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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, December 18, 1930

"Mayfield's Dry Goods Co. store was burglarized early last Saturday and the robbers took ladies' ready-to-wear and men's clothing to the value of $1,200, leaving no clue to aid the officers. The burglars gained admission at the back door of the ladies' ready-to-wear department by breaking the locks on the screen doors and knocking the glass from the main doors, then pushing the bars, back, allowing them a double door to carry the merchandise out. The intruders took approximately 125 silk dresses, 25 house dresses, 120 pairs of dress pants and 7 suits.

This is the second robbery in Wills Point in the past two months, the other, being at Ford's Drug Store, where no clues were found and the local officers are doing their best to apprehend the burglars.

The nightwatchman goes off duty at 5 o'clock and officers believe that the robbery at Mayfield's happened after this time, as an employe of the local post office, on his way to work, noticed a Ford touring car in the alley back of the store with the engine running but did not think much about it as it was then about 5:30 o'clock.

At the time of going to press there has been no arrests made but the local officers are still putting forth every effort to trace the goods stolen.

"The Annual banquet of the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce was held Thursday evening in the basement of the Methodist church. The banquet was prepared by the ladies of the White Rose Cemetery Association, the menu including turkey and all accessories, and the music, was furnished by Mrs. E. B. Collier and her orchestra. About 150 tickets were sold for the occasion, a number of guests being
present from Dallas, Terrell, Canton and adjacent territory.

R. K. Crow, vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce, acted as master of ceremonies.

"D. H. Stinson, manager of the district office in Wills Point of the Texas Cotton Co-operative Association, closed the office for the season Saturday and left for his home in Lubbock. The association handled 5,200 bales of cotton through the Wills Point office, and a few more bales will be shipped before the season ends. The balance of the cotton coming to the cotton association through the Dallas office will be handled by Joe P. Downs, receiving agent at Edgewood.

"The high school basketball team defeated Van in a fast game on Monday night of this week, the teams meeting at Canton. The final score of the game was Wills point 32, Van 11.

LOCALS: "O. C. Pate spent Wednesday of last week in Dallas. Mesdames R. R. and C. V. Harris spent Sunday in Terrell. Mrs. W. C. Blanks of San Angelo visited relatives here last week. Miss Ona Van Faulkner spent last week in Gilmer with Mrs. J. R. Penn.

"Robert Williams spent the week-end at home from Dallas, where
he is attending a vocational school. Miss Helen Presnall, Joe Presnall, Jr. and George Rice of Fort Worth spent the week-end at the Presnall home. Mrs. M. McSpadden returned to her home in Greenville Friday after spending the week with her daughter, Mrs. M. M. Simmons."

"Roy Britton, who formerly resided in Wills Point with his father J. O. Britton, but now a resident of Terrell was operated on last week in the sanitarium in Terrell for appendicitis.

"Mrs E. B. Hill and little daughter spent a few days in the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. Hill, coming from Tennessee where E. B. Is working with Gifford-Hill Construction Co. Mrs. Hill left the early part of this week to visit her mother in Hillsboro.

"Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wright visited the former's father, E. E. Wright, Tuesday en route from their former home at Anniston, Ala., to Amarillo, where they will reside in future.

ELWOOD; "Mr. and Mrs. Paul Harris and son, Truett, of Dallas visited the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Buel Davis and family Sunday. Mrs. J. W. Miller and little son, Cloyce, spent a few days last week visiting in the Jackson community. Born to Mr. and Mrs. West Smith Friday, a boy, mother and baby are doing fine.

"The remains of W. P. Whittington, who died on Tuesday of last week, were laid to rest at the Edgewood cemetery on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Rev. Wallace Goode conducted the ceremony. Mr. Whittington was 67 years of age, having resided in the Board community a number of years and leaves his wife and five children.

"It is impossible to thank each one personally for the kindness shown us and the many things given us, since our misfortune of losing everything we had, when our home burned two weeks ago. We wish to take this means of expressing our appreciation to each and everyone. Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Simmons and family, Myrtle Springs.

"The streets of Wills Point are appropriately decorated for the Christmas holidays, colored lights having been strung across Fourth street and a huge Christmas tree erected at the intersection of Fourth and James streets is also aglow with electric lights of varied tints. The holiday spirit is in the air and the show windows and counters are ready for you to do your Christmas shopping.

"On last Friday the Sam Russell post of the American Legion met in regular session and the following officers were elected: Harry McLain, past commander; R. K. Crow, adjutant; Clay Presley, finance officer; B. W. Bruce, Jr. sergeant at arms, Sisson Brooks, chaplain; B. W. Covington, historian. Clay Presley and Dave Rowden were appointed as committee to make arrangements for the banquet."

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