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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 9, 1932

"In the city limits of Wills Point there were two fires Wednesday night and Thursday morning while the
home of Arch Herrin a few miles southeast of Wills Point was totally lost by fire. Wednesday night about ten o'clock the alarm sounded for the house on the old Pabst estate on the old Canton Highway. The house was owned by heirs to that estate in Wills Point. Hayes Massingil lost his home and household articles Thursday morning about 8 o'clock by fire because no plug was within half mile of the blaze, making it impossible to extinguish the fire. "Devil and the Deep," first film co-starring Tallulah Bankhead and Gary Cooper, ends its showing at the Majestic Theater tomorrow.

"Word has been received that Santa Claus will be in Wills Point Saturday at 2 p.m. He will come in his big
red and orange airplane and will walk out on the wing and salute all the little folks as the airplane circles over town. All the little children for miles will want to be here and give o'd Santa a welcome when he lands and comes into town where he will stay all afternoon shaking hands with the little folks.

"COUNTRY CORRESPONDENCE: BRIGHT STAR-Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Davis of Bright Star are moving to Elwood.-Ernest Wallace and sister, Ethel, visited Miss Belvia Mae Adams of Rains county Saturday night.-Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Vinson and family are moving to Wood county this week.

WILLIAMS CHAPEL-Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Lucus of Terrell were the guests Sunday of their daughter, Mrs. C. R. Curtis, and family.-Miss Adell Hare of Cedar Grove was the guest of Misses Jessie Lee and Lillian Wilson, Sunday-Miss Lula and Lottie Clemmons spent the week with their sister Mrs. Clarence Sprague, of Union Grove.-Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lindhorst and children were guests of relatives in Alsa Sunday.-Little Junior Blassengame, who has been very sick, is reported no better.-Miss Varnell Morris of Hiram is the guest of Miss Eunice Clark this week.

BURNETT CHAPEL: Rev. W. E. Gross of Point will preach here Sunday morning and Sunday night for the Church of God at this place.-L. D. Lunceford and family, who resided on the Jamieson farm moved to Elwood Wednesday and Bill Sprague of that place moved where Mr. Lunceford did reside.-Harvey Smith and family, who resided on Earl Ellis' place, moved to Elwood Wednesday. Mr. Ellis of Denton now occupies the place.-Mr. and Mrs. Henry Beck and children of Union Grove attended Sunday school here.-Mrs. Rubye Shepherd, the principal of this school, is having to miss a few days on account of the flu. Her daughter, Miss Aline, is taking her place.-Autry Via of Friendship was a recent guest of Angus Burnett.

BETHLEHEM: Mrs. L. L. Lindsey of Forney visited her sister, Mrs. Sallie Farrell, and family Saturday.-Born to Henry Owen and wife, Dec. 2, a girl.-Misses Mildred Lamb and Audie Foster spent Sunday with Misses Tex and Jot Fugate at Wills Point.-Born to Archie Smith and wife, Dec. 3, a boy.-Horace Horton and family of Board visited Henry Owen and other relatives Sunday.

"Little Miss Ola Van Rankin, age 11 years, died in Terrell Tuesday morning at 11:30 as a result of influenza meningitis. She was carried to Terrell Monday afternoon from her grandparents home near Wills Point, where she has been residing for some time and attending school in Wills Point. She was born in Grand Saline and was the daughter of Mrs. A. A. Rankin, her father dying a few years ago. She was buried in the Edgewood cemetery Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Geo. Kidd officiating.

WILLS POINT CHRONICLE, TUESDAY DECEMBER 13, 1932

"The Morton Salt Company mine brought a total of 420 carloads of salt to the surface last month. So great
has the business of the mine become that it has been necessary to add a half shift of work for the crews in
the hole. The new crew caused the employment of fifteen additional men.-Grand Saline Sun.

"Miss Marie Stone and Gordon Foster were united in marriage Sunday morning, December 10, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. Gilchrist. Reverend W. L. Cannan of the Russell Memorial Methodist church performed the impressive ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Stone of the Bethlehem community. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Foster.(See newspaper for complete article.)

"Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Webb, 22, who died last Wednesday in a local hotel were held Friday
evening. Interment was in the local cemetery.

Mrs. V. Y. Sanders, the mother of Mrs. W. W. McNeely, has recently completed piecing and quilting a quilt of the sunflower design which she sold for $10.00. She is in her 80th year but despite her advanced age is active and received many compliments on her handiwork.

"Trees were festooned with glistening icicles Friday as a slow and cold rain fell most of the day.
Temperatures stood at 28 and 29 degrees much of the time.

"Mrs. A. H. Herrin, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Neal Herrin and little son, and Richard Herrin returned Sunday
from a visit with Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Roberson at Weslaco. The A. M. Herrin home burned last week and
Mrs. Herrin was not advised of the misfortune until she arrived in sight of the home place, which was a
great shock to her.

"Mr. and Mrs. W. W. McNeely and Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Ezell were in Greenville Friday to attend the funeral
of J. E. Norton. (See newspaper for complete article.)

"LETTERS TO SANTA CLAUS: Dear Santa Claus: It's hard times this year but I am only asking for a doll, some fruit and candy. That is all I want. We are not telling our mothers and fathers.-Merle Marie
Teague.-Dear Santa Claus: I want a doll, some skates, a bible story book, apples, oranges, bananas, nuts and candy. Please bring me a ring.-Marilyn Sue Rains.-Dear Santa Claus: I don't want to ask for much. I want a pair of skates and a doll.- Virginia Rotenberry.-Dear Santa: I am sending you a picture of a little girl and boy that you have been forgetting. I have one dollar in pennies that I have saved. I want you to divide it between the three of us. Send me a 25 cent doll and a little candy and nuts if you have any money left. I hope you don't forget any of us this year.-Willie Grace Anderson."
(See newspaper for other letters.)


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