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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, July 9, 1931

"A. B. Sisler died in Terrell, Thursday July 2, at 5 a. m. and the body was brought to the home of his sister, Mrs. C. B. Hamilton, in Wills Point, where the funeral service was conducted Saturday morning at 9 o'clock by Dr. L. F. Brothers, pastor of the Methodist church. Interment took place at White Rose cemetery. The pall bearers were W. M. L. Johnson, M. S. Sayre, Dr. T. K. Provence, J. L. Ezell, T. E. Thompson and Charles Lebecka. Mr. Sisler was born June 6, 1887 in Luray, Mo., and came to Texas in 1889, making his home in Dallas for five years and later moving to Mineola, where he resided for 10 or 12 years. He was well known in Wills Point, having visited here often. He is survived by three sisters - Mrs. C. B. Hamilton, of Wills Point and Mrs. Sue Moffett and Mrs. Jennie Davis of Dallas; and five brothers - Clarence Sisler of Wichita Falls, Charlie Sisler of Duncan, Okla., Will Sisler of Dallas, Tom Sisler of Wills Point and Harry Sisler of St. Louis, Mo.

"The dancing students, under the instruction of Miss Margaret Finney, will be presented in a recital on the Finney lawn Thursday evening, July 9, at 7 o'clock. The lawn is a most desirable setting for such an affair and the public is invited to attend. The following program is to be followed:
Italian Street Song by Herbert - Class.
Handkerchief Dance from Czechoslovakia - Class.
On the Bridge of Avignon, a French folk dance - Irma Adelle Wynne and Jean Peace.
Prelude, Rachmaninoff - Nancy Nell Williams and Harriet Modrall.
Waltz, Brahms - Class.

"The remains of Mrs. G. C. Ayers, who died at the home of one of her children in Vernon, Texas, were brought to Cedar Grove for interment, the funeral being held Monday morning by Dr. L. F. Brothers and attended by a number of old friends and acquaintances of the family. Mrs. Ayers, nee Mary Dee Choate, was born in Tennessee in 1849. She was the sixth child of a family of eleven children, of whom only one survives, a brother, W. K. Choate, now living in Kansas. She was married to Billie Myers in 1868 and two chidren were born to this union, a son who lived to the age of 21 and a daughter who died in infancy. Mr. Myers died in 1871. She was married the second time to G. C. Ayers, who died June 29 1914. To this union eight children were born, six of whom survive as follows: R. E. Ayers, Vernon; D. C. Ayers, Elmo; Mrs. M. E. Massey, Maud, Okla.; J. T. Ayers, Vernon; Mrs. G. A. Casey, Vernon; Mrs. D. J. Waggoner, Vernon. There were 35 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Ayers joined the Cumberland Presbyterian church in early childhood and has lived a true Christian life, has been a faithful wife and a true mother, and at the time of her death had been in ill health for more than two years.

"WHITE PRAIRIE: Monday morning finds it still hot and dry out this way. Everybody is wishing for a good rain.- Mr. and Mrs. Obie Roberts and children of Jacksonville spent the week-end with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Roberts.- Mrs. F. L. Hall and baby are spending the week at Cado Mills with Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Hall.- Mrs. T. R. Cottongame and children spent the week-end with Mrs. D. N. Daniels at Edgewood.- Mr. and Mrs Clyde Medley of Abilene are visiting her mother Mrs. Dollie Ashby.- Mrs. Will Gardner and sons, Jim and Herman of Terrell, Mrs. J. P. Robertson spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Robertson.

"BRIGHT STAR: Mrs. E. G. Morgan of Oklahoma spent from Tuesday until Saturday with her sister, Mrs. W. E. Davis and family.- There will be a grave yard working at the Bright Star cemetery Friday.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. A. C. Semell and son, Addison have returned from a visit to Austin and San Angelo.- Dr. Faugh Pickett and family and Louis Lea of Dallas visited Mrs. Earl Lea Sunday.- Dorothy Dean Wade of Wills Point is visiting with her daddy, E. W. Wade, of Rusk.- Mrs. W. B. Sims and daughter, Leola, Mrs. W. W. McNeely and Edwin Sims have returned from a week's trip to Galveston and Corpus Christi- Charles Allen Rowden of Pine Bluff, Ark., arrived last week to spend the summer here with his grandmothers, Mrs. W. A. Rowden and Mrs. G. N. Thatcher.- Mrs. J. C. C. Glenn and children of Fort Worth are spending a few days with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hubbard.- Mrs. McMahen of Terrell, Mrs. Harold Smart and baby of Waxahachie, Mrs. Holly Simpson and baby of New York have been guests of Mrs. Lester recently.- Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shoddey, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Duncan and Mr. and Mrs. Gladden of Dallas spent a few hours Sunday with J. M. Malone and family.-Robert Williams departed from Wills Point this week for San Antonio, where he will begin work with a printing establishment in that city. Robert is a graduate of the vocational school in Dallas.- T. J. Metcalf, who has been employed in the F. W. Alland shoe shop for the past three years left the first of the week with his wife and little son for Lufkin, where he has accepted a position.

"Jabez Gardner died Saturday July 4, at 8:40 p. m. at the home of F. W. Alland in Wills Point. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 3:30 by the pastor, Dr. L. F. Brothers. The body was laid to rest in the Union Grove cemetery. Mr. Gardner was born Nov. 26, 1866 in England, coming to America at the age of two years with his parents, who settled north of Wills Point in what is now the Union Grove community. Both parents passed away before he became of age. He came to Wills Point with his wife a few months ago to spend his last days at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Alland, Mrs. Gardner and Mrs. Alland being sisters." (See newspaper for complete article.)

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