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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, December 11, 1930

"All members of the 1930 football squad were guests of the Knights of Pythias on Monday evening of this week in the basement of the Methodist church to enjoy a 'feed.'

"On last Friday evening at 7 o'clock Dr. L. F. Brothers, pastor of the Methodist church of this city, was host to the stewards of the church, allowing the stewards to invite one guest each. The dinner was prepared and served in the charming manner that Methodist stewards wives always exhibit. There is no use in our trying to say that they all enjoyed the feed for everyone of the stewards and guests, in all amounting to at least 50 did nothing but eat for about an half hour. Mrs. E. B. Collier and Miss Margaret Jamieson furnished the music for the occasion which was well rendered and appreciated by all.

"F. A. McWhorter and K. M. Berry of Grand Saline have rented the Hurley building formerly occupied by the Helpy-Selfy grocery, where they will operate a grocery store and meat market under the trade name of the B. & M. Grocery and Market. Mr. McWhorter will move his family here from Grand Saline as soon as a suitable residence can be secured. His associate, Mr. Berry, is a single man. The Chronicle wishes the new firm success in their venture here, both gentlemen being experienced in the grocery and market business.

"The F. W. Alland shoe and harness shop, located in the Dean building on North Fourth street for many years, is being moved to a new location in the Fry building on North Commerce street, formerly occupied by the Palace barber shop. The new location is a very attractive one, a new concrete floor, a plate glass window in front, new front door and the interior nicely painted throughout making a wonderful change in the appearance of the building. Mr. Alland will have a nice place of business when he gets his various machines installed and fixtures arranged in the new location.

"We will print letters from the children to Santa Claus again next week, and letters mailed or brought to this office not later than Dec. 13 will be inserted, along with those already received that are not printed this week. Write your wants briefly and mail your letter at once.

"Miss Lou Neal was hostess to seven members and one guest of the Y. W. A. at her home Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Miss Neal led a short devotional, after which the group discussed the Y. W. A. budget for the year. The president, Miss Fern Turner, reported upon a recent meeting of the executive committee and Miss Beatrice Sanders, secretary, read the names of the committees which were appointed at this meeting. Miss Sarah Virginia Lindsay was a guest of the organization for this meeting.

"Postmaster Dyde Manning was absent two days from his duties at the local postoffice due to a slight attack of illness that required him to remain at home. However at this time Mr. Manning is back on the job working in his usual manner.

LOCALS: Mrs. Alice Goodwin spent Monday in Dallas. Mrs. T. H. Kimbough spent the week-end in Dallas. Miss Susie Kennedy visited in Dallas the week-end. Mrs. A. W. Campbell and daughter are spending the week in Tyler. J. J. Rhodes, manager of Tyler Motor Co. in Tyler spent Sunday in Wills Point. Mrs. W. T. Robinson of Grant Saline visited her daughter, Miss Fay, Saturday. Miss Annie Tate of Henderson, spent the week-end here, guest of Mrs. C. L. Hayes. Miss Willie Gilmore of Grand Saline spent the week-end with relatives in Wills Point. Misses Louise Baker and Johne Howell, who are attending business college in Dallas, spent the week-end with homefolks. A. A. Jamieson and family spent Sunday and Monday in San Antonio. Mr. Jamieson going to that city on business. Ernest Cabiness returned Saturday of last week from Muskogee, Okla., where he had undergone a two-weeks' treatment in the goverment hospital at that place for disabled veterans. Mrs. F. W. Anderson and son Jack, met Mr. and Mrs. Jack Spears in Raymondville to visit Mrs. Anderson's sister, Mrs. Ada Crisp. Mr. and Mrs. Spears have been in South Texas on a hunting trip. Mrs W. L. Baker and a number of other ladies from Wills Point and Edgewood attended the Baptist associational meeting at Crandall Wednesday. Mrs. Baker was on the program, and among the others taking part were Mrs. George Truett and Dr. White, state secretary.

"The many friends of C. P. Knight, who has been confined to his bed for the past few weeks will be glad to learn that he is now able to sit up at his home.

"Miss Allene Shepherd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Shepherd of this city, was strickened with appendicitis on last Friday night and carried to Terrell to the sanitarium where she was operated on at 5 o'clock on Saturday afternoon. The many friends of the young lady will be glad to learn that she is getting along nicely.

LETTERS TO SANTA CLAUS: "Dear Santa Claus: I am a little boy eight years old. Please bring me a air-gun, football, fireworks, fruit, nuts and candy. Be nice to all the children. - Harris Z. Miller.

"Dear Santa Claus: Mamma says that I have been a good little boy. I want you to please bring a little negro doll, a little red wagon, pistol and caps, bring lots of fruit, nuts and candy. Don't forget my little sister Pearl.--Leon Davis, Wills Point, Texas.

Dear Santa Claus: I am a little boy twelve years old and am in the fifth grade. Mother says I have been a good little boy. I want a ever sharp pencil and lead, story book. pencil box, rubber ball, fountain pen, fruits, nuts and candies.--Junior Parker, Wills Point, Texas

"Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl eleven years old, and in the sixth grade. Mother says I have been a good little girl, and have helped mother and daddy good this year. I want you to bring me a story book, big rubber ball, blue fountain pen, watercolors and brush, plenty of fruits, nuts and candies. - Marcelle Parker, Wills Point, Texas.

"The Chronicle recently made brief mention of the death of A. R. Wright of Fort Worth, an erstwhile Van Zandter who was buried in Marlin, Nov. 25. He made his home in Gonzales for a number of years and the Gonzales Inquirer of Dec. 1 contained and eloquent eulogy of his life by an intimate friend, Dr. J. W. Torbett of Marlin, which is to lengthy to reproduce here. He was reared to manhood in this locality and was well known to the older citizens".


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