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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, August 19, 1932

"Seventy-five farmers have made use of the Farmer's Exchange, which is operated every Saturday at the Masonic building, across the street from the James Lumber Co., by the Wills Point chamber of commerce.
Over 200 different trades have been listed; real service has been rendered to many that could not have received it any other way.

In many instances farmers come in and find that their neighbors have what they want and need. In other cases farmers who know each other, but live in different parts of the county have products they do not need, but meet at the exchange and trade for what they can use and need.

All you have to do is come in, give your name, address and say what you have for trade or what you need. One farmer came in the other day just to visit. The next Monday he received a bull yearling and a $10 bill.
Visit your exchange Saturday. No cost to anyone--all to gain and nothing to lose. --J. J. Shaw.
"The Anderson-Clayton Cotton office, formerly in the upper story of the Rose Dry Goods Co., building has been moved to the old First National Bank building--owned by the Howell estate on the corner of N. Fourth and James Streets. Clyde Brundidge is the buyer in Wills Point for this widely-known concern, and the office is ready for an influx of cotton this fall.

"Geo. D. Staton spent a while last week, with his wife, who is still in the hospital at Mineral Wells recovering from injuries received several weeks ago in an automobile accident. Phlebitis had developed in one of her legs but was checked and the swelling materially reduced. On Friday the grafting of new skin on Mrs. Staton's hand was begun and a late report states the operation was proving well as could be expected, but will not be able to leave the hospital for some time yet.

"According to a letter received by Mrs. Bettie Clark from her grandson, Max Jean Kinard, who is a member of the Medical Detachment from Wills Point in Camp Palacios, the company as a whole is fairing well. (see newspaper for complete article.)

"COUNTRY CORRESPONDENCE: BURNETT CHAPEL-Miss Verdy Burton of Hiram spent the past week with Miss Berdie Smithart of this community.-The people of this community enjoyed a watermelon feast at the home of Harvey Smith Friday night after preaching at the park.
ELWOOD-Misses Avis, Wilma, Kate and Cleve Henson of Edgewood and Miss Ethelyn Henson of Wichita Falls were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Deaton and Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Burch and daughters Sunday.

MORINCE-Quite a bit of improvement has been made on the school house and grounds. A nice shed has been erected over the well which will be very useful.-Born to Mr. and Mrs. Doss Dedmon, August 15, a 9-1/2 pound baby girl.-"Grandmother" Barrett of Crooked Creek was the guest of her granddaughter, Mrs.Herman Wade, Sunday night and Monday.-Grandy and Weldon Robinett of Spokane, Washington, are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dee Robinett and family.

ROCKY POINT-The Baptist meeting is in progress here with large crowds and good interest. Rev. Yarbrough of Edgewood is doing the preaching. The choir is being directed by Walter Lamb of Enterprise and Miss Clota Lamb is pianist.-Mrs. Mollie Bullock and son, Hobart, of Dallas visited in the home of W. E. Dawson last week.


"The Ford Drug Company, recently bankrupt has been purchased by Hugh Meredith from the First National Bank, and will be opened in the near future.
Mr. Meredith is well known in Wills Point and Van Zandt county, and has in the past operated drug stores in various sections of the state.

"While there were only about 5600 poll tax receipts issued in Van Zandt, this county has about 8,184 white qualified voters. According to the federal census of 1930 there are 2,584 persons in Van Zandt county entitled to vote without paying a poll tax, this total including those over 60 years of age and those who became 21 years of age after Jan. 31, 1931.(See newspaper for complete article).

"Little Miss Wylie Byrd Couch of Canton was ran over by a backing car at the home of her grandparents. Mr. and Mr. W. H. Byrd, in Wills Point, Friday evening at 7 o'clock. She sustained a broken leg, which fracture occurred between the knee of the left leg and her hip. A local physician set the break and the little girl is resting nicely at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Couch, of Canton. The injured one was swinging on the side of the backing car, when the vehicle swerved, throwing her under the front wheel.

"Mrs. Zulu Freeman, wife of Theron Freeman, of Edgewood died on Saturday morning Aug. 20, as a result of receiving a fractured skull and probable internal injuries when the 8-cylinder Nash coupe in which she was riding collided with a truck loaded with watermelons and parked on the highway at Mill Creek between Edgewood and Fruitvale, on Friday night. Every effort was made to save her life by three attending physicians at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Smith of Edgewood, .(See newspaper for complete article)."

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