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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 29, 1932

"The I. O. O. F. lodge of Wills Point entertained members with a forty-two party in their hall over J. C. Mason's dry goods store on last Thursday night, April 21. There were 48 present and the occasion was in honor of Rev. H. J. Manley, who left his charge in Wills Point a few days later.
Forty-two was played throughout the evening and a good time was had by all those present.

"The Union Grove school will present their play, "Jimmie Be Careful." at the Palmer Grove school house on Friday night of this week. There will be no charge for admission and the public is cordially invited.

"CENTER: Miss Veta Pearson, who has been visiting Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Boydston and family returned to her home in Terrell Monday.-There was a reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Boydston last Sunday. All the children and grandchildren were present.-Mouron Fletcher of Golden visited Miss Frances Teel Sunday-The friends of Center community extend their deepest sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wilson and family on account of the death of Mrs. Wilson's father, Mr. Byrd, of Terrell, who died last Wednesday.

"COBB: School is progressing nicely. We will have two more weeks of school after this one, which will make us a seven months' term.-Troy Clower returned home Sunday after spending the past week with friends in the Sandflat community.-D. C. Ayers was carried to the sanitarium Saturday to have his eye removed. he is doing fine now.

"BETHLEHEM: Mrs. and Mrs. Alford Morris and Miss Lucille Beaty of Gordon attended Sunday school here Sunday.-R. E. Lee of Dallas was here for the closing exercises of the school Friday night and spent the night with Mr. and Mrs. Frank Clark.-J. A. Stanford of the A. & M. College at College Station was here visiting his wife and for the closing of the school.-Branton Brown of Center visited his uncle Walter Travis, Friday night.-Misses Mildred Lamb, Lorene White, Edith Cooksey, Christine Childs and Audie Foster, who are attending school at Wills Point, were here for the closing of school Friday afternoon and night.-On Tuesday Mrs Lottie Stanford, principal of the school, secured a truck and accompanied her pupils, together with a few other guests, to Ocean Lake on a fishing trip and picnic. They report a wonderful time but no fish.

"BURNETT CHAPEL: M. L. Leonard formerly of Rascoe, moved to this community the past week on Cris Burnett's farm.-Ophas Farmer and children, Mouron, Geraldine and Ophas, Jr. of Greenville spent Sunday with Harvey Smith.-

"CEDAR GROVE: Everything and everybody was glad to see the rain. The oats are looking fine, also the corn. A great deal of cotton seed was planted the past week.-Miss Fry, the demonstration agent, will meet with the women April 29 at the home of Mrs. H. B. Neill.-Mr. Ritchie, who makes his home with his daughter, Mrs. E. W. McClure, celebrated his 83rd birthday on April 20. He is very active for his age and in reasonably good health.-Born to Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Sapp a 10 pound baby boy on April 25.-Mrs Mary Richardson is sick at the home of her son, Frank Richardson. Her many friends hope she will soon be up again.

"The Chronicle is authorized to announce J. D. Merritt as a candidate for constable precinct No. 3, Van Zandt county, subject to the Democratic primary, July 23, 1932.

"J. H. Chambers, who was tried for aggravated assault on Judge Joel R. Bond, was given a fine of $25. The case attracted quite a lot of attention and a large crowd was in attendance.

WILLS POINT CHRONICLE, TUESDAY MAY 3, 1932

"Ralph Keller Mayfield and Miss Leota Mislivets were united in marriage at the Russell Memorial Methodist church on Saturday evening, April 30, at 8:30 o'clock in the presence of the immediate families and a few intimate friends.
After the wedding, an informal reception was held at the home of the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Mayfield.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Mislivets of the Scott community. (See newspaper for complete article.)

"A first place in the Dallas District Public Speaking Contest of Future Farmers of America, held at Mesquite Saturday, for the Vocational agriculture students, was won by Pat Coon of Wills Point and Lynn Spears of Forney. Both students will represent the district at the state meet at Huntsville some time in July.

"Joe White, Jr. and Miss Sue Russell were united in the holy bonds of wedlock at the Methodist church Saturday afternoon at 5 o'clock. Rev. L. F. Brothers, pastor, officiated and the ceremony was witnessed by the parents and other relatives of the contracting parties. A buffet dinner was served and the couple went to Monterey, Mex., where they are spending about 10 days, and on their return will be at home at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Riley in Wills Point.
The bride, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Russell, was reared in Wills Point. (See newspaper for complete article.)

"Mrs. J. P. Boswell was given a birthday dinner Sunday at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Lloyd Hendley, in the Clifton community, all of her children except one being present. Among those in attendance were Mr. and Mrs. A. K. Boswell and daughters, Misses Vera Lee and Mary Fay, of Dallas.

"Tom Orrick of Tyler and Miss Clara Mae Welmaker were united in marriage Saturday morning at 9:30 o'clock at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. C. M. Wells, in Wills Point. Rev. J. R. Ritchie, pastor of the bride, officiated and the wedding was witnessed by the immediate family. They left immediately for Tyler, where they will make their home."


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