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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, April 2, 1931

"W. H. Wingo left Tuesday morning for El Paso in response to a message advising him of the death of his brother E. A. Wingo, who died in that city Monday. The deceased was reared in Wills Point and is well known by the older citizens of this section. He moved to El Paso about 20 years ago and has resided there continuously since. He is survived by his wife and seven children.

"The next regular term of the Van Zandt county district court will convene in Canton Monday, April 6. Following are the names of those selected by the jury commissioners at the last term of court to serve as grand jurors for the coming term:
A. J. Allen, Wills Point; C. W. Ashworth, Canton; Ollie Orsborn, Wills Point; Geo Youngblood, Edgewood; Jas. T. York, Grand Saline; Geo. T. Kennedy, Canton; C. G. Darby, Grand Saline; C. H. Matthews, Garden Valley; J. H. Matthews, Ben Wheeler; P. F. Blankenship, Wills Point; Bonnie M. Nail, Canton; Irwin Barber, Martins Mill; E. B. Tunnell, Van; Geo Palmer, Edom; C. W. Mallory, Canton; and Jeff Turner, Mabank.

"Considerable interest was shown in the caravan of Ford trucks, which were brought here for exhibition Thursday afternoon of last week by the Wills Point Motor Co., local dealers, and a large number inspected the varied display despite the inclemency of the weather. There were many different types of trucks for all purposes, including hearse and police patrol.
"Henry Gibbard of Wills Point is here copying the records preparatory to the opening of the A. L. Tisdale and company abstract office.
He is a nephew of Tisdale, who accompanied him here Tuesday. - Quitman Democrat.

"Callins Mahaffy and Miss Bonnie Lide, both of Dallas drove to Marietta, Okla., March 28 and were united in marriage at that city.
Mr. Mahaffy has been employed in the office of the Dallas Power & Light Co. for four years. Miss Bonnye Lide, who formerly resided here, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Lide, south of Wills Point. She has been employed by the first Texas Chemical in Dallas for the past five years. They will make their home in Dallas.

"Hiram school will have an old fashioned spelling match and short play Thursday night of this week, the play being entitled, "Husband Hunters." A small charge is made at the door and everyone is invited and a good time assured. The spelling match will precede the play.

"Mr. and Mrs. Millard Contant are moving this week to Dallas. where the former has a position with the Skillern drug firm, which has 20 drug stores in the North Texas metropolis. Mr. Constant has been with the Crow Drug Co. for a number of years.

"We do not repair clocks, lawn mowers or shovels but we do prevent squeaks in a squawking radio and make tones of the squawks. -- McKnight, Radio Service, Phone 66.

"Charles Bateman and Miss Cynthia Grayson were married in Van Zandt county last week. -- From files fifty years ago, March 31, 1881, taken from the Dallas News.

"The Euzellan class of the First Baptist church was delightfully entertained in the home of Mrs. O. T. Wheeler Wednesday afternoon, March 25. An enjoyable program was carried out under the direction of Mrs. W. M. L. Johnson.
Miss Martha and Erwin Lea rendered several musical numbers accompanied by Mrs. C. F. Hubbard. Misses Mildred Weeks, Audrey Lee Bedingfield and Lucretia Jane Blakely gave several good readings.

"Mrs. C. H. Harper of Houston is visiting her brother, J. C. Tedder and family.
"J. T. Grooms, Paul Rob and Mr. Medlin visited W. W. Grooms last week en route to the East Texas oil fields.

"The regular meeting of the W. C. T. U. met in the home of Mrs. T. L. James Friday evening. A very interesting program was rendered by Mesdames Earl Greer, Hubert Clark and C. B. Hamilton.New officers were elected: President, Mrs. Earl Greer; vice-president, Mrs. T. L. James; recording secretary, Mrs. N. J. Tomlin; corresponding secretary, Mrs. S. K. Hallman, treasurer, Mrs. Lee Eubank.

"BRIGHT STAR: W. E. Davis was called to the bedside of his grandmother, Mrs. Mary J. Abrams, of Sherman, Tuesday and returned Sunday and is expecting to be called back any time. - Mrs Henry McBride and children spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Huff.

"WHITE PRAIRIE: The farmers were not able to do much work this week following the rain and cold weather we have had. - Mr. and Mrs. Bill Pitts and children, Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Crane, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hall, Mrs. L. E. Robertson and children spent Sunday with Mrs. Mollie Robertson. - Mr. and Mrs. Alton Roberts spent Friday night with Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ashby. - Mr. and Mrs. Jim Rogers of East Texas are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hall.

"BETHLEHEM: Mrs. Otha Cox and Mrs. Jettie Scott of Abilene spent the week-end with their mother, Mrs. W. E. Whitfield and family. Olen and Esmond and Miss Ethel Whitfield and Little Ameta Ruth Whitfield returned with them for a few days' visit there and at Sweetwater.

"CEDAR GROVE: George King who is working in Dallas spent a few days with his mother, Mrs. W. L. Harvey. - Miss Bettie Ewalt has the smallpox. She is able to be up but still under quarantine. The rest of the family were vaccinated. - The pupils received their report cards Friday for the sixth month of the term."


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