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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 12, 1931

"Van Zandt county, as usual, will contribute a number of attendants at various normal schools this summer. The exact number in all the county is not known, but no doubt would surprise the reader. Besides those going from Canton, mentioned elsewhere in this issue, the following have gone to Denton for the summer session: Misses Arlene Steed and Jackie McLemore, the former being one of the popular teachers in the Canton school, and the latter being a rural school teacher, making her home here with her sister, Mrs. Theo Lumpkin and family. Also, Mr. and Mrs. George Hilliard, Jr. Mrs. Hilliard has been teaching at Myrtle Springs for the past two sessions. Her husband is the junior member of the Hilliard Mercantile Co. He is a graduate of the Canton high school and now his wife is to take special work at Denton, he decided on the plan of accompanying her and taking a college course himself. Others, it is said, will go to Denton later from this place.

"Mrs. C. Ashworth, or better known as ‘Aunt Rachael,' Ashworth, a long time resident of Myrtle Springs, died there at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.D. Smith and family, Tuesday, and was buried in the cemetery at Myrtle Springs Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Ashworth was about 80 years old, a Christian woman, loved and admired by all who knew her. A more extended mention of her life cannot be had for this issue. The paper extends condolence to all the bereaved.

"The Van Zandt County Medical Society met in regular session at Canton, June 5, with seven members and two visitors present. Dr. V. Bascom Cozby, president, presiding. Dr. B. B. Brandon of Edgewood reported an interesting case of infection of the finger following injection of Novocain; also, one of puerperal septicemia complicated by concurrent attack of appendicitis and scarlet fever. Dr. I.A. Estes of Dallas reported a case of puerperal sapremia in a young woman with finally resulted in recovery. Dr. Estes also read a paper on ‘Indications and Technique of Cervical Caeserian Section.' Dr. Roland Toney Travis of Jacksonville, read a paper on ‘Intestinal Obstructions.' The society adjourned until the first Friday in October, 1931.

"LOCALS: Walter Slate, who has been having his eyes treated by a Dallas specialist for some weeks past, returned to Dallas Monday for attention to the eye, the first one treated having been released as all right, and being assured that the last operation will prove just as effectual as the first one, all of which is good news to his many friends. Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Ashworth of Morovia, Southern California, are spending several days here, visiting the former's brother, C.W. Ashworth and family, also his mother who resides in the Ashworth home here. The Californian is an original Van Zandter, who strayed afar afield several years ago and is engaged in the grocery business in his adopted state, the Golden West. He is well remembered in the ‘Free State,' has a number of relatives here, and he and his wife have been enjoying their visit. They made the trip overland, coming by way of El Paso and Big Springs.

"W.D. Seals and family spent the past weekend with homefolks in Wichita Falls. They passed the scene of the accident Sunday near Bellvue, and saw the wreckage, which resulted in the death of six people, not one being spared to tell the particulars of a collision between a truck and a Chevrolet car. Miss Cora Lawler of Canton, who has been teacher of music in the Dallas city schools for several years, departed Saturday for Madison, Wisconsin, where she will be one of the teachers in the Wisconsin State University during the summer months. Miss Lawler's many friends congratulate her upon this significant recognition of her ability as a musical instructor.

"Rev. Vergil Cloyd and wife of Herford, Texas, were here a few days ago, visiting the latter's sister, Mr. B.D. High, and family, Mrs. High and son, Harold, returned home with them for a visit, and will also visit Mrs. High's sister, Mrs. Maude Christopher, in Abilene, and her parents, Rev. and Mrs. A.M. Quindlen, at Winters, Texas, before returning home. Rev. Cloyd is pastor of the First Baptist church at Herford. Miss Roxie Stanford, who has been teaching in one of the Dallas city schools for several years, spent last week here with her mother, Mrs. C.L. Stanford, and family, and departed Sunday for Denton, where she will attend the Denton summer normal.

"L.A. King and George Palmer of Edom were in Canton Tuesday on business, the former calling at the Herald office to renew his subscription to the paper, stating that he had not learned how to do without it. Mr. Palmer is also a reader of the Herald. W.R. Swanzey, newly elected superintendent of the Canton public schools was here Friday evening from his home in Alto, for a meeting with the school board. Mr. Swanzey will move his family here in a short time, and will occupy the teacher's home near the high school plant. Mrs. E.R. Morris is recovering at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.B. Wages in this city, from a severe case of ‘dew' poisoning that has caused her considerable pain in her hands. The only way Mrs. Morris can account for contracting the poison is from pulling weeds out of a flower bed with her hands.

"Mrs. J.R. Kellis, wife of Mayor Kellis, is considerably improved since last week, and is not only able to sit up, but has been out for short automobile rides a few times. Her many friends will rejoice over this good news. Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Heard went to Dallas Wednesday, Mrs. Heard going to have her tonsils removed. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Reynolds also went to Dallas Wednesday with their daughter, Feda Ruth, who was to have her tonsils removed. Rev. A.D. Sparkman, pastor of the Canton Baptist church and Postmaster C.F. Riley attended the Worker's Conference of the R.C. Burleson Association at Edgewood Tuesday. They reported a splendid meeting and a powerful feed of good things to eat.

"District Clerk George Yates went to Jacksonville Saturday and was accompanied home by his wife, who had been under treatment in the Travis sanitarium there for a few days, and who is now rapidly recovering from the ordeal. Everett Bradburn, employee of the local telephone exchange, was rushed to Dallas Sunday, with an attack of appendicitis, and underwent an operation that night. It was reported that he is doing as well as could be expected."

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