metallic and black. The attendants were Miss Opal Land and Orban Dunn of Ben Wheeler. After a brief honeymoon journey the couple will be at home to their many friends who sincerely wish them much joy and happiness.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. Julia Davis of Terrell was here last week visiting. Paul and C.L. Stanford spent Saturday in Dallas. Mrs. W.P. Robinson of Grand Saline visited Miss Allie Tull recently. Mr. and Mrs. W.N. Tull of Dallas visited with relatives here last week. Miss Janie Weir of Wills Point was a week end visitor in Canton with relatives. ‘Uncle Alex' Dean of Edom, an old timer in this county was a Canton visitor last week. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Majors and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Heard spent Sunday afternoon in Dallas. Burlan Kuykendall is visiting homefolks this week. He has been working in Waco for the last few months. Mrs. Stewart Weir and two children of Dallas spent Wednesday of last week with Mrs. John Gilmer and family.

"Mrs. Mary E. Brandon attended the First Annual Conference, district No. 8 of the B. & P. W. Clubs held at Tyler Dec 3 and 4. Mrs. C.E. Poole and Mrs. B.A. Collins of Dallas spent a few days in the home of the former's mother, Mrs. R.M. Lively last week. Miss Kincannon who has been employed with High & West here, returned to her home in Louisiana last week to resume her work there. The public will be glad to learn that Mrs. Ab Sides is back home to her family and friends. Mrs. Sides is recovering nicely from an operation of two weeks ago and it is the wish of all that she continues to do well.

"LETTERS TO SANTA CLAUS: Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl seven years old. I wish you would please bring me some dishes and something I can use in school. Don't forget my little sisters, mother, daddy and my teacher. Arletta Bailey, Route 3, Canton, Texas.

"Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl five years old. I wish you would please bring me some dishes a pair of shoes and candy and fruits. Be sure and don't forget the other children and my sisters, too. Imogene Bailey, Route 3, Canton, Texas.

"Dear Santy: I am a little girl four years old. I am writing you to tell you what I want you to bring me. Will you please bring me a big doll that will cry and go to sleep; a little trunk to put my doll clothes in, a little set of dishes, a story book, and all kinds of fruits and nuts and candies. Don't forget mother and daddy. And remember all the poor children. Bobbie Joe Weaver, Route 1, Canton, Texas.

"Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl nearly four years old. I have tried hard to be a good little girl and I hope you will not miss me. I want a big doll that will cry and go to sleep and clothes for it. Also a bed, if you have one, and a big ball. Bring me any other toys you wish to and all kinds of fruits, nuts and candies. Don't forget to bring my little sister, Margie Nell, something nice. Flonnie Oneda Cole, Canton, Texas.

"Dear Santa Claus: I am a little boy. I will be five years old Christmas Eve day. I want a ball, a choo choo train and a gun. Carry Hubert Ray something nice; he is in West Texas at Big Ma's. Henry Clinton Oliver, Grand Saline, Texas.

"Dear Santa Claus: I am a little boy five years old. Please bring me a coaster wagon with side frames, an air rifle with plenty of ammunition, also fruits, nuts and candy. Frances Grant, Canton, Texas.

"Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl eight years old. I want you to bring me a little doll that will cry and I can bathe, a little wrist watch and anything else you might have for little girls. Remember the little orphan children, my parents and grandparents and just everybody so they will have a merry Christmas. Mary Joe Oliver, Grand Saline, Texas.

"Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl two years and a half old. I want you to bring me a doll and a little piano so I can play and sing to my daddy, bring lots of fruits and candy. Avinell Oliver, Grand Saline, Texas."


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