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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 17, 1931

"The church building of the Church of Christ has been moved to a lot just east, of the J. E. Blakeley residence, where it is more conveniently located about a block further away from the railroad and highway which interfered more or less with church services at times. It has been stated that the move was made to make room for another filling station, and while a filling station will occupy the lot on the corner near the former site of the church, that was not what prompted the removal of the church. The change in location was to get on a better site away from the traffic.

"For some time prior to last Sunday travel over Highway 64 between Wills Point and Tyler was routed around by Chandler owing to construction of a new concrete bridge over the Neches river along the main highway.
Last Sunday a temporary bridge provided near the new one was completed and opened to the public, making it again possible to go straight through, thus saving several miles of detour. This temporary bridge will be available until the completion of the permanent one which will be a two way structure at a cost of several thousand dollars.

"Washington, Sept. 15.--Evangelist Robert Leo Odom, who spent his boyhood in Texas, where he roamed over the fields of Van Zandt and Palo Pinto counties, has accepted a call from the foreign mission board of Seventh-day Adventists to go to Spain for evangelistic work.

"Alex Hooks of Edgewood, who has been playing professional baseball in the national league for several seasons, has been purchased from Cleveland by the Fort Worth baseball club. Mr. Hooks is a former S. M. U. star and served as athletic director for the Wills Point high school after he left the university. His many friends expect him to make a good showing in the Texas League and the change will place him nearer home during the baseball season.
"Dr. M. L. Cox and Ab Sides of Canton departed Monday for Corpus Christi, with no time limit for their return, making the trip by automobile. Dr. Cox has "been under the weather" for several weeks, and has been taking things easy at his home in Canton. This visit to the Gulf Coast country is calculated to be of benefit to him and his many friends throughout the county sincerely hope it will, and that he will return in fine shape for the fall and winter. His companion on the trip is a "seasoned scout" and the two are expected to see all that is worth seeing and learn all that is worth knowing in South Texas before setting their faces toward home.
"Beginning last Monday, football took on an entirely new aspect in Wills Point. Coach Hooks began "killing" workouts, which are to round the team into sufficient condition to meet the Edgewood team Friday.

"IN SOCIETY: On Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 15, Mesdames H. T. Fry and T. M. McKinney entertained with a reception at the home of Mrs. Fry honoring Mrs. Harry Fry, Jr. a recent bride.
Those assisting the hostesses in receiving were: Mrs. J. T.
Durham, mother of the honoree; Mrs. J. W. Richardson, Mrs. G.W. Sears, Mrs. M. Coleman, Mrs. C. A. Powell and Miss Eunice Richardson, all of Fort Worth; Mrs. H. L. Lybrand of Greenville, Mesdames H. M. Peace, J. R. Finney, J. S. Presnall, C. A. Jones and Goldie Paine.
In the dining room Misses Anne Stuart, Ruby Russell, Josephine Rhodes, Marguerite and Josephine Moreau, Mary Perry, Frances Dean and Mrs. Glenn Teel served brick cream centered with a pink heart, angel food cake and mints to about a hundred guests.
A program of special interest suiting the occasion was given, Mrs. Duck, accompanied by Mrs. E. B. Collier, gave a musical reading. Miss Margaret Finney sang and Miss Edna Gibbard played several piano solos.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Miss Elsie Adelle Perry left Friday night for Madisonville, where she has been employed as a Spanish teacher.
-Miss Elizabeth Williams left last week for Dallas to resume her duties as teacher in the City Park school of that place.-Rev. and Mrs. H. J. Manley had as their week-end guests their daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. V. B. Riley, of Sherman.-Miss Alma Spears left Wednesday for Austin, where she will attend the State University this winter in order to obtain her master's degree.-Mr. and Mrs. Livesay and two daughters of Lindsey, Cal. visited with the Rev. and Mrs. H. J. Manley this week. Mrs. Livesay is a sister of Mrs. Manley.-Mike Brown and family residing north of town, had as their visitors Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Pearl and little son, Roy Jr., Mrs. Walter James, Arthur Brown and family, Luther and
Jake Yost of Dallas, Henry Brown and family of near Edgewood and W. S. Brown and family of Rinehart.

"J. B. (Buck) Malone, who has been quite ill for several weeks, is reported as not improving, being confined to his bed at the home of his son, Wiley Malone, in Wills Point. Mr. Malone is 74 years of age and his condition is such as to cause grave concern among his relatives and friends.

"WISE: The two little children of Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Holland have the whooping cough. Other sick folks of this community are on the mend, which is good news to their many friends.-We are still trying to have Sunday school at this place, although the attendance was small last Sunday."

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