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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 18, 1932

"Four children of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Winn of Grand Saline are dead as the result of burns sustained in a fire which destroyed the Winn farm home two miles east of Grand Saline. Mr. Winn is in a critical condition at the Baylor Hospital in Dallas. Mrs. Winn was less seriously injured. The Winn children who died several hours after the fire in a Grand Saline hospital were: Hubert, 3; Hulen, 6; and Charles Richard, 19 months. Herman Winn, 9, was severely burned on the body and his legs and died Wednesday. Mr. Winn was badly burned from the waist down and his condition was said to be critical by hospital attendants. The blaze started when Mr. Winn tried to kindle a fire with what he thought was kerosene. A blinding explosion occurred and the Winn couple and their children were engulfed flames that shot across the room. Mrs. Winn was in the farm barn milking when the fire started. Hearing the screams of the children, she ran into the house to help her husband carry them outside. She was burned about the hands and legs as she snatched the gasolene soaked clothing from the children. Funeral services for the children were held at Sand Flat, near Grand Saline.

"Mrs. C.L. Fowler, manager of the Canton telephone exchange, entertained the employees of the district Friday night, March 11, from 8 until 11. Mr. Moore, the district manager, was present and made an interesting talk. The meeting combined business with pleasure and an enjoyable evening was spent. Delicious refreshments of salad, sandwiches and hot coffee were served by Dorothy McCauley and Margaret Vinson to the following guests: Mr. and Mrs. Moore, the district manager and wife; Miss Vira Mayo, the district cashier, and Mrs. Taylor of Henderson; Mrs. Lillian Foster, Mrs. Shivers, Mrs. Clowers, Miss Verlie Geddie and Mr. Reed of Grand Saline; Mr. and Mrs. Luther Tillman of Ben Wheeler; and Miss Williams of Canton.
"Marriage Licenses Issued: Calvin Baker and Zelma Holden. Cleo Nations and Stella Strickland. J.V. Brewer and Irene Fry. J.O. Thorn and Susie Murray. Robert Bass and Susie Bogard. Charlie Smith and Wadio Mills. W.A. Milam and Mrs. J.V. White. Homer Williams and Bula Carter. Raymond L. Moore and Marie White. Wm. Lee Boothe and Lillian A. Pinkerton. J. Teddy Johnson and La Fon Rainey. A.L. Sides and Carlene Windham. Wylie Williams and Linne Ferguson. J.W. Daniel and Adell Duke. Alva A. McLemore and Estell Vines. F.E. Martin and Rohia Mae Stroud. James H. Brown and Opal Holland. Elmer Smith and Bill King. Romie Hambien and Ruth Budley. Clarence Smith and Ola May Lewin.

"Mrs. Horace DuBose passed away at the family home early Tuesday morning. She had been in bad health for quite a while, but her death was a shock to friends and relatives. Mrs. DuBose, or Glenn, as she was known to her friends, was thirty-six years of age at the time of her death. Her maiden name was Glendora Long. She is survived by her husband and three children, Juanita, Dieudonne, and Joan, and two brothers. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church by Rev. Moon, local pastor, and Rev. Marlin J. Roper, pastor of a church in Dallas, of which she was a member. Songs that she was particularly fond of were sung and the service was quite beautiful. She was laid to rest in the Canton cemetery Wednesday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. K.R. Long of Dallas and Mr. Lorin of Graham, her brothers, and Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Hamilton and baby of Dallas were among the many who attended the funeral.

"Miss Mamie Maume of the Dixie Hotel is all the time spending her time and money to make a good hotel, a better hotel. She has recently made substantial improvements, in the way of new furniture, rugs and window draperies for a ladies' reception room. This will add much to the comforts of the hotel. The Dixie is known at home and abroad for good eats.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: W.O. Kuykendall of Sherman was in Canton Monday. Mrs. Morris Wells of Mellington has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Sid McCauley. Miss Frances Brown of Marshall is visiting Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Settlee and family. Mrs. J.W. Barnes, who has been on the sick list for the past week, is some better now. Mrs. Mary Ethel Brandon has returned from Forth Worth, where she has been spending a few days. Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Prater of Garden Valley visited S.J. McCauley and family one day last week.

"Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Moore of Fort Worth visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Ford, Saturday and Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. John Mack Ashworth and baby of Mineola spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. O.W. Ashworth and family. Miss Mary Isabel McPhail, who is teaching at Colfax, spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Rodgers and family. Angus Nixon, who is attending A. and M. College, spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Nixon and family. Mrs. Guy Ashworth and son, Guy Thomas, of Shreveport, are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Thomas, and family. Edward Riley, who is attending Arlington Vocational College, accompanied by C.W. Jacobs of Tyler, spent the weekend with homefolks.

"News has been received of the birth of a baby girl to Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone Thomas at Dallas. The young lady was born March 9, and has been named Martha Nell. Mr. and Mrs. Orsborn Richards, also have been making their home in Atarque, New Mexico, have returned to Van Zandt. Their many friends are glad to welcome them back. Mr. and Mrs. R.P. Corley of Primrose, in the eastern part of the county, spent their fiftieth wedding anniversary with their son, R.B. Corley, and family, one day recently. The following Canton people attended the workers' conference and W.M.U, mission study institute at Wills Point Tuesday: Rev. and Mrs. A.D. Sparkman, Mrs. C.L. Hubbard, Mrs. J.M. Shields, Mrs. M.L. Cox and possibly others."


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