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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, January 15, 1931

"Much interest was shown at the meeting held at the Baptist church Friday night for the purpose of organizing a local troupe of Boy Scouts. There were forty-eight boys present to learn about the organization and another meeting will be held on Friday night of this week. All boys who will join the Boy Scouts are requested to attend the meeting at the First Baptist church at 7 p. m. Cedric Thurmon as scoutmaster and T. C. Coleman, assistant.

"The grocery stock of J. A. Cooley was moved into its new location the first part of last week and the store is now in order after adding many new fixtures and fresh stock. Among the many new conveniences Mr. Cooley has added to his store, now in the building formerly occupied by Hubbard's Grocery, is a product of Frigidaire especially manufactured for the keeping of meats, vegetables and fruits fresh at all times, also allowing a neat display of all the contents. Mr. Cooley invites everyone to call and see his new place.

"The City Federation will meet Tuesday, Jan. 20 in the basement of the Methodist church. There will be election of officers and all members are urged to be present.
"Feed oats for sale. --East Texas Cotton Oil Co.
"$3.50 and your old iron buys one of those new Streamline Westinghouse Electric Irons -- Jamieson's Garage.

"The piano recital at the high school auditorium Thursday afternoon at 4:15 o'clock by pupils of Miss Edna Gibbard was enjoyed by a large audience. The various numbers were very creditable to the piano pupils as well as showing very careful and efficient training by the instructor.

"Ben Herron, aged 47 years, was killed Friday evening about 7 o'clock when an automobile struck the wagon in which he was returning to his home near Cobb from Wills Point. He was carried to the hospital at Terrell by the R. F. Williams ambulance and the body was later brought to their funeral parlor here where it was prepared for burial. The funeral occurred at the Creagleville cemetery near Grand Saline Saturday afternoon. Mr. Herron's family seems to be an unfortunate one, a sister being killed in a railroad accident at Grand Saline last year on the day the excursion train was run on the occasion of the opening of the railroad to Van. Mr. Herron is survived by his wife and several children, who have the sympathy of all in their great sorrow.

COUNTRY CORRESPONDENCE: "BOARD --- Born to John Vines and wife, Jan. 5, a big girl. --- Mr and Mrs. Rass Davis of Dallas visited Geo. Hogan Sunday.

"BURNETT CHAPEL: John Hood, the principal of Burnett Chapel, was sick two days last week and could not teach, but we are glad to report that he was able to be up and in town Saturday. --- Lincoln Davis of Bright Star Mary Smith and Mrs. Julia Mae Sledge and little son, Truman, of Wills Point, were visitors of C. L. Davis, and family, the week-end. --- There has been some sickness in the community. Mozelle Carnes was kept out of school last week on account of an attack of appendicitis and some have had the sore eyes. -- The new movers into our community are: J. H. Parks and family from Union Grove; Harvey Smith from Fort Worth; Onery McBride and family from Board; Carb Carnes from Wills Point and a Mr. Wilson and family. We regret losing those who moved away but welcome the newcomers into our community. -- Ozelle Smith, the intermediate teacher of Burnett Chapel, spent Tuesday night with Miss Mazie Parker and Thursday night with Miss Birdie Smithhart.

"WHITE PRAIRIE: Mr and Mrs. Billie Ashby and baby spent Saturday night with Mr. and Mrs. Alton Roberts.--- John Zellner of Dallas visited J. P. Giles and family Saturday night. --- Mrs. Herbert Minter and children have returned to their home at Dallas after a three weeks visit with her mother, Mrs. Dollie Ashby.--- Mr and Mrs. Robert Hall spent Sunday with their grandmother, Mrs. J. S. Robertson.

"CEDAR GROVE: Several more families have moved. Wilburn Brown and family moved near Dallas; Mr and Mrs. Adolph King from Keene moved into the house vacated by Mr. Brown; Mr. Davis and family moved to Rose Hill community near Terrell; Mr. Burch and family of Alsa moved into the house vacated by Mr. Davis; Mr. and Mrs. Mack Jackson moved into the house recently vacated by Mrs. Harvey Hugh Briggs who moved where Mr. Jackson lived. --- Miss Adell Hair has returned after spending two weeks with her sister, Mrs. S. J. Miller, in the Whitehead community near Poetry. --- The Simms Oil company have moved the core drill they had on Mrs. W. A. Ashby's place. They drilled a little more than 600 feet. --- Mr. Harrison came in Thursday from Wellington, where he has been visiting some of his children. He will visit his daughter, Mrs. L. J. Ashby, here a while.

"W. M. Wells and Miss Ruby Wilson Floyde were quietly united in the holy bonds of wedlock at Mineola on December 21, Rev. C. C. Carter, the Methodist minister officiating. The bride's home was in Grand Saline and she is teaching school at Round Flat. The groom is now employed by Jamieson's Garage."
Note: To long to include here, an informative obituary for Mrs. W. M. Mislivets, nee Mary Donie Presswood. Also a story taken from the Dallas News of an attack by a masked hijacker upon three Van Zandters.


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