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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, January 9, 1931

"Mrs. W.L. Mathis, wife of Constable Watt Mathis of Wills Point, was killed instantly Sunday about noon when an automobile turned over on the highway six miles south of Greenville. Mr. Mathis was bruised and scratched, while a daughter, Miss Ruth, was more seriously injured. The car was driven by Mr. Mathis, who attempted to pass another automobile at a curve. The car skidded in loose gravel and overturned. Mrs. Mathis was dead when her husband reached her. Miss Mathis was taken to a Greenville sanitarium for treatment and her injuries were not serious. The three were en route to Concord, near Greenville, to visit Mr. and Mrs. Bain Paul. The remains of Mrs. Mathis were brought to Wills Point for interment. The funeral service was held at Russell Memorial Methodist church Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock, attended by a large concourse of sympathizing friends and acquaintances, and the religious service conducted by Rev. L.F. Brothers, pastor of the local Methodist church, of which the deceased was a member. Interment took place at White Rose cemetery.

"Miss Helen Blackwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Blackwell of Canton, who has been teaching in the Forney high school for the past three years, has been called to a much more lucrative and responsible position, that of principal of the high school at Port Neches. After spending the holidays here with homefolks and many friends, Miss Blackwell went to Port Neches to assume her new position last Monday. The promotion is well deserved, and the paper joins all friends of this talented young lady in extending congratulations.

"J.G. Nunnally was here this week from Ripley, Miss., visiting in the home of his mother-in-law, Mrs. G.W. Tull, and renewing acquaintances with many old-time friends. He was formerly a citizen of Canton, leaving here about twenty-five years ago, and is well remembered by many, who were glad to see him. Mrs. Nunnally, nee Miss Sarah Tull, daughter of Mrs. G.W. Tull mentioned, died here many years ago, and Mr. Nunnally went from here to Athens to visit their only daughter, Mrs. Byron Henry.

"LOCALS: Mrs. Jno. E. Sides visited Dallas the first of the week. Miss Marguerite Rodgers spent Saturday and Sunday with Mrs. D.S. McPhail and family in Wills Point. Miss Marienne Sparkman of Dallas was here first of the week visiting her parents, Rev. and Mrs. A.D. Sparkman. Mr. and Mrs. Jess Simpson of Dallas were guests last week of the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Foster, and family. Miss Ethel Dorothy Poole returned to her home in Dallas Sunday afternoon after visiting her grandmother, Mrs. R.M. Lively and family. C.N. Foster, wife and baby, Mrs. Dewitt Fugate and children and Mrs.Verdie Wyatt spent Monday with Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Wilburn. Hayden Bateman, wife and two little daughters of Athens were guests in the home of the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Wilburn. Miss Roxie Stanford returned to her school in Dallas Sunday afternoon, after spending the week-end with her mother, Mrs. C.L. Stanford. Miss Frances Brown, who spent the recent holidays here with her homefolks, returned Sunday to Marshall to re-enter high school, being accompanied on her return by John M. Kellam.

"Dock Knox, former well known Canton citizen, arrived here Wednesday afternoon from his home in Oklahoma, to visit his brother, Sam Knox and family, other friends, and attend to business. Miss Lorene Mitchell returned Sunday to resume teaching in one of the Dallas schools, after spending the holidays here with her mother, Mrs. Alice Mitchell, other relatives and numerous friends. Kernon Todd and family, after residing in Dallas for the past few years, have returned to their old home in Canton, where they will reside in the future. They have many friends here to welcome them back to the old home place. Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Moosberg of Athens spent the past week-end in Canton with the latter's father, B.A. Mitchell and family. Mr. Moosberg is the popular and efficient county agent of Henderson county, and is doing a splendid job. A fire alarm was sounded Wednesday morning and the department made a quick run to one of the apartments in Southeast Canton, where an oil stove had exploded, threatening much property. The blaze was soon extinguished, not without considerable damage, however, to floors, draperies, etc.

"Mrs. Guy Ashworth of Shreveport, who has been here for several days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Thomas, was accompanied to Dallas Tuesday by her father and her sister, Mrs. Robertson of Terrell, where she went to undergo an operation for goiter. Mrs. Ashworth was here Sunday from Shreveport and their little son, Thomas, is spending the time with his grandparents. The many friends of Mrs. Ashworth sincerely hope the operation will be a complete success.

"It is reported around the courthouse (as some of these reports go) that the out-going tax collector, J.R. McKenzie, now spends considerable of his idle time gigging frogs at the city lake. This is a popular sport, and there is no better dish than that of juicy frog legs turned to the right brown, hence it is also explained that the mayor of the town is thinking of taking some kind of action to prevent the former collector from exhausting the crop at the lake mentioned."

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