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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, March 19, 1931

"The building at the corner of North Commerce and Fourth streets, formerly occupied by the Van Zandt County National Bank is being remodeled for the use of the Crow Drug Co., who will occupy the same as soon as the work is completed. This building is the property of Dr. H. T. Fry and A. W. Meredith, who are having a new and modern front built and also a large window placed in the north side near the front. Besides the front entrance, a door will be placed at the corner and another one near the rear of the building making it convenient for customers to enter the drug store from either street.
The sheet iron awning alongside the building has been taken down and modern awnings will be placed where needed, adding much to the appearance of the building which is one of the most prominently situated in Wills Point.

"Miss Katherine Henderson, a high school supervisor for the state department of education, visited the Wills Point high school on Feb 27. NOTE: refer to newspaper for her report.

"The encouragement of the growth of the bluebonnet, the state flower, is one of the projects of the City Federation and Mrs. W. B. Wynne, has offered to give a bluebonnet plant free to each home in Wills Point, the only requirement being that those who want plants apply for them at once. Doubtless many will take advantage of this opportunity to secure bluebonnet plants and Mrs. Wynne is to be commended for her liberal offer.

"L. W. Campbell, former resident of Wills Point and well known here, had his left leg amputated just below the knee Monday morning, the operation being performed at St. Paul sanitarium, Dallas, where he had been carried from his home in Palestine the previous week for treatment. The veins and arteries in his foot have failed to properly perform their function for the past three months, and for several weeks, he has suffered severe pain by reason of the poor circulation of blood in his foot. After consulting specialists in Dallas it was decided that the only way to secure permanent relief was by amputating the foot. He stood the ordeal well and if no complications arise will be out of the hospital in about two weeks. His brother, Ellis Campbell, and wife spent from Saturday to Monday with him, returning home after the operation.

"C. M. Joiner of Dallas has signed a contract to drill a test well on a 3,000 acre block about three miles southeast of Edgewood. Nell Scroggins of Nacogdoches has contracted to drill the well to a depth of 3,800 feet, provided oil or gas is not found at a lesser depth. Mr. Joiner hopes to spud in within ten days.

"Mrs. Ruby Posey died Tuesday at her home in Tulsa, Okla., after an extended illness, and was buried there the following day. Mrs. Posey was better known here as Miss Ruby Ellis, being a daughter of M. M. Ellis, who was a rural mail carrier for many
years on a route out of Wills Point.

"Bonnie Phipps, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Egbert Phipps, was carried to the Baptist hospital at Dallas Sunday for treatment. He was injured about the face in a fall at the school grounds last Thursday, and the wound became infected, threatening blood poisoning. News from the hospital Wednesday was to the effect that he had undergone an operation and was in a precarious condition. His parents accompanied him to Dallas and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hadley Phipp's, went to the hospital Wednesday morning.

"Beginning on the fifth Sunday of March, the minister of the local Presbyterian Church and the Rev. Herbert S. Springall of Dallas will lead in a religious campaign running from March 29 and closing out on the evening of April 5, Easter Sunday. You are invited. Come and bring your friends. -- H. J. Manley, Minister.

"Announcement was received here last week of the marriage of Miss Lucille King to Dr. Hardin M. Wilson, which took place in Dallas Saturday, evening March 7 at 2 o'clock in the Barcelona Courts, the Rev. Bassett, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Oak Cliff officiating. The bride is the daughter of Geo. E. King, formerly of Wills Point, granddaughter of Mrs. W. L. Harvey of Cedar Grove community, also the niece of Mrs. A. H. Hargrove. She was a member of the graduating class of '28 in this city and since has been associated with the Western Union Telegraph Co., Dallas. The groom holds a degree from Texas Board of Optometry and connected with the optical department of Shaw Jewelry Co., Dallas.

"Miss Frances Dean, student of Southern Methodist University of Dallas, was among the number listed on the honor roll for the first semester. Miss Dean also plays a major part in one of Cadman's Operettas which the Light Opera Club of S. M. U. will present soon.

"HIRAM: Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lawrence were guests Thursday of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Higgason of New Salem. - Mr and Mrs. T. H. Kimbrough of Wills Point were guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Bose Price. - Mr. and Mrs. Loyd Brown, G. W. Barnett and Mrs. Harrison Cooker and son of Nuyoka, Okla., were guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Girt Barnett.- There is quite a number of cases of whooping cough in this community.

"ORIO: Mrs. Ellen Reed and daughter, Estelle of Wise spent one day last week with their mother, Mrs. Sarah Emerson. - Mrs. Maud S. Jordan is on the sick list, with a bad cold and sore throat. - Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Risener spent Saturday night with Mr. and Mrs. Luther Plaster."
NOTE: Also in this iessue a long article regarding First National Bank remodelling of the old J. C. Mason. Co. building on Fourth Street.


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