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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 23, 1932

"A trip through the mine of the Morton Salt company is being featured as a special attraction for visiting Lions at the district meeting of the group No. 17 to be held in Grand Saline Friday night, September 30. The banquet for the group meeting will be held in the gymnasium and plates will be prepared in expectation of 300 visitors.

"On Saturday, Sept. 10, Mrs. H. T. Fry, Mrs. O. W. Mayberry and Miss Alice Murrey were co-hostesses at a pretty fortytwo party for the Business and Professional Women's Club and their guests at the home of Mrs. Fry.
The tables were placed on the electrically lighted lawn and the flowers and shrubbery made a fitting back-ground for the entertainment. High score for the ladies was made by Mrs. C. L. Haynes, while Levi Teel, Jr. scored high for the men.
"The Freshman class of the Wills Point high school met on Wednesday, Sept. 21, to elect officers for the class. They were as follows: president, Jared Allen, Jr.; vice-president, Otis McLeod; secretary and treasurer, Willie Tom Brock; reporter, Roberta Johnson. Mrs. Earl Greer was elected room mother and Melvin
Hooks class sponsor.

"Mr. and Mrs. Bill Leonard and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Curtis went to Roscoe Thursday to attend the bedside of M. L. Leonard, who died Saturday. The deceased formerly resided in the Burnett Chapel community and has many friends here who will regret to learn of this death.

"Carmon Buchanan of the Wentworth 4-H club has reported a certified yield of 62.4 bushels of corn on his acre this year. His brother made a yield of 44 bushels on his acre on the same kind of land. but Carmon applied 300 pounds of cotton seed meal to his corn. These are just two examples of nearly a hundred boys who have reported high yields of corn, grain sorghums, peanuts, sweet potatoes, cotton and other crops, besides the livestock and poultry demonstrations being conducted by the 4-H clubbers this year.

"Born to Mr. and Mrs. W. V. Cottingame of Shadduck, Okla., on September 18, a nine-pound boy. Mrs. Cottingame was formerly Miss Thelma Lemay of this place and her many friends send congratulations upon the arrival of the baby and best wishes for his future.

"Miss Sallie Goodwin has returned to Alvin to resume her duties in the school at that place, after spending the vacation period at home here.

"J. C. Mason, who has been in California for the past few weeks, returned to Wills Point last week, where he will remain in charge of his dry goods concern here for a while.

"Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Rose, Marvin Rose and Mrs. Max Schnurman attended the funeral of Mrs. Abe Rose in Dallas Thursday. The deceased was the mother of Louie Rose, formerly resided here and had many acquaintances in Wills Point.

"Misses Marjorie and Lucile Parks, two prominent Van Zandt county teachers residing in the Turner community, left Tuesday for Dallas, where they will teach English and mathematics in the Draughon Business College.

"Born to Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Owens, Sept. 20, a boy.

"COBB: The following boys and girls from this community enrolled in the Wills Point high school: Effie and Estelle Galloway, who are staying at that place; Billie Moseley, C. W. Pierce, Anita Cole, Odell Piper, Junior Ayers, Derward Adams and Jewel Moseley.-Mrs. E. Miracle is suffering from a spider bite, although she is some better now.-Mrs. C. A. Waldrop spent the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Breckenridge.

WILLS POINT CHRONICLE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 1932

"The commissioners court of Van Zandt county has set the county tax rate for 1932 at $1.04 on the $100 valuation of taxable property which is a reduction of 51 cents. The $1.04 tax rate does not include school taxes which vary in the various school districts.

"Dr. E. Zink of Edgewood and Miss Docie Crane of near Wills Point were united in marriage Sunday afternoon, September 25, at the residence of the groom's nephew, C. H. Piper, 609 W. High street, Terrell. Judge Joel R. Bond officiated, the ring ceremony being used. The groom is a well known physician of the county and
the bride has taught school in this section for a number of years. (See newspaper for complete article.)

"John Hulen McCardy, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCardy, died at his parents's home on Wills Point, Route 1, Saturday, Sept. 17 at the age of 28 days, and was buried in the Cana cemetery, Sunday Sept. 18.

"Wednesday morning the senior class of Wills Point High school met for the purpose of electing class officers. The following were elected: Mrs. J. L. McElvany, class sponsor; Harvey Sewell, president; Elizabeth Ann Staton, vice president; Mrs. N. J. Tomlin, class mother; Glynie Sanders secretary and treasurer; and Chester Lamb reporter."

NOTE: this issue contains a lengthy obituary for M. A. Loughmiller, a pioneer of Van Zandt county and an obituary for Dr. H. N. Kearby. The issue of September 23, contains an article about the drowning of George Johnson in the Red River near Archer City.


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