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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, May 13, 1932

"On Sunday, May 8, the relatives and friends of Mrs. D.N. Johnson surprised her with a birthday dinner, that day being her 52nd birthday. There were 28 present who were as follows: Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Wester, B. Downing and family, Mr. and Mrs. T.V. Downing, Barlett Stout and family, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Stout, Clell Short and family, Adolph and Maxine Stout, Ferridy and Eveline Turner, Everett Johnson and family, Jamie Cain and Jimmie Weaver. All report a fine time and lots of good things to eat. In the afternoon there was good music. Mrs. Johnson gave an old-time spinning wheel demonstration, which was a treat to the younger generation. All wished for the honoree many more happy birthdays.

"The swimming pool at Myrtle Springs will open for the season Sunday and everything is in readiness to give the swimming public the best of service at this popular pool. While the pool will be open to the public at that time, the official opening will be given later in the season when the weather is more favorable for the occasion. E.B. Abicht, who has operated the Myrtle Springs pool for a number of years, has not only provided a pool supplied with fresh spring water for the enjoyment of swimmers, but also an ideal park for holding small picnics and luncheon parties. He has made an enviable reputation in the proper conduct of this pleasure resort and deserves the public.

"MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED: Willie Grey to Merline White; Frank Mings to Isedon Oshom; A.A. Oxford to Lela Real Stewart; R.K. Peters to Elia Stockman; F.H. Barrentine to Edith Halbrook; Douglas Wilson to Grace Germany; Meardieth Allen to Maxine Birdsong; and Anderson Allred to Maggie Bell Adkins.

"The annual singing will be held in Canton the fifth Sunday in May, 1932, it being the 29th day of the month. The progressive singers will occupy the Baptist church, where J.R. McKenzie and his committee will greet you. The Sacred Harp singers will occupy the Methodist church, where J.W. Bateman and others will greet you and bid you welcome. Come and spend the day with us.

"In regard to the Southwest Van Zandt singing convention at Fairview, or Scott, the third Saturday and Sunday, speaking for the committee, will say we are making every effort to make this a grand success from a singing, social and spiritual standpoint. With the leadership of Walter B. Seale and Robert E. Jordan, we think we have one among the best singing classes in the county. So we are expecting you as we want to meet you, all with a grand welcome.

"Ferrell Griffin, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Griffin, had the misfortune of losing a hand caused by an explosion while on a camping trip. He was carried to Terrell for treatment. He is now doing nicely and is expected home this week.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Leon Cox went to Austin Wednesday. B.H. McKinnon of Edom was a Tuesday visitor in Canton. B.B. Turner of Wills Point was a visitor in Canton Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Will Couch and family spent Sunday in Wills Point. Mrs. Taylor Hodges and Miss Annie Massey spent Tuesday in Tyler. Mrs. H.F. McPhail and Miss Annie Massey spent Friday in Dallas. Harold Cheves from Iowa Park is spending the week with Grady McKenzie. Mrs. Albert Hargrove and Miss Lillie Kellis were Dallas visitors Wednesday. A.A. Dawson gave a splendid Mother's Day address at Wesley Chapel on Sunday. Mrs. Emma Todd spent several days in Tyler with her daughter, Mrs. Charlie West. Miss Roxie Stanford of Dallas spent Sunday with her mother, Mrs. C.L. Stanford. Rudolf Steinmetz of Houston was the week end guest of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Riley.

"Mrs. Letty McKinnon of Dallas spent Mother's day with her mother, Mrs. Lula Smith. Sam Reaves is in Dallas for two weeks, working with Thos. Y. Picket Co., accountants. Mrs. A.D. Boyd of Athens was the guest of Mrs. Paul Stanford for a few days recently. Mrs. and Mrs. George Hilliard, Jr., spent the weekend home from school in Denton. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Turner of Wills Point visited M.K. Thomas and family Tuesday. Miss Claydie May McPhail spent the week end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.F. McPhail. Miss Cora Lawler of Dallas spent the week end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Lawler. Supt. R.W. Swanzy and J.R. McKenzie are in Austin this week in interest of Canton school. Mrs. N.E. Allen and son, Skippy, of Fort Worth are spending this week with Mr. Allen here.

"Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lively with their children spent Sunday in Lindale with the former's mother, Mrs. Watson. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Lester with their daughters, Marguerite and Dorothy, of Dallas visited Jim Williams and family. Mrs. Gertrude Hubbard spent Mother's day in Dallas with her daughter, Mrs. Pittman. She was accompanied home by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. A.W. Hubbard of Cisco. The following ladies attended the woman's missionary meeting in Tyler last week: Mesdames Parker, Moon, McPhail, Corner, Todd, Sides, Stoudenmire, Haynes, Smith, and Dawson, and Miss Annie Massey. Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Thomas had as their guests for Mother's day, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Robinson and daughter of Terrell, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ashworth and son, Guy Tom, of Shreveport; Mr. and Mrs. Milton Thomas and daughter of Greenville, and Miss Mary Ben Thomas of Denton. Mr. and Mrs. Roland Travis are home from Lebonon, Tenn., where Mr. Travis was a student of law in Couberland University. They have with them for a few days' visit, Roger Mallon of Fort Worth, who was also a student at Couberland."


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