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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 29, 1931

"On May 24, the children, grandchildren and friends of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Blackwell honored Mr. Blackwell with a surprise dinner on his 65th birthday, which was the 28th following. There were five tables joined together which was loaded with delicious things to eat, it was placed in the yard under a large spreading china tree, with 14 beautiful birthday cakes and plenty of iced tea served. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Blackwell, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Blackwell, Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Blackwell, Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Roberson and children, Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Morton and children, Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Blackwell and children, Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Blackwell and son, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Woolverton and children, Eddie Gunn, Mr. and Mrs. Oda Blackwell and Orman Blackwell, all the children were present except J.E. Blackwell of Corsicana, Texas, who could not be here on account of illness.

"Among the friends that were present were: Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Wright, Mr. and Mrs. Newt Pennington, W.G. Pennington and children, J.L. Pennington and children, B.C Henson, Mr. and Mrs. T.V. Henson, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Norell and children, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Pollard, Mr. and Mrs. Marve Dedman and children, Uncle Bud and Aunt Sallie Woolverton, Mr. Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Louie Yancy and son, Mr. and Mrs. Odell Woolverton and daughter, Bill Dedmon, Harvey Dedmon, Miss Lela Dedmon, Coy Pollard, Fletcher Turner, Tom Bledsoe, Tona Bird, J.D. Miller, Jim Bird, Frank Mathis, Misses Alpha and Edith Groom, Homer Rickmon, Miss Warrie Groom and Revs. Bailey and Walsh, who each made a beautiful talk at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, which was gratefully enjoyed by all present. Among relatives and friends, there were 105 present. We hope Mr. Blackwell many more long happy birthdays.

"Waco, TX: Among the 280 graduates receiving diplomas from Baylor University here today was C.C. Morris, son of C.W. Morris, of Edom. Morris was awarded the Bachelor of Laws degree following five years spent in this institution. He came to Baylor from North Texas State Teachers College at Denton. He was awarded his A.B. degree here in 1929. Following graduation, Mr. Morris plans to practice law, probably in Tyler, Texas.

"Monday afternoon Curtis Jackson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mathis Jackson, sustained two cuts on his forehead when he swung off an oil truck just east of Canton, it being presumed his head struck on a rock. The wounds, however, proved not as serious as first thought. The young man's home is a short distance east of Canton and he was riding his way from town, the driver of the truck not being aware that he had a passenger on board.

"The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.E. Miller, near town, was buried in the Canton cemetery, Monday morning about 11 o'clock, Rev. A.D. Sparkman, pastor of the Canton Baptist church, officiating. The two months and two days old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Frank Williams, residing in the Rast community, was buried at the Morris Chapel cemetery, east of Canton, Monday afternoon about 3 o'clock, Brother Sparkman also officiating. Eubank Undertakers handled both funerals.

"LOCALS: Misses Beola and Hazel Ashworth have returned from Shreveport, where they spent several days with relatives and friends. Mrs. W.H. Donahoe and little daughter, Dorothy Lee, and Mrs. C.L. Hubbard spent Saturday and Sunday in Palestine with S.D. Waldrip and family. Leslie Valentine, formerly of Canton, whose family home is in San Antonio, spent Saturday night and Sunday with many old-time friends and associates. Mrs. C.F. Riley returned Monday from a delightful visit to Birmingham, Ala., Memphis and Bolivia, Tenn., the latter being her old home town. Mrs. M.B. Brackney returned with her, stopping in Dallas a few days to visit her son, J.A. Brackney, and wife. Raymond Stanford, wife and children of Wichita Falls, spent the week-end here with the former's mother, Mrs. C.L. Stanford, and family. Another son, Eric, and wife of Wichita Falls, have been spending the week here at the parental home, while Mrs. Stanford's mother, Mrs. Chandler, who spent two weeks here, has returned to her home in Ben Wheeler. Mrs. J.D. Reynolds is somewhat improved after going to Dallas some four or five times to the medical institution and having an operation and then being treated at the same place. After her last trip to Dallas, she went home with her daughter, Mrs. R.F. Stewart, at Quitman and from there to Tyler to spend a few days with another daughter. The outing will likely help her, after being at her home sick for some four months. Her many friends hope it will anyway.

"There is a very splendid living room demonstration at the home of Mrs. and Mrs. J.W. Norrell of Elberta community. Mrs. Norrell entered the Van Zandt County living room contest with the intention of making the greatest improvement at the least possible cost. After removing the bed from the room, mending the wall paper, removing unnecessary bric-a-brac, the real work and improvement began. Side drapes of blue denim replaced the worn curtains, the same material was used in upholstering the divan and chairs. With odd pieces of lumber gathered from the place a reading table, game board and book case were made. Every piece of furniture was given a velvety finish by using sandpaper, pumice stone, and wax. So inviting is their living room, Mrs. Norrell says she would not have their old living room arrangement again at all."

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