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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, Tuesday September 29, 1931

"The Delphian club held its first meeting Thursday, Sept. 24. An informal luncheon was given in the spacious home of Mrs. J. H. Human. Three courses were served. Funny jokes told by different members and the president's intelligent questionnaire, were enjoyed by each member.
The dining room was beautiful in black and gold. The color scheme was carried out perfectly in the flowers and their containers. The table with its cloth of cut embroidery, crystal service and silverware added much to its beauty.
The color scheme was also carried out in the delicious salad course with the triangle of the Delphians formed on the plates.
After lunch, three tables of bridge were played, Mrs. L. Hurley winning high score.
Those enjoying the day were as follows: Mesdames, A. A. Jamieson, Clyde Jones, R. M. Constant, Earl Greer, W. E. Cole, Lloyd Hurley, J. R. Finney, H. T. Fry, J. S. Presnall, J. H. Human and Ellis Campbell.

"Mr. and Mrs. Chas. T. Ray of Louisville, Ky., stopped over for a short visit with their cousin, Mrs. Earl Lea, Sunday on they return home from Dallas. Mr. Ray is president of the B. F. Avery Plow Co.

"Rev. and Mrs. H. J. Manley were in Terrell Monday at the Neely sanitarium to see Miss Blanche Shaw, who was operated upon for appendicitis Friday. They report her getting along fine.

"Rev. and Mrs. Edgar Hubbard of San Antonio and Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Balthrop and children of Fort Worth, were week-end guests of J. W. Hubbard and family and attended the Dawson home coming and roll call Sunday.

"David Wingo, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Wingo, left last week for College Station to attend A. & M. College this year. David is a senior in that college, and has his "boots". He was accompanied by Wayne Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Harris, who will enter that school for his first year. Wayne will take electrical engineering and has a job which will assist in the college expenditures. The two packed their belongings in the "T" model ford owned by the former and it has not been heard as yet, by this reporter whether or not they completed the journey.

"Carlton George is visiting in the home of his mother, Mrs. J. Lee Sanders. Carlton left Wills Point something like five years ago to join the navy, and for the past two years has been on duty in China. He tells of his escapades with the Chinese as if it were nothing unusual to see a Chinaman's head and feet separated for an indefinite time. Carlton said it certainly felt great to set foot upon this "foreign nation" and ride in a street car listening to the chatter of people he could understand. He has not decided just how long he will be in Wills Point, but it is supposed that he will remain here for some few weeks to say the least.

"Gerald Harris and J. D. Mayberry, accompanied by Misses Charlotte Johnson and Nell Henderson spent Sunday in Dallas partaking of the diversions that city has to offer the younger generation.
"Ernest Stuart of Cisco spent from Wednesday until Sunday here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Stuart, after attending an electrical convention in Dallas.

"Herbert Key, who has been attending the baseball school held by Happ Morse of Dallas, returned to Wills Point last week-end to resume his old position on the Chronicle staff.

"Floyd Taylor spent Saturday in Fort Worth, returning Sunday with his wife and baby, the latter having underwent an operation for the removal of his tonsils something like a week ago. The baby is doing nicely and will soon be entirely recovered from the ordeal.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. A. W. Campbell and little daughter, Mary, visited the former's mother, Mrs. J. T. Carr, Sunday.-Billie Bruce Adams of Dallas spent Sunday with parents and friends in Wills Point.- Mr and Mrs. R. W. Garrett, attended the Dawson Home Coming at Stone Point Sunday.- Miss Joy Robinson of Grand Saline was the guest of Miss Mary Isabel McPhail Sunday.- Theo Sayre spent Monday in Dallas.- Miss Dixie Woodford spent the week-end in Dallas.- A. M. Lidell had business in Dallas Friday.- Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Pate spent Sunday in Quinlan.- John Carr of Dallas visited his mother, Mrs. J. T. Carr, here Sunday.- Mrs. C. R. Williams and Mrs. Ray Modrall spent Thursday in Marshall.- Mrs. W. B. Wynne, Mrs. Hobart Riley and Mrs. Jack Life are in Dallas.- Miss Charley Joe Brigance spent the week-end with friends in Grand Saline.- Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Gibson and Miss Floy Gibson spent Sunday in Tyler.-Tommy Provence, son of Dr. and Mrs. T. K. Provence, left last week for Waco to enter into school in the Baylor University.- Miss Ruth James is attending college at C. I. A., where she is classified as a senior and editor-in-chief of the campus paper.- Born to Mr. and Mrs. Don Neal of Houston, Wednesday, September, 21, a baby girl. Mrs. Neal was formerly Miss Peggy Montague."

"Mr and Mrs. Fred Flanagan of Burkburnett visited relatives in Wills Point and the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Ellis near town over the week-end.
"Archie B. Swank, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Swank, left last week for College Station to enter into his first year in A. and M. Archie B. has been employed with the Texas Highway department for the past few months and will be missed by this department.


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