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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 24, 1931

"R.E. High put some fellow to flight last Sunday night, who was prowling around his chicken house at an unseemly hour. Mr. High was awake at the time, and saw the man, but couldn't identify him and while he made no effort to take a ‘fancy' shot at the intruder, the trespasser did not know it, so he took no chances. If any fowls were taken, they were not missed, and certainly not as many were confiscated as no doubt would have been had the head of the household been lost in sleep. Chicken stealing is a dangerous business these latter days. Besides being a penitentiary offense, there are those who would not hesitate to pump a would-be hen house thief full of lead and consider they had performed a good service for their community. It will be best in the long run to the other fellow's chickens alone.

Alf Foster, high school student, sustained a broken collar bone Thursday when a school bus in which he was riding overturned. He was with a party of several school boys, going to the woods for evergreens with which to decorate the school gym that evening, preparatory for a play to be given by the school. No one else was injured.

"The A.D. Mathis home in South Canton was destroyed by fire Thursday night of last week, about 8 o'clock, the family being down town at the time, having left home only a short time before the blaze was discovered by neighbors, which was said to have originated from an oil stove in the kitchen. The fire department responded to the alarm but the building was doomed, the flames having gained such headway. Some of the furniture and furnishes were saved, but not much, and the fire boys were in readiness to safeguard all adjoining property. Like any similar fire, many things of value, as well as many family relics and keepsakes that can never be replaced, were lost, and the family has the sincere sympathy of many friends in their misfortune. It is understood that some insurance was carried. Mr. and Mrs. Mathis are making their home for the present with the former's mother, Mrs. Belle Mathis, on Dallas street.

Dr. H.H. Hilliard accompanied his wife, and Miss Lola Groves to Dallas Tuesday morning where the two latter underwent the painful operation of having their tonsils removed. Their many friends will rejoice to learn that both operations were a success, and both patients were reported getting along nicely Wednesday, expecting to return home during the present week.

"Mrs. Bert Barlow entertained at her home in South Canton Thursday of last week with a ‘friendship quilting." An appetizing meal was also served, consisting of baked turkey with dressing, pork roast, salad, cake, pies, hot coffee, tea, pineapple delight with whipped cream, etc. The following guests were served, all enjoying the day, and anxiously looking forward to another quilting: Mesdames Nettie Oldfield, Rosa Weeden, Kate Norman, Bertie Norman, A.B. Wise, Coker, all of Stone Point; Mesdames Will Haynes, Clyde Settles, Anderson, Frank Brown, and Miss Frances Brown, all of Canton; Mrs. A.J. Hall of Mabank and Mrs. McGee of Abilene.

"LOCALS: E.F. Barnes of Denton was in Canton last Saturday, meeting many old-time friends. C.H. Hall of Terrell, a former Canton business man, was a Sunday afternoon visitor here. W.H. Hall, who recently moved from here to Chandler, was in Canton Monday on business. Mrs. Arthur Cooper has gone to San Antonio to visit here daughter, Mrs. Dr. Turner and husband. Miss Fairy Boyd of Chandler has been spending a few days here with her brother, A.D. Boyd, and wife. Robert Hall, student at Arlington College, has been spending a few days here with his mother and sister, and many friends. Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Steed of Houston spent the week-end here with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Steed and family.

"Jack Steed, attending school at Denton, spent the week-end here with homefolks and friends over the week-end. Walter Anderson and wife and his two daughters of Greenville spent the past week-end in Canton with Mrs. G.W. Tull and family. Mrs. Maggie Todd spent several days in Tyler last week with her mother and other relatives and friends. Miss Rose Blackwell, taking special musical courses at Denton, and Miss Helen Blackwell, teaching school at Forney, visited their parents here over the week-end, Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Blackwell, and their many friends. Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Foster and family had for their past week-end guests their two daughters, Mrs. J.P. Simpson and Mrs. Sherley F. Cooper of Dallas. Mrs. Foster accompanied them home for a several days' visit.

"Mrs. C.L. Hubbard departed Sunday for an extended visit with her son, Angus Hubbard and wife at Ranger. She went by way of Dallas, where she was joined by her daughter, Mrs. Lilla Mae Pittman, for the trip. Jack Sides has gone to Longview, accepting a good office position there with the State Highway Department. That he will make good goes without saying, and his many friends congratulate him, and the company securing his services. Mrs. Kernon Todd had for her guests Sunday of her mother, Mrs. B.B. Corbin, and husband of Tyler, her aunt, Mrs. M.D. Blackburn, and husband and little son of Dallas and her sister, Mrs. P.B. Ware, of Oklahoma City and little daughter. Misses Willie Gilmore and Henrietta James, teachers in the Grand Saline high school, attended the play in Canton last Friday night at the Canton high school gym. These two young ladies have many friends in Canton, and both of them formerly taught in the school at this place.

"Card of Thanks: We wish to sincerely thank the firemen for their prompt and faithful assistance during the fire last week, enabling us to save some of our household effects, although it was impossible to save the home. Also, most sincerely do we thank the many friends who participated in the ‘shower' for us at the home of Mrs. Jim Parker Monday afternoon. It was more of a ‘down pour' than a shower, and we have scarcely yet been able to enumerate all the many exceptionally useful gifts brought in person or sent by such thoughtful and obliging friends, all of which endears us more to the good people of Canton. Our abiding hope is that all of you will be spared the loss of your homes. Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Mathis and son, Hugh."

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