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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, November 28, 1930

"Last Friday night the barn of T.G. Emerson, about seven miles southwest of Canton, was destroyed by fire, and although none of the particulars were learned, it was said two mules lost their lives in the conflagration, also that the feedstuff stored was destroyed. This constitutes a serious loss, work stock and feed combined, and many friends will regret to hear of such misfortune. Last Sunday night about midnight the filling station of B.M. Tomlin, about six miles east of Canton on the Dixie Highway, was totally destroyed by fire, of unknown origin. It was said no fire had been about the place during Sunday. Mr. Tomlin's many friends sympathize with him in the loss sustained.

"The last ‘first' Monday of the current year will be ushered in at the county capital next Monday, the first day of December, which is the last month of 1930. If the weather is favorable another big crowd from the four corners of the county will be expected, not a few of whom will be after seeing about their taxes. Among taxes that will be due and payable on that date will the fee on all motor vehicles, which assessments must be attended to during the month in order that one's motor vehicle will have a ‘clearance' on the new year.

"Marriage Licenses: Travis McGloun and Ruth Clampett; J.C. Thompson and Fay Davis; Coy Crim and Ruth Listenbee; Newton Minor and Elizabeth Eubanks; Wilmer Ray Winn and Mary Alice Payne; W.C. Robinson and Gladys Marie Holland; V.W. Pool and Cora Lee Padgett; Walter Kirby and Fay Luna; Dan Hogan Dickerson and Mittie Viola Johnson; Smith Hickman and Gerald Dun Lane; Lucians Espinoso and Rosa Gonzales; and F.B. Russell and Virgie Tunnell.

LOCALS: Bert Barlow and family visited relatives in Dallas last week-end. Dr. and Mrs. J.K. Bateman of Tyler visited in Canton Tuesday afternoon. Miss Janie Weir of Wills Point visited in the W.B. Rodgers home last week. Miss Lottie Rasco of Henderson spent the week-end here with her parents and friends. Miss Effa Neil Thomas went to Mineola to spend Thanksgiving with relatives and friends. Mrs. Florence Sides of Tyler spent the weekend in Canton with Mr. and Mrs. Jno. E. Sides. Mrs. C.L. Stanford spent Saturday and Sunday with her mother Mrs. Chandler in Ben Wheeler. Principal C.H. Corse of the Canton high school went to Fort Worth to join his wife for this week-end. The case of J.J. Goode vs. the Pure Oil Co., damages, was called for trial in the county court Wednesday. Mesdames Gertie Hubbard, A.D. Sparkman, C.F. Riley and C.P. Smith were Dallas visitors last of the week. Mrs. and Mrs. Dean Mathis have been spending several days in Woodville, Okla., visiting the latter's parents. Miss Geraldine Stanford returned Tuesday evening with Wichita Falls and Dallas, where she visited relatives and friends.

"Mr. and Mrs. Sam Reeves motored to Henrietta to spend Thanksgiving with Mr. and Mrs. Leland Hardegree and their parents. Miss Yuca Johns departed Wednesday afternoon for Waxahachie, going to meet her father, and to accompany him to this place. Mrs. W.H. Emerson was called to Dallas Tuesday to the bedside of her mother, Mrs. P.M. Henderson, who was reported quite ill. Misses Arlene Steed and Annie Marguerite Rodgers, teachers in the Canton school, are attending the State Teachers' Association in Houston this week. Mr. and Mrs. W.E. West and two daughters departed Wednesday afternoon for Archer City to spend Thanksgiving with Mrs. Wests' parents, making the trip in their car. Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Riley, Ed Riley and family, Mrs. Sid Nolen and Charlie Matthews and family, spent Thanksgiving at Waskom, the guests of Love Riley and family. Dr. L.W. Shoemaker and wife have with them the former's son, Dudley Shoemaker and wife from Cleveland, Ohio, the couple being newlyweds and receiving congratulations of many friends. Mrs. A.D. Boyd received news Wednesday afternoon from her father at Ben Wheeler to the effect that his condition is greatly improved, his recent illness having caused no little concern among his family and friends.

"The many friends of Miss Eilene Smith, one of the teachers in the Canton school, sincerely sympathize with her in her bereavement, caused by the death of her father, I.O. Smith of Wills Point, who was fatally injured when struck by an automobile last Friday night. He died soon afterward in a Terrell sanitarium and funeral service was held Saturday in Wills Point, followed by interment in White Rose cemetery.

"Mrs. Fanny Smith of Canton attended the funeral in Tyler Saturday afternoon of her brother, G.W. Mincy, 65, who died of heart failure the day before, while at the plant of the Tyler water pumping station of which he had been superintendent for about 40 years. The funeral services were conducted by Dr. Robert Hill, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, interment in Oakwood cemetery. The deceased is survived by his wife and the sister living in Canton."

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