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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 24, 1932

"A three-act play, "Two Days to Marry," under the direction of Miss Jewell Phillips, will be staged by the Myrtle Springs Dramatic Club at the Myrtle Springs auditorium, Saturday evening, June 25, at 8 o'clock.

This play is chuck full of comedy, and will make you laugh until tears come to your eyes. Come early, as a large crowd is expected. Admission will be the nominal price of 10 cents. --W. H. Smith.

"If you are looking for real bargains, come to Coomer's Second Hand Store. I handle harness, furniture, automobile tires, fruit jars, pottery ware, tools, saddles, radios, violins and many other things. I have more goods to the square inch than any place in Wills Point and some of the best prices in Texas. Ice boxes, $1.00 and up. Iron beds $1.00 and up and some odd pieces of furniture from $2.00 to $10.00.

"The children, neighbors and friends of uncle Solomon Smith met at his home last Sunday and surprised him with a dinner in honor of Father's Day. The following children were there; Edd Smith and family and little Miss Jacklene Smith of Grand Saline; Mrs. Pearl Terry and children of Canton; Mr. and Mrs. L. T. High of High community; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Cunningham of Canton, Mrs. Della Mae Harwell and children of Terrell. A large dinner was spread and enjoyed by all present.

"Jack Brown of Arlington and Mr. Weaver of Hope, Ark., spent one day the early part of this week in Wills Point in quest of particulars on the accident last Saturday night in which Mrs. Weaver, the latter's daughter-in-law was killed and two others in her company injured.

"The hearts of the fond parents and friends were made sad on Sunday evening, June 12, when the death angel took from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Wallace near Gunter, Rains Co., their only child, Charles James, who was the sunshine of the home. He was born Nov. 23, 1925, being six years old at the time of his death. Interment took place at Gunter. The bereaved parents have the heartfelt sympathy of many friends here, where they formerly resided.

"Chester Bunch of Edgewood opened for business Thursday in the new beauty parlor in the rear of the Majestic Theatre building under the name of Marinello Beauty Shop. Mrs. G. P. Funderburk, who is an able and efficient operator in this line, has been employed to assist Mr. Bunch.

Chester Bunch is formerly of Edgewood, where he has been in this business for a number of years.

"WHITE PRAIRIE: Mr. and Mrs. Bill Pitts and children of Ables Spings spent Sunday with his sister, Mrs. J. S. Robertson.-Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hall and son spent Saturday night and Sunday with his sister, Mrs. Ed Barnes, and family of Center.-Mr. and Mrs. Billie

Ashby and baby spent Saturday night and Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Alton Roberts.-Mr. and Mrs. Gad Sanders gave the little folks a party Saturday night which was enjoyed by all-Mrs. Jim Hall, who has been in the sanitarium at Dallas the past month for treatment, returned home Wednesday. Her friends are glad to know she is feeling better.

"PALMER GROVE: The thrashing machines have started on their annual rounds and of course every one is very busy thrashing and finishing their crops.-H. J. Champion and family spent Sunday afternoon and Monday in Dallas with Mr. Champion's sister, Mrs. Clyde Merritt.-W. L. Hardy of Dallas is spending his vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Hardy.-Miss Cora Springer and J. L. Steele of Denton visited friends in this community Sunday.-Mrs. Vance of Dallas is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Vernon Blasingame, who has been ill for the past several days.-The Palmer Grove home coming is Sunday June 26. A program of reading, talks and songs has been arranged, also a sermon by J. E. White, a former pastor, for the morning service.

WILLS POINT CHRONICLE - TUESDAY JUNE 28, 1932

"Miss Kathryn Kraft, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Kraft of Wills Point was married to Mr. Carl Hancher of Dallas, June 18, in Oklahoma. They will make their home in Dallas, where Mr. Hascher is in the cafe business.

Their many friends wish for them a happy and prosperous married life.

"The ball game on last Thursday proved to be quite a sensation and a treat to baseball fans. Heavy hitting on the part of the "Fats" aided them in winning an easy victory over the fast base running "Leans." The winners started off with considerable vim and scored five runs in the first inning. The final score was close however, as the "Leans" made a strong rally after the second inning and piled up runs rapidly with threats to tie the score at one time. A large crowd was present to cheer both sides on and witness the many thrills of the game.

"Honoring Mrs. J. C. Threatt of Kemp, formerly Miss Fay Robinson of this city the Business and Professional Women's Club entertained Saturday afternoon with a miscellaneous shower at the home of Mrs T. L. James.

"Three men escaped with only minor bruises from what might have proven a fatal accident Sunday afternoon about 1:30 when the driver lost control of the car on the Tyler road. The car left the road and crashed into a telephone pole just east of the Dawson Filling Station. It was a new Chevrolet sedan and the top, fenders and glass were almost completely demolished. The occupants of the car were Coy Tunnell, driver, Buddy Stokes and Roy Buttler. The three were thrown through the top of the car as it crashed. Those who witnessed the crash noticed the car swerve and become unmanageable as it was traveling eastward on the rough gravel road."


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