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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 13, 1931

"Over 100 teams started Monday morning moving dirt on Highway 15 between Grand Saline and Fruitvale, and it is believed that grading and drainage on this six miles of road will be completed within the next sixty days.

"The contract for the work on this part of the right-of-way was secured by J. S. Moore and Son of Lufkin-- Grand Saline Sun

"Miss Gladys Weldon, who was selected princess of Wills Point high school to represent the school in a pageant sponsored by the American Legion Post at Mineola won second place in appearance. Miss Weldon is a senior in high school and was accompanied to Mineola by some members of the faculty as well as students.

"A quilt show will be held at Hiram school house Wednesday for the benefit of the playground equipment. The quilt to be given away will be on exhibit Saturday in the show window of the Rose Dry Goods Company in Wills Point.

"A few years ago a country girl could not believe it possible to be known by many people aside from the circles of her church, school or community.

"Along with the change of times opportunities present themselves to folks who strive to finish the jobs they start. Miss Odessa Winn of Morince, Van Zandt county, finished four years of club work and has become so well known for her activity that she was asked to tell about her achievements over radio on the National Achievement Day program on November 7.

"Miss Winn's friends compliment her for having spoken on a program with Mrs. Hoover, the wife of our president.

"Miss Winn gave a splendid resume of her four years of club work in which she told in well chosen words how she made a profit of $1,280.37 with her demonstrations on their farm.

"The Van Zandt county club girl was selected from approximately 3,000 other girls of 18 East Texas counties. She represented all of the 4-H club girls of Texas in the National Achievement Day Program.

"The Sam Russell post of the American Legion will have their annual banquet in the basement of the Methodist church in Wills Point Thursday evening Nov. 18, at 8 o'clock. Music will be furnished by Mrs. E. B. Collier and her orchestra. All members of the American Legion are cordially invited and each is expected to bring his wife or a guest.

"NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS:--- WILLOW SPRINGS: Preaching by Bro. Harvey Dunbar was well attended Saturday night and Sunday.-Miss Jessie Platter spent Sunday with Misses Lillie and Virgie Carroll.- Born, Nov. 9, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dillard, a fine boy.-School is going nicely with a larger number of pupils each week.

"PLEASANT VALLEY: Mr. and Mrs. Clifford McPherson and family of Garland spent from Friday until Sunday in the home of his parents, Will McPherson and family.-Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bunton and family visited Mrs. B. L. Sam and family of Bethlehem Sunday afternoon.-
Mr. and Mrs. Shaw Eiland gave a party for the young folks Saturday night.-William Mislevets of Scott visited this community Sunday.

"DAWSON: Ike McCaffity died Friday night. He was an ex-soldier and had been sent to Louisiana, but came back Wednesday. He will be missed by family and friends. He was laid to rest in the Wesley Chapel cemetery Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock.-Mrs. O. B. Korsgard is sick with a nervous breakdown. We hope she will soon be up again.

"BOARD: Daisy Templing of Ellis county is visiting her sister, Mrs. L. E> Shaw.-Susie Bogard of Woodall spent Sunday with Opal Ragland.-Mrs. Ike Johnson and two children have returned home from an extended visit with relatives of Begion, Texas.-Estelle Vines spent Sunday with her sister, Mrs. Roy Wallace of Bright Star."


"THE TIGER CAT - All the seniors are very sorry Avis Mott is ill and is not able to be with us at school-Itomilda Johnson and Martha Lea organized a grammar school pep squad Thursday afternoon after school.- One of the senior English classes had a party Friday evening in the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. D. Staton- Los Amigos club met last Thursday night with twelve members and two pledges . Wills Point was again represented at the Mineola Armistice Program. A float which represented Flanders field was decorated by some of the seniors.

"At the head of the crosses stood Charlotte Johnson, who represented sorrow.
Gladys Weldon, who was chosen princess, received second prize in the beauty contest to be queen. Wills Point won a prize of ten dollars for coming the greatest distance.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Miss Flora Fae Hearn spent the week-end with her mother in the Orio community.-Miss Juanita Nugent of Maypearl is visiting her aunt, Mrs. Reynolds Hughes this week.-Rev. and Mrs. C. T. McCarmack of Dallas were guests of Mr. and Mrs. M. Childs Friday.-Mrs. H. M. Peace, Mrs. J. A. Cooley and Mrs.Lawrence Gready spent one day last week in Dallas.-Mrs. D. F. Green of Shreveport, La., is visiting her mother, Mrs. R. F. Williams, and other relatives for a few days.-Born to Mr. and Mrs. Marion Cole, Nov. 7, at 5 a. m., a fine girl. The baby was named Mary Helen. The many friends of Mr. Cole will be glad to hear this good news and will most likely recall "Coley's" outstanding football career in Wills Point high school in past years.-Carlton George, who has been visiting in Louisiana for the past few weeks visited his mother Mrs. J. Lee Sanders in Wills Point Friday.- Mr. and Mrs. G. D. Staton happened to the misfortune of overturning their car recently between Wills Point and Grand Saline. Mrs. Staton was driving at a moderate rate of speed when suddenly the radius rod dropped off and she lost control of the car turning it upon its top in a ditch. Neither of the two was hurt and a wrecker was sent after the Ford."

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