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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 that have been microfilmed. Complete articles and more are available to researchers in the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton. 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 14, 1930

"H.J. Craft and wife had the pleasure last week of entertaining some of Mr. Craft's sure enough old-time friends, one of the parties being Dr. Luther Miller of Oklahoma City, whom Mr. Craft had not seen for 44 years. The doctor was accompanied by Mrs. Harriet Neal and Mrs. Daisy Coleman of Cedar Grove, these ladies, Dr. Miller and Mr. Craft having been school and classmates at Cedar Grove when the world was considerably younger than it is today. This visit at the Craft home was greatly enjoyed by all concerned; many pleasant memories of the past were revived and all were loath to break up such a jolly assembly. Dr. Miller was also to visit Dallas, Greenville and other places before returning to Oklahoma City, where he has resided for thirty years.

"Marriage Licenses: W.B. Branson and Lorene Berry; J.T. Calmes and Mrs. M.E. Harper; J.O. Shotts and Dorothy Hunter; J.O. Marshall and Ida Walker; Henry Smith and Nellie Cofer; J.H. Hopkins and Pearl Waller; Charlie Parsons and Maudie Lee Stamper; James E. Acker and Naoma Katherine White; Toy Edwards and Louella Wilcoxson; Eddie Hamilton and Onella Williams; Simpson Crawford and Ena Matthews; Leroy Henderson and Laura Gardner; C.E. Linney and Irene Clark; Homer Strickland and Hazel Fincher; Joe Watson and Beatrice Wright; Humphrey Strickland and Nova Daniel; W.O. Hallman and Ella Williams; S.S. Mitchell and Miss. I. Blount; Chas. Lee Ewait and Acie Teel; John Trent and Frances Westbrook; Moss Rasburg and Peppy Rushing; W.A. Miller and Edna Lush; and E.F. Miller and Elsie J. Page.

"Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Lester of Dallas visited relatives and friends here Tuesday. Minor Burns and family of Athens were visitors Sunday in the H. J. Craft home. Congressman Morgan G. Sanders and Dr. M.L. Cor made a business trip to Houston last of the week. Misses Lottie Rasco and Earl Blackwell of Henderson spend the week-end here with home folks and friends. Angus Travis, teaching school at Cobb, spent the weekend here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Travis. Mrs. Jessie Cooper of Dallas spent the week-end here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Foster and family. Angus Nixon, attending A & M College, spent Sunday here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Nixon and family. Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone Thomas of Shreveport spent the week-end in Canton with their parents and numerous friends. Mrs. Lamar Sides and little daughter returned Wednesday afternoon from Terrell, after short visit with the former's parents. Lindel, the small son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Ward, about six miles south of town, was reported quite ill with pneumonia first of the week. Mrs. Bob Dean of Kansas City who had been visiting in Mineral Wells, arrived Sunday for a visit with her brother, C.W. Ashworth, and family. Mrs. Leslie Florence of Pittsburg has been spending a few days here with her mother, Mrs. G.W. Tull, other relatives and many friends. Hugh Mathis, attending college at Denton, arrived Monday, having been indisposed for a few days, and coming over for a little recuperation at home.

"Miss Dorothy McLain of Henderson, formerly employed in abstract work in Canton, has been spending a few days here with friends, stopping with Mrs. Anna McMahon. Mrs. W.B. Rodgers and daughter, Miss Annie Marguerite, were shopping in Dallas Saturday, the latter stopping over with relatives in Wills Point on her return until Sunday afternoon. Malcolm Bullock, Dallas policeman, has been spending a few days vacation around the old home place a short distance west of Canton, and meeting a number of his old-time friends. Tax Assessor Allen Travis returned from Jacksonville Wednesday afternoon, having accompanied Rev. R.M. Wilson of Myrtle Springs to that city, where he entered the Nan Travis Hospital for medical care.

"Commissioner Benson of precinct No. 1 started work this week on the Canton-Blair road, running north of Canton, widening and grading the road bed. The beginning of this work will be hailed with delight by everybody living on or near this road and by all others who have ever passed over it in their lives and ever expect to go over it again. If Commissioner Benson does nothing else during his entire administration, he will have this much to his everlasting credit, but the truth is, he is doing this good work throughout his precinct as fast he can get to it and have the funds to do it with. The Blair road is used by the rural route mail carrier No. 1 out of Edgewood, which route touches Canton. This mail carrier will also do some plain and fancy shouting of his own.

"I wish to sincerely thank the members of the fire department for their good and efficient work recently, without which at least one cottage home would have been destroyed by fire, if not more nearby property. Prompt response and quick action stopped the blaze with but slight damage. Again, I thank you. Mamie Maume.

"Mrs. W.H. Reynolds returned last of the week from Paducah, in West Texas, near which town her brother, Richard Ray Woods, formerly of Van Zandt county, was killed early the night of Nov. 2, when a truck in which he was riding was crowded into a ditch by another car. The young man was killed instantly, the cab of his truck being torn loose and turning bottom side up, the victim's head being caught by the door which had opened. Three companions in the truck escaped. The deceased was married Feb. 10, 1929, to Miss Lois Cate of Chalk, Texas, and besides his parents is survived by his wife and sister, Mrs. O.L. Mote, Mrs. W.H. Reynolds, Mrs. G.C. Bell, Mrs. B.F. Covin and brothers, Edwin Woods and L.H. Lawler. The many friends of the family extend condolence."


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