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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 23, 1931

"The CHRONICLE has been requested to announce that there will be a cemetery working at the Howell cemetery on Wednesday July 29 and all interested are urged to attend bringing tools with which to work.
"Edgewood, July 20.- The mangled body of W. F. Smith of this city was found lying near the Texas & Pacific tracks in front of the depot by Night Watchman O. W. Pitts early Monday. Both legs were severed at the hips, his left hand and arm mangled and his skull crushed. Mr. Smith accompanied his daughter, Waynie to meet a train which she took for Gladewater. No one saw the accident and it remains a mystery how it happened. His daughter said he did not get on the train with her.
Mr. Smith is survived by three sisters, Mrs. J. P. Capps of Dallas, Mrs. Leola Moore of Dallas, Mrs. D. M. Campbell of Longview; one brother, J. H. Smith of Longview; and five children, Waynie of Gladewater; Forest, 22; Leslie, 19; Glen, 14, and Evon 11, all of Edgewood.
Miss Waynie Smith, one of the surviving children mentioned, was employed for some time in the office of the county home demonstration agent at Canton, and has many friends at Canton and throughout the county who will regret to hear of such tragedy.

"The following information was received from DeWitt C. Greer, divisional engineer of the Texas State highway Department here Monday, in regard to the condition of the roads, between Tyler and Wills Point.
"The highway, between the two cities, Tyler and Wills Point, has been completely graded and it is only a matter of a short time before the said road will be entirely asphalted and thusly making direct asphalt communication between Tyler and Dallas.
The condition of the road at present is: from Tyler to about 6 miles past the Neches river bridge, motorists will find the roads completely asphalted. From then on the road is being reconstructed at intervals, is passable. Every effort will be made to rush the work and adequately provide for the traffic through the limits of the work." --TYLER COURIER-TIMES.

"Mrs. A. S. Dewees, one of the elderly ladies of the Hayden community, was reported seriously ill Monday of this week, her many friends being somewhat apprehensive of her welfare. It is said she is the only living charter member of the Hayden Baptist church, one of the earliest, organized churches in the county.

"The girls 4-H clubs of Van Zandt county were represented at the district girls and boys short course at Mt Pleasant on July 14 by Ruby Cotton and Rowena Robinett of Morince club.
Ruby and Rowena will appear on the program at the Farmers Short Course at A & M College during the last week in July.

"The dates for the Free State Fair, held annually in Wills Point, have been set for October 1, 2, and 3, the time being about a week later than usually held. While definite plans have not been completed, the Masonic building on North Fourth street will probably be used for the community and general exhibits, while
other buildings may be used for other departments of the fair. Committees are now at work and it is expected to make it an educational fair with entertainment for all. (See newspaper for complete article.)

"A social event of much interest to the friends in this city, was the wedding Saturday night, July 18, of Mrs. Alma Jones and Marvin Chandler.
The wedding took place at the Methodist parsonage. Rev. L. F. Brothers, performing the beautiful ceremony.
Mrs Jones was beautifully attired in a pink, flat crepe ensemble. She is loved by all who know her, having made her home in Wills Point for a number of years. She is very active in all church affairs.
Mr. Chandler is connected with the Queen City Co., and has made scores of friends since coming here something like three years ago.
Mr. and Mrs. Chandler will make their home in this city, having rented an apartment from Miss Sallie Goodwin.
Those witnessing the ceremony were Mrs. M. M. Simmons, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Bateman, Mrs. L. F. Brothers and daughter, Miss Helen.

"The usual social feature of the Business and Professional Women's Club Tuesday evening was a picnic and swimming party at the Myrtle Springs pool, which is becoming a popular place for social gatherings. Members of the club, together with their families and guests, had a most enjoyable evening in every way.

"MORINCE: Brig Smith, 49 years of age, was killed by a train
Sunday night at Edgewood. The deceased was a member of the Church of Christ. He and his family formerly lived in Edgewood but moved to this community some time ago. He was laid to rest in the Small cemetery Monday afternoon.
Mr and Mrs. Roy Ansley of Royce City spent Saturday night with the latter's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Charley McGlothin.

"CEDAR GROVE; "Aunt" Annie Miller, a colored woman who has lived here many years, was buried Wednesday. She was a daughter of "Uncle" Sol Crittington, a highly respected colored citizen, who settled here many years ago. Her only living sister is "Aunt" Lizzie Graham. Several half brothers and sisters survive her. Mrs. and Mrs. Willis Sapp were recent guests of his sister, Mrs. Bill Price, of Pleasant Valley.- Mrs. S. D. Ewalt is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Tom Johnson, of Lawrence.- Miss Pauline Stewart of near Terell is visiting her sisters, Mrs. Curtis Ashby and Mrs. Frank Cook.- Miss Adelle Fair spent the week-end with her sister, Mrs. Carey Wilson, of Williams Chapel.

"The large frame building on Fifth street, just back of the Majestic Theatre, was destroyed by fire Tuesday night. The building was occupied by the M. Crowell blacksmith shop. The building was owned by the W. R. Howell estate and was one of the relics of the town." (See newspaper for complete article.)

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