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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 25, 1932

"Friday night, March 18, was observed as Charter Night by the newly organized Lions Club of Canton. Besides the membership of the local citizens of the local club, visiting delegations of Lions and visitors attended from Van, Grand Saline, Wills Point and Greenville. The Hall building on the south side of the square was secured for the occasion, serving both as a reception hall and banquet room. Carrying out the Bi-Centennial idea, the committee had decorated with flags and with an appropriate patriotic color scheme. A banquet dinner was served some 200 members of the local club and visitors.

"Lion Oscar B. Jones and Judge Henry Pharr of Greenville were the principal speakers. Each of these enthusiastic speakers brought inspirational messages, and gave definite information concerning activities and teachings of Lionism. After the opening song and the invocation, a vocal solo was rendered by Miss Arline Steed, followed by a piano number by Misses Annie Marguerite Rodgers and Opal Kellis, and a reading by Mary Helen West. W.E. West acted as toastmaster and in a gracious manner presented the speakers of the evening. A.A. Dawson delivered the welcome address, after which Lion Williams of Van delivered an appropriate response as the Canton Club has been sponsored by the Van Club. The visiting Lions Clubs put on the typical Charter Night stunt numbers.

"Following a reading by Miss Clayta McPhail, District Governor Oscar B. Jones officially presented the charter for the new club to A.O. Loughmiller who in a brief speech pledged the efforts of the Canton club for constructive citizenship and civic improvements. The club of 36 members has elected the following officers and directors: A.O. Loughmiller, president; W.R. Swanzy, vice-president; W.E. West, secretary-treasurer; T.R. Keahey, lion tamer; and John Gilmer, tail twister. Directors are John Sides, C.W. Ashworth, C.F. Riley and H.H. Hilliard.

"Following is a complete roster of the membership: A.O. Loughmiller, L.L. Sartin, J.H. Gilmer, H.F. McPhail, Geo. L. Yates, A.A. Dawson, C.W. Ashworth, W.E. West, G.W. Tull, Shade Connor, G.T. Nolen, D.T. Riley, C.F. Riley, H.F. Blackwell, Jr., H.H. Hilliard, W.R. Swanzy, Cliff Hall, T.R. Keahey, Paul H. Stanford, B.D. High, A.H. Travis, Ira Burnett, Sam Reaves, F.M. Rasco, E.M. Marshall, Hubert Scott, Lloyd C. Groves, Thomas E. Murrey, W.D. Seals, C.A. Groves, Sr., Minor S. Burns, John E. Sides, Albert Hargrove, M.G. Sanders, E.C. Stovall, and Lee Eubank.

"Jim Francis, a bachelor 66 years old, died Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the home of his brother, Jess Francis, in Myrtle Springs, where he resided. Funeral services were conducted Sunday morning at 10 o'clock by Rev. Jones of Athens, interment being at the Myrtle Springs cemetery. The deceased had been in the general mercantile business at Myrtle Springs for several years and formerly worked as aa bookkeeper at Mabank for a number of years. Besides the brother mentioned, two sisters survive, the bereaved ones having the sympathy of many friends in their sorrow.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. A.A. Dawson is visiting her parents in Wortham. Arch Dawson of Wills Point was a Canton visitor Monday. Mrs. Mollie Tull and Miss Allie Tull have been visiting in Gilmer. Mrs. Anna McMahon has returned after a few days stay in Dallas. Mrs. H.F. McPhail and Mrs. Jim Parker were Dallas visitors Friday. Henry Geddie of Grand Saline was transacting business in Canton Monday. Mrs. G.M. Hilliard has returned from Dallas where she has been visiting for several days. Mrs. Joe J. White and Miss Elizabeth Bell of Tyler visited Mrs. R.M. Lively and family Thursday. Miss Clayta Mae McPhail of Dallas has been visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. H.F. McPhail, and family.

"Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ashworth, Jr., Mrs. A.J. Kellam and Mrs. C.L. Stanford were Dallas visitors Monday. Mrs. H.F. McPhail, Mrs. C.F. Riley, Mrs. M.B. Brackney and Mrs. Smith were Dallas visitors Monday. Mrs. Kate Barnes and daughter Juanita Kate, of Edom, spent the week-end in Canton with her mother and sisters. Mrs. John E. Sides, Mrs. J.K. Todd and Mrs. Jim Parker were Dallas visitors Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. Mrs. Laura Taylor of Nacogdoches and Mrs. Oran Arnold of Tyler were guests of Mrs.Gertrude Hubbard Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Blackburn and son, Dan, of Dallas, and Mr. and Mrs. B.B. Corbin of Tyler visited Mrs. J.K. Todd Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Sprague, Mrs. R.E. Roberts and little daughter, Miss Naomi Corinne Roberts, all of Dallas, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Smith. Lloyd McCauley and Misses Geraldine Stanford and Mary Ben Thomas, students of the Teachers College in Denton, spent the weekend with homefolks. Among those from Canton attending the State Highway 19 Association at Palestine on March 18, were C.W. Ashworth, M.K. Thomas, E.C. Stovall and Paul Stanford. A telegram was received by relatives telling of the death of Rue Knox, a former resident of Canton, which occurred in San Diego, Calif., March 18. He was buried in San Diego. Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Yantis of Patterson, New Jersey, are here for a visit with friends and relatives. They made the trip overland, leaving Patterson Saturday night and arriving in Canton Tuesday night."

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