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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 30, 1932

"On Friday, Dec. 23, at 9 a. m. the gentle spirit of Mrs. G. L. Brewer of the Alsa community was called from earth to heaven. (See newspaper for complete obituary.)

"Lee Crofts, who was seriously injured Thursday in an automobile accident in Dallas, is well known here, having married a local girl, Miss Lelia Funderburk. Late reports of his condition are not encouraging, but friends here trust that his injuries are not as serious as now appear and that he may recover.

"Darrell Phillips, 16, died of burns received Christmas Eve at a tank farm south of Grand Saline. He threw some waste on a fire and flames flashed to his clothing, burning 90 per cent of his skin. He was buried a Woodville.

"Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Mullins and daughter, Miss Maurine, of Muskogee. Okla., spent Thursday with Mrs. W. M. C. Dawson and Miss Bobbie Edminson.

"Mrs. G. H. Wilson left Saturday afternoon for Georgia, where her father is seriously ill as a result of receiving a broken leg.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. June Graves of Taylor visited relatives Wednesday-Mr. and Mrs. James Cooley spent Christmas in Kaufman.-Miss Kathleen Norman of Forney was home for the holidays.-Gordon Rowden of Terrell visited Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Harris Tuesday.-Miss Charlie Jo Brigance spent Christmas with her sister in Palestine.-Miss Elsie Adelle Perry, Spanish teacher in Big Lake is home for the holidays.-Homer Rice of Dallas spent Sunday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Norman.-Rev. Jno. Goodwin of Palestine spent several days here this week guest of his sisters.-Miss Dorothy Harris and Oleta Miracle of Baylor Belton spent the holidays with homefolks.-Mr. and Mrs. Henry Still and little son, Norman, and little daughter, Nelda, visited Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Norman for Christmas.-Mrs. R. A. Scott and daughter, Miss Ethel, Miss Helen McGregor, Mrs. J. D. Ellis and daughter, Miss Mary Lee spent Wednesday afternoon in Dallas.-Mr. and Mrs. Rutledge Hill and children visited in the home of F. Hill for Christmas- Miss Irene Wright of Houston spent Christmas with her mother, Mrs. Emma B. Wright.-Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Thompson of Dallas spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. R. Hughes.

"COUNTRY CORRESPONDENCE- Cedar Grove: School was dismissed Friday afternoon for the holidays. A short program was rendered, then Santa Claus arrived and gave the children candy and fruits. School work will be resumed Monday, Jan. 2.-Louie Stroud and brothers and sisters have moved to the Center community.-Mrs. H. P. Hamilton has returned to her home near Forney after a visit with her father, G. W. Ritchie.-Mr and Mrs. Wolfe Cooksey and baby of Ponca City, Okla., spent Sunday with his sister, Mrs. George Neill.-Miss Elvia Stroud spent Christmas with friends at Ben Wheeler.

ALSA: Miss Ruby Title is with her parents in the Center community.-Mr. Moore of Hiram spent Christmas with his daughter, Mrs. Buck Parker, and family.-Mr. and Mrs. Lon Allen and family of Electra are visiting their daughter, Mrs. Sam Brackeen during the holidays.-Ira Miller is visiting his parents at Watkins.

WILLS POINT CHRONICLE TUESDAY JANUARY 3, 1933

"Meeting recently the football coaches of the county made the selection of Van Zandt's all county team. On this roster, the Tigers placed one man, Capt. C. U. Brock at guard position while Sadler and Tankersley received honorable mention. Grand Saline placed four men, Van six and Canton and Edgewood each one. Thirteen men were chosen, two of them being utility men.

The all county football teams's annual banquet will be held at the M. & M. Hotel January 5, at 7 p. m. in Grand Saline.

"Baker Ezell, who was carried to Terrell hospital last Tuesday for treatment for appendicitis is back in Wills Point and is reported as improving rapidly.

"Fred Byrd of Wills Point purchased the busy Bee Sandwich Shop, located next door to the Majestic Theatre, from J. A. Jackson during the week-end.

Fred is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Byrd, long time residents of Wills Point.

"Mr. and Mrs. Worth Thomas had as their Christmas guests all of their children as follows: Mr. and Mrs. Herman Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Fancher and Miss Elba Thomas, all of Dallas. While fruits are common for the Christmas dinner, this family had the very unusual experience of eating an orange that was home grown. Four years ago Mr. Thomas secured a small orange tree from a man passing through here from Florida, which he placed in a large bucket and housed in his cellar during winter months. The tree had five well developed oranges this year and while they are not well ripened one was eaten Christmas, the flavor being good in spite of the unusual conditions under which it was grown.

"The Mask of Fu Manchu" will be showing at the Majestic Theater in Wills Point tonight.

"A large number of college students spent the Christmas holidays with relatives and friends in Wills Point as follows:

Texas University, Austin-Francine Johnson, Jack Gray, Hulen Crumpler and Greer Hubbard.-S. M. U., Dallas-Lewis Orsborn.- A & M., College Station-Archie B. Swank and Wayne Harris.-Medical School, Galveston-Prentice Crumpler and Julian Guy Sewell.-Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill.-Addison Sewell-C. I. A., Denton- Marjorie Gilchrist, Kathryn Gilchrist, Rebecca Wingo, Louise Sewell, Mary Perry and Margaret Finney." (This issue contains an obituary for John G. Brackeen, Sr.)


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