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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: March 11, 1932

"The small child of Mr. and Mrs. Dillard Jacobs, who reside about five miles from Canton on the Edgewood road was bitten by a dog a few days ago. The dog's head was amputated and sent to Austin, as the dog's action was suspicious. The report came back that the dog had hydrophobia so the child was immediately placed under the care of Dr. Brandon of Edgewood for treatment. The last report was that the boy was doing nicely.

"Last Friday afternoon from 4:30 to 5:30 Canton school gave a program over radio station KGKB, Tyler, Texas. The program was excellent and well rendered. Many Canton people were unable to hear clearly on account of static, as a cloud accompanied by lightning was in full force at that time, but part of the program at least was enjoyed by almost the entire population.

"Peter M. Barron, 31, former Dallas policeman, died from exposure early Saturday morning near Athens and the funeral services were held in Dallas Monday afternoon. The deceased formerly resided in the Stone Point community, where he married a Van Zandt girl, [Beulah January] who survives him. Barron left Dallas Saturday on a business trip to Henderson county. The automobile in which he was traveling with two companions stalled in the mud and his friends went to get assistance. They were prevented by rain and cold from returning until the following morning and found Barron in a cotton patch near the car in a dying condition. Apparently he had been seeking other shelter.

"Mary Ruth Smith, 13 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Smith, died at the family home in Elm Grove community on Wednesday night of last week, death resulting from diptheria after a brief illness. The funeral service was held Thursday at the Elm Grove cemetery by Rev. C.B. Williams, Methodist minister. Besides her parents, she is survived by one sister. She was attending the Mono school and was in the seventh grade, her classmates sending the following tribute to her memory: ‘With deepest regret we learned of the death of our dear friend and classmate, Mary Ruth Smith, daughter of Ira and Lena Smith, on Wednesday, March 2, 1932. Mary Ruth was 13 years of age and she was loved by all who knew her. A favorite among classmates, a studious pupil and she would have graduated by grammar school in April. She will not only be missed in Grammar school, but her place can never be filled in church and Sunday school. From the Intermediate Sunday school class and seventh grade of Mono school.'

"Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa Chitty of Grand Saline, who died early Monday morning, were conducted at the Methodist church in Edgewood Tuesday afternoon. Rev. W.A. Reed of Dangerfield, a former pastor, and Rev. Ball, the local pastor, were in charge of the service. Mrs. Chitty was a sister of H.F. Blackwell, Sr., of Canton. He was unable to attend the funeral, having been confined to his room two weeks with the flu. She is survived by one daughter and two sons, one sister and two brothers, H.F. Blackwell of Canton and Creed Blackwell of Oklahoma.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. Carl Hitt has been a recent visitor in Tyler. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Johnson, March 1, a fine boy. Mrs. Jim Mills of Edgewood visited friends in Canton Monday. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Foster Sunday, March 6, a fine boy. C.E. Shelton of Eustace was attending to business in Canton Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Lester of Dallas were visitors in Canton Monday. Miss Reba Henry of Denton was the guest of Miss Miriam Lawler last week. J.E. Andrews of Grand Saline was transacting business in Canton Monday. Mrs. Shade Connor and baby, Mary Ben, are visiting her parents in Shreveport, La. Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Mathis and Hugh have been visiting relatives in Woodville, Okla. Mrs. Lee Simpson of Dallas is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Foster and family.

"Mr. and Mrs. Homer Sides of Grand Saline visited Mrs. J.T. Todd and family Monday. Mrs. C.F. Riley and Mrs. M.B. Brackney spent a few days in Dallas and Fort Worth last week. Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Poole and son, Jack, of Dallas visited Mrs. R.M. Lively and family Thursday. Mrs. R.E. Davidson and baby of Grand Saline have been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Corley. Miss Oma Mayne has returned from Kaufman where she has been working for the past week as court stenographer. Bill Kuykendall has gone to Waco, where he has accepted a position, his brother Odell already being at that place. Mr. and Mrs. Cleve Funderburk and family have moved to Wills Point. The many friends of the family regret to see them move. The condition of Mrs. John Kellis, who has been seriously ill for quite a while, remains about the same. Her many friends hope that she will improve rapidly.

"Rev. and Mrs. E.C. McKenzie and daughter, Winnie Jean, of Tyler, spent the weekend visiting in the home of the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. McKenzie. Mr. and Mrs. George Day and son, George, Misses Stella and Lila Belle Sides of Dallas were the guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sides, and family Sunday. The many friends of Aunt Kate McKenzie, mother of J.R. McKenzie, will regret to know of her illness. Aunt Kate, as she is known to her many friends, is now past ninety years of age. Mrs. Lewis Kellis and Miss Mamie Maume were Fort Worth visitors Saturday. Mrs. Kellis visited her daughter, Miss Ollie Marie, who is attending T.W.C., and Miss Maume attended the Fat Stock Show."

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