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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, September 2, 1932

"Sunday morning, August 28, just as the sun peeped over the eastern hills, painting the tree gold--and
the first good morning call of the sleepy bird to its mate could be heard--the oldest and most sacred
institution known to man--that of matrimony--was solemnized in the home of Mrs. John Terry, when Miss
Odessa became the bride of Mr. Maurice Gautier. Immediately following the ceremony breakfast
consisting of fruit cocktail, creamed chicken on toast, loqust jelly, hot rolls and coffee, were served.
Mr. and Mrs. Gautier left immediately for Dallas, Carlsbad Cavern and other points in New Mexico. After
three weeks they will be at home as teachers in the Wentworth community. (See newspaper for complete
article).

"Effective Thursday, September 1st, Tyler will be placed on the main line of the Texas & Pacific
Railway. The Texas & Pacific Motor Coaches will operate between Mineola and Tyler, furnishing train-side
service in connection with the crack trains of the Texas & Pacific Railway. Passengers may leave Wills Point on T. & P. Train no. 6, 10:24 a. m. and arrive Mineola 11:27 a. m., arrive Tyler 12:30 noon. (See article for other connections available.)

"R. R. Harris installed a new refrigerated meat counter in his grocery store the first part of this week, and it is truly an attractive and efficient unit of "cold storage". He invites his friends and customers, who have not
seen the new counter to come in and give it the once over.

"Dague Johnson, the little son of Mrs. Bill Johnson, residing just west of town sustained a broken collar
bone Monday and has suffered considerably from the injury, but it is hoped that the fracture will heal
without any permanent injury resulting from the accident.

"Mrs. J. W. Tatum and her daughter, Pauline, and granddaughters, Frances and Beaulah Lee Canarian,
returned home Tuesday from Hot Springs, Ark., where they have been visiting Mrs. Tatum's son, C. F. Tatum, and family.

"Aubrey Ezell, the elder son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ezell, will leave Sunday en route to McKinney, Texas,
where he will be associated with A. M. Liddell, who is manager of the cotton co-operative association of that
section. Aubrey was with Mr. Liddell last year, who at that time was manager of this association in Wills Point, being replaced here by Lawrence S. Gready.

"ELWOOD: There were 97 at Sunday school, Sunday. Rev. W. C. Goode, was called as pastor for our church another year.-Misses Amedrith and Allegra Belle Futrell of Forney are visiting their uncle and aunt,
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Burch and family.-Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Hay and son Oscar, visited relatives in Terrell
Sunday.- Little James and Robert Ray Rogers of Cedar Grove spent the week-end with their uncle, W. E. Rogers, and family.

WILLS POINT CHRONICLE, TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 1932

"Mrs. Mollie Moses, Mrs. Nelson Hargrove, Mrs. Jim Dawson and Miss Bobbye Edmiston were Terrell visitors Friday afternoon. That evening with Mr. Hargrove they motored down to Jones, where they had the pleasure of hearing the Rev. Earl Anderson, Radio Evangelist, of Dallas preach to a large audience.

"Lester Wills left Saturday for Beggs, Okla., where he takes charge of the gents furnishings department of
a large dry goods concern. Mr. Wills made many friends during his stay in Wills Point and their best wishes
follow him.

"Vanus Harris spent the week-end with his wife in Mineral Wells, the latter returning with him Sunday afternoon.

"Mrs. H. S. Riley entertained a number of little friends of Betty Gene, Saturday afternoon, at her home
honoring the little daughter's seventh birthday.

"Football season of practice was started in Wills Point Monday, with a talk by Coach Melvin Hooks, and
judging from first-day turn-out, Wills Point high school has fair prospects of a good football season.

"Tabulation of the official count as reported by Democratic authorities from 241 counties and unofficial returns from the 13 other counties gave Mrs. Ferguson 477,699 votes and Sterling 473,941, a majority of 3,758 for the woman candidate.

"Mrs. Kate Sewell and son, Addison Sewell, left Wills Point Monday for Wheaton, Illinois, where Addison will enter Wheaton College.

"A ladies ready-to wear shop has been opened in the Howell building by J. E. Blakely, and is ready for
inspection and patronage by the public. It is a modern ladies furnishings concern, well stocked, and convenient to customers, adding one more score in Wills Point's progressive era.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: -Tom Grooms, of Duncan, Okla., is visiting W. W. Grooms and family.-Miss Cordie Lee of Dallas is here for a two weeks' visit with relatives-Miss Maurine Sullivan, of Dallas visited
Mrs. Henry Hottinger Saturday.-E. M. Starr of Longview spent the week-end with his family in Wills
Point.-Kenneth Stockman of Tyler is spending the week with relatives in Wills Point.-Mrs. Wynona Montague is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Donald Neal, in Houston.-Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Horton have returned from a visit to Pontotoc, Mississippi.-Montagene and Kelly Owens are visiting their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John E. Owens in Dallas.- Ted High departed Monday for Dallas, where it is his intentions to find employment. Luck to you Ted."


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