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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 23, 1932

"Following is the grand jury for the January term of District Court: Oscar L. Pate, Wills Point; J. M. Brandon, Edgewood; Morgan Fall, Grand Saline; A. P. Fowler, Van; W. A. Blankenship, Canton; Marvin Moore, Edom; C. W. Simpson, Ben Wheeler; E. D. Barber, Martins Mill; A. L. Pleasant, Mabank Route 3; Grady Johnson, Wills Point; J. N. Palmer, Grand Saline; L. E. Slaughter, Edgewood; A. A. Norman, Canton, Route 1; C. C. Reid, Canton, Route 6; F. N. Tunnell, Wills Point, Route 6; J. W. Stout, Canton, Route 5.

"Funeral services were held at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. Jarvis in Terrell Tuesday afternoon for Pelham Jarvis, who died Monday morning at his home in Brady, the body being accompanied to Terrell by a brother Walter Jarvis of Grand Saline. Mr. Jarvis was born in Terrell and was employed for a time at the American National Bank of that city later serving as cashier of the First State Bank here. On July 7, 1918 he was married to Ruth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Douglas of Kaufman, who with two children Pelham Jr., 13 and Charles Walter, 10 survive. He is also survived by his parents, two sisters and three brothers. During his residence in Wills Point Mr. Jarvis made many friends who will regret his untimely demise and sympathize with the bereaved relatives in their hour of sorrow.

"At both the Sunday school and church services Sunday morning at the Methodist church an offering will be taken for the Methodist Orphan home at Waco. A tree will be arranged and the offering will be put on the tree. The home now has 412 children and is under the direction of W. F. Barnett and wife. No worthier cause will be presented this year than this one, and the pastor of the local church, the Rev. Walter L. Cannan, suggests to those who will be away Sunday to hand their offering to him or to H. K. Crowe, superintendent, or to some friend that will be present Sunday.

"A. B. Chappell, Jr., and Miss Naomi McCathern of Wichita Falls were married Saturday Dec. 17 at Frederick, Okla., and are spending the holidays here with the groom's parents. Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Chappell.
"One of the most enjoyable club parties of the year was the B. and P. W. Christmas party at the home of Miss Jewell Anderson. The house was decorated throughout with Christmas motifs and a beautiful tree filled one end of the living room. After a sing song, a contest dealing with names of club members was held. Mrs. J. L. McElvany made a perfect score and was given a beautiful box of candy which was shared with all other club members. Mrs. C. L. Haynes received the "booby" prize which was a hugh stick of stripped candy which was also shared.(See newspaper for complete article.)

"BURNETT CHAPEL -School attendance has been very light the past week. After school Friday the children will have a Christmas tree. The parents are invited to attend.-Gordon Foster of this community and Miss Marie Stone of Bethlehem were united in marriage Sunday, Dec. 11 at the home of Henry Gilchrist.-Miss Ruby Burnett of Big Springs and Harvey Burnett of Fort Worth visited Cris Burnett recently.

"WISE - C. B. Wise returned home from the Veterans' hospital Saturday. He was temporarily discharged and may have to return in the near future.-Charles Wise, Truehart Chandler and Ernest Weber of Dallas visited relatives and friends here Sunday.-W. E. Cook was shopping in Canton Saturday.-This school is planning a Christmas tree and a short program Saturday night.

"(From The Canton Herald)-Highway No. 64 to Dallas was opened the last part of last week, and no doubt many have taken a ride on this new road. Most of this highway had been open prior to last week, but a detour, starting at the Paul Stanford home, ran on into Canton. Now the tourists and all drivers may travel the new highway which is open from the courthouse square to Myrtle Springs, Wills Point, Terrell and Dallas as well as other points. This fine highway will mean much to the county.

"LETTERS TO SANTA CLAUS: Dear Santa Claus, I am a little boy four years old. I want you to bring me a watch, a pair of gloves, candy, apples, oranges and nuts. Don't forget my little brother, Bobby Don and my little cousin, Paul Edward Furrh, Bring them something nice too. Billie Joe Huff, Route 3, Wills Point, Texas- Dear Santa Claus, I am a little girl seven years old. I go to school and am in the second grade. I want you to bring me a sleepy doll, a pair of rubber boots, all kinds of fruits, nuts and candy. Please remember my teacher Mrs. Farmer, also my mother and daddy. Irene Young, Route 1, Wills Point, Texas.

"Dear Santa Claus, I have a big pup dog. Every time I get in his way he knocks me flat. Please Santa bring me a little doggie and take my big pup to Johnny Pratt. If you do not mind tell Mr. John Garner us little boys and girls do not like beer. We want candies, nuts, milk and good old cookies. So when we grow big we will be like Daniel, and big old lions won't eat us up. Bye Santa.-Billie Seef Teel.-Dear Santa Claus, I am a little boy five years old. Please bring me some firecrackers, a pair of gloves and lots of fruit, nuts and candy.- H. A. McKinney.-Come fill my stockings, Santa Claus. It's very long and wide but there are many things I need at this Christmas time. First a wagon to help with the work I have to do and Santa, bring a tricycle. And when you come this way don't forget my teacher and little friend. Bring lots of love to sweeten things. And Santa, you will have my thanks all the whole year through.-D. L. Fuller Jr., Route 3, Wills Point, Texas.

(Other letters from Peggy Joyce Baker, Rita Beth Madden, Juanta Morris, Lemuel Lovell Coats, Stanley Max Reed, J. C. Boshear, and Dorothy Dew and Lila Mae Brackeen.)


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