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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, May 20, 1932

"Walter Johnson's formal opening of his new model store in Wills Point on Tuesday, evening from 8 to 10
o'clock was well attended, the house being crowded during the two hours designated for this auspices
event. Music and entertainment was provided throughout the evening and souvenirs were given every person in
attendance. A colored quartette sang negro melodies and appropriate short talks were made. Mr. Johnson
expressed his appreciation for the liberal response to his invitation to everyone to visit his store.(see
newspaper for complete details.)
"The Wills Point Lions club met in the basement of the Methodist church at 12 o'clock last Thursday, May
12. A quartet composed of Mrs. M. M. Simmons, Rev. O. T. Wheeler, A. B. Dawson and Walter Johnson, with Mrs. E. B. Collier as accompanist, rendered a few sacred selections prior to the luncheon. Lion Secretary Leslie James revealed that when the local club was organized, there were only 16 members. At this time there are 28 members, which places the Wills Point club second in percentage of new membership in district 2X, which is one of the few districts leading the world in new membership percentage. (See newspaper for complete story.)

"A catfish weighing 25 pounds was exhibited on the streets of Wills Point Wednesday. It was caught near
Trinidad by local fishermen, the party including Jack Brothers, Luke Galloway and R. C. Pierce.
"R. E. Scott has fixed up the Mrs. Clyde West building, formerly occupied by Sash Neal, for use as a
grocery store, a large window being placed in the front and considerable improvement made in the
interior. The new business will be conducted in the name of the South Side Grocery and is now open.
COUNTRY CORRESPONDENCE: BRIGHT STAR -This writing finds it wet, muddy, and cloudy. Everyone enjoyed the rain that fell the past week. - We did not have any Sunday school Sunday on account of the rain. But the Sunday before, we had 98 present. Everyone come next Sunday and make it over a hundred. -Miss Elizabeth
Furrh of this community spent the week-end with Miss Belva Mae Adams of Rains county.-Several from here
attended the school closing at Board Wednesday night.-Anderson Allred and Miss Maggie Bell Adkins
were united in wedlock at the home of Rev. Henry McBride Sunday night, May 8, Rev. McBride conducted
the ceremony. They will make their home with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Allred.-Mr. and
Mrs. L. E. Davis were called to Enterprise Sunday night, May 8, because of the death of the latter's
grandfather, Mr. Goodge. Everyone joins in extending the bereaved condolence.-Sister Ammie Keys will
conduct prayer meeting services Sunday night.

ALSA: Many from here enjoyed the school play at Center Friday night.-Buck Davidson gave a dance
Saturday night. Everyone reported a fine time.-The club members met with Mrs. Ernest Shaw Wednesday night.-Mrs. Christine Green of Goose Creek has returned to her home after a week's visit with friends and relatives.-Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Roan of Grand Saline visited the former's sister Monday.
Alsa and Mexico played ball at Liberty Tuesday. The scores were 5 and 6 in Alsa's favor.


"LOCAL HAPPENINGS; Mrs. Alice Boshear Shaw entertained a number of high school pupils, classmates of her
sisters, Goldie and Celia, with a week-end party at the Boshear country home. An enjoyable time was spent.
Everyone declared Miss Alice a wonderful hostess.-Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Campbell and Miss Willie Gilmore, left
Wills Point Saturday for a visit with the former two's son, Ellis Campbell, Jr. of Groveton. From there the
three went to Houston to attend the State Democratic convention held in that city today, Tuesday.-Lawrence
Gready, D. Alford and Leroy Perry spent last Friday on Mr. Gready's ranchero in East Texas.-Dr. H. A. Baker
has been in San Antonio for the past few weeks attending an officer's training camp in that city. He is expected to return to Wills Point Wednesday or Thursday of this week.-Miss Ruby Norwood returned to Wichita Falls Saturday after a ten day visit with her sister, Mrs. Wade Howell, and friends. The Wednesday Book Club met with Mrs. W. P. Gibson as hostess for the last of their programs for the year Wednesday afternoon, May 18. Mrs. Janie Gready was the leader, who read the paper; "Beginning of American Music," Other papers were read by Mrs. F. V. This Week in Hughes, Mrs. J. C. Lybrand, Mrs. Ellis Campbell and Mrs. F. Hill. Assisted by Mrs. Cowles, Mrs. Gibson served ice cream and devil's food cake to seventeen members.
Mrs. Geo. T. Spears has as her guests today several members of the Bluebonnet Club, a group of old friends
who were former school-mates at Wills Point. The club members meet each year and this week are being
entertained by Mrs. Spears and Mrs. T. H. Peery of Wichita Falls. Mrs. Peery was hostess to the group the
first of the week and had them as her guests at the annual May breakfast of the Woman's Forum at Wichita
Falls on Tuesday morning. They are spending today in Graham and this afternoon will motor to Mineral Wells,
where they will be entertained by Mrs. Spears at the Baker Hotel. Included in the house party are Mesdames A. A. Blasingame of Denison; J. G. Kearby of Dallas; A. B. Hamm of Fort Worth; W. C. Blanks of San Angelo; G. F.
Childress of Cameron; W. R. Taylor of Commerce and T. H. Perry of Wichita Falls. Others included with the
party are Mesdames, W. C. Woody, Arch Dawson and Miss Marguerite Peery. Graham Leader."

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