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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 28, 1931

"Troops 1 and 2 Boy Scouts are planning to go to Camp Wisdom, Circle Ten Council Boy Scout camp 12 miles from Dallas, near Duncanville, for the week of June 6 to 13. It is the opening week of the camp and it is for troops only with leaders in charge. Scoutmaster T. C. Coleman of Troop 2 and R. R. Harris will lead the boys in the camp. Each boy will provide his own supplies and necessities and prepare his own meals, Tents and cots will be furnished by the camp. (See paper for remainder of story).

"The musical program by Mrs. E. S. Collier's pupils assisted by the expression class of Mrs. W. M. L. Johnson, which was given in the high school auditorium last Thursday, May 21, was an outstanding success. The auditorium seated a crowd of Wills Pointers together with people from the communities surrounding Wills Point. (See paper for names of selections and students).

"There were several hundred people at the well spudding exercises Sunday at the L. R. Barton No. 2 location, four miles south of Canton, where a feast of barbecue was prepared for visitors.
This well is located on the W. P. Nixon tract, and interest in the test is considerable. Quite a goodly number of Dallas folks were present, some came in buses but most of them being in private cars, while many from Canton and other nearby towns helped to swell the number.

"PALMER GROVE: The Palmer Grove Intermediate Sunday school class was entertained with a social Saturday night by the Center intermediate class. Numerous games were played until a very late hour, then refreshments of sandwiches, lemonade and cake were served everyone going home reported a good time.
L. L. Roberts and family spent the week-end with Mrs. Lizzie Williams.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Champion attended a birthday dinner at the home of Jim Duke of Grand Saline Sunday.
There will be a circuit rally at Palmer Grove church Sunday. May 31. Come bring your dinner and enjoy the day.
Mrs. C. H. Peele and little son spent last week visiting her brother and family Gilmer Hardy, of Turner.

"WOODALL: There was a surprise dinner at Mr. and Mrs. Kinney's Sunday. The children and friends all helped with the dinner for Mrs. Kinney's mother who is going away soon.

"HIRAM: Mrs. Queenie Mabry, Mr. and Mrs. Will Martin and daughter, Mrs. Nellie Young, Mrs. Bessie Martin of Dallas, Mrs. Ben Brazzle of Elmo, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Henson of Black Jack were the guests of Uncle Jim Henson and wife Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Spradlin, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Spradlin and Mrs. Annie Prichard attended the funeral of Mrs. Gracie Spiva at Elmo Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Spiva being an aunt of Mrs. Prichard and Mrs. Luther Spradlin.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sprague and children attended the services at Wills Point for the graduates Sunday morning. Their daughter, Miss Ruby, being one of the graduates this year. A shadow of gloom was thrown over this community last Monday morning when it was learned that Charlie Marshall had passed away at midnight. His good wife and children have the sympathy of the entire community in their hour of bereavement. The entire community was grieved very much to learn of the serious accident Rev. McDaniel happened to last Tuesday, Coming here from the valley. His many friends here join the writer in wishing him a speedy recovery. Mr.and Mrs. Gartrell Wester of Fort Worth were guests Saturday night of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wester.

"BOARD: We are sorry to report Little Gwendolyn Hogan no better at this writing. Andy Hindman, who has been visiting at Spur returned home Saturday.
Nell Martin of Morince spent Saturday night with Oswald Ragland.
Crawford Norris of Little Rock, Arkansas is visiting his sister, Mrs. A. D. Langley and family. Beatrice and Hazel Shelton of Bright Star spent Saturday night with Ester Faye Barton. Several from this community attended the party at Mornice Friday night.

"WILLIAM CHAPEL: Sunday school was well attended Sunday, and Rev. Heddin filled his appointment Saturday night and Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Nalls of Woodward, Okla., are visiting the former's sister, Mrs. J. A. Jackson.
Mr. and Mrs. Egbert Page of Dallas is visiting the former's father, W. L. Page.
Mr. and Mrs. Troy Nicholson and children, Delton and Charlotte Sue, visited the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Edwards, Sunday."


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