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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 15, 1932

"The stockholders of the First National Bank, in their annual meeting, held here on Tuesday, re-elected the following directors: J. C. Lybrand, Jno. E. Owens, J. H. Human, H. Gilchrist, Dr. H. T. Fry, J. J. Beck, Ellis Campbell, A. M. Herrin, T. L. James, D. R. Laney, H. L. Lybrand, and A. B. Swank.

"The old directors of the State National Bank were re-elected by the stockholders in annual meeting as follows: R. W. Garrett, W. W. Gibbard, R. L. Walker, B. W. Bruce, Jr., M. A. Rose, W. M. Teel, F. W. Alland, R. W. Curtis, and E. H. White. Miss Allye Smith is cashier and F. E. Lea, assistant cashier.

"The two county Court of Honor for the Boy Scouts for Kaufman and Van Zandt counties was held at the First Baptist church Tuesday evening with a good attendance of local and out of town guests.
Star Merrit badges were presented to Russell Eubank, K. C. Lybrand, Jr., Henry Manning, A. J. Allen, Jr., and Robert B. Ford.

"C. C. Lester, an old and highly respected citizen of Van Zandt county, died at the home in Wills Point Wednesday morning at 1:45 o'clock, terminating an illness of long duration. Services were held Thursday afternoon. Interment took place at the College Mound cemetery. C. C. Lester was born in Limestone, Ala., on December 26, 1851, being 81 years old last month. He was married to Miss Udora Hardy on Oct. 15, 1873, and the family came to Texas in 1887. To this union six children were born, three of whom are now living. His first wife having passed away in 1890. Mr. Lester was married in December 1892 to Miss Elizabeth Franklin. (See newspaper for complete obituary, survivors, etc.)

"The ordination services for three new deacons was held at the First Baptist church Wednesday evening. Those being ordained to the deaconship were Thompson Coleman, Jr., J. L. McElvaney and R. E. Ford.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mr. and Mrs. Boyd of Dallas are visiting their niece, Mrs. O. L. Pate.-Mrs. Ida Norman of Stone Point visited her son, Milton Gossett, and family Sunday.-The baby of A. B. Cook is reported ill again.-Mrs. Jewell Heath has returned to Dallas after visiting her aunt, Mrs. T. C. Sadler.-Mrs. Dewey Echols and little son, of Tyler visited the former's mother, Mrs. J. T. Carr.-Little Miss Lillian Clark of near Wills Point spent Sunday with her little cousin, Miss Mavourin Clark, of Elmo.


"The barn and feed stuff belonging to W. L. Weatherford, 2-1/2 miles south of here were destroyed by fire Tuesday night about 10 o'clock. The origin of the fire is not known. The barn and contents were partially insured-Edgewood Enterprise.
News has been received here of the marriage of R. E. Lee and Miss Connie Clark, which took place last June and had been kept a secret until recently. These young people have been working in Dallas for some time. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Clark of the Bethlehem community and was employed as a teacher in the school in that community for four years, now having a position with the highway department in Dallas. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Lee of Wills Point.

"R. D. Russell, Jr. and Miss Josephine Moreau were united in the holy bonds of wedlock Thursday evening at 7:30 o'clock at the Methodist parsonage. (See newspaper for complete article)

"Henry Gilchrist and family, Andy Hawkins, F. S. Williams and Mrs. T. E. Thompson attended the funeral of W. S. Booe in Grand Saline Sunday afternoon.

"THE TIGER CAT - Edited by pupils of Wills Point High School
A second order of senior class rings was sent Thursday, Jan. 14, for the seniors who wanted a class ring and failed to order one with the order sent near the beginning of school.
The senior boys and senior girls sent six representatives from each basketball team to Van on Friday night to play with Van teams.

The senior girls defeated Van by a score of 39-22. The girls who played were Rosa Lee Furrh, Lorene White, Estelle Galloway, Oletha Leach, Wanda Hawkins and Willie Keyes.
The senior boys were defeated by a score of 26-22. The team was Addison Sewell, Bert Cannefax, Leonard Tankersley, Maxwell Norwood, C. U. Brock, and Lester Tucker.
The first year Home Economics class gave a child's party Thursday afternoon in the H. E. Laboratory. Miss Mary Coleman is the teacher of this foods class.

There were eleven children present. Each one received a balloon and a whistle as favors. Refreshments, including grape juice, graham cracker sandwiches made of fruit salad were served. The guests were Laverne Wheeler, Dimple Marie Coleman, Lila Marie Gossett, Billy Courtney, Bobby Petit, Billy Jo Damon, Billy Anderson, Billy Jo Flanagan, Junior McKnight, Rose Marie Lane, Dorothy Jamieson." NOTE: The January 15th issue contains a lengthy obituary for Mr. H. N. Shamburger, a well known nurseryman.

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