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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 21, 1931

"Miss Marion Black, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.S. Black, of Martins Mill, became the wife of Lewis Orsborn, son of Ollie Orsborn, former sheriff of Van Zandt county, Wednesday evening at six o'clock at Canton. The Rev. W.S. Mills officiated in the ceremony. Mrs. Orsborn is an accomplished and popular young lady of Martins Mill. She is a graduate of the Athens high school, and an ex-student of North Texas Teachers' College of Denton. She has been a teacher in the Martins Mill school for the past two years and will resume her position with the school the ensuring year. Lewis Orsborn is a prospective lawyer, having graduated from Texas Military College of Terrell in 1930, attended Southern Methodist University School of Law last year and will complete his law course this coming year. He has numerous friends in Wills Point and Canton as well as Van Zandt county, who will join the paper in wishing them much happiness in married life. The couple will leave in the near future for a trip to points in Arkansas.

"Dr. M.L. Cox, prominent physician of Van Zandt county, was ill at his home in Canton Tuesday, having sustained something like a paralytic attack in one arm that morning while reading a newspaper. The doctor has legions of friends throughout the county who will regret to hear of this, and all sincerely hope he will completely recover. During Tuesday Drs. D. Leon Sanders of Wills Point, B.B. Brandon of Edgewood, V.B. Cozby of Grand Saline and Gurley Sanders of Kerens, all of whom were at Canton, paid Dr. Cox a visit, being joined by Dr. .H.H. Hilliard of Canton, all those mentioned, with the exception of Dr. Gurley Sanders, being members of the Van Zandt County Medical Society.

"Last Friday afternoon the nice country home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Johnson, in the Board community, was destroyed by fire, which originated from a defective chimney. Most of the household goods were lost, as the building burned quickly, and it was said no insurance was carried. The loss also included 300 containers of food put up by Mrs. Johnson, although about 200 cans were saved. Mrs. Johnson is one of the outstanding club members of the county, being a pantry shelf demonstrator, also wardrobe demonstrator, and had built in her home one of the most modern wardrobes, embracing closet; shelving, accessory racks, clothes and shoe racks, etc. Mrs. Johnson helped her neighbors in canning and thus was engaged when the fire was discovered. The family has the sympathy of many in their great misfortune.

"Marriage Licenses: Charlie Herring and Ruth May; Herbert McKee and Margie Goebel; Loy King and Velma Dillard; J.E. Robinson and Verner Little; James E. Driver and Bertie Coone; Manuel Humphries and Flossie Brown; W.E. Rodgers and Ethel Vines; H.K. Box and Grace Evelyn Kirk; Harry G. Fry and Grace I. Durham; and Lewis O. Orsborn and Marion L. Black.

"The announcement is authorized that there will be another gathering of Sacred Harp Singers at the court house in Canton early in the afternoon of the first Sunday in September, the singers to be expected to remain as late as possible so as to do as much singing as possible in one afternoon. Those who attend these gatherings are expected to be on hand; and all others who sing from the book opening the ‘long way' are cordially invited to be present.
"Bartley Cox, an old time resident of this county, is reported critically ill at the home of his daughter in Hendley, Texas. Mr. Cox recently visited his daughters Mesdames Arthur Slaughter and Tom Wilson, here, and went to visit with his other children when he became ill. Mesdames Slaughter and Wilson have been with their father some of the time since his illness. Also, Dr. M.L. Cox of Canton has been summoned to his bedside.

"LOCALS: Miss Bernice Strickland arrived home last of the week, after a month or more spent visiting relatives in different points in South and West Texas. Misses Lola Groves and Lottie Rasco spent from Saturday until Monday night in Denton with Miss Conner Sumner of Kerrville, who is attending school in Denton. Mrs. A.W. Meredith, Mrs. Earl M. Greer, and little daughter, and Miss Ada Belle Provence of Wills Point spent last Friday here with Mrs. R.M. Lively and family. Miss Dorothy Jane McPhail returned to her home in Wills Point Wednesday afternoon, after a pleasant visit here with Miss Annie Marguerite Rodgers and her parents. M.C. Foster and family had for guests Sunday the former's brother, Grover Foster and wife and their niece, also two daughters, Mesdames Simpson and Cooper, all of Dallas.

"District Clerk George Yates and County Superintendent A.O. Loughmiller visited Kaufman last Friday, one going, it was said, to look after the other, but the reporter could not ascertain just ‘who was who.' Miss Inez Kellis returned from Waco last of the week where she spent two weeks or more with relatives and friends. She was accompanied home by George Kellam and Miss Jeane Kellam who are visitors in the Louis Kellis home. Attorney Andrew West and family of Phoenix, Arizona, arrived here last of the week for a visit with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam West, near Ben Wheeler, his brothers, Judge Love West and Attorney Ernest West of Canton, and Mrs. West's people at Grand Saline.

"Mr. and Mrs. Walter Barnes and daughter, Juanita, recently moved from here to Edom, after giving up their residence in Dallas. Mr. Barnes has taken over a filling station there on the Dixie Highway, and is busy supplying the traveling public with gas and oil. C.H. Corse was here Tuesday looking for a location for he and Mrs. Corse, for the next school term, beginning in September. Mr. Corse will again act as principal of the school here, and he and his estimable wife will be gladly welcomed by a host of friends upon their return to Canton. Messrs. W.L. Steed and E.A. Heard departed Tuesday for different points in South Texas, some of them on the Gulf coast, to spend a week or ten days, during which time they will visit relatives and do some fishing, according to the latter, who may establish a record for salt water angling before he returns. Jerome Groves and family were here last week visiting the former's brother, County Clerk C.A. Groves, his father, J.A. Groves, other relatives and friends. The visitors reside in Breckenridge and two daughters, Misses Ruby and Joy Bell, remained here, while the elder Mr. Groves accompanied his son and family back home."

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