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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 22, 1931

"Mrs. W. B. Wynne, chairman of the Van Zandt county chapter of the American Red Cross, is in receipt of the following telegram from the Red Cross headquarters at St Louis: "Greatly increased demands during the last ten days have made imperative immediate campaign for Red Cross relief fund to meet emergency situation in parts of 21 states in drouth-stricken area. Your chapter quota $200.00. Report action taken."

"The Van Zandt county chapter accepted the quota assigned and a drive will be made at once for funds. The directors of the Van Zandt county Red Cross chapter are Mrs. J. C. Alsup of Grand Saline, Dr. Brandon of Edgewood, J. R. Kellis of Canton, and H. Gilchrist of Wills Point, and contributions to the county quota may be handed to either of them. - Signed Mrs W. R. Wynne, Chairman, Miss Allye Smith, Secretary.

"Olin Jackson Teague, 18 years of age, died of influenza at the home of his parents Saturday evening, Jan. 17 at 6:50 in this city. He was stricken with illness on the previous Monday afternoon and gradually grew worse until the end. He was a junior in high school, having played on the football team for three years. He was also a member of the Medical Detachment of the local unit of National Guards. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wills Point and a faithful attendant and member of the Sunday school. Surviving him are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Teague; three brothers, Harold, Ralph ad Ray; two sisters, Vanzora and Merle, and a host of relatives and friends. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the First Baptist church where a large audience gathered to pay their last respects. Service conducted by the pastor, Rev. O. T. Wheeler, Interment was at White Rose cemetery.

"The following marriage licenses have been issued by the county clerk of Van Zandt county since last report in this paper. The clerk says the rush has subsided since the holidays, but he thinks Dan Cupid is preparing for a spring offensive:
W. S. Douglas and Elsie Padgitt -- A. F. Mewborn and Mary Bates --
L. J. Malone and Opal Fowler -- J. E.Wilson and Cecil Finley -- R. D. Fuller and Lois Downing -- Robert Richardson and Annie Mae Cook.

"Coach Melvin Hooks journeyed to Athens on last Thursday with his basket ball team being defeated in a fast game to the tune of 35 to 18 in favor of the National Champs. Two or three of our boys are slightly crippled up and also Wills Point boys have not a gym or anywhere else for that matter, to do their practicing.

"Last week the work of securing the right of way for Highway No. 15 through Wills Point was completed, an agreement being reached for widening the street for the highway, leading out of town to the east.

"The Chronicle is authorized to announce that Miss louise Baker and Mr. M. F. Mayfield, Jr. will be married Sunday morning at 9 o'clock, the wedding taking place at the First Baptist church. Wills Point Chronicle, January 22, 1931

"Appearing on the Baylor college honor roll for the fall term are the names of Miss Rebecca Allen, Miss Lillian Lea, and Miss Florence Alta Box.
"Miss Allen, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Allen, is a freshman. Miss Allen recently played the role of "Amy" in "Little Women", which was staged by the Players Guild. Miss Lea the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Lea, is a sophomore. Miss Lea is also religious editor of the Baylor Bells, weekly newspaper. Miss Box, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Box is a freshman. Miss Box is specializing in music and is the pupil of Miss Anne E. George of the Fine Arts Faculty.

"Miss Flora Perry, a Wills Point girl who has been teaching in the public school at Burkburnett, has accepted a position as home economics teacher in the Pampa high school.

"Cecil Hargrove, member of the U. S. Army and stationed at San Antonio, is in Wills Point visiting relatives, Cecil is enjoying a 90 day furlough.

"Mrs. Jessie Qulll of Dallas and Miss Marguerite Teel, who is attending the teachers' college at Denton, spent Saturday night and Sunday with homefolks here.

"Miss Margaret Finney, a student at S. M. U. in Dallas, spent the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Finney.

"Among those here Sunday for the funeral of Mrs. Sudie McLeod were: Mrs. T. M. Jeter, Fort Worth; Miss Gladys McLeod, Wichita
Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Means, Mr. and Mrs. Chas Nebhut, Judge and Mrs. Joel R. Bond, Mr. and Mrs. Dan McLeod, Mr. and Mrs. Hardy, Terrell.

"Mrs. Frank Pierson of Depew, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. Lester Mills of Chickasha, Okla., are visiting their mother, Mrs. F. C. Wills.

"E. W. Wade of Rusk visited his daughter, Dorothy in the home of his sister, Mrs. J. W. Teel, Sunday."
NOTE: This issue also contained a very informative obituary for Mr. A. S. Dewees of the Hayden community, services at High cemetery. Born in Grayson county Kentucky, February 14, 1852, coming to Texas in 1878. Married Miss Mollie E. Seale in 1880."


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