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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 22, 1932

"Tuesday, Jan. 19, was a new holiday in Texas, so declared by Ross Sterling, in honor of Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army. The Texas legislature officially designated Lee's birthday as a holiday, and the governor proclaimed it. If you were not prepared for the occasion, keep it in mind, and be on guard next year. There is still room on the calendar for a few more holidays, which will probably be worked out in time, so that eventually, a year will be made up of them and Sundays. This item should not be construed as finding fault with honoring the history of Gen. Robert E. Lee, the South's matchless hero.

"Miss Katie Stroud, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eldo Stroud of Edgwood, died Friday night, the 15 inst., at Baylor hospital, Dallas, where she had been a patient since the 10th of last November. Funeral services were conducted on the 16th inst., by Rev. Baird at the Edgewood Baptist church and Rev. Loving, interment in the Edgewood cemetery. The deceased is survived by her parents and a sister, Mrs. Jewel Wilson, of Dallas, and a young brother. Among other relatives is an uncle, County Clerk C.A. Groves, of Canton. Miss Stroud was a popular young lady, well known in various towns in the county, besides her own, and countless friends' sincere sympathies with the bereaved family in their sad loss.

"Walter Hudson, about 25 years, was rushed to the Baylor hospital in Dallas late Wednesday of last week, following an accident that befell him at his home in the Pisqah community. He was cutting trees for post timber, and a limb struck him on the forehead. The Eubank ambulance was called, and the patient, accompanied by Dr. Hilliard and Mrs. Hudson, the injured man's wife, departed at once for the hospital. An X-ray picture revealed that the blow caused a fracture over one eye. Mr. Hudson suffered the loss of much blood, and was unconscious part of the time. If no complications set up he will recover from the injury.

"W.T. Ramsey, age 70 years, 11 months and 15 days, died suddenly Friday about the noon hour, while in the barn lot of his home four miles east of Canton on the Dixie Highway. Funeral service was conducted Saturday afternoon at the home by Rev. R.B. Moon, pastor of the Canton circuit, followed by interment in the Morris Chapel cemetery, many neighbors and friends attending the ceremony and paying their respects to the departed. The deceased was born in Georgia, and had lived in Van Zandt county for about 36 years, and near Canton all the while. He was a successful farmer, a good citizen, a member of the Methodist church, and enjoyed a wide acquaintance. His wife died some years ago. He is survived by five sons and five daughters as follows: Frank, J.A., A.P., W.T., Jr., and Louie, the latter two and J.A. Ramsey living with their father on the old home place; Mr. Roy Jones and Mrs. Alice Clements, living east and southeast of Canton and Mrs. Lee Wall of Gause, Mrs. Alto Jones of Canton and Mrs. Sam Stevens, east of Canton. All children were present except Mrs. Wall. The paper joins a large number of friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved.

"Among the list of honor graduates of the Greenville high school for the mid-term graduation appears the name of Miss Merle Travis, who ranks in third place with an average of 93 3/4. She is also the youngest member of the graduating class of 31 members. Miss Merle is a Van Zandt girl, being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Travis of the Enterprise community, and her many friends and former teachers will be delighted to learn of the merited honor conferred upon her. Mrs. Travis has gone to Greenville with her children for the school term for the past five years, spending the summer months at their home in the Enterprise community.

"W.S.Booe, who conducted a grocery and market business in Grand Saline for something like 30 years, died at his home in that city last Saturday, funeral services being held the following day at the Main Street Baptist church. The deceased was well known throughout a large section of the county.

"Roland Travis and wife departed Wednesday overland for Lebanon, Tennessee, where both of them will attend law school, the former lacking only one year completing the law course there. Their many Canton friends will miss this popular young couple not a little, all, however, wishing them abundant success in their undertaking. Roland has been associated here with his father in the grocery business, A.H. Travis & Son, since moving to Canton a little more than a year ago from Lubbock. Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Corse will occupy the nice new cottage home of Mr. and Mrs. Travis during their absence.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Jim Sumner of Kerrville was here last week, visiting relatives and numerous friends. Walter Sides of Dallas spent the past week-end in Canton, meeting with many of his erst-while associates and friends. Miss Hattie Mary Anderson of Greenville is here visiting her grandmother, Mrs. Mollie Tull, and family and her numerous friends. Mrs. Katheryn Slaughter, nee Valentine, and Mrs. Mary Blackburn, nee Chaney, both formerly of Canton, were here from Dallas recently, visiting relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. J.R. McKenzie spent Sunday in Tyler, guests of their son, Rev. E.C. McKenzie and family, attending religious services at the Church of Christ, of which their son is pastor.

"Dr. and Mrs. J.K. Bateman of Tyler, were here Tuesday, visiting the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Bateman, and other relatives and numerous friends. Tuesday was the birthday of Mrs. J.W. Bateman, which was the incentive for the visit. Deputy Sheriff Lee Walters and his wife and Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Walters and children visited Ernest and Billie Denson at Saint Paul's sanitarium in Dallas Monday. They found them still improving from their serious burns sometime ago at their home a few miles south of Canton."


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