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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 30, 1932

"Homer H. Sides of Grand Saline, special agent for Van Zandt county for the census bureau announces there were 6,863 square bales of cotton ginned in Van Zandt county prior to Sept. 16, 1932, as compared with 2,958 ginned to same date in 1931. The cotton crop matured early and the weather was favorable for picking up to the middle of September.

"Mrs. R. K. Crow received a message Wednesday night that her mother, Mrs. Ford, had died suddenly at Fayetteville, Ark., Mr. and Mrs. Crow left immediately for that place to attend the funeral. The deceased is well known in Wills Point, having visited here often, and many friends of the family will regret to learn of her death.

"The City Federation held its first meeting of this year on Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the Methodist church. Plans for the work of the following year were made and committees were appointed to urge the planting of trees and flowers along our highways. Miss Billie Anderson gave two readings, which were enjoyed by all.

"The death angel called W. E. Cotton of the Cobb community last Friday afternoon, his death being the result of an accident that occurred about three months ago, when a truck ran over him near the Cobb school house. The remains were laid to rest in the Hiram cemetery Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, the funeral service being conducted by Rev. F. E. Turner. Mr. Cotton was born in Mississippi in 1872 and came to Texas as a young man. He married Miss Connie Henson in 1903 and his wife and six children survive as follows: Carl Cotton, San Angelo; Mrs. Myrion Richards, Ben Wheeler; Ted, Ila, Mildred and John Cotton residing at home. He is also survived by his mother, three sisters--Mrs. Myrtle Weaver, Fort Worth; Mrs. Beula Paine, Marshall; and Mrs. Ola Graham, Shawnee, Okla.,-and two brothers, Ben Cotton of Arp and Claud Cotton of Macomba, Okla. The family has lived at Cobb for about four years and Mr. Cotton served three years as a faithful school trustee.

"Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Franks, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Franks, and Chester Franks of Paducah have been visiting relatives in and near Wills Point and Canton. On Sunday September 25, relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Herrin in the Hayden community for a family reunion. (See newspaper for those attending.)

COUNTY NEWS: MORINCE-Arthur Foster and wife visited the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jarrett, of New Holmes, Rains county, the past week-end.-Miss Alma Parsons was a Dallas visitor recently.-Russell Scott of Board and Miss Natalie Hendrix of this place surprised their friends by motoring to Oklahoma and getting married Monday, Sept. 19.-Several from here attended the dance at Howard Venable's at Board Saturday night.

CENTER:-Mr. and Mrs. Broughton Brown spent Saturday night and Sunday with the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Browder, of Rocky Point.-Miss Gladys Green, who is working with a studio firm at Henderson, visited in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Green over the week-end.

CEDAR GROVE:-School will begin here October 10. J. H. King is the principal and Miss Thelma Lee Dean is the primary teacher. Every pupil should be present the first day.-Mr. and Mrs. Cleburn Miller and Joe Miller of California were recent guests of the latter's niece, Mrs. H. B. Neill.

HIRAM:-Mrs. B. S. Moore and Mrs. Ed Williams of Fort Worth were called here by the serious illness of their daughter and sister, Mrs. Hubert Hare.-Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sprague were making acquaintance Saturday of their new granddaughter at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Davis of Elwood.-Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kinney of Woodall spent Saturday with the latter's father, T. C. Click.

WILLS POINT CHRONICLE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1932

"V. J. Bishop, 73 years, was killed at the railroad crossing near the depot in Edgewood, Saturday morning, when a freight train struck him, at approximately two o'clock. Mr. Bishop had been in Wills Point Saturday morning with his daughter, Mrs. Mell Allred, and returned to Edgewood on the bus leaving here about 1:30 o'clock. Upon his arrival in Edgewood, Mr. Bishop left the bus and started walking across the track. As he stepped on the rails the train whistled and he, not being able to move rapidly enough, was killed instantly.(See newspaper for survivors.)

"The Wills Point Tigers defeated the Canton Eagles in football Friday afternoon 12 to 0, starting the season with a bang and scoring one point toward winning the county championship this year.

"Mrs. C. T. Brown and Mrs. Emma Dugas of Dallas and Mrs. W. S. Brown and little son, Willie Louis of Reinhart spent Tuesday with J. Mike Brown and family.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS -Ed Gotlich of Danas spent Friday in Wills Point.-Mr. and Mrs. John Minton were Terrell visitors Friday.-Lewis Lea spent the week-end with friends in Denton.-Miss Mary Isabel McPhail was at home Sunday from Terrell.-Fred Khellar spent the week-end at his home in Fort Worth.-Huse Falkner of Terrell visited relatives Sunday.-Mrs. C. G. Dodson and Miss Sallie Bridges spent Friday in Dallas.-Miss Lizzie Watkins was in Dallas Friday purchasing millinery stock.-Mrs. James Cooley is visiting relatives in Kaufman and Shreveport this week.-Mrs. Homer White and daughter of Altus, Okla., are visiting relatives in Wills Point-Mr. and Mrs. C. C. McKnight and Miss Katie Lyle spent Wednesday in Greenville.-Hariett Modral of Tyler, who has been the guest of Nancy Nell Williams, has returned home."

NOTE: A lengthy obituary for Mr. D. M. George, born June 5, 1852 in Wilcox, Ala., appears in the October 4th issue.


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