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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, March 13, 1931

"Mrs. C.F. Riley entertained the lady teachers of the Canton high school and a few others last Friday afternoon at her hospitable home on Buffalo street, the always popular game of ‘42' being one of the chief diversions, with high and low scores coming in for their suitable awards. The well appointed home was attractively decorated for the occasion, the scheme of colors reflecting Saint Patrick in marked degree. Covers were laid for the guests and a most tempting two-course luncheon was served, the hostess being, the hostess being assisted in this feature by Misses Marienne Sparkman and Ethel Lively. It was a unique and most enjoyable affair throughout, with the following teachers in attendance: Misses Yuca Johns, Mary Wilson, Ruth Cozby, Margaret Rodgers, Arlene Steed, Mesdames A.D. Boyd, C. Harris, J.H. Houser and Ena Parsons; Misses Sparkman and Lively, Mrs. Jno. E. Sides and the hostess.

"The Van Zandt county clerk has a new marriage license book to take the place of the old one that was depleted a few days ago. There are now plenty of blank licenses to be filled out as occasion demands, enough to accommodate those in a little hurry or those who inclined to take their time before the leap. The first couple to obtain a license from the new book were J.T. Hollis and Mrs. Pearl Morris. The following licenses have been issued since the last report in this paper: H.W. Richardson and Minnie E. Cook, Russell Bullard and Lorene Fulgham, W.H. Stewart and Henrietta Patrick, J.A. Martin and Trudie Heckler, N.R. Darby and Ruby May, Joe K. Malone and Adell Stallings, Leon Stanbery and Emmer Hammons, John L. Johnson and Cleo Morris, Claud Cockerham and Johnnie Cooper, H.E. Hobbs and Thelma Sanders, Cecil E. Seals and Bernice E. Everitt, Alf Roberson and Virginia Stone, Luther Lafayette Fail and Dorace Boling.

"Mr. Charlie Wright and Miss Gordie Gilchrist, prominent people living near Ben Wheeler, were married in Canton Wednesday shortly after noon at the court house, Justice of the Peace R.E. High, pronouncing the ceremony in the presence of a few friends who accompanied the couple. The paper joins all their friends in extending congratulations and best wishes.

"LOCALS: Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Steed went to Dallas Wednesday afternoon. Miss Lorene Groves went to Edgewood Friday afternoon for a visit with friends. W.D. Seals and family went to Wichita Falls Saturday afternoon and spent the week-end with relatives and friends. Miss Claydie Mae McPhail, attending Trinity University at Waxahachie, spent Sunday here with her parents, Home McPhail and family. Mrs. W.H. Emerson returned Saturday from Dallas, where she spent a few days with her mother, Mrs. Henderson, who had been on a visit here. Mrs. G.W. Tull and daughter, Miss Allie, and the former's son, G.W. Tull and wife returned Sunday evening from Greenville, where they visited relatives. J.T. Hazlewood of Martins Mill was here Tuesday attending court, and renewed his subscription to the Herald, also ordering the Dallas Semi-Weekly News.

"Miss Cora Lawler, teaching in Dallas, spent Sunday here with her sister, Mrs. J.H. Couch, and family; and her parents just east of town, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Lawler. Ira Hilley who has been here from Abilene for the past few days, visiting Joe Waggoner and family, departed Wednesday for Lubbock to enter the Texas Technological college. Dr. T.R. Keahey and wife have moved from apartments at the D.T. Riley residence on Buffalo street to the Mrs. Fanny Burrage home on East Myrtle Row, Mrs. Burrage having moved back to Martins Mill for a temporary residence.

"Quite a surprise to their many friends was the marriage Wednesday evening of last week of Cecil E. Seals and Miss Bernice E. Everitt, prominent young people of the Rast community, southeast of Canton. Both the bride and groom are graduates of the Canton high school, and the bride is a daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. John Everitt, southeast of Canton. The happy couple visited Dallas and other points after the wedding. The paper joins all friends in extending congratulations and best wishes for their future.

"The barn of J.R. Gay, in the Whitton community, was destroyed by fire last Friday night, the origin of the fire not being known. In the barn were about 450 pounds of meat, some corn and hay and a large quantity of planting cotton seed. There was also a new wagon under the barn shed, besides other things. All was a total loss, with some insurance carried. The fire was discovered about 11 o'clock at night, and while Mr. Gay is not certain that his meat was destroyed, he thinks it was instead of being stolen.

"Mrs. Mary Ethel Brandon, the county home demonstration agent, came to the Orio school February 27, 1931, for the purpose of giving the club girls a cooking demonstration. The girls made salad which each of them declared was the best they had ever eaten. The girls are looking forward to another visit from Mrs. Brandon right away. So far the club work has been successful and we sincerely hope that the next few months will be as successful as the first two. Florene Wilhite, reporter."


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