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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, July 8, 1932
"The Terrell State National Bank failed to open for business on Tuesday morning and its affairs are in the hands of the national banking department. A receiver will probably be appointed within a few days.
"E. C. Stovall, candidate for county judge of Van Zandt county spoke last Saturday afternoon in Wills Point.
"Mrs. John Pratt spent Thursday with her sister, Mrs. Tommie Sadler, who is in a sanitarium in Dallas following an operation for appendicitis.
"Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Presnall and son and daughter, Joe and Miss Margaret Presnall, attended the funeral services of the former's brother, Tom Presnall, who died and was buried in Waco Monday of this week. Mr. Presnall's many friends will read of his brother's demise with regret and sympathy for the bereaved ones.
"The life saving examination directed by Raymond A. Gokey of the American Red Cross at the Myrtle Springs swimming pool Wednesday, July 6, showed that the Wills Point boys had good form in the water.
Those passing the examinations are as follows: K. C. Lybrand, Earl Greer, Jr., Jared Allen, Henry Manning, Lawrence Gready, Worth Thomas, Jack Campbell, Thomas Campbell, Harley Mac Peace, and Otis McLeod. These young people have been working diligently and consistently for the past few weeks in preparing for the examination, and it can truly be said that the emblems and badges received together with the distinction are deserved by the junior swimmers.
"James Boydston and Miss Grace Teel were united in marriage Wednesday morning, July 6, at home of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Turner in Wills Point, Rev. F. E. Turner officiating. The only witnesses were two sisters of the groom, Miss Eula and Claud Boydston, John Tittle and members of the Turner family.
Miss Grace Teel is the daughter of Levi Teel. The groom, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Boydston.
"Mr. and Mrs. Boydston went immediately to their own home on the Fuller estate which they had furnished ready for housekeeping.
"LIBERTY: Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bob Allen, a 9 pound boy on July 2. The mother and baby are doing fine.-Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jewel Nichols a 9 pound boy on July 5. Both mother and son are doing nicely.-The community celebrated the Fourth with a chicken stew at the ball diamond. After the dinner White Prairie and the local teams played. White Prairie defeated the second nine while the first nine defeated White Prairie. It was an enjoyable outing.-There was a large crowd from here attended the dance Monday night, July 4, at the home of Tot Sells of McCoy.
"Miss Ura Terry, who teaches in the high school at Yuma, Ariz., is spending the remainder of the summer with her mother in the Scott community.
"Among those here for the funeral of James Bolt, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Bolt, last week-end were Mrs. J. D. Martin of Longview. Mrs. Lela Brown and son from Rheinhart and Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Gardner of Fort Worth.
"Little Miss Emily Rose Thompson has returned from Marshal, where she visited her aunt.
"Little Harry Thomas Hubbard had the misfortune of slipping and falling through a glass door last Friday and it was necessary to take several stitches on his left arm. G. Graham of Abilene spent the week-end with the family being called on account of Thomas' accident.
"Mr. and Mrs. Max Schaurman left Thursday en route to Pennsylvania, where they will join the former's brother who is going to be examined in the Mayo Bros. clinic.
"M. F. Killen and family, Mrs. Buie Blakeley and daughter, Miss Lucretia Jane, spent Wednesday in Dallas.
"Gibb Gilchrist, state highway engineer of Austin, Texas, was a visitor in Wills Point Tuesday of this week.
"Jack Finney left Wednesday for Mexico City, Mexico, where he will enter the University of Mexico for the summer.
"E. H. Wilde and son, Maurice of Greenville spent the fourth of July in the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Simmons.
"Mrs. Marvin Sides and son, Robert Ford, of Dallas spent the week-end and the Fourth with the former's mother, Mrs. Sallie Sullivan and sister, Miss Allye Smith.
WILLS POINT CHRONICLE, TUESDAY JULY 12, 1932
"Mrs. R. P. Whitaker, who has been in ill health for some time, died Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the family home in Wills Point. Funeral services were held at White Rose cemetery Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Wallace Goode. Mrs. Whitaker was born in North Carolina, being in her 69th year at the time of her death. She married Mr. Whitaker in South Carolina when she was 15 years of age.
Fourteen children were born to bless their home, the husband and eleven children surviving.(See newspaper for complete article and names of surviving children.)
"The marriage of Leroy Threatt to Miss Juanita Venable was solemnized in the home of the bride's parents in Wills Point Sunday, July 10. at 9:45 a. m. (See newspaper for complete article.)
"Card of Thanks: We wish to thank each and everyone that helped us in any way during the illness and death of our wife and sister. May God bless each of you is our prayer.-- Robert Massey, Mrs. J. O. Massey, Thomas and Jessie Gammons.
"A land owner owned a farm in Kaufman county. In 1920 it only required the revenue from five bales of cotton to pay the taxes on the farm, while in 1931 it took the proceeds of 45 bales to pay the taxes on the same farm. The reason: Taxes have gone up 100 per cent, while the price of cotton has dropped from 25 to 30 cents a pound to five cents a pound."
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