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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

NOTE: The Wills Point Chronicle dated Thursday September 3, 1931 is not available on microfilm at the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History. The following articles are additional items abstracted from the September 10th issue.

"Fifteen men met in the county agent's office Friday night to perfect a county jersey organization. Mr. Roy Curtis president of the club presided. He urged every man in the county who is interested in better jerseys to become members of the county organization. The club plans to affiliate with the state club thereby giving the Van Zandt county breeders opportunity to enter their animals in the state sales.
A fee of one dollar pays membership to January 1932. Mr. Curtis appointed the following committee members: C. E. Dean, chairman; P. S. Smith, Edgewood; J. E. Persons, Grand Saline; Arthur Geddie, Colfax; S. B. Clark, Canton; L. L. Phillips, Martins Mill; J. C. Gibbs, Mono; J. C. Hansen, Edom; and C. C. Simmons, Myrtle Springs. The club voted to hold a series of field days this fall at various points in the county as an educational campaign. The first of these meetings will be held in Canton on Friday, Sept. 11.

"Mrs. Leslie James has been selected as the princess of Wills Point in the coronation pageant to be staged at the East Texas Fair at Tyler on Monday, Sept. 14, and Miss Charlotte Johnson will be her lady in waiting. An informal tea will be held at 4 p. m. at the Blackstone hotel for the visiting princesses, after which they will be shown over the city by Tyler ladies, and at 7:30 the automobile caravan will pick them up at the hotel and escort them to the fair grounds for the coronation. The young ladies selected have the grace and beauty to reflect credit upon Wills Point on this royal occasion and doubtless many from here will attend the coronation of the queens at the East Texas Fair in Tyler next Monday evening.

"A. G. McDonald returned Friday night from Edcouch where he has been employed at a gin belonging to Dick Wilson. The cotton crop in the Rio Grande Valley section is much shorter this year and the bulk of the crop has been ginned. Early in the season the crop was promising but excessive rains ruined much of the cotton.

"Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Walker and two daughters, Shirley and Bonnie, moved to Prichett Monday, where they will make their home. The friends of this family regret to lose them from the town, but wish them the best of luck in their new location.

"The Y. W. A. of the Baptist church met with Mrs. Tom Harrison Tuesday afternoon. After a short business meeting there was a social and shower for Mrs. Brookins, nee Miss Van Zora Teague, Miss Oleta Ezell gave a toast to the girls left behind. Other features of the afternoon were a piano solo by Mrs. Thompson Coleman, a reading by Miss Minnie Rebecca Allen, and a vocal solo by Miss Ada Bell Provence. The bride was then presented with a basket of beautiful and useful gifts. Then refreshments, served by the hostess, were enjoyed by everyone present.

"Mrs. Raymond Constant entertained a number of girls and boys Friday afternoon in honor of the tenth birthday of her son, Bruce Edwards. Games and jokes were enjoyed until the happy crowd was invited into the dining room, where a pretty birthday cake, lighted with ten candles, graced the flower-trimmed dining table. This cake was cut and served with ice cream. Favors of balls and jacks for the girls and French harps for the boys were given. Those present were: Isabel Cole, Marie Jamieson, Billie Ruth White, Charlotte Ruth Tomlin, Winelee Lybrand, LaVera Francis Johnson, Johnnie Sarah Crow, Mary Nell Sayre, Travis Sue Campbell, Mary Jane Jamieson, Ernestine Bruce, Frank Gready, David Hughes, Joe Lamar Brooks, T. V. Jamieson, Jr., Jack Campbell, Charles Harry Vick, Johnnie Frank Pratt and Bruce Edward Constant.

"Misses Madie Henderson and Ona Thurmon gave a shower on Friday afternoon, Sept. 4, at the home of the latter, honoring the bride-elect, Miss Mauvalyne Walker. Punch and mints were served to quite a number of friends and ladies of the Church of Christ. There were many beautiful and useful gifts received. Mrs. Ike Allred furnished music throughout the afternoon.

"PALMER GROVE: We are glad to note that Rev. G. M. Fletcher, who has been seriously ill the past few months was able to fill his appointment here Sunday.-Miss Ruby Tittle was the guest of Miss Jewell Dawson Saturday night.-Mr. and Mrs. Tom Champion and little son spent Sunday in the home of the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Champion-Miss Opal Shelton, who has been an employee of the hospital at Wichita Falls is now at home with her parents. Mr. and Mr. J. E. Shelton. Her many friends are glad to have her back in the community again.-Clyde Merritt and family of Dallas visited in the home of B. L. Dees last week. Mrs. Minnie Webb accompanied them home.-Misses Lavern Craft, Theo Rice and Raymond Woods of Cobb spent Wednesday in the home of Nathan Coats.-Mouzon and Mozelle Fletcher went to Golden Saturday on business.-Mrs. L. V. Mhoon returned home from Denison, Texas Friday, where she has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. C. G. Cogging. She was accompanied home by W. H. Mhoon and little son.

"Mrs. W. B. Farmer was moved recently from the home of her mother, Mrs. Ella Sims, in the Small community, to the home of her sister, Mrs. W. B. Sims, in Wills Point. Mrs. Farmer is slowly recuperating from a serious illness of several months duration."

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