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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, March 18, 1932

"Last Friday night shortly after 11 o'clock, the Harris Cafe in Wills Point was partly damaged by fire, the flames breaking out in the kitchen compartment of the establishment and spreading rapidly. The loss was partly covered by insurance and it is thought by many that Mr. Harris will re-open in the very near future. For the present, he has moved some of his equipment into the building adjoining the west side of the Majestic Theater lobby, where he has candy, cigaretts and cigars in connection with operating the Sunshine Bus Station.

Four children of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Winn of Grand Saline are dead as the result of burns sustained in a
fire which destroyed the Winn farm home two miles east of Grand Saline. Mr. Winn is in a critical condition at the Baylor Hospital in Dallas. Mrs. Winn was less seriously injured.
Funeral services for the children were held at Sand Flat near Grand Saline. (See newspaper for complete
story.)
"MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED: Calvin Baker and Zelma Holden; Cleo Nations and Daisy Jackson; A. R. Crow and Stella Strickland; J. V. Brewer and Irene Fry; J. O. Thorn and Susie Murray; Robert Bass and Susie Bogard; Charlie Smith and Wadie Mills; W. A. Milam and Mrs. J. V. White; Homer Williams and Bula Carter; Raymond L. Moore and Marie White; Wm. Lee Boothe and Lillian A. Pinkerton; J. Leddy Johnson and La Fon Rainey; A. L. Sides and Carlene Windham; Wylie Williams and Linne Ferguson; J.W. Daniel and Adell Duke; Alva A. McLemore and Estell Vines; F. E. Martin and Robia Mae Stroud; James H. Brown and Opal Holland; Elmer Smith and Bill King; Romie Hamblen and Ruth Dudley; Clarence Smith and Ola May Lewin.

"NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS--STONE POINT: The play at the school house Saturday night was good. We hope they will put another on soon.-Arthur McKinney and family of near Wills Point visited relatives and friends in this community over Sunday evening until Monday.-Miss Nela Norman is visiting relatives. She will leave soon for south Texas.-Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Hubbard and son, Veston, went to Wills Point Sunday evening to hear Rev. Hawkins preach.-Connie Leach returned home Saturday after a two weeks' visit in Dallas.-S. M. Teel and family spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Oldfield of Whitton community.-Dave January spent last week in Canton.-Thedia Richards of Wallace spent Saturday night with her brother Morris Richards.
WOODALL: Our prayer meeting was snowed out Tuesday night. We will meet again when the weather will
permit.-Rev. Jessie Catenhead and family of Burnett Chapel spent Sunday afternoon in the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Will Livesay.-Alfred Sides is visiting his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Collins, of Fruitvale
this week.-Bird Kinney and family were visitors in the home of Mr. Strubling in the Rocky Point community
Saturday night.-Farris Kinney's one year old daughter had one hand severely burned Friday when it fell in the fire. it is reported as doing well.
CEDAR GROVE: The cold weather did not damage the oats as badly as it was thought. The blanket of snow was a benefit to them.-Mrs. S. D. Ewalt is able to be up. Her daughter, Mrs. Tom Johnson, and son have returned to their home near Lawrence after a visit here.- Mrs. Cora Simpson has returned to her daughter's, Mrs. Reford Mullix of Abner, after a visit with her sister-in-law, Mrs. D. C. Neill.-Clifford Ashley has returned from Muskegee Okla.
COBB; Our school building caught fire Thursday. Had it not been for the quick work of the pupils, teachers
and aid summoned the building would have been destroyed.

ANTIOCH: The entire community was bowed in sorrow Thursday to learn of the death of L. M. Long, age 76 years, He was making his home with a daughter, Mrs. Joe Teel of this community. Funeral services were
conducted at Creagleville church and he was laid to rest at Edgewood.

WILLS POINT CHRONICLE - TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 1932

"Jim Francis, a bachelor 66 years old, died Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the home of his brother
Jess Francis, in Myrtle Springs, where he resided. Funeral services were conducted Sunday morning by Rev.
Jones of Athens, interment being at the Myrtle Springs cemetery. The deceased had been in the general
mercantile business at Myrtle Springs for several years and formerly worked as a bookkeeper at Mabank for a number of years. Besides the brother mentioned, two sisters survive.

Wayne Dawson and Miss Edna Mae Mott were united in the holy bonds of wedlock Saturday evening, the marriage being performed by Rev. H. J. Manley at his home in Wills Point. The happy couple were accompanied by Misses Jewel Dawson and Avis Mott, sisters of the groom and bride respectively, and Grady Coates. Following the ceremony they went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Beck, where they were surprised with a shower. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Mott of the Palmer Grove community. The groom, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Dawson of the Rocky Point community has been operating the tourist park on the highway just west of Wills Point. The happy young couple will make their home at the tourist park.

"Sam Ed Spears and C. H. Horton motored to Dallas Saturday afternoon to get Mr. Horton's car, which had been stolen Friday night and left in Dallas.

"Advertisement: Hooks, line, poles, reels and rods. When you think of drowning worms, think of Eubank
Brothers." (NOTE; The issue of March 18 contains obituaries for Mrs. Eva Green Howell and Mrs. Horace
Dubose nee Glendora Long.)


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