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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, February 13, 1931

"One of the most regretable family losses Canton has sustained in a long time came about this week when Mr. And Mrs. Howard Heard, with but little warning to their host of friends, departed for Taft, Texas, where they will reside in future. The Herald understands that Mr. Heard will take over one of the leading cafes in that thriving Texas city, and he is sure to succeed, for he is just that kind of a fellow. Mr. and Mrs. Heard are young folks, Canton products ow whom the whole town and countryside are proud, and certainly all their many friends, while regretting to lose them as citizens, wish them the very best of everything in their new location. Mrs. Heard has an older brother living in Taft, a native Van Zandter, and his father and mother Mr. And Mrs. E.A Heard are there on an extended visit now, but it is sincerely hoped that Canton and Van Zandt county are not destined to lose the whole Heard delegation..that would never do.

"W.S. Slider, 72, died at his home in the Mounty Gibson community Monday morning, Feb. 9, at 4 o'clock following an illness of nearly two years. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday by Bro. Kelly and interment was made in the Chenkepen cemetery. The deceased was born and reared in the China Grove community. On Sept. 8, 1887, he was married to Miss Tennessee Martin of China Grove. From there he moved to Kaufman where he made his home for about twenty years. For the past eleven years he has been a resident of the Mount Gibson community. He was a highly respected citizen and the people more than regret the loss of this good man, who has helped to cheer everyone along the way by his kind disposition. Besides his wife, he is survived by six children, Joe Slider, Eustace; Corbie Slider, Grand Saline; Major Slider, Kaufman; Godard and Bryant Slider and Mrs. Hattie Beck, all of Canton. His host of friends extent their sympathy to the bereaved family.

"Relatives in Van Zandt county received a telegram Tuesday announcing the death of Dr. Hiram E. Wallace, former Van Zandter and well known in the county, at his home in Reagin, Texas, where he and family have lived for a number of years. He is survived by his wife, two sons and four daughters, also a brother, Judge Lee Wallace of Kerrville, another brother Tom Wallace of Tyler and still another brother Whit Wallace whose residence is unknown. Two sisters also survive, Mrs. Cates of Crandall and Mrs. Sharp of Humble. Mrs. H.J. Craft of Canton is a sister-in-law. The Wallace old family home was near Garden Valley.

"Ganald Taylor entertained her little friends with a party Jan. 31, 1931, Feb. 1 being her 5th birthday, on account of the Currey children going away on the first the party was a day early. The children were brought in the living room and were blindfolded, giving each one the end of a string, the string led them to the lawn and up to a table where a birthday cake with five candles were burning. Garnell and Joe Barnes built a bonfire and roasted marshmallows and weiners. Then presents were opened with Ganald was pleased with, after games were played. Those present were: Joe Barnes Waggoner, May Bell Riley, Billie Louise Carpenter, Edna June Currey, Bettie Currey, Don Currey, Jerry, Mitchell and Dorothy Lee Funderburk, Wanda Fern Johnson, Garnell Taylor. Mrs. K. Taylor was ill so Mrs. Jesse Smith acted as hostess.

"The Van Zandt County Medical Society met in joint session with the Kaufman county Medical Society. The ladies of the Methodist church served a very splendid dinner of chicken and every other good thing to go with it. The assembly was called to order by Dr. V.B. Cozby of Grand Saline. The members of the Kaufman County Medical Society in attendance were, as follows: Drs. Geo. F. Powell, J.W. Neely, R.W. Holton, C.W. Scarbrough of Terrell; Dr. DePerrere of Crandall; Dr. P.C. Shands of Forney and Dr. H.S. Taylor of Kaufman. The members of the Van Zandt County Medical Society in attendance were, as follows: Drs. Bascom Cozby, Felix V. Bryant, L.W. Shoemaker, H.T. Fry and D. Leon Sanders. Visitors: Drs. Wm. J. Hazel and W.L. Garland. Drs. Hazel and Neely reported some very interesting clinics. Dr. V. Bascom Cozby read a paper on ‘Advance of Medical Science.' Dr. H.S. Taylor read a paper on ‘Diagnoses and Treatment of Pneumonia in Children.' Dr. John W. Neely lectured on ‘Fractures' and displayed several interesting pictures.

"Mrs. J.W. Barnes and daughter Mrs. S.S. Waggoner, went to Denton Sunday to visit relatives, the former remained for an indefinite stay and the latter returning Wednesday. Miss Lottie Rasco of Henderson spent the week-end here with homefolks. Miss Earl Blackwell of that city also spent the latter part of the week here with friends. A.S. Tunnell, former Cantonite, was here Monday from Dallas. The Gulf Gasoline Station on Dallas street, formerly conducted by R.C. Pinkerton, who with Mrs. Pinkerton moved to Dallas last week, has been taken over by N.O. Sawyer, and Gordon Jordan will be found waiting upon the trade during the day. Mr. Sawyer also operates the Gulf station on Red Hill, Mrs. Sawyer being in charge of the latter place."

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