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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 8, 1931

"Quiet reigned Monday and Tuesday in regard to district court matters, there being but little business to transact. A divorce suit was disposed of Monday, some motions were heard by the judge, and one case, that of Staley Kessinger vs. J.B. Stevenson et al was transferred to a Dallas district court. During a prolonged recess of the court Monday afternoon Judge Bond selected for his companion Sam Reeves of Canton, and the two went a-hunting. Their game bags were not examined by the warden upon their return, and it will possibly never be known just the amount of wild life they brought to an abrupt end with their fowling pieces. As there are no bear, buffalo, elk, moose or mountain lions in this immediate locality, it is thought some of the lesser fur-bearing animals were in for a good trimming. The jury for the week was only to report on Wednesday of this week, there being the possibility of more or less legal business for the remainder of the week. Next Monday the criminal docket will be called and there is every promise of a busy week, with the Dick Taylor murder case set for next Tuesday, for which a special venire has been summoned.

"The body of Sam Martin, a young white man, was brought from a state farm near Huntsville and interred in the Highland cemetery Tuesday morning, according to a report to this paper, which also said he died there last Sunday night of congestion. The deceased was a son of A.J. Martin of the Highland community, and he was expected home about the last of the month, hence the unexpected death was quite a shock to relatives and friends, who have the sympathy of many in such sorrow. The paper was unable to learn any particulars of the young man's death.

"Grady Traxler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Silas Traxler, a few miles east of Canton, was one of the employees at the Sinclair-Cole oil well, near Gladewater, which has occupied newspaper space on the front page of all big papers throughout the country, since it burst into flames several days ago, claiming the lives of nine workman and injuring others. The extent of young Traxler's injuries was not learned by the paper. He was employed as a tool dresser, and since the fire had been confined in a Longview hospital, but was transferred to Dallas for treatment.

"PERSONALS: Mrs. Marienne Sparkman was a Terrell visitor Wednesday. Mrs. Mattie Farmer spent the week-end in Denton with relatives and friends. Loyd McCauley, attending school at Denton, was here visiting the old home Saturday. Hugh Mathis, attending school at Denton, visited homefolks and friends here last of the week. Love Riley, who now lives at Waskom, Texas, visited numerous relatives and friends here last week-end. Mrs. Marvin Houser of Royse City has been spending a few days here with her son, J.H. Houser and family. R.C. Jordan of Dallas was in Canton Wednesday and purchased a farm north of Fruitvale from High and West. Tom Wiggins of Fort Worth, formerly of Canton, has been here this week on business, and renewing acquaintance with his many friends. W.F. Couch and family visited Mr. and Mrs. R.O. Pinkerton at Longview Sunday, and obtained a distant view of the burning oil well near Gladewater.

"Miss Ida Frances Hilliard, attending college at Commerce, spent from Friday until Tuesday here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.F. Hilliard, and many friends. Miss Lottie Rasco, who has been employed in abstract work at Henderson for several months, has been spending a few days here with homefolks and numerous friends. A.M. McQueen of Dallas, former Canton citizen, spent a few days here first of the week, visiting his many friends and former associates, all of whom were glad to see him. Mr. and Mrs. Hugh DeJarnett and their niece, Miss Godfrey, who spent several days in Canton with their relatives, the Rileys and Nolans, departed for their home in Alabama Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. N.F. Allen and baby spent the past week-end in Fort Worth, their former home before moving to Canton, there they have apartments at the Dr. Shoemaker home. Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Sides have had for their guests this week the latter's sister, Mrs. Tom Cooley of Kaufman and Miss Corinne Mallory of Terrell, also Mrs. Sides' parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harris of Terrell.

"D.D. Thames, former Canton citizen and well known business man, spent a few hours here last Friday, meeting a number of his old associates. His home is in Fort Worth, but he spends most of his time on the road as a traveling salesman. Mrs. C.F. Riley departed Tuesday, going by way of New Orleans, to visit here niece, Mrs. L.J. Mantox, in Birmingham, Ala. Mrs. Riley will be accompanied home by her sister, Mrs. Brackney. They will return by way of Bolivar and Memphis, Tenn., their old home, the place where they were born, but have not visited for many years.

"A large crowd attended the May Fete, by students of the Canton high school, at the gym last Monday evening, an account of which appears in the school news in this issue. Miss Ollie Marie Kellis was the charming Queen of the May Fete and Bon Hobbs Pruitt the King. Every feature was enjoyed, and if the home paper should be permitted a suggestion, it would be that Miss Ada Lou Peace again be named as the Court's Jester at the next Fete, as her role Monday evening in this respect could not have been surpassed."


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