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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 that have been microfilmed. Complete articles and more are available to researchers in the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton. 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.

Wills Point Chronicle, Friday, June 3, 1932

"J. J. Shaw, vocational agriculture teacher in the Wills Point public school, has selected the team from his class to compete for the trip to Davis Mountains offered by the Texas and Pacific railroad and the Dallas Times-Herald, co-operating with the Texas A. and M. College. The boys are Pat Coon, Billy Dean, Charlie Curtis and Teddie Arendale.

"For the benefit of the student loan fund, the Business and Professional Women's club will have a 42 tournament at the Queen City building Friday at 8 p. m. A lot of fun is in store. Everybody is invited. 15 cents admission.

"Misses Willie Gilmore and Henrietta James, teachers in the Grand Saline high school, will have charge of the children's story hour at the court house in Canton Saturday afternoon, June 11, from 2 to 4 o'clock. Everyone is invited.

"Eubanks Brothers Hardware and furniture store will celebrate its seventh birthday in Wills Point Tuesday June 7, from 4 p. m. to 8 p. m.
Lee Eubanks purchased the Liberty Hardware store in 1925 and since that time has established a well-known and reliable name in this section of the county. He has made vast improvements from time to time, and now has a modern and up-to-date hardware, furniture and funeral supply store. Go to the party -- you are welcome.

"The local telephone force complimented Mrs. R. K. Peters, a recent bride and a member of the force for a number of years with a farewell party Tuesday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Miller.
Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Peters, Mr. and Mrs. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Malone, Mrs. C. O. Scott, Misses Phillips, Wheeler and Ezell, William Baker and Kenneth Stockman. Mrs. Peters, nee Mrs. Ella Stockman, left Wednesday morning with her husband for her new home in Tyler. In losing Mrs. Peters, the people of Wills Point are losing a friend indeed, for it is she who has been our faithful and efficient night operator at the telephone exchange for the past eight years. Always pleasant and patient and ready at any time to render assistance to one and all. Her Wills Point friends wish for her many years of happiness.

"Miss Florence Alta Box, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Box, received her Associate of Arts degree at Texas Military College last Friday night. Miss Box was also announced as runner up of scholarship honors for the year. Her many friends are glad to note her success in her school work will join the Chronicle in extending congratulations.

"CEDAR GROVE; J. E. Hair, died Sunday afternoon, May 29. He suffered a stroke of paralysis about three weeks ago. He had lived here amd in other communities around Wills Point for several years. He came here from Georgia. He is survived by his wife, six daughters and four sons living in this section and some children in Georgia. Funeral services were held at Cedar Grove cemetery Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. O. T. Wheeler officiating.

"Howell Thorn and Miss Jessie Lue Platter of near Edgewood surprised their many friends Saturday by driving over to Canton and getting married. Rev. Mhoon officiating. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Thorn. The bride is the beautiful and charming daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Platter.


"The Wills Point Hawks defeated the Grand Saline baseball team, in a tight match at Grand Saline Sunday afternoon by two scores, the total being 5 to 3. The team was under the management of Bonner Blasengame.
Batteries for Wills Point were Flanagan and Whitaker, Hob Flanagan was right and pitched a one-hit game until the last inning when Grand Saline scored two men. The team as a whole played fairly consistent baseball which was necessary in order to hold the narrow lead they had gained over the fast Grand Saline nine.

"The Queen City Motor Company was again broken into last Friday night, supposedly through a back window, and a model 30 Chevrolet coach, together with six new tires and some few gallons of gasoline, drained from nearby automobiles were carried away by the prowlers. In exchange the burglars left a car identified as one stolen in Fort Worth Friday.
This company has suffered no little loss as a result of recent and past burglaries, and of course, are very anxious to bring the invader to justice as a future protection, not only for themselves, but others.

"Miss Lucretia Jane Blakeley entertained seven of her girl friends with a house party last week. The girls arrived Wednesday afternoon, enjoying a party that night. They also enjoyed a swimming party at Myrtle Springs on Thursday afternoon. The happy participants were Audrey Lee Bedingfield, Marie Jamieson, Evalyn Jordan, Mildred Weeks, Johnny Sarah Crow, Martha Manning and the hostess, Lucretia Jane.

"Wayne Harris who attended A. and M. College the past term, is spending the summer with parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Harris. Wayne will be employed with the Union Paving Company, which holds contracts for paving near here, this summer.

"The family of A. L. (Andy) Keyes in Wills Point held a reunion Sunday, June 5, at his home on East Commerce street.
Those attending this enjoyable affair were Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Mixon and family of Corsicana, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Wilson and family of Palmer Grove, Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Mhoon of Wills Point, Mr. and Mrs. J. T Mackey of Wills Point, Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Kilpatrick of Wills Point, and Misses Willie, Dimple and Thelma Lee Keyes, together with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Keyes."

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