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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, January 1, 1932

"John W. Parker, living three or four miles west of Canton, reported Monday that an airplane fell in his field about three o'clock Sunday afternoon, the two men in the plane being unhurt. There were several visitors at the Parker home, and the falling of the ship took them by surprise. In a short time neighbors flocked to the scene, until there was quite a little crowd on hand to see what is was all about. Mr. Parker said the airplane travelers were en route to Dallas, but left their conveyance, after towing it to a point near his house and stringing wire around it so as to keep stock at a distance. He did not learn the cause of the ‘drop' as the two men procured conveyance and went on their way.

"Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Strickland of the Wentworth community were made very happy on Christmas day to have with them again their children and grandchildren. There were twenty-seven present, they being R.E. Jordan and family and C.G. McKnight and family of Wills Point; W.B. Kitts and family of Sulphur Springs; M.J. Strickland and family of Grand Saline; S.S. Strickland and Miss Stella Strickland and family of Dallas; L.R. Fuller and wife of Houston and three guests, Mr. and Mrs. G.T. Danforth and Arley R. Crow of Dallas.

"The following marriage licenses have been issued by the county clerk since the last published report in this paper: Eddie Howell and Rea Gray; Fred R. Taylor and Carrie Fisher; Sam Stanley and Opal Wilkins; Greer Phillips and Christine Whitfield; S.V. Boswell and Dorothy Adams; Orville C. Yoes and Minnie Smith; Togo Arms and Johnnie MacBeaty; Dubon Shiflet and Dorris Adams; J.C. Burrow and Frances Adams; J. C. Burrow and Frances Anders; J. B. Eathem and Julia Mae Eubank; Daniel James Clair and Nynat Ross; Vwalder Mayne and Exa Daniels; O.D. Acrey and Syble Bearden; G.B. Seal and Lucille Goode; B.L. Morris and Mrs. Ollie Jeter; Jesse Odom and Margie Rector; Ira H. Miller and Alyeen Shaw; R.R. Patterson and Grace I.. Smith; Lindsey D. Woodal and Lottie K. Birch; Arthur Lee McGehee and Oletta Heir; Paul Matthews and Oneta Meyers; Mack Pettiet and Lillie May Dearing; J. A. Ramsey and Mrs. Winnie Dee Jones; and A.C. Lovell and Gladys Bass.

"Mrs. Lillie Sansom, age 66 years, died Saturday, Dec. 26, at 7 a.m. and her remains were interred Sunday afternoon at the Union Grove cemetery, the funeral being conducted by Rev. O.T. Wheeler, pastor of the Wills Point Baptist church, and attended by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends, several attending from Dallas. Mrs. Sanson was born in Galveston and had resided in this county for 22 years, being held in high esteem by all who knew her. She is survived by one son, Jasper Sanson of Van, and two daughters, Mrs. Reid of the Alsa community and Mrs. Nelson of Dallas. The bereaved relatives have the sincere sympathy of their many friends in their sorrow.

"Mack Pettit of near Stone Point and Miss Lillie Mae Deering of Wentworth were married at Canton, Friday, December 25. Rev. Web Melton performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Will Deering and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Pettit. The many friends of this popular young couple join in extending congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy married life.

"Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Rasco served an elaborate dinner Christmas day with turkey as the central piece de resistance, to a few invited guests, among them being J.J. Rasco and family of West Canton; Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Hodges, just across the street from the F.M. Rasco home, and Jack Blankenship. The festal board was laden with most every accessory that goes to complete a perfect Southern meal in typical Old South style, and all present enjoyed the repast more than words could tell.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Claude Lawler of Dallas was a recent visitor here. Miss Marguerite Rodgers visited in Fort Worth last of the week. Tom Rizer of South Dallas was here with home folks last week. Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone Thomas of Dallas spent Christmas here with home folks. Charlie Riley of Dallas was here Christmas visiting numerous relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Peden of Houston visited home folks and friends here last week. David T. Morris of Marfa, Texas, was here during the holidays, visiting relatives and friends. W.B. Rodgers and family spent Christmas day in Wills Point with Mrs. D.S. McPhail and family.

"Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Dawson and little son spent Christmas day with the latter's parents in Wortham. Mrs. Donie Compton spent the Christmas holidays at Center with her son, Hobart Compton, and wife. Mrs. Sadie Mathis and brother, Dick French, spent Christmas with their parents in Woodville, Oklahoma. Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Cannon of Grand Saline were here Tuesday, the former attending to business, and the latter paying Mrs. R.M. Lively and family a short visit. Miss Annie Kathryn Tate of Henderson spent a few days here with Dr. and Mrs. T.R. Keahey, during which times she met many of her friends and former associates. Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Dunn and little son and Melvin Murrey, all of Gladwater, and Miss Gertrude Parker of Dallas were Christmas guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Parker west of town. A.A. Dawson and family and Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Rodgers Sunday afternoon visited little Marvaun Sides in Baylor hospital, Dallas, whose condition has been serious for the past several weeks, the little one's parents remaining constantly with her."


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