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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, May 1, 1931

"Mr. Ripley should hear about this: The eight-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Jenkins, living at Ben Wheeler, while trying to adjust rope and pulley at the well on the place, fell to the water below which was 15 feet in depth. The young man had previously mastered the art of swimming, hence he figured there was no occasion for drowning for some time at least. Familiarizing himself with his surroundings as best he could, he ascertained that the well was walled with brick, and as the outer surface was somewhat uneven, he set about climbing to the surface, and when almost at the top, he took another tumble. The second ascent, tedious and laborious, using his feet and hands on opposite brick walls, was a success–he finally stepped out on terra firma, but little worse for the wear. But he will remember the episode as long as he lives, and so will all the homefolks and his many friends. This will no doubt prove equal to any emergency that may arise in his future. Congratulations are in order.

"A man by the name of Luttrull, whose initials could not be learned here was killed Friday morning at the W.J. Roberts saw mill about fifteen miles north of Athens when crushed by a heavy log that fell from a lumber truck, it was learned here this morning. He was an employee of the W.J. Roberts Company. He was 52 years of age. The accident occurred when Luttrull was attempting to prevent some logs on a truck he had been driving, from falling off. In trying to tighten the rear boomer which had held the logs in place one of the logs fell from the truck and tripped him causing him to fall across it and before he could get out of the way a second log of large size dropped from the truck to crush him. He lived only a short while after the accident. He lived about eight miles south of Canton where the funeral was held Saturday. He is survived by a wife and a grown daughter.

"Work is being pushed on a new residence from Sam Beard just south and in the same block where his present home stands, in the second block south of the court house. It is to be a modern residence for C.A. Goodman, on a nice building lot joining the home of E.C. Stovall. This, too, will be a modern home and will add greatly to the appearance of this section of town.

"Marriage Licenses: W.H. Lindsey and Willie Henderson; Arley Alexander and Lexie Patton; J.A. Swain and Vivian Johnson; Wm. Lewis Clubb and Ruth Wilson; G.P. Funderburk and Margaret Spraberry; John R. Johnson and Mabel Pettigrew; C.B. Howell and Nina Wilson.

"PERSONALS: Miss Marienne Sparkman visited friends in Terrell Saturday. Miss Lottie Rasco spent Sunday here with homefolks. Mesdames Jno. E. Sides and Shade Conner were shopping in Dallas Tuesday. Leon Cox and family spent the past weekend in Dallas with relatives and friends. Miss Edith Raper of Longview arrived in Canton Wednesday for a visit with numerous friends. Mr. and Mrs. Charley West of Tyler have been visiting relatives and friends in Canton this week. J.T. Riley and wife of Terrell visited the latter's mother, Mrs. Mollie Youngblood, Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Mary Ethel Brandon and Mrs. R.M. Lively and Miss Ethel Lively were Terrell visitors Sunday afternoon. Odell Kuykendall, attending college at Arlington, spent the week-end here with homefolks and many friends. Mrs. Lorene Pinkerton came over from Longview first of the week for a few days' visit with her father, W.F. Couch and family. Mrs. John Parker returned Saturday, after a several days' visit with relatives and friends at Gladewater and other points in East Texas.

"Mrs. Walter Barnes and daughter, Juanita Kate, of Dallas have been here this week at the home of the former's mother, Mrs. J.W. Barnes. Dr. M.L. Cox, Ab Sides, M.K. Thomas and Congressman Morgan G. Sanders attended the meeting of Highway Association 19 at Athens last week. Charles Harris of Terrell is temporarily located in Canton, making his home with his sister, Mrs. Lamar Sides and family, while engaged in typist and stenographic work at the court house.

"Mrs. H.H. Hilliard, and Miss Lola Groves, who visited Dallas last week and had their tonsils removed by a specialist, returned home last of the week, recovering nicely from the painful ordeal. Mrs. C.L. Hubbard arrived home first of the week from Ranger, where she visited her son, Angus Hubbard and wife, her daughter, Mrs. O.L. Pittman of Dallas, joining in the visit, which all enjoyed. Mrs. J.W. Barnes, who was taken seriously ill Friday morning of last week, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dona Compton in Canton, was reported considerably improved first of this week, which will be glad news to all her many friends. Mrs. B.B. Corbin of Tyler and her daughter, Mrs. Percy Ware of Oklahoma City, spent Sunday here with Mrs. Maggie Todd and family, Mrs. Ware remaining for a few days' visit with her sister, Mrs. Todd, before going to Dallas, en route home. Gladstone Thomas was here Sunday from Shreveport and was accompanied home by Master Guy Thomas Ashworth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ashworth of Shreveport, who had spent some time here with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Thomas and Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ashworth.

"The remains of Jno. M. Orsborne, 81, who died at his home in Hawkins, were taken to Mabank Tuesday for interment. The deceased formerly lived at Mabank, moving to Dallas, thence to Hawkins. He is survived by his wife, one daughter and three sons, John M. Orsborne, Jr., living at Mabank. Jim Vickory passed through Canton Sunday evening en route to Tyler on business. He lives in Fort Worth and has resided there ever since he left Canton twenty-seven years ago. His father was once sheriff of Van Zandt county and Jim acted as deputy. He has prospered in the Panther City, and says he intends to ‘load his family in his car some time and pay the old home county a belated visit.' Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Morris of San Benito spent the past week-end in Canton visiting the former's mother and other relatives and numerous friends. They had been to Mineral Wells, where Mr. Morris attended a T.P.L. convention. They are getting along nicely down on the border, but have lost none of their love for the ‘Free State.'"

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