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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, Jan 1, 1931

"Announcement has been received of the marriage of Mr. Hugh Sherwood of Dallas to Miss Alice Hamilton of San Antonio, formerly of this place, on December 24, at Del Rio, Texas.
Mr. Sherwood is connected with Southland Insurance Co. of Dallas and Miss Hamilton has been with the Moody-Seagraves Morgan Co. of San Antonio for some time. The bride was born and reared in Wills Point and graduated from the high school here. Her many friends here extend best wishes and congratulations to the newly married couple.

"Miss Mary Isabel McPhail entertained with a waffle breakfast last Sunday at 9:30 honoring one of her college friends, Miss Ethlynne Smith of Beaumont. The Christmas motif was carried out throughout the event.
Those present were Misses Marguerite Rodgers, Opal Kellis and Louise Nixon of Canton, Miss Mary Lee Ellis and the honor guest.

"A Family Reunion: On Christmas Eve all the Bedingfield brothers and sisters met at the home of a sister, Mrs. E. E. Green of Palmer Grove. This was the first time all the brothers and sisters had been together for about 35 years-- not since they were children in Alabama. Each carried something for the dinner and the spread was everything that makes a Christmas dinner a success. After the lunch hour the families assembled in the living room where an old-fashioned fire in the fireplace made the spacious room look cheerful indeed.
The spirit of Christmas prevailed throughout the day. Just before time for us to leave we had a very impressive service, thanking God for his goodness to us and for the privilege of being together again. A scripture lesson was read, a few talks made, a prayer said and then we sang "God Be With You Till We Meet Again."
Pictures were taken of each generation as they came. Those present were: C. H. Bedingfield and family, Kansas City, Mo.; ?. M. Bedingfield and family, Houston; G. H. Woolridge and family, Dallas; J. M. Hardy and wife, Palmer Grove; W. S. and J. W. Bedingfield and families, Alsa; Lee Bedingfield and wife, Dallas; Mrs. D. H. Bedingfield, Houston; W. H. Bedingfield and family, Mrs. B. L. Breckenridge and little daughter, Anita Jo, of Wills Point. There were forty two present for the happy occasion. A. Guest.

"A sumptuous banquet was served in the basement of the Methodist church Tuesday evening for the Lions Club by the ladies of the Methodist church, the affair honoring the wives of the Lions. This is an annual affair and one looked forward to in happy anticipation by the honorees from year to year.
The musical program for the occasion was a very enjoyable feature, the singing in charge of Miss Ada Belle Provence, who favored the club with two beautiful vocal selections. Music was furnished by Mrs. E. B. Collier and Miss Margaret Jamieson. Mesdames J. S. Presnall, M. M. Simmons and A. H. Dawson were responsible for a lively hour of entertainment, a contest on the governors of Texas and a penny contest being diversions for the brains of the banqueters. These were followed with such games as "Find the Ring," "Bird, Beast or Fowl," etc.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. Sid McCauley and daughters of Denton spent one day last week with Mrs. Dock Childs. -- Mrs. C. L. Brown of Russellville, Ark., spent Christmas with her mother, Mrs. Alice Goodwin. -- Miss Irene Wright of Houston spent Christmas with her mother, Mrs. John C. Wright. -- Mrs. F. E. Deen and family of Fort Worth spent Christmas with B. B. Turner and family. -- Mrs. J. F. Dutton of Minden, La., is a guest of her daughter, Mrs. C. E. Dean. -- Mrs. G. Fischl of Houston spent the holidays with her daughter, Mrs. A. W. Rose.-- Mial Castleberry of Houston spent a few days in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Li. U. Castleberry and family. -- Miss Janet Lybrand, a student at C. I. A. in Denton, is spending the holidays here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. K. C. Lybrand. -- Mrs. Joe Rabb and little son, Joe Tull of Fort Worth spent a few days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Tull. -- Mrs. C. J. Montague of Port Arthur visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Wynne during the holidays.

"Mrs. Desdemonia Safronia Loughmiller, wife of M. A. Loughmiller, died at the family home in the Hayden community Monday afternoon, Dec. 29 at 4 o'clock and her remains were interred in the High cemetery Tuesday afternoon. The funeral service being attended by a large number of neighbors and sympathizing friends.
The religious service was conducted by Rev. G. M. Fletcher, pastor of the Wills Point circuit Methodist church. The deceased is survived by her husband and a number of children among them being a daughter, Mrs. Finis Blasingame of Wills Point.

"ELWOOD: Mr and Mrs. Delbert Massey and family of Dallas spent Sunday with the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Buel Davis. Mrs. Davis returned home with them to spend a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. McCauley and family and Will Hall spent Christmas day with Mr. and Mrs. Coates and family of Union Grove.
Hardy Hunt, who is teaching school here, spent the holidays with homefolks at Hallsville. Tommy Abner of Flatt is visiting his uncle, R. E. Eskue and family this week."

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