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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 28, 1931

"J.D. Reynolds celebrated his 70th birthday by a surprise dinner given by the family last Saturday, August 22. Rev. and Mrs. R.F. Stewart and family of Quitman, Mrs. C.L. Reynolds and children of Tyler and Mrs. Willie C. Mann of Canton were present. The son of the home, Bryan Reynolds of Kilgore, was unable to attend, although his wife and little daughter, Geraldine, were present. Mrs. Reynolds had just returned from an extended visit in Magnolia, Ark. The bountiful and most appetizing dinner was greatly enjoyed by all. It was a great surprise to Mr. Reynolds, when he returned from his store at 11:30 a.m. for his mid-day meal. He was showered with many nice presents, and remarked afterwards that it was a gala event for him.

"Oswald M. Norman died at the family home near Stone Point Thursday, Aug. 20, at 8:40 p.m. and his remains were interred in the old Wesley Chapel cemetery Friday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, the funeral service being conducted by Rev. D. Loden, assisted by Rev. H.J. Manley of Wills Point and Rev. R.B. Moon of Canton. A large number of sympathizing friends assembled with the sorrowing relatives for the last sad rites. Mr. Norman was born in Stone Point on Sept. 28, 1887, and spent practically all his life in that community. He was married to Miss Estelle Sewell in the fall of 1914 and to this union were born four children, two boys and two girls, and these survive with their mother. Other surviving relatives are: his father, L.M. Norman; two brothers, A.A. and Paul Norman; four sisters, Mrs. Howard Sewell of Clint, Mrs. P.A. Ross of Dallas, Mrs. Howard Hubbard and Miss Nela Norman of Stone Point. Mr. Norman was converted at the age of 20 in Tyler and united with the Methodist church, being a consistent and useful member of that denomination until his death. He was a good citizen and had a wide circle of friends who sincerely regret his untimely demise and sympathize with the bereaved relatives.

"Relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Norman gathered at their home in the Tundra community Saturday to celebrate the fortieth wedding anniversary of this well known couple. The occasion was greatly enjoyed by all present, a sumptuous meal being indulged in by old-time friends and acquaintances. Relatives present were David Norman and family of Wallace, A.A. Brown and family of Wallace, Walker Norman of Hayden, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Stanberry of Wallace and Edith Chitty of Hayden. The friends were: Mrs. J.J. Brown, Mrs. Tom Brown and daughter, Velma, Lila Faye Hammons, William Batey and Sidney Beard, all of Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Gentry and daughter, Fay, of Hayden.

"Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Goodman returned Sunday from Haskall, Texas, where they spent a few days visiting relatives, among them being J.W. Martin, Mrs. Creta Brooks and Mrs. Dr. Davis, all formerly of Van Zandt county. Mr. Goodman reports all crops good, especially cotton, never having seen finer prospects for the latter in his life. Mr. Goodman says while they were out in the country a tourist car passed through carrying a printed sign that could be read from a distance, and that the wording of it occasioned much comment all along the route of travel. The sign said, ‘California for vacation, Colorado for elevation, Texas for starvation, damn the Hoover administration, I'm bound for Arkansaw.'

"Dr. M.L. Cox, who was reported in last week's paper as being ill at his home here, has not yet ventured out, being content to ‘take it easy' under his own vine and fig tree. He has improved, however, to the great delight of his many friends, many of whom have been calling upon him to talk over current topics of the day, and incidently let him know how greatly he is missed from his accounted daily rounds of the rather quite little town.

"Mr. and Mrs. Albert Yantis of Kilgore and the latter's sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Weaver of Ennis, and Ed Harper of Kaufman arrived here Wednesday, all visited in the home of Judge T.R. Yantis and his daughter Miss Ruth Yantis. Judge Yantis has been quite ill during the past several days but was considerably improved the first of the week.

"The nice country home of W.A. Calloway, about three miles east of Grand Saline, on the State Highway, was destroyed by fire last Saturday about the noon hours. The fire originated from a spark from the kitchen stove setting the roof ablaze. Mrs. Calloway was preparing dinner at the time. Insurance was carried by Mr. Calloway with the firm of High & West, insurance agents at Canton.

"W.L. Steed and E.A. Heard arrived home Tuesday night, after a week or more spent in south Texas, visiting around. They saw good cotton and plenty of it, but a dearth of cotton pickers, it being said that the price offered for gathering the staple is not very attractive to those wanting jobs, and the growers are of the opinion they will have to pay fifty cents per hundred before they get the help needed.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. Louise Hamil and baby accompanied by Miss Stein, arrived here Sunday from their home in Rockdale for a visit with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Marshall and other relatives and friends. Miss Marguerite Rodgers went to Tyler Friday and spent the day and night with Miss Louise Nixon of this place, who is attending college there, and who returned for a week-end visit with homefolks and friends. Mrs. Dorris Baker and Miss Thelma Maume departed last week for an extended visit which was to include Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and Galveston, a report from them Tuesday being to the effect that they were in the coast city.

"Mrs. D.T. Riley was quite ill the last of the week but is now much improved. Congressman Morgan G. Sanders made a business trip to Kilgore and Longview Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone Thomas of Dallas spent the week-end here with homefolks and friends. Miss Balfa Greer of Celeste was here last of the week visiting Miss Dee Standford and others. Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Moore of Waco have been guests of Mrs. and Mrs. John Gilmer this week."

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