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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, November 6, 1931

"A gloom of sadness and sorrow was cast not only over Canton and community, but of Van Zandt county, when it was announced that Dr. M.L. Cox had passed away at his residence in Canton, Texas, at 3 o'clock in the morning of Oct. 29, 1931. For several months, Dr. Cox had been in very bad health and his many friends had been anxious about him, but he took a turn for the worse just a few days prior to his death, and then it was that those nearest him realized that his time was very limited.

"Dr. Cox was born at Martins Mill, Van Zandt county, Texas, on February 22, 1870. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tillman L. Cox of Martins Mill. Mrs. Cox was a Miss Riley, prior to her marriage to Tillman L. Cox. They were pioneer settlers of Van Zandt county, the father of Dr. Cox was a farmer, and Dr. Cox was born on his father's farm. The old house in which he was born is still standing and is now occupied by a sister of his, together with her husband, Mr. Bob Mewbourn. (For more on this long article, see the original on microfilm)

"W.H. Compton arrived in Canton Saturday night with his new wife, which was quite a surprise to his mother here, Mrs. Donie Compton, who extended the newlyweds a cordial welcome. The bride was Miss Marguerite Britton, born and reared at Center, Texas, being one of the most popular young ladies of that place, who recently finished college, and is now employed as office assistant for the firm of Anderson & Lewis, well-known attorneys of Center and that section of the state. The groom was reared at Canton, and has been employed at Center and at other points in the East Texas oil field with a well-known abstract company. He has many friends here who will be surprised to hear of his marriage, and who wish for him and his wife long lives of happiness and prosperity.

"Eugene, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lummus of this city, died Monday night at 11 o'clock, Nov. 2, at Baylor Hospital, Dallas, where he was taken some two weeks ago for medical treatment, the little one's illness baffling the science and skill of the best physicians of that institution. The grief-stricken parents were at the bedside when the end came and, with friends, accompanied the remains home Tuesday, the funeral service being held that afternoon, conducted by Rev. A.D. Sparkman, pastor of the Baptist church, whose remarks were most becoming to the sad occasion, a large congregation attending the last rites, the floral offerings being beautiful and profuse, interment being in the Canton cemetery under the direction of the Eubanks undertaking establishment.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mr. and Mrs. George Wages spent Wednesday in Dallas. Mrs. Mildred Burrage and Mrs. Metta Hilliard were Dallas visitors last of the week. Miss Janie Weir of Wills Point arrived Wednesday to visit the family of W.B. Rodgers. Mrs. and Mrs. Gladstone Thomas of Dallas spent the weekend visiting homefolks and friends. Miss Jerry Stanford, attending Denton college, visited her mother here, Mrs. C.L. Stanford, and family last weekend. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Barnes and daughter Juanita Kate, of Edom, spent ‘first' Monday here visiting relatives and friends. George Hilliard, Jr., attending college at Denton, spent Saturday and Sunday here with his wife, his parents and other relatives and friends. Miss Audie Williams, who has a position in Dallas, is here spending a few days with her father, Jim Williams and family, and with her numerous friends.

"The paper is requested to announce that there will be a pie supper at Phalba Friday night of this week, and all the people of that locality are cordially invited to attend. Harold High, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.D. High, has been ill and confined to his bed this week. His many friends will regret to hear of this, and wish him a speedy recovery. Homer McPhail and family are now occupying quarters in what is known as the Bonner Baker residence on Buffalo street, which has recently been converted by the owner, Miss Mamie Maum, into an up-to-date apartment house, with all conveniences.

"Mesdames Virginia Wolfe, Eulala Bonner and Agnes Weatherholt, all sisters, were here from their home at Teague to attend the funeral of Dr. M.L. Cox, and visit their brother, C.A. Peace and family, and met many of their Canton friends. Mrs. A.D. Boyd and Miss Mary Ben Thomas, attending college at Denton, spent the week-end in Canton, the former with her husband, A.D. Boyd and numerous friends and the latter with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and family. Mr. and Mrs. Milton Thomas and baby of Greenville were also visitors in the Thomas home. W.F. Stanhiser, well-known business man of Roddy, spent Monday in Canton, ‘taking in' the town on ‘first' Monday, also renewing acquaintance with his many friends from various sections of the county, not neglecting, either, to renew his subscription to the Herald, a paper he has been reading for lo, these many years."

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