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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 22, 1932

"The North Van Zandt Singing Convention will meet at the Myrtle Springs high school auditorium on the fourth Sunday and Saturday before in April. The Vaughan, Stamps and Hurtford music companies will be represented. All singers are urged to bring their books. The program will include solos, duets, quartets, and class singing. An invitation is extended to everybody to attend and a good time is assured.

"Mrs. Jim Parker entertained her Sunday school class with a birthday social at her home last Thursday evening. The guests first went to the theater, where they heard the Hawaiian entertainers. Afterwards at Mrs. Parker's home there were several games played, then the guests were served with ice cream and a birthday cake. All reported a good time. Those present were Farrell Griffin, Margie Moon, Mary Sue Hall, Christine Bailey, Christine Nixon, John M. Kellam, Annie Laurie Hilliard, Charles Smith, Opal Nichols, Sam Hilliard, Juanita Du Bose, J.W. Burnett, Lee Cox, Inez Kellis, Jack Blankinship, Imogene and Louise Mathis.

"The history club met Friday April 15. The following were on the program: Song- "Rueben and Rachal," James Sides, Joe Gee Ashworth, D.W. Nichols, Ellse Marie Barrows, Allibee Rascoe, Katherine Adams, Bernice Sanders, Laura Nell Faglie, and David L. Cox; Oral Report-"Panama Canal," George Homer Hilliard; Reading-"Hark to the Shadow Wind," Margerite Robinson; Story-"King of Curgo," David L. Cox; Reading-"Get up and Bar the Door," Alice Flowers; Play-"The Cocoanut Shell," by Joye Blackwell, Joe Gee Ashworth and Tillery Townsend; Jokes-Jim C. January; Story-"The Life of Margaret Horrie," Irene Holland; Story-"Veryo of the North," James Sides; and Story-"Life of Columbus," Leon Davis.

"Joseph Alonzo Groves died at the home of his son, C.A. Groves, in Canton, April 14, 1932. He was 75 years, one month and 18 days old at the time of his death. He was born in Leak county, Mississippi, in 1868; moved to Texas in 1869, settled near Stone Point, Van Zandt county, and was married to Miss Georgia Goodwin in 1882. They resided at Stone Point and then moved to the home place two miles south of Canton and lived there until the death of his wife in 1929. Since that time he lived with his different children. He is survived by eight children, six boys and two girls as follows, C.A. Groves, H. A. Groves, K.M. Groves and Mrs. Elsie Beard of Canton; J.F. Groves of Breckenridge and Mrs. Georgia Owens of Longview; also one brother, one sister and 27 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the house under the direction of Eubank Brothers. Rev. W.W. Slaughter conducted the services. The large crowd and the lovely floral offering bore testimony of the love and esteem for this man and his family. He will long be remembered by those with whom he was associated. Interment was in the Canton cemetery. The family have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.

"R.B. McCaffity passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.H. Stone, April 8, 1932, lacking one day of being 88 years and one month old. In his going the county has lost one of its oldest citizens and one of the remaining few Confederate Veterans. "Uncle Bob," as he was called, came to Texas just after the Civil War, when there was much to try men's souls. The country was under carpet bag rule. "Uncle Bob," with the men of his time, worked mightily to bring liberty to county and state. He was one of those to pay 25c for the privilege of voting and marched between bayonets held by Negro soldiers to reach the polls. With just such an undaunted spirit he met life's responsibilities and labored untiringly for the upbuilding of the country, especially educationally and religiously. Having helped to establish the school communities and build the school and church houses of an earlier day, he helped to organize and develop Stone Point school and his interest in it never waned. He was a member of the Dawson church, also its senior elder. One son, Sam McCaffity, went from this church to preach the gospel, and is now pastor of the Presbyterian church of McCamey, Texas. Two other sons survive. W.J. McCaffity is a ruling elder and J.M. McCaffity a deacon in the church their father loved so well and which, as he expressed it, had helped him and his good wife to train their family. He was married Jan. 27, 1865, to Miss Mary Dawson. She preceded him April 20, 1918. The three younger children, May, Ella and Robert, have also passed on. Those remaining are Mrs. Ed Lambath of Canton, Jesse and Jim McCaffity of Stone Point, Rev. Sam McCaffity of McCamey and Mrs. W.H. Stone of Wallace. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Miss Alice Towles was a Terrell visitor Tuesday. A.D. Boyd of Athens was a Canton visitor Monday. C.F. Riley has been attending court in Fort Worth this week. Mrs. Dock Childs of Wills Point has been visiting Mrs. Lerie Sides. Tracy Reaves and family of Colfax spent Sunday with Mrs. Bailey and family. Mrs. W.E. West and Mrs. J.K. Todd and children were Tyler visitors Saturday. Raymond Stanford of Wichita Falls visited his mother, Mrs. C.L. Stanford, Thursday. Mrs. J.W. Barnes has been seriously ill for several days but is improving at this time. Miss Elsie Marie Barlow visited Miss Dorothy Mae Fizer in Frankston during the week end. Mrs. Estelle Dorman of Dallas has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Bert Barlow, for a few days.

"Mrs. T.E. Gillespie of Jacksonville has been visiting Mrs. John E. Sides and family. Lloyd McCauley of Denton spent the week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.J. McCauley. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Blackburn and son, Dan, of Dallas, were the guests of Mrs. Kernon Todd Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Yates of Dallas spent the week end with his brother, George Yates, and family. Mr. and Mrs. Eris Stanford and small daughter from Forth Worth spent the week end with Mrs. C.L. Stanford. Henry Geddie, E.B. Andrews, and Walter Jarvis of Grand Saline were transacting business in Canton Monday. Angus Nixon of A.&M. College is at home for the week end. He was accompanied home by Tom Wiley of McKinney. Rev. A.D. Sparkman delivered the graduating sermon to the Watkins school Sunday, April 17. There were ten or possibly more in the graduating class."

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