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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 18, 1931

"Jno. T. Sides, a member of ‘Uncle Sam's' navy, is here visiting his mother, County Treasurer Mrs. Lexie B. Sides, and family, and a host of friends of his boyhood. The young man enlisted about eighteen months ago; he is of the crew of U.S.S. Arctic, with headquarters in San Francisco, and is enjoying a 30 day furlough, with traveling time extra, his visit back home being a genuine pleasure to all concerned. Some time after his enlistment, he was afforded the opportunity of taking a musical course which he has been completed, and he is now a bugler on the ship mentioned, in direct line for promotion to first class with added pay, which speaks well for the record he has made in such a short time. This summer the ship anchored off the coast of Seattle, Wash., for about two months, affording the boys a fine visit in this great city of the northwest and its environs. Prior to that they cruised down in the Canal Zone, this visit coinciding with an earthquake in that part of the world which made much reading in the newspapers at the time. The young man has many stories of real human interest to tell to his friends, and his friends are always eager to hear them.

"Dr. M.L. Cox and Ab Sides of Canton departed Monday for Corpus Christi, with no time limit for their return, making the trip by automobile. Dr. Cox has been ‘under the weather' for several weeks, and has been taking things easy at his ho e in Canton. This visit to the Gulf Coast country is calculated to be of benefit to him and his many friends throughout the county sincerely hope it will, and that he will return in fine shape for the fall and winter. His companion on the trip is a ‘seasoned scout' and the two are expected to see all that is worth seeing and learn all that is worth knowing in South Texas before setting their faces toward home.

"W.W. Weldon, up in years, and one of Canton's highly respected citizens, died at the family home in the southern part of town Wednesday morning, after a prolonged illness. At this writing (Wednesday) funeral arrangements had not been completed, pending the arrival of a daughter from Hendley, it was said. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters, who have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends. A more extended mention of the deceased will appear in next week's paper.

"A very beautiful wedding of much interest was solemnized Sunday afternoon, Sept. 6, at 5:30 o'clock at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Harlin J. Roper, Dallas, when Miss Eunice Stanger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Stanger of Ben Wheeler, became the bride of Earl Jordan, son of Mrs. John Wadges of Canton. The ring ceremony was used, and Rev. Harlin J. Roper officiated. The bride wore a brown velvet dress with an ecru lace yolk, with shoes, hat and gloves to match. Her flowers were a corsage of salmon roses. Miss Loveta Anderson, maid of honor, wore a dress of dark green crepe with black hat and shoes. Mr. Orion Bryan attended Mr. Jordan as best man. J.W. Stephens gave the bride away. Bettie Lou Roper was the flower girl. A reception followed the wedding. Miss Gladys Stanger, sister of the bride, and Miss Rena Bomar presided at the punch bowl and Mrs. J.W. Stephens at the wedding cake. There were about 35 guests, who were received by Misses Ruth Boedeker and Lois LeVan, classmates of the bride. The couple left immediately after the ceremony for their apartment, 4639 McKinney Ave., Dallas, where they will make their home. The happy couple have the best wishes of their many friends.

"Mrs. Pone Teel, formerly Mrs. Jim Oldfield, was the honor guest last Sunday at a birthday dinner at her home, given by her children and her sisters. The home is situated in the Whitton community, and the dinner was a feast of good things to appease the most exacting appetite, and was greatly enjoyed, as was the coming together of relatives and the merry conversation that ensued fro the time of the first arrivals until all departed. Two sons were absent, C.D. Oldfield in California and Bonnie Oldfield in Longview. Those present were: Floyd Oldfield, a son, wife and two sons; B.O. Oldfield, a son, wife and one son; Mrs. E.M. Priest, a daughter, husband and three sons; Mrs. G.A. Phillips, a daughter, husband and one son; L.P. Norman, a grandson, wife and son; Mrs. C.P. Paschall, a sister, husband and son; Mrs. C.W. Ashworth, a sister, husband and daughter, and A.D. Teel, a visitor.

"Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Cole and children, Jennie Ruth, Marjorie and Virginia Lee, Bush and Vinnie Roberts, all of Fort Worth, spent Sunday with Mrs. W.H.D. Roberts and children. They celebrated Jennie Ruth's 13th birthday. Those present were Barnett Roberts and family, Clarence and Albert Loden, Audrey Crabb, is Nadine Dawson of Wallace and O.T. Miller. The day was very much enjoyed by everyone. We all hope to spend another birthday with Jennie Ruth.

"Mrs. M.C. Foster has been spending the week in Dallas visiting her two daughters, Mesdames Simpson and Cooper, and various friends. Mrs. Foster happened to the misfortune of breaking a rib in a fall at her home several days ago, but is rapidly recovering from the accident, which will be glad news to her many friends.

"Miss Mary Louise Harris of Terrell and Miss Gladys Wallis of Grand Saline, teacher of English and teacher in high school, respectively, have rooms with Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Sides, in South Canton. Miss Harris is a sister of Mrs. Sides. Both these young ladies are new additions to the teaching staff of the school at this place, and the school as a whole together with the entire citizenship of the town extend to them a most cordial welcome."


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