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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 19, 1930

"Last Friday evening proved delightful time for members of the young people's class of the Methodist church. They prepared a Christmas tree at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Dawson and then sent Santa Claus a note to be there. Miss Johns, the class president, explained Santa Claus' absence by the fact that ‘some little boys and girls in the class no longer believed in him.' After stunts and games were enjoyed for a time, the gifts on the tree were distributed. After the said ‘little boys' received their popguns, horns and giant sticks of candy, etc., there no longer existed a doubt concerning a real Santa Claus. Unbounded joy reigned for little Rush Keahey; and little Athol Dawson over the possession of their respective gifts--a little red chair, and a pair of red stockings.

"Refreshments of apples and home-made candy were served to the following: Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Parker and Marcele, Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Carpenter, and Billie Louise Penter, Mrs. and Mrs. Geo. Wages, Dr. and Mrs. Keahey, Mrs. and Mrs. A.O. Loughmiller and Julia Frances, Mr. and Mr.s W.H. Corse, Misses Yuca Johns, Clayta May McPhail, Ophelia Kellis, Annie Massey, Annie Marguerite Rogers, and Mrs. Baxter Jordon, Mr. McConner of Grand Saline, and the host and hostess.

"The remains of W.P. Whittington, who died on Tuesday of last week, was laid to rest at the Edgewood cemetery on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Rev. Wallace Goode conducted the ceremony. Mr. Whittington was 67 years of age, having resided in the Board community a number of years and leaves his wife and five children.

"Andrew Melton, formerly of Edgewood, was drowned last Saturday afternoon in the Trinity river near Trinidad, where he was employed on bridge construction. His wife is in Edgewood. Edgewood parties went to the scene upon being notified of the tragedy. The deceased was a carpenter, about 45 years of age. According to a news dispatch from Athens appearing in Wednesday's Times-Herald said efforts of between 200 and 300 men searched for the body without success. It was related he was standing on the bank pushing drift wood from the new piers for the bridge when the pole he was using slipped, his body going headlong into the river.

"It is impossible for us to thank each one personally for the kindness shown us and the many things given us, since our misfortune of losing everything we had, when our home burned two weeks ago. We wish to take this means of expressing our appreciation to each and everyone. Thanking you again and again, we are, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Simmons and family, Myrtle Springs.

"Representative Morgan Sanders has named T.J. Foster of Canton and Kenneth McKenzie of Alba as candidates for West Point examination March 3, next year, for the term beginning in July. Peter Lammons and Oscar Moosberg of Athens are first and second alternate, respectively, for the appointment given Foster, while Raymond L. Hogan of Terrell and Jack Jones Richardson are first and second alternates for the appointment given McKenzie. Congressman Sanders, during his time in office, has without a single exception, named most worthy candidates from over the district for the West Point examination, and these recent nominations are no exception, most certainly not in regard to young Foster, the fine young son of Mrs. Velma Foster of Canton, who well deserves the recognition given him by Mr. Sanders. The paper joins many friends in congratulations.

"A two-day home demonstration program will be held in four centrally located places, Canton, Grand Saline, Edgewood and Wills Point, early in the month of January. The program will be conducted in the form of Short Courses and will be held to help women and girls who are conducting demonstration in their own homes. Club Womens' records of finished demonstration will be studied and the program for 1931 will be carefully explained. Special demonstrators and their cooperators will be selected for each phase of the year's home demonstration program. This will enable the agent to arrange the county itinerary to conform more nearly to meet the demands of the people. The program of work just completed has been very profitable and its value cannot be estimated in dollars and cents.

"Sherd Todd, formerly employed salesman with the Canton Motor Co., in company with his wife, departed last Saturday for Burkburnett, where Mr. Todd identified himself with another automobile agency, accepting a position he formerly held there. Their many friends regretted to see them leave Canton, but wish them success wherever they go.

"One letter to Santa Claus in this issue closes with the admonition to Santa to ‘go see all the poor little girls and boys first.' That's a fine spirit. It's hoped that not a boy or girl will be overlooked by St. Nicholas, and more especially none of the poor."


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