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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, February 5, 1932

"The Nolen Bros. drug store was robbed Wednesday night of 15 or more watches, some jewelry, fountain pens, several cartons of cigarettes, narcotics and other items. On the same night stores at Ben Wheeler, The E.N. Sides store at Tundra and a store at Jackson were also robbed. Officers are working on the case.

"Joe P. Downs, vice-president of the First National Bank of Edgewood, died Wednesday night at Baylor hospital in Dallas of a bullet wound in his left side, received when he tried to elude kidnappers, in the White Rock creek bottoms Tuesday morning. Detectives are said to be without clues as to the identity of the person who shot the banker. Mr. Down's body was taken to Edgewood for interment. The funeral services will be held in Edgewood today, Friday, but the hours had not been learned here when this paper went to press. Mr. Downs was one of Van Zandt county's best known citizens, having been connected with the bank at Edgewood for about 25 years, and the news of his death came as a great shock to his many friends and acquaintances over the county, who sympathize with his wife and children in their great bereavement. (For more on this long article, see the original on microfilm.)

"Twenty-one relatives and friends were present Sunday at the home of S.D. Ewalt of the Cedar Grove community to honor his birthday with a surprise dinner. As the guests arrived each brought a well-filled box. The spacious table was attractively arranged with a large white cake adorned with seventy glowing candles at the center. All other available space was filled with the foods which contributed to the joy of the occasion. When the guests and honoree were assembled in the dining room, the latter was amazed and overjoyed at the scene before him. After the bountiful spread enjoyed by all those present, singing and other forms of amusement were participated in till a late hour. As the guests departed, each wished Mr. Ewalt many other similar birthdays. The following relatives and friends were present: Mr. and Mrs. Raby Alexander, Royce and Juanita Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ewalt and son, James Hersher, Mr. and Mrs. Coleman Ewalt, Bernice and Oliver Teel of Rocky Point, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Lee Ewalt and son, David Samuel, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Ewalt, Mrs. S.D. Ewalt, Misses Bettie and Louise Ewalt, Mrs. E. T. Girley, and Misses Lucile and Margie Parks, all of Cedar Grove.

"L.T. High, of the High community, reports some visitors in his home the past week-end which many in the county will pleasantly recall. They were his brother, A.C. High, Lindsey, Okla., and Rev. P.E. High, Baptist minister of Maysville, Okla., also Mrs. Lula Overton, the only sister living, from Fort Worth. This made up a happy party indeed, and all enjoyed to the utmost this gathering together, during which time they looked over the scenes in the neighborhood that suggested happy days of the past. One of the scenes was the old homestead, or rather, where it stood in days gone by. The minister mentioned had not been here for fourteen years, his last trip being to attend the funeral of his father, the last well known and highly respected T.J. High who was at one time county treasurer of Van Zandt County.

"Attention is hereby called to the article in this issue of E.M. Marshall of Canton, born and reared in Van Zandt county, telling of his recent first visit to New York City. You will like it. Years ago one of the history text books in the public schools related the story of two brothers who went away on a long visit. Upon their return, one of the brothers could think of nothing interesting he saw on the trip to relate to friends and neighbors at home. The other brother was exactly the opposite, he was a close observer and delighted his friends with the stories of all he saw while away. Ed Marshall is like the last brother mentioned—he can tell it.
"Walter Sides and family have moved from Dallas back to Canton, after a residence there for several years. Mr. and Mrs. Sides and the three children are now occupying apartments with Mrs. Mollie Youngblood. This family has many good friends in Canton who are glad to welcome them upon their return to the capitol city of Van Zandt.

"Funeral rites were to be held Saturday afternoon at Arlington for John Allen Bailey, 78, former secretary of the Dallas Farm Loan Association, who died Friday evening following a stroke of paralysis at his home in Kieber. Rev. J.F Upchurch was to conduct the services at 3 o'clock at the Arlington Methodist church, with interment in Arlington. Mr. Bailey was at one time county commissioner of Van Zandt county.


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