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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 29, 1932

"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 use 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 singing we are expecting to have. This invitation includes all who can sing in either book and lovers of good singing. Rev. W.C. Hughes will have charge of the Sacred Harp and Burell Youngblood will have complete charge of the progressive singing. So come; we are expecting you.

"CEDAR GROVE: J.M. Sanderson, who lived with his daughter, Mrs. Morrow, of the Bethlehem community was buried here Thursday at 2 o'clock. He lived here several years ago. He is survived by one son and three daughters. To the bereaved relatives heartfelt sympathy is extended. The club women entertained their husbands and friends with a social at the home of Mrs. E. Hair last Tuesday night. An enjoyable time was had. Ice cream and cake were served. Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Cooksey and baby of Ponca City, Okla., and Miss Johnnie Cooksey of Wichita Falls were recent guests of their sister, Mrs. George Neill. Miss Louise Ewalt, who has been visiting her brother, Arthur Ewalt of Dallas, has returned.

"A.G. Lively, who had been in ill health for more than a year and went to Dallas several months ago, died Friday morning about 5 o'clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. E.C. Poole, in that city. His condition became suddenly worse Friday and that afternoon his mother, Mrs. R.M. Lively, sister, Miss Ethel, and brother, Jim, were called from Canton to his bedside. The body was brought to Canton and the funeral services were held at the Methodist church Saturday morning at 10 o'clock by Rev. Moon, the pastor. A.O. Loughmiller made a brief talk on the life and character of the deceased, his tribute meeting hearty approval in the hearts of neighbors and friends who had assembled for the last sad rites. The pall bearers were S.J. McCauley, H.E. Prater, Jay H. Riley, John E. Sides, George Wages and W.B. Rodgers. Burial took place at the Canton cemetery. (for more on this long article, see the original on microfilm)

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: W.B. Rodgers was attending to business in Austin this week. Miss Opal Oxford of Van is the guest of Miss Robinett Ridgeway. Miss Ada Belle Provence has been a Canton visitor this week. Miss Ollie Marie Kellis has returned from a visit in Grapevine. Miss Flora Steel of Houston is the guest of her sister, Mrs. N.T. Ring. Mr. and Mrs. George Hillard were home from Denton this week. Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Heard have returned from a six weeks' visit in Taft. Mrs. R.D. High and son Harold, have returned from a visit to Winters. Mrs. Earl M. Greer of Wills Point was the guest of Miss Ethel Lively Tuesday.

"Howard Heard is reported to be improving from a very serious case of mumps. Mrs. Lula Patterson of Venus spent Tuesday with her daughter, Mrs. Glen Majors. Misses Ophelia and Inez Kellis have returned from an extended visit to Mineral Wells. Herbert Morrison and daughter, Agnes Adelle, of Denton were week end visitors to Canton. Mrs. and Mrs. J.T. Riley of Terrell were visiting relatives and friends in Canton Wednesday. Miss Ada Belle Provence of Wills Point was the guest in Mrs. Henry Blackwell's home this week. Miss Effa Nell Thomas is in Shreveport with her sister, Mrs. Guy Ashworth, for a two weeks' visit. Mrs. Raymond Pinkerton of Longview is spending a few days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Couch. Mr. and Mrs. W. Corbin and Mrs. Rena Ware of Tyler were visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Todd Sunday.

"Starting without a penny to defray expenses of the seventeen 4-H club boys making up the judging teams to the state contests, the business men of the county made it possible for the youngsters to make the trip. Showing that they are back of the extension program in Van Zandt county the following had a part in sending the boys to College Station: Canton: First National Bank, Nolen Bros. Drug Store, Palace Drug Store, Travis Grocery, Geo. L. Yates, H.F. McPhail, A.O. Loughmiller, C.A. Groves, W.B. Wilemon, Mrs. Lexie Sides, R.E. High, H. C. Geddie, R.E. Blackwell, D.T. Riley, Eubank Bros., G.W. Tull, Z.W. Moore, J.W. Terry, A.A. Dawson, Leon Cox, and Walter B. Seale. The following boys are thankful for the support given them: Orville Everett, Cozelle Barrier, Alf Foster, Luther Harris, Odell Waggoner, Loy smith, Paul Murray, Orland Wages, Raymond Pirtle, Homer Lyde, Billie Ayers, Coy Giddings, Clinton Condray, Leon Slaughter and Joseph W. Stovall. The boys will attend the Farmers' Short Course as well as enter the state 4-H judging contests. The trip in one of the outstanding educational trips of the year.

"Mrs. W.P. Nixon and daughters Louise and Christine, and son Billy with Miss Marguerite Rodgers have returned home from a trip to California. On their return, they made the trip into New Mexico to see Carlsbad Cavern.
"Friends of Mrs. D.T. Riley regret to learn that she is ill in a Dallas sanitarium but hope that she will soon be well and home again."

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