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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 8, 1932

"Mrs. J.W. Barnes celebrated her 77th birthday at her home three miles south of Canton, on April 3. Baskets of good eats were brought by her children and lunch was spread under the shade trees in front of the house. A cake with the number of years on it and lots of nice presents were brought. There were 40 presents. All of her children were with her except Mrs. E.H. Fowler of Muskogee, Okla. Out of town guests were: Mr. and Mrs. Grandville Waggoner and his mother, Mrs. Virg Waggoner, of Wills Point: Mr. Breckenridge of Cobb; Mr. and Mrs. James H. Barrow, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Marshall, Mrs. L.L. Johnson and family; Mr. and Mrs. Joe W. Fowler and daughter of Tyler; Mrs. Bob Smith, Mrs. and Mrs. George Talley. Her children present were: J.L. Barnes and family, Mrs. Dona Compton, Mrs. J.M. Waggoner and family, Mrs. Walter Sam Waggoner and family, all of Canton. Everybody had a nice time.

"The ladies in the western part of town were given quite a scare last Friday afternoon by the peculiar actions of a well dressed man carrying several packages and a raincoat. He seemed to be trying to dispose of something and failing to hide it in the Bill Lummus barn went on to the Willis Terry barn and was there taken in charge by local officers. Some hose that had been taken from Tom Riley's store and other things were recovered. He was placed in jail and it is understood paid a fine and was released Tuesday.

"A wedding of interest to friends of the couple was that of R.F. Everett to Mrs. Emma Franks, which occurred at the home of the bride near the Wentworth school house, R.E. High, J.P., performing the ceremony.

"The Excelsior Reading Club met Wednesday, April 6, with a very interesting program on Texas. The following program was rendered: Reading of the minutes, Bill Moore; Song, ‘The Eyes of Texas are Upon You,' by room; Story, ‘The Early Pioneers of Texas," Clota Mae Corley; Article on State Flag, Billie McGrady; Article on State Flower, Edna Lee Payne; Song ‘Spread Some Texas Sunshine,' Francine Blankinship, Benja Sides and Marry Lee Steed. This was the first meeting of the club and the 7th grade expects to improve and have better programs. The club adjourned to meet again next Wednesday, April 13.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mr. and Mrs. W.E. West were Texarkana visitors last Thursday. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Henry Carpenter, March 29, a boy. Mrs. Mamie Carpenter of Dallas visited relatives in Canton last week. Justice John Taylor, an old citizen of Phalba, was a Canton visitor on Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Charlie West of Tyler spent the week end with relatives in Canton. Miss Earl Blackwell of Cooper has been visiting friends in Canton for a few days. Miss Effa Nell Thomas visited her sister, Mary Ben, in Denton during the week end. Mrs. Alice Hargroves, Mrs. Ray Dike and Mrs. C.A. Goodman were Wills Point visitors Saturday.

"D.L. Burnett, druggist of Waco, visited his brother, Ira Burnett, and family during the week end. Mrs. Minnie Hyde of Mabank is spending a few days with her daughter, Mrs. Jess Flowers, and family. Mrs. M.C. Ashworth of Kirbyville is here for an extended visit with her son, C.W. Ashworth and family. The Baptist ladies will pack a box of clothing and eggs at the church Monday, April 11, at 2:30 o'clock. Mrs. S.D. Erwin has returned from Dallas where she has been visiting her daughter and other relatives. Mrs. Frank Lybrand of Tyler and Mrs. John Stewart of Owlet Green visited Mrs. H.J. Craft Wednesday. Mrs. Lorene Pinkerton of Longview is spending a few days with her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. W.F. Couch, and family.

"Mrs. H.F. Blackwell, Sr., was seriously ill at her home west of town for a few days last week but is better at this time. Mrs. Ben H. Gray and little daughter, Benjalee, of Dallas spent last week end with her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. E.A. Heard. Billie Jo Gulledge of Ben Wheeler and Josephine Farrell of Grand Saline spent last week end with Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Heard. Mrs. Lamar Sides and little daughter, Marvonne, have returned from Terrell, where Marvonne has been recuperating from a severe attack of pneumonia. The friends of the family are glad to know that she is getting along nicely."

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