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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, June 11, 1931

"The Wills Point miniature golf course opened for business last week under the management of R. J. McLeod and this diversion is attracting the patronage of many who caught the fever last year when this game proved so popular all over the country. The course is located on the lot just west of the A. J. Allen home.

"The annual flower show for Van Zandt county was held on Friday afternoon and evening in the building formerly occupied by the First National Bank, and was by far the best show that has been held in Wills Point. The displays were fine, a special feature being the individual collections, which deserved special mention that we do not feel competent to make. The attendance was large something like 500 visitors registering and the interest was great, many compliments being heard upon the various displays of beautiful flowers. Mrs. W. B. Wynne was awarded the first prize of $5 for the best design, the second prize going to Mrs. Fred Hughes. Mrs. R. L. Brooks won the prize for the best pot plant and Mrs. C. K. Fillmore for the best fern.

"H. O. High has been appointed local manager of the Wills Point Motor Co., local agents for Ford cars and Fordson tractors, succeeding Ray Modrall who has gone to Tyler to enter business for himself in another line. Mr. High has been with the Wills Point Motor Co. for several years and is well qualified by experience and natural ability for the position he has assumed, his appointment being very pleasing to his many friends and customers of the company.

"On Wednesday night of last week the Dr. M. H. Echols residence, owned by the Echols heirs, was destroyed by fire of unknown origin, the flames having gained such headway when discovered about 12:30 a. m. that the fire department could do no more than confine the loss to the premises. The house was occupied by J. C. Tedder and family, who were absent that night having gone on a fishing trip, and saved only such bedding and clothing they had with them and the clothing in the family wash that had been sent out. There was $2,000 insurance on the house.
The residence of Joe McKnight, located in the Fox addition near the school building, was destroyed by fire Friday night together with practically all the contents. This family was also away from home at the time of the fire. The loss was partially covered by insurance.

"Mrs. Rachael Elizabeth Ashworth, age 78, died at her home in Myrtle Springs Tuesday at noon and her remains were interred in the Myrtle Spring cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Rev. Manly, pastor of the Wills Point Presbyterian church conducted the funeral service. Among the surviving relatives is a son, Si Ashworth who lives at Myrtle Springs.

"J. D. Saunders of Pilot Point has accepted a position with the R. F. Williams Hardware Co., and will have charge of their undertaking department, being a licensed and experienced embalmer. His wife and two children will join him here about the 15th and they have secured rooms at the home of Mrs. F. W. Anderson. Mr. Saunders comes highly recommended not only as a mortician but as a high-class Christian gentlemen, being an active member of the Christian church, and the Chronicle joins in extending a cordial welcome to this excellent family.

"Misses Charlotte Johnson, Juanita Venable, Mary Delilah Manning and Janet Lybrand entertained Wednesday, June 3, at the home of Miss Johnson with a miscellaneous shower for Mrs. Marion Quinn, nee Miss Lois Young. (See newspaper for complete article).

"Eleven hundred and fifty-one peach trees, plum, fig and berries have been set out on 51 tennant farms in Van Zandt county this year.

"Mrs. Albert Nash of Kaufman, has been a visitor at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Bruecher, in the Bethlehem community.

"Mr. T. C. Sadler and daughters, Misses Fannie Sue and Joy are spending the week in Arlington with the former's sister, Mrs. Jim Cawthorn.

"Lawrence Castleberry, Ross Hale, Robert Gray and Carmack Russell left last week for Longview, where they will be part of the "excavation" crew in the building of a pipe line in that vicinity.

"Mrs. J. V. Morris, who has been ill with typhoid fever at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Bruecher is reported as improving which will be good news to the many friends of the family.

"Mrs. N. J. Tomlin entertained twenty little friends of her daughter, little Miss Charlotte Ruth, on Wednesday, June 3, honoring the 10th anniversary, of her birth.
"Shurdia Tucker who has been confined to his bed for several weeks, was carried to the sanitarium at Terrell Tuesday for an X- ray examination. He has been in ill health for several years but his condition recently has been such as to give hie relatives and friends cause for uneasiness and the Chronicle trusts that present trouble will yield to treatment."
(This issue also contains a extensive obituary for Mrs. John Jarosh, nee Minnie Valentine)


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