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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 13, 1931

"From a recent Commerce, Texas, newspaper, it was learned that Miss Ida Frances Hilliard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.F. Hilliard of this city, was among the highest ten per cent of the college senior class just elected to membership in the local R.B. Binnion chapter of the Scholarship Societies of the South. To be elected to senior membership, at least 45 college courses must have been completed, with a minimum of 30 courses in the East Texas State Teachers College, and rank among the highest ten per cent of the senior class. The senior class contained 95 applicants for the bachelor's degree, and was entitled to ten members. The many friends of Miss Hilliard heartily congratulate her upon her excellent achievement.

"Johnnie Prestridge, prominent farmer of the Rast community, happened to a serious accident last Saturday about noon. He was on a wagon helping to unload it when a plank he was standing up on gave way, precipitating him to the ground, and in the fall his right leg was broken near the hip joint. Mr. Prestridge was taken to the Nan Travis hospital at Jacksonville, where, medical aid was given and the injured member placed in a plaster cast. The patient will be confined in the hospital for several weeks, but it is said will entirely recover from the painful and unfortunate injury, which will be good news to his many friends. Mr. Prestridge is the father of Mrs. Albert Travis of Canton.

"Marion Hall died at his home in Mabank Sunday afternoon and his remains were interred Monday in the Phalba cemetery, the funeral service being conducted by Rev. C.B. Williams. The deceased was born in Van Zandt county, May 8, 1861, and spent practically all his life in this county until he moved to Mabank about 10 years ago. He was married to Miss Lou Ranavall and to this union eight children were born, seven of whom with their mother survive him. The living children are Monroe Hall, Walter Hall, Mrs. Pollie Odom, Mrs. Martha Bryant, Mrs. Minnie Jordan, Mrs. Pearl Bradley and Mrs. Eliza Jordan. Mr. Hall was a good man, a consecrated Christian and his death will bring sorrow to many friends in this county.

"The home of Mrs. Eva Murrey, some miles southeast of Canton, was completely destroyed by fire about 6 o'clock Wednesday morning of last week, the fire starting from a defective flu. All household goods and furnishes were also lost. The family consists of Mrs. Murrey and two small boys. Neighbors and friends have since rendered her some financial assistance, due to her misfortune, some contributions also being obtained from the county seat.

"Ike McCaffity, 43 years, 6 months and 22 days, died early last Saturday at the home of his sister, Mrs. Charlie Wright, in the Wallace community, and was laid to rest in the Wesley Chapel cemetery that afternoon, Rev. Manly, a Presbyterian minister, conducted the funeral service, which was largely attended, burial being directed by Eubank undertakers. The deceased entered the army for service during the World War but had not been called for the training camp when the Armistice was signed. His death was attributed to a complication of ailments, he having been treated in government hospital up to a short time before his death. He is survived by his father, Eugene McCaffity, three brothers, Bob, Earl and Sam McCaffity, and three sisters, Mrs. Wright mentioned above, Mrs. Andrew McCarty and Mrs. Jessie McCaffity, all living in the Wallace community. The papers joins many friends in extending sympathy to all the bereaved.

"Dr. Dewey W. Peace of Bishop, Texas, was here a short time last week, visiting his brother, C.A. Peace, and family, and renewing acquaintances with many friends. Dewey, as he is familiarly known in Canton, is a pronounced success in his chosen profession. He came from Teague here, where he attended the funeral of his brother-in-law, Wyatt Wolfe, which was mentioned in last week's paper. He was accompanied to Canton by two sisters, Miss Abie Peace and Mrs. Agnes Weatherholt of Teague. Mrs. Wyatt Wolfe was also a visitor here last Saturday.

"Mrs. N. F. Allen was hostess to the Canton Night Club Tuesday evening from 8 to 12, at the Dixie Hotel. Tables were arranged for many merry couples and the series of games afforded the animated players no end of pleasure. The charming hostess, as an initial feature, served turkey dinner in typical Southern style, with all accessories, to the delight of every guest, all of whom, when later on goodnights were said, expressed their real appreciation for such true hospitality, and the rounding out of one of the most pleasant meetings the Night Club has ever enjoyed.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. A.J. Kellam and his mother, Mrs. M.C. Ashworth, and the former's son, Joe G., spent Sunday in Palestine with relatives. Mrs. O.L. Pittman of Dallas spent the weekend here with her mother, Mrs. C.L. Hubband, and the two visited relatives in Mineola Sunday. Mrs. Paul H. Stanford has been spending a few days in Grand Saline with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nat M. Crawford, and with numerous friends. Mrs. Charlie Box of the Hayden community underwent an operation in a Dallas sanitarium Monday of this week, and the report was that she was doing well. Miss Marie Smith of Dallas visited her family and many of her friends here Saturday night and Sunday, returning Sunday to Parkland Hospital, where she is training as a nurse. Miss Margueritte Rodgers, one of the teachers in the Canton high school, and Miss Mary Isabel McPhail, teaching at Colfax, spent the weekend in Wills Point, with Miss Janie Weir.


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