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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, September 10, 1931

"Superintendent G. W. Staton and other members of the school faculty will spend the balance of this week at the school buildings enrolling and classifying the students preparatory to the opening of the public school next Monday, the schedule being as follows: Thursday morning 11th grade; Thursday afternoon; 10th grade; Friday morning 9th grade; Friday afternoon 8th grade; Friday morning, 1st to 7th grades.
School will open Monday morning with the following program:
Music by orchestra, Devotional, Rev. A. E. Ewell- P. T. A., Mrs. Ellis Campbell, Music by orchestra.

"A public offering of the United Gas Public Service Company's Preferred stock will be made within a few weeks, according to announcement of company officials today.

"For the information of those interested the paper is authorized to announce that the Free State Fair will not be held this fall, it having been decided by those having the matter in hand to omit the annual fair in Wills Point. However, special attention will be directed to securing creditable exhibits for the Dallas fair and products assembled for that purpose may be displayed in Wills Point during the week before the state fair.

"K. K. Norton has installed a new feed grinder and will be equipped to grind and mix feed of all kinds for his customers, thus making it convenient and economical to utilize to best advantage the feed crops grown in this section.

"R. M. Majors, residing north of town on route 3, died early Tuesday morning as a result of a heart attack, sustained while he was in the lot milking. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. G. M. Fletcher officiating. Mr. Majors was 70 years, three months and 19 days old at the time of his death and is survived by his wife and four children--Glenn Majors, Mrs. Joe Crow, Mrs. Willie Glover and Mrs. J. M. Teel. The deceased was a good citizen and held in high esteem by all who knew him, and his death is keenly regretted by friends and acquaintances of the family, who deeply sympathize with the bereaved ones in their hour of sorrow.

"W. M. Brookins of Terrell and Miss Van Zora Teague, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Teague of this city, were married in Durant, Okla, Sunday morning. They were accompanied by C. E. Eitel of Terrell. Mr. Brookins is a promising young business man of Terrell and Miss Teague was reared in Wills Point, being a graduate of the high school here and having many friends who join in wishing for this young couple much happiness.
"We have been requested to announce that there will be a singing at Rocky Point Sunday afternoon, September 13, beginning at 2 o'clock.

"G. N. Faulkner returned Saturday from a three weeks' visit to his old home at Florence, Ala., and he reports crops of all kinds are the best he ever saw. While there he visited the old home place where Uncle William Wells was born and brought back an apple from a tree from which that gentleman filled his pockets when a boy. To give an idea as to how old the tree is, Uncle William was 90 years old his last birthday. It is needless to say that Mr. Faulkner enjoyed very much his visit to the old home in Alabama.

"Mrs. Nancy Sewell, who made her home with Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Morris on the Hughes farm north of Wills Point, died Tuesday and was buried in Howell cemetery. She was 71 years and nine months old. The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of all.

"CEDAR GROVE; Mrs Grady Smith was brought home Sunday from the Methodist hospital at Dallas, where she was operated on two weeks ago. Her many friends are glad to know she is improving rapidly.-Mrs Wylie Richardson is improving after having been sick several weeks with typhoid fever.

"ELWOOD: Misses Dorothy and Doris Harris of Wills Point spent Friday night with Miss Cecil Williams.-Miss Josephine Ashworth of Canton visited Miss Mildred Faye Davis Sunday.-Ardath Jones of Terrell visited his cousin, Oscar Hay, last week.-Mr and Mrs. Charley Foster are proud parents of a baby girl, born Friday, Sept 7.-Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Ragland of Board spent Sunday with the latter's parents Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Rogers, and family.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. O. C. Tucker will leave Saturday for McKinney, where she has a position with the Union Bus Terminal of the Dixie Motor Company as agent. T. H. Kimbrough and family will
occupy one of Mrs. Tucker's apartments and Fred Smith and family the other.-Robert Nail and Leroy Box, who have been in the sanitarium at Terrell for several weeks following operations for appendicitis were brought home Friday in the Eubank ambulance and
are getting along nicely, having almost completely recovered from their operations.-Mrs J. B. Teel went to Kerrville last week for an extended sojourn in that section for the benefit of her health. Her many friends sincerely wish for her a speedy and permanent improvement in health."
(This issue contains a lengthly obituary for Mrs. P. B. Funderburk, nee Beck Ann Snipe, born in Lancaster, S. C. Sept. 4. 1861 and Mrs. Wincie Duncan, a sister to Bedford and Frank Dees.)


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