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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 30, 1931

"John E. Sides is building a mule barn across the street north of the Canton Lumber Company, where he will conduct a sales and trade business in horses and mules, being in the nature of an expansion to his garage and filling station enterprise located on the square. Mr. Sides had a ‘leaning' toward livestock for time out of mind and more than twenty years ago in Canton devoted considerable of his time and talent to this industry, allowing himself to depart from it only when motor vehicles began making heavy inroads on the barter and sale of ‘hoss' flesh, so much so that he turned his attention to the buying and selling of automobiles in the city of Dallas for a long time.

"Clell Short and Mrs. Opal Hall were married in Canton Tuesday morning, Rev. A.D. Sparkman, pastor of the Baptist church, pronouncing the wedding ceremony in the presence of but a few witnesses. The groom has been employed as one of the drillers of the Smith well in the Old Bethel community, while the bride's home has been in that community. The many friends of the happy couple wish them health, happiness and prosperity.

"Mrs. H.N. Shamburger graciously entertained the Wednesday Study Club on last Wednesday. During the business meeting a program committee composed of Mesdames Foster, Connor and Parker, was appointed by the president. The following program was presented and very much enjoyed. ‘Realistic Movement in Art,' Mrs. Foster and Mrs. W.E. West. ‘One of Poe's Short Stories,' Mrs. Heard. ‘Quotations,' Mrs. Steed. ‘Questionaire,' Mrs. Parker. During the social hour a contest of saying as many nouns as possible in a minute was won by Mrs. Heard, who the hostess presented with a lovely pot plant. The hostess, assisted by her daughter, Maxine, served a delicious salad course. The club adjourned to meet next with Mrs. Paul Stanford.

"Mrs. Etta Hendley, known as Etta Kirby before her marriage, has recently undergone an operation for the mouth. She was in a car wreck last May, throwing her into the steering wheel of her car in which she was driving. Her mouth hit the steering wheel, breaking the bone of her front teeth just above the lip, also knocking some of her front teeth out. She also received a few other minor cuts and bruises which were not so serious. She is in a serious condition but her many friends and loved ones wish for her a quick and speedy recovery.

"Miss Lillian Brawner, 23, of Van, was killed and four others were injured, as results of an automobile accident, four miles south of Lone Oak Friday night. The group, all students at the teachers' college at Commerce, were on their way home for the weekend. The injured are: Clifton Brawner, 20, brother of the dead girl, and driver of the car; Melba Brawner, 17, their sister; Faye Swain, Grand Saline, and Roy Adkins, Jamestown. The driver of the other car was unhurt. Melba Brawner has three fractured ribs. The Brawners are children of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Brawner, near Van. Funeral service for Miss Lillian Brawner was held Saturday, with interment at the Union Chapel cemetery, just east of Van. Lee Brawner, the father, is a brother of Rev. E.S. Brawner, pastor of the Canton Methodist church up until the first of this year, when he was transferred to Bronson.

"LOCALS: Hon. T.N. Jones of Tyler was here Monday. Howard Perry was here Saturday and Sunday from Dallas. B.H. McKinnon of Edom was a prominent visitor in Canton Monday. Mesdames Paul H. Stanford and A.D. Boyd were Tyler visitors Saturday. Mrs. C.L. Hubbard visited relatives and friends in Mineola last of the week. Mesdames Egbert Mann, Jno. E. Sides and Miss Ethel Lively visited Tyler Saturday. Mesdames W.F. Couch and W.B. Rodgers visited relatives in Wills Point Friday. Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Wilson of Dallas spent Sunday here with the family of C.A. Groves. J.B. Lawler, former Canton citizen, was here Tuesday and Wednesday visiting numerous friends. Harold Valentine of Houston spent the week-end in Canton, visiting friends in his old hometown.

"Herbert Morrison, former Van Zandter, who resides with his family in Denton, has been assisting in the tax collector's office this week, during the rush, as many have been obtaining their tax receipts, car licenses, etc. in lieu of the 1st day of February. Five office assistants have been waiting on the public in this office all week. Mrs. Julius A. Germany and her daughter, Mrs. Newsome, nee Vaga Germany, of Dallas, and their friend from San Angelo, who was formerly Miss Pearl Tumlinson, who lived in Canton when she was a girl, were here for a short visit last week with Mrs. C.P. Smith. Mrs. Frank Terry died at the family about six miles west of Canton Monday afternoon about 5 o'clock. She is survived by her husband who has the sympathy of many friends.

"Mrs. M.C. Foster spent the week-end in Denton, visiting her sister, Mrs. Dr. Blankenship and family. She accompanied S.J. McCauley to Denton, who also spent the week-end with his family there. Misses Rose Blackwell, attending school at Denton, and Bonnie Blackwell, teaching in the Wills Point high school, spent the week-end here with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Blackwell, and many friends. Mrs. C.L. Hubbard went to Terrell Tuesday afternoon to join her daughter, Mrs. O.L. Pittman, and husband of Dallas, en route to Arkansas, answering a message to the effect that the latter's father was at that time in a dying condition. Van Zandt County Road Foreman Carl Hitt and wife moved to Canton last week-end, having taken rooms for light housekeeping at the Shoemaker home in Southwest Canton. Canton extends this family a cordial welcome. Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Matthews spent the week-end here with Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Boyd, the latter being their daughter. Mr. Matthews has been quite ill in the recent past, but is steadily regaining his health."

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