Old Newspapers Page Van Zandt County Genealogical Society
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 16, 1932
"The census bureau announces there were 29,166 bales of cotton ginned in Van Zandt county prior to Dec. 1, as compared with 36,278 to the same date last season. The 1932 cotton crop is practically all ginned and the total will be about 7,000 bales less than for 1931.
"W. W. Malone, a long-time citizen of this county, died at his home near Myrtle Springs Tuesday. The funeral services were held at the Myrtle Springs cemetery Wednesday, conducted by Rev. R. B. Moon of Canton. The deceased was 81 years of age and erected the first gin at Myrtle Springs 67 years ago, later erecting many gins over the county. He was active despite his age up to about two years ago. One son, I. F. Malone, survives.
"Nearly 100,000 people are back at work as the result of the introduction of the new 1933 Chevrolet which goes on display here tomorrow at the salesroom at Queen City Co. According to Mr. T. A. Sayre, president, this new car incorporates, 192 improvements. A longer wheelbase, a more powerful six cylinder engine, an entirely new body styling which reflects the master craftsmanship of bodies by Fisher, and new skirted fenders which conceal all the under parts of the car are just a few of these many improvements.
"At 7:30 Friday night Jack Howard of Dallas will be buried alive near the Calloway filling station to remain three days and nights. This will be free to everybody.
"LETTERS TO SANTA CLAUS: Dear Santa Claus, I am a little girl and I am in the second grade. Please bring me some jacks and a ball, all kinds of fireworks, nuts, fruits and candy. Don't forget my brother and sister and my mother and daddy, also my teacher, Mrs. Ruth Springer.-Mary Lois Sanders.--Dear Santa Claus, I am a little girl seven years old. I have been a very good little girl. I want you to please bring me a big sleepy doll, a ball, lots of fruit, nuts and candy. Don't forget my little cousins. Von Call and Junior Clay at Terrell.-Wilma Jean Nelson, Route 3, Wills Point, Texas.-Dear Santa Claus, I am a little girl seven years old. Please bring me a little doll with a suitcase, a horn, some roller skates for self and one for my little sister, Dorothy Grace, and a ball a blackboard, some fireworks, candy and nuts.-Mary Elizabeth Cox.-Dear Santa Claus, I am a little boy eight years old. I want you to please bring me a little dump truck, a wrecker, all kinds of fireworks, nuts, fruit and candy.-Henry Scott.-Dearest Santa, Please bring us a few nice toys, Also fruit, candy and fireworks. We are little brother and sister. Five and six years old. Please remember all my little cousins and all the little orphan children. Don't forget grandpa and grandmothers, remember grandmother Gilbert she lives at Gainesville, Texas. Also remember mother and daddy. leave them something nice. You'll find my little tree in the hall. We will be good and help mother and daddy. William Gilbert and Almee Merle Champion. Route 3, Wills Point, Texas.
WILLS POINT CHRONICLE, TUESDAY DECEMBER 20, 1932
"Mrs. J. H. Bruce died Saturday evening about 7 o'clock at the family home in Wills Point. Services held at Methodist church Sunday conducted by Rev. W. L. Cannan. Mrs. Bruce, nee Mary Ann Statham, was born in Hachett City, Ark., June 20, 1869. She was united in marriage with J. H. Bruce on Dec. 1, 1884. She is survived by her husband and four children as follows: Mrs. R. M. Constant of Wills Point, Ira Bruce of Fort Worth, Carl and Ernest Bruce of Dallas. (See Newspaper for complete obituary.)
"ROCKY POINT: There was a regular reunion of the Phipps family the last week-end, all of W. H. Phipps children and grandchildren being present except one granddaughter and great granddaughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ed McClollum and baby. Jannette, of Dallas. (See newspaper for names of those present.)
"LETTERS TO SANTA CLAUS: Dear Santa Claus, I am a little boy two years old. And have tried to be good. Please bring me a broom, a tricycle, lots of candy, nuts and fruit. Don't forget my grandma and grandpa Smith, grandma Hays and grandma Bratton. I also have lots of little cousins.-J. C. Smith, Route 6, Wills Point, Texas.-
"Dear Old Santa, I am a big boy four years old. Will you please bring me a little farmall with the disk, harrow and plow attachments, also a pistol, ball and anything else you want me to have. Don't forget the nuts, fruit and candy, also fireworks.- Robert Ray Rogers.-Dear Santa, I am a little boy seven years old. I go to school at Cedar Grove and am in the second grade. Will you please bring me a cowboy suit, basket ball, a pair of gloves or anything that you want me to have. Of course I always like fruit, nuts and candy.-James Ashworth Rogers.-Dear Santa Claus, I am a little boy three years old. I want you to bring me a dump truck, steam shovel, a cap pistol, also lots of fruit, nuts and candy. And please don't forget my little brother,-Albert Kenneth Courtney, Jr. -Dear Santa, Please bring me a doll with hair that you can really comb and curl, a pair of skates, some kind of a game, also fruits and candy. Remember mother, daddy and Toutsy,-Mary Lou Harris.
"Dear Santa Claus, I am a little girl seven years old. I go to school at Wilson Chapel, I am in the second grade. I would like for you to bring me a set of dishes, a doll, a doll trunk, a basketball, lots of fruit, candy and fireworks, Don't forget my teacher, Mrs. Simmons and all my little school mates. Bring them all something nice.-Juanita Alexander, Route 3, Wills Point, Texas. -Dear Santa, I am a little girl eight years old. I go to school at Turner and I am in the third grade. I want a doll, doll trunk, tea set, lots of nuts and candy.-Myrtle Rose Ross, Route 1, Wills Point, Texas.-Dear Santa Claus. I have been a good little girl all this year. I want you to please bring me a doll, doll buggy, fruits, nuts and candy.-Wanda Rose Smith." (Other letters by Bobby Louise Nall, Junior Guthrie, Doyle Manning- Gennell Taylor, Alvin Human Jamieson, Jean Hendley and Billie Rhea.)
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