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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 27, 1932

"T. B. Prestidge died Friday night in Terrell. Uncle Billy, as he was known, was 84 years of age. He has lived most of his life at Martins Mill. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Liberty cemetery. He is survived by nine children and a number of grandchildren.

"This paper is authorized to announce Howard L. Martin as a candidate for county attorney of Van Zandt county, subject to the actions of the Democratic primary July 23, 1932.

"The county-wide 7th grade graduation exercises are to be held at Canton at the Baptist church beginning at 8 o'clock Tuesday evening, May 31. There will be 111 pupils from 38 rural schools to receive diplomas as a result of having successfully passed a standardized test given in the county. Following the name of the school will be found the respective pupils from each school who will receive the diplomas of graduation from the 7th grade: Antioch: Bill Watson, Horace Yarbrough and Alvin Lewis. Creagleville: Farris Hawkins, and Howard Scott. Silver Lake: Dovel Dickerson. Central: Anna Mae Gipson, Virginia Mae Gipson and Archie Monk. Union Springs: Harold Tucker, Hazel Copenhaver, Gladys Williams and Price Chandler. Pleasant Glade: Mildred Hall, Bernice Smith and Arva Woolverton. Board: Oleta Cotton, Dorothy Scott and Robert R. Scott. Enterprise: Mildred Halford, Hubert Gilbert and Albert Lamb. Wills Point: Charlotte Ruth Tomlin, Bennie Johnson, Jack Campbell, Errol Dee Clark, Jane Johnson, Frank Gready, Claud Flanagan, Lottie Faye Goede, William Staton and Wanda Simmons. Wentworth: Myrtle Everett and Maurice Brown. Wisdom Temple: Allie Adkins and Gerald Rhodes. Pine Bluff: Merline Dike. Hayden: Jack Mullin and Maydelle Harris. Turner: H. C. Ross. McBee: Mabel McKinney. Wilson Chapel: Clayton Nelson, Neoma Hunter and Ioma Hunter. Crooked Creek: Minnie Adams, Alma Cox, Mart Kammon and Fern Phillips. Highland: Joe Bernice, Palmer Carl Martin and Clara Mae Boddle. Williams Chapel: Lillian Wilson, Alvin Williams, Winnie Jarosh and Effie Myers. Stewarts Chapel: Hershel Shiflet. (See newspaper for entire listing.)

"Twenty-one different kinds of demonstrations are being conducted by 4-H club boys this year and their projects reflect the many different kinds of crops that can be produced in this county. 305 demonstrations are being carried on by two hundred and forty boys in eighteen clubs. W. D. Seals, County Agent.

"COUNTRY CORRESPONDENCE: CEDAR GROVE - The farmers are busy trying to get their crops planted and some plowed over their oats are ready to cut.- The demonstration club will meet May 30 at Mrs. H. B. Neill's and Miss Fry will be present.- Friends of J. E. Hair are sorry to learn that he is sick. He seems to have suffered a stroke of paralysis. His daughters, Mrs. J. D. Jones of Elmo, Mrs. S. J. Miller and Mrs. Marvin Stroud of Whitehead spent Sunday with him. Mrs. J. A.Threatt of Wills Point and Mrs. Carey Wilson of Williams Chapel have visited their father several times recently.

ELWOOD: Miss Cecil Williams returned home Tuesday after spending several days with Misses Dorothy and Doris Harris of Wills Point. -Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Rogers and sons spent Sunday with their mother, Mrs. Buel Davis, and daughters. -Miss Mildred Fleet of Big Sandy is visiting in the home of her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Morse. -Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Boydston of Center spent Sunday with the latter's brother, W. B. Foster and family. -Mr. and Mrs. Bill Sprague and Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Miller and son spent Tuesday night of last week in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Rogers and sons of Cedar Grove.


WILLS POINT CHRONICLE, TUESDAY MAY 31, 1932

"The high school auditorium was filled to overflowing Friday evening to witness the graduation exercises, which marked the conclusion of a very successful term of the Wills Point school, the attendance probably exceeding 1,000 people. The class of 1931-1932 was outstanding in a number of things. There were 60 seniors who completed the high school course and received their diplomas. Out of this number there were 38 who came from outside this school district, leaving only 22 seniors residing within the confines of the local district. This speaks very well for the Wills Point school to attract such a large number of outside students for high school work. The ruling that only pupils who attend this school for the four years of high school are eligible for honors eliminated many who were outstanding in their class work. The four honor pupils were Addison Sewell, Thomas Adams, Marjorie Gilchrist and Hulen Crumpler. (See newspaper for complete story.)

"Raymond Wood and Miss Virginia Sue Colthrap were united in marriage Friday evening about 7 o'clock at the residence of Rev. F. E. Turner, who officiated. The bride was a member of the graduating class of the Wills Point high school, her home being in the vicinity of Cobb, The groom graduated from the Wills Point high school a few years ago and was employed the past school term in the Cobb school. The Chronicle joins their many friends in extending congratulations and best wishes.

"The annual flower show sponsored by the City Federation will be held on Friday, June 3, from 10 a. m. to 9 p. m. in the Howell building formerly occupied by the First National Bank.

"Just a reminder from Wills Point Lumber Company. Don't delay screening the windows and repairing the old screens. Use 16 mesh high grade screen wire. -Get a kitchen step ladder, can of enamel and brush for 70 cents from Wills Point Lumber Co. Useful every day in the year."


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