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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 18, 1931

"The many friends and relatives of Mrs. S.H. Emerson of Wise community gave her a surprise birthday dinner last Sunday. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Jess Reid of Wise, Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Emerson of Orio, and T.G. Emerson of Stone Point, Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Teel of Orio and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It marked her 84th birthday and she is known as Grandma Emerson. She is well and quite active, enjoying the occasion very much, as did those that were there. We wish Grandma Emerson many happy birthdays to come.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hitt visited relatives in Tyler Sunday. Roland Travis returned Monday night from Lubbock, where he went on business. Mesdames W.A. Blankenship and Mrs. M.K. Thomas visited Terrell Saturday, shopping. Mrs. G.W. Tull and daughter, Miss Allye, were in Dallas Tuesday and Wednesday visiting relatives. Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Heard visited their daughter, Mrs. A.M. Gulledge, and family at Ben Wheeler last Sunday. Mrs. C.L. Stanford and son, C.L., spent the week-end in Ben Wheeler with the former's mother, Mrs. R.A. Chandler. Mrs. L.W. Shoemaker of this city and her daughter, Mrs. Laura Landry of Tyler were in Dallas Tuesday and Wednesday. Mrs. L.H. Hobbs and daughter, Mrs. Cecil Allison, of Tyler, were visitors here at the E.A. Heard one day last week.

"W.L. Steed and Misses Arlene Steed, Margaret Rodgers and Mary Louise Harris visited Dallas Saturday, being accompanied as far as Wills Point by Miss Mary Isabel McPhail. Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Sartin have moved from the Stanford cottage opposite the M.K. Thomas residence to the home of Mrs. G.M. Hilliard in southeast Canton, having secured apartments with Mrs. Hilliard. E.C. Denson and little son, patients in a Dallas hospital, were reported to be doing fairly well first of the week, which will be good news. The paper stated last week that they were taken to Dallas for treatment for burns inflicted at the Denson home south of Canton, when gasoline being drawn from Mr. Denson's car was ignited from a burning lantern. J.R. McKenzie of Canton and Earl Murrey and Alex High of Myrtle Springs represented the ‘Free State' of Van Zandt at the annual Wolf and Fox Hunters' meet in Polk county last week. They report an enjoyable time, renewed acquaintances and formed others with prominent hunters of different parts of the state, and had plenty to eat.

"Fifteen letters will be awarded to the football players of Canton high school at a ceremony very soon. The award will be a green sweater with a white ‘C'. Those to receive letters are Charles ‘Mutt' Seale, J.W. Burnett and Wilson Ashworth, ends; Knox Kelly, John M. Kellam, Terrell Okletree, and Edward Townsend, tackles; Ferrell Griffin and Curtis Hilliard, guards; Freeman Carpenter, center; Jack Seale, Lynell Morris, Roger Reynolds, Harmon ‘Jiggs' Reynolds, and Charles ‘Bud' Smith, backfield. Reserve letters will be awarded to Kenneth Tomlin, Forest Griffin, Tillman Walters, Lloyd Kelly, Jack Blankenship and Jack Foster. The Canton football squad had a good season, winning four out of the seven games played.

"Correction: Editor, Canton Herald: Will you please make correction in this week's issue of the Herald anent the article in last week's issue about Woodrow Graham, 19, Canton high school student, sustaining burns on both hands while experimenting in the chemical laboratory. Woodrow went to the laboratory against the rules of the school and was not experimenting. No student is supposed to be in the laboratory without the instructor, as Woodrow was. His intentions, as he stated to several students, was to do some experimenting with phosphorus at home. Yours truly, Lurlyne Travis. The Herald gladly gives space to the above. Dr. L.W. Shoemaker, who is treating the young man, said Wednesday that his left hand, especially, was in a serious condition, that all the skin was burned off up to his wrist, and that there was a possibility of his losing two or three fingers as a result of the phosphorus episode. The right hand, although burned some, is doing nicely. Editor.

"LETTERS TO SANTA CLAUS: Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl seven years old and I have been good. I want you to bring me a toy wrist watch, a silk handkerchief, candy, nuts and fruit. Don't forget my brother, Derell Gene, and bring him something. Jimmie Woolverton, Eustace.

"Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl four years old. This year, I want you to bring me a doll with long curls, a little iron, and a sewing basket and be sure the sewing basket has a thimble in it. I also want some fruits, nuts and candy. Don't forget mother, daddy, grandmother and my aunt. Dorothy Jean Penny, Canton.

"Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl eight years old. I have tried to be good. I want you to bring me an electric iron, a doll and an ironing board. Please remember mother and daddy. Netta Marcille Parker, Canton.

"Dear Santa Claus: I am a little boy, 4 years old. I want you to bring me a little wagon, harp, A.B.C. book, lots of nuts, fruit and candy and fireworks. Please don't forget ‘big granny,' ‘little granny' and old grandma. Jackie Lee Ballard, Canton.

"Dear Santa Claus: I do want some boots and a wagon to haul wood in for mother. I am trying to be good. I am seven years old. J.T. Hanson, Mabank. Dear Santa Claus: I am a little boy 8 years old and go to school at Mill Creek. Please bring me a pistol and caps, crayolas for school, fireworks of all kinds and something good to eat. Bring my teacher, Miss Oleta Weldon, a nice present. Wayne Waggoner, Canton.

"Dear Santa Claus: We are three little children, 3,2 and 1 years old, I, Margaret, want you to bring me a purse, beads, and bring both Roland and me a little broom and doll and Roland wants some little A.B.C. blocks, and I want a tea set. Bring our little baby sister, Melba Rose, a pacifier so she will quit sucking her thumb, also a rubber doll and rattler. We all want all kinds of fruits, nuts and candies. We won't ask for more because we want you to remember mother and daddy, granddaddy Manley in Cass county, who is sick, and Grampa McCaffity, also our two great grandmothers, Grandmother Nixon at Atlanta and Grandmother Manley in Tennessee, also our great grandfather, Grampa McCaffity. Remember all the orphans and leave something to make everybody happy. Margaret Marie, Roland and Melba Rose Manley, Canton."

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