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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, January 8, 1931

"Mrs. W. L. Mathis, wife of Constable Watt Mathis of Wills Point, was killed instantly Sunday about noon when an automobile turned over on the highway six miles south of Greenville. Mr. Mathis was bruised and scratched, while a daughter, Miss Ruth, was more seriously injured. The car was driven by Mr. Mathis, who attempted to pass another automobile at a curve. The car skidded in loose gravel and overturned. Mrs. Mathis was dead when her husband reached her. Miss Mathis was taken to a Greenville sanitarium for treatment and her injuries were not serious. The three were en route to Concord, near Greenville to visit Mr. and Mrs. Bain Paul. The remains of Mrs. Mathis were brought to Wills Point for interment. The funeral service was held at Russell Memorial Methodist church Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock, attended by a large concourse of sympathizing friends and acquaintances and the religious service conducted by Rev. L. F. Brothers, pastor of the local Methodist church of which the deceased was a member. Interment took place at White Rose cemetery. Mrs. Mathis was born near Wills Point and reared in this vicinity, being 62 years of age. She is survived by her husband and three daughters, Mrs. Bain Paul, Concord; Miss Lena Mathis, nurse at Parkland hospital, Dallas, and Miss Ruth Mathis, Wills Point. Four sisters and a half brother also survive. Mrs. Jennie Ellison, Wills Point, Mrs. Nannie Ellison, Wills Point; Mrs. Emma Wiggins, Wills Point; Mrs. Florence Leftwich, Wichita Falls and M. A. Sullivan, Visalia, Calif. The bereaved relatives have the sincere sympathy of all in this hour of sorrow.

"A meeting has been called at the Baptist church Thursday evening at 7 o'clock for the purpose of organizing a local troupe of Boy Scouts, and all boys between the ages of 12 and 18 who are interested are requested to be present. The movement is being sponsored by the men's Bible class of the Baptist Church with Cedric Thurman as leader.

"An affair of unusual interest to friends in Wills Point, was the announcement shower given on last Friday afternoon in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Blakely; with Misses Maurine Blakely, Eron Buie and Kathleen McKinney as hostesses, honoring Miss Goldie Porter who will become the bride of J. W. Jennings Wednesday Jan. 7. The guests upon arrival, were served with delicious punch by Mrs. Ernest Breucher after which they were asked to register in the bride's book, also giving some favorite receipt for the future use of the bride-to-be.
Upon the arrival of Miss Porter she was met at the door by little Miss Janice Breucher, Little Misses Juanice Breucher and LaVerne Wheeler strewing rose petals from dainty baskets, escorted her to a special chair; Mrs. Thompson Coleman playing the wedding march. Mrs. M. M. Simmons gave the following toast to the bride: So! this is to you, Goldie, old dear, to you, the first bride of this our New Year. May God's richest blessings be yours through life, and make you a loving and obedient wife. God Bless you and your new home. Goldie dear, the best of everything for you; our bride of the New Year is the wish of we friends, who are gathered here. Miss Metawee Buie toasted the girls who were left behind, with a beautiful original thought. At this time a large beautifully decorated basket begun to descend from the ceiling immediately in front of Miss Porter's chair. This she found to be filled with gifts from her friends. In her charming manner she thanked each and invited all to visit her in her new home in Plainview.

"W. A. Clopton, age 55 years, died on Christmas day in a hospital at Lufkin, and was buried at Groveton. The deceased had lived at Groveton for 22 years, but at one time resided in Wills Point, his father being a watchmaker here.

"Miss Minnie Rebecca Allen of Wills Point, had the role of "Amy" in a recent production of "Little Women" by the Players Guild of Baylor College for Women. Miss Allen is a freshman in college and is specializing in expression.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS; Mr and Mrs. C. P. Lewis of Dallas, arrived last week for a visit with Mrs. Lewis' grandfather, J. W. Champion and other relatives and friends north of town. --- Miss Mary Isabel McPhail has returned to Fort Worth, where she is attending T. W. C. after spending the Christmas holidays with her mother, Mrs. D. S.
McPhail. --- Mr and Mrs. Luke Brannon had for their guests the past week, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hancock and son, Fred Jr. of Dallas, and Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Windell and family of Dallas. --- Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Mangum and children and Mrs Ida Porter of Groveton visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Prentice Crumpler during the holidays. Mrs. Porter remained over for the marriage of her daughter, Miss Goldie Porter, and Mr. J. W. Jennings.

"Mr. and Mrs. Prentice Crumpler entertained Saturday evening with a 6 o'clock dinner, honoring their son, Prentice, who is a student at State University, and other members of the college set who were at home for the Christmas holidays. Those enjoying this delightful occasion were Misses Janet Lybrand, Jaunita Venable, Francine Johnson, Margaret Finney, Minnie Rebecca Allen, Florence Alta Box, Messers, Billie Starnes, Paul Mayberry, Joe Fields, Julian Guy Sewell, and John William Curtis."


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