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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 30, 1932

"Luther James Clark, 14 years, 7 months and 10 days old, died Monday morning at 12:55 o'clock as a result of burns received on Christmas Eve morning when he attempted to start a fire in a cook stove with kerosene oil, the gallon can falling in the stove and exploding. The boy's clothes caught fire instantly and he was burned fatally. Funeral services were held at the Canton cemetery, where interment followed. The boy's people lived in Missouri and were unable to attend the last sad rites of their loved one. The deceased was making his home with his brother-in-law, O.E. Miller, who lives on the Ab Sides farm and went to school here. Mr. Miller attempted to save the boy from his fate and received some bad burns, also. Luther James was burned all over his body with the exception of his face. This death was a very sad one and the people of Canton and community feel a sympathy which cannot be expressed for the bereaved.

"On Christmas Eve day Charlie Miller and Miss Gladys Harris were united in marriage by Rev. R.P. Campbell at his home in the Hayden teacherage. Both parties to this happy union reside in Hayden community and came from well known and highly respected families. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Harris and is well known over the county as an efficient, successful teacher. She is at present teaching in the Fairview school and will continue her duties there. The groom is the son of Mrs. and the late A.B. Miller and is a young man of sterling character, highly honored by all who know him. This charming couple have the best wishes of their many friends.

"Mrs. Martha Emily Rowan passed to her reward on Thursday, Dec. 22, at the family home in the Tundra community. She was the wife of Uncle Bill Rowan, and was an old-timer in this county. At the time of her death, the deceased was 74 years and 19 days old. Funeral services and interment took place at the Pisgah cemetery on Friday, with Rev. R.C. Malone in charge.

"The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Monroe of the Starr community last week and took their loved one, Sidney Jr. The child was three years old and was beloved by all who knew him. Burial took place Saturday.

"A happy Christmas was spent at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Johnson, with all their children being present. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Bunyan H. Johnson and daughter, Mary Alice, of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Johnson and family, Mr. and Mrs. V.T. Bateman and family of Canton, Miss Fontilla Johnson of Sweetwater, Miss Merline Johnson of Dallas, Mr. Farbie, Ulmer and Harold Johnson and Oliver Gibbs, all of whom were home. A beautifully decorated tree was covered with gifts which were presented Christmas Eve. A chicken dinner was served Christmas day.

"Iris E. Flatt, 20-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Flatt of the Old Bethel community, died at the family home on Thursday, Dec. 22, after an illness of great length and suffering. This young man was born on Dec. 21, 1912, and reached his twentieth birthday on the day before his death. Interment took place in the Old Bethel cemetery with ‘Uncle Bill' Dyer, layman, officiating. The family of this boy has the sympathy of their many friends in their time of bereavement.

"Announcement was made Christmas of the marriage of Miss Jackie McLemore to A.E. Dennis, which took place on May 22, 1932. Mrs. Dennis' home is in the Tundra community and she is well-known throughout the county, having taught school in the Highland school and at Hayden, where she is now employed. Mr. Dennis is of Tyler and is office manager of the Tyler Motor Co. The couple plan to make their home in Tyler when the bride's school is completed for this year. Mrs. Dennis is a sister of Mrs. Theo Lumpkin of Canton.

"Mrs. A.T. McKinnon, better known to her many friends as Grandmother McKinnon, died at the home of her son, B.H. McKinnon, in the Edom community Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the age of 95 years and 16 days. She was born in 1836 at Greenville, Ga., and had lived in this county 63 years, being one of Van Zandt's oldest citizens. She moved from Alabama to Edom in 1869 and her husband preceded her to the grave a number of years ago. She is survived by three sons, B.H. McKinnon of Edom, A.T. McKinnon of Terrell and Wm. McKinnon of Houston. The bereaved sons have the sympathy of all in their sorrow.

"Milam Thompson, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Thompson of Terrell, died at a hospital in Dallas and was brought to Terrell, where the funeral services were held Monday. Interment was in the Canton cemetery Monday at 4:30 p.m. The deceased spent part of his life in this community, and has many relatives in the county. W.A. Milam of the Red Hill community near Canton is a grandfather of Mrs. Thompson.

"W.A. McLeod died at this home in the Wallace community Tuesday, December 20, and his remains were interred in the High cemetery. The deceased was 61 years of age and was a consistent Christian, serving as deacon of the Baptist church at Old Bethel for many years. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Mrs. George Stone, Mrs. Archie Duke and Mrs. C.R. Scott; two sons, Wm. McLeod and Love McLeod; and a granddaughter, Miss Eva Joe Duke, who was reared his home. Two sisters and three brothers also survive. He was a good citizen and his death is sincerely regretted by a large circle of friends, whose sympathy goes out to the bereaved relatives.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Angus Nixon of A. and M. College spent the Christmas holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Nixon, and family. Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Lester and two children of Dallas, visited relatives in Canton and near Canton Sunday and Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Riley left Tuesday for Kerrville on a deer hunt. They plan to visit the Burnett cavern on their trip. Dick McCauley, who is attending school at Throckmorton, is spending the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.T. McCauley.

"Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Terry had as their dinner guests Wednesday night Mrs. J.T. Terry and son Emmett of Watkins, Russell Terry, formerly of California but now of South Texas, Buck Riddle of Coleman, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Gautler of Wentworth, Miss Fay Terry of Martins Mill, Miss Ura Terry of Yuma, Arizona, and Mrs. M.K. Thomas of Canton."

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