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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 9, 1932

"The pageant to be given by the pupils of The Shakespearean Club, taught by Mrs. F. E. Turner, has been postponed on account of illness and the absence from the city of a number of the pupils. Date for this pageant will be announced later. Diplomas will be given to the pupils who have finished the course at the time set for the Shakespearean evening.

"I have moved my Gift Shop in with Maurine Blakeley's Dress Shoppe, in the old First National Bank building. We will have ladies' wash dresses, underwear and millinery. Will do plain hem- stitching for 7 cents per yard. We sell for cash.--Lizzie Watkins.

"The Wills Point Choral Club will make their first public appearance by presenting a sacred music recital at the Methodist church Friday, Sept. 9, at 8 p. m. The Club was organized about the first of June this year with Rev. O. T. Wheeler, conductor, Mrs. O. T. Wheeler, assistant conductor; Miss Edna Gibbard accompanist; and Mrs. E. B. Collier, assistant accompanist. The public is given a cordial invitation to attend and enjoy this presentation of sacred music by our own home talent. No admission charges.

"A special meeting of the local boy scouts will be held at the Baptist church Friday night, at which time two Eagle scout badges will be awarded.

"Having any trouble with your car?" asked the inquisitive passerby.
"Certainly not," came the reply from underneath the car. "I just crawled under here to get out of the sun."

LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Miss Jean and Charlie Washburn of Dallas are visiting J. A. Francis and family in the Scott community this week.-Misses Thelma Malles of Waxahachie and Nell Peavy of Edgewood are guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Curtis.-Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson of Ukiah, Calif., are here for a ten
days' visit to the latter's mother, Mrs. Polly Morris.-Mr. and Mrs. Julio Naranjo and sons of Austin visited in the home of Mrs. Naranjo's parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. S. Neal and family.-Mrs. Lula Anderson who has been spending several months in Memphis, Tenn., has returned home, but will probably go back there for the
winter.-Leland Ezell, who has been in the United States navy for the past three years, is here for a visit of several weeks with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Ezell and other relatives and friends.-Miss Lottie B. Neal left Wills Point, Monday for a few days visit in Dallas, after which she will go to Austin, where she
will enter Texas University for the coming fall and winter season.

"MORINCE: A good rain has fallen, giving plenty of stock water and drinking water, but will damage the opened cotton to some extent.-Jesse Hart and family of Dallas are visiting his mother of this place.-Roy Hendrix and family of New Hope were Saturday night guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hendrix.-Little Horace Robinet returned home Sunday, after a week's visit with his grandmother, Mrs. Bessie McLemore of Board.

"BURNETT CHAPEL:-The heavy rain that fell Saturday and Sunday was appreciated by almost everyone in the district.- Carl Hughes, who has recently been operated on for appendicitis, is still improving. it is hoped that in a few weeks he will able to go back to his work.-Mr. and Mrs. John Shelton, Miss Pearl Davis and Mrs. Roan Sledge of Dallas spent Sunday in the community.-Sammie Burnett was a business visitor in Dallas Wednesday.


"Last week we had the good fortune to visit a farm in the Antioch community eight miles northeast of Canton, which was a revelation to us. J. N. Washman, the owner of the said farm, has around 50 acres of land in cultivation and has not planted a cotton seed since 1927. His land is sandy and adaptable to truck crops.
He is a believer in diversified farming and he raises all kinds of vegetables. His seed potatoes are certified, and he plants only the best varieties of seed. On this farm we found a packing shed where the producer supervises the packing of his vegetables. Mr. Washman uses a truck for the transportaion of his fruit and vegetables. Farmers like Mr. Washman are not worried about the price of cotton and, at the same time, have a good living at home.

"W. B. Wilson of the Union Grove community has had a wonderful summer pasture from the Korean lespedeza (Improved Japan clover) that was sown on 5 acres of land after seeding it in spring oats. The oats were cut and the plot has a fine growth of clover now, (about half knee high.) Three acres of the pasture has had 7 head of
livestock on it during the summer. The rest of the plot has been kept free from grazing. This test were suggested by Jess J. Shaw vocational agriculture teacher of Wills Point.

"LOCALS -U. D. Vick has accepted a place as third trick operator at the H. P. station in Big Sandy.-Miss Lillian Martin of Weatherford, was the guest of Mrs. Chester Bunch Friday.-Paul Howel, has returned to Wills Point and taken over the agency of the Magnolia Oil Co., in the place of Pleas Thomas who has withdrawn from this work in favor of the farm.-Miss Lottie B. Neill will attend Texas University at Austin this fall and winter.-C. J. Gossett the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Gossett, happened to the misfortune of sticking a nail in his foot recently and was given the lock jaw serum. His many friends hope for him a speedy recovery from the ordeal."

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