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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 15, 1931

"T.R. Freeman, 82, a resident of Van Zandt county since 1886, died Saturday at his home in the Pruitt community. Funeral services were held Sunday at Union Chapel, where many friends and relatives gathered to pay their last respects to this honored citizen. Sixty-three years ago, T.R. Freeman was married to Miss Margaret Matilda Pruitt and to this union there are four surviving children. These are L.C. Freeman, Mrs. A.C. Fowler, Mrs. V.C. Lawrence, and Mrs. T.W. Davis. Pallbearers at the funeral services were the following grandchildren of the deceased: Arlie Fowler, Grand Saline; Hugh Fowler, Pruitt; Tommie Freeman, Mississippi; Bob Freeman, Van; Quince Freeman, Houston; Baxter Freeman, Garden Valley; Pete Lawrence, Grand Saline.

"The children of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Norman gave them a surprise Mother's Day at their home near Tundra, which was appreciated very much. Their children and grandchildren, all being present, as follows: Mrs. and Mrs. David Norman and four children; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Brown and three children from Wallace; and Walker Norman from Hayden. Other relatives were Mrs. Stanberry and son Archie from Myrtle Springs; Mrs. and Mrs. Homer Stanberry and baby from Jackson. The friends present from Wallace were Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Brown; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brown and five children; Mr. and Mrs. Luther Brown and two children; Mr. and Mrs. George Richards and four children; Mr. and Mrs. Levi Batey and son; Miss Jewell Patrick, Arvie True; Mr. and Mrs. B.O. Milam and four children; Mr. and Mrs. Guy Wilson and two children from Jackson; Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Gentry and two children from Hayden; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Lovie and five children from Clark coming in the afternoon and Mr. Ira Lovin which make 65 present.

"Rev. Burns McClellen and wife have been visiting relatives and friends in Van Zandt county since the first of the week, from their home in Weleka, Okla. The mention of ‘Burns McClellen' being back on old ‘home ground' will be enough for all of his old-time friends, but for the benefit of the younger generation, it will be said that he knew Canton and Van Zandt county at an early day, as days and years are counted. He and his good wife visited in Canton early this week at the home of their kinfolks, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Cox and family, and have since visited relatives and friends in the Jackson and Roddy communities, southwest of Canton. It goes without saying that they enjoyed their visit back to the play-place of their early days, and of course their relatives and many friends were glad to see them.

"LOCALS: Mrs. Homer Sides and little son, Harry, of Grand Saline, visited relatives and friends here Sunday. Odell Kuykendall, attending college at Arlington, spent the week-end here with homefolks and friends. Mrs. Donie Compton was a Dallas visitor Tuesday, buying up to date millinery goods for her store in Canton. Reginald Settles spent the past week-end with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Calloway, west of town. Miss Lorene Mitchell of Dallas spent Sunday here with her mother, Mrs. Alice Mitchell, other relatives and many friends. Mrs. Jessie Cooper of Dallas spent Mother's Day here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Foster and family, and many friends. Mrs. and Mrs. A.B. Hamilton of Dallas visited the latter's mother, Mrs. Hemmie Dubose, other relatives and friends during last weekend.

"Mr. and Mrs. Roy Allen of Houston were here Sunday, visiting Mr. and Mrs. A.S. Nolen and Mr. A.T. Nolen, other relatives and friends. W.B. Rodgers, cashier of the First National Bank, visited his mother in Brownwood last Sunday, the same being Mother's Day, returning home Monday night. Mr. and Mrs. Burton Brown and baby girl, of Marshall, spent the week-end here with Mrs. Frank Brown and family, and were accompanied home by Miss Frances Brown. Mrs. Estelle Poole and children of Dallas spent last Sunday here with Mrs. R.M. Lively and family, and were accompanied home by Miss Ethel Lively, who went for a few days' visit. Mrs. J.T. Todd and son, Thomas, visited Henderson Sunday, Kilgore and other oil fields in East Texas, reporting that thousands of people were sight-seeing in that section on the day mentioned. Oscar Kuykendall, who lived in Canton about twenty-five years ago, was here first of the week, visiting relatives and renewing acquaintances with numerous old-time friends, all of whom were glad to see him.

"Mrs. J.W. Barnes and Mrs. Donie Compton of Canton spent the past week-end with Mrs. S.S. Waggoner and family, south of town, on the old home place of the family. Mrs. Barnes, who was seriously ill several days ago, is now much improved in health. Miss Roxie Stanford of Dallas, accompanied by Miss Elizabeth Spinks, spent the past week-end here with the former's mother, Mrs. C.L. Stanford and family, and were accompanied home by Miss Roxie's sister, Miss Geraldine Stanford, who went for a few days' visit. Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ashworth and family had for their guests on Mother's Day, their daughter, Mrs. J.C. Rodgers and family of Wills Point, their son, Guy Ashworth of Shreveport, and their son, John Mac Ashworth and wife of Mineola, the latter also visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Slate. Misses Biola and Hazel Ashworth of the parental home here, accompanied their brother, Guy, back to Shreveport for a few days' visit."

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