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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 25, 1932

"The annual Easter egg hunt for the beginners and primary department pupils of the Methodist Sunday
school will be held Saturday afternoon, beginning at 2:30 o'clock on the lawn at the residence of Mrs.
Ellis Campbell. Each child, is requested to bring a half dozen hen eggs.-

"The Texas and Pacific Railway Construction crew were at work in Wills Point Wednesday repairing the bulging
rails on the crossing on North Fourth Street. This has needed repair work for some time, as it was not only
rough, but endangered the wear of the tires on automobiles.

"The Rhodes Motor Co., with J. Rhodes, as president and general manager, will open for business Monday
morning in Wills Point, occupying the building formerly used by the Wills Point Motor Co., and succeeding that company as local agents for Ford automobiles.
The personnel of employees of the new company includes the men actively associated with the Ford agency in Wills Point for some time, C. G. Wright and H. O. High being salesmen and Mackey ----- and Ernest Hitt mechanics.

"Uncle Eugene McCaffity died March 16, at the home of his son-in-law, Charlie Wright. He was 78 years of age. He has been well known in the Wallace, Stone Point and Wesley Chapel communities. He is survived by six children-- Bob, Earl and Sam McCaffity, Mrs. Jessie McCaffity, Mrs. Andrew McCarty and Mrs. Charlie Wright. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. J. Manley, Presbyterian pastor, of Wills Point and Rev. Jim Cleveland of Fort Worth, with burial at Wesley Chapel."

"Mrs. Lucia Childress Clark, who has been the guest of W. P. Gibson and wife and Miss Floy Gibson, left
Thursday morning for Dallas, where she will spend a few days with her niece, Mrs. Bess M. Wright, before returning to her home at Long Island, N. Y.

"LIBERTY: The croquet tournament was not as well attended on account of other tournaments in adjoining communities. Mr. and Mrs. Sam Brackeen were the champions.-The school will enter in a district meet at White Prairie and Able Springs April 1 and 2- Mrs. Beulah Northcutt and little daughter, Iva Lee, from
Quinlan are visiting the former's sister, Mrs. Lee Wood.-The lost son, Jewel Nichols, returned Thursday night to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Nichols who had not seen or heard from him in six years.-Mrs.
Essie Langford and children, Mrs. Gladys Langford visited the latter's sister, Mrs. Lucy Langford, at Quinlan Saturday night.

"WILLIAMS CHAPEL: Misses Obie and Edna Mae Edwards and Arthur Sprague, Grizzle Page and Boyd Wilson
attended singing at Fairview Sunday night.-Miss Orie Hare of Hiram spent Sunday with relatives in this community.

"ELWOOD: Mr. and Mrs. Hershel Davis and baby visited the latter's father, W. F. Crayton, and family of Cedar Grove Saturday night.-Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Massey and children and Jess Davis of Dallas spent Sunday with their mother.-The intermediate class, directed by Mrs. Carl Turner, put on a B. Y. P. U. program Sunday night, which was enjoyed by all. We want to compliment this class on their work

"BURNETT CHAPEL: After so long a time the district meet was held at Enterprise last Friday and Saturday. Those who
attended from here were the principal, Mrs. Ruby Shepherd, Irene and Ollie Davis, Marcelle and Mazie Parker,
Catherine Lamb and Haskel Ray.

"MORINCE: Frank Martin of this place and Robie Mae Stroud of Enterprise surprised their friends by getting married,
Saturday March 12. We wish them much happiness.

WILLS POINT CHRONICLE TUESDAY MARCH 29, 1932

"Henry C. Winn died Thursday at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. The fifth member of his family to succumb to
burns sustained on March 15 in the explosion and fire that destroyed his home near Grand Saline. Mrs. Winn
sustained slight burns when she attempted to save the lives of her children. Mr Winn's body was sent Thursday to Grand Saline for burial beside his four sons: Hulen, Hubert, Charles and Herman.

"John Ezell, who recently underwent an operation for the removal of his left eye, which has been troubling
him for some time, returned to Wills Point last Saturday, being accompanied by his wife and niece, Mrs. A. Roland, of Forney.

"Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Kellar of Cleveland, O., spent Friday in Wills Point meeting and greeting old friends. Mr. Kellar was manager of the Rose Dry Goods Co. for many years and has been with a clothing manufacturing company in Cleveland since he left here about 20 years ago.

"Mrs. Finis Blasingame entertained her grandson, Buck Jim Blasingame, on his eighth birthday with a party.

"Rev. C. L. Lackey offered his resignation as pastor of Edgewood Baptist church Sunday. He has been called
as pastor of the new Van Baptist church and will move to that field next week.

"Mrs. Ed Taylor returned Sunday from Decatur, where she was called last week by the illness of her mother, Mrs. J. L. Pinion, who died Friday and was interred in the cemetery at Decatur. The deceased was 87 years of age and is survived by her husband and seven children.

"T. E. Long, an old settler in Van Zandt county, passed away Thursday, March 10, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ethel Teal, in the Antioch community. Tom Long was born eight miles north of Quitman on September 16, 1855. On August 7, 1879, he was married to Miss Nettie Hollis and to this union were born 12 children, 11 girls and 1 boy. his wife preceded him in death six years ago. The remains were laid to rest on the day following his death at Oak Hill cemetery, Edgewood. Rev. W. W. Slaughter and Rev. Will Fugate conducted the funeral services which were held at Creagleville.--Grand Saline Sun.

"Mrs. J. B. Henderson suffered a stroke of paralysis and is in a precarious condition at her home in Terrell. Friends trust that she may soon be on the road to recovery."


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