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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 22, 1932

"I. S. Neal, who has been in the grocery business on the south side of the Railroad, moved his stock this week to the Hurley building on North Fourth street, where he will be much more conveniently located for his trade. In the new location, in a brick building with nice front and modern fixtures, Mr. Neal can display his stock to much better advantage than in the old sheet-iron building formerly occupied and will doubtless do a more satisfactory business.

"The Federation of Women's clubs met in the basement of the Methodist church on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 19, with thirteen members present.
The cooperation of the federation was solicited by the chamber of commerce in their project of planting trees along the highway.
Mrs. J. H. Human was appointed chairman of the clean-up campaign.
Mrs. Damson reported that so far only one family had called for help. Charlotte Ruth Tomilin, Audrey Lee Bedingfield and Lucretia Jane Blakeley gave readings that were very much appreciated.-Reporter.
Road conditions between Tyler and Wills Point are in better shape now than they have been in several weeks and motorists will experience no difficulty in passing over either of the detours between these points. If weather permits, the three mile stretch not completed between Canton and Ben Wheeler will be completely asphalted in six working days. Seven miles of the original ten miles have already been asphalted.
The road from Canton to Wills Point, which is closed, is being graveled and if the weather conditions continue in perfect form, according to Engineer Greer the graveling will have been completed by Sunday and the road will be opened for good until next summer, at which time the highway at this point will be concreted.

"The building occupied by Walter Johnson will be completely overhauled and remodeled, a new and modern front being included in the improvements. The stock will be moved into the adjoining building, recently vacated by the Crow Drug Co. where Mr. Johnson will do business while the work is being done.

"NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: PALMER GROVE- On account of bad roads there were no services at the church Sunday.-A.G. Rea and family moved from our community last week. Mr. Stanford and family of Alsa have moved into the place vacated by Mr. Rea.-Leonard Vance and Donald Harris of Oklahoma are spending a few days in the home of the former's aunt, Mrs. Vernon Blasingame.-L. V. Mhoon and family, who have been living on the Turner place for the past two years, have moved back to their farm at Alsa. Mr. Dave Turner and family are returning from West Texas to their farm.

ROCKY POINT; Odis Stribling spent Saturday night with R. B. McKnight at Board.-Mr. and Mrs. George Hunter and little son, Junior, also Delmer Hunter, of Houston, have returned to their home.

"Tuesday, Jan. 19, was a new holiday in Texas, so declared by Ross Sterling in honor of Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army. The Texas legislature officially designated Lee's birthday as a holiday and the governor proclaimed it.
"Mrs. J. C. Boyle, who died at her home in Smith county, was buried Tuesday in the Sandflat cemetery, Van Zandt county. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, her mother and six sisters, one of the latter being Mrs. J. A. Stewart of Grand Saline.

"Mrs. E. P. Lester of the Cedar Grove community died Thursday morning at 5 o'clock at the Alexander-Holton sanitarium in Terrell, where she was carried eight days ago for an operation for appendicitis. Her remains were brought to Wills Point Thursday morning and the funeral will take place Friday at the Cedar Grove cemetery. The deceased is survived by her husband, one son, Curtis; one brother, Hugh Briggs of Cedar Grove, three sisters, Mrs. John McLean and Miss Rebecca Briggs of Wills Point and Mrs. R. L. Coates of Madill, Okla. The death of this good woman came as a great shock to the relatives and many friends and the bereaved ones have the heartfelt sympathy of all in their great sorrow.

WILLS POINT CHRONICLE Tuesday January 26, 1932

"The Delphian Club will meet Thursday, Jan. 28, with Mrs. Earl Greer as hostess. Mrs. W. L. Baker as leader will conduct the program.
"Last Tuesday night the I. O. O. F. Lodge No. 85 of Cobb met with Lodge No. 245 of Wills Point for the purpose of going through the procedure of consolidation of the lodges.

E. Q. Vestal, grand secretary and Mr. Gerlock, grand patriarch of the order were here to preside during the ceremonies.
"Mrs. Martha Cartwright Massey died Friday, Jan. 22, in the St Paul Sanitarium, Dallas. Her remains were interred in the New Hope cemetery Saturday afternoon. (See newspaper for complete obituary)
"The K. of P. Lodge No. 216, of Wills Point elected officers and installed same last Tuesday, Jan. 19. The following officers were installed: Halbert Wingo, Thompson Coleman, J. C. Threatt,. Clay Presley, Bondie Breckendridge, John Ezell, R. R. Harris, Aubrey Exell, Bill Campbell and Q. A. Wilbourn. The coming term is expected to be one of the most active ones in the history of the lodge." NOTE: The January 22nd issue also contains an obituary for W. T. Ramsey, living four miles east of Canton on the Dixie Highway and Miss Katie Stroud, daughter of Eldo Stroud, of Edgewood.


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