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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 23, 1931

"H.J. Craft of Canton was notified Wednesday of this week that his older brother, Crickett Craft, 78, died that morning in Dallas at the home of his youngest son, Bill, and that the funeral service and burial would be held at the Elm Grove cemetery, southwest of Canton, Thursday afternoon. The deceased was well known in Canton, in fact the county, having once lived in the southwestern portion of Van Zandt, and all his many friends and friends of the entire Craft family will regret to hear of his passing. He is survived by the son mentioned above, another son, Jim Craft of Dallas, and still another son, John Craft of Terrell, also an only daughter, Mrs. Ligon Norman of the Elm Grove community, besides another brother, Buck Craft of Lampasses, and many other relatives. This paper joins a vast multitude in extending sympathy to all the bereaved.

"Van Zandt county's new and recently installed tax collector, Roma M. Mathis, was the victim of an unusual accident last Sunday afternoon, and has since been using two perfectly good crutches to go about, while a fractured left leg, below the knee, and other body bruises and scratches are healing. Mr. Mathis was alone in his car on the way to Fruitvale to see a party from his brother at Canton, the latter having been called to Dallas. On the crest of a steep hill, which was quite slippery on account of recent rain, and where the roadbed was quite narrow, he saw a stalled wagon and team some distance down the incline, and realizing he could not pass, parked his car at the top of the hill, thinking he had applied the brakes, and proceeded on foot to the assistance of his fellow-traveler. It was necessary to unload the wagon before the team could pull it out of the bog, and after this was done, Mr. Mathis stepped to one side and the driver of the team to the other, while both were busily engaged in the matter at hand. No one noticed the car which came down the hill without the least noise, as the engine was not running, and which gained considerable momentum on account of the slick incline, until it struck the owner amid-ships, bowling him completely over and passing over him, inflicting the injuries stated above, Mr. Mathis says it was the least expected and most hurried accident in which he ever participated, and quite naturally is duly thankful that he ‘weathered the storm' as well as he did. Hereafter he will park his car on the lowest ground available when he undertakes to play the part of a good Samaritan.

"The following marriage licenses have been issued by the county clerk of Van Zandt county since last report in this paper. The clerk says the rush has subsided since the holidays, but he thinks Dan Cupid is preparing for a spring offensive: W.S. Douglas and Elsie Padgitt; A.F. Mewborn and Mary Bates; L.J. Malone and Opal Fowler; J.E. Wilson and Cecil Finley; R.D. Fuller and Lois Downing; Robert Richardson and Annie Mae Cook; J.W. Boshear and Louise DeYoung; Perry Fitzgerald and Tellasco Smith; Olin Cantrell and Gladys Johnson; Vernon Whitley and Ruth Jopling; J.W. Jennings and Goldie Porter; Herman Wade and Clo Parker; Claude A. Enas and Pauline Brown.

"LOCALS: Mrs. Irby Henderson of Grand Saline visited relatives in Canton Tuesday. Jno. R. Finnery, prominent Wills Point citizen, was a Canton visitor Tuesday. Mrs. Ada Thorn, formerly of Canton, was here Wednesday from Grand Saline. Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Riley of Terrell visited relatives and friends in Canton Tuesday. Henry Blackwell, Jr. and wife, and Mrs. C.F. Riley visited in Tyler Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rasco and Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Hodges were Dallas visitors Tuesday. Robert Hall, attending A & M Junior College at Arlington, spent the week-end here with homefolks and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Dean Mathis were Dallas visitors Sunday, meeting their son, Hugh, there, who is attending school at Denton. Postmaster Jim Carter of Grand Saline was in Canton Tuesday. He is not as young as he was forty-five years ago, but he looks it.

"Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Beavors of Breckenridge arrive here first of the week, visiting W.J. Jennings and family, other relatives and many friends. Misses Nedra Davidson and Evelyn Plyler of Mineola spent from Friday until Sunday afternoon in Canton with their friend, Miss Effa Nell Thomas. Misses Lottie Rasco and Dorothy Gary of Henderson spent the week-end here with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rasco, and numerous friends. Miss Waynie Smith spent Sunday in Terrell with her friend Miss Dorothy Patton, who provided a joint birthday dinner for Miss Smith and Miss Patton's mother. Miss Edith Raper, formerly with the Van Zandt County Abstract Company in Canton, spent the week-end here with numerous friends. She is now with the Elliott & Waldron Abstract Company at Longview. Miss Waynie Smith departed yesterday for Longview, where she accepts a position with an abstract company. She has many friends in Canton who regret to lose her, but wish her success in all her undertakings. Misses Marguerite Rodgers and Ophelia Kellis spent the past week-end in Fort Worth, visiting the former's cousin, Miss Mary Isabell McPhail of Wills Point and the latter's sister, Miss Opal Kellis of Canton, both being students at T.W.C."


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