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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, May 7, 1931

"According to Louia McCaulay, president of Elwood 4-H Club boys, the club this year is better than ever before. We have organized this year with determination to make this one of the best clubs Elwood has ever had," said young McCaulay. There are eleven boys between the ages of eleven and fourteen who are carrying four demonstrations. E. W. Kennedy has been selected as adult leader of the Elwood boys club this year. The county agent visits this club as he does all the others once per month.

"On Monday, May 11, 1931, the W. M. U. Circles will meet as follows: Mary Ruth Circle with Mrs. O. C. Tucker at 3 p. m. - Dorcas Circle with Mrs. P. Crumpler at 3 p. m. - Homemakers Circle with Mrs. Jno Ezell at 2:30 p. m.- Deborah Circle with Mrs. Wesson Gabbert at 3 p. m.- J. O. Y. Circle at school building at 4 p. m.

"When Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Simmons returned home at Myrtle Springs Sunday from church, they were surprised to find all their children and grandchildren there, and the table full of good things to eat, such as chicken and dressing, salads, fresh vegetables, cakes, pies and two gallons of ice cream.
This was given honoring Mrs. Simmons' 66th birthday.

"Mr. and Mrs. Homer Lamb and little daughter, Dorothy of Marshall, spent the week-end with Mr. Lamb's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lamb. They were accompanied by Mrs. Lamb's mother, Mrs. Frank McQueen of Marshall, and Mr. Lamb's sister, Mrs. Chas. Richardson of Shreveport. La.

"Mr and Mrs. Hobart Riley and little daughter, Betty Jean, departed from Wills Point last Saturday en route to McAllen where the former was to do buying in that vicinity. Between Forney and Mesquite the car in which they were traveling hit a mud puddle and Mr. Riley lost control, which resulted in the overturning of the automobile. No one was seriously injured, but Mrs. Riley sustained a badly sprained ankle, which at first appeared to be a break. Mr. Riley received small bruises and scratches, and little Betty Jean was shaken and bruised to a small extent. It was very fortunate that the accident did not result in more serious causalities, and the family will depart one day this week for their destination.

"Miss Ruth James has been elected as editor-in-chief of "The "Lasso," the college paper at the College of Industrial Arts at Denton.

"The chiropractic office of Dr. L. E. Epright, will be in charge of Dr. D. Shepard every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 12:30 to 2:30, from May 16 until June 6. Dr. Epright will visit eastern points and also attend the annual Palmer School of Chiropractic.

"Mr and Mrs. George Boswell and family, Jim Boswell, Mr. and Mrs. T. M. McKinney, and Mrs. J. P. Boswell, all of Wills Point, spent Sunday in Dallas in the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. K. Boswell. Relatives from other parts of the state met at the home in Dallas, making it a form of a family reunion. Among those from other cities were: Mr. and Mrs. Durham and daughter Grace Elizabeth; Mr. and Mrs. Richardson; and Mrs. Mattie Lou Psalm, all of Fort Worth. As is the usual case getting a crowd of relatives together brings about much enjoyment and entertainment, and this reunion was no exception. Jim Boswell remained in Dallas on business for this week's duration.

"Wills Point was represented by two firemem, O. W. Mayberry and Ike Allred, at the second annual firemen's training school held recently at the A & M College of Texas. In all 305 firemen, fire chiefs and marshals, representing 106 Texas cities and towns, attended the three-day school which was conducted by the department of chemistry and chemical engineering of the college, in co-operation with the Bryan Fire Department.

"BOARD - Our school closed Friday with a successful term. The primary and intermediate pupils gave a program Tuesday night which was a success. The graduation exercises and play "Bashful Mr. Bobbs," was attended by a large crowd Friday night. Our teachers returned to their home near Honey Grove for their vacation but we are glad to say they will be back another year. - John Allen Fair and sister of Honey Grove spent Thursday with their sisters, Mrs. Quincy Gallaway and Miss Occo Fair. - John Howell and Mr. Mayberry of Wills Point spent Sunday afternoon with Rev. J. H. Vines. - Robert Goode and Billy Boy Scott of Wills Point high school spent the week-end with their parents at this place.-Hollis Ragland and wife spent Sunday with Miss Lottie Burch. - Little Bennye Boyd Scott entertained a few of his little friends with a birthday party
Thursday afternoon. There will be no singing Sunday afternoon as they are having a program and singing at Woodall.

"BETHLEHEM: This community has been blessed with nice rains and no hail. Everything has begun to grow now and the land is in the best shape in many years.- W. D. Foster, and wife and Mrs. J. P. Fortner visited Ed Fortner and family at Ben Wheeler Sunday.-Rob Alexander and family and Elbert Deen and family of Rocky Point visited Earl Foster and wife Sunday.-Miss Oleta Miracle of Cobb Switch visited her sister, Mrs. Bryan Whitfield Friday.-A. T. Smith and family and Mrs. A. J. Long and daughter, Gertie Lee, and Jack Birdwell and son Ernest spent Sunday with E. E. Smith and family at Sava.-Mrs. Dick Watson and daughter, Jewel, of Weslaco, visited their mother and grandmother, Mrs. R. E. Harbison Saturday.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. C. T. Morgan spent Monday in Dallas.- Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Human visited in Glenn Rose Sunday.-Leonard Tucker of San Francisco spent Tuesday with his uncle, W. J. N. Stoudenmire.-Delton Samford and Oliver Mallory spent Wednesday in Paris.-Misses Lenna Ellis and Cleo Liner spent Sunday in Longview. -Miss Jewelle Blasingame spent Saturday in Tyler visiting friends. -Miss Janet Lybrand spent Sunday as a guest of friends at C. I. A.- Gaylord Davidson, Hugh Curtis and Linton Davidson spent Saturday in Dallas.-Dee Lamb of Tyler spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Lamb.-Theo Sayre returned Tuesday from Mineral Wells, having spent two weeks in that notable health resort for a vacation and recuperation."


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