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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 Nov. 27 & Tuesday Dec. 1, 1931

"Friends and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Chesser enjoyed a picnic lunch Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. V. Tutle, in celebration with them of their fiftieth wedding anniversary. The lunch was spread in the front yard on four bales of cotton placed end to end forming a long table which was decorated with many boquets of roses and other seasonal flowers.
Many attractive gifts were presented the newlyweds of fifty years.
Mr. Chesser, was born March 5, 1858 and his wife, April 29, 1866 in Shelby County, Alabama. They were married November 23, 1881. They moved to Texas in 1912 locating at Jackson where they lived for 13 years. They have resided at Myrtle Springs since. To them were born eight children with only four now living, who are: Mrs. Florence Lester of Birmingham, Ala.; Mrs. R. W. Sims of Jackson, Mrs. B. V. Tutle of Myrtle Springs and Miss Dorothy Chesser who lives with her parents at Myrtle Springs. They have twelve grandchildren.
Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Sims and six children of Jackson; Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Seals of Canton, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Cauthren of Myrtle Springs. Others from Myrtle Springs were: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Morris and daughters, Nadine and Daphine; J. J. Holloway, wife and children; Mrs. Lelia Helms and children, Mr. and
Mrs. C. C. Simpson and family.

LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Blake Woolverton was called to Arp to work in the postoffice during the holidays.-Miss Thelma Lee Dean, a teacher in the Whitton school, spent the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Egbert Dean, and family.-Park Whittaker's little son was rushed to the hospital in Terrell Tuesday night for an operation for appendicitis and has been very low, but is reported better today.-Misses Juanita Venable, Charlotte Johnson, Janet Lybrand and Margaret Finney and Mr. Christian attended the A. & M. Texas football game at College Station on Thanksgiving day, and were guests of Jack Finney while there.-Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Perry have as their guests for the Thanksgiving holidays two daughters; Miss Mary, student at the State College for Women at Denton, and Miss Elsie Adelle, teacher in the high school at Madisonville, and their son Leroy, of Houston.-Miss Grace Fitzhugh of Fort Worth has been a guest of Mrs. Harry O. Fry this week.-Mrs. Hazel Warren of Oklahoma is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Sadler.-A. M. Liddell is spending Thanksgiving at home in Fort Worth.-Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ed Spears and little daughter, Mary Helen, Mrs. Sam Spears, Sr. and Joe Hullum were in Greenville Sunday. Mrs. A. M. Kimbrough of Penite, returned with them for an extended visit.-Misses Varnell and Mildred Morris, Rubye Sprague and Ola Wester of Hiram, Truman Sealy of Terrell and B. W. Johnson were guests of Maurice McKnight last Thursday at a 6 o'clock dinner at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McKnight.

"BOARD: Little Benny Boyd Scott fell off a horse one day this week while coming home from school and broke his arm.-Little Haskel Runge is real sick at this writing. We hope for him a speedy recovery.-E. O. Ragland and wife spent Sunday with Holland McInturff and family of Morince.

"ELWOOD: Our Sunday school and B. Y. P. U. are growing. There were 85 at Sunday school and 92 at B. Y. P. U. Come over and take a part with us.-Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Eskue and daughters Merlen and Doris were Terrell visitors Monday.

"PALMER GROVE: Miss Ivis Mott, who has been very ill with typhoid fever is improving. We hope she will soon be up again.-A few days ago Bonnie Coats had the misfortune of getting two bones broken in his hand, A car driven by Mrs. Jamieson accidentally ran into him as he was crossing the street at Wills Point. Bonnie was very fortunate that it didn't prove to be a more serious accident.


"The census bureau reports 4,544,176 bales of cotton ginned in Texas up to Nov. 14, against 3,525,47 to the same date last year. Cotton ginned in East Texas counties to Nov. 14 is reported as follows: Henderson --19,276; Kaufman--71,887; Rains--5,972; Smith--30,324; Upshur-- 17,205; Van Zandt--35,776; Wood---22,595.

"The Van Zandt Council of the Parent Teachers Association will meet in the high school auditorium at Wills Point on Saturday December 5 and all local organizations are expected to send delegates. The session will begin at 10 o'clock. (See newspaper for complete article)

"Due to the bad weather last Thursday, the football game between Wills Point and Grand Saline, was postponed until Friday Dec. 4, and will be played at Grand Saline.

"The brick work is practically completed on the new building being erected for Hadley Phipps on his lots near the Masonic hall to replace the old blacksmith shop that was an old landmark in Wills Point. When the building is completed, Mr Phipps will have a shop that will be a great improvement and add much to the appearance of that part of the business district".

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