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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 that have been microfilmed. Complete articles and more are available to researchers in the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton. 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, Friday, October 17, 1930

"Homer M. Sides, agent for the census department, announces that there were 15,422 bales of cotton ginned in Van Zandt county prior to Oct. 1, as compared with 19, 799 bales to the same date last year.
"Near midnight Wednesday night of last week what was known as the Riverside Inn and filling station on the east bank of the Neches river on the Dixie Highway, was destroyed by fire of unknown origin. J.B. Bolin of Canton had leased the property some little time ago, which among other things, consisted of a two-story storehouse and dwelling, and was sleeping in the upper story at the time, also a young man employed by him. Mr. Bolin had barely time to escape from the building, sustaining some painful bruises as he descended to the ground through a window. Nothing in the way of property or effects were saved, and only small insurance was carried. Mr. Bolin was enjoying a nice business, and his many friends sincerely sympathize with him in his misfortune. Mrs. Bolin was away at the time, visiting her daughter, Mrs. Velma Foster, in Canton.

"Mr. C.H. Corse, principal of the Canton high school, and Miss Eva Mae Armstrong of Joshua, Johnson county, were married last Saturday evening in the latter's home town. It was a church wedding, attended by relatives and many friends, who immediately after the pretty ceremony, showered the happy couple with congratulations and best wishes for their future. The bride and groom went to Forth Worth, and were met there Sunday by Mr. and Mrs. Sam Reaves of Catnon, all coming home together, and Mr. and Mrs. Corse, having apartments with the Reaves family on Athens street. Monday evening the ninth grade pupils sponsored a shower for the newlyweds at the Reaves home, the school faculty being responsible for other courtesies later in the week. Mr. Corse is serving as principal of the Canton school for the second term, and has made many friends during his residence here, who congratulate him upon winning such a lovely companion for life, and who gladly welcome her to the best circles of the city.

"Eight Van Zandt girls, members of different girl's clubs, will accompany Mrs. Mary Ethel Brandon, home demonstration agent, to the annual meeting of club girls from over the state at the Dallas Fair next Monday. These events are always looked forward to with much interest, as they are of highly educational value to girl's club work.
"The Royal Theatre, Canton's popular show house, with all talkie pictures, is putting on some fine productions from week to week--shows that you pay more money for in the cities.

"LOCALS: Mrs. and Mrs. J.H. Couch and C.W. Ashworth visited Dallas Monday. Mesdames C.F. Riley and H.F. Blackwll, Jr. visited Terrell this week. Jim Williams and Joe Petty visited the new oil field in Rusk county Monday. Mrs. Cranfill Cox and three children of Gilmer visited in Canton Sunday afternoon. Mrs. A.D. Mathis has returned, after a week's visit with her parents in Woodville, Okla. Misses Roxie Standford and Elizabeth Spinks of Dallas spent the past week-end in Canton. Eric Stanford and family of Wichita Falls visited the former's mother, Mrs. C.L. Stanford and family last Sunday. Mrs. Fry Wallace and three children of Forth (sic) Worth arrived Wednesday for a visit with W. B. Rodgers and family. Mesdames Guy Ashworth, Milton and Gladstone Thomas of Shreveport visited relatives and friends in Canton last week-end. Mr. and Mrs. Willis Terry and son, and Mrs. Beatrice Ashworth and son spent Saturday night and Sunday with Mrs. J.T. Terry at Turner. Mr. and Mrs. I.N. Sewell of Wills Point visited friends in Canton first of the week, also paying the Herald office an appreciated call. J.Lee Sanders returned this week from Toledo, Ohio, where he spent the past few months, his family remaining there for the time being. Mr. Sanders says industrial conditions are not very flattering in that part of the country, notwithstanding the fact that all the banks have plenty of money on hand, according to their published statements.

"JURY FOR THE WEEK: The following jurors were drawn for service this week, at a special term of the district court, beginning Monday, October 13: C.M. Burnley, Carl Curtis, R.I. Ellis, A.M. Kinney, J.M. Coburn, H.W. Carpenter, Parker Davis, W.D. Barber, R.M. Bates, H. Cannefax, S.N. Brown, O.B. Bates, T.C. Berry, A.L. Clark, R.B. Corley, W.M. Blakeley, M.M. Malone, N.E. Marett, L.L. Murphy, Henry Marable, J.H. Murphy, T.E. Marable, C.R. Mullines, Tyke Manning, W.E. Morris, J.B. Malone, J.E. Crim, J.H. Crume, J.M. Duke, G.R. Blasingame, E.L. Coomer, R.C. Malone, J.W. Barrier, J.L. Bryant, E.F. Brooks, Will Daniels, H.B. Etherige, Alton Foster, H.M. Knight, Ray Lowrie, W.D. Fugate, Matt Furrh, C.M. Goss, A.L. Ennis, J.O. Crim.
"Miss Mary Etta Shaw, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Shaw, became the bride of Porter Richards, son of Mr. and Mrs. G.G. Richards, Saturday, October 11, 9 o'clock, at the home of her parents with Reverend Maney, pastor of the Presbyterian church, performing the beautiful ring ceremony. The bride was dressed in brown crepe with accessories to match and carried a beautiful boquet (sic) of rose buds. Immediately after the ceremony the couple left for their home at Arc Ridge, where Mr. Richards will teach this year. The bride and groom were reared in the Wallace community and have a host of friends that wish them many years of happiness and success.

"Mr. Sherd W. Todd of Canton and Miss Fern Sadler of Tyler journeyed to Oklahoma and were married Wednesday of last week. They returned to Canton and have apartments in the home of Dr. and Mrs. LW Shoemaker on Goshen street, where they are at home to their friends. The bride was a popular young lady of Tyler, possessed of a host of friends, who wish the two a happy married life. Mr. Todd is connected with the Canton Motor Company, in the capacity of salesman, was born and reared in this vicinity, and all his many friends extend congratulations."


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