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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 27, 1931

"A short time ago it was announced in the paper that there would be a Sacred Harp singing Sunday afternoon at the courthouse in Canton. But there was no singing, the weather would not permit. The paper is authorized to announce it again, for the first Sunday afternoon in April, which will be Easter Sunday. If the prevailing weather at the time is propitious, it is expected that a large crowd will be in attendance from all parts of the county.

"J.T. Beard of Canton will be on hand to greet all the singers and visitors who like to hear good singing, and remarked that inasmuch as it will be Easter Sunday afternoon, the ladies especially are cordially invited to attend and wear their Easter hats. However, those without new Easter finery will be just as welcome as those who have visited the milliner. In other words, last year hats or even bonnets will not be frowned upon, the point to be stressed being that everybody will be welcomed to a front seat. Another thing: all who wish to sing are requested to take their song book, the books that ‘open the long way' with the wording and notes extending from left to right across the page, the long way. Go if you can, for the event promises to be all that could be desired by lovers of old-time sacred songs.

"Will C. Derring, aged 65 years, a long-time and highly respected citizen of this community, died at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Baylor Hospital, Dallas, and his remains were brought to Canton by Eubank Undertaking Company, of this city, interment being at the Canton cemetery Wednesday afternoon, it not being possible for the paper to obtain the name of the officiating minister at the funeral ceremony before this item was turned into press. The deceased was born in Washington, Arkansas, moving to Van Zandt county many years ago, and residing with his family in the Wentworth community, east of Canton, up to his last illness. He is survived by his wife and several children, among them being Henry Derring, married, living two miles east of town. It was said that the complications setting up from an ingrowing toe nail, including blood poisoning, which necessitated the amputation of his leg, was the direct cause of his death. The Herald joins a large concourse of friends of the family in extending sympathy to the bereaved.

"LOCALS: J.B. Lawler of Dallas was here last of the week, mingling with friends. Mrs. D.T. Riley and Mrs. and Mrs. Jay Riley visited Dallas Wednesday. Miss Cora Lawler of Dallas spent the week-end here with relatives and friends. Mrs. Dora Groome and sister Mrs. Belle Mathis and Hugh Mathis visited relatives and friends in Winona last Saturday. Mrs. J.M. Waggoner is spending the week-end at the old home-place, Mrs. J.W. Barnes and sister, Mrs. S.S. Waggoner. Mrs. J.R. Kellis and daughter, Miss Lillie, went to Mineral Wells last week for a sojourn there with relatives, the former also going to take advantage of the waters of this family Texas health resort, her many friends hoping that she will not only be greatly but permanently improved in health. J.L. Beaver and family have moved back to the Canton sector from Breckenridge, and are domiciled on their farm just east of Canton, where Mr. Beaver is setting about the growing of all sorts of things on the farm. This estimable family has many friends here who rejoice to welcome them back as citizens of the Free State. Mr. And Mrs. Howard Heard are here from Taft, returning after a several weeks' visit to that city. As the paper understands it, their many friends were very much concerned when they went away on the visit as to whether they were giving up Canton as their home, and some are yet in doubt about it, but hoping for the best, that it is not so. Canton really needs these folks.

"You never can tell what Van Zandt county will do in a ‘pinch.' Her citizens, as a rule, are wonderfully and powerfully made. Some of them who long since passed ‘over the river' figured prominently in political conventions, county, district and state, before conventions went out of style and primaries were adopted. Until this good hour it is a question among many as to which is the best for all concerned, primaries or conventions. This brings this item up to the late United States government release of cotton ginned in Texas counties up to Friday, March 20, of last year's crop, which reveals that there were ginned in Van Zandt County, 26,826 bales, as compared with 32,522 bales up to the same time a year before."

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