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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, October 14, 1932

"Miss Jean M. Campbell, public health nurse, was in Wills Point first of the week, representing the Texas Tuberculosis Association in arranging for the sale of Christmas seals, which begins on Thanksgiving. Local sales in the high school will be in charge of Misses Julia Machotka and Bonnie Blackwell. Proceeds of the
sale of Christmas seals are used to finance the effective campaign the association has made for the fight on tuberculosis.

"ADVERTIZEMENT: -South-Side Grocery specials; coffee, Bulk, lb. 15 cents; salad dressing 10 cents; peanut butter 10 cents; big can hominy 10 cents; 8 lbs. Crustine 70 cents. Cannot mention them all. Come and see. Scott & Byrd.

"COUNTY CORRESPONDENCE: Bright Star - Mr. and Mrs. Bonnie Rice and little daughter, Lavona, spent Sunday in this community.-Rev. and Mrs. Otho Runge and family of Board spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Boy Wallace.-Rev. Henry McBride will fill his regular appointment here Saturday night, Sunday and Sunday night. Everyone be sure and come.-Miss Alma Barton of Dallas spent Sunday in this community-Mr. and Mrs. Andy Palmer and babies of Edgewood spent the week-end with the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Vinson,
and family. Elwood - Mr. and Mrs. Berry Ellis and Mr. and Mrs. Lee Ellis and little daughter spent the week-end in Dallas visiting Auther Ellis and family.-Mr. and Mrs. Jake Childs and daughters of Bethlehem spent Sunday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Morse.-Misses Beola and Hazel Ashworth of Canton visited in our community one day last week.-Misses Dorothy Lawrence and Lucille McKnight of Wills Point spent Sunday with Miss Mildred Faye Davis.-Hardy Hunt of Hallsville is visiting in our community.-J. E. Hay and son, Oscar, visited in Grand Saline Sunday.

Cedar Grove - The attendance at Sunday school was good, there were 60 present. The pie supper was a success. $23.78 was realized from the sale of the 34 pies. Enough was raised to finish paying for the piano.-School began Monday morning at 7 o'clock. Lessons will begin early so the pupils can be dismissed at noon and get home in time to pick cotton. If the weather is too bad there will be school all
day. J. H. King is the principal and Miss Thelma Lee Dean is the primary teacher.-Carmen Girdley and Miss Betty Ewalt were married Sunday morning, Oct. 9, at Wills Point.-Born to Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Ashby Oct. 3, a boy.-The material has all been placed on the ground for work on the oil well.-Miss Johnnie Cooksey and J. C. Bradford of Wichita Falls were recent guests of the former's sister, Mrs. George Neill.


"The Wills Point Tigers defeated the fast Kemp eleven last Friday afternoon to the tune of 27-0, the rally to a win starting in the second quarter, when Coy Smith, Wills Point's flashing half, returned a kick for forty yards. (See newspaper for complete story.)

"Walter B. Seale returned from Fort Worth Saturday where he has been visiting his niece, Miss Florence High, who has undergone five operations within the last seven weeks and has had one blood transfusion. Her father, E. L. High, giving the blood. She is in a very critical condition, but still says she is going to get well.

"According to W. P. Gibson, agent for the Texas and Pacific Railway Co., 145 tickets were sold here for the Fair Special to Dallas Sunday, commemorating the county of Van Zandt at the State's exposition grounds. Such an amount of passengers makes it practically impossible to make personal mention of those attending the fair Sunday. Suffice to say everyone had an enjoyable time, and the grapes were good.

"Mrs. R. W. Curtis gave her husband quite a surprise and group of his friends a delightful evening last Thursday in honor of Roy's birthday. (See newspaper
for long article.)

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Tom Spears, who resides north of Wills Point, suffered a stroke of paralysis last week. His many friends hope the attack does not prove serious and his recovery is rapid and complete.-Mr. and Mrs. Herbert S. Key and daughter, Miss Nanetta, spent the week-end with relatives in Wills Point.-Mrs.
L. C. Carter and son, Jethro, who have been visiting relatives and friends in Corsicana, returned to Wills Point Sunday.-Mrs. F. C. Willis returned home Sunday after spending a few weeks in Oklahoma with her daughter, Mrs. Pollie Pierson, who accompanied her to Wills Point for a visit.-Born to Mr. and Mrs. Tom
Marlow, Saturday night, Oct. 15, a girl.-John Pratt and son spent Sunday in Dallas. -Edgar Thompson and daughter, Miss Emily Rose, spent Sunday in Dallas.-Misses Jewell Anderson and Sallie Bridges and Mrs. Orville Hullum spent Sunday in Dallas.

"The Fidelis Matrons of the Baptist church met with Mrs. W. M. L. Johnson last Tuesday afternoon. Several business matters were attended to. Pollyannas were revealed and plans made for a Halloween party.

"Mrs. H. S. Riley was leader of a program on "Health" at the meeting of the P.T.A. held on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Miss Celia Moore, who conducted the health examinations in the school, reported 354 children examined. Out of this group a large number needed dental attention, several were sent home with contagious skin diseases, and many had bad tonsils."

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