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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 25, 1931

"In a recent issue of the paper it was stated that Marvin L. Deering, 19, of the Wentworth community, a few miles east of Canton, underwent an operation at Baylor hospital, Dallas; that the young man was so afflicted that had not been able to walk for several years. A report on his condition since the operation is most encouraging, which everyone will be glad to hear. In this connection it is fitting and proper to mention what the good people of the community have done in the young man's behalf, who, being handicapped as he has been so long, is poor in the world's goods. The paper learns from W.S. (Bud) Mills, principal of the school at Wentworth, that the citizens generally of that locality made a free-will offering of various kinds of products grown on the farms, orchards and gardens, consisting of potatoes, syrup, all kinds of home-canned vegetables, preserves, jellies, etc., which was taken in a truck to the hospital mentioned by Mr. Claude Fincher, a citizen of the Wentworth community, and applied the whole to the hospital's account of young Deering, the total estimated worth of the supplies being figured as $81.10. That is a fine spirit and a fine answer to the old, old question, ‘Am I my brother's keeper?' Surely He even takes note of the fallen sparrows looked with favor upon those good people of Wentworth who remembered their neighbor in time of need.

"W.S. (Uncle Josh) Waldron, living a few miles south of Canton, celebrated his 83rd birthday last Sunday at the home of his son-in-law, George Talley, and family. There were quite a number of Mr. Waldron's relatives present, also several friends, and a sumptuous dinner was served by Mrs. Tally to some twenty to thirty guests. ‘Uncle Jose,' as he is familiarly known, is a long-time citizen of Van Zandt county, most highly respected by all who enjoy his acquaintance, and he enjoyed this occasion to the fullest, as did all the others present, among them, being J.A.Groves and his son, Harvey, Mrs. J.W. Barnes and Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Riley of Canton.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Milton Thomas, wife and baby are here for the holidays, at the M.K. Thomas home. Mrs. E.C. Poole and children are guests for Christmas in the home of Mrs. R.M. Lively. Leon Cox and members of his family did some shopping in Tyler Tuesday of this week. Miss Frances Brown of Marshall is here visiting her mother and other relatives and friends. Baxter Jordan, attending college at Commerce, is here at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Anna McMahon. George Hilliard, attending college at Denton, came in last of the week to spend the holidays with home folks. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Barlow and children attended the funeral of a relative at Mabank Sunday afternoon.

"Misses Roxie Stanford and Elizabeth Spinks of Dallas are spending Christmas here with home folks and friends. Lloyd Emerson is here from Mabank, where he has been residing for some time, visiting home folks and numerous friends. Miss Louise Nixon, teaching school in San Saba county, is attending Yuletide with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Nixon. Miss Johnnie Ayers, attending school in West Texas, is here visiting her sister, Mrs. Albert Hargrove, and numerous friends. Miss Ida Frances Hilliard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.F. Hilliard, is here with home folks, from Commerce, where she has been attending college.

"Mrs. A.D. Boyd and Misses Mary Ben Thomas and Jerry Stanford, attending college at Denton, arrived home last of the week to spend the holidays. Miss Ollie Marle Kellis, attending T.W.C. at Fort Worth, is here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kellis and family and numerous friends. Miss Marienne Sparkman arrived Monday from Baylor, Belton, where she is taking a special course in music and voice, and is spending the holidays with her parents, Rev. and Mrs. A.D. Sparkman.

"Deputy Sheriff Lloyd Sides of Canton and L.L. Garrison of Martins Mill made an extending automobile trip last week in West Texas touching at Mineral Wells and going as far as Lubbock. They encountered snow from two to eight inches deep. Hon. J.M. Shields, former attorney of Van Zandt county, arrived Tuesday and is spending the holidays with his family and his friends at Canton. He is identified with the U.S. government's prohibition enforcement department, with headquarters in New Orleans. Mrs. M.B. Brackney left Tuesday for Dallas to spend Christmas with her son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Brackney. She accompanied Mrs. W.L. Steed and son, Jack, and daughter, Mrs. Howard Heard, who went for the day.

"A FEW LETTERS TO SANTA CLAUS: Dear Santa Claus: I have tried to be a good boy. I am 7 years old and in the second grade and I want to tell what I like for you to bring for me for Christmas: A knife, fireworks, nuts, candy and fruits of all kinds, raincoat, boots and don't forget Grandpa and Grandma and Aunt Estelle Bailey. Douglas Bailey, Canton, Texas. Dear Santa Claus: I have tried to be a good little boy. I am 9 years old in the third grade. I want you to bring me a raincoat, boots, knife, fireworks, nuts, candy, fruits of all kind and don't forget mother and daddy and my teacher, Miss Gladys Huston. Mozelle Bailey, Canton, Route 3. Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl 5 years old and want you to bring me a doll that will say mama and go to sleep and fruits, candy and nuts. Don't forget mother, daddy and my sisters and brothers. Don't forget my good friends. Lula Blanche Pittman, Canton."

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