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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, January 29, 1931

"The First National Bank and the Van Zandt County National Bank, the two oldest banks in Wills Point, were consolidated last week, the final arrangements for the merger being completed Friday evening and the transfer of the books, cash, etc. made Friday night to the banking house of the first mentioned, where the consolidated institution was doing business Saturday morning.

"Some time since the First National Bank purchased the J. C. Mason building, which will be occupied as a permanent home by the bank as soon as the building can be remodelled to serve their needs. Plans are being made for changes in the front and interior that will make the building modern and attractive. This building is located on the east side of Fourth Street, adjoining the alley in the center of the most prominent business block in Wills Point, making it an excellent location for the bank. The First National Bank is the oldest bank in Van Zandt county, having succeeded the Owens private bank, established by the father of Jno. E. Owens. The Van Zandt County National Bank was organized in 1902, with the late Capt. H. F. Goodnight as president. The merged bank retains the stockholders of the two banks. The directors will be J. C. Lybrand, J. H. Human, Dr. H. T. Fry, H. Gilchrist, Jno. E. Owens, F. W. Anderson, J. J. Beck, Ellis Campbell, A. M. Herrin, T. L. James, D. R. Laney, H. L. Lybrand and A. B. Swank.

"Mr. & Mrs. Milam Bobbitt arrived in Wills Point last week. Mr. Bobbitt left for Chicago, where he is taking a short course in the factories of the General Electric, after which he will probably be located somewhere in Oklahoma. Mrs. Bobbitt remained here with her mother, Mrs. J. J. Rhodes until her husband returns.

"The dental office of Dr. N. J. Tomlin, upstairs over the Wills Point postoffice was entered by a burglar some time Sunday night and about $70 worth of gold was taken. The burglar left no clue as to his identity.

"Grady Coates of Palmer Grove motored to Commerce Saturday afternoon and returned home Sunday bringing home with him his wife formerly Miss Josephine Bellamy, a member of a prominent family of Honey Grove, but attending school at Commerce. She is a very beautiful and accomplished young lady. Grady is the son of Mr. amd Mrs. Nathan Coates of Palmer Grove amd is well known in and around Wills Point, having attended high school here. After graduating from high school he attended the teachers' college at Commerce and is now principal of the Union Grove School. His many friends wish him and his bride a long and happy married life.

"Miss Sallie F. Hill, district home demonstration agent, was a Van Zandt county visitor Wednesday of this week, calling on the county home demonstrator. Mrs. Mary Ethel Brandon, and discussing various plans and problems for the present year, in regard to the work in this county.

"The Van Zandt County Hatchery will begin operation Monday, Feb. 2. Quality chicks from barred rocks, reds, anconas, white and brown leghorns, will be supplied to customers at a low price. Orders for baby chicks should be booked now. The hatchery will also do custom hatching as usual -- Roy E. Stroup.

"COUNTY CORRESPONDENCE --- Cedar Grove: Cleve Wilson of Cobb and Mrs. Dave Patton drove to Canton Saturday morning and were married by Justice of the Peace R. E. High. They will live on her farm. We wish them much prosperity. --- Miss Mary Louise Ashby is improving after being seriously ill. --- Lillian Thomas has scarlet fever. She is better now.

"Morince: Mrs. Drew Gore of Dallas visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rice, last week. --- Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Jones of Elmo spent Sunday with the latter's mother, Mrs. S. L. Persons.

"Dawson: Mr. and Mrs. Ray Scott have a big baby boy. --- The women of this community met at the home of Mrs. Russell Hubbard and quilted Mrs. Scott a quilt last week. --- Friday evening Mr. Cooke of Wise brought his basket ball team to Dawson and played, the score being 13 to 4 in favor of Dawson. --- Mr. Adams and family visited Mr. Korsgard and family Sunday.

"Hiram: Mrs. Ambrose Prichard left Saturday for the bedside of her mother, Mrs Jessie Myers. --- Dr. and Mrs. Belote were business visitors at Canton last Tuesday. --- T. C. Click and little daughter spent Saturday and Sunday night with Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Horn of Pleasant Valley.

"Bethlehem: Mrs. H. A. Smith and children of Wills Point visited S. R. Gunter and family Sunday. --- Misses Christine Childs and Edith Cooksey, who are attending school in Wills Point, spent from Thursday until Sunday with homefolks, and visited our school Friday.

"Denman: Death claimed another good woman in this community on the 10th day of January. She had been in failing health for several months, however her death was unexpected by her family and friends. Mrs. Wamble has been a resident of this place many years. She leaves to mourn her death her husband and seven children, six children preceded her to the grave many years ago. Those that were at her bedside were Tommie and Jim Wamble, Mrs. Bennett Haney and Mrs. Lula Blackwell. The rest were unable to attend the funeral. She was laid to rest at the Chinquapin cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Meredith. She was sixty two years of age and has been a staunch Christian for many years".


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