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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 20, 1932

"Miss Norene Groves, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Groves, and Mr. Randall Richards of Wallace were married Tuesday morning at the Methodist church in Canton by Rev. W.B. Moon. Attendants were Miss Lola Groves, sister of the bride, and Olan Corley. The wedding came as a surprise to their many friends. The bride is a popular member of the younger social set and also with the court house circle, where she has worked at various times. Mr. Richards is the son of Mr. and Mrs. G.B. Richards of Wallace and has just closed a very successful term of school at Highland. Mr. and Mrs. Richards will be at home in Denton where Mr. Richards has entered school.

"On Tuesday, May 10, 1932, the Death Angel took from the Owlet Green community one of its oldest and best loved residents, ‘Uncle Joe,' Clark, as he was familiarly called. Uncle Joe was practically an invalid for several years and was confined to a wheel chair for more than a year, yet no one ever saw him when he was too sick or disheartened to greet his callers with that sweet, welcoming smile we loved so much to see. He lived near the school and spent much of his time sitting in his chair by the window, and watching children at their play. Those children often found an excuse to slip off from school and visit with him and ‘Aunt Ellen,' as we call the dear old lady who was his faithful and devoted wife. Uncle Joe was born September 26, 1841. At the age of thirty he married Miss Katherine Shivers. To this union were born six children, four of whom are still living: W.T. Clark, Ben Wheeler; Mrs. Lillie Loper, Athens; Mrs. Ida Cooper, Fort Worth; and Mrs. Effie Lanfrey, Ben Wheeler. Early in life Uncle Joe united with the Christian church. Later he joined the Methodist church, remaining a member until his death. After Uncle Joe had the misfortune of losing his wife, he married Mrs. Ellen James, who was a loyal companion to him during his declining years, ministering to his every need. Besides his wife and children, Uncle Joe leaves a brother, Uncle Rube Clark, a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as many other relatives and friends who will miss the sunshine of his dear presence. He was laid to rest in the Marvin Chapel cemetery, Revs. Prater and Owen officiating. The crowd that gathered in and around the little tabernacle told better than words the tender regard in which he was held.

"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.

"On Tuesday, May 10, Mrs. Joe Chamblee organized a Parent-Teachers Association at the Dawson school house. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, Mrs. Frank Dawson; first vice president, Mrs. C.F. Grant; second vice president, Mrs. B.A. Jobe; third vice president, Mrs. Earl Priest; secretary, Mrs. Morris Richards; treasurer, Jewell Grant; program committee, Miss Olga Teel, Mrs. Howard Hubbard and Mrs. Russell Hubbard; hospitality committee, Mrs. Ben Teel, Mr. Grand and Mrs. Paul Norman. The next meeting will be held at the Dawson school house on Friday, May 27, and all the members are asked to be present. We invite all the patrons of the school to meet with us at the next meeting.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Lee Steed attended the banker's convention in Austin recently. Bill Robinett of Port Arthur is a guest of Miss Louise Nixon. Mesdames Steed, Swanzy, and West attended the P.T.A. meeting in Van. Edward Riley of Arlington spent the week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Riley. Mrs. and Mrs. Elmer Ritchie and daughter of Shreveport, La., are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Leon Cox. Mrs. Herman Harris of Forth Worth is spending a few days with her daughter, Mrs. Lamar Sides. Mrs. Lewis Turner of San Antonio is spending a week with her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. A. Cooper.

"Sheriff Nixon returned from Childress on Saturday with a young man under indictment for theft of a car. Mrs. A.A. Dawson is in Worthham with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Holton. Mrs. Holton has been quite sick but is much better at this time. Mrs. C.L. Fowler was called to Ardmore, Okla., this week to attend the funeral of her brother-in-law, W.J. Richardson. She was accompanied by her daughter, Margaret Benson, and Earl Myers of Myrtle Springs. Mrs. Mary Ethel Brandon spent the week end in Dallas. Tate Nolen and George Wages were in Dallas on Friday. Mesdames Steed, Rodgers and Ashworth spent Friday in Dallas. Mrs. Shade Connor went to Shreveport, La., for a short visit with her parents. Jack Sides of Longview spent this week end with his mother Mrs. Lula Sides. Irby L. Mann of Dallas spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. P.T. Mann. Mrs. Lewis Kellis, Opal, Bessie Ruth Kellis and Aubrey Hoskins went to Tyler Sunday. Mrs. Tom Cooley of Athens was the guest of her sister, Mrs. Lamar Sides, on Thursday.

"Mrs. L.W. Shoemaker and Mrs. Carl Hitt entertained freely with a bridge luncheon at their home in honor of Mrs. N.F. Allen, who was leaving on Saturday for her home in Fort Worth. Guests were the honoree and Mesdames Course, Tull, Stanford, Lumpkin, Travis, Corner, Shoemaker, Gilmer, West and Hargrove.
"Mrs. Henry Blackwell, Jr., assisted by Mrs. Lexie Sides, delightfully entertained her Sunday school class by spending the night out at Mocking Bird lodge on Friday night. There were lots of good ‘eats' and various games were enjoyed."

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