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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, February 26, 1931

"The Keep-U-Neat tailor shop owned and operated by Clark Bros. and the Texas Power & Light Company sustained a heavy loss by fire that originated about 6 o'clock Tuesday morning from an unknown source. The tailor shop was practically gutted by the flames, which had gained considerable headway when discovered, and the damage to the light company was principally by water and smoke. The brick building occupied jointly by the concerns mentioned, is owned by B. F. Dean, who sustained considerable loss. Larry Schaer, owner of the old Lea stock of goods in an adjoining building sustained slight damage by water and smoke. The losses were partially covered by insurance.

"On Thursday morning, February 9, 1931, Miss Katherine McLeod, beloved daughter of Mrs. Hugh McLeod of Wills Point, passed from this life of trouble into a better sphere of eternal happiness. Katherine lived always a life of service, before her health failed. She was a teacher in the high schools of Texas, teaching for several years in Forth Worth, in addition to this strenuous work she wrote for magazines and periodicals. NOTE: See paper for complete obituary.

"Two popular couples of Wills Point young people went all the way to Durant, Okla. on Friday of last week to have tied the nuptial knot, without the delay incident to compliance with the Texas law regulating the issuance of marriage licenses. The happy young people were Clarence Harris and Miss Eileen Smith and B. L. Knight and Miss Estelle Lester. The double wedding occurred at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, the officiating minister being Rev. German of the First Methodist church of Durant, who performed a very impressive marriage ceremony.
Clarence Harris is superintendent of the Wills Point waterworks. His bride, Miss Eileen Smith, is presently employed as a teacher in the public school at Canton.
Bonnie Knight operates a garage and service station in Wills Point. NOTE: See paper for complete article.

"W. J. Wilson, Confederate veteran and long-time citizen of Wills Point, celebrated his 90th birthday on Friday Feb. 20, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. H. Jamieson, who prepared a special birthday dinner. Twenty were served and all enjoyed the day very much.
Mr. Wilson was born February 20, 1841 at Center Star, Lauderdale county, Ala. He was married to Miss Maggie J. Tapp on Nov. 6, 1866, and came to Texas in 1867, making the trip in a covered wagon and arriving at Cedar Grove Oct 24. There were 15 persons in the party, only three of whom are now living, the two others being Mr. Wilson's daughter, Mrs. H. L. Bourland, of Dallas and John Bulls of Cumby Texas. NOTE: See paper for complete story.

"Following is the program for the Delphian Club, which meets with Mrs. C. A Jones Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Mrs. J. H. Human will be leader, the subject being "Troubadors and Minnesingers." "Songs of the Troubadors," Mrs. Lloyd Harris (?) and "Famous Troubadors," Mrs. A. A. Jamieson.

"Henry E. Welmaker and Miss Blanche Mills were united in the holy bonds of wedlock Friday, Feb. 20 at 6 p. m. at the home of Rev. and Mrs. J. R. Ritchie in Wills Point. The groom is a son of Mrs. R. L. Wells. The bride is a daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Jim Mills of Edgewood. Immediately after the ceremony the happy couple left for Dallas. They will make their home with Mrs. R. L. Wells in Wills Point while Mrs. Welmaker continues her school work at Forney.

"It is announced that Rev. W. E. Hawkins, the Radio revivalist, will hold a county-wide revival at Goodnight park on August 13 and 23.

"J. J. Bateman, an old-time resident of the Highland community, died at his family home Sunday night, February 15, at 11 o'clock. He was born June 19, 1859 and was married to Miss Lula Gilliam, January 31, 1893, and to this union four children were born, Jeff D., Denton L., and two baby girls having died in infancy. The funeral services were held at the home and were conducted by Rev. Hallonquist, pastor of Edgewood Methodist church, after which the body was brought to Edgewood and laid to rest in Oak Hill cemetery Monday afternoon. - Edgewood Enterprise.

"Mrs. Frances Johnson died Sunday morning, Feb. 22, at 4 o'clock at the home of her son, F. W. Anderson, in Wills Point and funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Dr. L. F. Brothers, at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, burial followed in White Rose cemetery. Miss Tilathia Frances Bridges Johnson was born Jan. 21, 1841 in Mayfield, Ky. and came to Texas in 1847 with her parents, when only six years old, the trip being made in ox wagons. The family first settled in Kaufman county, near what was known as Johnson's Point. She was married to W. L. Anderson in Van Zandt county on April 16, 1861. To this union were born three children, only one of whom survives. She was married to J. B. Johnson on Feb. 14, 1869, and to this union were born two children, John Johnson and Mrs. Frances Lybrand, both of whom preceded their mother to the grave." NOTE: See paper for remainder of obituary. This issue also contains obituaries for Mrs. Mary E. Carr, Eddie Carroll, and Dan I. Weeden.

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