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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 23, 1932

"News has been received that Old Santa will be in Canton Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock. He will arrive in his big red airplane and walk wings over town, then land and visit all the little folks. Be sure to come into town and give old Santa a great welcome.

"Mrs. A.O. Loughmiller became ill with pneumonia on last Saturday. She had been a victim of influenza which developed into pneumonia. Her condition was considered serious but she in improving at the time of this writing. On Monday a trained nurse arrived to take charge of the case. It is hoped that Mrs. Loughmiller continues to improve and all wish her a speedy recovery.

"MARRIAGE LICENSES: Floyd Smith and Ozell Beck; O.J. Ragland and Noma Vines; William Bartley Wann and Mary Sherwood; P.P. Ferguson and Estelle Cooper; Jonnie Cole and Bessie McKenney; Gordon Foster and Marie Stone; Harold Weldon and Rudell Clard.

"Horace Thomas of Terrell, a brother of M.K. Thomas, has taken charge of the feed store formerly managed by John Gilmer. All citizens of the town extend him a hearty welcome. Mr. Thomas' family will not move to Canton at the present time.

"The Wednesday Study Club met at the home of Mrs. Howard Heard Dec. 7. Due to so many being absent the program scheduled was not given; instead, the meeting was turned into a little party which as thoroughly enjoyed by everyone present. The roll call as answered with a Texas city and its leading industry. Mrs. Swanzy reviewed the life of James Olliett. Games were played and a delightful salad course was served.

"LOCALS: Mrs. John Sides spent the week end in Dallas. O.E. Miller and A.E. Sides were Tyler visitors Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Majors spent Sunday in Wills Point. W.D. Sides of Amarillo visited relatives in Canton last week. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Majors were Terrell visitors Tuesday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Tull and daughter, Dorothy Jane, spent Tuesday in Dallas. C.W. Ashworth and Marland D. Bobbitt were Dallas visitors Tuesday of this week. Misses Arlene Steed, Hybarger and Sharp were Dallas visitors during last weekend. J.A. Brackney of Dallas was a pleasant visitor in the home of C.F. Riley and wife Tuesday night. Foster Cooper, who is attending school at Denton, is spending the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cooper.

"Mrs. H.S. Key and little daughter, Nanetta, visited Mrs. Key's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Campbell in Wills Point last week end. Lloyd Groves of Canton and Frank Preston of Edgewood returned Sunday from a ten days' visit with Mrs. B.F. Sumner at Kerrville and at San Antonio. Miss Iline Scott spent the week end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Terry in the Hayden community. Mrs. Terry fell one day last week and injured herself, but it is reported that her condition is improving. Dr. and Mrs. Thomas of Rusk visited the latter's sister, Mrs. A.O. Loughmiller, who is ill at her home with pneumonia, during the week end. Little Misses Julia Frances and Mary Beth Loughmiller returned to Rusk with them for a visit.

"LETTERS TO SANTA CLAUS: Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl one and one-half years old. Please bring me a doll and a little picture book. Paralee Walters, Canton, Texas.
"Dear Santa Claus: I am a little boy seven years old. Please bring me a cap, some fireworks, fruits, nuts and candy. Carroll Walters, Jr., Canton, Texas.

"Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl three years old. Please bring me a doll and some little dishes, fruits, nuts and candy. Nelba Louise Walters, Canton, Texas.

"Dear Santa: I am a little boy seven years old. I go to school at Cedar Grove and am in the second grade. Will you please bring me a cowboy suit, basket ball, a pair of gloves or anything that you want me to have. Of course, I always like fruit, nuts and candy. James Ashworth Rogers.

"Dear Santa: I am again asking you to bring me a little ring, a comb, brush and mirror and all kinds of nuts and fruit. I will be a nice girl. And don't forget my teacher, Miss Ruth Dawson, and all my little playmates. I will be eight years old, December 20. Mary Jean Hubbard, Route 1, Canton, Texas.

"Dear Santa: I am a little girl six years old. I go to school at Bethel. I want you to bring me a doll, a little purse, a handkerchief. If you have them to spare. If not just anything you have for a little girl like me. Remember my brothers. Be sure to come to see my baby brother, Little Bobbie Gean, bring him something nice. Ruth Stout, Route 5, Canton, Texas.

"Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl nine years old. I want you to please bring me a doll and a handkerchief. Please bring me a lot of fruit, candy and nuts. Just bring anything you have to spare for a little girl like me. Remember my teacher, Miss Stringer. And don't forget any of the little children. We are all expecting you. Anna Fay Stout, Route 5, Canton, Texas.

"Dear Santa Claus: I am a little boy living in Myrtle Springs. I tried to be a good little boy since last Christmas. I want you to please bring me an air gun, climbing monkey, fire works, nuts fruits and candy. Be sure and don't forget all the other boys and girls, especially John T. Rhodes and Davis Motsonbacker."

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