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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, April 1, 1932

"School trustees will be elected Saturday in the various independent and common school districts of Van Zandt county. School trustees serve without pay and it is generally necessary for the office to seek the man. Interest is usually light and very few votes are polled, but in one or two communities there is a lively contest on, judging by the number of names printed on the ballot. Two members of the county school board are to be elected this year, one in commissioners precinct No. 1 and the other in precinct No. 2. The names of Jno. U. Reid and T.J. Turner appear on the official ballot in their respective precincts.

"During the month of March the census trustees of the school districts of the county will complete the census enumeration of all children from six to seventeen years of age inclusive. As the apportionment of the scholastic money is made on the basis of the number of scholastics in each district, a special effort should be made to get every scholastic on the census rolls. If you should now know of any children who have been overlooked in this enumeration, or if children should move into your district within the next few weeks who have not been enumerated anywhere in Texas this year, the matter should be reported to one of the local trustees who will see that the names are made ready for the supplementary rolls of the county. A.O. Loughmiller, county superintendent.

"Rue M. Knox, beloved husband of Mrs. Zephie Knox, well-known in this city, died in San Diego, Cal., March 17, being survived by his wife and two children, Felix and Clifton Haynes. The deceased was 36 years old. Funeral services were conducted from the chapel of the Bonham Brothers' mortuary Monday at 10 a.m., March 21, under the auspices of San Diego-Areria F.O.E., of which the deceased was a member. Friends in this section extend sympathy to the bereaved wife and children in their hour of sorrow.

"J.B. Melton, a former resident of Van Zandt county, died in Shamrock, Texas, and was brought to Grand Saline for burial. The Masonic lodge of that place not being active, the Canton lodge, No. 141, conducted the services. Quite a number of Masons from here went over for the services.

"Mrs. Mollie Youngblood had for her Easter guests, her three daughters, Mrs. Jim Riley of Terrell, Mrs. Will Abbey of Dublin and Mrs. F.W. Dorsey of Norman, Okla., and her grand daughter, Mrs. J.W. Fogan of Oklahoma City. This was a very delightful home coming as it had been many years since all the family had been together. Aunt Mollie, as she is known to her friends, is more than 80 years old and is unusually healthy and active.

"The North Van Zandt County Singing Convention will meet with the Bright Star class on the first Sunday and Saturday night before in April. Bright Star community is making preparation to put this session over in a big way. All singers are urged to be on hand with their books. Many of the county singers will attend and a great time is expected. Come! B.W. Pirtle, Pres., C.C. Hargrove, Sec.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Rob and Albert Yantis of Kilgore spent the week-end here. Miss Cora Lawler of Dallas visited homefolks during the holidays. Joe M. Chamblee of Roddy was transacting business in Canton Friday. Miss Charlsie Waltrip of Palestine visited friends during the week-end. Misses Effa Nell Thomas and Mary Sue Hall spent Thursday in Dallas. Misses Lola Groves and Lottie Rascoe visited in Breckenridge last week. Mrs. George Yates and Mrs. Henry Blackwell were Tyler visitors Friday. Mr. and Mrs. George Day and George, Jr., visited homefolks this weekend. Miss Ollie Marie Kellis of T.W.C. , Fort Worth, was here for the Easter holidays. Mrs. Oldfield of Stone Point visited her sister, Mrs. Charlie Ashworth, last week.

"Mrs. Fern Robertson of Terrell spent Thursday with Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Thomas. Mrs. Nat Crawford of Grand Saline has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Paul Stanford. Miss Jane Weir of Wills Point was a guest of Mrs. W.B. Rodgers and family Monday. Mrs. R.L. Easley and son, Jean, of Wills Point are visiting her sister, Mrs. W.F. Couch. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Mitchell and son of Sherman visited relatives during the weekend. Mr. and Mrs. John Mac Ashworth of Mineola visited in the C.W. Ashworth home Sunday. Dr. Ernest Blankinship and daughters of Denton have been visiting relatives in Canton.

"Cyrus Walker and family of Dallas visited Mr. and Mrs. Frank Walker Saturday and Sunday. Mrs. W.F. Carpenter and children were Terrell visitors Wednesday and Thursday of last week. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sides and Mrs. Gray of Dallas were guests in the John E. Sides home Sunday. Miss Lorene Mitchell of Dallas visited her mother, Mrs. Alice Mitchell, during the Easter holidays. Oscar Cole and wife and Ms. Gilbert Cole of Tyler visited Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sides and family Sunday. Miss Marguerite Rogers visited her aunt, Mrs. D.S. McPhail, in Wills Point Saturday night and Sunday.

"Cleon, Jack and Ethel Dorothy Poole of Dallas spent the Easter holidays with Mrs. R.M. Lively and family. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Yates and two daughters of Fort Worth were week-end visitors in the Myrtle Springs community. Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Richards and Mr. and Mrs. Howard of Grand Prairie visited C.W. Ashworth and family Sunday. Mrs. Tom Mathews, Mrs. Lula Matthews and Mrs. Rena Parsons of Athens have been recent visitors of Mrs. Mollie Youngblood. Mrs. J.D. Reynolds visited her daughters in Tyler last week. She was accompanied home by both daughters, Mrs. Martha Reynolds and Mrs. Willie Mann. The friends of Mrs. H.J. Craft will regret to hear that she is suffering from high blood pressure and is confined to her bed. She was reported better Tuesday."


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