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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 10, 1932

"Mrs. D.T. Riley entertained Friday afternoon with a miscellaneous shower, complimenting Miss Ruth Yantis, bride-elect of Owen Springer. The house was decorated throughout with ferns, roses and gladiolas. The bride to be, draped in an old lace window curtain held a bouquet of lavender, sweet peas, entered the room escorted by her aunt, Mrs. Sid Nolen, through the hall, dining room and parlor to the strains of Mendelsohn's wedding march played by Miss Marguerite Rodgers. Stopping in the center of the room, Mrs. Riley was supposed to announce the approaching marriage but, not meeting her the bride to be became panicky, turning to face an old familiar Negro, Kate Gray, wheeling a huge baby carriage literally laden with bundles. Leaving the carriage Kate left, only to return with a large clothes hamper with the announcement, "Here is your clothes." Another small basket was brought in with the announcement "Here is Mr. Owen's shirts." This created a lot of merriment. A friend remarked, "I expected a shower, but I am experiencing a cloudburst." It was a very unusual presentation of gifts. The hostess, assisted by Mrs. Shoemaker, Mrs. Nolen and Miss Massey in serving cake and punch. Out of town guests were Mrs. Lena Green and Mrs. Thomas Massey of Athens.

"Bide Rowen of the Tundra 4-H club has been acclaimed the outstanding club boy in Van Zandt County for 1931 as the result of the judges' decision recently held at A. and M. College. The story and record of an acre of beans raised as a demonstration in 1931 won this boy one of the highest honors and as a result will be given a free trip to the Davis mountains and West Texas ranching centers. The trip is sponsored by the Texas & Pacific railroad and the Dallas Times-Herald. Bide will make this trip with other outstanding 4-H club boys and vocational agriculture students of all northeast Texas counties.

"The members of the Canton chapter No. 667 had a call meeting last Wednesday evening for the purpose of installing the new officers. The following were installed, with Mrs. Jeffie Foster as installing officer: Mrs. Lillie Burns, Worthy Matron; A.O. Loughmiller, Worthy Patron; Mrs. Ella Hilliard, Asso. Matron; Minor S. Burns, Asso. Patron; Mrs. Mae Burns, secretary; Mrs. Ollie McKenzie, Treasurer; Miss Era Utts, Organist; Mrs. Bertha Taylor, Conductress; Mrs. Verd Burns, Asso. Conductress; Mrs. Kate Barnes, Chaplin; Mrs. Cecil Kimbrew, Marshall; Mrs. Gillian Bolin, Ada; Mrs. Lexie Sides; Mrs. Jeffie Foster, Martha; Mrs. Alice Mitchell, Electra. After the installation, ice cream and cake was served.

"W.S. Overton, age 56, former resident of Hayden, died in Forth Worth last week. Had been slightly ill for two months and was found dead in bed, having succumbed to a stroke of paralysis. Mr. Overton was born in Van Zandt county and had lived in Fort Worth twenty-five years. He was an employee of Armour & Co. up to two years ago, when he entered the grocery business. He was a Mason. The funeral services were held at Chestnut Ave. Christian church, Fort Worth.

"Edom: Sunday the Sacred Harp Singers' meet brought a big crowd from various sections of the country. Among the notables in attendance were Tom Beard, Berry Mitchell and others from Canton, N.T. Barber and Mrs. Owens of Athens. Others, too numerous to mention, were there. A.J. (Jack) Ellis was in charge of the program and enjoyed one of the best days of his life. Dinner was served on the ground to all present. Thus completing another great day for the lovers of gospel music.

"LOCALS: Hugh Mathis went to Denton Monday. A.A. Dawson was in Dallas Tuesday. Miss May Todd has been visiting in Dallas. Miss Alice Towles went to Dallas on Monday. Albert Travis was a Tyler visitor Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Bryant of Martins Mill was in Canton Saturday. Miss Opal Kellis has gone to Denton to enter school. Mr. and Mrs. Sam Reeves spent the week end in Marlin. Rev. Porter Wilhite of Mineola was in town Monday. Jim Lively and son Bobbye were in Dallas Monday. Miss Arlene Steed has gone to Denton to school. George Staton of Wills Point was in Canton Saturday. A.W. Meredith of Wills Point was in Canton, Monday.

"Misses Lillie and Inez Kellis were in Wharton last week. Miss Beola Ashworth is in Denton attending summer school. Miss Mary Ben Thomas is home from Denton for the summer. Mrs. Georgia Craft visited her son, Tom Craft, and family. Mrs. Claude Lawler of Dallas has been the guest of her sister, Mrs. Roma Mathis. Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Sides have for their guest this week Mrs. Jack Sides of Dallas. Mrs. Lillie Burns and Mrs. Forest Sides have gone to Commerce to enter school. Mrs. M.P. Ford and son, Marvin, Jr. are visiting her mother, Mrs. Lexie Sides. F.M. Smith, age 84, died Sunday at the home of his stepson, Ed Boyd, of Jackson. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Old Bethel, under the direction of Foster Hilliard undertaking company of Canton.

"A.O. Loughmiller, Lee Steed, Geo. L. Yates and H.F. McPhail are attending the Lions convention in Dallas this week. Mr. and Mrs. M.D. Blackburn and son, Dan, of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Corban of Tyler, and Mr. and Mrs. P.B. Ware and daughter of Oklahoma City visited Mrs. J.K. Todd last week. Mrs. Albert Hargroves and sister, Miss Claudine, have returned from a two weeks' visit with their father, Lee Avers, of Moran. Their grandmother, Mrs. Ayers, returned with them for the summer. Mrs. J.C. Montgomery of Port Neches is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Blackwell, Sr. Mrs. Montgomery was formerly Miss Helen Blackwell. She has been teaching school the past two years in Port Neches, being married to J.C. Montgomery of that place just a few days before coming home for a short visit with her family."

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