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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, July 1, 1932

"Mrs. Mildred Burge became the bride of R.E. Blackwell Saturday morning, at 9 o'clock at the Baptist parsonage, the ceremony being performed by Rev. A.D. Sparkman, pastor of the Baptist church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Foster of this place and has been employed for several years in the Van Zandt County Abstract office. This wedding connects two of Canton's oldest, and most highly respected families. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Blackwell and is manager of the Van Zandt County Abstract Co. They will make their home in West Canton where they have completed one of the most modern of homes.

"A birthday party was given last Wednesday, June 22, for Juanita Kate Barnes by her mother. They spent an enjoyable afternoon playing games. They had a contest and then the cake with eleven candles were set before them on the dining table where ice cream and cake were served to the following: Juanita Kate Barnes, Tressie May Bush, Etta Ruth Couch, Mary Jim Guess, Jimmie and Johnnie Moore, Wanda Compton, Beatrice Williams, Evelyn Moore, Alby Mae Ernest, Ernestine and Buddy Kitchen of Mississippi.

"Marriage Licenses: John Good to May Robinson; B.F. Davis to Lonnie Mae Flatt; Owen Springer to Ruth Yantis; E.A. Allen to Mrs. Winnie Baddey; W.H. Hickman to Mrs. Laura L. Hickman; and R.E. Blackwell to Mrs. Mildred Burge.

"The Lions Club of Canton was entertained by the business men of Myrtle Springs on Wednesday evening. Two young beeves were barbecued in the most acceptable fashion for the event. There were in attendance something like 100 men from Myrtle Springs and vicinity, citizens from Wills Point, and 30 members of the Canton Lions Club. A few short inspirational talks were made by visitors and the local citizens, after which the Lions Club took charge for a short program of entertainment. The meeting was characterized by a good spirit of friendliness and fraternalism.

"The J.W.G. Club met with Mary Jo Ashworth Tuesday evening at 4 o'clock. The Canton girls who have taken the pledge which is to certify that they are members of the J.W.G. club are the following: Louise Mathis, Evelyn Moore, Wanda Compton, Naomi Couth, Beatrice Williams, Marjorie Moon, Annie Laurie and Emma Lou Hilliard, Annie Merle Lummus, Laverne Yates, Freida Ruth Reynolds, Emogene Morris, Christa B. Stovall, Mary Belle Riley and Mary Jo Ashworth. We had with us as a visitor Miss Lela Jane Lyon of San Antonio, who is visiting Evelyn Moore. As Tuesday was the time to elect officers we did so and the following will take charge next Tuesday: Mary B. Riley, president; Louise Mathis, vice-president; Naomi Couch, secretary; Beatrice Williams, treasurer; Mary Jo Ashworth, reporter; Christa B. Stovall, social chairman; and Margie Moon, chairman of program committee. Next Tuesday the club will meet with Annie Laurie Hilliard.

"LOCALS: Curtis Hilliard was in Denton Sunday. Lee Eubanks of Wills Point was in Canton Tuesday. Miss Opth Octoavia Emerson was in Tyler last week. Elmer Prater was in Fort Worth Monday on business. Miss Oma Mayne has returned from a visit to Lufkin. Miss Opal Kellis is visiting in Mineral Wells this week. Eb Andrews of Grand Saline was in Canton Friday. Mr. and Mrs. D.T. Riley spent last Sunday in Gainsville. Miss Lottie Rascoe has returned from a two weeks stay in Conroe. Miss Lela Jane Lion of San Antonio is the guest of Miss Evelyn Moore.

"Mr. Burgin of Beaumont is the guest of Lloyd McCauley this week. Attorney E.C. Stovall was in Athens this week looking after legal business. Mr. and Mrs. George Yates and daughter, Lavern, are in Galveston for a week. Mrs. W.O. Swindall from Sidney is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Willis Terry. Miss Francis Brown of Marshal spent last weekend with her mother, Mrs. Brown. Mrs. George Counell and children of Lufkin are the guests of Mrs. Anna McMahon. Mrs. Leslie Florence of Gilmer is the guest in the home of her mother, Mrs. Mollie Tull. Elmer Prater has been in Conroe and other sections of East Texas for the past two weeks.

"Miss Dorothy McLain of Longview was the guest in the home of Mrs. Anna McMahon Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Sarton are the parents of a baby girl born June 24. Her name is Peggy Jean. Miss Margie Lee Groves has returned from a visit with her sister, Mrs. Randall Richards in Denton. Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Dawson have had for their house guests, Mrs. and Mrs. W.A. Holton of Wortham, parents of Mrs. Dawson. Mrs. Jenie Ward of Martins Mill died Monday night, funeral services will be held later in Waco which is the former home of Mrs. Ward.

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