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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, September 2, 1932

"Miss Connie Ruth Mills of Edgewood became the bride of Curtis Hilliard of Canton on Sunday, August 21, at Hugo, Okla., the marriage ceremony being performed by the pastor of the First Methodist church of that place. The couple planned to keep their marriage secret but notice of the event was sent from Hugo to the Dallas News and appeared in the paper Saturday, August 27. Relatives and friends saw the notice; so Mr. and Mrs. Hilliard were forced to confess their marriage. The bride is the talented young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mills of Edgewood and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. S.F. Hilliard of Canton. Curtis graduated from high school here last year and is associated with his father in business in Canton, where the couple will make their home.

"EDOM: Hick's rally and musical program brought a capacity crowd to Edom Tuesday night. Their offerings were classical and well received. Miss Ruth Cosby of Grand Saline and Miss Clayde Mae McPhail of Canton climaxed the program with their masterful readings, holding the big crowd at times to almost a death stillness, then bringing laughter and applause that almost rocked the building. Others assisting in the program were: Joy Robinson, Mrs. Herman Dice, James Dickerson, R.M. Bates, A.L. Bates, E.L. Swain, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Robinson. Altogether the program was pronounced a splendid success and here's hoping that these good entertainers will appear again soon with another performance.

"Toxie Saylors and little babe had close call for their lives the past week when the mule they were riding becomes frightened and got away. In trying to get the little fellow safely to the ground, Mr. Saylors got over balanced and fell to the ground with one foot handing to the harness, was dragged some distance down the highway. Assistance from the highway in forcing the animal to the ditch and relieving it of its victim possibly accounts for the life of the victim who has since been confined to his bed. However, he is recovering nicely.

"WISE: Singing here was well attended Sunday night. Canton, Orio and Prairieville were represented. The quartettes sand by Mr. Bert Barland, Mr. and Mrs. Will Weedin, and Charlie Gunderson were among the prettiest songs this writer ever heard. Our president Bert Barlow, says we are going to have singing every Sunday night, if there is only a few attends. So come on, each Sunday night and help us to have one of the best singing classes in the county.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: G.W. Tull was a Dallas visitor Wednesday. Ed Scott of Edgewood was a Canton visitor Monday. W.C. Heard of Clark spent last week with E.A. Heard. A.B. Dawson of Wills Point was a Canton visitor Monday. Mrs. D.T. Riley left Sunday for Dallas where she will receive medical treatment. Earl Coleman of Denton is visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.T. McCauley. Mrs. Donie Compton has returned from Dallas where she attended a millinery school. Tom Fizer of Paris recently spent a week end here with his mother, Mrs. J.L. Fizer. A.A. Jamieson, Oscar Pate and T.V. Jamieson of Wills Point visited in Canton Monday.

"Gurley Sanders of Kerens spent Sunday with his parents, Congressman Sanders and wife. Miss Lurlyne Travis returned home Friday from Denton where she attended teachers college. Fred Wright and wife of Throckmorton are visiting the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.T. McCauley. Mrs. Sallie D. Sanders of Fort Worth returned home Saturday, after spending about ten days with Miss Allie Tull. Mrs. R.M. Lively and daughter, Miss Ethel, spent last week in Dallas with their daughter and sister, Mrs. E.C. Poole and family. Mrs. H.F. Wisenteiner, who has been visiting her father, G.T. Nolen, in his home on Buffalo Street, has returned to her home in San Francisco. Mr. and Mrs. Willis Terry and Rev. A.D. Sparkman attended the wedding of Mr. Terry's sister at Cana Sunday, Rev. Sparkman performed the marriage ceremony.

"J.A. Brackney and wife of Dallas were the guests of C.F. Riley and wife Sunday. Mrs. M.B. Brackney, who had been visiting in Dallas, returned with them to Canton. Mrs. J.L. Fizer and son, W.H., spent the week end in Durant, Okla., with the former's sister, Mrs. Phelps. On their return they visited their son and brother, Tom Fizer, in Paris. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Majors and Rogers Teel spent Sunday in the Center community with relatives. Mrs. R.M. Majors, mother of Mr. Majors, returned home with them for a few days' visit. Miss Mirian Lawler, who has been attending the teachers college at Denton, accompanied by Miss Mary Willis, arrived in Canton Friday. Miss Willis will be Miss Lawler's guest for two weeks.

"Ed Riley and family and Mrs. C.F. Riley went to Jacksonville Thursday to see Mrs. Mary Jeter, who was in the Nan Travis Hospital there. She was brought to her home at Colfax Sunday in the Eubank ambulance. Mrs. Ben H. Gray and daughter, Benjalee, of Dallas, Mrs. A. L. Farrell and daughter, Josephine, of Grand Saline, and Mrs. A.M. Gulledge and children, Billy Joe and Mary Elizabeth, of Ben Wheeler, have returned home after spending a week with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Heard."


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