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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 22, 1932

"M.K. Thomas, candidate for county clerk, on going out to get in his car early Wednesday morning found he had no car, the garage was empty. To lose a car at any time is unfortunate, but for a candidate making the last run before the primary, does seem wholly unfair. The car was found later in the day, about one mile from town, entirely stripped of everything that makes a car worthwhile. Mr. Thomas had no insurance but he was a good loser, and went on making arrangements to go on with his campaign.

"Miss Effa Nell Thomas was hostess on Saturday with a noon luncheon, that being her seventh birthday. After the luncheon hour the party motored out to Myrtle Springs Park for swimming, after which watermelon was served. Those enjoying the occasion were Misses Margarett Marshall, Mary Sue Hall, Lucile Smith, Nadine Childs of Wills Point, Cleon Poole of Dallas.

"There will be singing both in the old Sacred Harp and progressive singing at Edgewood the fifth Sunday in July, beginning at 10 o'clock. The Sacred Harp singers will us the Methodist church and the progressives will use the Baptist church. Come and bring your song books and lunch and help to enjoy the good sing we are expecting to have. This invitation includes all who can sing in either books and lovers of good singing. Rev. W.C. Hughes will have charge of the Sacred Harp and Burrell Youngblood will have complete charge of the progressive singing. So come; we are expecting you.

"Vocal school of music at Canton is being conducted by S.C. Beall, his daughter, Lola Mae, and J.W. Bartlett. The school is attracting splendid attention. Good interest and large crowds attend each session. The promoters and boosters of the school are J.R. McKensie, W.L. Steed, B.A. Mitchell, Tom Beard, Bert Barlow, C.A. Groves and others. Among the notables visiting and attending the school are the Jones sisters quartet of Cleburne, radio fans; Miss Melba Head of Fort Worth, Rev. K.W. Copeland of Corsicana, Mr. Starkey and family of Grand Saline. Everything is going fine. You are invited to attend.

"One of the most appreciated treats of the season was offered Friday evening by the Lions club of the above mentioned city, when the writer and a few of his singers were invited as guests to the club for a special program and a very fine supper offered by the club. Those taking part were J.W. Bartlett, Bert Barlow, Lola Mae Beall, Fay Nell Boyd and the Starkey sisters, Willie and Lessie, of Grand Saline, who are fast becoming the most popular and appreciated singers and musicians of the county. All together we are having a great time and appreciate the big spirit and cooperation of the entire school. S.C. Beall.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. D.T. Riley is in Dallas for a few days. Mrs. M.B. Brackney was a Dallas visitor Saturday. Mrs. Dean Mathis was a visitor to Denton Sunday. Miss Arlene Steed is a home from school at Denton. Loy McCauley left Monday for a week's trip to Galveston. Miss Beola Ashworth was home from Denton for the week end. Roy Norwood of Dallas spent the week end with Edward Riley. Miss Mary Rose Scott of Dallas is the guest of Mrs. John E. Sides this week. Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Riley and daughter, Mary Belle, were in Dallas Saturday. Miss Bessie Mitchell of Dallas is the guest in the home of her father, B.A. Mitchell.

"Reginald Setes is visiting his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Calahan, near Wallace. Misses Mary Ben Thomas and Geraldine Stanford have returned from a two weeks' visit in Dallas. Misses Fanny and Mamie Hudson have returned from Denton, where they have been attending school. Miss Herbertine Morrison from Denton is here for a visit with relatives and Miss Florence McCauley. Mr. and Mrs. Milton Thomas and daughter, Mary Ann, are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Thomas. Misses Roxie Stanford and Elizabeth Spinks were week end guests in the home of Mrs. C.L. Stanford. Mrs. C.W. Ashworth left Sunday for Marlin to join her husband, who has been there for the past two weeks. Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Collins and Emmett, Jr., of Dallas were guests of Mrs. and Mrs. J.K. Todd on Sunday.

"Mrs. Guy Ashworth and son, Guy Tom, of Shreveport are here for a weeks' visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Thomas. Mrs. J.A. Valentine and daughters, Floy and Narene, of Clovis, N.M., were guests of Mrs. Valentine's sister Mrs. Gordon Chaney, last week. Mrs. Ruth Smith and daughters, Anna Ruth and Ileta, from Forth Worth, were guests in the home of Mrs. Ray McMahon, daughter of Mrs. Smith, last week. Arthur Mitchell, who is attending State University, visited in the home of Mrs. Alice Mitchell. Mrs. Arthur Mitchell and son, Wendell, are spending the summer here. W.H. Wilhite of Van has purchased from L.H. Hall a farm two miles from Canton on the Canton and Grand Saline highway. Mr. and Mrs. W.E. West, with daughters, Elizabeth and Mary Helen, left Thursday for Canada, returning by way of California, where they will witness the Olympics."


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