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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, December 2, 1932

"The annual father and son banquet of the Wills Point Future Farmers of America, which is to be held in the
basement of the Methodist church, Friday evening at 7 o'clock is ready to go. The menu is to be selected
from the home farms and prepared by the boys. The serving of the meal is to be done by the boy's
mothers. Each of the boys, 40 in number are to bring their dad and one member of the local chamber of
commerce as guest.

"More than 600 cans of turnip greens and 500 cans of beef have been canned recently by colored folks in Van Zandt county. Two canning clubs have been organized with a membership of nearly 100 members. These clubs are the result of two vegetable canning demonstrations and three beef canning demonstrations given by the agent to the colored folks near Canton. One club is being sponsored by a church north of Canton with Lennie Mathis as president and Evelyn Gray secretary. The other club is at Redland and is being sponsored by the school. Three of the teachers are responsible for this forward movement. The teachers are S. V. Pierce, Mrs. C. V. Smidle, and Miss Cora E. Pierce.

"Mrs. J. W. Tull suffered a stroke of paralysis at her home in Wills Point Monday morning, from which she died about 5 o'clock that afternoon without regaining consciousness. Interment took place at the New Hope cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, the funeral being conducted by Rev. Springer of Terrell. The deceased was 62 years of age and was a consistent member of the Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband, J. W. Tull and three sons-- Ben Tull of Matins Mill, Erwin Tull of New Hope community and Haskell Tull of Shreveport, La.

"LOST --Wednesday, a package of deeds. Finder notify or return to W. G. Curtis, Edgewood.

"Mrs. Lucy E. Murphy of Moberly, Mo., is visiting her nephew, R. E. Scott, and wife this week. This is the
first time they have met in 54 years and it goes with out saying that the visit is a very enjoyable one.

"Mrs. Ann Payne and son, Albert and daughter Dorothy, of Athens visited relatives here Thursday. Albert
Payne left that afternoon for Washington, D. C. where he will serve as a page during the short term of

"A group of Elwood girls met Tuesday afternoon to elect a sponsor for a 4-H club. Mrs. Cecil Ellis was
elected. A meeting will be called next week to elect officers and start to work on our projects.--Dorothy Lawrence, Rubye Goode.

"FREE--Upside-down cake pan with purchase of 6 lb. Crisco, 99 cents.--J. A. Cooley.


"At six-thirty Saturday morning, Miss Helen Caviness became the bride of Mr. Herman Webb of Perrin, Texas. The ring ceremony was performed by Dr. L. F. Brothers in Russell Memorial Methodist church. The attendants were Miss Julia Machotka and Mr. Wayne Moore, a friend of the groom. Mr. and Mrs. Webb left immediately for a short wedding trip. Mrs. Webb is a teacher of Spanish and English in Wills Point high school. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Caviness of Mineral Wells. The groom received his degree from Simmons University and is a teacher in the high school at Loving. (See newspaper for complete article.)

"Miss Margaret Finney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Finney of Wills Point, is one of the 17 juniors at the
Texas State College for women (CIA) who has charge of the sale of "Chocolate Drops from the South," a book by Dean E. V. White, dean of the college. Miss Finney is minoring in education. She is a member of the East Texas club, and sings in the college choir.

"The Wills Point high school, according to Coach M. Hooks, will be in the interscholastic football league
next year, in the district with Van, Rockwall and others of the Class B in this district. All aspirants to the next year's squad have been forewarned of the necessity of attending school regularly the last semester and passing three out of five subjects. Wills Point loses quite a few men this year, some of them being Kinard, Sadler, Sewell, Russell, Harris, Tankersley, Hubbard, and Captain Brock. It is probable that Johnson, quarter-back will not be in school next year. This will take some strength from both the backfield and the line. Mince, Curtis and H. Harris will gain play in the back positions, all three showing form, fight and speed during this their first year of football.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mr. and Mrs. Jack Funderburk motored to Stanform Sunday for Mr. G. W. King, father of Mrs. Funderburk who will spend the winter in their home.-Mrs. Pollie Pierson and Mrs. Mozelle Brown spent Sunday in Tyler.-Miss Sarah Virginia Lindsey is visiting Miss Lucille Allen in Grand Saline this week.-Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Key and daughter, Miss Nanetta, spent the week-end with relatives in Wills Point.-William Alvin and Elvis Stone returned Saturday from a week's visit with relatives in Decatur.

"Miss Clara Beth Boswell entertained the Mu Tau Alpha club Friday evening, December 2, at the home of her aunt Mrs. Tom Moore McKinney. The following members were present: Madine Childs, Frances Manning. Elada Smith, Rose Manning, Wynell Smith, Margaret Presnall, Nell Henderson, Sally Provence, Elizabeth Ann Staton, Robbye Miracle, Edith Stepp, Grace Welmaker, Mary Jo Fountain and Faye Reed. Guest was Doris Jamieson.

"The following Business and Profession Women of Wills Point attended the First Annual Conference district
No. 8, of the Texas Federation of B. and P. W. Clubs, held at Tyler, Dec. 3rd and 4th: Mesdames Della
Montague, Mary E. Brandon, Alice Goodwin, Connie Hullum, Emma B. Wright, Bessie Simms, Thelma Joe
Allred, Eula Mae Shamburger, Misses Jewel Anderson, Erline Sinclair, Sallie Bridges and Pickett."

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