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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 29, 1932
"A short time ago this paper carried a news item concerning the birthday dinner tendered J.H. (Uncle Josh) Waldron, a few miles south of Canton, who is nearing his ninetieth year, still active and able to go to market. Mr. Waldron was one of the court figures in the district court at Canton a long time ago when D.C. White was tried and convicted fro killing an itinerant peddler by the name of George Conquest. The defendant was given the death penalty, and was publicly hanged at Canton on the 3rd day of February, 1882. Mr. Waldron served on the jury, and is no doubt the only member of that jury living today. The late Capt. J.T. Hamm was sheriff, and the execution took place under the brow of the hill a few hundred yards east of the court house in Canton, on what is known as Mill Creek, which was on a rampage at the time, the water reaching from hill to hill.' Several thousand people, for many miles around, saw the hanging. (For more on this bit of Canton history, see the original article.)
"On Sunday, Jan. 24, the children and friends of Mrs. Elizabeth Christopher met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Weedin and gave grandmother Christopher a surprise birthday dinner in honor of her 79th birthday. A daughter, Mrs. D.P. Coker, baked the big white cake which bore the 79 little pink candles, and other children and friends prepared the rest of the dinner, which was a bountiful feast indeed. Grandmother was asked by Mrs. Kate Norman to come over and spend the day with her Sunday, which she heartily agreed she would do. In the meanwhile the dinner was prepared and every thing in readiness when four little girls were sent to tell her she had company and to come home. Upon arriving, to her surprise, there awaited 29 guests to greet her. Immediately she was rushed to the dining room, where the big cake with the candles burning were. She wasn't so very long in putting out the lights, after being seated at her usual place of eating. A large box of fruit and candy given by Geo. Wise was presented to her; upon seeing this she was overcome with joy. After dinner the afternoon was spent in talking. A glorious time was had by all present.
"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: S.E. Cox, president of the First National Bank, went to Dallas Tuesday on business. Mrs. Alice Hargrove has returned home after a week's visit with her sister in Wills Point. Mr. and Mrs. James Boles of Forney were guests of Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Norman Sunday. Miss Charicie Waltrip, well known in Canton, visited friends here the past week end, from her home in Palestine. Mr. and Mrs. Billie Robertson of Terrell spent Sunday here with the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Thomas and family. Miss Mary Louise Harris, one of the teachers in the Canton school, spent the week end in Terrell with her parents and numerous friends. George Hilliard, attending North Texas State Teachers' College at Denton, spent the week end here with his wife, other relatives and friends.
"Little Miss Mary Belle Sides entertained a number of her girl friends Tuesday afternoon with a birthday party at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. E. Sides. Many games were played, and tempting refreshments were served. Joe Hodges, brothers of J.T. Hodges here, was a familiar figure in Canton Tuesday, on a short visit with relatives and old time friends. Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Goodman were in Dallas Sunday with the latter's sister who is recuperating from an operation at the Dr. Rushing hospital. Mrs. Denson and children accompanied them to visit Mr. Denson who is being treated at St. Paul's sanitarium for burns received more than seven weeks ago. Mrs. Mary Ethel Brandon, county home demonstration agent, has been ill and confined to bed for several days, at the home of Mrs. Anna McMahon in Canton. Tuesday she was reported somewhat improved, which will be good news to her many friends over the entire county.
"As a result of a petition circulated by B.D. High and E.C. Stovall some little time ago, and signed by many patrons of the Canton post office, a new mail service is to be regularly maintained hereafter, on Sundays. This west-bound mail is in addition to the mail that leaves Canton Sunday morning at 9 o'clock, and affords a great convenience to all patrons of the office. the new mail is put on the Sunshine bus at 6:20 and is placed on the early night train at Wills Point that night for all points west. Heretofore, matter mailed at Canton after 9 o'clock Sunday morning for Dallas and all other western points could only be routed to Edgewood, where it would lie in state' until picked up by a Monday night train, thus providing for its delivery in Dallas not before Tuesday morning. The new plan provides for mail leaving Canton Sunday evening to be delivered in Dallas Monday morning, 24 hours earlier than was possible under the old plan. All having a part in this innovation are to be congratulated upon what has been wrought. "
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