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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 17, 1932

"The Canton baseball team was defeated by the Wills Point team last Tuesday afternoon in Canton by 8 to 5. The batteries for Canton were Fight, Peace and Stagner. The battery for Wills Point was Key and Andrews. Both teams played good baseball and interest ran high.

"On Monday of this week neighbors gathered at the Lamb farm in the Hayden community and chopped about 50 acres of cotton, the family having gotten behind with their work on account of sickness and death. Thirty-five persons participated in this neighborly deed, for which they are to be heartily commended. The following expression of appreciation signed by M. G. Lamb and family and Mrs. G. F. Lamb, has been handed the paper for publication, together with a list of those who put in a day's work Monday, but it is omitted.

"We give many many thanks to those who were so kind to us through the sad days and nights of our loved
one, Gus Lamb, who died June 9, and for the nice work you did by working out our crop, which we almost lost. We can never repay you for your kindness."

"The Wills Point Choral club was organized at a meeting of singers of the city at the Methodist church
last Friday evening. Twenty-seven members were enrolled in the club and fine interest and spirit prevailed.

The club will meet each Friday evening during the summer months at 8 p. m. except on special occasions.
All singers of the city are invited to attend.

"Gus Lamb of Hayden, 28 years, died last Friday with typhoid fever. Funeral services were held at Oakland.
He is survived by a wife and three children.

"The marriage of F. Marion Smith and Miss Mary Lee McDonald was solemnized Sunday afternoon, June 12, in the home of Rev. and Mrs. Wm. Fisher at Austin, at 5:45 o'clock. The ceremony was witnessed by the
bride's brother, Johnny Paul McDonald, the groom's friends of Austin and the members of Rev. Fisher's family. The bride graduated from the Wills Point high school and has taught the past three years in the Union Grove school near Wills Point. (See newspaper for complete article.)
"One hundred and fifty 4-H club girls and women took part in a demonstration program at the Myrtle Springs 4-H rally Saturday, June 11.

"Mr. Lester Woolverton and Miss Imogene Stegall surprised their many friends last Sunday when they
drove down to the Methodist parsonage and were united in marriage. The ceremony was performed by Rev. C. B. Williams, pastor of the Methodist church here. Immediately following their marriage they left for Denton where they will both attend the teachers' college this summer. The bride is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Stegall, and graduated from the Mabank high school; attended the teachers' college. She will teach at the Phalba school next year.

Mr. Woolverton is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Woolverton. He, too, graduated from the Mabank high school, attended Teachers' college and for the past two years has been teaching at Phalba. He will teach
at the Pleasant Glade school next year.
"CEDAR GROVE: J. H. King, who has been teaching near Alvarado, has come to make his home with his son,
Adolph.-Mrs. Thompson and daughter, Miss Margaret, and son of Fort Worth are visiting the former's sister, Mrs. Cleve Wilson.-Miss Josephine and Sue Ashworth of Canton, were recent visitors of their sister, Mrs. Jimmie Rogers.- Mr. and Mrs. Eber Smith's baby has diphtheria. Their two older boys, who took it last
week, are better.
"BURNETT CHAPEL: The rain that fell Saturday was very much appreciated by farmers of this community. It was a great help to cotton and corn. Some hail and a small twister accompanied the hard gushing rain. The twister took about half of the top of Mark Foster's barn and a corner of the house where Henry Dodson lives.

"LOCALS: Miss Alice Murrey left Tuesday afternoon for Mansfield, La., for several days visit with friends of college days.-Little Misses Dorothy Jo and Margaret Box of Edgewood visited little Miss Jesse Patterson
last week.-Miss Lucille Bruce and girl friend of Dallas spent the first part of the week with relatives in Wills Point.-Mrs. John Cherry of Texarkana left Wednesday, after spending a week here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Thatcher.-Glenn Majors has accepted a position with a motor company in Canton, where he will be employed as mechanic in the future.-Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Hargrove and Misses Alma and Ethel Spears spent Wednesday in Dallas, visiting Mrs. Mollie Moses, who is in the sanitarium there.

WILLS POINT CHRONICLE TUESDAY JUNE 21, 1932

"Mrs. Bruce Adams entertained with a swimming party to honor the ninth birthday of her little daughter,
Betty, on Saturday evening. After several hours in the water a bountiful spread was enjoyed by the following:
Newton Adelle Pierce, Travis Sue Campbell, Oleta Whitaker, Sevie and Elouise Norton, Ty Adams, Mrs.
Coleman, Miss Carrie Lee Coleman, Bruce Adams, Jr., Thomas Adams and Mrs. K. K. Norton.

"There will be an all-day Sacred Harp singing at Cross Roads church, four miles north of Van at Oilton,
the fourth Sunday in June. All singers and the public in general are invited.

"The Bachelor Girls' Club was entertained by Miss Charlie Jo Brigance Tuesday evening, June 14, bridge
being the main diversion. Club members present were: Misses Fay Wallace, Minnie Allen, Nita Venable, Lila
Manning and Janet Lybrand. The guests were Misses Lorene Smith and Florence Alta Box."


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