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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 23, 1931

"A motor-driven mower has been purchased for the use of Sexton, J. W. Jamieson at White Rose cemetery and has proven such a useful piece of machinery that the wonder is that one was not bought long ago. Mr. Jamieson has employed Travis Mince to assist him and the young man will officiate as chauffeur of the mower as it cuts down the grass and weeds along the streets, alleys and vacant lots in the "city of the dead."

"Two weeks ago the election of teachers in the Wills Point public school was held and the entire staff was re-elected with no exceptions. Tuesday night of this week the teacher's confirmed their approval of the election and all are to remain in the schools this coming year. Following are the teachers of the high school: Mrs. G. D. Staton, J. L. McElvany, Mrs. J. L. McElvany, Miss Alice Murray, Miss Mary Coleman, Miss Julia Machotka, Mrs. T. K. Provence, R. M. Hooks, Miss Dixie Woodford, Miss Helen Caveness. Grade school teachers are: Mrs. T. H. Kimbrough, Miss Myrtle McDonald, Miss Fay Robinson, Miss Callie McDonald, Miss Bonnie Blackwell, Mrs. Adelle Moughon, Miss Lila May Hill, Miss Susie Kennedy, and Miss Ada Belle Provence. Judging from the work this staff of teachers have exhibited this year, it is only natural that good work is to be a feature of the school during the ensuing school year. The superintendent, Mr. G. D. Staton, was re-elected some time ago, which practically assures the above paragraph's truth.

"Wednesday morning workmen started tearing off the old fronts on two more brick buildings on Fourth street, which will be replaced by attractive plate glass and face brick fronts. The buildings to be improved belong to B. F. Dean and are located on North Fourth street, one being the building formerly occupied by the grocery department of the Earl Lea store and the other the building adjoining it that was recently damaged by fire.

"Preston Funderburk, who is well known in Will Point and surrounding communities, was married to Miss Margaret Sprayberry of Elmo, former beauty operator and specialist of the late Sunshine Beauty Parlor, in Dallas Saturday evening at 6 o'clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Art Bates. See paper for complete article.

"J. H. Veasy, aged 78 years, died at the home of his son, Willie Veasy, at Lamesa Thursday and his remains arrived here Saturday morning on passenger train No. 6, accompanied by a number of relatives. Interment took place in the Ellis Chapel cemetery, the funeral being conducted by Rev. Wallace Goode.
John Veasy made his home in the Ellis Chapel community for 25 or 30 years and is well known in this locality. His wife died about three years ago and shortly afterwards he went to West Texas to make his home with his son, his only child, a daughter having died several years ago.

"ALSA: Sunday school was well attended Sunday, also League Sunday night. - Several from here attended the plays at Liberty Thursday and Friday nights. Also some attended the play at Interprise and Palmer Grove. - Mrs. Barker, of Bright Star, was in the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. L. Clay, Sunday. - Miss Ruby Tittle spent the weekend with her parents, in Palmer Grove community. - Miss Linnie Elliott of Tyler and Lillian Elliott of Enterprise were in Sunday school Sunday. - Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Wier spent Sunday in Wills Point.

"ROCKY POINT: The people in this community are still looking for rain. Some are watching for the old rain signs. - Miss Mattie Hollister went to Commerce Monday, where she will enter college. - Oliver, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. O. Teel, had a narrow escape Friday of last week when a team ran away and threw him out of the wagon. His head and face were bruised considerably but last report he was getting along fine. - Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Dawson, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Phipps of this community, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Brooks of Wills Point, went fishing Thursday. Everybody enjoyed the outing but the fish were not hungry. - Mr. and Mrs. Sid Ebarb and daughter, Lillia. Mr. and Mrs. Claud Ebarb and children visited their parents near Myrtle Springs Sunday. - Walton Wade of Rusk spent Thursday night with his mother, Mrs. W. H. Phipps. Also his little daughter, Dorothy, of Wills Point.

"Card of Thanks: We wish to express our appreciation to our many friends during the illness and death of our father. E. A. Haley. (Signed) Mrs. Allen Waits, N. E. Haley, Mrs. Callie McGee, R. D. Haley, Mrs. Joe Strnad, Mrs. V. L. Street and Joe Haley.

"The entire Senior class of the Wills Point high school was
entertained Thursday night, April 16, by the Junior class, with a banquet. The faculty of the high school was also invited.
While the first course was being served Miss Provence's orchestra entertained us with popular music. This orchestra is better known as the "Frisky Five."
While the plates were being cleared away after the first course, Addison Sewell, president of the Junior class, gave a speech of welcome; Ralph McLeod, president of the Senior class responded. The following program was given between courses: Toast to Seniors, Marjorie Gilchrest. - Toast of Juniors, Rebecca Wingo. Toast to faculty, Thalbert Harris. - Response, Mr. McElvany.- Song, Lionel Andrews. - Toast to orchestra, Keith Payne.- Response, Emory Starr. - Toast to our class moth, Oleta Miracle. - Response, Mrs. Clarence Hubbard. - Solo, Miss Ada Belle Provence. - Toast of thanks, Jewelle Murrey. - Toast to senior mother, Helen Brothers. - Oleta Ezell, Senior Reporter.

"WILLOW SPRINGS: Born to Mr. and Mrs. Houston Plather, a fine boy Monday night." Note: Other articles in this issue; many school closings, obituary for O. L. Luttrull, Card of Thanks for Mrs Sewell Huff and Mrs. W. W. Swinney.


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