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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 16, 1931

"Emory Stringer, about 55, prominent Ben Wheeler farmer, died instantly from a shotgun wound in his forehead about 2 o'clock Wednesday morning, the gun being discharged accidentally, it was said, as he reached for the weapon near the dresser in his room, intending to go into the yard and investigate what was causing the barking of his dogs at that early hour. Mrs. Stringer, wife of deceased, occupying another room, had heard her husband scolding the dogs, heard him preparing to leave the room, the firing of the gun and after immediately calling to him and hearing no answer, she entered and discovered what had happened. The deceased was a highly respected citizen of the county, perhaps a native Van Zandter (the paper not being informed), and his home is located about two miles west of Ben Wheeler. He is survived by his wife and several children, among them being Bryan Stringer, who is to teach at Colfax, Oliver Stringer, connected with the school at Commerce, and Windle Stringer, at home; also a married daughter residing at Lubbock. Four brothers survive, Dee Stringer, prominent Tyler banker, Charlie Stringer of Dallas, Walter Stringer of Tyler and George Stringer at home. Funeral arrangements were being made Wednesday, interment to be at Holly Springs cemetery. A host of friends of the family extend sincere condolence to the bereaved.

"The annual Union Association of the Primitive Baptist church met with the Cool Springs church a few miles south of Canton, for a three-day session, last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There was a good attendance throughout the time, all visitors and delegates being well care for by the good people of the Cool Springs community and by some of the good people of Canton. The Association embraces a large territory, taking in a tier of counties in East Texas, extending as far south as Houston, and among the visitors were about nineteen ministers, three of whom hailed from North Carolina, one being a quite interesting boy preacher of some eight or nine years of age. In order that all might be heard who wished to deliver a message, services were conducted in some of the homes in the community, as well as at the church, and last Friday night a service was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Beard in Canton, which was enjoyed by a nice crowd. It was some eight or nine years ago that Van Zandt county had the honor of entertaining the Union Association in annual meeting. The next gathering in 1932 will be held near Houston, the name of the church not being ascertained by the news reporter.

"Van Zandters attending the Texas State Fair at Dallas, now in progress, should be sure to view the agricultural exhibit from this county, assembled by the county agent, W.E. Deals, arranged by Secretary Shaw of Wills Point Chamber of Commerce. This county has never had a better exhibit at the State Fair, and at this writing (Monday) the outcome of the judging of county exhibits has not been announced. More than 100 counties in Texas are represented at the fair, and of course, all of them are good, but loyal ‘Free Staters' will naturally assume that theirs is the best, and the ‘agricultural' editor of this paper firmly believes it is. See it if you see the fair.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. R.A. Chandler of Ben Wheeler has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. C.L. Stanford and family this week. Mrs. Jno. E. Sides and family have for their guests this week, the former's mother, Mrs. Irving and the former's sister, Mrs. Dossey, of Abilene. Mrs. C.L. Hubbard departed Sunday morning for Ranger to visit her son, Angus Hubbard, and wife, being joined in Dallas by her daughter, Mrs. O.L. Pittman, who accompanied her mother to Ranger. Hon. D.D. Richardson of Grand Saline, representing Van Zandt county in the Texas legislature, visited his daughter here Tuesday, Mrs. Homer Hilliard and family, and mingled with his many friends. Congressman Morgan G. Sanders and County Superintendent A.O. Loughmiller attended a meeting of the Parent Teachers Association of the city of Grand Saline Thursday of last week and both delivered addresses which were well received.

"The Turner public school will open for the fall term on Monday, Oct. 19, and the patrons are invited to be present. Students are urged to be on hand the first day for classification and to secure books. The faculty of the Turner school is composed of Prof. and Mrs. W.H. Oliver, Mrs. L.D. Owens and Mrs. Lula Hays.

"The Elberta club women had their regular meeting last Saturday afternoon with Mrs. Rock Wilkerson. There were nine members present. Mrs. Mary Ethel Brandon was present and gave some very good demonstrations on sandwiches, which was really interesting. The club will meet next second Saturday with Mrs. William G. Faglie. Visitors and new members are invited."


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