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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 13, 1931

"Mrs. T. K. Provence and Misses Margaret Kimbrough, Doris Jamieson and Sallie Provence returned Friday from Belton, where they attended summer school at Baylor College for ten weeks. Misses Margaret Kimbrough and Doris Jamieson made two units each, one in Spanish and one in history, while there and Miss Sallie Provence studied Spanish and violin. Mrs. Provence says that Wills Point people should be very proud of the record our girls have made in Baylor College, both in the summer session and in the past. Of the 1930 class, Misses Minnie Rebecca Allen and Florence Alta Box made excellent grades and also many warm friends among the faculty and pupils, while Miss Gladys Green is to be commended for taking advantage of the industrial side of the college and earning part of her expenses as well as carrying in full the entire class work at the same time.

Miss Fern Bedingfield, another home girl who taught school near Houston last year, spent her summer vacation at Baylor College studying and her re-election to the same position for this fall proved the confidence the patrons had in her ability. Miss Lillian Lea, majoring in journalism is fast forging her way to the front, being editor-in-chief of the Baylor Bells this summer and editor of the Bluebonnet Annual next winter. Miss Winona Russell received her A. B. degree in June.
Mrs. Ella Jeter Comerford well known by many Wills Point people as a former Baptist missionary to China and also a native of Van Zandt county, is head of the Ruth Stribling Hall and well beloved by all her associates.

"Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Pate left Wednesday for St. Louis, where the former will purchase goods for the Mayfield Dry Goods Co., expecting to remain in that market as long as necessary to become familiar with the best offerings in the various lines of merchandise suitable for the local trade.

"Walter B. Seale of Wills Point representative of the Vaughan Music Co. and well known over Van Zandt county, has advised his friends that he will be a candidate for district clerk in the Democratic primary next year. The present incumbent of that office is now serving his second term. Mr. Seale is a talented singer and as a member of the Vaughan quartette has made quite a reputation in his appearance before audiences in this and other states, for a number of years singing with the quartette for reproduction on graphophone records. He was reared in this county and has never made a race for a county office.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mr. and Mrs. Louis Mclean and baby of Turner have been visiting Mrs. Alice Barfield.- Mrs. J. C. Bobo of Cash spent the first part of the week with Mrs. M. M. Simmons.- Miss Lenna Ellis of Dallas spent the week-end with Miss Mary Lee Ellis and other relatives.-Gus Hubbard of Nocoma spent from Sunday to Tuesday with relatives and friends here.-Mrs. Marion Quinn of Grand Saline visited her mother, Mrs. L. G. Young, last week.-Born to Mr. and Mrs. Forest Scott of Dallas, July 30, a boy. Mrs. Scott was formerly Miss Carlie Mae Dewees of Wills Point.-

Weldon and Angus Lide, also William James spent last week-end in Dallas with relatives, Weldon Lide played his violin in one of the Dallas orchestras Saturday night.-U. D. Vick was a Dallas visitor on Monday and visited a honey farm near that city, where he said he saw hundreds of pounds of honey more than he had ever seen in his life, at one time before.-Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Pate of Wichita Falls are visiting Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Garrett this week.-Born to Mr. and Mrs. Frances Lea, Friday, August 8, at the Baylor hospital in Dallas, a baby boy.- Mrs. Ellis Campbell and two little daughters, Travis Sue and Charlotte are spending the week in Dallas where Travis Sue underwent an operation Saturday for the removal of her tonsils and adenoids.-Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hallman and son of Dallas were week-end guests of Mr. and Mrs. S. K. Hallman.-

Rev. John W. Goodwin of Atlanta spent several days here this week with his sister, Mrs. Sallie Goodwin.-Mrs. E. M. Starr and son, Emory, have returned from and extended visit with relatives in Longview.-Mrs. Reginald Dennis of Terrell spent last week in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Blasingame.-Mrs. T. M. Weatherly and daughter, Miss Eula May, Mrs. A. Trimble and son, Freddie, and Tom Stillwell of Texarkana were here last week to visit relatives and friends and also to visit the natural history collection at the school building. Tom Stilwell is the son of Prof. Stilwell, superintendent of the Texarkana high schools.-Mrs. E. M. Greer entertained Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. A. W. Meredith from 3 to 6 o'clock, honoring the 10th birthday of her daughter, Waynie.-Miss Lorene Smith, a recent student of a business school in Dallas, has a position with the Wynne, Wynne & Wynne law firm in Wills Point acting in the capacity of assistant secretary of that firm.-Hulen Crumpler, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Crumpler, was stricken with an attack of appendicitis last week and was operated upon on Saturday in the Terrell sanitarium."

NOTE: See paper for extensive obituary for William. D. Montague, born in St Louis on September 24, 1865, came to Wills Point with his parents in early life and resided here until about ten years ago when he was transferred from the position of station agent here to a similar position at Terrell. He was buried in White Rose cemetery. Also an article from Big Springs, Texas, regarding death of Henry F. Howie, policeman, killed in line of duty, well known in Van Zandt and Kaufman county.

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