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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 25, 1931

(Note: The October 2, 1931 issue of the Canton Herald is missing. The following is more from the previous issue.) "Tom Long was the honor guest last Sunday at a birthday dinner given by his children at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Parker, Mrs. Parker being a daughter and with whom he makes his home. The home is situated between Canton and Grand Saline, in the Antioch community. The dinner was a feast of many good things to eat, and was greatly enjoyed by Mr. Long himself, as well as by the relatives and friends who were present to wish Mr. Long a happy birthday and also to participate in devouring the food. The entire day was spent most pleasantly by all present.

"Those present on the happy occasion were: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Duke and family, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Teal and family, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Parker and family, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Melton and family, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Parker, all being relatives of Mr. Long; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Parker and little daughter, Marcell, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Groves and two small children, Margie Lee and C.A. Jr., J.A. Groves and Mrs. Harve Dunbar, all of Canton; Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Slaughter and Mrs. Susie Beard of near Edgewood; Harve Cox of Detroit, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Bertie Brown and Family, Mr. and Mrs. William Stephens and family, Mr. and Mrs. Tom White, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy White, Tom Loden, Jim Ray, Ike Parker and Mrs. Fannie Melton, all friends in the community in which the honoree resides.

"The Teachers' Institute for Van Zandt county will convene in Canton on Thursday, Oct. 1 for a two day's session. The general session will be held in the Baptist church, where the primary section will also hold its sessions. The intermediate and high school sections will hold their sessions at the Methodist church, the high school section using the basement. All sessions are open to the public and school trustees are especially invited to attend. The various committees for the institute are as follows: Resolutions, Wallace Broyles, Dewitt Dowdle, Mrs. Lurlyne Strickland, Mrs. Ruby Shepherd and Miss Fay Pinkerson; Interscholastic League, W.H. Oliver, N. W. Kennedy, Mrs. Lorene Hendley, G.T. Kennedy, and Miss Ara Wattner; Finance and Registration, B.O. Box, L.F. Sanders, Miss Jackie McLemore, Miss Gladys White and Grady Parker; TSTA Membership, W.G. Hadley, Miss Mary Etta Lang, L.O. Matthews, Geo. W. Stringer and Mrs. Myrtle Blakeley.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Ray Tunnell returned Sunday from Dallas, where he was confined in a sanitarium for some weeks, after undergoing an operation. He is now recovering from the ordeal, and was able to sit up first of the week, which will be glad news to his many friends. A.R. (Al) Hill was here Monday from his home in the Redland district in the eastern portion of the county, and renewed his subscription to the Herald, which paper he has been reading a long time. He is one of the leaders of his race, and has now passed his forty years of service as trustee of the colored school there, where a splendid school plant is maintained. Mrs. A.D. Boyd, wife of Assistant Attorney Boyd to Criminal District Attorney Paul H. Stanford, and Miss Mary Ben as daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Thomas, departed Wednesday morning for Denton, where they will attend North Texas Teachers' College. Mr. Boyd's two sisters of Chandler were also members of the party en route to school. Mrs. Boyd, one of the teachers last year to the Canton school, goes to complete the higher courses, while Miss Thomas, a graduate at the last school term here, is entering college for the first time.
"Mrs. M.C. Foster, reported in last week's paper as spending a few days with two of her daughters in Dallas, following an accident in her home here in which one rib was broken, is still in Dalllas, the paper learning later that she sustained three broken ribs in her fall, instead of one. She is recovering from the regrettable accident, however, and is expected home soon. Dr. J.J. Jeter and family are moving this week from Aims, Oklahoma, to Colfax, nine miles east of Canton, where the doctor will practice his profession, and where he is well known, having resided there some years ago. Mrs. Jeter, formerly Miss Mary Yantis, has been spending the week here with her father, Judge T.R. Yantis, and family, pending moving of their household goods from Oklahoma. The many friends of the family gladly welcome them back to Van Zandt county.

"Since the opening of the Canton school on the 14 inst., and the large enrollment, another teacher has been employed, whose services are of great benefit in supplying the urgent needs of the class rooms. Miss Erlene Travis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.T. Travis of this place, was assigned the new position, and the school board is to be congratulated upon their selection. According to a death certificate at Eubank undertakers Tuesday, Royal Boddie, 18-year-old son of J. Henry Boddie, died and was buried at Highland cemetery between Edgewood and Canton, Monday. The young man had been ill about two weeks or more. The many friends of Master H. J. Burns, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Minor Burns, sympathize with him, as a result of the accident on the school campus Tuesday morning of this week, which resulted in a broken arm. After immediate medical attention, the little fellow seems now happy on the way."


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