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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, June 5, 1931
"An accumulation of gas in a crude oil tank on the truck of Rufo Lawler exploded last Saturday afternoon about 2 o'clock, the explosion being heard for several blocks. W.O. Sawyer, operating a garage near the telephone office a block west of the court house, was using a blow torch in soldering the tank when the explosion occurred. He was painfully burned about the face, his breast and arms, and was given medical attention a few moments afterward by Dr. M. L. Cox and H.H. Hilliard, and is rapidly recovering from the accident. Mr. Sawyer said had it not been for the heavy and extra good pair of goggles he was wearing at the time, he would probably have lost his eyesight. He had purchased the goggles only a few days before from a transient who was out of funds, paying one dollar for them, and says now he considers it the best dollar he ever spent in his life. Hundreds of people rushed to the scene and watched the fire department subdue the burning truck.
"Work is well under way on a new and modern home for Mr. and Mrs. Dean Mathis, on the site of the former residence on Athens street that was destroyed by fire a few weeks ago. The plans call for all that could be desired in a family domicile, and when completed, the structure will add much to the civic attractiveness of that part of the city. On the same street, the new apartment home of C.A. Goodman is nearing completion, and will soon be ready of occupancy. This modern improvement contributes to the popularity of the street mention as one desirable for home builders. The new and up to date cottage of Sam Beard, in the second block south of the courthouse is now receiving the finishing touches and will be ready to occupy in a short time. It, too, is quite an addition to Canton's building program, which yet has far to go before all demands can be met.
"W.F. Anderson's body was found in the cistern at the home of his son-in-law, Arthur Murphy, last Saturday afternoon. When taken from the well it was also found that his throat had been slashed and his knife was lying near by. The body was buried at the Elm Grove cemetery Sunday afternoon under the direction of Henry Eubank. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. C.C. Knott. The deceased was born in Tennessee on June 19, 1861. He was at the time of his death 69 years, 11 months and 4 days of age. He lived in Houston but had been for the last three weeks on a visit to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Arthur Murphy. He was survived by his wife, who lives in Houston, and several children. We were unable to learn the names of the children or other particulars. We sincerely regret to report this tragedy and join other friends of the family in extending condolence in their bereavement.
"LOCALS: Miss Mary Sue Hall is visiting relatives and friends in Crockett. Mrs. K. Taylor of this city has accepted a position with the G.A. Deck Co. Mrs. A.D. Boyd and Miss Octavia Emerson were shopping in Dallas Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Perry of Dallas visited home folks here and attended the singing Sunday. Miss Opal Nichols went to Shreveport Sunday for a short visit with relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Corse were in Denton first of the week and will visit relatives in Fort Worth. Miss May Ethel Brandon, county home demonstration agent, has been on the sick list this week. Mr. And Mrs. Sherd Todd of Fort Worth have been visiting relatives and friends here this week. Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Rodgers attended the Wills Point school graduating exercises last Friday night. Mrs. N.F. Allen and baby are spending the week in Fort Worth, their old home, with relatives and friends. Mrs. M.B. Brackney came in from Dallas last week and is the guest in the home of her sister, Mrs. Claude Riley. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Lester of Dallas attended the singing in Canton Sunday and visited relatives and friends.
"Miss Ida Frances Hilliard, who has been attending college at Commerce, came home last of the week for summer vacation. Miss Claytie Mae McPhail, who has been attending Trinity University, Waxahachie, arrived home last of the week for summer vacation. Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Meredith of Wills Point spent Wednesday here with the family of H.F. Blackwell, Sr. Mrs. Meredith and Mrs. Blackwell are sisters. B.H. McKinnon of Edom passed through Canton Sunday afternoon in an automobile going west, shouting to a Herald reporter as he wended his way through the heavy traffic on the courthouse square, incident to the singing, just tell them that you saw me.' He missed some fine singing by not stopping. The many friends of Mrs. J.R. Kellis will regret very much to learn that she is again quite ill at the family home in this city. Mrs. Kellis apparently recovered several weeks ago from a serous sickness and the present attack comes unexpected. All her acquaintances sincerely hope she will soon recover and be restored to permanent health.
"The greatest improvement made on the west side of the square in Canton since the world war was made this week, consisting of the wide tier of brick steps leading from the gutter to the level of the sidewalk in front of G.W. Tull's store. Angus Nixon, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Nixon, home from A & M College, where he has been a student for some time, and will return in a few days for some special training. The young man was awarded a handsome medal for some of his outstanding records made in the school, and his many friends congratulate him upon his achievements. The family of S.J. McCauley has returned from Denton, where they made their home during the past school term, the children attending school there, and are now occupying their home on Dallas street. Mrs. W.L. Steed and her daughter, Marcel, and Mrs. Irby Hilliard motored to Arlington Monday and were accompanied home by Jack Steed, who has been attending college there, the term having ended for the summer. Miss Marie Smith of this city is now in Dallas, where she went to prepare herself as a trained nurse, beginning the course Monday at Parkland hospital. She has many friends in Canton who wish her success in her new and laudable undertaking."
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