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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, August 7, 1931

"A promised write-up of the occasion last Saturday at the home of J.H. Wages, in the Jackson community, failed to arrive. The occasion was that of the observance of the 76th anniversary of Mr. Wages, which was made an annual affair a few years ago. It was said there were 150 people present last Saturday, people from the Jackson community, from Canton, Myrtle Springs and other places in the county and from several points outside the county. (For more on this long article, see the original on microfilm)

"Mrs. Sallie Reid, past 68 years, died at the family home in Oakland community, east of Canton, at 1:30 o'clock Friday morning, July 31. Funeral service was held that afternoon, followed by interment, at the Oakland cemetery. The service was conducted by the Methodist pastor of Oakland church, assisted by Rev. A.D. Sparkman, pastor of the Canton Baptist church. The attendance at the last sad rites was a large if not the largest crowd of people in the history of the old time burial ground, such a throng plainly attesting the high esteem in which this fine Christian character was held by all who knew her. She had been a faithful member of the Methodist church for many years, and her daily life was not only an inspiration to her family but all her many relatives and intimate friends. Mrs. Reid was the oldest daughter of the late Capt. Jno. T. Curry who represented Van Zandt county in the Texas Legislature for ten years or more. She is survived by her husband, Tobe Reid, and two children, Charlie Reid and Mrs. Bettie Kennedy of the Oakland community, six other children having died at early ages in their lives. Three brothers also survive, John Curry of Oakland, Rev. Charlie Curry, Methodist minister at Brownfield, Texas and Sanford Curry of Iowa Park; also a sister, Mrs. Lizzie McMahon, of Colfax, together with a large number of grandchildren and other relatives, all of whom have the sincere sympathy of a vast multitude in the passing of this noble woman, whose presence will be sadly missed throughout the entire community.

"CANTON LOCALS: Miss Roxy Stanford, who has been attending summer school in Denton, arrived here last of the week and will remain here with homefolks and friends until time to resume her place as a teacher in the Dallas city school. Miss Mamie Dennis of Moran, Texas, is visiting Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hargrove. Mrs. Hargrove recently returned from Moran where she and her sister, Miss Johnnie, visited homefolks and friends, the latter remaining there, where she will attend school. Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Heard returned last Saturday afternoon from Mineral Wells, where they spent about three weeks, trying the efficacies of those health giving waters. They were glad to get home and their many friends were glad to welcome them back.

"Tom Wages and family of Lubbock, accompanied by Harvey Downing and wife, arrived here last of the week on a visit to relatives and friends. Tom Wages is a son of J.H. Wages of Tundra and Harvey Downing is a son of Frank Downing, out of Canton. Mrs. and Mrs. Edgar Riley and two children returned last of the week from Denver, Colo., where they visited two sons of the family residing in that city. They were absent about fifteen days, making the trip in their car, and enjoyed their vacation immensely. While most of the time was spent in Denver, a charming city, they motored to various other places of interest, among the mountains and spent one night out in a camp. Mr. Riley says he had the satisfaction of rolling a snowball during July. They obtained many kodak pictures depicting the scenic beauty of that section of the country.

"Mrs. R.C. Eley and son, I.C. Eley, of Mineral Wells, spent the past week-end here with the Louis Kellis family, Miss Ophelia Kellis, who had been visiting there returning with them to her home in this city, while Mrs. Kellis, Bessie Ruth and Jimmie Kellis, accompanied the Eleys back to Mineral Wells. Mrs. H. Virgil Reynolds and two sons of Denton arrived Saturday and spent a few days here with their husband and father, who is conducting the choir and assisting Rev. A.D. Sparkman in the revival meeting at the First Baptist church. Mrs. Reynolds is also a musician and singer and gave several numbers during her stay here.

"Mr. and Mrs. Dean Mathis and son, Hugh, moved into their new home a few days ago, built on the spot where their former residence burned some time ago. The new residence is modern throughout, all the furnishings are new and the whole constitutes one of the most desirable places to live in the city. Their many friends congratulate them upon their new possessions.

"Mrs. Arthur Cooper and Miss Lottie Rasco returned last of the week from San Antonio, where they visited the former's married daughter, formerly Miss Irene Cooper. All of them motored to other points in South Texas and made one visit over into old Mexico, crossing the boundary at Laredo. The outing was enjoyable throughout; there were a number of interesting features down below the Rio Grande and Breckenridge.

"Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Strickland of Canton, Texas, are announcing the marriage of their daughter, Miss Audrey Strickland, to Mr. Roy Fuller of Houston, Texas, July 25. The bridegroom, a young man of sterling worth, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Fuller of Houston and he has been employed with the Mushee Steel Company for a number of years. The bride is beautiful, accomplished and endowed with those womanly characteristics that so exquisitely bedeck a home. Her many friends wish for her much happiness. Mr. and Mrs. Fuller, after a short honeymoon, will be at home at 117 Welch street, Houston, Texas."


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