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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 30, 1931

"Dr. Marion Love Cox, one of the most prominent physicians in this section, and one of the county's foremost citizens, died at his family home in Canton at 3 o'clock this morning, Thursday, Oct. 29. The funeral hour was set at 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon, Rev. A.D. Sparkman, pastor of the Canton Baptist church to officiate, followed by interment in the Canton cemetery. Thursday being press day for the paper, the Herald can give but this brief mention of the passing of such an individual, at the same time joining legions of steadfast friends throughout the county in extending sincere sympathy to the grief-stricken family. All the family were present when the end came, including the oldest son, Dr. Kelley Cox, of Dallas, and the daughter, Mrs. Robert Shuttles of that city; also, a brother, Ben L. Cox of Abilene was here. All Canton is in mourning today. More extended mention next issue.

"The old two story school building that has been under ‘condemnation' for some time, is to be converted into a serviceable one story brick house, and divided into four recitation rooms. The contract for the work of remodeling and reconstruction was let last Monday by the Parent-Teachers' organization, which fine body of workers recently undertook the matter at hand, and by soliciting public donations and with what funds they had, now have in their possession practically all of the amount required to pay for the greatly needed improvement. Surely no other local agency could have accomplished in so short a time, at least, what the industrious and ambitious members of this organization have accomplished, and all the praise that could be given them would not be too much. To them alone will go all the credit for supplying adequate quarters for the needs of the students and for some time to come. Ernest Denson was awarded the contract, the price being $1,250, it was said, and it is understood the job will be completed in about two months. In the meantime both churches are being used by some of the grades. The Herald joins everybody in hearty congratulations to the Parent-Teachers' Association. They set themselves to the difficult task and never looked back, until the thing was done.

"Miss Mariam Cain, sixteen, step daughter of R.F. (Dutch) Chamblee, in the Old Bethel community, happened to the serious accident of getting her right hand caught and mangled in a syrup mill Saturday at the Chamblee home, while she was feeding cane stalks to the mill. She was hurried to Canton, where the injury was attended to by Dr. Hilliard. The result of the injury has not yet been fully determined. The third finger will be lost, and possibly others, owing to the nature of healing. The many friends of the young lady sincerely sympathize with her in this misfortune and sincerely hope it will not prove as serious as first indicated.

"Joe S. Sanders, Sr., 84 years, died at his home some distance west of Myrtle Springs, in the Turner community, at 3 o'clock Tuesday morning, after only a few days' illness. His remains were interred in the Myrtle Springs cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock, with Masonic ceremonies, he being an honored member of that fraternity. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. O.T. Wheeler, pastor of the First Baptist church of Wills Point, and the burial services were in charge of the Castilion Lodge, A.F. & A.M, of Canton. Mr. Sanders was married to Miss Martha Elizabeth Williams, Oct. 3, 1875, and sixteen children were born to this union. His wife and nine children preceded him in death. He is survived by seven children, the following three making their home with him, Joe S. Sanders, Jr., Edith Sanders and Mrs. Eliza Smith; J.C. Sanders of will Point, Hiram Sanders of California, Mrs. Bud Palmer of Tulia, and Mrs. Bessie Malone. (For more on this long article, view original on microfilm)

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. Wiley Kuykendall arrived home Saturday from Mineral Wells, where she was under treatment in a sanitarium for some weeks, and her many friends will rejoice to hear that she is greatly improved. C.W. Ashworth, Jr., of San Antonio, visited his wife and little son here last week-end at the home of Mrs. Ashworth's parents, Dr. and Mrs. A.J. Kellam. The wife and little son (as soon as the latter attains a little more age) will join the husband and father in San Antonio. C.W., Jr., also visited his parents while here, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ashworth, and family. Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Steed of Houston spent the weekend here with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Steed, and family. This popular young couple have many friends in Canton, who are always glad to see them.

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