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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 11, 1931

"Alphonso F. Russell, residing northeast of BenWheeler, died at his home Friday night, unexpectedly. He had worked in the field the previous day, ate supper with his family, and retired. He was somewhat advanced in years and his death was attributed to heart failure. The deceased is survived by his wife and three children, and among other relatives, a half-sister, Mrs. Annie McWilliams of Athens. He formerly lived near Canton, a number of years ago; was an upright citizen, having the confidence and respect of all who knew him. He had a host of friends who will be grieved to hear of his passing, and who extend sympathy to the bereaved.

"Marriage Licenses: The marriage license business slumped considerably during the latter part of August, the records kept by County Clerk C.A. Groves showing the following issued since the last report in this paper: Fred Calloway and Othea Thornton; Joe Frank Singleton and Katherine Chaney; Hubert L. Elliott and Ineda Easley; Garland Norman and Jessie Lee Heard.

"John Hester, the prominent farmer in the Wallace community, five miles west of Canton, was the victim of a rather serious accident at Canton Saturday afternoon, when the team of mules he was driving to a wagon took fright and ran away, going several blocks before colliding with a large tree standing in the center of a wide street in the southern part of town. Mr. Hester, who is part middle age, sustained several broken ribs and wound on the head and other scratches and bruises. Dr. H. H. Hilliard gave medical attention and the injured man was taken home in the Eubank ambulance. Mr. Hester's many friends sincerely sympathize with him in this misfortune, and sincerely hope he will soon recover entirely from the accident.

"Judge S.L. West was on vacation last week and as far as could be ascertained, by himself, in his trusty Ford, going on the theory that one should see Texas first. His exact itinerary was not learned, though it is believed he explored the Davis mountains, followed some of the winding streams until all bridges below him were reported washed out, veered to one side and crossed the Rio Grande at Laredo. His maneuvers beyond that murky boundary are in a manner vague, although it is known that he had the gasoline tank refilled and motored on to Monterey, where a real Spanish bull fight was given, either in his honor or that of some other visitor, as all the loud acclaim was in a foreign tongue and there was no means or time for translation. Anyhow, he reports a grand time, glowing weather, gorgeous scenery, a land of sombreros and things like that, and recommends a similar outing for all those afflicted with the ‘Cotton Blues.'

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Miss Christabell Stovall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Stovall, was taken to Terrell, where her tonsils were removed Tuesday. She is now at her home here doing nicely, which will be good news to her many friends. Rebel Blackwell of the Van Zandt Abstract Co., and his sisters Misses Bonnie, Rose and Helen Blackwell, arrived home last of the week from Hereford, Texas, where they spent a few days with their sister, Mrs. Marvin Fuller and family. Leon Cox, deputy county clerk, and family, visited relatives in the Rusk county oil fields last weekend and were accompanied home fry Frank Daniels, living there, who is an erstwhile Van Zandter, and who is visiting numerous relatives and old time friends here.

"J.B. Trent, living in the Martins Mill country, was here last of the week, enroute home from Dallas, where he visited his wife who had been a patient at Baylor hospital for some little time, but who was improved and had been moved to the home of her sister there. C.W. Ashworth Jr. arrived from his home in San Antonio last week for an extended visit, joining his wife here, who has been visiting her parents, Dr. and Mrs. A.J. Kellam, for some time. The young man is also visiting his parents here, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ashworth. Sheriff T.H. Carpenter of Camp county was here Monday and part of Tuesday, visiting his brother, the Carpenter boys, his sister, Mrs. Eula Fincher, other relatives and a host of friends. Tucker has made his county an ideal peace officer, one of the evidences of this fact being that he is retained in that position form one term to another. He formerly lived here and his many friends rejoice over his success.

"There were many prominent citizens of the county here Monday, looking in on the opening of court, getting a panoramic view of ‘First' Monday, and meeting friends on every hand. Among them were A.W. Meredith of Wills Point, J.R. Wallace and Walter Barber of Martins Mill, B.H. McKinnon of Edom and J.E. Persons of Grand Saline. Mr. McKinnon says they are still expecting an oil well at Edom, and that prospects are growing brighter all the while. G.D. Peden of Houston is visiting his nephew, H.G. Peden, and family this week. The Peden family have also had for visitors J.M. Mills and wife of Memphis, Tenn., the latter being a sister of Mrs. Peden, the Tennesseeans also visiting another sister, Mrs. J.E. Lantrip, and family of the Willow Springs community.

"‘Uncle' Bill Powell is back in Canton, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D.T. Riley, after a prolonged visit with other relatives in El Paso; Gainesville and other points. He reports that he is not ‘carried away' with the West, and is now content to settle down in the garden spot of the country, where he has friends on every hand. Mr. and Mrs. Jno. E. Owens and daughter, Miss Virginia, of Dallas, spent ‘horse traders' day' in Canton mingling with their many friends. This former Van Zandt banker, now vice president of the Republic National Bank at Dallas, will forever have a ‘weakness' for the old ‘free state' and does not overlook many opportunities to swing corners with its populace and gain inspiration from its environs. Rev. and Mrs. J.C. Calhoun and his sister, Mrs. Callie Moore, who have been on a tour of the Holy Land during the summer, returned here shortly after noon Friday. The veteran Methodist preacher and Mrs. Calhoun stood the trip fine, were not ill during the journey and had a wonderful time all the way"

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