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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 January 1, 1932

"White Rose Cemetery Association will hold their annual meeting on Sunday, January 10, at 2 p. m. at The First Christian church for the purpose of electing a board of directors for the ensuing year.
All officers are requested to be present. -W. P. Gibson, Sec.

"We are authorized to announce the following candidates for office subject to the Democratic primary July 23, 1932.
For Sheriff: Ike Allred - For County Clerk: M. K. Thomas - For District Clerk: Walter B. Seale - For Representative: A. O. Johnson - For Commissioner, Prec. No. 3: - F. B. Green

"The North Van Zandt singing convention will be held at Cedar Grove on Sunday, Jan. 17, instead of the first Sunday in January as first announced. All singers and the general public are cordially invited to attend. - B. W. Pirtle, President, C. C. Hargrove, Sec.

"ELWOOD: Our school will begin Monday. The cases of scarlet fever are improving at this writing.-Jessie Davis of Dallas spent Christmas day with his mother and sisters, Mrs. Buel Davis and daughters.-Misses Maud and Pauline Lovell spent the holidays with friends, Misses Fannie and Stella Haden, of Dallas.-Mr. and Mrs. Will Haden and little son, James, visited in Mesquite and Dallas last week. Harley Grissom returned home with them for a few days' visit.-Mr. and Mrs. John Davis of Bethlehem community are moving into our community. We are glad to have them move back with us.-Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Davis are the parents of a baby girl.-Miss Lillie Jones visited her sister, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbourn Waits, of Cobb during the holidays.-Adolph Lovell and Miss Gladys Bass of Edgewood were united in marriage at the home of Rev. W. C. Goode, Sunday, Dec. 27. Their many friends wish them much happiness and prosperity.-Buck Woodall and Miss Lottie Burch were united in marriage at the home of Rev. Joe Vines Friday, Dec. 25. -Mr. and Mrs. Jack Scott of Grand Saline are visiting relatives here this week.

"WHITE PRAIRIE: Monday morning finds us with the sun shining, which everyone is glad to see.-Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Hall and children of Cado Mills spent Christmas with his sister, Mrs. Howard Ussery. His mother, Mrs. Jim Hall went home with him for a week's visit.-Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Giles and son spent Saturday night with his sister, Mrs. Neely Stutts, at Terrell.-Mrs. Dollie Ashby and children spent Christmas with Mrs. Vester Ashby.-Mr. and Mrs. Bill Pitts and children spent Sunday with his sister, Mrs. J. S. Robertson.-

"CEDAR GROVE: The pupils rendered a good program Wednesday night, Dec. 24. The Christmas tree looked pretty with the many presents on it for the children. Santa Claus was there with candy for all the children. The school work will be resumed Jan. 4.-Bob Ewalt and Miss Lottie Girdley were married Dec. 24. Miss Girdley is the daughter of Mrs. T. E. Girdley. Mr Ewalt is the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Ewalt. Their many friends wish for them many years of happiness. They will make their home in this community.-Mr. and Mrs. Adolph King spent the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. King, near Cleburne.-Mack Jackson, who died at his home in the Union Grove community Friday morning, Dec. 25, was buried in the Cedar Grove cemetery Saturday afternoon.

"BOARD: Rev. J. H. Vines filled his appointment at the New Home church Saturday night and Sunday.-Maupin Ragland and wife spent the week-end with Melvin Daniels and family.-Mattie Hollister spent Sunday night with J. H. Vines and family.-Lindsey Woodall and Lottie Birch were quietly married at the home of Rev. J. H. Vines on last Wednesday night. We wish for them a long and happy life.-Alma Barton of Dallas visited Jesse Barton and family Saturday night and Sunday.- Lola Mae Shaw has returned home from a short visit to Denton.-John Vines and family spent Saturday night with Corb Gammons and family of Small.-Hollis Ragland and wife spent Wednesday night with Will Rogers and family of Elwood.

"FAIRVIEW: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Weeks and Mr. and Mrs. Jim High spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Gray and family of Wills Point.-Mrs. Will Courtney and daughter, Doris, spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Spradlin of Edgewood.- Kelly Simpson spent Christmas with hie grandmother at Myrtle.-Mr. and Mrs. Carey Smith spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Jim Smith of Alsa.

"BETHLEHEM: We are glad to report A. T. Smith as being better. We hope for him a speedy recovery.-Misses Mildred Lamb, Christeen Childs, Edith Cooksey, Lorene White and Audie Foster, who are attending school in Wills Point are spending the holidays with their homefolks.-Mrs. Early Whitfield and children spent the week-end with her mother of Morince.-Miss Naoma Cartwright and Miss Georgia Kennedy spent the week-end with Miss Cartwright's sister, who is in the St. Paul's Sanitarium.-J. A. Stanford of the A. & M. College visited his wife during the holidays.-Jessie Hart and wife of Dallas spent the week-end with Early Whitaker and family.-Ray Birdwell and father of Chicasha, Okla., are visiting H. A. Erwin.--Angus Martin and wife and baby and Miss Ollie of San Antonio spent the holidays with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Martin.

WILLS POINT CHRONICLE, Tuesday January 5, 1932

"Mr. and Mrs. Theo Sayre entertained the Bachelor Girls' Club and Los Amigos Club with a party on New Year's eve.

"The Wednesday Book Club members entertained their husbands and friends with their annual party on New Year's eve at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Campbell." NOTE: This issue contains story of the escape of twelve prisoners from the Van Zandt County jail.

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