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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 24, 1932

"Mrs. Jassie Massey died at the Alexander Holton sanitarium in Terrell at 12:45 o'clock Wednesday morning, June 15, 1932, and the funeral services were held in the Cana cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Robertson of Terrell and were attended by a large concourse of friends. The pallbearers were Sam Baker, Lawrence Gray, Creary Smith, Alvin Jordan and Ed Scott. Mrs. Massey, nee Gammons, was born in Fisher county Sept. 6, 1903, and moved to Van Zandt at the age of two, where she lived until her death. She was married to Robert Massey July 7, 1921, and to this union was born one child, who died in infancy. She was a member of the Church of Christ and lived a consistent Christian life. She will be missed by all who knew her. At her death she was 28 years 9 months and one day old. She is survived by her husband, two brothers, Thomas and Jessie Gammons of Carlton, one sister, Mrs. J.O. Massey of Scott and a host of relatives and friends.

"A three-act play, ‘Two Days to Marry,' under the direction of Miss Jewell Phillips, will be staged by the Myrtle Springs Dramatic Club at the Myrtle Springs auditorium, Saturday evening, June 25, at 8 o'clock. This play is chuck full of comedy, and will make you laugh until tears come to your eyes. Come early as a large crowd is expected. Admission will be the nominal 10 cents.

"In honor of Bennie Brown, who came for a short visit with friends and relatives, a group of friends of Antioch community met at Miss Daisie Brown's home, Tuesday night to bid him welcome. There were about twenty-five present from Antioch community besides Miss Eunice Sloan of Creagleville, Miss Marie Brannon of Grand Saline and Cay Hollowell of Sandflat. Miss Brown is to be congratulated for the nice comfortable place she had prepared for the party. Benches and chairs were arranged under a large, spreading China tree in the back yard. Many interesting games such as ‘Three deep,' ‘Cross Questions and Crooked Answers,' ‘I Brought Back What I Borrowed,' and other games that were full of fun. After everyone was tired of playing, Caushy Pierce played quite a few numbers on his guitar and sang. Often other guests joined in the singing. About eleven everyone departed, declaring they had never had a more splendid time.

"The children, neighbors and friends of Uncle Solomon Smith met at his home last Sunday and surprised him with a dinner in honor of Father's Day. The following children were there: Edd Smith and family and little Miss Jacklene Smith of Grand Saline; Mrs. Pearl Terry and children of Canton; Mr. and Mrs. L.T. High of High community; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Cunningham of Canton; Mrs. Della Mae Harwell and children of Terrell. A large dinner was spread and enjoyed by all present.

"LOCALS: Mrs. Donie Compton spent the week end in the country with her mother, Mrs. Joe Barnes. Friends of Mrs. Barnes will be glad to know that she is much improved in health. Mrs. Shade Connor was hostess on Tuesday to the Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Club. Three tables enjoyed a round of bridge after which Mrs. Connor served a very refreshing plate to her guests. Mrs. Willie Mann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Reynolds, was married to Jack Lewis of Longview, June 13. Mr. Lewis is engaged in the East Texas oil field as a rig builder. They will make their home in Longview.

"Rev. and Mrs. A.D. Sparkman had for their house guests last week Mrs. J.A. Wallace and son Julius, of East Bernard. Mrs. Wallace is a sister of Rev. Sparkman, and it had been many years since she had visited him. Miss Beatrice Williams was hostess for a slumber party which was followed the next morning with an early morning breakfast, at Myrtle Springs park, Mrs. Geo. Yates being counselor for the following girls: Mary Josephine Ashworth, Wanda Compton, Lervene Yates, Evelyn Moore, Naomi Couch, Beatrice Williams and Freda Ruth Reynolds. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sides had for their guests Sunday, Hobbs Sides of Troup, Misses Stella and Lila Bell Sides and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Helms of Dallas.

"Mr. and Mrs. O.L. Pitman of Dallas were guests of Mrs. Gertrude Hubbard Sunday. Jack and Jud Mitchell have been visiting their sister, Mrs. John Mooseberg, in Athens. Miss Juanita Dubose left Wednesday for an extended visit with relatives in Wichita Falls. Mr. and Mrs. Bridgeman have for their guest their niece, Miss Elizabeth Jones, of Marshall. Mrs. Claude Hicherson of Texarkana is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Bridgeman. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hargrove, Mr. and Mrs. Theo Lumkin were in Tyler and Longview Sunday. Mrs. Thomas Neaves of Elm Mott has been visiting her sisters, Mrs. E.A. Heard and Mrs. W.L. Sides.

"Emma Lou and George Homer Hilliard are spending a week in the home of their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Richardson, in Grand Saline. Mrs. Mollie Youngblood left Saturday for a visit in Terrell with her daughter, Mrs. Jim Riley. She will later go on to see her niece in Oklahoma City. Miss Dorothy Jane Tull was in Dallas several days last week for an operation for the removal of her tonsils. She is at home again and is doing nicely. Mrs. M.P. Raighley, a former resident of Canton, who now lives in the C.C. Youngblood Memorial Home in Dallas, has been here on a visit with relatives and many friends."

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