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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 that have been microfilmed. Complete articles and more are available to researchers in the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton. 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, November 7, 1930

"Within a short time of each other two car accidents occurred near Canton after dark last Sunday, between Canton and Wills Point. Mr. and Mrs. Max Schnurman accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Harley Peace and Mrs. Ruth Jarvis, all of Wills Point, were returning home after visiting some of the oil districts. The car in which they were riding and another, whose driver was not learned by the paper, collided. The Wills Point car was put out of commission and Dean Mathis of Canton volunteered to take the occupants in his car, a Ford sedan. Several hundred yards from the scene of the first wreck the car driven by Mr. Mathis collided with the one en route to Canton driven by County Agent W.D. Seals. It was explained that the Mathis car, after breaking a fore wheel, turned completely over, and partially over again, falling on its side. The Seals car did not run over. Both machines were badly damaged, especially the Mathis car, and it was considered almost miraculous that no greater injuries were sustained than were determined afterward. Mrs. Schnurman was the most seriously hurt, having a sprained wrist, while others were scratched or bruised to some extent, all being shaken up. The accidents are deeply regretted by all concerned, yet it is cause for rejoicing that the results were not more serious. It will be several days before the wrecked cars will again be ready to take to the open road.

"Dr. H.H. Hilliard of Canton accompanied Oscar Gilbert, married man, of the Watts community northeast of Ben Wheeler, to Baylor Hospital, Dallas, Sunday. The patient's condition was somewhat serious, his affliction being that of a bursted appendix. He was reported Monday to be doing fairly well.

"Mrs. and Mrs. Willis Terry made a trip to Terrell Sunday, visiting the latter's sister, Miss Ailene Scott, who had undergone an operation at the hospital for appendicitis. She was getting along nicely.

"Many friends and acquaintances of this pioneer Van Zandt county citizen will regret to learn of the death of J.L. Marable, 80 years old, who died of heart trouble at Stephens, Ark., Oct. 27, at 8:50 p.m. Interment was had at Magnolia, Ark., Rev. J.B. Luck of Magnolia conducting the funeral service.

"He leaves his wife to whom he had been married 54 years, and six children as follows: J.H. Marable, Miss Maud Marable and Mrs. J.L. Powell, all of Stephens: John Marable, Henderson, Texas; S.L. Marable, Mobeetie, Texas, and A.M. Marable, Paducah, Texas. He also had a brother, T.E. Marable of Martins Mill, Van Zandt county, who is 83 years old.

"In 1869 he moved from Talladega county, Alabama, his nativity, to Van Zandt county, where he made his home 40 years, 20 years of which were spent at Wills Point. From Wills Point he moved to Magnolia, Ark., in 1916.

"We are advised that J.L. Marable was the first subscriber of the Wills Point Chronicle and he was a regular subscriber throughout the years he remained in Van Zandt county. We join friends here and elsewhere in extending sympathy to the bereaved children and other relatives.

"The home of Mrs. Calvin Graham in the Stone Point community, together with its contents, was destroyed by fire of undetermined origin Friday night of last week. Mrs. Graham spent that night in Wills Point with Mrs. T.F. Mayfield and was not advised of her loss until next day when she returned home. The loss was very heavy, being only partially covered by insurance, and friends sympathize with Mrs. Graham in her misfortune.

"The Canton friends of Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Lummus gladly welcome them back to Canton from Frederick, Okla., as they are to again make this their home. Mr. Lummus has resumed his former place in the barber shop of Lit and Billie Carpenter on north side of the square, where he will be glad to meet all his former acquaintances.

"Bonnie M. Nail, living some three or four miles west of Canton, candidate for tax assessor in the July primary, was seriously injured last Saturday evening when he stepped from a moving truck on the highway east of Wills Point, being thrown in such a way as to strike the back of his head on the hard gravel. He was first taken to Wills Point and given medical aid, then taken to Canton, where additional medical aid was rendered, before being escorted home, where his condition was reported somewhat serious first of the week. His many friends throughout the county will regret to hear of the accident, and all wish for him a speedy recovery. He had been employed for some time on highway work in this county.

"In a recent letter to his father, Judge T.R. Yantis of Canton, his son, D.L. Yantis of Patterson, N.J., told of his marriage on the 25th of October to a young lady living in Jersey City. The couple are at home to their friends in Patterson where the groom has been engaged in business for some time. He was born and reared in Canton, and all of his old time friends and friends of the family extend greetings and best wishes for the future of the newlyweds, hoping also that before a great while they will decide to visit here, the former to renew old acquaintances and his bride to form the acquaintance of relatives and friends of her husband whom she has never seen.

"Fire of unknown origin early Monday, about 5 o'clock destroyed completely what was known as the McQueen home, owned by Miss Mamie Maume, located a short distance a little northeast of the Dixie Hotel. The residence was occupied by Mrs. F.A. Tyson, a sister of Miss Maume, and her family. Some of the family effects were saved and but little of the furnishings, including a few mattresses and quilts. It seemed remarkable that other nearby buildings were not destroyed or damaged, but the firemen confined the blaze to the one house only. The many friends of the losers sympathize with them in their misfortune."

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