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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 December 11, 1931

"Woodrow Graham, 18 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Graham, of Myrtle Springs,sustained serious burns on both of his hands, especially the left, Monday. The young man is a Canton high school student, and was experimenting in the Chemistry laboratory at the school plant when the accident happened, the burns being the result of phosphorus becoming ignited. Dr. L. W. Shoemaker was called and gave medical aid, the young man being taken to the home of his parents.

"S. W. Akin of Wichita Falls and Miss Willie Shaw of this place were united in marriage Monday evening at 9:15 o'clock, November 30, in Frederick, Okla.

The bride is the accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Shaw, a few miles north of Wills Point, and graduated from the Wills Point high school in 1926.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Akin of Poetry and a graduate of Terrell high school. (see newspaper for complete article).

"The P. T. A. met in their regular meeting December 8, with Mrs. Buie Blakeley in charge.

Miss Susie Kennedy's rooms had several Christmas numbers, including songs, readings and a piano solo, which was enjoyed by all.

Miss Edna Gibbard's pupils favored us with two "operettas." The children were cunning with appropriate costumes.

Lucretia Jane Blakeley played two piano solos and Ann Mayfield played a very pretty number, "The Country Dance."

J. C. Lybrand gave a very interesting talk on "Children, Money and Thrift."

The association surely did appreciate Mr. Lybrand taking time from his business to make this wonderful talk.

This was followed by a paper by Mrs. Maurine Flanagan on "Conservation of all Things Valuable."

Mr. Staton dismissed with prayer.

"Mrs. Emma J. Fuller died at the home of her son, G. H. Fuller, at Love Field, Dallas Sunday evening, Dec. 6, at 8:30 o'clock and her remains were brought back to this county for interment, which took place at the Bright Star cemetery Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock. The burial service was conducted by Rev. Henry McBride, assisted by a minster from Love Field.

Mrs. Fuller was born in Maine and was 85 years of age at the time of her death. (See newspaper for complete article, survivors, etc.)

"NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: ORIO- Mr. and Mrs. Doyl Thompson are the proud parents of a fine baby boy, Doyl Jr., born Dec. 2.-Mono basket ball team played Orio Friday afternoon, Orio being the victors.-Miss Fannie Sapp of Prairieville spent the week-end with Miss Elizabeth Johnson.-Mrs. R. G. Cabaniss attended the funeral of Mrs. Olsen of Prairieville Friday.

PLEASANT GLADE: Born to Mr. and Mrs. Buster Miller on the 1st of December, a fine girl.-Born to Mr. and Mrs. Odell Woolverton on the 6th of December, a girl.-Roy Montgomery and wife of Wallace have moved in this community.

"Terminating a three weeks illness, Mrs. T. L. Green died at the home of her son, O. T. Green in the Union Grove community Friday morning at 2:30 o'clock and her remains were interred in the Myrtle Springs cemetery Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock.

Mrs. Green was born in Louisiana on Feb. 28, 1857 and came to Texas 35 years ago. She married T. L. Green in 1879 and is survived by her husband and four sons-- F. B. Green, O. T. Green, Bob Green, and Luther Green.

"The K. P. Lodge gave the football boys, who have won many games for the Wills Point high school this year, a banquet Monday night in the basement of the Methodist church. (see newspaper for complete article)

WILLS POINT CHRONICLE TUESDAY DECEMBER 15, 1931

"LETTERS TO SANTA CLAUS: Dear Santa Claus: We are two little girls ages 2 and 5 years old. My little sister wants you to bring her a baby doll and I want a kiddy car, and a baby doll that will go to sleep and cry, and a wash tub and rub board. Don't forget to bring us lots of fruit, candy and nuts.-Bennie Faye and Mildred Ruth Wilson, Route 6, Wills Point,

Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl four years old and my little sister is one and one-half years old. We want you to bring us a little doll, a big doll, set of dishes, and fruits and nuts and candies.--Helen Margaret Baucum, Wills Point.

Dear Santa Claus: Please bring me a cowboy suit, a watch and a big ball, and anything else you would like me to have. I am six years old.--Howell Durell Simmons, Wills Point.

Dear Santa Claus: I have been a good little girl. I want a doll and buggy and I want some fruit, nuts and candy and a little wagon to. by by.--Sedalia Tucker, Wills Point, Route 3.

Dear Santa Claus: I have been a good little boy. I will not ask for much. I want you to bring me fruits, nuts and candy. Do not forget my teacher, Miss Mary Lee McDonald. --James Harris, Wills Point.

Dear Santa Claus: I am a little boy three years old. Ted wants a choo choo train, a tricycle and all kinds of nuts, fruits and candies. Please don't forget my new baby sister.--Teddy Lee Chamness, Canton, Texas."

NOTE: These issues contain several other letters to Santa, a list of students who did not receive a demerit during the second six weeks of school, a lengthy obituary for J. W. Gentry, former sheriff and A. B. Miller who was born in Van Zandt county in 1868.


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