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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, October 9, 1931

"The Van Zandt County Medical Society met in regular session at Canton, with five members and one visitor present, Dr. Felix V. Bryant presided. Dr. Horace H. Hilliard reported four cases of typhoid fever in one family, Dr. F.V. Bryant reported an interesting case of diphtheria. Dr. D. Leon Sanders read a paper on ‘Botany.' The society discussed the new law of registration; a list of all physicians practicing medicine in Van Zandt county was made up for the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Horace A. Baker of Tyler was a visitor and took part in the discussions. Dr. Baker has recently moved from Tyler to Wills Point where he has offices at the Bruce and Human Company. Resolutions were adopted whereby the society expressed regret that our good and faithful member, Dr. Marion L. Cox of Canton, was not able to attend the meeting.

"J.J. Helms, who resided in the Myrtle Springs community, died September 22, after being ill about three weeks. He was buried at Starr, east of Canton. Mr. Helms was born September 24, 1886, being about 45 years of age at his death. He was married to Miss Lela Stanberry, May 24, 1913. He leaves his wife and three children, one boy and two girls. Mr. Helms became a member of the Church of Christ in 1921. He will be missed in his home community and church. We extend our sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.
"There was good attendance for the Sacred Harp singing at China Grove last Sunday, a number being present from various points in the county. Dinner was provided for those not equipped with dinner baskets of their own and all enjoyed the occasion throughout. This probably marked the last sacred harp singing in the county for the season, the singers of these good and everlasting songs being content to ‘take out' for the winter, after enjoying many such gatherings throughout the past summer.

"The body of Lewis Curtis arrived in Wills Point Monday night on passenger train No. 4, accompanied by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.T. Curtis, and was carried to the family home in the Burnett Chapel community. Funeral services were held at White Rose Cemetery Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock by Rev. J.R. Ritchie and were attended by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends. The floral offering were very beautiful. Lewis Curtis was born at Myrtle Springs Sept. 18, 1912, and died at Roscoe, Texas, on Oct. 5, being 19 years and 17 days old at the time of his death. He had gone to West Texas to pick cotton and a few weeks ago was taken ill with typhoid fever. When his condition became serious, his father went to him and a week later the mother joined them, arriving a few minutes before her son's death. The deceased was converted in August during the Van Zandt county camp meeting conducted at Goodnight Park by Rev. W.E. Hawkins, the radio revivalist. He was a noble young man was held in high esteem by all who knew him intimately. His untimely demise is sincerely regretted and the bereaved relatives have the sympathy of all in their sorrow. Besides his parents, he is survived by his twin sister, Mrs. Lois Wilson of Wills Point, another sister, Mrs. Lucile Weaver of Athens, and six brothers, Jim Curtis of Roscoe, Harvey Curtis of Grand Saline, and G.T, Carl, John D., and Burnett Curtis.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Ed Marshall was a Dallas visitor first of the week. Mrs. and Mrs. J.H. Couch were Terrell visitors Tuesday. Miss Lottie Rasco went to Henderson Saturday for an indefinite visit. Deputy Sheriff Ira Burnett attended federal court in Tyler this week. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hitt spent the week-end with relatives and friends at Tyler. Mrs. Walter Barnes and daughter, Juanita Kate, of Edom visited relatives here Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ashworth and little son of Shreveport visited relatives and friends here Sunday. Miss Florence McCauley is now in C.I.A. at Denton, having graduated from the high school there last May.

"Mrs. Egbert Mann and children departed for Fort Worth this week for an indefinite visit with her mother. Miss Era Utts very pleasantly entertained the younger set with a party at her home Thursday night of last week. Lloyd McCauley has returned to Teachers' College at Denton. Also Bryan Mitchell has returned to the same institution. Rev. A.D. Sparkman, Postmaster C.F. Riley and others from Canton attended a meeting of the R.C. Burleson Association at Kemp Thursday. J.A. Brackney of Dallas was a guest of C.F. Riley and wife Sunday. His mother, Mrs. M.B. Brackney, returned to Dallas with him for a visit. Misses Roxie Stanford and Elizabeth Spinks and Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone Thomas of Dallas visited relatives and friends here last weekend.

"Mrs. Wiley Kuykendall of this city is under treatment at a clinic in Mineral Wells. Latest advices are to the effect that she is getting along well, which will be glad news to her many friends. She is expected home in about two weeks. Little Miss Elizabeth West, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. West, entertained a number of her friends with a ‘slumber party' Thursday night of last week, at the well appointed home of her parents. Before the slumber hours, all the little folks were treated to a boat ride on the lake, which was greatly enjoyed, as were the number of other diversions planned and carried out by the hostess, assisted by her mother."


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