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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 31, 1931

"A large opening in the form of a door has been cut in the brick wall between the two stores of the Eubank hardware and furniture business and the variety department. The opening is about the center of the two buildings, affording easy and ready access to both places of business, at the same time providing more light and better circulation of air. All clerks are well pleased the improvement, and customers will find it quite a convenience in trading at either place. The Eubank hardware establishment at Canton is one of the most modern and complete that may be found in any town in Texas of approximately the same size and far ahead of many like stores in much larger places. Those who know Mr. Eubank personally are not surprised, however, for they know he is never content until he provides the best for his ever-increasing trade.
"Marriage License: Ray Dean and Lorene Long; W.M. Chandler and Mrs. Alma Jones; Lloyd Hobbs and Mildred Johnson; Herbert K. Clower and Elizabeth Benson; and Clinton Adair Whittaker and Adean Lewis.

"A happy event occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Bailey Sunday when his children honored him with a birthday dinner on his 61st birthday. It was also a family reunion, as the family of thirty-five had not been together in eight or more years. At the noon hour a bountiful dinner of everything in the way of good eats, including iced tea, was served under a spreading china tree where fifty guests were present. Twenty-one children marched by the beautiful birthday cake and each made a happy birthday wish as they took a candle off. A talk and prayer was made by Bro. Jones. Visitors in the afternoon brought the number of guests up to sixty-three. Quite a few pictures were made and games were played by the children after which supper was served in the late afternoon. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Fincher, Canton; Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Bailey and children, Canton; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dillard, Edgewood; Mr. and Mrs. Homer Fincher, Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Pierce and baby, Grand Saline; Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Gunter, son and two daughters, Union, Miss.; Mr. and Mrs. L.N. McCasland and children, Caddo Mills; Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Campbell and children, Edgewood; Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Bailey; Miss Estelle Bailey, Canton; Bro. Jones, Ben Wheeler; J.G. Bailey; Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Bailey and children; Mr. and Mrs. T. White, Mrs. Claude Fincher and children, Canton; John Henry Hamblen, Abilene; Mrs. Clarence Stansberry and baby, Grand Saline; Oll King and daughter, Jack Staley, Mr. and Mrs. B.A. Monroe, Grand Saline; Mr. and Mrs. A. Monroe and children, Eustace. All departed wishing Mr. Bailey many more happy birthdays.

"LOCALS: The many friends of Mrs. C.P. Smith are glad to welcome her home, after an absence of about six weeks, visiting her daughter, Mrs. Connie Haskell, and family at DeLeon. Mr. and Mrs. B.B. Corbon of Tyler and Dan Blackburn of Dallas spent Sunday here with Mrs. Jas. K. Todd and family, Jas. K. Todd, Jr. accompanying all of them to Dallas. Mrs. C.L. Stanford and son, C.L., have been spending several days in Wichita Falls with Raymond Stanford, another son, and his family, Mr. Stanford coming from Wichita Falls in his car for them. Mrs. C.A. Groves and children, Margie Lee and C.A. Jr., departed first of the week for Beaumont for a visit with relatives and friends, also to spend a few days in the city of Galveston by the sea.

"Dr. and Mrs. M.L. Cox arrived home Wednesday from Mineral Wells, where they spent the last ten days recuperating. Mr. and Mrs. A.S. Nolen and Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Heard, members of the Canton party there, remained for another week. Mrs. J.H. Vinson spent a few days at Myrtle Springs with R.E. High and family, going back to Dallas first of the week and from there to her home in Corpus Christi. She has recovered from an operation had at Dallas several weeks ago. Miss Flora Steele arrived here last of the week for a visit with her sister, Mrs. N.T. Ring, and her niece, Miss Robinett Ridgeway of Matador, who is here on a visit with Mrs. Ring. Miss Steele is at the head of the Spanish department in the school at Goose Creek.

"Miss Annie Marguerite Rodgers went to Fort Worth last of the week to join about a dozen of her girl friends and former college chums at T.W.C. in a house party at the home of one of the girls in Fort Worth. Miss Rodgers was expected home Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. T.J. Dyer, former well known Van Zandter, was here from his home in Jacksonville last week. He was in company with J.F.Stout, Canton, Route 5, and was visiting in the Stout home, as well as meeting with many of his old-time friends and associates of other days. He is a brother of W.T. Dyer, another prominent Van Zandter, living southwest of Canton.
"Working at White Cemetery: There will be a cemetery working at the White Cemetery in the Nolley pasture, on Friday, August 7. Those interested are urged to bring tools and dinner and spend the day.

"Terminating an illness of several weeks duration, Mrs. A.S. Dewees peacefully passed to her eternal reward in heaven Friday morning at 8 o'clock, her death occurring at the old home place in the Hayden community, where she had lived for more than 50 years. Interment took place Saturday morning at the High cemetery, the body being tenderly laid to rest by the side of her husband, who died last January. Mrs. Dewees, nee Mollie E. Seale, was born in Beeville Parish, La., Oct. 12, 1851, being in her 80th year at the time of her death. She came to Texas as a child, the family settling first in Jasper county and coming to Van Zandt county in 1870. She was married to A.S. Dewees in the fall of 1880 and they settled the following year on the place she died. (For more on this long article, see the original on microfilm)"

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