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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 23, 1931

"Among the 29 applicants for the place of poet laureate of Texas, the selection to be made by the legislature through a special committee already names, is Mrs. Lexie Dean Robertson, who was born in Van Zandt county, her father at one time serving as county treasurer of this county and being well known to the older citizens. Mrs. Robertson has made quite a reputation as a Texas poet, several volumes of her verse having been printed. ‘Red Heels,' one of Mrs. Robertson's books has been recommended for use in the elementary grades of the public schools, according to library bulletins issued by the state department of education and prepared by William Eilers and Miss Georgie Walker, state rural school supervisors. Mrs. Robertson now resides at Rising Star.

"The paper learned late Wednesday from Rev. Porter Wilhite, former Van Zandter, whose home is in West Texas that his wife was instantly killed Friday, the 16th inst., while standing on the running board of her parked car on a highway near Hope, Ark. His wife and his daughter, Elva Lee, were enroute to Hope, intending to return the following Monday, accompanied by the husband and father, who was conducting a meeting there. A cotton seed truck traveling the highway struck the side of the car where Mrs. Wilhite was standing, crushing the victim and causing instantaneous death. The deceased was 44 years of age, a daughter of C.M. Harrison, who resided near Cross Oaks, between Canton and Grand Saline. She was taken to Jacksonville, Texas, for interment last Sunday. Surviving are the husband and daughter mentioned, who is single, and three married daughters. The many friends of the family deeply sympathize with the sorrowing relatives.
"The Van Zandt county school library is in readiness for the use of the schools of the county. There are more than 500 volumes with several hundred more to be purchased soon. The State Reading Course is included and it is to be expected that Van Zandt will be the leading county in the state in receiving the certificates issued by the state superintendent to each pupil of the Intermediate Grades for reading 15 of the 45 selected books.

"Marriage Licenses: The following marriage licenses have been issued by the clerk of the county court since the last report appearing in this paper: Willie Penny and Dilma Sermmitt; E.R. Clough and Zilma Summitt; Alfred Davis and Minnie Pearl Vestal; Terry Lapgrade and Pearl Robertson; Melvin Thomas and Orea Walker; H.T. Lawley and Opal Williams; Henry Moore and Rachael Haynes; D.M. Rohus and Mrs. Dovie Herridge; W.F. Welkins and Beulah Adams; Roy Montgomery and Lorene Morris; Romie Donohoe and Pauline Martin; Isaac Bowman and Nona Smith; Bruce Box and Lavada Hyde.

"The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Stout, residing in the Old Bethel community, southwest of Canton, sincerely sympathize with them in the sad death of their daughter, Miss Eunice Stout, who died in a Terrell sanitarium Wednesday of last week, following an operation. The body was taken to the family home, then laid to rest in the Old Bethel cemetery, a large congregation attending the last sad rites and paying their respects to the departed, who was sixteen years of age, and who was a favorite of all who knew her. Her untimely demise brought sorrow to the entire community, and the paper joins a vast multitude in extending condolences.

Dr. and Mrs. M.L. Cox and their son, Ben, arrived home first of the week from Mineral Wells, after a short visit there. Dr. Cox, who has been ‘under the weather' for some weeks past, has been contrasting the famous mineral waters of the health resort mentioned with the standpipe water at home, and his return to Canton indicates his patriotism and partiality for the home product. He has been on the streets two or three times this week, and his legions of friends will not be entirely consoled until he is wholly recovered and again takes his place as ‘one of the boys.'

"The three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lumnes of this city was stricken with meningitis a few days ago, and was taken to Baylor Hospital, Dallas, by its parents, for treatment. It was learned Wednesday that the little fellow, although having had a close call, was on the way to recovery, which will be glad news to the many friends of all concerned.

"Mrs. W.A. Westmoreland died Friday, Oct 16, at the family home on the Press Paschall pace, in the Wise community, after an illness of seven weeks with rheumatism and other complication, the immediate cause of her death being heart trouble. Her remains ere interred in the High cemetery Saturday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, the funeral service being conducted by Rev. W.M. Chesser of Myrtle Springs. (For more on this long article, see the original on microfilm)
"Little Nathaline Kuykendall, ten year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jess Kuykendall, died at Terrell, Texas, Thursday morning, October 15, 1931. She had appendicitis and was seriously ill only a few days. Funeral services were held at the cemetery at Myrtle Springs, Friday at 10 a.m., Rev. F.E. Turner officiating. She was laid to rest beneath a bank of flowers to await the last trumpet call.

"AROUND OUR TOWN: Mr. and Mrs. S.J. McCauley and Mrs. Irby Hilliard spent Sunday in Denton, the two former visiting their children in college there, and the latter visiting her husband, who is also attending college. Miss Allie Tull visited relatives and friends in Dallas last week, returning home with Congressman Morgan G. Sanders and wife, the entire party attending the East Texas Dinner at Dallas last Saturday evening. Mrs. Dean Mathis and son, Hugh, returned from Woodville, Okla., Tuesday, where they went to take the former's niece, Miss Bernice Trent, who had been here on a visit; also to visit Mrs. Mathis' parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.N. French. Ab Sides departed last Saturday for Lubbock, where he resided for a few years, and owns a big farm, going in a truck for the purpose of moving a family from there back to Van Zandt. He has not returned at this writing, but has never gone anywhere without returning, so none of his friends are yet uneasy in the least.

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