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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 8, 1932

"Canton was host Monday to a full house. The fourth of July and first Monday coming on the same day brought many people to town. The forenoon was spent as usual, milling around and meeting old friends, but by afternoon, things were in full swing. Some trading, buying and selling were carried on while the court house lawn was given over to the candidates. Many of them availed themselves of this opportunity and made their wants known. The ball park drew a large crowd, where a game between Mabank and Canton was played. Mabank went home as the winner of the game but Canton wanted all their guests to go away saying they had a good time.

"Miss Margaret Marshal was complimented Thursday evening by her mother, Mrs. Ed. Marshall, assisted by Mrs. J.K. Todd with a six o'clock dinner on her sixteenth birthday. Music and contests were enjoyed throughout the evening. Ice cream and cake was served, then the guests departed, leaving with Margaret many lovely gifts. Those present were Effa Nell Thomas, Biddy Lou Smith, Inez Kellis, Mary Sue Hall, Jack Blankenship, Rodger Reynolds, Jack Seales, Billy Sides and Lynell Morris.

"Mrs. Ernest West entertained Friday evening with a slumber party at her home in West Canton. Supper was spread at the lake, motor boat riding was the diversion. The party then adjourned to the home where an evening of fun was enjoyed. Those who spent the night were Wanda Compton, Mary Jo Ashworth, Beatrice Williams, Margie Moon, Evelyn Moore, Christine Bailey, Lela Jane Lyon of San Antonio, Naomia Couch, and Robinette Ridgeway.
"Beginning Monday night at the Baptist church, Sid Beall will be instructor in a singing school to run for ten days or more. He will be assisted by Joe Bartlett. These two men are well known to the people of this county and need no introduction to the music lover. So make your plans to attend, if possible.

"Mrs. W.P. Nixon and daughters, Louise and Christine, with Miss Marguerite Rodgers, left on Thursday morning for California. They are motoring through. Their plans are to be gone a month, making many places of interest.
"Rev. J.C. Calhoun of Tyler will occupy the pulpit at the Methodist church next Sunday morning at the 11 o'clock hour. Rev. Calhoun made a trip to the Holy Land a few years ago and is now giving these lectures on his travels. Many people of Canton remember when he was pastor of this church and will indeed be glad to have him with them again. He is the father of Galloway Calhoun of Tyler, well known by many people here.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. Mollie Youngblood has returned from a visit in Oklahoma City and Norman, Okla. Mrs. M.C. Ashworth has returned to Canton from a visit to Kirbyville and other places. Miss Cleon Pool of Dallas is a guest in the home of her grandmother, Mrs. R.M. Lively. Geo. Kellam and granddaughter, Miss Gene Kellam of Waco, and Mrs. R.C. Ely and son, Will, of Mineral Wells are guests in the home of Lewis Kellis and family. Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Montgomery at Port Neches are visiting in the home of Mrs. Montgomery's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Blackwell.

"Mr. and Mrs. Mark Foster and grandson, Marcus Burge, have returned from a visit to their daughter, Mrs. Shirley Cooper, of Dallas. Mr. and Mrs. John E. Sides had for their guests on the fourth of July, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Dunn of Tyler and Mrs. and Mrs. John Carter of Mabank. Mr. and Mrs. Lee Steed spent the fourth in Dallas. They were accompanied home by their daughter, Macie Lee, who has been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Steed of Dallas. Mrs. Guy Ashworth and son, Guy Tom, and Mrs. Fuller of Shreveport visited in the home of Mrs. Ashworth's parent's, Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Thomas, recently.

"Mr. and Mrs. Will Tull of Dallas spent the week end with Mr. Tull's mother, Mrs. Mollie Tull. Edward Riley of Arlington spent the week end with his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Edward Riley. Mr. and Mrs. S.J. McCauley, their son, Lloyd, and daughter, Rose Mary, were in Dallas Friday. Miss Evelyn Kinsey spent the Fourth at home from Commerce with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Kinsey. Mr. and Mrs. O.L. Pitman and Miss Armine Pitman of Dallas spent Sunday with Mrs. Gertrude Hubbard. George Grizer is at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Andrew Haynes, after spending some time in Abilene.

"Mr. and Mrs. Pace and Mr. Neal, father of Mrs. Pace, spent the week end with Mr. and Mrs. Bill Carpenter. Mrs. Jim Lively and children, Julia and Frank, are in Lindale this week with her mother, Mrs. Julia Watson. Miss Ada Bell Provence of Wills Point visited in the home of her aunt, Mrs. Henry Blackwell, this week. Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone Thomas and daughter, Martha Nell of Dallas, Mrs. and Mrs. Eric Stanford and daughter, Dorothy Ann, of Fort Worth, Miss Roxie Stanford and Miss Elizabeth Spinks of Dallas were week end guests in the home of Mrs. C.L. Stanford. Misses Ophelia and Inez Kellis are in Mineral Wells visiting friends. Miss Jennie Mae Hall of Athens was the guest, Monday, of Miss Lillie Kellis. Mrs. Roy bush is in Wills Point with her mother, Mrs. Whitaker, who is quite ill."

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