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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 that have been microfilmed. Complete articles and more are available to researchers in the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton. 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, Friday, October 24, 1930

"Baptist Church: Regular attendance at Sunday school has almost doubled in the past two months. Let us double the present number in the next two. Come next Sunday. Pastor will preach at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Morning theme, ‘A New Name.' In the evening a sermon appropriate to World's Temperance Sunday will be preached. It is time all moral forces were aroused to meet the ‘Modern Crusaders.' A.D. Sparkman

"There was a larger crowd in town last Saturday than on any other week-end shopping day during the present fall. Even at that, there is no way of estimating the percentage of trade that goes elsewhere during the week and on Saturday especially to take advantage of bargains in all lines of merchandise offered by alert merchants in other towns, who are aware that the people at this particular time are looking for the most that their money will buy in dry goods, groceries and clothing--three staple lines. If the merchants of Canton would sense conditions as they really are and make the right kind of bid for all the trade that rightfully belongs here they would see a big difference, but it can't be done without some impressive advertising. It's not done at other places, and it won't be done here. If advertising is good for merchants in others towns, Canton would be no exception to the rule. It would not.

"Hayden Donahue of Canton, who has been employed in the capacity of salesman for the Canton Motor Co., departed last of the week for Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, to enter the government hospital for thorough medical diagnosis and treatment. The young man went over seas with the A.E.F., and was victimized by gas in such a way that the nature of it, it seems, has not yet been fully determined. At intervals in the past since the war he has been summoned to government hospitals for treatment, having visited the institution as Muskogee, Okla, several times, but this is the first trip to San Antonio, said to be the best equipped and manned government hospital in the United States. Hayden was born and reared in this county and his many friends hope that he will soon recover from his affliction.

"The paper learned late Wednesday that Rufus Montgomery was hurt when a truck he was driving was struck by a train at Silver Lake. A message was sent to relatives at Wallace stating that he had been carried to Mineola. Rufus Montgomery is a son-in-law of Tom Brown, well known farmer one mile east of Wallace, and it was said Mrs. Brown has two trucks employed on a gravel haul near Mineola. Relatives departed Wednesday afternoon for Mineola.

"Mrs. John E. Owens of Dallas, formerly of Wills Point, was a pleasant visitor in Canton last Saturday afternoon. While here she called on Mrs. Mary Ethel Brandon, home demonstration agent, seeking to obtain her services and advice in regard to some farm projects she (Mrs. Owens) is fostering in Van Zandt County. Mrs. Owens' husband is vice president of the Republic National Bank in Dallas.

"An impressive funeral service was held at the Canton Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock for James L. Sides, aged 23 years, 1 month and seven days, who died at the Forney sanitarium Monday afternoon, October 19. The service was conducted by Rev. E.S. Brawner, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. D.S. Burke, Methodist minister of Edom, and former pastor of the Canton church, while Congressman Morgan G. Sanders of this city also made an appropriate and interesting talk. The body was interred in the Canton cemetery, Eubank undertakers having charge of the burial.

"Jas. L. Sides was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Jno. E. Sides of Canton. He was making his home in Houston, having recently moved there from Dallas, and was an electrical engineer engaged in installing and equipping radio stations. Last Saturday night between 9 and 10 o'clock he was en route from Dallas in his car to Canton, traveling alone, and just beyond Forney on a soft road his car was wrecked. So far as the papers knows, no one witnessed the accident. The injured young man was found soon afterward, unconscious and hurried to the sanitorium, but never rallied, there being concussion of the brain, it was said, and other injuries. His parents, other relatives and numerous friends were summoned to Forney where he passed away as above stated. The body was brought to Canton Monday night and lay in state at the Methodist church until the funeral hours, when the building was filled to overflowing with friends of the family who deeply sympathized with the bereaved and contributed many beautiful floral offerings as a mark of their affection.

"Among those who attended the last sad rites were many from Dallas, a number from Houston, Terrell and other places, all friends or relatives of the deceased and family. James Sides was married in 1928, and is survived by his wife, his parents, two brothers and one sister, He enjoyed the warm friendship of all with whom he was intimately associated, his future was bright and promising and such a sad and untimely ending is deplored by all. The paper joins a great host in extending sincere condolence to all the bereaved. The following young men friends of the deceased, all of Dallas, acted as pallbearers: Lynn Crosby, Duffield Smith, Bob Meddow, Jack Garrison, LeRoy McGrew and Ben Overton.

"Marriage Licenses: Addie C. Marshall and Effie Lee Bullard; Ottie Mallory and Jennie Rector; J.C. Drumm and Elramay Martin; Sam H. Beard and Opal Owen; Andy Anderson and Lucile Bates; Wm. T. Hawkins and Lucille Gibson; E.C. Aman and Tilda Parsons; Omer Wheeler and Georgia Mae Wheeler; J. W. McCollum and Alice Hobbs; Porter Richards and Marietta Shaw; C.H. Corse and Eva Mae Armstrong; A.J. Jordan and Bobbie Green; W.D. Lee and Mrs. Ina Ashley; J.L. Calmes and Mrs. M.E. Harper; J.O. Shotts and Dorothy Hunter; J.O. Marshall and Ida Walker; Henry Smith and Nellie Cofer.

"LOCALS: Miss Lola Groves spent the week-end in Dallas with friends. Mrs. and Mrs. O.L. Pittman of Dallas spent Sunday here with the latter's mother, Mrs. C.L. Hubbard. Postmaster C.F. Riley and wife visited their nephew, J.A. Brackney, in Dallas, the past week-end, and took in the fair. Tax Collector J.R. McKenzie and Deputy Sam Reeves were out last week at appointed places in the county accepting and receipting for taxes and report fairly good collections. Mrs. Morgan G. Sanders and her sister Miss Allie Tull and their mother Mrs. G.W. Tull, arrived home Monday evening from Mineral Wells, where they spent the past ten days. Mrs. C.W. Ashworth, Jr., nee Miss Kathryne Kellam, of San Antonio, spent the past week-end in Canton visiting her parents, Dr. and Mrs. A.J. Kellam, and family, and a host of friends. Miss Blanche Blewett of Dallas was a Canton visitor Sunday, and made a trip out to what is known as the Blewett No. 1 well, four miles south of town, which is located on her land."


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