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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 15, 1932

"The remodeling of the old school building unit on the Canton school campus will be finished in a few days at most. The former two story structure has been converted into a one-story, and will provide new class rooms which are greatly needed, as other buildings on the ground are crowded, or were to the extent that for some time past class room have been maintained at both the local churches. C.A. Smith, who has had the work in charge, since the accident that befell the contractor, E.C. Denson, some time ago, has worked faithfully and diligently to complete the labor, and now the finishing touches are being applied. The credit for the remodeling of the building, as before stated in this paper, is due the Parent Teachers' Association, which secured most of the funds necessary by public donations. Surely they are to be congratulated on what they have achieved.

"H.N. Shamburger, one of Van Zandt county's best known nursery men, died at his home near Myrtle Springs Wednesday morning, Jan. 13, at 3 o'clock, death resulting from pneumonia after an illness of about one week. News of his untimely death came as a great shock to his host of friends over the county, many of whom had not been advised of his illness. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church in Myrtle Springs Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Jones of Ben Wheeler and interment took place in the Myrtle Springs cemetery. A large concourse of sympathizing friends assembled both at the church and at the grave to pay the last sad tributes of love and respect. The floral offerings were wonderful specimens of the florist's art, the friends and business associates of the deceased apparently vieing (sic) with one another to express with flowers the high esteem in which he was held in nursery and floral circles, and the community as a whole contributing an abundance of beautiful flowers that were a fitting tribute to a man who had spent his whole life in the nursery and floral business.

"H.N. Shamburger was born March 5, 1889, at the old Tom Shamburger farm near Tyler. His father was one of the first nurserymen in Smith county and reared a family of nine children, eight boys and one girl, all of whom have followed their father in the nursery business, this being the first death in this wonderful family, except the parents. A family reunion was held last summer at the old home place, all the children being present. Mr. Shamburger was married Dec. 25, 1913, to Miss Eula Mae Pickett in Commerce, bringing her as a bride to Myrtle Springs, where he had been employed since he was a small boy in the nursery business himself, which he continued until his death. He joined the Baptist church at the age of 17 and was a consistent member. He is survived by his wife and two children, a daughter, Miss Maxine, a senior in the Wills Point high school, and a son, Harry, 11 years old. One son died in infancy. He is also survived by his sister, Mrs. Gordon Atwood, and seven brothers, Shufford, Joe, Perry, Claud, Bonnie, Jack, and Bill, all residing in Smith county. Mr. Shamburger was a good citizen, a loving husband and father and loyal to his friends, who were limited only by the extent of his acquaintance. This paper joins in extending sympathy to the bereaved wife, children and other relatives in their sorrow.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Senator Thomas Pollard of Tyler attended district court here Monday. Milton Thomas of Greenville spent Sunday here with his parents. Miss Opal Oxford of Van spent the past week here as the guest of Miss Robinette Ridgeway. Mr. and Mrs. Loy Dean Patrick of Edom visited Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Goodman Saturday night. Mr. and Mrs. B.B. Corbin of Tyler spent Sunday here with the latter's daughter, Mrs. Maggie Todd, and family. Mesdames W.L. Steed, W.B. Rodgers, Henry Reynolds and Howard Beard were Dallas visitors last of the week. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Dyke have an apartment in the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Goodman, they having moved into same last Saturday. K.G. Griser returned to Canton Sunday, after a prolonged absence, visiting relatives in Abilene and other places including Dallas. He is in fine health and speaks well of Abilene from a health standpoint as well as otherwise. Tom Wages and son, Glenn, and Harvey Downing of Lubbock arrived here a few days ago, the former on a business trip and a visit to his father, J.H. Wages, and other relatives and friends, as is also Mr. Downing. They are getting along nicely in the Lubbock country.

"It is noted that Miss Ida Frances Hilliard, attending Northeast Texas Teachers' College at Commerce, appears on the honor roll of that institution. This is not surprising to her many Canton friends. She is the accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.F. Hilliard, and is soon to graduate from the college mentioned. Lamar Sides was here Tuesday and Wednesday, having left his little daughter, Marvaun, somewhat improved at Baylor hospital, Dallas, where the little one has been a patient for several weeks. Her mother, remained at her bedside. It is thought if she continues to improve, she may be removed to the home of her grandparents in Terrell in a few more weeks. The ultimate recovery of the little girl will cause all the people of Canton to rejoice."

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