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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 18, 1931

"Twenty-seven boys attended the camp at Camp Wisdom last week, and were accompanied by three men, Scoutmaster T. C. Coleman, Earl M. Greer and R. R. Harris. The Boy Scouts participated in all of the diversions of the camp and returned to Wills Point Friday evening refreshed from the outing. Scouts attending the camp were: J. D. Ellis, Jr., Richard Eubank, Eustace Horton, Billy Johnson, Clyde Ralston, Otis McLeod, Leonard Smith, Wm. Teel, Lawson Smith, Olan Thurmon, Alton Denton, Worth Thomas, Jr., Barry Stroup, Henry Manning, Robert B. Ford, Edward Lehecka, K. C. Lybrand, Jr., Carl T. Blakely, Thomas Campbell, Russell Eubank, Earl Greer, Jr., Robert Harris, Russell Harris, Lawrence Gready, Jewell Smith, Nile Cole. Each boy prepared his own meals which they thoroughly enjoyed. They also took part in hiking, swimming, leather craft, basketry, and several other phases of scouting instructions while there. Six of the boys learned to swim and a good number of the boys came back wearing junior life saving buttons from the Red Cross.

"The rain and hail that fell in Wills Point and surrounding territory last Wednesday night resulted in the damage of the Queen City Co., to the extent that the entire portion of the roof covering the rear of the building and the work shop collapsed under the terrific strain of the beating hail, rain and the slashing wind. It is supposed by many that the hail fell in such volume and rapidity that the drain pipe was filled to the clogging point, and the hail together with the water was forced to remain on the roof, until such a weight, was attained that the roof's supports were incapable of supporting it. (See newspaper for story about new Chevrolet coupe).

"The Wills Point Lumber Company was broken into last Friday, June 12, and something like $60 was taken from the safe in the office of the firm. The "job" was done by experienced men, and no suspects at this writing have been found.

"Mrs. John E. Owens of Dallas and Mrs. A. A. Blasingame of Denison, Texas, entertained with a house party for girlhood friends Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the home of Mrs. Owens, 4704 Drane drive in Greenway Parks. The affair was the third annual reunion of the Bluebonnet club. (See newspaper for complete article).

"Miss Lucille Stewart, daughter of Mrs. J. R. Ritchie, and Leslie M. James, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. L. James were married at the home of the bride's mother, Thursday evening at 8:00 o'clock, the Rev. L. F. Brothers officiating.
Miss Stewart is a graduate of the Wills Point high school and is a student of the East Texas State Teachers' College at Commerce. Mr. James is a graduate of Columbia Military Academy, Columbia, Tenn., and a former student of the University of Texas. He is employed in the T. L. James Lumber Company of this city, being secretary-treasurer of the firm. Immediately after the reception, the couple left for a trip to Colorado Springs, Denver, and other points in Colorado, after which they will be home at 410 O'Neal Street. (See newspaper for complete article).

"A new fire truck made by the Peter-Perch Company was left in Wills Point last week on trial. The truck is in the fire station along-side the old American la France, which is still in good condition. The city is said to be in the market for another truck, as one is inadequate in the growing city of Wills Point. Several agencies have conferred with the council, but as yet no definite decision has been made.

"C. J. Hubbard, pioneer Van Zandter, who spends his winters in the Rio Grande Valley and the summer and fall months in the "Free State," says he has been offered a job manufacturing ribbon cane syrup next fall on the farm of his brother, Tom Hubbard, south of Canton, and has accepted. He made one crop this year down on the Mexican border, rushed back to Van Zandt in time for the annual Fifth Sunday singing at Canton, and is now visiting his son Rev. Jno. W. Hubbard at Handley. Mr. Hubbard will return to Van Zandt about the first of July and hold himself in readiness to attend every singing held in the county, especially Sacred Harp gatherings, to which he is partial.

"CEDAR GROVE; The hail and rain Wednesday night did a great deal of damage to the crops. The smoke house of Clifford Ashby's was blown away and about forty chickens killed. Marvin Stroud's smoke house was also blown down. Several windows were blown out of Mrs. W. L. Harvey's house and some shingles blown off. The greatest
damage was done on the farms of Mrs. Carmack, E. W. McClure, Mrs. J. W. Cooksey, J. W. Laney, Mr. Daley, Ollie McMillion, Ben Walters and Mrs. D. C. Neill."

Note: This issue contains obituary for Mrs. Fannie Smith, wife of J. H. Smith, who died June 8. Born in Houston County in January 1853, lived in Van Zandt County since small child. until moving to Miles six years ago.-Miles Messenger

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