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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, April 1, 1932

"Three stills were captured or destroyed by the sheriff and deputies during the last week. One near Myrtle Springs, one in the Jackson community and one in the Stone Point community. Whiskey and mash were found in all three, but only one was being operated.

"Three Wise Girls", the Columbia comedy-drama opens tonight, Friday at the Majestic Theater in Wills Point, and will prove to be a genuinely entertaining film. A happy choice was made in the selection of the "three wise girls", Mae Clarke, Jean Harlow and Marie Prevost. Critics speak well of the picture and it has a good rating. See it.

"The district meet for the colored schools was held at Larue, Texas, Friday, March 25. The counties that compose the district are Smith, Henderson and Van Zandt.
The trip to Larue was not in vain, for Van Zandt county won most of the honors in the league activities. The County Training School at Redland won senior spelling with two one hundred per cent papers. Prairie Creek school won junior spelling, a team grade of 95 per cent. Wills Point school won Arithmetic, in which Maurine Fitzgerald and James Sanders entered with a team grade of 212. Omega Campbell and Teretha Scott won the girls debate; Delbert M. Ross and Goodrich McNeal won second place in boys' debate; Esther Lena Scott won second place in senior declamation; and Terry Alexander, Jr. won out in junior declamation.

"Mrs. R. H. Brantley received a message yesterday advising her of the death of her father, A. Alsup, who died Wednesday at Tishomingo, Okla. The body will be brought here for burial in White Rose cemetery. The deceased formerly resided in this county, moving away about 20 years ago and friends will regret to learn of his death.

"Walter Johnson yesterday morning began moving his stock of merchandise into the Howell building next door, which he will occupy until improvements on his building is complete.

"A large truck belonging to J. H. Couch and used for hauling cotton was destroyed by fire last Thursday on the Edgewood road a few miles from town.


WILLS POINT CHRONICLE, TUESDAY APRIL 5, 1932

"Grand Saline, Texas, April 1 -- C. B. Latham, a member of the crew on the H. E. Haake No. 1 hear here, was instantly killed while shooting the test last night.
Latham is survived by his widow and one child and his parents, who live near Texarkana, Ark.

"The Van Zandt County medical Society met in regular session at Canton, Friday with seven members and one visitor present. Dr. Felix V. Bryant, vice-president, presided. Clinical cases reported were: Dr. Paul S. Russell of Van, a case of pneumonia; Dr. Frank L. Lee of Ben Wheeler, a case of incretinism in a little boy four years old; Dr. Horace H. Hilliard of Canton, a case for diagnosis
placenta pracvia; Dr. Leonard W. Shoemaker of Canton, a case of toxicodendron or rhus poison.

"Miss Madie Henderson of Terrell and M. Edmondson of Temple were married Sunday, March 27, at 6:30 p. m. in Hot Springs, Ark. They have been in Terrell for the past week being called there by the illness of the bride's mother. The bride was reared in Wills Point. (See newspaper for complete story)

"Mrs. J. B. Henderson, who suffered a stroke of paralysis one week ago, died Saturday morning at 11:30 o'clock at the family home in Terrell. She was born July 18, 1879 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Services were held at the home Sunday afternoon conducted by Revs. W. E. B. Lockridge and J. A. Old, with interment at the Lawrence cemetery west of Terrell. (See newspaper for complete obituary)

"The Tiger-Cat - Edited by Pupils of Wills Point High School
The third year Home Economics class served tea on the afternoon of March 23rd, in the Home Economics dining room. The table was very attractive with a Mexican drawn work cloth over pink. Four pink tapers in green holders and a bowl of flowering almond were used as table decorations. A similar bowl of flowering almond was on the buffet. The guests were received by Misses Nell Henderson, Lorayne Ballard, Jewelle Murrey and Gene Gabbert. Tea was poured by Misses Marjorie Lee and Willie Keys, assisted by Mrs. Katie Malone and Miss Martha Sue Brothers. (See newspaper for complete article

"Class meetings were held Monday and Thursday afternoon in the auditorium at 2:45. The seniors are planning a May Fete to be near the first of May. Gladys Weldon was elected Queen, Christine Childs, Duchess and Thalbert Harris, Prince of the Fete. A program will be given before the Queen and her court. Addison Sewell was appointed to be George Washington.

"The boys' Home Economics class enjoyed a picnic at Goodnight Park on the afternoon of March 29. The class together with Miss Mary Coleman, their teacher and Misses Alice Murrey and Helen Caveness, hiked to the park immediately after school. A large camp-fire was built. Jim Phipps and Leonard Tankersley as captains, selected their base-ball teams. Five innings of this national sport were played with Tankersley's team winning. By this time, a nice bed of coals was ready for the roasting of weinies. All of the food served, was prepared by the boys, some of it being done in the food laboratory, while the remainder was done on the camp grounds. Members of this class are Florentine Alland, Bert Cannefax, Max Loughmiller, Woodrow Collins, Jim Phipps, Fred Rinks, Leonard Tankersley, Ben Boggess, William Teel, Aubrey Brown, Clyde Ralston, Donald Metcalf, Robert Goode, Elmer Rogers, Olan Thurmon, Pete Williams, Auburn Childs, J. C Venable and Frank Taylor."


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