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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 30, 1931

"The Medical Detachment of the 144th Infantry of the United States National Guards under the command of Dr. D. L. Sanders, are scheduled to leave Wills Point Friday, morning in coaches side-tracked here for that purpose. The detachment has spent all week in packing equipment and supplies, and are now awaiting only the time and power to tow them to Palacious, where they are to spend seventeen days of military discipline with "full" pay.
The boys will be missed to a large extent by the business, social and otherwise circles of Wills Point for the reason that the organization contains practically all of the young blood, eighteen years old and over, in Wills Point, and one knows what to expect of a town with so many of its young citizens absent.

"ORIO; Mr. and Mrs. Lige Whitton and Mrs. L. H. Emerson and Mrs. Maud Jordan attended the Big Meeting at Jackson last week.- Mrs. Martha Scott of the Plains and her sister, Mrs. Calley Black, of California, spent last week with their brother, Pone Teel, and wife.- Born to Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Risener July the 22, a fine baby boy.- Mr. and Mrs. Sam Jordan of Jackson visited Mr. and Mrs. Luther Plaster Saturday night. E. J. Emerson visited his brother, T. G. Emerson of Stone Point Saturday.

"WOODALL: Mr. and Mrs. Armiton Goram of Shreveport, Louisiana, visited Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Kinney and family Sunday.- Mr. and Mrs. Jessie McCauley and baby, Joy of Fort Worth visited Mr. and Mrs. R. A. McCauley and family Sunday and Monday.- We have decided to have another cemetery working, as the yard needs working very badly and we request everyone to be sure and come August 7. Bring your tools. - Everybody come to prayer meeting Saturday night and singing Sunday night.

"PALMER GROVE: Next Sunday, August 2nd, the revival meeting will start at the church. Rev. Fletcher will be assisted by Rev. J. R. Ritchie of Wills Point. All denominations are cordially invited to cooperate in making this a community-wide revival.- H. R. PLyler spent several days with his son Royce, in Dallas.- Mrs. W. J. Neal of Fort Worth spent several days last week in the home of her sister, Mrs. Grover Putman.-Donald Ray Blasingame has been on the sick list for the last several days.- Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Champion and Lester Ray are visiting relatives in Percer, Okla.- R. R. Harris and family and J. C. Hardy and wife attended the homecoming at Ables Springs Sunday afternoon.- Quite an enjoyable affair was had at the home of J. Tittle last Saturday. The occasion was held in commemoration of Mr. Tittle's birthday. Those attending besides homefolks were; Mr. and Mrs Frank Tittle and son of Altus, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. Armond Madden, and son of Louisiana and Miss Ruby Tittle of Commerce.-Miss Edna Mae and Ivas Mott spent Saturday night with Miss Joe Teel of Rocky Point.- Lloyd Tittle left Saturday for Wichita Falls, where he will enter the cafe business.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Rev. Charley Riddle, an erstwhile Van Zandter but now of Weslaco, is holding a meeting at Cana. He is Baptist Missionary for four counties and a brother of Mrs. Ben Turner.-Miss Elsie Adelle Perry left Monday for Austin, where she will attend the Texas University. Her father, L. C. Perry, accompanied her and went on to Houston to enjoy a fishing trip with his son, Leroy.- Mrs W. H. Gray, Mr. and Mr. C. O. Scott and Mrs. Polly Morris left Sunday morning for Huntsville, Ala., where Mrs. Gray and Mrs. Morris will visit relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Scott will go on to Hartwell, GA., to visit Mr. Scott's parents. They will be absent until about Aug. 15.- Mr. and Mrs. I. E. Epright left this week for an extensive tour of Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. According to Mr. Epright, he will visit other points if too much time is not consumed between aforementioned points.- Mrs. Jack House of Roswell, N. M., who has been visiting her father, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Lide, near here for a month, returned to her home last week and was accompanied by her sister, Miss Helen Lide, of Dallas, They will make a trip to El Paso, Juarez and the White mountains. Miss Helen Lide will return home August 1.- Mrs. Howard Smith entertained last Thursday with a delightful bridge party, honoring her guest, Miss Flossie Jones of Abilene. Mrs. J. R. Finney received high score; Miss Elizabeth Williams, received the cut prize, while Miss Jones was given a beautiful gift as the honor guest. Mrs. Smith,assisted by her daughter, Miss Elada, served delicious home-made ice cream and angel food cake to thirty-two guests.

"(From HOUSTON CHRONICLE) If on the night of July 16, 1931, tourists had to detour via the old Canton road, the hum of their motor probably was the only sound to break the stillness. Far different however was the night of July 16, 1839.
Ninety-two years ago the air in Van Zandt county was full of wailing: "General" Bowles, the best loved Cherokee chief, was dead. True to his own prophecy, a shot from the gun of a Texas soldier had ended his last charge. In the dense Neches bottom forest camp, to which they had retreated after his final vain effort to rally his warriors, his people were mourning their loss." (See newspaper for complete article.)
Note: This issue also contains a lengthy obituary for Mrs. A. S. Dewees, nee, Mollie E. Seale, and a story of the drowning of the five year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Luce at the Myrtle Springs swimming pool.

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