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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, November 4, 1932

"A beautification of State Highway 15 and U. S. Highway 64 through the city limits of Wills Point east has been planned by the Chamber of Commerce, and the City Federation. Trees can be bought and set out for the property owners along the highway for 50 cents each.

"The Wills Point Lions Club held their regular semi-monthly meeting Thursday at noon, Oct. 27, with a good attendance. Two new members being admitted into the organization, namely John Howell and Bob McLeod.(See newspaper for complete article.)

"The Chronicle this week received the renewal of probably its oldest subscriber when W. J. Wilson paid for another year. Mr. Wilson is 92 years old He sent the renewal by his daughter, Mrs. W. H. Jamieson, as he is too feeble to get down town.

"Miss Maurine Blakeley who was formerly in the ready-to-wear business in Wills Point is now employed in College Station doing stenographic work.

"John Carr, who travels for the Dobb's Hat Co., of New York, spent Wednesday night with his mother, Mrs. J. T. Carr, and sister, Miss Ruth. He was on his way to Louisiana and Arkansas.

"The Wills Point P. T. A. has at last won the Simmons Cup for attendance at the County Council. This cup was offered as a award for the P. T. A. with the largest number of represetatives, together with all its delegates, present at a council meeting by Mrs. M. M. Simmons, of the Wills Point P. T. A. more than a year ago but this is the first time it has been won by the local organization.

"COUNTRY CORRESPONDENCE: MORINCE -Will Daniels and family of near Edgewood visited Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Pickens and family Sunday.-The young people enjoyed a Hallowe'en party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Cotton Monday night.-Mr. Jackson of Lane has been visiting his daughter, Mrs. Walter McInturff recently.-There will be a pie and box supper at the school house Friday night. All are requested to come.
BOARD; A large crowd enjoyed the birthday dinner at Green Evans' Sunday, celebrating the 86th anniversary of his mother, Aunt Emily McGee.-Mrs. D. D. Rusk and son, Joe Bob, of Flatts, Rains county, visited in this community Sunday.
ROCKY POINT: Our school started Monday, Oct. 24, with our same teachers, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Simmons.-Mrs. S. D. Ewalt and daughter, Louise, of Cedar Grove visited Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Alexander and attended the pie supper.-Fred Phipps is working in Mineola.-Miss Jewelle Dawson spent Monday with Mrs. Hubbard in Wills Point.
ELWOOD: Mr. and Mrs. J. A. McCauley and sons attended a birthday dinner of the latter's father, Nathan Coats, at Cedar Grove Sunday.-Mr. and Mrs. Roy Glenn of Wills Point attended church here Sunday.-Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Rogers and family visited the latter's sister, Mrs. Roy Wallace of Bright Star Sunday.

ALSA: Mrs. Emma Tucker from Paris is visiting her daughter, Mrs. I. D. Boydston and family.- A large crowd attended the funeral here Sunday of Mr. Jenkins from the Center community.

"The seventh grade was delightfully entertained with a Hallowe'en party at the home of their room mother, Mrs. D. L. Bateman, Monday evening, Oct. 31.

"The fifth grade of the local schools was entertained with a Hallowe'en party at the home of their class mother, Mrs. Reynolds Hughes, Monday evening. Thirty-eight youngsters were present and the hostess was assisted by Mrs. E. S. Gready and the teacher, Mrs. Adelle Moughon. Popcorn balls and apples were served.


"A fire destruction to the house owned by Mrs. Kate Sewell and rented to Ike Allred and Ed Paine, Sunday evening about 8:15 o'clock originated from an unknown cause.(see newspaper for complete story.)

"Mr. Penwell, who is employed on the paving job out of Wills Point is expected to lose his left eye as a result of a sliver of steel approximately one inch long going into the optical organ while Penwell was in the act of drilling a hole in the frame of his truck Saturday, October 29, according to reports..
"Two men, employees of the Union Paving Co., were injured when a hit and run driver, said to be without lights, side-swiped the company truck loaded with work-men, who had their feet hanging over the sides of the truck bed, early Saturday night one mile this side of Myrtle Springs on a curve. Bill Thomas, colored driver of one of Bruce Adams' teams, suffered a broken leg in two places below the knee.(See newspaper for complete article.)

"Dr. Ernest Blankenship, formerly of Van Zandt and who has been practicing medicine in Denton, the past few years will move to Wills Point and is preparing his office in the Meredith Pharmacy.
"A negro employee of the Union Paving Company in Wills Point sustained a broken leg when the cement mixer on which he was working, rolled backward and across his leg Thursday of last week.
He was given aid by the company's physician here and no serious complications have arisen.

PERSONAL: Wayne Harris, who is attending A and M. College, spent the week-end with home folks.-Miss Ina Wayne Shepherd of Quinlan, is visiting her sister, Mrs. L. R. Amason, this week.-Mrs. Rutherford Coker of Athens spent the week-end with her husband in Wills Point.-Born to Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bedingfield Sunday, Nov. 6, a girl.-Lloyd Hurley has purchased the Mr. O. C. Tucker residence in Wills Point and his family is now domiciled in the same. J. D. Saunders and family moving to an apartment in the M. F. Mayfield home." (NOTE; The November 8th issue contains an obituary for Mrs. Mollie Pearl Womack, wife of R. M. Womack, who died in Dallas, but spent much of her life in Wills Point.-This issue also contains an obituary for J. Z. T. White, born in North Carolina Oct. 24. 1849, and came to Texas with parents at age 3, settling in the Center community.)

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