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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 30, 1931

"During the District Convention of the Parent-Teacher Associations, a contest was presented, in the nature of posters, originating in the minds of the school students and drawn and illustrated by them. The subjects of the posters winning places were "Safety" and Humane". The winners are as follows:
"Safety"- High school: Greer Hubbard, Wills Point, first.
"Humane"- High school: Thomas Adams, Wills Point, first.
"Safety"- Grade school: Grand Saline, Van Zandt county, first; Trinity Heights, Dallas, second.
"Humane"- Grade School: Ida Frances Sadler, Wills Point, first; Martins Mill, Van Zandt county, second.
All places were taken by either Wills Point or Van Zandt county towns with the exception of one, which is a credit to the citizens and parents and teachers of this section.

"Crow Drug Company is being moved into the new location, recently vacated by the Van Zandt County National Bank. The building has been remodeled and plate glass windows have been installed in front and on the side of the structure. When the moving has been completed and the stock has been re-arranged, this drug store will have a business modern in every respect.

"Jeff Craft, who formerly owned and operated the cafe in the Peace building, sold the business to Mr. Roberson of Fort Worth. Jeff Craft is installing a cafe in the Campbell building three doors south of the post office.

"Last Saturday night John R. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Johnson of Wills Point was married to Miss Mable Pettigrew of Edgewood at the home of the officiating minister Rev. Lackey, the Baptist pastor of that place. The couple was accompanied by Halbert Wingo and Miss Lola Joyner. Immediately after the ceremony the couple departed for Dallas on a short honeymoon. After passing through Wills Point they happened to an accident on the highway to Dallas. It seems that a large freight truck was stopped in the road and was unnoticed by the driver, John R. Johnson, until the car had been completely demolished and he and his newly-acquired wife cut and bruised considerably. Mrs. Johnson sustained a deep, but not serious, cut on her forehead, together with minor scratches and bruises, and John R. received a few scratches on his face. As luck would have it neither were permantly disfigured and are at home in Wills Point for the present with the groom's parents on the Canton street hill. The bride possesses the desirable traits which made of her a model young lady, as well as a fine wife. John R. Johnson is well-known in and around Wills Point and is in possession of manly characteristics and a friendly personality. The Chronicle joins the many friends of the couple in wishing them all the luck and happiness in the world, during their long married life.

"C. H. Stewart, for 55 years a citizen of the Stewart Chapel community, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Della Winn, Sunday, April 18, and his remains were tenderly laid to rest in the Small cemetery Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. Ed Barrett conducting the funeral service, which was witnessed by many friends and relatives. Cornelius H. Stewart was born Jan. 8, 1850, in Chamber county Ala., and came to this county as a young man, witnessing the development of the country from a wilderness to the present state. He joined the Baptist church early in life, retaining his membership for over 60 years. At the age of 23 years he was married to Julia C. Barnes, who died in 1888. He was married the second time to Sallie E. Morgan in 1889, her death accurring about 11 years later. In 1903 he was married the third time his bride being Nannie Foster, who lived only three years after their marriage. To the first union eight children were born, four of whom survive as follows: Mrs. W. L. Gammer, D. D. Stewart, W. C. Stewart and Mrs. Della Winn. Two children born to the second marriage were Mrs. Pearl Swope and Charles H. Stewart, there being no children born to his last wife. Besides the children mentioned 21 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren survive. The Chronicle joins friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved relatives of this good citizen and old-timer who has passed on to the great beyond.

"Miss Juanita Venable spent last week-end in Dallas visiting with Miss Ala Belle Taylor. The latter returned to Wills Point with Miss Venable to spend three days, returning to her home Sunday. Miss Venable left Sunday afternoon for Shreveport to spend a few weeks with her aunt and other relatives and friends.
"The report comes to the Wills Point Chronicle that Miss
Frances Mae Watkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hawthorne Watkins, former residents of Wills Point, who are now living in Dallas, won first place in the music contest for the state sponsored by the State Federation of Music Clubs. The contest was held at Temple, Texas recently. As a result of Miss Watkins's accomplishment, she is entitled to represent Texas in the National Federation of Music Clubs contest in San Francisco.

"Mrs. Maxine Cooper of Dallas spent the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Dodson.- Mrs. J. B. Grant and Miss Bessie Harrison of Dallas visited Mrs. Luke Brannan Friday.- Miss Flora Fae Hearn and her sister, Miss Venetta Hearn are visiting friends and relatives in Wills Point.- Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rice and baby of Moody are visitors in the home of Mrs. Rice's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Johnson.- Billie Bruce Adams, who is a student in one of the business colleges of Dallas, spent the week-end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Adams, and other relatives and friends. - Mrs. T. J. Tull visited her daughter in Fort Worth from Thursday to Sunday, being accompanied by her two grandchildren, Masters Harry Thomas and Gus Fain Hubbard."


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