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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, December 4, 1931

"J.R. McKensie of Canton, Earl Murrey of Myrtle Springs and Charlie Wright of Wills Point, Canton and Van are making every effort to move out first of next week for the edge of the ‘Big Thicket' down in Polk county, for the annual East Texas Fox and Wolf Hunters' association which hunt opens next Monday morning. J.R. McKenzie has received a map from the secretary of the association, describing the camp site for the members and visitors, showing the location of the main canvas top, the big dining ‘hall', and other points of interest. All expecting to take part in the festivities are urged to make reservations in advance, as to cots, sleeping quarters and things like that. The three Van Zandters mentioned have attended these annual meets before, and that is why they are anxious to mingle with their friends on the ground next week, to join in the different chases, listen to the music of the hounds, and feast around the festal board.

"Dr. E.J. Gee and family arrived in Canton this week and will make this their future home. Dr. Gee has opened an office at Nolen Bros. drug store, offering his services as a physician to the people of Canton and vicinity. He was until a few years ago engaged in the practice of his profession at Wills Point, and enjoys a wide acquaintance over the county. The Herald joins the citizenship of the town in extending this new family a cordial welcome to the county seat.

"Only brief mention was made in the paper last week of the death of George M. Hilliard, who died at the family residence in Canton Monday morning, Nov. 23. The funeral service was held at the First Baptist church, conducted by Rev. Chambers, pastor of the First Christian church in Marshall, and well known in Canton. Rev. A.D. Sparkman, pastor of the Canton Baptist church, assisted by R. B. Moon, pastor of the Methodist church. The church was crowded with friends of the deceased from different parts of the county, and the floral offering was one of the largest ever seen in the town, attesting the high esteem in which the departed was held by neighbors and by friends. (For more on this very long article, see the original on microfilm.)

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Miss Cleo Liner of Wills Point was a week-end visitor of Miss Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone Thomas of Dallas visited relatives and friends here during last week-end. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Barlow and children spent Thanksgiving and the week-end with relatives in Oklahoma. Misses Roxie Stanford and Elizabeth Spinks of Dallas visited Mrs. C.L. Stanford and family during Thanksgiving. Mr. and Mrs. W.J. N. Stoudenmire of Canton spent from Thursday to Wednesday with relatives in Wills Point. Miss Claytie Mae McPhail, who has been attending college at Dallas, is spending several days here at her home. Miss Bonnie Blackwell, teaching in the Wills Point high school spent the past week-end here with homefolks and numerous friends.

"Charlie Wright, classified by his many friends as the ‘society mystery,' visited Denton Sunday, not a few of his intimate associates wondering why. Miss Ollie Marie Kellis, attending T.W.C. in Fort Worth, spent Thanksgiving here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Kellis, and many friends. Mr. and Mrs. Dean Mathis and the latter's brother, Dick French, spent Thanksgiving with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.N. French, in Woodville, Okla. Miss Eloise Reynolds, teaching school in Gregg county, spent the week-end here with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Henry Reynolds, and numerous friends.

"There were several here during Thanksgiving from Denton and other places, visiting homefolks and friends, all names not being learned. Those from Denton who were ascertained were Mrs. A.D. Boyd, Miss Mary Ben Thomas and Miss Jerry Stanford, all attending college. Little Miss Marvaun Sides, reported in last week's paper as being seriously ill with pneumonia at the home of her grandparents in Terrell, is reported somewhat improved, which will be glad news to all the many friends of the little one and the family. The mother, Mrs. Lamar Sides, has remained constantly with the patient, while the father, one of the employees of the Canton First National Bank, has been going to Terrell after banking hours.

"The P.T.A. met Thursday, Nov. 19, Mrs. Moon read the devotional after which Mrs. Ed. Riley gave a report on the ‘Child Labor White House Conference.' E.C. Stovall then discussed the ‘Legislation Affecting Child Labor.' The fifth grade with their teacher, Mrs. Parsons entertained with singing. Mr. Swanzy concluded the program with a discussion of Thanksgiving. The year books were passed out. Work on the school building is going forward steadily. Mr. Denson promises that if he gets an even break with the weather, when the Christmas holidays are over, the children will start back to school in the new building."


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