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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 24, 1931

"Mrs. Adeline Windham, better known by her friends as ‘Aunt Add,' was honored with a dinner by her children, relatives and her many friends at her home in the Round Top community on Thursday, July 16. The event commemorated her 83rd birthday. Aunt Add was born in Alabama July 16, 1848. She moved to Texas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Ward in 1867 and settled at Clayton in Panola county. Aunt Add was married to T.J. Windham in February, 1869. She moved to Van Zandt county in the fall of 1877, where she has resided until now.

"Aunt Add has nine children, seven boys and two girls. One boy and one girl died in infancy. Among the children present were: H.W. Windham, J.H. Windham, O.G. Windham, W.W. Windham, and L.I. Windham. Two of the children were absent, T.B. Windham of Abilene, and Mrs. E.L. Johnson of Wills Point.
"Aunt Add's only living brother, L.W. Ward, and his wife were present, besides a host of other relatives and friends. At the noon hour a table was placed under the shade trees and loaded with good things to eat, too numerous to mention here. After the dinner dishes were moved away the people gathered under the shade trees and sang songs and talked of old times. Late in the afternoon the people went home. Each one of the 64 present wished for Aunt Add many more happy birthdays.

"Bert Barlow, Ardis Wright, Perry Knox, Forby Johnson, Henry Bates and Joe Dickson composed a fishing party that motored from Canton Thursday of last week to Sulphur River in Arkansas, where they did a lot of plain and fancy fishing for a day or two, catching ‘more fish than a boat could haul.' This was the third annual trip to this particular place for those mentioned. They found crops from here {there }good, and in Arkansas better than for the past two years. It began raining just before they started home and rained on them the entire distance-200 miles. Mr. Barlow, who is one of the rural mail carriers out of Canton, says it was the first ‘200 mile rain' he was ever in. He also added that he goes fishing only once a year, but manages to catch more fish than two of his fellow mail carriers, Lila Pruitt and Berry Mitchell, who, he says, fish the year round. If there is any ‘straightening up' to be done after this statement, it should be borne in mind that the paper is only quoting from another-about fish.

"Several from Canton are in Mineral Wells this week, partaking of the healthful waters of this noted resort and mingling more or less with hundreds of other summer visitors. Among them from here are: Dr. and Mrs. M.L. Cox and Mr. and Mrs. A.S. Nolen, who went Monday, the latter two being accompanied as far as Fort Worth by G.B. Wages, Ben Cox and Morris Wages. Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Heard of Canton went to Mineral Wells Friday of last week. If many more from the ‘Free State' congregate there it might be in order to form a Van Zandt club out in Palo Pinto, with some form of constitution and bylaws.

"A social event of much interest to the friends in this city, was the wedding Saturday night, July 18, of Mrs. Alma Jones and Marvin Chandler. The wedding took place at the Methodist parsonage, Rev. L.F. Brothers performing the beautiful ceremony. Only a few intimate friends were present. Mrs. Jones was beautifully attired in a pink, flat crepe ensemble. She is loved by all who know her, having made her home in Wills Point for a number of years. She is very active in all church affairs. Mr. Chandler is connected with the Queen City Co., and has made scores of friends since coming here like three years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Chandler will make their home in this city, having rented an apartment from Miss Sallie Goodwin. Their many friends wish for them years of happiness in this new venture on life's highway. Those witnessing the ceremony were Mrs. M.M. Simmons, Mr. and Mrs. L.F. Brothers and daughter, Miss Helen.

"The five year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Luce of Grand Saline, was drowned early Wednesday night in the swimming pool at Myrtle Springs. The Grand Saline Band, of which Mr. Luce is director, began a concert at 8 o'clock and had played a few numbers when the child was missed. (for more on this long article, see the original on microfilm)

"LOCALS: Miss Earl Blackwell of Henderson spent the week-end in Canton. Mr. and Mrs. Charlie West have been visiting relatives and friends here this week. Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Sartin have moved from the A.D. Boyd home to the G.J. Loughmiller home on Buffalo street. Mrs. A.D. Sparkman, Miss Marienne Sparkman and Miss Ruth Yantis motored to Belton Wednesday for a short visit. Mrs. Claud Lawler of Dallas visited her sister here last week, Mrs. R.M. Mathis, other relatives and numerous friends. Mrs. E.H. Fowler and children returned Monday to their home at Moskogee, Okla., after a pleasant visit here with numerous relatives and friends.

"Mrs. Lillian Florence of Pittsburg has been spending the week here with her mother, Mrs. Mollie Tull, other relatives and many friends. Angus Nixon, who has been taking special work at A & M College, arrived home last of the week, for the remainder of the summer. Miss Lorene Mitchell, a teacher in one of the Dallas city schools, is here with her mother, Mrs. Alice Mitchell, and mingling with her many friends. Mrs. Mary Geter and little son of Oklahoma are here visiting the former's father, Judge T.R. Yantis, and family, and a number of her friends and girlhood associates, all of whom have been glad to see her. Deputy Sheriff Ira Burnett and family returned last of the week from Hot Springs, Ark., Mrs. Burnett being benefitted by her stay there, Mr. Burnett said crops were good, and the worst road encounter during the entire journey was here in Van Zandt county. The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Byron Milam fell from the bed a short time ago, breaking its collar bone. The little fellow, about one year old, withstood the accident and medical attention remarkable well, and is recovering rapidly from the misfortune."

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