Old Newspapers Page Van Zandt County Genealogical Society
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 8, 1932
"In an attempt to save his 5 year old son, Lafayette F. Wynne, from being burned to death Monday morning about 4 o'clock, Dr Noble L. Wynne was critically burned in his home in Shreveport, La., and died later at the Tri-State Hospital. (See newspaper for complete article.)
"It was "First" Monday in name only at the county seat of Van Zandt county Monday of this week--which was also the first Monday of the New Year.
It was all due to the rain, which began during the night before and continued practically without intermission throughout the entire day. As a result, there was not a wagon in sight loaded with pigs for sale, or chickens, or syrup, or any farm product of any kind, and if there had been there would have been no customers.
The people remained at home, except those who were compelled to attend the opening session of the district court.
"Onlookers around the sheriff's office at Canton Tuesday, without any admission being charged, were treated to the spectacle of witnessing the pouring out of 70 gallons and 1 and 1/2 pints of liquor that had reposed in the liquor vault until it served its usefulness as mute testimony in court.
The liquor (of last year's vintage) was for the most part contained in fruit jars and jugs. There is now considerably more storage room in the vault than there was before the January cleaning, and it remains to be seen just what 1932 will provide in the way of new and untried refreshments.
"Miss Johnno Ellis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Ellis was married to Walter Nelson of Dallas on New Year's Day in Oklahoma. The mother of the bride and a number of friends from Dallas accompanied the couple to attend the wedding. A more extended mention of the marriage will be given in a later issue of this paper.
"Mrs. R. F. Williams had 19 hens stolen Wednesday night. Recently Raymond Harris lost a number of his fine chickens and others in this vicinity have reported chickens stolen. Theft of chickens is a felony under the Texas law.
"A meeting of the Poultry Association will be held at the chamber of commerce in Wills Point Monday evening at 7 o'clock.
"LOCAL HAPPENINGS; Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey Brooks of Nebraska are visiting relatives and friends here.-Born to Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Jennings of Plainview, a baby girl. Mrs Jennings, who is in a hospital in Lubbock, has been quite ill but is reported as greatly improved in a message to her sister, Mrs. P. Crumpler.-J. J. Shaw secretary of the chamber of commerce and teacher of vocational agriculture in the public school is in Fort Worth attending a two-day session of the Agricultural Worker's Association.-During the Christmas holidays Mrs. Mae Eskeridge entertained a number of friends of her little niece, Betty Jane Alford. The occasion was in honor of Betty Jane's ninth birthday and was enjoyed by all the guests. A number of games were played, after which delicious refreshments were served.
"COUNTY CORRESPONDENCE: ROCKY POINT-School will begin this Monday morning with a new teacher, Miss Gladys Green.-Roy Phipps and daughters, Mae Dee and Winne Fay, of Dallas visited in the home of his father, W. H. Phipps.-This community was made very sad when they learned that little Wilburn Clyde, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Coleman Ewalt, who was visiting his grandparents, Mr. and Mr. N. W. Via, of Friendship, died Friday night. He was born December 4, 1931, and died January 1, 1932. He was laid to rest at College Mound January 2, 1932, at 2 p.m. Funeral services were conducted by brother Lockredge of Terrell.
"PALMER GROVE: Y. C. Counts surprised his friends by bringing home his bride, who was formerly Miss Ona Cox. We wish them may happy years together.-Miss Cora Springer of Denton, who has been spending the Christmas Holiday with Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Hardy and other friends returned home Friday.-Born to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Bolt Jan. 2, a baby girl. Mother and baby are doing nicely.- Mrs. H. W. Champion, and children spent Friday in the home of her brother Work Gilbert.
WILLS POINT CHRONICLE TUESDAY JANUARY 12, 1932
"WOODALL: A. W. Boggus, who moved here four weeks ago from Gordon, and has been in ill health for the past four years, quietly passed away at his home Sunday morning, Jan. 10, at 11 o'clock. Mr Boggus was only in the prime of life, just 35 years of age. He leaves a loving companion, five small boys, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. Burial will be this afternoon (Monday) at Small. (See newspaper for complete article)
"The Tiger Cat --Edited by pupils of Wills Point High School--LUNCHEON: Miss Coleman's first year foods class entertained their mothers and friends in the Home Economics dining room Wednesday, January 6, at 12 o'clock.
The senior basket ball boys and girls have received new suits this year. The girls sold lunches for the purpose of making money to buy the material for their suits. They are proud of them.
UP THE HALL AND DOWN: Nell Henderson, who has just enrolled again in good old W. P. H. S. Beatral McManus- introducing our new student, McLemore.Clyde Ralston-averaging examination grades.Wanda Hawkins- busy preparing noon lunch.Teddy Arendale, quite comfortable lounging on his study hall desk.Thalbert Harris-winning the bathing beauty contest.Jim Phipps- testing a piece of cloth for a home economics project.Winell Smith- starting to play basketball. J. C. Venable- going to the book room for a conference with Miss Caviness about tomorrow's lesson.Romilda Johnson,Nell Henderson, Erwin Lea and Thomas Adams- charging ice cream.Pete Williams- asking Clyde about the new rules he learned yesterday.
"A comedy burlesque was presented in the high school auditorium on Friday evening Jan. 8th."
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