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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 19, 1932

"An investigation Saturday by two Texas rangers resulted in former Constable J.H. Chambers being fined $100 and sentenced to three days in jail on a contempt of court charge growing out of a fistic assault on District Jude Joe R. Bond of Terrell Friday afternoon. The former peace officer, who was placed in the Kaufman county jail at Kaufman to serve his sentence, still awaits trial on the charges of aggravated assault, having been indicted in the Van Zandt county grand jury for the difficulty which occurred Friday afternoon in the sheriff's office at Canton. He was granted $500 bail on the assault charge. Judge Bond is confined to his bed at his Terrell home, suffering from several head injuries.

"Dr. T.H. Geddie of Colfax was seriously injured in a car wreck which occurred near Colfax Saturday morning. The other car which figured in the accident was driven by Negroes. Dr. Geddie was carried to Athens for medical treatment and it is feared that he has a broken neck in addition to other serious injuries.

"Mrs. J.F. (Susan M.) Polk passed away at her home near Denman Saturday evening at four o'clock. She was born January 3, 1869, at Meridian, Miss. She came to Texas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Brown, when a small child. The family settled at Miller Grove on Feb. 23, 1888. She was married to J.E. Polk. Eight children blessed their union, two of whom preceded her to the grave several years ago. She was a consistent member of the Pentecostal church in which she lived true to the teaching. Those surviving are her husband, and four sons, R.A., Conway, C.D., and Lee, two daughters, Mrs. Maude Stegall of Eustace and Mrs. May Thompson of Phalba. She also had three brothers and three sisters, Dr. R.A. Brown of Prague, Okla., Dr. J.D. Brown of Pottsboro, Mrs. Corbett, Forth Worth, Mrs. Luther, Miller Grove, and Mrs. Caudle of Cumsby. Mrs. Polk was laid to rest Sunday evening at the Morris cemetery, the large crowd that followed her to her last resting place showing the love and esteem they held for this good woman. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Busby of Eustace. Active pallbearers were Willie Bently, Horace Watson, Robert Hollis, Lecil Carley, Ben Pitts and Tom Wamble. Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family. The entire community extends the family sincere sympathy in this trying hour of sadness. "Mrs. Jewel Flowers, age 26, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Cole, died at her home Tuesday morning, Feb. 9, and was laid to rest in the Elm Grove cemetery February 10. Bro. Rush Sims of Jackson held the funeral services. Mrs. Flowers is survived by her husband, Earl Flowers, of Orio, father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Cole, two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Flowers and Miss Katie Mae Cole of Pain Springs and four brothers, Claude Cole of Wills Point, Ernest Cole of Malakoff and Etheridge and Revelle Cole of Pain Springs. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist church. She joined at the age of fifteen and has lived a Christian life ever since. She was dearly loved by everyone who knew her. She will be missed by everyone.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Dr. and Mrs. T.R. Keahey were Colfax visitors during the week-end. Mr. and Mrs. Maburn Sides visited her mother in Martins Mill Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Riley are visiting in Dallas and attending the style show. Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Tull are attending the spring styled show in Dallas this week. George Hilliard, who is attending school in Denton, spent Saturday and Sunday in Canton. Miss Iola Steakly of Denton has been the guest of Miss Miriam Lawler the past two weeks. Mrs. Athol Dawson and son, Athol Allen, have been visiting her parents in Wortham the past week. Mrs. Harold Curtis and baby son and Miss Gladys Curtis of Tyler visited Miss Dee Stanford Sunday.

"Eric Stanford and family of Fort Worth visited his mother, Mrs. C.L. Stanford, and family Saturday and Sunday. Miss Effa Nell Thomas was a week-end visitor of her sister, Miss Mary Beth, who is attending school in Denton. State Ranger Gonzales was observed on the streets of Canton Monday. It is not generally known if he had any special business, but was said to be just making a friendly stopover. Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Mathis and son, Hugh, attended the golden wedding anniversary of Mrs. Mathis' parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.N. French, in Woodville, Okla. They reported an enjoyable time. There were 42 present, including relatives and friends and two great grandchildren."


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