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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, Friday November 6, 1931

"The Wills Point Tigers will play Forney High School on the local field this afternoon, Friday at 3:45.
A grandstand for the pep squad has been built and the pep during the game will be top notch. Come out and see the best game played by the Tigers this season.

"Tom Scott of Kaufman, is now acting in the capacity of prescription clerk at Crow Drug Co. Mr. Scott comes to Wills Point highly recommended and was formerly prescription clerk in the Scott Brothers Drug Store in Kaufman

"The public is invited to attend a Mexican supper at the American Legion hut Tuesday night, followed by a program and games, under the auspices of the P.T.A. Admission, 35c.

"State Highway Engineer Gib Gilchrist, of Austin, in company with District Engineer Greer of Tyler and Resident Engineer Treadway of Athens were informal visitors in Van Zandt county this week, inspecting some of the highway work going on in the county on both Highway 15 and Highway 63, the former running parallel with the Texas and Pacific Railway from Wills Point through Edgewood to Grand Saline, and the latter extending from Wills Point through Myrtle Springs on to Canton, Ben Wheeler and Edom, thence to Tyler.
The laying of concrete has been underway on Highway 15 for some weeks and will be completed in the near future, it is said.
The work of grading and drainage between Wills Point and Canton is about finished, most if not all the bridges have been put in, and the next step will be letting the contract for concrete surface that is to extend from Wills Point to a point some four miles east of Canton.

"NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: PLEASANT VALLEY - Mrs Patton of Rockwall is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Will McPherson, and family.-Johnnie Jaish and sister, Mary of Kaufman spent Saturday night and Sunday in the home of his brother, Shaw Eiland and family.-Mr. and Mrs. Claude Alexander and little son, James Frances spent Monday in Canton.-Everyone please remember Sunday morning at 11 o'clock is Rev. Charlie Edwards regular appointment. All who can, be present.

PALMER GROVE: Rev J> R> Ritchie of Wills Point preached for us at the 11 o'clock service and Rev. G. M. Fletcher preached at the evening hour.-Miss Mary Elizabeth Plyler was the guest of Miss Theo Rice of Cobb for the week end. -Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lambert and Tom Champion and family of Dallas spent Sunday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Champion.-Mrs Coat and children and a few friends honored Nathan Coat with a birthday dinner Sunday. Those present besides the immediate family were Jim McCauley and family of Elwood; Nathan Coat, Jr. and family and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Turner of Burnett Chapel; Edgar Kirbo of Wills Point; and Rev. and Mrs, G. M. Fletcher.-E. E. Greer had the misfortune of losing a fine milk cow Sunday night. The death was caused from green sorghum poisoning.- The leaguers enjoyed a Halloween social Saturday night at the home of J. E. Shelton.-Gillis Hardy and family of Turner spent Saturday with relatives here. -Mrs. L. V. Mhoon was called to the bedside of her sister Mrs. Lillie Peak of Dallas, who has been sick from a relapse of the flu. She is slowly improving and we trust she will soon be well again.-L. V. Mhoon who has been with his sister, Mrs. Maggie Coggins of Denison, is at home with his parents and relatives for a few days.

BOARD; Will Rogers and family spent Sunday with Durward Hogan and family.-Maxine Hogan and Naomi Vines spent Sunday with Sudie Bogard of Woodall.- Shorty Ragland and J. P. Nelson spent Sunday with Cecil Burch of Woodall.-Mae Kennedy of Morince spent Sunday with Opal Ragland.-The home of Mr. and Mrs. Alb Gilbert was destroyed by fire Wednesday afternoon about 3 o'clock. The family had left early in the morning and nothing was saved. The origin of the fire was not known.-The barn of E. O. Ragland was struck by lightning Tuesday night and burned, burning all his feed except a few bushels of corn, which was burned a little.

COBB: Born to Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Mosley Friday morning a fine baby girl. Both mother and baby are doing nicely.-Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fryer entertained the people of this community with a Hallowe'en party Saturday night after church. Everyone reported a fine time.

CEDAR GROVE: Mrs J. W. Overstreet was operated on at the Methodist hospital in Dallas last week. Several goiters were removed. She was better Monday.-Catherine Lester, who was burned seven weeks ago is improving.-Mrs. Kesner, who is with her daughter, Mrs. Frank Richardson, is real sick. She has been in ill health several years.-Mrs T. C. Coleman went to Terrell Friday afternoon to be with her son, Thompson Coleman, of Wills Point, who was operated on that afternoon, for appendicitis. His friends are glad he is doing nicely.

HIRAM: School started here Monday with a good attendance. We think we have four of the best teachers in the county, and with the patrons support, a good school will be had.-Some one made their get away the past week with a new well bucket and rope and seven gallons of gasoline from the home of Fred Sprague".

NOTE: This issue contains a detailed obituary for Dr. M. L. Cox who died at his residence in Canton on Oct. 29, 1931.


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