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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 26, 1931

"K. M. Berry has purchased the interest of his partner, F. A. McWhorter, in the grocery and market heretofore conducted under the firm name of Berry & McWhorter, and will continue the business at the same location. Mr. McWhorter has not as yet decided upon a new location but will likely enter business elsewhere.

"We have purchased a new Frederick machine of the latest type and are now prepared to give the popular Croquignole permanent waves. We will have an experienced operator here Friday and Saturday to demonstrate the new machine for our customers and on those days will make a special price of $7.50 for Croquignole waves. -- Sunshine Beauty Shoppe.

"Bonnie Phipps, who was carried to a Dallas hospital for treatment some ten days ago, was brought back home Sunday by his parents, and is getting along nicely since his return.

"The space between the sidewalk and the curb on James street alongside the A. B. Dawson tailor shop has been set out with a variety of shrubs by the Burns Nursery & Flower Garden of Myrtle Springs and will be one of the beauty spots in the business section. The company mentioned and all having any part in the improvement are to be commended.

"Hattie Wright, the negress who was seriously burned in the Bobbitt hotel fire several weeks ago, died Tuesday at the home of
a relative in Terrell, where she was carried from the hospital soon
after being given emergency treatment.

"Roy Curtis of Wills Point, planted a 4-acre field last September of oats, barley and hairy winter vetch. He sowed 100 pounds of the small grain and 15 pounds of hairy winter vetch to the acre. The seed were drilled with a row drill between the cotton rows. This pasture has furnished grazing for an average of eight head of fine dairy cattle all winter.

"Mrs. C. L. Reed entertained Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5 o'clock honoring her daughter Dorothy Mae, who celebrated her eleventh birthday. Many games were enjoyed. The house was decorated in spring flowers. Mesdames Lester Dodson and Bonnie Knight assisted Mrs. Reed in serving cake, ice cream and pop corn to the following guests: Misses Marie Jamieson, Emogene Knight, Mary Nell Sayre, Katherine Lester, Mary Jane Jamieson, Ina Ruth Glenn, Ruth Manning, Martha Manning, Ruth Kline Piper, Willodiene Boydston, Lucretia Jane Blakely, Mildred Weeks, Mary Isabelle Candenhead, Inez Lawrence, Edith Jean Reed and Billie Lou Dodson, and Masters Billie Peace, Douglas Knight, Harley Mac Peace, Coleman Lester, Jesse Lehecka, Jack Rowden, Donald McLeod, Buck J. Wynne and Lloyd Sinclair.

"Atwater Kent 6-tube battery Radio with speaker in first-class condition, for quick sale. One dial control. -Jamieson's Garage.

"Mrs. T. J. Tull has been advised of the death of her brother, Dan Williams, who died at Freeport Sunday. The deceased was about 42 years of age and was reared in this county, being well known to This Week in Wills Point -- Page 3
many of the older citizens. Besides Mrs. Tull, he is survived by his wife, three children; two sisters, Mrs. E. R. Wood of Honey Grove, and Mrs. Joe Patton of Dallas, and two brothers, G. M. and J. O. Williams of Alba.

"Mrs. Wm. Pilley, who had been confined to her bed by illness for the past three months, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Susie Brumback Wednesday afternoon of last week at 3:45 o'clock. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. O. T. Wheeler. Burial was in the family lot at White Rose cemetery. Mrs. Pilley was born in Marshall county, Miss. near Holly Springs, April 22 1861, being a daughter of Col. and Mrs. J. J. Milam. She joined the Baptist church at the age of 14 years and lived a constant Christian life. She was married first to James T. Payne and to this union six children were born, four of whom survive as follows: Mrs. R. H. Marshall and Mrs. Susie Brumback of Wills Point and Simpson Payne and James Payne of Dallas. Mr. Payne died Oct. 14 1892. She was married to Wm. Pilley on Nov. 9, 1909 in Dallas. Mr. Pilley passed away March 25, 1927. NOTE: See paper for remainder of obituary.

"Mrs. Jack Brothers entertained Monday night with a buffet supper honoring the bride-elect, Mrs. Lois McKnight Damon.
There were six couples present, among those from out of town were Mrs. Charles Burnham, formerly Miss Hazel Vance of Wills Point, and her daughter, Little Edna Sue, from Shreveport, La.; Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Gideon of Grand Saline, Mrs. Gideon was formerly Miss Cleo Heath; and Mrs. Roy McDonald of Houston.
Mrs. Burnham and Mrs. Damon left on the Texan Tuesday evening for Shreveport where the wedding will take place.

"COBB SWITCH: Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Ayres and family and Mrs. Roosevelt Kizer and children spent Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Joe Pierce. - Mr. and Mrs. Tindel and Mrs. Stuart visited Mr. and Mrs. H. I. Gallaway Tuesday afternoon.

"HIRAM: Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Flint and daughter of Palmer Grove, Mrs. L. C. Flint of Wills Point, Calvin Armstrong of Red Oak, Mr. and Mrs. Eldridge Hardy, Autry Via, Argus Burnett, Walter Howard, Gordon Mots and Dick Gardener of Friendship, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Hardy and Miss Neta Fae Hardy of New Salem all attended Sunday school here Sunday morning. - The little infant of Mr. and Mrs. Poley Haley of Scott was laid to rest here Friday afternoon.
- Crandall and Hiram played ball Friday night in Terrell. The score was 12 to 16 in Hiram's favor. Terrell came down and played on Hiram's court last Wednesday and the score was in Hiram's favor."


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