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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, June 10, 1932

"A family reunion was held at the home of T. A. Weir, near Kemp on May 26, which was the 85th birthday of A. S. Weir, of the Alsa community, who attended being accompanied by his wife, three sons, Mrs. Weir's other grown son, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Altogether there were 22 present and the occasion was enjoyed very much by all.

"NOTICE: In canvassing the town, I left my cards at every home, trying not to disturb the house wife nor
taking up her time in useless conversation. Having lived here forty years, I feel you all know me and
leaving these cards is just a gentle reminder that I will appreciate your vote on July 23. J. E. (Jim)
Blakeley, Candidate for district clerk, Van Zandt county.

"In the colored division of the beautiful yard contest, first place was awarded to Effie Mathis and second place to Lady Babe Smith, these well known colored women making a very creditable showing in making their yards more attractive.

"The following enjoyed an informal swimming party and picnic lunch at Myrtle Springs Tuesday afternoon:
Misses Lillian Bacon of Abilene, Mary Delilah Manning, Minnie Rebecca Allen, Juanita Venable, Janet Lybrand, Josephine Rhodes and Mesdames Gordon R. Wynne and Maurine Flanagan.

"W. S. Overton, age 56, former resident of Hayden, died in Fort Worth last week. Had been slightly ill for two months and was found dead in bed, having succumbed to a stroke of paralysis. Mr. Overton was born in Van Zandt county and had lived in Fort Worth twenty-five years. He was an employe of Armour & Co. up to two years ago, when he entered the grocery business. He was a Mason. The funeral services were held at Chestnut Ave. Christian church, Fort Worth.

"About seventy-five guests called at the tea given Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. S. Presnall,
on Canton street, by Mrs. Presnall and Mrs. Earl M. Greer to compliment Miss Elizabeth Williams, who will
become the bride of Ben Dean, June 11. (See newspaper for complete article and article covering the
wedding.)

"COUNTRY CORRESPONDENCE: BOARD -Several of the pupils from here attended the county-wide graduation exercises at Canton Friday night.-Rubye Scott has returned from C. I. A., Denton, to be at home for the
summer.-Mr. and Mrs. J. Henry Brown attended the funeral of their nephew Little Kewpie Gilbert, at Small Saturday afternoon.-Mrs. W. P. Whittington is visiting in the Gabe Scott home.
MORINCE -We are sorry to report Bertie Stewart no better. She has been seriously ill for several
weeks.-Born to Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Turner, Sunday, June 5, a baby boy.-Mrs. Mary Huddleston is very
ill.-Bertie Martin of this place and Miss Doothy Waggoner of Small surprised their many friends by
getting married Saturday June 4. We wish for them happiness.-S. J. Tull and family of near Edgewood,
Duard Hart and little daughter, Adelle, and Mrs. Leaborn Jones and baby, Robert Ray of Board were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Tull and family.
LIBERTY -The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Gilbert Friday evening and took away their
little son, W. R. Jr., who had been paralyzed all his life. He was laid to rest in the cemetery at Small.
Heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

CEDAR GROVE -Walter Johnson of Wills Point has purchased a part of what is known as the Lige Sullivan
farm. The barn, which had been blown down, has been rebuilt. The house has also been repaired.-Tom Marlow
and family of Wills Point have moved on Jack Spears' place. He will assist Mr. Spears in harvesting his
grain crop and operating his thrashers.-Eber Paul and Gartha Lee Smith have diphtheria.

WILLS POINT CHRONICLE TUESDAY JUNE 14, 1932

"E. W. Smith, former service station operator on James and N. Fifth streets, has opened a cafe in the
Campbell building, adjoining the Keep-U-Neat cleaning and pressing shop on N. Fifth street. He has taken
care to attractively arrange the fixtures in the new cafe, and is ready to fill any orders he may receive.
His son, Coy Smith, is aiding him in operating the business and they both will welcome their many friends
to come pay them a visit.

"Mrs. J. H. Parker, suffering from a serious ailment for three months, passed to the realm beyond at her
home three miles southeast of Wills point in the Burnett Chapel community, Saturday at 11 o'clock.
Funeral services were held at Edgewood cemetery where interment was made, Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock.
Rev. Berry of Fruitvale officiated at the services. (See newspaper for complete obituary.)

"The Gifford-Hill Construction Company, sub-contractors of the Union Paving Co., will begin ponding and jetting the road-bed of highway No. 64, between Wills Point and Canton this week. Paving work on highway 15, between Fruitvale and Mineola, is rapidly progressing. Trucks have been hauling gravel out of Wills Point, and a great deal of local labor has been hired for the work.

"Zelma Rhea Brown died at her home in Edgewood Sunday morning about 10 o'clock. She has many friends in Wills Point who will read of her demise with sorrow and sympathy for her loved ones.
"Mrs. Frances C. Elam has been re-appointed postmaster at Edgewood, her new commission being
forwarded from Washington last week. She has served satisfactorily and many friends here will be pleased
to hear of her appointment for another four-year term."

(This issue contains notice of death of Mrs. W. R. Dean, in Oklahoma City, OK., a sister of H. M. Ezell.)


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