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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, August 6, 1931
"On Thursday the state highway commission at Austin let the contract for 10.9 miles of concrete paving on Highway No. 15 from one mile west of Fruitvale to Wills Point to the Central Bitulithic Company of Dallas, the consideration being $187,162.
"Tax stamps, which must go on all packages of cigarettes sold in Texas after August 21, may be purchased at the First National Bank here and it is presumed that a similar arrangement has been made for the sale of the stamps at banks in each of the towns of the county.
"Miss Alice Murray returned last week from a six weeks' tour in Europe. The ship she sailed on left port at Quebec, Canada, and the party she was with toured England, Holland, Belgium, Germany, France and Switzerland. On the way up they spent two days sight-seeing in Chicago and St. Louis, and on the return trip landed at Montreal. They spent some time there and in Toronto and also in Detroit, Mich. Miss Murray reports a wonderful time, the weather being ideal and everything perfectly planned for the enjoyment of the travelers.
"Finis Blasingame was carried to all Saint's Hospital in Fort Worth Saturday, where he was operated upon Sunday morning for a nerve trouble. He was accompanied by his family, who were with him during the operation. At last reports he was getting along just as well as could be expected and his many friends wish for him a very speedy recovery. "The Business and Professional Woman's club will have a bridge and forty-two tournament at the Texas Power & Light Co. building on Thursday night of this week and Thursday night of next week. The admission will be 25c each.
"MARRIAGE LICENSE: Ray Dean and Lorene Long; W. M. Chandler and Mrs. Alma Jones; Lloyd Holder and Mildred Johnson; Herbert K. Clower and Elizabeth Benson; Clinton Adair Whittaker and Adean Lewis.
"Attention is directed to an advertisement of the Myrtle Springs swimming pool on page 4 of this paper. E. B. Abicht has had complete charge of the pool for several years and each year has made improvements, considerable money having been spent from time to time to give patrons of this pleasure resort the best service. The water is supplied by 31 springs, which flow continuously through the pool at the rate of 35,000 gallons daily at all times assuring more fresh water in proportion to the number of bathers than can be found in any other pool in this section of the state. The management is very careful as to sanitation and to safeguard the safety of patrons, a life-guard being kept at the pool during the hours it is open to the public.
"Miss Jewel Gatlin entertained with a swimming party and picnic at the Myrtle Springs Park Friday evening and it was a very enjoyable occasion for all in attendance. Her guests were Misses Jewel Anderson, Sallie Bridges, Mona White, Mary Lee McDonald, Thelma Lee Dean, Martha Lea, Susan Russell, Mrs. Maxine Cooper of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. Ike Allred, J. T. Faulkner and Joe White.
"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Born to Mr. and Mrs. Tommie Hawkins, August 5th an 8 pound boy.-Mrs. Tom Dewees of Rockwall visited Mrs. O. W. Mayberry Sunday.- Mrs. H. T. Alland of Decatur is visiting her son, F. W. Alland, and family.-Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Sayre and two little daughters and Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Stuart motored to Terrell and Kaufman Sunday.-Supt. G. D. Staton has completed his summer course at the East Texas State Teachers' College at Commerce and secured his degree.-Mrs. Ernest Carothers is in Dallas this week at the bedside of her step-father, Tom Moore, who is seriously ill. Friends of the family hope for his recovery.-Mrs. Sterling Sledge entertained the young folks with a birthday party Tuesday afternoon in honor of the fourth birthday of her little son, Truman Sledge. Ice cream and cake were served. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon.-Miss Vernon Woolverton, who has a position in the post office at Overton, spent Sunday here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Woolverton. She was accompanied by Misses Gladys and Jeanett Neal and Sanders Pilgreen of Overton.
"PALMER GROVE: The people of this and other communities met at the Union cemetery last Wednesday to clean off and beautify the city of the dead. The men, with the help of a few ladies, with hard work completed the job by the noon hour. A bountiful lunch was spread and everyone seemed to enjoy the day very much.-Rev. G. M. Fletcher, our pastor, has been on the sick list for the last several days.-J. C. Williams and wife of Paris, Texas, spent Sunday night and Monday in the home of Mr. Williams' sister, Mrs. J. C. Hardy and husband.-Mrs. T. P. White of Altus, Oklahoma,is visiting her father, John Killen and sister Mrs. J. J. McNeely.-Several from here attended the cemetery working at the Howell cemetery last Wednesday.
"MORINCE: Mrs. Bridges of Highland is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Charley McGlothin, this week.-Mrs. J. W. Hart spent last week with her daughter, Mrs. Early Whitfield, of Edgewood.-Earner Murray and wife and family of Fort Worth visited Roy McDonald and wife last week.-Mrs. Omer Robertson of West Texas is visiting her sister, Mrs. Charley Hendrix this week.- Mr. and Mrs. Charley Neal of Dallas, spent the week-end with the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Burl Martin."
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