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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 17, 1931

"H.H. (Uncle Henry) died at his home in Myrtle Springs Sunday, April 12, at the ripe age of 89 years, 9 months and 10 days, having been born in Tennessee June 22, 1842. His passing ended the earthly career of one of Van Zandt county's most widely known and highly respected citizens and one of her oldest pioneers, he having come to this locality with his parents when only ten years old, the family settling five miles west of Canton on the Kaufman road where he grew to manhood. During his long residence here he witnessed many changes, from a sparsely settled country with meager advantages to a populous county and state teeming with progress and advancement along every line, science and invention bring out many things undreamed of as late as a quarter of century ago. (For further on this long and informative obituary, see the original on microfilm)

"The death angel passed over the Wallace community, April 4th, and took for its victim William H. Stone. William H. Stone, the son of Dr. and Mrs. William H. Stone, was born at Canton, Texas, Feb. 2, 1868. He was married to Miss Ada Belle McCaffity March 6, 1892. Two children were born to them and each preceded him, in their infancy, to their heavenly home.

"Right now is the time for all who are the least interested in the Canton cemetery to make a donation toward cleaning off the grounds and otherwise beautifying the premises. This is a direct appeal for funds, as the work is sorely needed, and all who will are asked to place in the hands of Jay Riley at the postoffice whatever amounts they conveniently can for this purpose. Mr. Riley has been directing this work for several years, giving his time to such a worthy cause and surely if he is willing to do this, all others should take pleasure in helping to provide him with funds to accomplish what is so necessary in this silent City of the Dead.

"Fred Tyson, employee of the State Highway Department, residing with his family at the Dixie Hotel in Canton, was seriously injured last Sunday afternoon about 4 o'clock on Highway 64 five or six miles east of Canton, when a road machine, with sweeper attached, which he was operating, was struck by a Chevrolet car occupied by parties living at Tyler and Henderson, it was said, who are also connected officially, according to report, with the Highway Department. Mr. Tyson's wife is a sister of Miss Mamie Maum, proprietor of the hotel, and Mrs. Bonner Baker of Canton, and of Ed Maum. The family moved here some months ago from Arkansas, Mr. Tyson having been employed on the highway all the while. Wiley H. Keykendall of Canton, another employee of the State Highway Department, was also on the road machine, but escaped with slight injury, he being thrown clear of the wreck.

"William Duncan Harris died at the home of his son, Pledger Harris, in the Hayden community on Monday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m. and his remains were laid to rest in the High cemetery, the funeral service being conducted by Rev. H.J. Manley, of Wills Point, with a song service by the Seale quartette. W.D. Harris was born in Mississippi Dec. 23, 1848, being in his 83rd year at the time of his death. He came to Texas in 1885. His wife died in 1913, and since her death he has made his home with his children. Mr. Harris was a man of noble character, esteemed by all who knew him. He abhorred vice in any form. He joined the Baptist church when about 35 years of age, later joining the Dawson Presbyterian church, being made a ruling elder in 1900. The pall bearers were Frank Loughmiller, Knox Gullett, Clarence Goss, Caple Mullin, Greer Loughmiller, and Nolen Box. The following children survive: Pledger Harris, Hayden; Ben Harris, Scurry; John Harris, Lawrence; Mrs. Alice Glover, Dallas; Mrs. Ruth Green, Fort Worth, and Frank Harris. Nineteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive. This paper joins the many friends of the family in extending sympathy in their hour of sorrow.

"LOCALS: Cecil Miller of Longview spent Sunday in Canton. Miss Lola Groves spent Sunday in Edgewood with friends. Rev. A.D. Sparkman and wife were Terrell visitors Tuesday. Angus Nixon is here from A. & M. College where he is a student. The little son of Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Nixon, who has been quite ill, is reported improving. Miss Bessie Mitchell of Dallas spent Sunday here with her father, B.A. Mitchell and family. Mrs. Dr. Kellam and son, John M., and Mrs. C.F. Riley visited Tyler Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. R.A. Deen of Fort Worth spent Saturday and Sunday here with her brother, C.W. Ashworth and family. Misses Roxie Stanford and Elizabeth Spinks of Dallas spent the week-end here with Mrs. C.L. Stanford and family. Harold Valentine, former Canton boy, now employed in the city of Houston, spent Sunday here visiting numerous friends. Mrs. H.H. Sides and daughter May Dell, of Grand Saline, visited the former's mother, Mrs. J.T. Todd and family Sunday.

"Henry Evans of Dallas was a Canton visitor Tuesday. He lived here when a boy with his father, Major Evans, well known contractor and builder, and the son mentioned is in the same kind of business. His numerous friends here were glad to see him. Master Harold High, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.D. High, is recovering from a severe attack of pneumonia, but still confined to his bed. The young man has undergone quite a seige, and all the friends of the family and friends elsewhere will be glad to learn that he is on the road to recovery. Rube Kennedy of Grayson county passed through Canton Tuesday en route to Jackson to visit his brother, George Kennedy, and family, and his sister, Mrs. Jim Chamblee, and family near Phalba. Mr. Kennedy moved from Van Zandt county, from the Jackson community, the year the present Van Zandt county court house was built, in 1894. Figure the time.

"W.H. Hall and family moved last week to Chandler. Mr. Hall had been conducting what was known as Halls's Cash Store in Canton for several months, up to the time the building and stock of good was damage by fire a few weeks ago, and which has not been reopened. William Lewis Clubb of Kilgore and Miss Ruth Wilson of Van were united in matrimony at the county clerk's office in Canton Tuesday afternoon, Justice of the peace, R.E. High pronouncing the marriage ceremony in the presence of a few witnesses. The paper joins all friends in extending congratulations."


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