Old Newspapers Page Van Zandt County Genealogical Society
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 August 5, 1932
"The state highway commission on Tuesday let the contract for grading, drainage structure and concrete
pavement from Canton 4.4 miles southeast on highway No. 64, the award going to L. H. Lacy Co., of Dallas
for $136,251. Work is now in progress in preparation for paving the highway from Canton to Wills Point, the contract having been awarded to Union Paving Co. some time ago.
"There will be a cemetery working at the White cemetery in the Nobley pasture on Friday, August 12.
There will be dinner on the ground and everyone interested is requested to come and bring your tools.
"Mrs. T. K. Provence received her degree from Baylor College, Belton, on last Tuesday evening. The
exercises were attended by her daughter and son Miss Ada Belle, and Tommie of Wills Point, as well as
another daughter, Miss Sallie, who has been attending the summer session of that college for high school
work. Mrs Provence is a teacher of Latin and English in the Wills Point high school.
"News has been received here of the marriage of James McKnight of Wills Point and Miss Bonnie Beard of
Edgewood, which happy event occurred on Saturday, July 23 at Lake Charles, La., They will be at home in
Houston, the groom being employed in that city. He was reared in Wills Point, being a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe McKnight.
"Among those here for the funeral of A. Jared Allen last week were: Mrs. R. S. Bruner and son, R. C.
Bruner, and Mrs. Jess Squires and son, Billey, and John R. Thomas of Wewoka, Okla. (See newspaper for
others attending the funeral.)
"COUNTRY CORRESPONDENCE: Bright Star- The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Furrh of Enterprise and took away their beloved mother and wife. She was laid to rest in the Bright Star cemetery Tuesday evening at 5 o'clock.-George Adams of Point spent the week-end in this community.-Misses Gladys and Lola Mae Shaw of Board spent Saturday night with Miss Ruth Dale Allred.
Cobb- Miss Winnie Waldrop has typhoid at this writing. We hope for her a speedy recovery.-Some of
the farmers are getting wood while others are making up syrup.-C. W. Pierce is visiting relatives near
Stone Point- We are sure proud of our new road that our commissioner is putting through Stone Point.-W. M. Covington and family of Alsa spent the last two weeks with Mr. and Mrs. J. P. January.-Mrs. E. E. Magee of Dallas spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. January. Her two boys returned home with her after spending several weeks here.-Travis Pate of Denison is visiting relatives in this community.-Mrs. Beulah Borron of Dallas visited Mrs. Box part of last week. White Prairie- Mrs. Will Gardner of Terrell has returned home after a week's visit with her sister, Mrs. J. S. Robertson.-Mrs. Josie Sanders and baby of Dallas are spending the week with her aunt, Mrs. Viola Mines.-Hugo Bedingfield of Wills Point spent Sunday with Mr. Campbell and attended church at Able Springs that night.-Mr and Mrs. Alton Roberts gave the little folks a party Saturday night.
LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Watt Matthews visited his daughter in Greenville Monday and Tuesday.-Ottie Gill of McCoombs, Miss., is visiting at the home of T. H. Ezell this week.-Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Tisdale are
spending several weeks in the Rio Grande Valley.-Mrs. Stuart Wier and children of Dallas are visiting
relatives in Alsa this week.-Mrs. Ernest Carothers is in Dallas at the bedside of her mother, who is quite
ill.-J. J. Ross of Sherman is visiting his daughter, Mrs. J. D. Saunders, this week.-Blount Wright of
Jackson, Miss., spent Monday in Greenville with relatives.-Ernest Via underwent an operation for
appendicitis in a Dallas sanitarium Wednesday evening.-Felix Walters was carried to Terrell last
Sunday for an operation for stomach trouble.
WILLS POINT CHRONICLE, TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 1932
"The Wills Point chapter of Future Farmers of America returned Friday from a 3-day encampment at Lake Worth in Fort Worth. Educational activities and amusement of different kinds were enjoyed by the following members from Wills Point: Billy Dean, Harold Teague, Odell Piper, Teddy Arendale, Pat Coon, Bud Hargrove, Franklin Hargrove, Vernon Tull, Russell Harris, Carl Wilson, George Shepherd, Jess J. Shaw and Joe Bluain, colored, who was the camp cook.
"The Medical Detachment of the 144th Infantry of the National Guard of Texas, stationed in Wills Point,
left Friday morning for Palacios, where they will be in training camp for 17 days. Dr. D. R. Coker of Athens accompanied the detachment which is under the command of Dr. D. Leon Sanders, major; and Dr. V. B. Cosby of Grand Saline, Captain.
"Little John Robert Lea, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Lea, celebrated his first birthday at the home of his
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Crow north of town Sunday, August 7.
"The monthly working of the Howell cemetery will be again Friday morning, August 12, from 7 to 11 o'clock. The cemetery is in better condition now than it has ever been before. The cemetery association ask that everyone that can, please send $1.00 to $2.00 to help pay for the extra help that must be hired. -- Mae
"Mr. J. A. Pate, one of the oldest and best known citizens of Wills Point, died at Baylor Hospital in
Dallas Saturday morning at 11:40 after a week's illness. (See newspaper for complete article.) "Mrs.
John Furrh, daughter of Mrs. W. S. McFarland, died Tuesday, morning July 26, at 2.55 a. m. (See newspaper
for complete article.)"
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