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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 10, 1931

"It appears that more than usual interest was manifested in Tuesday's city election, this opinion being arrived at after scanning the ballot sheets and noting the array of candidates put into the field by their friends, and the proration of votes among them. The old regime was retained in office, however, consisting of the present mayor and the present five aldermen, elected for another two-year term. The balloting was as follows: For Mayor, J.R. Kellis, 81, A.A. Dawson, 51, Jno. E. Sides, 1. For Alderman: W.L. Steed, 94, G.H. Hilliard, 80, D.T. Riley, 76, H.F. Blackwell, Jr., 71, A.D. Mathis, 62. The foregoing were elected and constitute the city council. Others were accorded votes as follow for alderman: S.J. McCauley, 50, Z.W. Moore, 49, Jim Parker, 36, Jay Riley, 29, Minor Burns, 20, Jno. E. Sides, 20, J.T. Beard, 18, Lamar Sides, 11, Geo. Wages, 6, C.F. Riley, 6, F.M. Rasco, 5, A.H. Travis, 4, J.R. McKenzie, 4, G.W. Tull, S.F. Hilliard, A.S. Nolen, W.B. Rodgers received 2 votes each while Sam Beard, W.H. Reynolds, C.A. Goodman, Mrs. Katie Sides and Mrs. C.P. Smith, A.O. Loughmiller, A.A. Dawson, H.F. McPhail, Arch Blankenship, Dr. Keahey, Jim Rasco, Bonner Baker, B.A. Mitchell, Leon Cox and H.H. Hilliard received one vote each.

"Ed Wynne, colored, 85 years, 7 months and 16 days, died last week at his home just north of Canton and was buried Saturday. He had lived on his farm for more than half a century, and has lived in the county for a still longer period, first settling in the Big Rock country in the southern portion of the county. His wife died some months ago, but some children survive, including a daughter in Missouri who came for the funeral. Ed Wynne had the confidence and good will of all white folks who knew him. His whole life was a good example to every member of his race and no doubt many have profited by his living among them. He owned two good little farms north of Canton, practiced his religion, and paid his obligations, and all his associates will miss him greatly.

"LOCALS: Mrs. C.F. Riley was a Dallas visitor this week. Mrs. J.C. Lively has been sick with flu this week. C.A. Groves and family visited in Tyler last of the week. Jim Wilson of Wills Point made a ‘hand' here ‘first' Monday. Mrs. Jno. E. Sides and Miss Ethel Lively visited Dallas Wednesday. Tom Fizer of Angleton spent the week-end here with homefolks and friends. Mrs. Tom Craft spent Saturday in Dallas shopping and visiting friends. Miss Cora Lawler of Dallas visited homefolks and friends here Sunday. Cleon Poole and family of Dallas visited relatives here Sunday afternoon. J.R. Wallace, Will Barber and others from Martins Mill were here Monday. Loyd McCauley, attending school at Denton, spent the week-end here at home. Miss Lottie Rasco of Henderson spent Sunday here with homefolks and many friends. Master Harold High, son of Mrs. and Mrs. B.D. High, is reported ill with pneumonia this week.

"Mrs. G.W. Tull, Mrs. Morgan G. Sanders, Mrs. Lillian Florence and Miss Allie Tull visited Tyler Wednesday. Miss Mary Loyce Harris of Terrell was here first of the week visiting her sister, Mrs. Lamar Sides and family. Miss Opal Kellis, attending T.W.C. in Fort Worth, spent the week-end here with homefolks and many friends. Mrs. Geo. Wages, who has been ill and confined to her bed for several weeks, is reported somewhat improved. J.B. Lawler of Dallas spent ‘first' Monday here, shaking hands with old-time friends from morning until night. Miss Claydie Mae McPhail, attending Trinity University at Waxahachie, spent the week-end here with homefolks and friends.

"Miss Agatha Landry of Dallas was here over the week-end visiting her grandmother, Mrs. L.W. Shoemaker, and family and friends. Rev. A.D. Sparkman and wife and Mrs. M.K. Thomas attended the Baptist Worker's Conference in Grand Saline Tuesday of this week. Mrs. Leslie Florence of Pittsburg arrived Saturday afternoon for a visit with her mother, Mrs. G.W. Tull, and other members of the family. Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone Thomas of Shreveport visited their parents here Sunday, being accompanied by Master Guy Thomas Ashworth of that city, who remained here with his grandparents.

"Marriage Licenses: Melvin C. Hogue and Janelle Koonce, Charlie Wright and Gordie Gilchrist, S.F. Gideon and Cleo Heath, Hollis Ragland and Wilma Rogers, T.R. Westmoreland and Ruthell Massey, B.F. Cook and Flora Stewart, Homer P. Kirby and Maurine Stephenson, Alfred Cookston and Willie Mae Warren, Russell Ellis and Magnolia Beall, O.C. Bruster and Ruby Rabinson.

"Mr. H.G. Todd, proprietor of Canton's City Bakery, and Mrs. Alice Kellis of this city, motored to Tyler Sunday afternoon and were married by the pastor of the First Christian church there. For the present the newlyweds have rooms at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bonner Baker on Buffalo street where they are at home to their many friends. The Herald joins all in extending congratulations and best wishes for their future happiness and prosperity.

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