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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 that have been microfilmed. Complete articles and more are available to researchers in the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton. 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, November 21, 1930

"Mrs. Mary Ethel Brandon, Van Zandt county home demonstration agent, received Saturday twenty-three individual checks from the Texas State Fair Association at Dallas, to be distributed among seventeen Van Zandt county club women and girls, as prizes offered by the fair association for exhibits in food and clothing. Mrs. Brandon states that no other county in the state was awarded that many places, and this does not take into account the awards made in the poultry exhibits from the county. The twenty-three ribbons included eight first places won over all by club members from the ‘Free State.' The winners, representing different clubs in the county, are Mesdames J.L. Wycough, Beular Irwin, Pearl Geddie, W.A. Johnson, J.R. Cotton, Addie Davidson, and Misses Dorothy Tunnell, Odessa Winn, Corinne Tunnell, Helen Piper, Rachel Geddie, Annie Beall, Fern Reynolds, Marie Owens, Inez Davis, Lorene Walker and Lillie Geddie.

"The old home of Mrs. Alice Jones, about three blocks south of the square, is being razed, and a new residence will take its place to be built by the Canton Lumber Company. Other new buildings are being contemplated in the town, while a number of improvements are going on, including the painting of homes and otherwise ‘dolling up' various premises.

"Mrs. Mary Ann Baughman, 89 years, 5 months and 13 days, died Wednesday at the home of her son, Frank Baughman, near Myrtle Springs. Funeral service was held Thursday at Myrtle, burial under direction of Eubank undertakers. At this writing no further particulars could be learned.

"Quite a gloom of sorrow clouded Old Bethel community when the news came that at 7:15 o'clock Saturday evening Grandma Turner had passed away, following an illness of four months duration, leaving the members of her family and hundreds of intimate friends and close acquaintances to mourn her passing. When death came into the home, she slipped quietly into the arms of her Master in Whose services she had dedicated her life. Her passing leaves a vacancy in the home and the hearts of those who loved her that only time will ever erase from life's memories. A consecrated Christian from early girlhood, her life had been a shining example and a guiding star for those with whom she associated in the daily walks of life, possessed of a magnetic personality. Her every action one of unselfishness, her devotion to her friends unfaltering. Her cheery smile and her ever readiness to go to the assistance of those about her were characteristics that endeared her in the hearts of those who knew her. To make her acquaintance was to become her friend and this was the secret of her extensive acquaintance. The great influence that she exerted over those around her will continue as a beacon to guide the faltering footsteps of others as they strive upward toward life's summit. Had she lived one month longer she would have been 79 years old. She leaves to mourn her sad departure eight children, Mrs. Herrin of Dallas, Mrs. T.B. Roberson of Chisholm, Mrs. Chas. Robertson of Fate, Mrs. Vaden Jordan and Floyd Turner of Mabank, T.J. Turner of Phalba, Mrs. Ida Tucker and A. B. Turner of Rock Hill. Also a number of grandchildren. All were here to attend the funeral. Her husband preceded her to the grave fourteen years ago. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Dodd and Bro. Williams, which were very impressive and consoling to the bereaved ones. There was a multitude of friends which followed her to her last resting place, Old Bethel. Also the floral offerings were great to attest the love they held for this good lady. Weep not, loved ones, she is getting the sweet rest she has much wished for. A Friend. [Sallie Turner: December 15, 1851-November 15, 1930]

"LOCALS: Banker H. Gilchrist of Wills Point was a Canton visitor Monday. Dr. J.K. Bateman of Tyler was here Tuesday visiting homefolks and friends. Miss Ethel Lively spent several days recently with Mrs. Jo J. White in Tyler. Mrs. Cleora Councill and family of Lufkin have been visiting in the home of Mrs. Anna McMahon. J.A. Brackney of Dallas made a flying visit to his aunt, Mrs. Claude F. Riley, Thursday of last week. Mesdames Janie Prater, Alice Kellis and Miss Mae Todd spent Monday and Tuesday in Dallas visiting relatives and friends. T.E. Bailey, former Van Zandter, who visited relatives and friends east of town, returned to his home in Sherman Tuesday. D.R. Carpenter of Longview, former Canton citizen, has been lingering around the town this week, the congenial fellow he has always been. Miss Annie Marguerite Rodgers and Louise Nixon, former students of T.W.C., Forth Worth, visited relatives and friends there last week-end. Hubert Peden, employed by the Shell Oil Company, and having headquarters at Houston has been visiting here this week, his parents, and numbers of friends. Mrs. A.A. Dawson and little son returned Saturday evening from Wortham, where they visited the former's parents. Mrs. Dawson's mother, Mrs. A.W. Holton, accompanied them home for a visit. Among the celebrities in Canton Monday, the opening day of district court, were Senator Thomas Pollard of Tyler, and the inimitable B.H. McKinnon of Edom. Each is a favorite at the county capital and their visits are always appreciated.

"Tax Assessor A.T. Travis and M.K. Thomas, two prominent Canton citizens, went squirrel hunting one day recently, engaging, or taking orders from others around the court house for delivery of whatever amount of wild meat the individuals might specify. It was said that District Clerk Geo. Yates made the sweeping offer of three dollars and fifty cents for each squirrel over two that the hunters brought in. The ‘game' editor of this paper has heard other and conflicting stories about this particular hunt, until whatever may be said in this instance might be determined later subject to correction. For instance Bonnie D. High says the hunters first threshed out every tree on the county house lawn before widening their circle so as to take in some of the wooded and pasture lands near town."


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