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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, December 12, 1930:

"The last section of Highway 80 on which concrete surfacing was recently completed from Wills Point west to the county line, was opened up Sunday morning and traffic was heavy throughout the day, many taking advantage of the favorable weather to try out the new concrete sector.

"Over 200 acres were poisoned in eleven demonstrations when 124 farmers attended the meetings in eight communities in Van Zandt county last week. Enough poison was distributed among farmers to rid over 1200 more acres. Sweet potatoes were used as bait cut in pieces a little less than one-half inch square and 1 and 1-half inches long. One-eighth ounce of Strychnine Alkaloid within one eightieth ounce of Saccharin is enough material to make a gallon of bait and this is enough to kill out salamanders on 40 acres. This amount of poison cost ten cents. Arrangements are being made through the county agent to furnish farmers the poison. The runs were located with the aid of a prod and two or three pieces of bait were inserted and the hole closed up.

"According to Mr. A.E. Oman of the Bureau of Biological Survey of the U.S.D.A., the farmers are losing thousands of dollars per year from the damage done by the pocket gopher or salamander. Terraces, dams, orchards, gardens and field crops suffer most from the damage of this pest. Mr. Oman stated that it would take a wagon load potatoes properly poisoned and placed to make much showing on the salamanders in this county.

"Clifford Herbert, 55, a geologist who had been making Canton headquarters for the past several months, rooming with the Walker family, died last Friday in a Dallas sanitarium. The remains were brought back to Canton by Eubank undertaker and interred in Canton cemetery Saturday afternoon; Rev. A.D. Sparkman, pastor of the Baptist church, conducting the funeral service. The deceased was not extensively known here, being of quiet disposition, but was closely associeated with a very close friend of long standing, L.M. Marshall, also an oil man, who saw to it that the departed had every attention, some of the local citizens, both men and women, also assisting with the funeral. It was learned that the deceased's home was in Wisconsin, where relatives survive.

"LOCALS: Mr. and Mrs. B.D. High visited Henderson Sunday afternoon. Dr. and Mrs. T.R. Keahey visited Dallas Wednesday afternoon. Attorney W.E. West attended to business in Henderson first of the week. Mr. and Mrs. Bonnie D. High and Mrs. Mildred Burrage visited Dallas Monday. District Clerk Geo. Yates, C.C. Simmons and the latter's son, Clarence, visited Henderson last Friday. Miss Anna Mae Jordon of Dallas spent the week-end here with her aunt, Mrs. Anna McMahon, and her brother, Baxter Jordon. Mrs. M.K. Thomas and daughter, Misses Mary Ben and Effa Nell, visited relatives in Terrell last week, also did shopping. Mrs. J. Lee Sanders and little daughter and the former's sister, Mrs. Irby Henderson, were here last of the week from Grand Saline. Miss Dorothy Patton, assistant in the district clerk's office, spent the week-end with homefolks in Terrell, having for her guest, Miss Wayne Smith of Canton.

"Dr. Kelley Cox of Dallas and his brother Ben Cox, who is attending medical school there, visited their parents here, Dr. and Mrs. M.L. Cox, Sunday. Mrs. Shade Conner and little one arrived home first of the week from Grand Bayou, La., where they visited the former's homefolks and many friends. Miss Lottie Rasco of Henderson spent the week-end here with home folks and friends, Miss Lois Preston of that place visiting homefolks in Edgewood. Presiding Elder Willis of the Tyler district of the Methodist conference preached last Sunday morning at Canton Methodist church, and conducted quarterly conference at the church in the afternoon. R.L. Martin of Phoenix, Arizona, has been here for several days visiting relatives and friends north of town, and incidently keeping tab on the quest for oil in the Highland community. Mr. Martin, at one time a member of the county commissioners' court, has many friends here, who are always glad to see him.

"Mrs. Loma Moore, wife of J.L. Moore, residing in the Moore community, five miles east of Canton, on the Dixie Highway, died at the family home Monday night at 9:30 o'clock, at the age of 56 years, 10 months, and 19 days. The funeral service was held at High cemetery five miles west of Canton Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. R.B. Moon, pastor of the Methodist church at Moore and at Canton, the deceased being a faithful member of said church. Burial was under direction of Eubank undertakers. Mrs. Moore was formerly Miss Loma Durell, being survived by her husband, children, also brother, all of whose names the paper was unable to learn before going to press. Many friends extent sympathy to the bereaved."

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