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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 16, 1932

"The Chronicle is reliably informed that a well will be drilled in the near future about five miles northwest of Wills Point on a block of acreage centering around Cedar Grove. While the exact location has not yet been announced the leases have been executed and placed in escrow in the State National Bank of Wills Point and actual drilling is expected to be under way by October 1.

"For the first time, public school music will be taught under the supervision of the local school board. Miss Ada Belle Provence is to teach this important subject, which is one the school should have added to its routine years ago, as it has a fundamental value to the live of each and every person, young or old. Following is a list of the teaching faculty, together with the departments in which they teach: Superintendent G. D. Staton; Principal J. L. McElvany, mathematics; M. Hooks, coach and commercial teacher; J. J. Shaw, vocational agriculture; Mrs. T. K. Provence, English and Latin; Miss Dixie Woodford, English and Latin; Miss Helen Caveniss, algebra and Spanish; Mrs. G. D. Staton, English; Mrs. J. L. McElvany, History and Civics; Miss Julia Machotka, Science; Miss Mary Coleman, H. E. and Typewriting; and Miss Alice Murrey, H. E. The grammar school teaching staff consists of the following; Principal Mrs. T. K. Kimbrough, 7th; Mrs Bonnie Blackwell, 6th; Mrs. Adelle Moughon, 5th; Miss Lila Mae Hill, 4th; Miss Callie McDonald, 3rd; Miss Susie Kennedy, 2nd; and Miss Myrtle McDonald, 1st.

"On Tuesday afternoon Mesdames D. L. Bateman, Nelson Hargorve and Miss Mary Lea Ellis entertained as joint hostess in a miscellaneous shower complimenting Mrs. F. Marion Smith (nee Mary Lee McDonald of Austin a recent bride, at the home of the former. Miss Sara Virginia Lindsey presided at the bride's book. Miss Marietta Long sang "Let me Call You Sweetheart." Out of town guests for the occasion were Mesdames C. G. Paul, L. N. Sockwell, Virgil Miller and B. J. Sockwell of Greenville and many friends from the surrounding communities. (See newspaper for complete article.)

"Greer Hubbard leaves today, Friday, for Austin, where he will enter Texas University.
"Miss Oleta Miracle has enrolled in Baylor College, Belton where she will attend school during the fall
and winter.

"The children of Mrs. Pollie Morris of Wills Point met at the home of Mrs. J. C. Massey near here to
participate in a family reunion all children being present with the exception of one, Raleigh, who is still in the Navy and could not attend.

"ALSA: Mr. and Mrs. Weir of the Alsa community were called to Louisiana to the bedside of one of Mr.
Weir's sisters, who was very ill. She only lived a few days after they reached her home. The sister was 92
years old.-J. G. Brackeen, better known as grandpa Brackeen, his son and daughter and their families of
grandchildren all met at the home of Grandfather and Grandmother Brackeen's home last Friday, Sept. 9,
1932, to celebrate Mr. Brackeen's 92nd birthday. Also his little granddaughter, Wilma Brackeen was
entertained with her grandfather on her eleventh birthday.-Miss Igra Bedding left for Terrell yesterday to enter school. We will miss her but we wish her great success in her school work there.

"ROCKY POINT: Mrs. W. H. Phipps spent the week-end with her daughter, Mrs. Charlie Hinton, of Rusk-Rev. Loy Griffin of Edgewood preached Sunday morning for us and will preach the fourth Saturday night and Sunday for us.

"COBB: Mrs. Ollie Montgomery and children of Wallace have been visiting her sister, Mrs. H. I. Galloway and family.-Dick Miracle, who is out on a furlough from the navy is in this community visiting friends and relatives.-Anson Pierce and Miss Ida White accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Galloway and Mrs. Will Simmons motored to Wills Point Saturday night where the young couple were married.


"Mrs. Q. A. Wilbourn was carried to the Baylor Sanitarium in Dallas last Friday, undergoing an
operation on Saturday morning. Her condition was reported favorable to prompt recovery Monday morning.

"The new location of the local branch office of the Texas Cotton Co-operative Association is on the ground
floor of the Masonic building.

"Mrs. Raymond Constant of Wills Point entertained with a surprise birthday dinner on Sunday, Sept. 11, honoring her father, J. H. Bruce.(See newspaper for complete article.)

"Adaline McKinight entertained with a birthday party Thursday evening Sept. 15, celebrating her thirteenth

"Mrs. J. H. Human invited her Sunday school class to a swimming party at the pool in Terrell Thursday
evening but upon arriving there they found the pool closed and attended the picture show instead.
"Mrs. Emma Lillian Campbell of Hiram, wife of C. W. Campbell, celebrated her 48th birthday Sunday,
September 18. (See newspaper for names of those attending.)

NOTE: This issue contains three lengthy obituaries of well known men in Wills Point. Please see newspaper
for complete articles of the deaths of I. C. Stewart, born in Wilcox county, Alabama, Dec. 18, 1857. At one
time owned the bottling works and was in grocery business. At time of his death was city secretary.- J.
B. (Buck) Malone, born in Memphis, Tenn., Nov. 25, 1857. Came to Texas with parents when four years old
and located at Cedar Grove. At the age of five he was left an orphan and was separated from his brothers and sister, whom he knew very little of until grown.- D. S. Wynne a pioneer citizen of Kaufman county brother of W. B. Wynne, born in Henderson, Rusk county, Nov. 14 1846. He was a civil war veteran."

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