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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 16, 1931

"Although the representatives of the Wills Point high school did not attend the East Texas Latin tournament held at Mt. Pleasant recently, essays entered by Wills Point students won three out of the ten first places in the tournament. The pins and ribbons have been received and were presented in assembly at the school auditorium Wednesday morning. The faculty and student body are naturally very proud of the record made by the latin students in the tournament and they have good reason to be. The essay winners were: Rebecca Wimgo, first place in fourth year latin; Thomas Adams, first place in third year latin; Elizabeth Ann Staton, first place in second year latin; Anne Mayfield, third place in first year latin.

"The city authorities will have the trash wagon to collect empty cans and other rubbish over the city on Thursday of this week, a special clean-up day being arranged to prepare for the many visitors here next week for the district convention of the Parent-Teacher Association.

"William Duncan Harris died at the home of his son, Pledger Harris, in the Hayden community on Monday, April 6, at 5:30 p. m. and his remains were laid to rest in the High cemetery, the funeral service conducted by Rev. H. J. Manley of Wills Point, with a song service by the Seale quartette. W. D. Harris was born in Mississippi Dec. 23, 1848, being in his 83rd year at the time of his death. He came to Texas in 1885. His wife died in 1913 and since her death he has made his home with his children. NOTE: See paper for survivors and remainder of article.

"The Hannah Ruth Bible class met in regular monthly session in the home of Mrs. Sam Ed Spears, with Mesdames K. K. Norton, R. J. McLeod and A. W. Campbell as joint hostesses. During business session, a picture presented to the class by Mrs. Alma Jones, was voted to be presented in turn to the junior department.
A lovely salad course was served by the hostesses to 30 present.

"Notice to the Public: I have taken over the Peace Cafe and will serve the public as usual. Jeff Craft. Prop.

"BETHLEHEM: O. M. Carter of Elwood visited his father, C. M. Carter, Sunday. - G. I. Eskue of Myrtle Springs visited S. R. Gunter and family Sunday. - Jack Green and family and Archie Green and family of Dallas visited J. J. Greenhaw and wife Sunday.- Earl Foster and wife and baby visited O. H. P. Deen and wife at Whitten Sunday. - Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Morse of Elwood visited J. A. Childs and family Sunday. - H. L. Foster and wife and baby visited at Scott Saturday night and Sunday.-- Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Jackson of Dallas visited the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Burns, Sunday.

"PLEASANT VALLEY: Mr and Mr. Fred Lindhorst of Scott were the guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Scott.- Melvin McPherson and sister, Emma, have returned home after a two-week visit in Dallas. - Mrs. Jim Mislivets of Scott visited in the home of Mrs. Will McPherson Sunday afternoon.- Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bunton entertained the young folks with a "42" party Saturday night. All reported a nice time.

"PALMER GROVE: J. H. Green who has been on his vacation the past week, returned to his work at Wichita Falls Saturday.- L. L. Roberts and family, Wilton Hastey and family, Misses Fannie and Jessie Hastey and Mrs. Hattie Whittington, all of Dallas, spent Sunday in the home of Mrs. Lizzie Williams.

"CEDAR GROVE: School will close here April 24. The teachers and pupils are preparing a nice program.- Mrs. Mary Wall and Mr. Glee of Wink spent Friday night with the former's aunt Mrs. T. C. Coleman. They were on their way to Henderson on business.- Frank Cook and Miss Flora Stewart married and are living in the Hugh Briggs house. Miss Stewart is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Stewart of near Terrell. They formerly lived here. Mr. Cook is a young farmer of this community. Their friends wish for them a long, happy married life.
"The barn on the Orville Hullum farm near Scott burned Tuesday night, the origin of the fire being unknown. Mr. Hullum lost all his feed stuff, including 400 bushels of corn, the loss falling very heavy upon him at this time. We understand Mr. Hullum had let his insurance on the barn expire.

"A special train bearing the Dallas good-will tour party will arrive in Wills Point on Wednesday April 22, at 6:17 p. m. for a 20 minutes visit with our citizens. It is their desire to meet as many of our citizens as possible and the hour is such that there is nothing to prevent folks from joining in the crowd that greets the visitors. A special invitation has been extended to the school children and it is announced that the party will have plenty of souvenirs for them. An excellent band will play several selections.

"T. J. Teel, age 71 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Will Tarver in Wills Point on Friday, April 10, just after midnight. His remains were interred Friday afternoon at the Wesley Chapel cemetery, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. W. N. Carter of Terrell. The deceased had been in ill health for some time. The surviving relatives have the sympathy of all in their sorrow.
"Frank Green, who was carried to the Texas & Pacific railroad hospital last week by the Williams ambulance, is reported as considerable improved. He has bronchial pneumonia and his condition was precarious when he was rushed to the hospital. Friends of the family earnestly hope for his speedy recovery.

"Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Bingham of Headrick, Okla., came in Thursday to spend a few days with Mrs. Bingham's brother, Sewell Huff in the Scott community."


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