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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 8, 1932

"A bolt of lightning during a heavy thunderstorm last Monday night killed the best work team of Jess Ward, well to do farmer living almost seven miles south of Canton. The lightning also killed one of his hogs. The loss of his team, which was a good one, just on the eve of farming preparations fro another year, amounts to a serious loss indeed. The electrical disturbance covered a wide area, and was accompanied by considerable rain, which fell in all sections of the county.

"Mrs. Fugate passed away at 8 o'clock Monday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H.P. Blain in Terrell. She was born in Clarksburg, Ark., February 28, 1849, and was the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. R.W. Mallory. She came to Texas with her parents when a small child and the family settled in Ellis county on March 15th, 1871. She was united in marriage to Jno. M. Fugate, who preceded her in death thirty-one years ago. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. H.P. Blain of Terrell, Mrs. I.M. Yancey of Mabank, Mrs. J.T. Robertson of Canton; one son, J.R. Fugate of Terrell. In early life, Mrs. Fugate professed faith in Christ and became a member of the Presbyterian church. At the time of her death, she was a most beloved member of that church in Terrell. For the past ten years she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. H.P. Blain and her illness extended over a period of two years and throughout this time she bore her suffering with patient endurance. Her life to her children and to friends was like a ray of sunshine and her last days were made happy by their loving thoughtfulness and tender care. Interment took place in College Mound cemetery at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Services were conducted in the College Mound church by Rev. A.C. Evans and Rev. J.A. Old. Grandsons of the deceased were active pall bearers.

"Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Boyd moved from Canton recently to Athens where they will reside in the future. Mr. Boyd served as assistance county attorney under Paul H. Stanford for the past two or three years and it was announced in some of the papers some time ago that Mr. Boyd would make the race for county attorney of Henderson county this year. Mrs. Boyd taught in the Canton schools the term before the present one and since attended teachers' college at Denton. The family has many friends in Canton, all of whom wish them well in their new environs.

"The Sides Service Station just off the east side of the public square was the scene of a fire Monday afternoon late, occasioned by a gasoline stove which was being refilled at the time. The fire department made a quick response, and not much damage was done to the building, however, Macon Sides, one of the proprietors, was burned painfully on one hand, also one leg, which was given medical attention, it not being thought the burns will prove serious, notwithstanding the pain inflicted.

"Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Dean Patrick and baby have moved to Edom, where Mrs. Patrick has accepted a position in the Edom school Mr. Patrick was employed by the Kellis grocery store up until the first of the year. Their many Canton friends regret to lose them as citizens, but wish them well in their new location, and the people of Edom are to be congratulated upon their new acquisition.

"The two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. V.L. Towns, near Canton, was hooked in the mouth by a cow early Tuesday morning. The little fellow was attended by Dr. L.W. Shoemaker of Canton who made several stitches about the wound. The family, it was said, was preparing to move to another location when the accident happened, the particulars of which were not learned.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mr. and Mrs. Will Couch were Dallas visitors last of the week. Miss Cora Lawler of Dallas spent Sunday here with homefolks and friends. Mrs. and Mrs. Herbert Lester of Dallas visited relatives and friends here last of the week. Mrs. C.L. Hubbard spent the past week-end in Mineola, visiting Mr. and Mrs. Rube Mills. Mrs. Jessie Cooper of Dallas spent the week-end here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Foster and family. Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Moore of Forth Worth spent Sunday with the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Ford, west of town. Mrs. J.W. Barnes has returned from Edom and will spend the remainder of the winter here with her daughter, Mrs. Donie Compton. Mrs. Barnes was accompanied home by her daughter, Mrs. Walter Barnes and her granddaughter who lives in Edom.

"Mrs. J.W. Andrews arrived from California last week to join her husband several miles south of town, who returned from California last year, and has since been engaged in farming and stock raising in the section of Van Zandt where he was reared. Mrs. Donie Compton returned Sunday from Center where she visited her son and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Compton, who accompanied her home, also Mr. and Mrs. G.J. Britton of that place. All the party were guests at dinner Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Compton in this city."

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