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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 November 10, 1931

"Friday evening at 7 o'clock the barn owned by J. F. McKnight, which is located directly in front of the fire station, caught fire on the second floor at the extreme west end of the roof. The firemen arrived on the scene before the fire had gained headway and snuffed the blaze quickly. The barn is used for storing cotton seed and would have probably caused extensive damage if lost control of. The origin of the blaze was said to have uninsulated electric wires in the ceiling of the barn.

"Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Brewer chapel in Dallas for Mrs Cora Mae Sabo, who was found shot Friday night of the previous week as she returned to her home at 3519 Oakland after a dance.
M. Sabo, her husband, who had accompanied her, heard the shot while putting the family car in the garage for the night. Mr. Sabo rushed into find his wife on the floor, a pistol a short distance away. She was carried to Parkland hospital, where she died Wednesday afternoon.
Surviving are her husband; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Sides; three brothers, M. A., H. A., and H. R. Sides; and two sisters, Mrs. Lorena Boswell and Mrs, Frank Wesch, all of Dallas.
The family formerly lived in Wills Point and their friends in this county will regret to learn of this sad occurrence.

"The Tigers upset the dope bucket one more time this season beating Forney's ears down to the melody of 7 to 0. The game was the best exhibition of fight ever staged on the Tiger gridiron. Sewell, Harris and Kinnard played a whale of a game, while Loughmiller did some of the most perfecting and effective blocking he has ever done, which was A1 football.
In the line Cannefox and Brock starred, Cannefox was in every play, throwing Forney for losses quite a few times. One of the spectators was heard to remark that everywhere he looked he saw No. 33, which is the numeral carried on the back of Cannefox. This big 220-pound guard is capable of getting through any man's line when he is in the right humor.
Capt. High was switched to the wing position during this game and ably protected his territory letting the opponents get through him only twice during the entire game.

"Little Joyce Wendaleen Whitaker, age six years and seven months, died at Parkland hospital in Dallas at 1 a.m. Monday and the body was brought back to Wills Point for interment. The funeral service will be conducted at White Rose cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock by Rev. O. T. Wheeler, pastor of the first Baptist church. She was stricken with tonsillitis on the school grounds Thursday,Oct. 29 and was carried to her home. In spite of the best medical care, she developed diphtheria Oct. 31 and was carried to Dallas last Sunday when it was discovered that other complications had developed. She is survived by her parents, Mr and Mrs. Vernon Whitaker; three brothers Edward, Delbert and Vernon Wayne; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Whitaker, all of Wills Point, and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Monk of Quitaque, Texas. She was a pupil in the Baptist Sunday school and this was her first year in public school. The bereaved parents and other relatives have the sincere sympathy of the entire community in their sorrow.

"Mrs. Ray Modrall entertained thirteen girls and boys Saturday evening, Nov. 7. The occasion was in honor of the tenth birthday of her young daughter Harriett.
Mrs. Modrall, assisted by her aunt, Mrs. Smith, served a dainty salad course to: Charlotte Ruth Tomlin, Waynie Greer, Wanda Simmons, Isabel Cole, LaVera Frances Johnson, Nancy Nell Williams, Harriett Modrall, Frank Gready, Claude Flannigan, Jr., Elgin C. Moughon, Charles Harry Vick, Bruce Edward Constant and David Hughes.

"Mrs. Chas. Lehecka and Miss Alma Chambers were hostesses in our monthly Euzelian class meeting Tuesday. We enjoyed very much little Jessie Mae Patterson's reading. The class will meet next first Tuesday with Mrs. Clyde Jones.
"The Chronicle has been requested to announce that there will be a cemetery working at Ellis Chapel on Friday, Nov. 20. All interested are urged to come, bring tools and dinner and spend the day putting the cemetery in good condition.

"LOCALS: Mr. and Mrs. Royce Ginn spent the week-end in Tyler.-
K. K. Norton and Sam Edd Spears were in Dallas on Monday on business.-Mrs. Ike Allred has returned from a visit with relatives at Pecan Gap.-Miss Charlie Jo Brigance and Leslie Stewart were Palestine visitors Sunday.-Joe White and Miss Sue Russell spent Sunday in Tyler visiting the former's parents.- M. C. Spivey of the highway department spent Saturday and Sunday at his home in Lufkin.-Mrs. T. S. Cartwright of Van Alstyne is spending the week with her daughter, Mrs. J. J. Shaw.-Mrs. Rooks Epperson and two sons of Quinlan spent the latter part of last week with relatives here.-Russell Galloway of N. T. A. O., Arlington, spent the week-end with parents and friends in Wills Point.-Louis Lea is leaving Monday morning for Big Springs to work.-Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Huffman and daughter, Fern, of Terrell are visiting Mr.. and Mrs. Henley Shepherd.

"Buel Davis, a well known and highly respected farmer of the Elwood community, died Thursday Nov. 5, at 2 p. m. after an extended illness. Burial took place at the Woodall cemetery.
Henry Buel Davis was born in Tennessee on April 22, 1863. He moved to Kentucky in early life and was married to Arrabelle Coates, Sept. 19, 1881, coming to Texas soon after his marriage." (See newspaper for extensive obituary.)

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