Old Newspapers Page Van Zandt County Genealogical Society
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 9, 1931
"The state highway commission on Monday allotted $50,000. for the construction of a 640 foot concrete bridge on highway No. '64 across the Neches river at the Smith-Van Zandt county line. Contract will be let in the near future.
"Miss Laura Goodwin, who has been in the Methodist Hospital at Dallas for several weeks following an operation, died Tuesday morning at 2:20 o'clock and her remains were bought to Wills Point for burial. The funeral service was held at the Methodist church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, where friends of the family assembled to pay the last tribute of love and respect to the deceased and extend heart-felt sympathy to the sorrowing relatives.
Many beautiful flowers were in evidence at the church and covered the grave in beautiful White Rose Cemetery, where the body was tenderly laid to rest. Miss Laura Goodwin spent practically her whole life in Wills Point and for many years was associated with the banks here being assistant cashier of the Van Zandt County National Bank at the time of its consolidation with the First National bank, a few weeks ago. She was a young lady of rare business ability, an efficient accountant and held the friendship and esteem of the entire community. A more extended mention of her life and character will be printed next week, when the proper data can be secured and properly arranged for publication.
"On Thursday evening April 9 at 8 o'clock the Hollywood Radio Revue will be presented at the high school auditorium for the benefit of the Parent-Teacher Association. A surprising group of home talent performers will keep you entertained for two hours. Besides these musical selections will be given and pictures portrayed by television. Admission 25c and 10c.
"MARRIAGE LICENSES: Melvin C. Hogue and Janelle Koonce - Charlie Wright and Gordie Gilchrist - S. F. Gideon and Cleo Heath -Hollis Ragland and Wilma Rogers - T. R. Westmoreland and Ruthell Massey - B. F. Cook and Flora Stewart - Homer P. Kirby and Maurine Stephenson - Alfred Cookston and Willie Mae Warren - Russell Ellis and Magnolia Beall - O. C. Bruster and Ruby Rabinson.
"The Interscholastic meet was held in Grand Saline on Friday and Saturday of last week having been postponed the previous week on account of inclemency of the weather. The attendance was good and a large percentage of the schools of the county participated.
Wills Point won championship to Class A for both high schools and ward schools. Edom won for Class B high school and Center for rural schools. Cups were awarded in the various events, in addition to those to the championship schools already mentioned. Note: See paper for remainder of article.
"The attendance at "open house" of the Bobbitt hotel on Friday evening, marking the new 24-room hotel building just completed was large. Between 250 and 300 people called during the evening to extend hearty congratulations to Mrs. G. A. Bobbitt. Refreshments of punch, angel food cake and coffee were served. The visitors were shown over the hotel, which is modern in every detail, and all wished Mrs. Bobbitt the success she so richly deserves.
"J. C. Tedder left Thursday for the veterans hospital at Moskogee, Okla., where he expects to remain several weeks for treatment and possibly undergo one or more operations. His friends trust that he will be materially benefitted by his sojourn in the hospital and regain his health.
"Local Happenings: Born to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Curtis at the Methodist Hospital in Dallas, March 31, a girl. - Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Haynes of Longview spent Sunday with relatives here - Frank White of Dallas spent the week-end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. A. White. - Miss Mary Lee Ellis, a student of T. W. C., Ft. Worth, spent the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Ellis. - William Campbell, who has a position with the Texas Publication House in Dallas spent, the week-end with home folks here. - Mrs. Robert Nail and children, Mrs. Polly Morris and son, Rowden, and Miss Winnie Bell Pully spent several days last week in Dallas. - Mrs. W. J. Johnson and children of Arlington, spent the week-end with Mrs Johnson's mother, Mrs. J. B. Dodson. - Mr. and Mrs. Geo. N. Williams of New Mexico spent Thursday here with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. C. Williams. - Mrs. F. D. Tiruesdale and daughter of Silver City, N. M. were here last week visiting the former's brother. J. C. Tedder, and family. - Misses Mary Perry and Margaret Goodwin, students of C. I. A. Denton, spent the week-end with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Perry. - Miss Kirkie Mason left Wednesday for Austin for a few weeks visit with relatives. She will go to California from Austin to spend the summer.
"All of the children of Mr. and Mrs J. W. Ellis of the Enterprise community spent Sunday at home, the occasion being in the nature of a family reunion. Among those enjoying the day were Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Flanagan, Burkburnett; Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Hendley and daughters, Colfax; Mr. and Mrs. P. E. Paine, Wills Point; Miss Johnie Ellis, Dallas and Miss Lenna Ellis, who lives at the parental home. Joined by other relatives from town a picnic was enjoyed at the lake. The day was a very enjoyable one for all."
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