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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 20, 1931

"Bert Barlow, popular rural mail carrier out of Canton, departed last Saturday for Dallas to join friends on a hunting trip to Llano county, their objective bing the lawful limit of black tail deer, reported plentiful in that section of the state. The season for killing deer opened Monday, and Mr. Barlow expected to put in the first four days of the season in quest of these fleet-footed animals. He is expected to return this week-end and the ‘wild game' editor of this paper hopes to be among the first to see him, that is, if he brings with him all the venison the law allows.

"W.J.N. Stoudemire, prominent Wills Point citizen, and Mrs. Fannie Smith, popular in Canton church and social circles, were married last Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the latter's home in this city, Rev. R.B. Moon, pastor of the Canton Methodist church, officiating. Quite a number of friends of the contracting parties, both from Wills Point and Canton, witnessed the simple ceremony, and were first to extend congratulations and best wishes. Mr. Stoudemire has lived in Wills Point for a number of years and is one of the county's best known cotton buyers, enjoying the friendship and confidence of all his acquaintance. Mrs. Stoudemire has lived in Canton for a number of years, during all of which time she has taken an active part in Sunday School and church affairs, and possesses a wide circle of friends who wish for her a long and happy wedded life. Mr. and Mrs. Stoudemire will be at home to their friends in Canton. This paper wafts felicitations.

"Friends and relatives of Mrs. Mary Alice Glover, nee Harris, were made sad when the news was brought that she had passed away at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Methodist hospital in Dallas, after an illness of 11 days. She was laid to rest at High cemetery Saturday at 1 o'clock. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R.P. Campbell, songs being sung by the Seale quartette. She is survived by the following: her husband, J.W. Glover; two sons, Jesse and Perry McLean; one daughter, Mary Alice Glover; four brothers and one sister; Pledger, Frank, Ben and John Harris and Mrs. Ruth Green. (For more on this article see the original on microfilm)

"The following marriage licenses have been issued by the county clerk since last reported in this paper: Joe Waddill and Edna Parks; Barton McGee and Gladys Fay Wood; G.M. Rankin and Lilla Tiddle; K.E. Pennington and Lula Bess Hardegree; Edward Tucker and Cora Munday; Charles E. Jarosh and Exa Whittingham; M.E. Gilbert and Carneener Childers; H.L. Brown and Odeda Moore; Delma E. Moseley and Rosa Mae Mings; Jesse John Taylor and Elsie Juanita Thompson; R.J. Crumpler and Frankie Owen; Neal Parker and Elizabeth Wells; Henry Preston and Velma Barber; I.T. Calloway and Mrs. Jewel Crosby; W.J. Rhodes and Odaree Graves; Dick Gulledge and Atha Thompson; W.J.N. Stoudemire and Mrs. Fannie Smith; Howard Lucas and Juanita Malone; Arthur Foster and Eula Jarrett; and Gid Shields and Lydia Wilson."

"James M. Anders departed this life at Malakoff on Nov. 7 and his remains were interred in the cemetery at that place on the following day, the funeral service being conducted at the grave by Elder W.A. Clark. The deceased was born in Montgomery county, Texas, on March 17, 1856. He was married to Miss Lillie Booter Oct. 9, 1879, and she died Oct. 13, 1884. He then married Miss Cora Gardner March 10, 1887. To this union twelve children were born, seven of whom survive. He is also survived by his wife, 25 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, two brothers and other relatives and friends to mourn his departure. Mr. Anders resided for many years in the Myrtle Springs community, moving from there about ten years ago. He visited his daughter, Mrs. J.E. Wright, near Myrtle Springs a short time before his last illness and she was called to his bedside before his death. He was a member of the Baptist church, having joined at the age of 25, and continued in the faith until death. Many friends of the family will join this paper in extending sympathy to the bereaved ones in their hour of sorrow.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. Era Utts did shopping in Dallas last week. Mrs. Ben Bruner of Mineola visited her father, G.M. Hilliard, and family here last week-end. Love Riley and wife of Waskom spent the week-end here with C.F. Riley and wife and other relatives. Charlie Riley of Dallas was also a visitor here. Misses Roxie Stanford and Elizabeth Spinks visited home folks and friends here Sunday from Dallas. They were accompanied back to Dallas by Miss Dee Stanford. Mrs. George Council and little son, George Jr., of Lufkin, have been here this week, visiting the former's sister, Miss Oma Mayne, and her aunt, Mrs. Anna McMahon. W.E. West of Canton and R.C. Chrisman of Canton and J.P. McGown of Van were in Dallas first of the week, attending the sixty-first reunion of the Scottish Rite bodies of Freemasonry.

"Mr. and Mrs. Willis Terry had for a week-end guest the former's mother, also his youngest brother, Russell Terry, of Oklahoma, and two sisters, Miss Odessa Terry, domestic science teacher in the Edgewood school, and Miss Faye Terry, teaching at Martins Mill. County Clerk C.A. Groyes returned from Dallas Tuesday evening, where he visited his niece, Mrs. Katie Stroud, of Edgewood, who is a patient in Baylor hospital, and whose condition was reported serious, although slightly improved. The young lady has many friends who sincerely hope for her early recovery."

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