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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, July 10, 1931

"The nice country home of J.D. Thompson, Canton, route 4, was the scene of a happy family reunion last Sunday, with all the children present with the exception of one. Among the number were Mrs. Thelma Teel, a daughter of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Dodson from Luling, Mrs. Thompson's sister, Mrs. Genie Cole, and two daughters, Lena and Connie, from Brownsboro, another of Mrs. Thompson's sisters, Mrs. Shinn, wife of Rev. Tom Shinn, Mrs. L.L. Walters, R.L. Mayes and family from Comanche, Okla., Ed Snow and family and others whose names were not learned, there being thirty persons in all to enjoy the fine occasion. The dinner was truly a feast of good things to eat, prepared and served in a manner typical of the Old South, a special cook being employed to prepare the viands and the various sweets and dainties that go to round out the perfect festal board. With so many relatives assembled from different places, conversation never lagged, many interesting topics coming up, and episodes being related by various ones that had direct appeal for all. For diversion, there was music and singing, and a number of kodak pictures were taken which will be treasured as mementoes of the glorious time participated in by such a jolly assembly.

"Jay Parker, one of Van Zandt's older and highly respected citizens died at his home at Van, and was laid to rest in the Edgewood cemetery Thursday afternoon of last week. Jay Parker was a native of this county, and was about 75 years of age at the time of his death. He formerly lived in the Edgewood community, but moved to Van some little time ago. He was a cousin of I.M. Parker, five miles from Canton on the Grand Saline road, and was well known by many of the older citizens throughout the county who will regret to hear of his passing.

"J.W. Germany, 86, captain in the Fortieth Mississippi Regiment during the civil war, died here (Grand Saline)Tuesday. Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Wednesday at the Grand Saline Methodist church. Mr. Germany settled at Edom in Van Zandt County in 1866. In the early 80's he went to West Texas where he became county judge of Nolan county and organized Fisher county. He was a staunch supporter of Jim Hogg. He had been living in Grand Saline for thirty years. Mrs. Germany took an active interest in lodge and church affairs. He served in some official capacity in Methodist churches for a period of seventy years. He was made a Mason at Edom, oldest lodge in this section of the state, in 1874. He is survived by his wife and three children, Mrs. Hal Kennedy, of Grand Saline, Eugene Germany of Dallas, and Garvin Germany of Austin. Julius Germany, a Dallas attorney, who was his oldest son, died two years ago.

"Attention is called to the meeting of the Central Texas Sacred Harp Singing convention which will be held at Martins Mill, Van Zandt county, July 16, 17 and 18. This promises to be a great event; many singers from a large territory will be present and Martins Mill may be depended upon to make every visitor feel at home. Dust off the old ‘long book' and be among those present. J.T. Beard and B.A. Mitchell, both of Canton, are president and secretary, respectively, of the association and will be on the ground.

"Mrs. Pearl Walters, 50 years of age, wife of C.O. Walters of Waxahachie, Texas, died July 2, 1931, in Baylor Hospital, Dallas. The remains were interred in the Colfax cemetery, Van Zandt county, the following day, funeral services being conducted by Revs. Dodd and Cole, Baptist ministers of Grand Saline, and Rev. Bell, Methodist minister there, the deceased being a member of the Methodist church. Mrs.Walters was a daughter of ‘Uncle' Albert Terry, she being born and reared in the Colfax community where she was married to C.O. (Charlie) Walters, living there until about seven years ago, when they moved to Waxahachie. The deceased was a lovable Christian character, a devoted wife and mother and highly esteemed by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, one son and three daughters; also three sisters, Mrs. H.F. McPhail of Canton, Mrs. L.D. McPhail of Grand Saline and Mrs. J.A. Graham of Valley View, and four brothers, S.T. Terry of Colfax, Sam Terry of Grand Saline, Dr. W.H. Terry of Grand Saline, and O.D. Terry of Tyler. The paper joins all friends of the family in extending condolence to the bereaved.

"Miss Sallie Webb, aged about 50, died Wednesday afternoon at about 5 o'clock at the home of her sister, Mrs. K.W. Griffin, at 400 North Catherine street, (Terrell) after an illness of several months. The remains were taken to the Old Bethel cemetery, Van Zandt county, for interment Thursday, after funeral service had been held here, conducted by Rev. William Lockridge of the Terrell Baptist church. A stepfather, Mr. Owens of near Canton, survives, as do her half sister, Mrs. Griffin, and a half sister in Dallas.

"CANTON LOCALS: Mrs. C.L. Hubbard spent two days last week with her sister, Mrs. J.H. Vinson, who was recently removed from a Dallas hospital to the home of relatives there, and who is recovering rapidly from a serious operation. The patient's home is in Corpus Christi. Rev. Jno. Hubbard of Handley spent the week-end in the old home county of Van Zandt, and renewed his subscription to the Herald before returning home Monday. He is a busy man, filling the position of railway mail clerk every week and filling the position of a gospel minister on the Sabbath. The baby of Mr. and Mrs. D.B. Jones, nee Avis Sides, becoming ill last week, was taken to the Lane sanitarium in Terrell, where it was determined the little one had diphtheria. Wednesday of this week the patient was reported as getting along well, which will be glad news to a host of friends of the family.

"C.W. Ashworth Jr. of San Antonio, was here over the week-end, coming to bring his sisters home, Misses Beola and Hazel Ashworth, who had been visiting him there. Returning to San Antonio, he was accompanied by Mesdames C.F. Riley and B.F. Brackney of this city, who were to visit relatives in San Antonio, and other places in that section of the state. Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Constant and daughter, Miss Dorothy Jane, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, arrived last week for a visit with Mrs. Constant's sister, Mrs. Lexie B. Sides and family. The daughter will remain here for an extended visit."


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