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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 25, 1931

"Conrad Hendrix, who formerly resided in Wills Point, happened to a serious accident near Longview recently. The car in which he was riding met another car on a bridge; collided, and Conrad sustained a badly lacerated face, together with one badly cut eye. Conrad will be remembered by many in Wills Point as the drummer in the Wills Point band eight or nine years ago. He attended high school here, leaving Wills Point to join the navy. His mother reported his condition critical last week with some sign of improvement.

"Seventy-three club girls and forty-two parents attended the girls 4-H club rally at Canton, June 20. This program was a continuation of the one held at Myrtle Springs June 13, since some of the demonstrations were postponed on account of stormy weather. The teams awarded the highest score by the judges were: First, Fruit plot: Morince club, Ruby Cotton and Rowena Robinett. Second, Poultry: Browning club, Geneva Rusk and Neoma Pippen. Third, Yard Improvement: Morince club, Odessa Winn and Faye Foster.

"Mrs. S. T. Blakeley, affectionately known by relatives and intimate friends as "Granny Blakeley, died Wednesday morning, June 7 at 11 o'clock, the final summons coming to her after an illness of several weeks' duration at the home of her son. J. E. Blakeley, where she had made her home since the death of her husband 21 years ago. The funeral service was conducted at the family residence Thursday morning at 10 o'clock by Rev. E. C. McKenzie of Tyler and Rev. Lyle Price of Denison. Mrs. Blakeley, nee Gertrude Robertson, was born in Georgia on November 30, 1845, and was in her 86th year at the time of her death. She came to Texas as a small child, with her parents, the family settling in Rusk county, where she was married to S. T. Blakeley in 1865. They came to Van Zandt county in 1876, settling in the Fields school community now known as the Wise community, where her husband died in 1910. She was the mother of seven children, four of whom survive her as follows: John Blakeley of Kaufman, Jim Blakeley of Wills Point, Flem Blakeley of Dallas and Malcolm Blakeley of Abilene. She is also survived by a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. (See newspaper for complete article.)

"HIRAM: Mr. and Mrs. Tom Coats of Williams Chapel, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Coats of Myrtle Springs, Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Barton, Mr. and Mrs. Hendrix Lawson of Dallas were guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Z. Lawson.- Miss Orea Smith of San Benito was the guest Sunday of Miss Ruby Sprague.- Sam Morris was called to Grand Saline Sunday afternoon by the death of a relative.- Ertie Campbell of this place and Miss McPherson of Pleasant Valley were quietly married Saturday afternoon. Their many friends wish them a happy wedded life.- Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Higgason of New Salem were guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Spradlin. - Mrs. Sola Mink and children of New Salem were guests of relatives Sunday afternoon.- Mrs. Dan Weedin and Edward Long of William Chapel were here to bring the news to Mrs. W. A. Scott of her brother's accident.

"ROCKY POINT: Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Ewalt are rejoicing over a fine baby boy who arrived Saturday, June 13.- W. H. Phipps has had a new front added to his store and filling station which makes it more comfortable and attractive. It is now a red front drive-in station.- Mrs. Mattie Hollister came down from Commerce Friday to spend the week-end with homefolks.- Everybody remember Sunday school next Sunday at 10:00 and preaching at 11:00 by Rev. Yarbrough of Edgewood.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Miss Jewell Gatlin left Tuesday night for Denver, Colo., to visit her aunt and enjoy "cool Colorado." -Miss Lucretia Jane Blakeley has returned from a visit with her aunt, Mrs. Frank Green, at Shreveport, La. -Joe Presnall, Jr. of Fort Worth and Miss Bernice Hargis of San Antonio, who is attending summer school at S. M. U. spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Presnall.- Little Miss Monta Jean Owens celebrated her seventh birthday with a party at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. John Flanagan, Saturday afternoon, June 20. Contests and games were played. Balloons and suckers were given as favors. Later the large birthday cake was cut. Punch and cake were served to about thirty guests.- Miss Rubye Russell has returned from a delightful visit with Mrs. W. M. Stuart and daughters of Denton. Miss Russell and the Misses Stuart went from Denton to Dallas by airplane Sunday, the distance was made in twenty minutes. Miss Russell said most of the trip was made at a height of 6000 feet.-Miss Maurine Cadenhead recently entered a business school in Dallas, having enrolled for their combined business course.- Mrs. Roy Curtis entertained Misses Thelma Fallis of Waxahachie, Nell Peavy and Nancy Presley of Edgewood and Mabel Sheets with a luncheon Monday noon.- Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Baker and Miss Ilene Baker and Helen Presnall left Tuesday morning for a three-weeks' motor trip to New York and Washington going by way of St. Louis and back through the Shenadoah Valley.- James D. Glenn, mail carrier of route two, together with W. P. Burnett, C. H. Horton and J. F. Pratt left Wednesday morning for a weeks's outing. They will visit Carlsbad cavern, the Davis mountains and the Rio Grande valley.

"W. T. Curtis, a prominent farmer of the Williams Chapel community, had a narrow escape from death Sunday morning about 6 o'clock when he was attacked by an infuriated bull in the lot at his home. It seems that a hoe handle with a hook in the end was used in handling the bull, being hooked in a chain that ran through a ring in the nose of the animal. The bull made a lunge at Mr. Curtis, breaking the hoe handle and leaving him without any means of handling the enraged beast. Mr. Curtis was knocked down and gored four times. A long gash was cut in his body, a deep gash cut across his throat exposing but not severing the jugular vein and another gash on his leg and shoulder. He was also bruised in several places on the head and body." (See newspaper for complete article.)


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