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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, December 5, 1930

"J.W. Andrews returned a few days ago from California, where he paid a short visit to his former home for many years, after coming back to Van Zandt some months ago, for the purpose of visiting relatives and old-time friends and also to do a little prospecting with the idea of again taking up residence here. He informs the paper man that he has now decided to remain in the ‘Free State' and for the present at least is making his home in the Jackson community. His many friends are glad that he has reached the decision to again become identified with such a grand old county.

"Minor Burns and family of Athens are moving back to Canton. Mrs. Burns and the children already being at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Craft. Mr. Burns went to Athens some months ago to accept employment in a well known abstract office, but has resigned to accept the place of chief deputy under Tax Collector Elect R.M. Mathis, who assumes the office on the first of the coming year. Mr. Burns has had previous experience along this line, and it is doubtful that Mr. Mathis could have secured a better qualified or more courteous and obliging assistant than he has in this instance. Canton welcomes this family back to their old home.

"Quite a gloom of sorrow over shadowed this entire community when news reached friends and acquaintances that death had claimed another treasure from our midst, that being Grandma Thormahlen, who passed quietly away at 3 o'clock Saturday morning, following an illness of near three months duration, leaving the members of her family and hundreds of intimate and close acquaintances to mourn her passing. When death came into the home, she slipped quietly into the arms of her Master in whose services she had dedicated her life, having been a consecrated Christian from early girlhood and was a consistent member of the Baptist church at the time of her death.

Her passing not only leaves a vacancy in the home but the entire community feels the loss of such a faithful mother and friend that only time will ever erase from life's memories. Her entire life has been a model of kindness and love, always doing things for others which were among her daily characteristics. We know of her life in this community that it was active, pregnant with good deeds and splendid endeavor in the zest and power of rectitude in church work and private life as well.

"All that was mortal of Grandma was laid to rest in Old Bethel cemetery among the murmuring trees by a great throng of loved ones and friends beneath a profusion of flowers which, if they speak to us, of friends and sympathy and falling tear.

"She was 94 years and five months old. She leaves four children to mourn her sad departure: Mrs. Meta Robertson of Miles; F.A. Thormahlen of Enloe; H.E. Thormahlen of Blooming Grove and J.T. Thormahlen with whom she lived. All were here to attend the funeral. Also a number of grand children and great-grandchildren. Her husband and two sons, J.A. and W.H., preceded her to the grave many years ago. The family have the sincere sympathy of this entire community. A Friend. [S.L. Thormahlen, born June 20, 1835, died November 29, 1930]

"The Canton Lumber Company has the contract for building a new and modern apartment house for Nolen Brothers, on the old family lot just off the north side of the courthouse square. The old home is being razed and the new home will occupy the same spot. It will consist of eight rooms, two halls, double bath, front and rear porches and all conveniences. The work will be pushed to completion as early as possible; the structure will add a great deal to the appearance of that neighborhood, and also such a home will help no little in supplying the demand for rental property of this particular kind. The Herald congratulates the Nolens on the forward step.

"LOCALS: Cecil Miller of Dallas visited friends in Canton Thanksgiving. Mrs. Pete Harwell of Terrell is visiting her father, S.J. Smith and family near Wallace, after a long period of sickness. Mrs. E.C. Poole and children of Dallas spent Thanksgiving here with the former's mother Mrs. R.M. Lively and family. Misses Roxie Stanford and Elizabeth Spinks of Dallas spent the week-end here with the former's mother, Mrs. C.L. Stanford and family. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Utts of Burkburnett spent a few days here last of the week visiting the former's brother, Albert Utts and his sister Miss Era Utts. W.E. Ogletee, as a representative of the Masonic Lodge at this place, is attending the annual meeting of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas, held in the city of Waco. Mrs. Dean Mathis and son Hugh who is attending college in Denton, arrive home from Woodville, Okla., last of the week, where they spent Thanksgiving. Mr. Mathis, who was with them remained for a little extra hunting, returning first of the week.

"Joe Merritt, residing on the W.B. Brockman place two miles east of Wills Point, lost all his household effects, clothing, etc., when the house was destroyed by fire Tuesday night. The fire was started by the little son of Mr. Merritt about 7 o'clock during the absence of his parents, the little fellow stricking [sic] a match to find something and accidentally set some paper on fire. The flames had gained such headway when help arrived that nothing could be saved, the contents being a total loss without insurance.

"Looks like something will have to be done about the old car or truck that has been going around with one eye shut. ‘In the next few days,' says John Gregory, state highway officer, ‘we are going to start filing complaints against drivers with only one headlight. The law requires that every auto have two headlights and one tail light and we are going to enforce the law.'"


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