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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, June 3, 1932

"On the evening of May 24, the members of the faculty and of the senior class were entertained at the home of Superintendent and Mrs. W.R. Swanzy. The guests were asked to wear aprons or overalls and games were played on the lawn of the teacherage. Many interesting and amusing kid games and contests were enjoyed throughout the evening. The delightful refreshments consisted of chicken sandwiches, olives, iced tea, ice cream and cake. Tiny dolls dressed in senior colors of green and orange were given as favors.

"The (4-H) girls of the Whitton community met at the home of Mrs. Fannie Whitton May 18. Mrs. Joe Chamblee was present and under her supervision the following officers were elected: President, Velma Tankersley; first vice president, Juanita Bartlett; second vice president and reporter, Lois Whitton; secretary, Florene Wilhite; assistant secretary, Leo McLemore; and treasurer, Vernetta Hearn. The ladies and girls clubs met at the school house May 21 to build a furnace for canning. With the help of adult leadership, Mrs. Ludie Jordan and Mrs. May Bartlett, we expect to do big things.

"Canton was host to the Sacred Harp singing convention Sunday last. On account of the threatening clouds and intermittent showers the crowd was not representative of this great affair. However, quite a crowd attended. Dinner was served on the ground and a very enjoyable social hour was spent by all in mingling with friends from all parts of the country. Sacred Harp singing was enjoyed at the Methodist church on Buffalo street, and the progressive singers congregated at the Baptist church. A number of leading singers from over the state attended. Canton is glad to welcome these good singers every year.

"Marriage Licenses Issued: E.W. Boughman to Etha Mac Hicks; Howell Thorn to Jessie Platter; J.V. Ely to Effie Janette Green; William Leonard to Ozella Smith; Thomas Bratton to Avanell Wheeler; and Edgar Smith to Jamie Lee.
"The days of ‘hard riding' have been so many and so rough that any rumor of good news is eagerly seized upon as a luscious morsel of hope. Welcome as the first robin in spring. And to look upon and see the work going on for widening and getting ready for a bed of gravel on Buffalo street is most encouraging.

"Announcement was made by Mr. Ralph E. Nichols this week that he would bring his tent theatre to Canton for six days, starting Monday, June 6. Everyone in this section remembers Mr. Nichols and his fine cast of actors. They have been coming to Canton for a long time and the people of this community have always turned out en masse to see his shows, as they are assured of a fine performance of good, clean entertainment at any show they present. Mr. Nichols announced that he has all new plays and vaudeville with featured music and that a change in program was assured for every performance. ‘The Devil and the Woman,' a 4-act comedy drama with Ralph E. Nichols as ‘Toby' will be the presentation for the first night. Low prices, in keeping with the times have been made, being only ten cents for children and twenty cents for adults, with a small charge for reserved seats.

"LOCALS: Mr. and Mrs. E. Riley visited last week. Mrs. Minor Burns was a Tyler visitor Thursday. A.E. Dennis of Tyler was a Sunday visitor here. Miss Ophelia Kellis was a Dallas visitor on Friday. Jess Wallace of Dallas was in town last Wednesday. Harold Cheves of Iowa Park is visiting Grady McKenzie. Mrs. Cooper Visited Mrs. J. Lee Sanders in Wills Point last week. Mrs. R.E. Mills and Mrs. Carl Jerry, visited Mrs. Gertrude Hubbard. Miss Francis Brown of Marshall visited her mother, Mrs. Brown. Mrs. Mark Foster visited her daughter, Mrs. Shirley Cooper, in Dallas. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Geddie of Grand Saline spent Sunday in Canton. Mrs. Willis Terry and sister, Miss Ilene Scott, were in Tyler on Friday. Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Downing of Mabank were in Canton on Sunday.

"Mrs. George Hilliard has returned from a week's visit in San Antonio. Macon Sides of Amarillo is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ab Sides. Misses Lucille Smith and Juanita Dubose were Tyler visitors on Thursday. Miss Oma Mayne left Monday for an extended visit with a sister in Lufkin. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert McKee were guests of Mrs. Tull and Miss Allie Tull on Thursday. A.O. Loughmiller and Paul Stanford were in Dallas last week attending the Hella Temple ceremonial. Miss Octavia Emerson left Saturday for El Paso for an extended visit with her brother, Grady Emerson. Rebel Blackwell was operated on for appendicitis at Baylor Hospital Tuesday. His many friends are glad to hear that his is doing nicely at this time. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Barlow had for their guests last week, Mr. and Mrs. K.R. Barlow of Marlow, Okla., and Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Barlow of Bellview, N.M.

"Mr. and Mrs. B.A. Mitchell had as their guests on Sunday as a home coming of their children, Mr. and Mrs. John Mooseburg and children of Athens, Mrs. Funderburk and children of Wills Point, Chester and Miss Bessie Mitchell of Dallas. Rev. and Mrs. Hughes of Edgewood were seeing their friends at Canton Sunday. Brother Hughes was once pastor of the Methodist church here. They have many warm friends here. Mrs. Laura Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Hobbs, Mr. and Mrs. A.O. Arnold, all of Tyler; Dr. and Mrs. T.J. Pennington from Nacogdoches, Mrs. Lafette of Crawly, La., were in Canton to attend the singing and to meet their many friends of former days. Rev. and Mrs. A.D. Sparkman have returned from a visit to Belton. They were visiting their daughter, Marion, who is a student in the college there. They were well pleased with the school. This trip was a delightful one for Mrs. Sparkman as this college is her alma mater. She met many former friends.


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