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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 26, 1931

"Rev. Porter Wilhite and wife were here this week, returning from San Augustine county, where he had been conducting a meeting. They live in Cisco. The minister informed the paper that his mother, wife of the late John H. Wilhite, prominent Van Zandter in his time, who served the county as district clerk, would celebrate her ninetieth birthday tomorrow at the home of another son, Riley Wilhite, who lives about eight miles southwest of Canton. Rev. Wilhite was on his way to visit his mother and ascertain all the plans for the observance of her birthday, which he understood had been in the making for some little time, and promising to furnish the paper with a report of the occasion. Another son, Charlie Wilhite, resides in Grand Saline.

"On the night of February 2, this year, the store of J.J. Goode at Owlet Green was robbed, and while the sheriff's department has since been working on the case, investigating, clues, rumors, etc., it was not until last Saturday several complaints were filed in connection with the affair, all names being withheld, however, until arrests are made. In an examining trial at Van Saturday, one of the defendants is said to have made a voluntary confession to Assistant Criminal District Attorney A.D. Boyd and Sheriff W.P. Nixon, implicating others in the robbery.

"W.T. Curtis, a prominent farmer of the Williams Chapel community, had a narrow escape from death Sunday morning about 6 o'clock when he was attacked by an infuriated bull in the lot at his home. It seems that a hoe handle with a hook in the end was used in handling the bull, being hooked in a chain that ran through a ring in the nose of the animal. The bull made a lunge at Mr. Curtis, breaking the hoe handle and leaving him without any means of handling the enraged beast. Mr. Curtis was knocked down and gored four times. A long gash was cut in his body, a deep gash cut across his throat exposing but not severing the jugular vein and another gash on his leg and shoulder. He was also bruised in several places on the head and body. Despite the serious injury, Mr. Curtis retained his presence of mind and managed to get hold of the chain used to control the animal and tie it to a post nearby, thus escaping further injury and possible death. An ambulance and physician were called from Wills Point and after emergency treatment he was carried to the Alexander-Holton sanitarium in Terrell, where the lacerations were sewed up.

"LOCALS: Mr. and Mrs. Billie Robertson of Terrell visited the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Thomas, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Campbell of El Dorado, Ark., spent the week-end in the home of Deputy Sheriff and Mrs. Lee Walters. County school superintendent, A.O. Loughmiller, wife and little daughter, went to Austin Tuesday, the former going on business. Mrs. C.L. Stanford, and son, C.L., visited the former's mother in Ben Wheeler over the week-end. The latter remained there for a more extended visit. J.T. Beard, proprietor of the Palace drug store, is in Marlin taking a course of baths, hoping the hot waters will relieve if not permanently cure an attack of rheumatism.

"The many friends of S.F. Hilliard, will be glad to learn that he was able to quit his bed Wednesday of this week, after confinement of ten days or more, following an operation. Miss Louise Nixon, mastering a business course at Tyler Commercial College, spent the past week-end here with her parents, Sheriff W.P. Nixon, and wife and family, and numerous friends. Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Rodgers and their daughter, Miss Annie Marguerite, visited relatives in Wills Point Sunday afternoon, being accompanied home by Miss Mary Isabelle McPhail, who spent first of the week in the Rodgers home. John W. Scott, well known and prosperous farmer, north of Wills Point, has been spending a few days in Canton and south of town, visiting relatives and old time friends. Mr. Scott's growing field crops were heavily damaged by hail a short time ago.

"Mrs. Lexie Dean Roberson, of Texas poetic fame, whose home is in Rising Star, was a short time visitor in Canton, her old home town, last week. She was accompanied by her husband and they had visited Mrs. Roberson's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Dean, at Ben Wheeler, who are spending part of this summer there. Mrs. A.G. Dean is supervisor of the schools in Henderson county. B.D. High will leave tomorrow for Winters, Texas, and will be accompanied home by his wife and son, Harold, who have been visiting relatives in several places in the west and are now with her parents, Rev. and Mrs. M.A. Quindlen at Winters. Mr. High says playing the role of a summer ‘bachelor' may have its good points but somehow or other he has been slow to apprehend them.

"M.C. Foster returned Monday from Mineral Wells, where he spent several days, being greatly improved in health, and resumed his position as rural mail carrier Tuesday. His wife and their daughter, Mrs. Jessie Cooper, motored to Mineral Wells Monday, Mr. Foster accompanying them home. Mrs. Cooper who teaches in one of the Dallas schools, is spending the summer with Mr. Cooper in Longview, and with homefolks in Canton.

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