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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 17, 1931

"A.B. Wise, better known by his friends as ‘Uncle Bert,' and by his children as ‘Daddy Wise,' was honored with a dinner at his home in the Orio community on Sunday, July 12. The event commemorated his 61st birthday. Daddy Wise has spent most of his life in the best county in the state, Van Zandt. He has 8 children and 10 grandchildren living and 1 dead. Among those present were: C.R. Wise and wife and Spencer Wise of Dallas; A.F. Wise and family, C.B. Wise and family, Geo. Wise, A.G. Glick and family of Cedarville; A.G. Norman and wife and Tommy Wyche. Two daughters were absent, Mrs. Otho McKay of Orio and Mrs. Jim Gordon of Prairieville. It was by agreement that someone go ahead and get ‘Daddy Wise' away from home until the dinner hours. So the children all gathered and had everything ready. The list of good eats are too numerous to mention here. The table which extended about 12 feet in length was full of everything good to eat. The birthday cakes and Angel food and Devil food was presented by Mrs. C.R. Wise, and was certainly enjoyed by all who had the pleasure to sample it. After the feast, the afternoon was spent in talking of old times, and pictures were taken. This day will be remembered by all present.

"Marriage Licenses: B.C. Dickerson and Oma Denny; Sherman Herron and Grace Clowers; W.A. Davidson and Cecile Tompkins; H. C. Fite and Mrs. Oma Allen; H.W. Williford and Jean Evelyn Stanger; and W.L. Ray and Lillie Gilbert.

"Miss Evelyn Stanger of Ben Wheeler and Horace Williford of Grand Saline were quietly married Saturday evening at 8 o'clock at Edom, the Rev. White pronouncing the ceremony. The couple will make their home in Grand Saline and their many friends wish them many happy years together.

"E.L. Fowler, a resident of the Van community for 40 years, died Wednesday morning at 3:18 o'clock at the family home in Tyler, where they moved about a year ago. Death resulted from injury sustained about two weeks ago in a fall while on a fishing trip near Palestine, complications setting up with caused his death. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Union Chapel in Van and the remains were interred in the Union Chapel cemetery, the services being conducted by Rev. C.M. Raby, assisted by Rev. J.F. Kidd. A large concourse of sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends assembled to pay the last tribute of love and respect to this old and highly respected citizen. Mr. Fowler was born in Smith county in 1859 and was married to Miss Della Kidd of the Garden Valley community. He was a life-long member of the Methodist church. Surviving him are his wife, four daughters, Mrs. I.P. Tunnell, Tyler; Mrs. M.C. Hunt, Magnolia, Ark.; Mrs. T.C. Morris, Chillicothe, Texas, and Mrs. Paul Rodgers, Denton; three sons, W.F. and B.M. Fowler of Tyler and A.P. Fowler of Van; one brother, A.C. Fowler of Pruitt; three sisters, Mrs. Mary McGraw, Ben Wheeler, Mrs. Isa Birdson, Mt. Sylvan, and Mrs. B.B. Boon, Terrell.

"LOCALS: Mrs. Lamar Sides and little daughter returned first of the week from Terrell, after a week's visit with homefolks, Mrs. Sides' grandmother there being quite ill. Miss Bertha Compton, who spent the past week here with Misses Maurine and Lucile Smith, returned to her home in Dallas Sunday, Miss Maurine accompanying her. Mrs. N.F. Allen and baby returned recently from Fort Worth, where they visited homefolks and friends, joining Mr. Allen here, the family being located at the Dixie Hotel. Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Couchman of Dallas spent Sunday afternoon with Mrs. and Mrs. H.E. Smith, Miss Marie Smith, who has been training in Parkland hospital, came with them. Harold Valentine, former Canton young man, now employed in Houston, spent a few days here, visiting quite a number of his friends and former associates, returning home Tuesday.

"Mrs. Maggie Asperon, now residing in Longview, was the week-end guest of her brother, Sam Reaves and wife, also visiting friends here and homefolks in the Colfax community. Rudolph Steinmetz, who spent several months here in the home of Mr. and Mrs. D.T. Riley, holds a clerkship in the Riley-Richardson Dry Goods establishment, went to Houston first of the week. Mrs. Jno. Caldwell of Longview spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. W. Parker, just west of town. She likes Longview quite well, and says she sees many Van Zandters there attracted by oil development. Mrs. Guy Ashworth, who returned last of the week from California, visited her parents here, Mrs. and Mrs. M.K. Thomas, and went on to her home in Shreveport Monday, accompanied by her sister, Miss Effa Neil Thomas.

"Miss Carlie Mae Wallace and her sister, Mrs. Browning, and the latter's daughter, Constance, were here Tuesday from Martins Mill, shopping and visiting friends. They reported a splendid rain in that section Monday night, enough for all purposes. Mrs. and Mrs. Willis Terry and baby spent a few days over the week-end with the former's mother and family in the Hayden community. Mrs. Terry and her daughter had just returned from California, where they visited relatives and friends. F.M. Rasco and family have been touring the West for the past several days, friends here getting postcards from them, mailed at Carlsbad, New Mexico, stating that they would be on the road home soon. They were to visit Abilene and other points en route.

"Mrs. Homer F. McPhail went to Waxahachie Tuesday evening, after receiving a message that her nephew, Hansell Walters, had been stricken with appendicitis. He had been attending summer school at Denton. This paper carried an account of the sad death of his mother last week, Mrs. C.O. Walters, who lived in Waxahachie. Miss Cora Lawler is spending a few days here with homefolks and numerous friends. She returned Monday evening from Madison, Wis., where she taught music during the summer session of the Wisconsin State University. She was well pleased with the northern city and its environs, its climate and scenery, and will probably return next summer. Miss Lawler's regular work is in the music department of one of the Dallas schools. Jesse M. Foster, prominent newspaper man of McKinney, and his family, arrived in Canton Saturday for a short visit with his brother, M.C. Foster, and family."

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