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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 29, 1932

"Saturday morning, April 23, an unusual strong bolt of lightning struck a small oak tree about 30 steps from the residence of Mrs. Henry Roberts in the Watkins community. In the house at the time, besides Mrs. Roberts, were her mother, Mrs. S.E. Stovall; her daughter and Mrs. Tommie Harrison, a neighbor, none of whom were injured, but the daughter was badly shocked and it was some little while before she could speak. The lightning, after striking the tree and tearing it to pieces, then leaped onto a wire fence, which was nailed to the tree and traveled north about 100 feet, cast about 150 feet and then turned back in a southeasterly direction for about 350 feet to where it killed her milk cow that had happened to be grazing near the fence. During the same thunder storm another bolt of lightning struck one of the large oak trees near the Caney church and pealed it from top to bottom.

"After an illness of several months, Mrs. John Kellis passed peacefully away at 3:15 Thursday morning, April 21st, at her home in Canton. Before her marriage to John R. Kellis, Dec. 16, 1898, she was Miss Oren Mayne. Of this marriage were born four children, one dying in infancy. Ruby, a four year old girl died at Colfax a few months before the parents moved to Canton in 1907. Alton passed away February 26, 1929. The only surviving members of this prominent family are the father, J.R. Kellis, and daughter Lillie. While death was not unexpected as Mrs. Kellis had been very low for the past 13 weeks, yet it was a shock to the family and great number of friends who had watched daily her bedside for the entire duration of her sickness. (For more on this long article, see the original on microfilm)

"Four persons including Elam Cox, president of the First National Bank of Canton, were injured in a collision of two automobiles Saturday on the Forney-Mesquite highway, two miles west of Forney. Mr. and Mrs. B.G. Stolp of Commerce, most seriously hurt, were taken to Baylor Hospital in a private ambulance, which met a bus carrying them a short distance from Dallas. Mrs. Stolp was hurt internally. Mr. Stolp sustained fracture of the wrist and leg. Mr. Cox and J.H. Donahue, also of Canton, were injured slightly and went to Canton after being treated at Forney.

"About two miles north of Edgewood, in Van Zandt county, sitting among the wooded hills, is the little Gordon school with one teacher, Mrs. Ada J. Smith. This school has a remarkable record. According to standardization rules of the state board of education for Texas rural schools, it is one of only two schools in Van Zandt county to become standardized. Eight hundred points are required for standardization, with a possible score of a thousand points (considered a perfect score) and additional credits for special points of interest. The school has been officially awarded a score of 1,028 points. Rigid rules as to grounds, length of high school term, buildings, teachers' qualifications, attendance of pupils and other details for standardization have been complied with by the cooperation of patrons, local parent-teacher association, teacher and pupils. (More on this in the original article)

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Dr. and Mrs. T.R. Keahey were in Gonzales last week. Mrs. Mary Ethel Brandon was a week end visitor in Dallas. Mrs. Mattie B. Brackney is visiting in Dallas and San Antonio. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hobbs of Tyler were Canton visitors Sunday. Miss Tillie Evans of Terrell was the guest of Mrs. R.M. Lively Tuesday. Mrs. Bill Robertson of Terrell visited Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Thomas Tuesday. A.W. Holton of Wortham is visiting his daughter, Mrs. A.A. Dawson and family. Misses Roxie Stanford and Elizabeth Spinks of Dallas were week end visitors in Canton. Mr. and Mrs. A.W. McNair of Grand Saline were guests of Mrs. C.L. Hubbard Tuesday. Mrs. W.L. Steed and Mrs. W.E. West attended the P.T.A. congress in Denton last week.

"Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Cole of Tyler were visiting friends and relatives in Canton Sunday. Mrs. Lexie Sides and Miss Benja spent Sunday with her daughter Mrs. M.P. Ford in Dallas. Mr. and Mrs. Bert E. Connally of Dallas were Sunday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. F.D. Hamilton. John M. Kellam is in San Antonio for an extended stay with his sister, Mrs. C.W. Ashworth. T. Jay Foster, who is attending school in Austin, spent the week end with his mother, Mrs. Velma Foster. Mrs. L.L. Walters of Longview and her sister, Miss Frances Brown, of Marshall visited Mrs. Frank Brown last Friday. Dr. W.M. Thomas and family of Rusk visited the former's brother, M.K. Thomas, Sunday. Dr. Thomas is superintendent of the hospital at Rusk. Rev. and Mrs. A.D. Sparkman, Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Riley and Mrs. Bill Lummus went to Tyler Tuesday night to hear the Baylor Glee club as Miss Marienne Sparkman was in it.

"Mrs. Blanche Gardenhire and daughter from Rockwall were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Riley Sunday. Mrs. Gardenhire will be remembered by her many friends as Miss Blanche Spinks. Mrs. Blackwell and Mrs. Riley gave a yo yo party last Friday in honor of Mrs. A.T. Travis' birthday. She received many useful gifts. A delightful time was had by all. Delicious refreshments were served to the following guests: Mesdames Travis, Brackney, Blackwell, McCauley, Nolen, Yates and the hostess."


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