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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 21, 1931

"The Senior class play, "In Old Louisiana", is to be staged next Tuesday evening, May 26, at 8 o'clock in the high school auditorium. The play is a musical comedy in three acts. The scene and setting of the drama is on a planation in Louisiana, containing all the true Southern aires true in olden days in the South. The plot is woven around the attempts of the villian to prove that the heroine is an octoroon. This in itself is worth seeing, for the name "octoroon" is a symbol of excitement and frustration, but the play ends just as you want it to. Everyone who attends is assured an evening of amusement and entertainment, so remember the date and make it a point to be present.

"C. G. Marshall, age 56 years and 8 months, died at his family home in Hiram, May 18, 1931, and was buried in the High cemetery the day of his death.
Mr. Marshall is an old resident of this section and was seen on the streets of Wills Point often. His friends are numerous in Wills Point, as well as in his community and surrounding territory. He was a devout Christian man and conscientious in all his undertakings. His demise will be sorrowful news to many people in Wills Point, who will sympathize with his bereaved family and relatives.

"Mrs. Maurine Flanagan and little daughter, Ann, left the early part of this week for Austin, where both of them will undergo the Pasteur Treatment. It seems that neither of the two had been bitten, but the dog at their home had been sick for some time and both had fondled it, and too many precautions can not be taken when hydrophobia is concerned.

"Miss Lillian Lea of Wills Point was one of three girls to be initiated into membership into Theta Sigma Phi, national honorary fraternity for women in journalism at Baylor College for Women at Belton. Miss Lea was also installed as vice-president of Alpha Epsilon chapter of the fraternity.
Miss Lea is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Lea and is majoring in journalism. She will receive her Bachelor of Journalism degree in June 1932.

"The T. B. Meeks, No. 1 in the C. M. (Dad) Joiner block five miles west of Grand Saline, was spudded in Wednesday morning. There was no ceremony connected with the commencement of operations, but a number of adjoining land-owners and those interested in the well were on hand to watch the machinery start making hole.
The machinery used on the Meeks No. 1 belongs to A. J. Reynolds, drilling contractor, and is one of the best rigs ever used on wildcat operations in this section. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the well should be drilling to the pay level within a very short time. C. M. Joiner, in whose name the 3,000 acre block of leases was taken, was on the location Sunday afternoon. He expressed himself
as being pleased with the outlook at this point - Grand Saline Sun.

"The graduation exercises of the seventh grade will be held Thursday night, May 28, at 8 o'clock in the high school auditorium. The following program will be rendered: Class song, class; Invocation, Rev. O. T. Wheeler; Welcome, Barry Stroup; Class history, Odis Burnett; Saxaphone, Robert Harris; Inventory, Shirley Coleman; Class will, Winell Smith; Music, Ida Frances Sadler and Martha Lea; Class prophecy, Alta Vae Beck; Class color, Doris Norwood; Class flower, Martha Lea; Motto, Franklin Hargrove; Reading, Mable Nan Childs; Presenting key, Charles Ragan Curtis; Farewell, Thomas Campbell; Benediction, Rev. Manley; Presentation of Diplomas, Mrs. Kimbrough.

"A county-wide graduation exercise for the pupils who passed the county-wide tests given a few weeks ago, will be held at the Baptist church in Canton on the evening of May 26 at 8 o'clock. One hundred and four pupils from 38 rural schools of the county successfully passed these tests which will give them direct promotion into any affiliated high school of the county. Mr. G. D. Staton, superintendent of the Wills Point schools, will deliver the class address on this occasion.

"Mell Allred left this week for Chicago, where he will enter the government hospital for observation and possibly for treatment or an operation, injury sustained during the world war, when he was gassed, riddled with machine gun bullets and his health impaired to such extent that he has never fully recovered. His friends trust that he, will secure treatment that will result in permanent relief of his disabilities, or at least such improvement as is possible
with modern methods at the government hospitals."

"BETHLEHEM: Miss Christine Childs, daughter of Jake Childs and wife, who has been attending school at Wills Point was stricken with appendicitis last Friday morning and was operated on Saturday morning at a sanitarium at Terrell. Last reports were she was doing very well which will be good news to her many friends who hope for her a speedy and complete recovery.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Born to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Teel, in Baylor Hospital at Dallas, May 18, a 7 pound boy. Mother and child are reported as getting along nicely. Ike Sewell spent Monday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. N. Sewell, and other relatives and friends. Ike is with T. A. T. school of flying, and is situated at Los Angeles, California".


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