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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 28, 1932

"Mel-Roy, Magician, will play a one night engagement at the school auditorium Saturday, Oct. 29. Mel-Roy is said to be the world's greatest magician. The Mel-Roy attraction is sponsored by the Parent-Teacher's Association and comes very highly recommended.

"J. C. Gibbs, W. L. Steed, Judge S. L. West, C. W. Ashworth and Elmer Prater have returned from Austin, where they attended a meeting in regard to the letting of a contract for highway No. 19. These men report the promise of 4.8 miles in Henderson county to the Van Zandt county line to be contracted at next meeting
of the highway commission.

"Monday, October 24, Miss Edna Gibbard's music pupils organized a music club. The name is The Major and Minor Club. Our motto is B sharp, B natural but never B flat. The president is Buck J. Wynne, vice-president; Mildred Weeks, secretary; Charlotte Tomlin, reporter; Lucretia Blakeley. They will meet every first and third Wednesday at Miss Gibbard's music room at the school.

"Turner School Notes: We have started on our second week of school with a good regular attendance. A nurse and two doctors will be with us Wednesday to examine the pupils. The pupils of several other schools will also be with us on that day. As Turner is the only class B school the nurse will be able to examine the pupils of the other schools.

"Bill Hughes of Ashworth, entertained his father, J. A. Hughes with a birthday dinner on his 66th birthday, Sunday Oct. 23. (See newspaper for names of those attending.)

"On Monday night, Oct. 17, the death angel glided softly to the bedside of Grand-daddy' Huff and took his precious soul from this earth. He was 78 years and 11 days old. He leaves heartbroken, his wife, seven children-four sons, Tom, Arthur and Wayne of Wills Point, and Richard of Oklahoma; three girls, Mrs. E. V. Shaw and Mrs. H. G. McBride of Wills Point and Mrs. T. B. Morrison of Quinlin-- (See newspaper for complete list of survivors.)

"Democratic Nominees: For State Senator: Will D. Pace, For County Judge: E. C. Stovall, For Sheriff: Ira Burnett, For County Attorney: A. A. Dawson, For County Clerk: Carlye Mae Wallace, For District Clerk: J. Lee Sanders, For Tax Collector: R. M. Mathis (2nd Term), For County Treasurer: Mrs. Lexie B. Sides (2nd Term), For Representative: T. M. Hicks, For Commissioner, Prec. No. 2: J. C. Gibbs, For Commissioner, Prec. No. 3: W. B. Wilemon, For Commissioner, Precinct No. 4: Fred Watts, For Justice of Peace, Prec. 3: J. H. (John) Bruce, For Constable, Precinct No. 3: Ike S. Neal, Jr.

"COUNTRY CORRESPONDENCE: ANTIOCH -This week finds Messers. Lewis, Teel, Gideon and Anders all making up their cane. It looks to the writer like there will be a sweet time at Mr. Lewis' syrup mill this week-Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith, a baby girl. The baby was named Alvie Mandine.

ALSA: Our school started Monday morning with a real good attendance. We have with us for this year's term Mr. and Mrs. Ben Nicholson and Miss Rubye Tittle. We are glad to have these teachers back with us again.-Mr. Leslie and Woodrow Cole, Will Bedingfield and Oscar Kent are in West Texas sight seeing.

"I will allow 8 cents lb for cotton if taken in dental work Dr. N. J. Tomlin, Wills Point


"H. A. Irwin and son, living three miles southwest of here, entered some of their single comb brown leghorn chickens at the state fair and won on every entry. They won first and second cockerel, second and fifth pen and second hen. Mr Irwin has marketed some fancy tomatoes lately but says he finds the market shot to pieces as it usually is below the cost of production.-Edgewood Enterprise.

"Bud Pippin was displaying a curious sight here yesterday. It was a snake and a mouse trapped in a pepper sauce bottle. He found it in his garden the day before. It was a theory that the snake chased the mouse into the bottle and when it went in, it forced the cork which was inside the bottle back into the bottle mouth and then neither snake nor mouse could get out. A. T. Burk informed us of the curiosity as we did not see it.-Mabank Banner.

"The marriage of Mr. R. E. Wilson and Miss Ina Mae Youngblood was solemnized at the home of Rev. and Mrs. J. R. Ritchie at noon, Saturday Oct. 29, in a simple sincere ceremony. The young couple reside in the Turner community and were accompanied to Rev. Ritchie's home by the bride's brother, James Youngblood.

"Jack Phipps and Miss Connie Langley were united in the holy bonds of matrimony on Saturday, Oct. 22, and will reside for the present with the grooms parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Phipps in Wills Point.

"F. J. Jenkins, died at his home north of Wills Point Saturday, Oct. 29, at the age of 56 years and was buried in the Howell cemetery Sunday afternoon, Oct. 30, Rev. J. B. Ritchie conducting the services which were held from the Center church. Mr. Jenkins died of pneumonia and is survived by his wife, four children, two step-children and one sister.

"Marie Youngblood, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Youngblood, near the Cana community, Friday, Oct. 21, at the age of 4 years and was buried in the Cana cemetery Saturday, Oct. 22, Rev. R. B. Moon conducting the funeral services."

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