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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 20, 1931

"Last Friday afternoon the nice country home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Johnson, in the Board community, was destroyed by fire, which originated from a defective chimney. Most of the household goods were lost, as the building burned quickly, and it was said no insurance was carried. The loss also included 300 containers of food put up by Mrs. Johnson, although about 200 cans were saved. Mrs. Johnson is one of the outstanding club members of the county, being a pantry shelf demonstrator. Mrs. Johnson helped her neighbors in canning, and thus was engaged when the fire was discovered. The family has the sympathy of many in their great misfortune.

"E. B. Germany of Cranfill & Germany, owners of nine wells in East Texas, today said that his company will make arrangements to shelter and feed its 250 employes who will be thrown out of work by shutdown of the East Texas oil field.
He said Cranfill had wired their employes to obey the governor's proclamation and that other companies were doing likewise.- Dallas Journal.
E. B. Germany, mentioned above is well known in Van Zandt, being reared here, and a brother of the late Julius W. Germany, Dallas lawyer.

"MARRIAGE LICENSES: Charlie Herring and Ruth May; Herbert McKee and Margie Goebel; Loy King and Velma Dillard; J. E. Robinson and Verner Little; James E. Driver and Bertie Coone; Manuel Humphries and Flossie Brown; W. E. Rodgers and Ethel Vines; H. K. Box and Grace Evelyn Kirk; Harry G. Fry and Grace I. Durham; Lewis O. Osborn and Maron L. Black.

"PALMER GROVE: Mr and Mrs. Lawrence Williams and little daughter, Mary Nell of Penney, Okla., have been visiting the former's mother Mrs. Lizzie Williams.-Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Shepherd and son, M. W. Jr., spent the week-end with relatives of this community.-Several from this community have been attending the camp meeting at Goodnight Park.

"CEDAR GROVE: There was a larger crowd than usual at the cemetery working Thursday. The committee that had charge of having the fence erected is going to see to having the remainder of the ground clean of rubbish and weeds.-A Farmall demonstration was given on the Robert K. Crow place Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. R. K. Crow has bought the "Andy Sullivan place" from J. P. Coon.-William Smith of Union Grove has bought the Daily farm.- George Neill of near Breckenridge and Mrs. Cora Simpson of Abner are visiting their sister-in-law, Mrs. D. C. Neill, also their brother, W. H. Neill of Edgewood.-Mrs. Frank Cook was rushed to the Alexander-Holton sanitarium in Terrell Friday morning. She was resting very well at last report.-The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cook was buried here Saturday morning. To the bereaved relatives we extend heart-felt sympathy.

"BOARD: Melvin Daniels and family of Lane spent part of last week with A D. Langley and family.-Little John Paul Pendleton of Bright Star is visiting his grandparent, J. H. Vines, and family.-Burlie Martin of Morince spent last week with Oswald Ragland.-Pricey Vines spent Wednesday night with Joe Vines of Small-C. D. Hogan and family, G. C. Hogan and family visited Jim Shelton and family of Bright Star Tuesday.

"PLEASANT VALLEY: Miss Verda Bunton is spending the week with Bertie Smithart at Burnett Chapel-John Landster and children of Quinlan are visiting in the home of Tom Bunton and family.-The revival meeting will start Friday night and we hope everyone will attend and help make it a great revival.-Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Vance of Oklahoma are visiting the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Green.-Mr. and Mrs. Clifford McPherson of Dallas county have been visiting the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will McPherson and family.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. J. A. Francis and brother, Will Davis of the Center community left Monday for an automobile trip to Lafayette, Ky.-Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Alford of Dallas are guests of Mrs. Mae Eskeridge this week.-Miss Mary Delilah Manning of Dallas spent the week-end with parents and friends here.-C. K. Filmore and son visited Big Sandy Tuesday looking over their oil interests.-Miss Gladys Marie Smith visited her grandmother, Mrs. Eskue east of Wills Point last week.-Miss Clara Mae Wellmaker has returned from Commerce, where she attended summer school.-Miss Lila Mae Hill has returned from Denton where she attended the teachers' college.-Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Threatt, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Threatt and son Derwood, have returned from a visit in South Carolina.-

Rev. R. W. Filmore and little son, Robert, from North English, Iowa, spent from Monday until Wednesday with his father, C. K. Filmore and wife.-Dr. and Mrs. I. E. Epright have returned from a motor trip to points in the southern and eastern states, and the former has resumed his practice in the post office building.-Miss Josephine Staton returned Friday from Commerce. While there she attended the president's reception for the summer school graduates of the East Texas State Teachers' College.-Mr. and Mrs. Roy McCollin of Dallas spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Coomer. Mr. and Mrs. McCollin will move here the first of September, and will have rooms at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Chappell.

"The Scott baseball team, under the management of Jim Mislevet, defeated the Humble team at Van on Wednesday afternoon of last week, the score being 6 to 2. The battery for Scott was McCurney and Donahoe."

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