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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 15, 1932

"The Lions Club is sponsoring a cleanup drive for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 and 20. Every person in Canton should take an interest in this campaign as Canton has suffered from mosquitoes in the past and will likely do so again unless the cars are disposed of. Wagons will visit all homes and business houses to carry away cans and any rubbish you have gathered up. The Boy Scouts have volunteered their services for the two days and if the wagons should overlook anyone please notify some boy scout. The Lions are to be commended for their effort to make the town more healthful and attractive.

"Aunt Kate McKenzie, one of the oldest residents of the county, died Friday evening, April 8, at the home of her son, J.R. McKenzie, in Canton. Her body was laid to rest in the Jamestown cemetery Saturday afternoon. A brief service was conducted at the family home in Canton by Rev. A.D. Sparkman, pastor of the Canton Baptist church. By her request, the principal service was conducted at Jamestown by Evangelist E.C. McKenzie, a grandson of the deceased, assisted by Evangelist C.D. Record of Pittsburg. A great concourse of friends and acquaintances assembled to pay the last tribute of love and respect. "Aunt Kate," as she was familiarly known to her many friends, was born April 14, 1841, in Calhoun county, Miss., and lacked only six days of being 91 years of age at the time of her death. She married Robert Chesley McKenzie in 1864 and came to Texas in 1865, settling in Smith county, where she lived until her death. She was the mother of seven children, four of whom are now living as follows: J.R. McKenzie, Canton, S.E. McKenzie, Pruitt; J.A. McKenzie, Mineola, and Mrs. W.F. Jones of Dallas. She is also survived by one brother, D.Q. Murphree of Garland; one sister, Mrs. Salina Montgomery of Dallas; 32 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren.

"A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Huff of the Enterprise community Tuesday morning that weighed two pounds wrapped in small blankets, which places the baby in direct line with the one born recently in Kansas City for the world's record for lightweight babies. The little one was only 12 inches long, but cried so loudly it could be heard throughout the house. It was doing nicely at last reports, despite its premature birth. An improvised incubator was provided by the attending physician and the child is being fed by means of a small medicine dropper under the physician's direction. This young lady will not be bothered with the process of reducing for some time to come.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Ed Marshall was a Dallas visitor Wednesday. Mrs. John E. Sides has been visiting friends in Eustace. Baxter Jordan of Commerce has been visiting relatives here. Miss Annie Tate of Henderson was a Canton visitor Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Tull were Dallas visitors last Thursday. Miss Stella Sides of Dallas spent the week end with home folks. Leslie Valentine of San Antonio was greeting old friends in Canton Saturday. Mrs. P.H. Holmes of Garrison has been visiting her sister, Mrs. W.R. Swanzy.

"Miss Frances Brown, who has been visiting in Canton, has returned to Marshall. Master Doyle Simmons of Myrtle Springs has been visiting Mr. and Mrs. George Yates. Mrs. Homes Sides and daughter, Miss Madelle, visited Mrs. J.T. Todd and family Friday. Rev. and Mrs. A.D. Sparkman are attending the Baptist Sunday school convention in Dallas. Miss Claydie Mae McPhail of Dallas visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.F. McPhail, Saturday. Mrs. May McDaniel from Dallas has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. R.M. Mathis and family. Thomas Todd has been transacting business in Henderson and other oil field points this week. Mrs. W.P. Nixon, Miss Louise Nixon and Miss Marguerite Rodgers were Tyler visitors Saturday.

"Mrs. T.R. Keahey has been in Colfax for several days this week with her mother, who is seriously ill. Mrs. Shirley Cooper of Dallas visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Foster, during the week end. S.F. Wiggins and son, Tom, of Forth Worth spent several days in Canton and surrounding communities. Mrs. E. Berry, Miss Nadine Donahue and Miss Pearl Seaborn of Tyler visited Mrs. Will Donahue Sunday. J.G. Holcomb of Rusk is visiting F.M. Tunnell of Myrtle Springs and while here subscribed to the Canton Herald. Walter R. Anderson and family of Greenville visited Mrs. G.W. Tull, Sr., and Miss Allie Tull during the week end. Mrs. John C. Adams and little daughter, Bobbie Jean, of Wills Point have been recent guests of Mrs. R.M. Mathis.

"A.A. Dawson, A.O. Loughmiller, Elmer Prater, R.M. Mathis and Sam Reeves attended court in Fairfield Monday. Mrs. Anna McMahon has returned from a two or three weeks' stay in a Dallas sanitarium and is reported much better. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Riley, Mrs. C.F. Riley and Mrs. M.B. Brackney are attending the Baptist Sunday school convention in Dallas this week. Alvin Cecil and Miss Frances Hethcoat were married in the county clerk's office April 7, R.E. High, Justice of the Peace, performing the ceremony. Misses Thelma Thurston and Ruth Duncan of Dallas spent the week end with Miss Thurston's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Thurston of Wallace."

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