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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 14, 1931

"G.R. Engledow and his sister, Mrs. J.W. Rader, of Groesbeck, were here Wednesday and Thursday, visiting their uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Marshall, other relatives and quite a number of friends, this being their old hometown where they were reared, and where they always find a hearty welcome each time they return to the environs of their early days. They had attended the funeral service Tuesday morning in Terrell of Mrs. Laura Holland, 77, who died there the day before, and was laid to rest in that city, the deceased, nee Miss Laura Rosenbaum, having also lived in Canton in her early days, where she had many friends.

"Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Harris have returned from Belton, where on Tuesday they witnessed the commencement exercises of the Baylor College for Women at which time nearly fifty young women received their Bachelor of Arts degree, their daughter, Mary Lois being one of the number. The dean of the college advises that nearly six hundred women attended the summer session of the college. Miss Harris returned with her parents. Miss Harris is a sister of Mrs. Lamar Sides of Canton, and will be the English teacher in the Canton high school starting next month.
Gideon S. Strickland, one of Van Zandt county's older and highly respected citizens, died at his home in the Oakland community Monday morning of this week at 4 o'clock, after being ill for some time. The funeral service was held Tuesday morning, conducted by Rev. Everett, followed by interment in Oakland cemetery, a large crowd of friends attending the service. It was not ascertained just how long the deceased had lived in that community, but more than half a century. He was an honorable man, enjoyed the confidence of all his neighbors and all of his other many acquaintances in various parts of the county. He was 79 years, one month and 27 days old when the end came, and is survived by his good wife, two sons, Walter Strickland of that community and Wills Strickland of Colorado, and perhaps others, although the paper is not advised at this writing, also a brother, John Strickland, a well known and highly respected citizens of the same locality. The paper joins a large number in extending condolence to the bereaved.

"Van's new high school building will be finished within the next two weeks, and it is thought that the furniture and equipment will be started to be placed even before that time. The two story grad school building is being roofed and plastered, and it has reached the stage where it will probably be finished by September 1. School is scheduled to commence on September 14 and there seems little doubt, according to Superintendent Rhodes, that the building will be completed by that time. The two buildings at Van are being built by Campbell and White of Tyler. The contract was let to them soon after the $90,000 bond issue was voted.

"R.M. ‘Uncle Bob' Burns, age 80 years, 10 months and 21 days, died at his home south of Canton on Route 7 last Friday afternoon, after a prolonged illness. Funeral service was held Saturday, August 8, with interment in the cemetery five miles west of Canton {High Cemetery}. The deceased was one of the pioneer citizens of Van Zandt county, a good man, honored and respected by all his acquaintances, and had lived on the same place for the past thirty years or more, his son, R.D. Burns, living with him at the time of his death. His wife preceded him in death. The paper regrets that it has no more data at this writing concerning the subject of this sketch, but joins a multitude in extending sympathy to all the bereaved.

"LOCALS: Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Norton of Greenville spent a few days last week with Mrs. and Mrs. R.E. Ford at Wallace. Miss Effa Nell Thomas returned last of the week from Shreveport, where she spent some time with relatives and friends. The Canton Boy Scouts, about twelve in number, under leadership of Scout Master Dr. T.R. Keahey, departed for the river Tuesday afternoon for an outing. D.B. Jones returned first of the week from San Antonio, where he spent two weeks at Fort Sam Houston in army training, he being a lieutenant in the Citizens' Reserve Corp.

"Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Beard and Masters Jimmie and Jack Slaughter went to Mineral Wells a few days ago for a visit and for the benefits to be derived from the water at this health resort. Mr. and Mrs. A.S. Nolen returned last of the week from Mineral Wells, after spending about three weeks at this favorite health resort. They enjoyed their visit and were greatly benefitted by the water. Elmer Prater visited his sister in Fort Worth a few days ago, who recently sustained serious injury when the car in which she was riding was struck by a truck. She was recovering slowly from the accident. J.A. Brackney of Dallas and J.L. Mantau of Birmingham, Ala., are the guests of their uncle and aunt, C.F. Riley and wife, this week. Mrs. M.B. Brackney has returned to Canton and is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Riley. Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Springer of Terrell came down Saturday to visit their son, Owen Springer, prescription clerk of the Palace drug store. Mrs. Springer remained for a few days' visit with her son and with a number of Canton friends."

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