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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 27, 1931

"The following marriage licenses have been issued by the Van Zandt county clerk since last reported in this paper. The number issued during this month far exceeds the number issued in January: Loyd Lee Bynum and Fayene Garrett; C.I. Wilson and Mrs. Dane Patton; Van Coffman and Rosa Lee Henegar; E.B. Gray and Beatrice Williams; J.C. Guinn and Grace Shinn; Clell Short and Opal Hall; Grady Willingham and Mattie Fay Birdsall; E. Johnson and Birdie Hooks; O.T. Pruden and Opal Tidwell; C.E. Monroe and Irene Haley; Audrey L. Davis and Gladys O. Ashley; R.L. Farmer and Joyce Beard; D.B. Gray and Callie Mae Morris; Maupin Ragland and Willie Dee Langley; Coleman Parker and Freddie Norris; John H. Flennister and Avis Davis; Earl Null and Gaynell Clark; Walter Daniels and Jeffie Burnett; H.E. Wellmaker and Blanche Mills; Barton M. Prater and Gladys Pauline Millken; and Joseph H. Dougherty and Carrie Miller.

"Mrs. Mary E. Carr, aged 64 years, died suddenly Friday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ruby Hutchinson, in Dallas, her death resulting from a stroke of apoplexy sustained in the garden while she was picking turnip greens for the family dinner. Funeral services were held Saturday, interment taking place in the cemetery in the Roddy community where she spent much of her life. Mrs. Carr had been married three times and was a widow at the time of her death. Her first husband was Will Morrison, father of the former tax collector Herbert Morrison, and her second husband was Henderson Murphy, both well known citizens of this county during their lifetimes. She is survived by six sons, Herbert Morrison of Denton, Arthur Murphy of Mabank, John Murphy, Henry Murphy and Jack Murphy of Dallas; and Ralph Murphy of Avarado; three daughters, Mrs. V.G. White of Lockney, Mrs. Jack Norris and Mrs. Ruby Hutchinson of Dallas.

"LOCALS: Master C.L. Stanford was a Dallas visitor Saturday, Mrs. Geo. Yates has recovered from an attack of flu. Miss Dee Stanford is visiting Miss Balfa Greer in Celina. Cecil Miller of Longview spent Sunday in Canton with friends. T.B. Meeks of Grand Saline was in Canton on business Wednesday. Mrs. Luther High, west of town in the High community, is reported ill. Mrs. M.M. Simmons of Wills Point was a Canton visitor Wednesday. Misses Lottie Rasco and Earl Blackwell of Henderson spent the week-end in Canton. Miss Janie Weir returned to Wills Point Monday, after a visit with the family of W.B. Rodgers. Hugh Mathis, attending college in Denton, spent the week-end here with home folks and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Jno. E. Sides had for their week-end visitor their daughter-in-law, Mrs. Jas. L. Sides of Tyler. Sheriff W.P. Nixon and County Attorney Paul H. Stanford went to Austin first of the week on business. Mrs. Leslie Florence of Pittsburg spent last week-end in Canton with her mother, Mrs. G.W. Tull and family.

"Miss Ida Frances Hilliard, attending college in Commerce, spent the week-end in Canton with home folks and numerous friends. Miss Charlcie Waldrip and Miss Edith Raper of Longview and Miss Waynie Smith of Gilmer spent the week-end in Canton, guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bonner Baker. Jack Steed, Odell Kuykendall, Gerald Burnett and Robert Hall, attending junior college at Abilene, spent the weekend here with home folks and friends. Both Mrs. J.R. Kellis and Mrs. Anna McMahon, reported seriously ill in the paper last week, are considerably improved, which will be most welcome news to their many friends. Guy Ashworth was here Sunday from Shreveport, and was accompanied home by his little son, Guy Thomas, who had been visiting his grandparents in Canton for about two weeks. Mrs. J.W. Barnes returned last of the week, after a visit in Denton, accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. J.W. Compton, who spent the first of the week here with relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Foster visited in Dallas and McKinney from Friday until Sunday, visiting two daughters in Dallas, and the former's brother in McKinney. Mrs. Donnie Compton returned last of the week from the Dallas annual spring style show, purchasing some of the very latest creations in millinery for her establishment in this city.

"Funeral service was held Friday at the Cana cemetery, conducted by Rev. A.D. Sparkman, pastor of the Canton Baptist church, for Miss Lometa Cartright who died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmos Cartright, February 19. The deceased was born in Van Zandt county September 4, 1912, and was taken with illness September 8, 1930, enduring her suffering all the while with a smile. She was a sweet Christian character, loved by all who knew her. She is survived by her parents, one brother and two sisters, her grandmother, aunts and uncles. One brother died in infancy. A host of friends of the family extend sympathy to them in their bereavement."

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