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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, August 26, 1932

"A family reunion was held Sunday at the home of J.H. Burns celebrating his 66th birthday. There were 36 present. Every member of the immediate family were there except two grandsons. An interesting fact is that this was the first time all the Burns children had been together in eighteen years. Dinner was spread under a large oak tree near a spring. The younger forks enjoyed swimming and kodaking. Watermelon was served in the afternoon. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Burns and granddaughter, Ann Ella; Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Burns and family, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Burns, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Stegal and twin daughters and Mrs. C.J. Rowan and son, Bruce, of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. K.N. Groves and family, Mr. and Mrs, Ray R. Wilbert and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Rowan and daughters and Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Burns of Canton and surrounding areas.

"Little Maurine Flowers, the 13 year old daughter of Mrs. W.R. Flowers, died at the family home near Elm Grove at 3:50 Sunday morning, August 21, after an illness of five weeks. She was buried Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Elm Grove cemetery, Revs. Williams and Phipps conducting the services. Maurine was born on Dec. 21, 1818, and was 13 years and eight months old at the time of her death. During a revival meeting in 1930, she professed a belief in Christ and united with the Methodist church. She had a very sweet disposition which won for her many friends. The following little friends and classmates were the pallbearers: J.L. Hyde, Herman Robinson, Ferrell Robinson, Olan Ray Downing, Shurried Bradley, Jr., Billy Bradley, Donald Gibbs and Cozelle Norris. The flower girls were the following: Allegra Gibbs, Avis Lester, Willie Sue Stanhiser, Thelma Johnson, Avis Wisdom, Estelle Henry, Loyette McAllister, Lucile Robinson and Helen Ruth Hall. The deceased is survived by her mother, three brothers and six sisters, who have the sympathy of their friends in their time of sorrow.

"Little Miss Willie Byrd Couch of Canton was ran over by a backing car at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Byrd, in Wills Point, Friday evening at 7 o'clock. She sustained a broken leg, which fracture occurred between the knee of the left leg and hip. A Wills Point physician set the break and the little girl is resting nicely at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Couch, of Canton. The injured one was swinging on the side of the backing car, when the vehicle swerved, throwing her under the front wheel.

"The many friends of Mrs. Geo. D. Staton in Canton will be glad to learn that she is getting along nicely in the hospital at Mineral Wells, where she is recovering from injuries received several weeks ago in an automobile accident. Phlebitis developed in one of her legs but was checked and the swelling materially reduced. The grafting of new skin on Mrs. Staton's hand has taken place and the operation proved as successful as could be expected. She will have to remain in the hospital for some time yet.

"The first bale of cotton for the present year in this vicinity was brought to Canton on Thursday, August 11, by O.D. Ethridge, a farmer who resides east of town. The cotton was ginned by E.A. Heard and the bale weighed 427 pounds. the Riley Richardson Dry Goods Co., bought the fleecy staple at the price of seven cents per pound. The merchants of our town raised a sum of money as a premium for the producer.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Horton and Mrs. Henry Owens and two sons of the Bethlehem community were in Canton Tuesday morning. Mesdames Bonnie Knight, C.O. Scott and Dick Lester of Wills Point spent Thursday afternoon of last week with Mrs. Glenn Majors. Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ashworth and little son spent Sunday afternoon with their son and brother, John Mack Ashworth and family in Mineola. Mrs. E.H. Flowler and children, Gladys, Don and Laura May, from Kenefic, Okla., were here Saturday and Sunday visiting Mr. J.W. Barnes.

"J.A. Brackney of Dallas spent the day with his mother, Mrs. M. B. Brackney and with his uncle and aunt, C.F. Riley and wife one day last week. Mrs. Donie Compton left Monday for Dallas where she will attend the style show and take notes and a short course in millinery from a New York trimmer. Mrs. Mary Ethel Brandon, home demonstration agent for our county, returned Friday evening from Dallas and Glen Rose, where she enjoyed a three weeks' vacation and rest. Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Berry of Dallas spent Saturday night with Mr. and Mrs. C.A.Smith, leaving Sunday morning for Shreveport and Minden, La., to visit relatives.

"Homer Fowler, Jr., wife and children from Muskogee, Okla., visited his grandmother, Mrs. J.W. Barnes, and family and attended the family reunion that was given Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Majors and Rogers Teel motored to Venus on Saturday to take Mrs. Majors' mother, Mrs. Lula Patterson, home, and to spend the week end with Mrs. Ray White and family. Mr. and Mrs. Guy N. Ashworth and family of Shreveport, La., visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ashworth and Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Thomas, and their families last week end. Mrs. M. C. Ashworth returned to their home with them for a visit.
"A picnic on the Ed Marshall farm started on Wednesday and will last through tomorrow night. there is a carnival on the grounds to furnish amusement together with base ball games in the afternoons and political speakings at various times. Added to these amusements are ice cold soda water, cream cones and other refreshments to relieve the hunger pangs.

"Mrs. J.W. Barnes was made happy on Sunday, August 21, when her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were with her to enjoy a family reunion. Lunch was spread under shade trees and everything good to eat was on the table with watermelons in the shade. Among those who enjoyed the feast were the following: Mrs. E.H. Fowler and children of Kenefic, Okla., Mrs. I.L. Johnson and her five children, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Marshall, Mr. and Mrs. James and H. Barnes of Denton; and all the children who live here. Mrs. Barnes' health is improving slowly and the wish is expressed that another such reunion may be held next August."


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