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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, April 3, 1931

" E.C. Stovall returned to his home at Canton last week, where he will remain for some little time, before returning to Austin to resume his work for the Texas senate. He suffered a nervous attack some weeks ago which necessitated a period of rest, and his many friends throughout the county will be glad to learn that he has but completely recovered. He thinks he will be able to return to Austin in the next two or three weeks.

"Justice of the Peace R.E. High of Canton, although rather new in office, bids fair to establish a record in assisting Dan Cupid before his term expires. Sunday, March 29, at Myrtle Springs, he pronounced the ceremony uniting in marriage Mr. Alfred Corkston and Miss Willie Mae Warren; and Mr. J.W. Rhodes and Miss Katie May Driver. On the Sunday previous, he performed the marriage ceremony fro Mr. T.D. Westmoreland and Miss Ruthel Massey. The paper joins all their friends in attending congratulations.

"Mrs. Mary Ann Franks, 87 years, 7 months and 8 days, died early Tuesday night at the home of her son-in-law, W.T. Ramsey, a few mines east of Canton. Funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon, followed by interment in Morris Chapel cemetery, Eubank Undertakers having charge of the burial. The deceased, a fine Christian character, loved and admired by all who knew her, and she is survived by several children. The paper was unable to obtain the names of her relatives before going to press. All friends of the family extend condolence to the bereaved.

"Mrs. Jno. E. Sides and Miss Ethel Lively went to Dallas Wednesday. Arthur Mitchell was here last of the week from Sherman, visiting his mother, Mrs. Alice Mitchell. Lamar Sides, assistant cashier of the First National Bank, has been battling with an attack of flu this week. Mr. and Mrs. R.O. Pinkerton of Kilgore were here Sunday, visiting the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Couch. Wednesday was ‘April Fool' day. If any of the bill collectors were fooled in their collections, the day that it was may account for it. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Yantis of Kaufman were here Wednesday of last week, visiting the former's father, Judge T.R. Yantis and daughter, Miss Ruth. Miss Frances Brown of Marshall is spending the week here with her mother, Mrs. D.F. Brown and family. Her sister, Mrs. L.L. Walters of Myrtle Springs spent Sunday here.

"Walter Tull Anderson, age about 24 years, died at the parental home in Greenville Thursday of last week, after a prolonged illness. Impressive funeral service was held there the following day, and after this the body was tenderly laid to rest in the Greenville cemetery. The young man was a grandson of Mrs. G.W. Tull of Canton, had visited there often before overcome with illness, and many people in Canton were pained to hear of his passing. His mother, who was Miss Lula Tull of Canton, died some years ago. He is survived by his father, Walter Anderson, a younger brother and two sisters. Those attending the funeral from Canton were Mrs. G.W. Tull and daughter Miss Allie, G.W. Tull and wife and little daughter, and Congressman Morgan G. Sanders and wife. The Herald joins a host of friends in extending sincere sympathy.

"Mesdames C.F. Riley and Tom Riley entertained Mrs. A.D. Sparkman with a birthday party last week at Mrs. C.F. Riley's beautiful home on Buffalo street. The Sunday school class of Mrs. Sparkman was invited and attended. The guests assembled in the pretty living room around a cheery fireplace, amid beautiful decorations in vases of Iris. Many interesting games were played, contests indulged in, including ‘tongue twisters.' Mrs. Sparkman received many useful and pretty gifts, some not being present sending their gifts. Those attending were: Mesdames A.D. Sparkman, A.D. Boyd, Paul Stanford, H.H. Hilliard, Sam Reaves, B.D. High, Lamar Sides, Elmer Prater, Loy Dean Patrick, George Yates, J.W. Terry, Theo Lumpkin, Tom Riley, and Miss Sparkman and the hostess. Mrs. Tom Riley and Miss Marienne Sparkman assisted the hostess in serving refreshments of ice cream with a cherry on top, little cakes and chocolate mints in pretty rosebud cups. All expressed themselves as having spent a most delightful afternoon.

"Tax Assessor Homer McPhail and family moved Tuesday from the Sid McCauley home on Dallas street to one of the Dr. L.W. Shoemaker homes in the southwestern part of town, one door north of the First Christian church, which is a desirable location, with all conveniences, including a garden spot that Mr. McPhail fears will give him ‘trouble' this spring. Tuesday, it will be recalled, was not much of a day for moving, from a weather standpoint, but arrangements had been previously made, so move they did. Mr. McCauley's family, residing in Denton during the school terms, will return and take possession of their home here immediately after school adjournment."

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