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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, September 4, 1931
"Mr. and Mrs. Howard Heard arrived in Canton, their old hometown, last week, coming from Taft where they had been residing for several months. The paper understands that this popular couple are back to stay' and this will be good news to a multitude of friends who extend them a most hearty welcome to the place of their early days.' Who will be next? If Canton could get all its former citizens back as permanent residents the corporate limits would have to be extended and a sizable city would be the results. Why not?
"J.J. Watson celebrated his 74th birthday, August 30, with a surprise birthday dinner at his home at China Grove, given by his good children and wife. There were 73 present to enjoy the day, and the dinner was spread on a long table on the front porch with tea as the drink. It is impossible to name the good things to eat. All enjoyed the day and late in the evening Mr. Watson was bid goodby and with wishes for many more happy birthdays such as this one.
"B.D. High of Canton, whose business keeps him in close touch with all parts of the county, reports to this paper that more sorghum syrup has been and is being manufactured in Van Zandt this year than for the past twenty years. He says sorghum cane mills are going in practically every community, that the cane crop is a bumper one and that the product, when finished into liquid form, is of exceptionally fine flavor. Mr. High also says that he never saw a better pea crop than Van Zandt has produced this year of all varieties, and much of it is being ground into feed for stock, while no small amount is being processed' against weevil and other infection and put away for family use during the winter months. All of this is well.
"J.B. Andrews, a grocery merchant in Los Angeles, California, died there Tuesday of last week, his death being attributed to stomach trouble, it was said. The deceased was a native of Van Zandt county, a son of the late J.W. Andrews, and was born near Martins Mill in 1871. He had been away from this county for seventeen years. The remains were brought back to the county of his nativity, and the body was laid to rest in the old Holly Springs cemetery last Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, a large crowd attending the last rites, conducted by a Baptist minister, Rev. Dodd, of Grand Saline. (To read more on this long article, see original on microfilm)
"Mrs. Sarah Colen Brown, about 73, died at her home in Canton Monday before noon, following a stroke of paralysis early that day. Her death was a distinct shock to her relatives and her many friends. Her remains were conveyed to the Cox cemetery Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock for interment, this being the family burial ground, situated about three miles south of the Dixie Highway on the Martins Mill and Colfax road. A large crowd attended the funeral service from Canton and from the section of the country mentioned, where the deceased formerly lived, the service being held at Little Hope Baptist church, of which she was a devout member.
"Friday, August 28, Mrs. Ella Dawson, of the Dawson community, had the privilege of calling her children and grandchildren to a reunion at the home of her son, J.T. Dawson at Wallace. Fifty-one were present to participate in the sumptuous basket dinner and festivities of the day. Invited guests were the Rev. H.J. Manley and wife of Wills Point, Mrs. Smith of Canton, and Miss Little of Denton. Of the immediate family of Mrs. Dawson, all were present except Mrs. E.P. Swindall of Bangs, Texas. Those present were J.T. Dawson, Wallace; Mrs. Pledge Harris, Hayden; and Rev. Perry Dawson of Livingston. Of the grandchildren with their families were Blanks Dawson, Wallace; Mrs. Lucile Miller, Hayden; and Mrs. Evelyn Tunnell, Colfax. The days program came to a close with a devotional service lead by the preacher of the family, Rev. Perry Dawson, Livingston, Texas.
"Frank Bowman, one of the older and well known colored citizens of Canton, died at his home here Tuesday and was buried Wednesday in the colored cemetery, his funeral being largely attended. He was about 65 years old, moved to Canton a long time ago from down around Garden Valley, and is survived by his wife and several children. He was rated as one of the leaders of his race, and had been in ill health for quite a while.
"As the Herald understands it, the Canton cemetery has been given a thorough and much needed cleaning, which good piece of work was performed by the local Boy Scout organization. These boys, merging into young manhood under the leadership of Rev. R.B. Moon and Dr. T.R. Keahey, are continually going about doing good,' and deserve the consideration and good will of the entire citizenship. In this connection, it deserves to be said that Jav Riley, assistant postmaster, has been instrumental in looking after the upkeep of the cemetery mentioned for quite awhile and for which he should at least have the thanks of all those interested in the grounds. Contributions toward this upkeep have been insignificant all the while, however, every penny donated is helping a most worthy cause."
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