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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 27, 1931

"There were confined in the Van Zandt county jail last of the week twenty-two prisoners, awaiting trial in the courts on charges of a promiscuous nature. Most of the cases will come up in the district court, which is soon to meet for the fall term.

"Lester Condray won first place in the recent state grain judging contest to win the first gold metal for Van Zandt county 4-H Club boys. Albert Elliott was team mate with Condray and the team won second place in the state contest.
There were judging teams in dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, poultry, grain and terracing. All the boys made a good showing and this county got one of only seven gold metals offered. The boys making the trip to A & M College were: Inman Furrh, Maxwell Norwood, Woodrow Graham, Paul Murrey, Chester Lamb, Wester Farrell, Coy Geddings, Billy Hansen, Alf Foster, Edward Townsend, Ben Boggess, Max Slaughter, Leon Slaughter, Virgil Irwin, Lester Condray, Albert Elliott and Glenn Stovall. This was the largest group of boys ever sent from Van Zandt county to the annual Farmers Short Course. The trip was made possible by the business men of the county, the Canton school district and the Texas & Pacific railroad.

"The first bale from the 1931 cotton crop was sold in Wills Point Monday by Dewey Boshear, being raised on the L. L. Brin farm 2-1/2 miles northwest of Wills Point. It was bought by L. S. Gready at 10 cents per pound, bringing $46.20, and a nice premium in cash given by local business men. The cotton graded middling, full one inch staple. The bale was ginned by Jack Brothers and weighed by B. H. Brundidge. The second bale followed closely and was sold by M. W. Stafford to K. K. Norton at 7 cents per pound. It weighed 542 pounds and was classed as strict middling with one inch staple. It was ginned by the East Texas Cotton Oil Co. and weighed by Tull & Palentine. A nice cash premium was given on this bale also. (See paper for complete article.)

"The Chronicle has been requested to announce that there will be a graveyard working at the Fields cemetery on Thursday, Sept. 3, and all who are interested are urged to attend.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS; Walter Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. R. Johnson visited Willis Johnson in Royce City Sunday. The latter is opening a variety store in that city.-Mrs. W. B. Farmer, who is ill at the home of her mother, Mrs Ella Sims, in the Small community is reported to be better. Her many friends will be glad to learn of her improvement.-The Masons will entertain their families at the Masonic hall, this being their regular fifth Saturday meeting, and a program will be given. The Eastern Star will assist in serving refreshments.-William Falls of Wichita Falls visited Miss Minnie Falls the first of the week. On Wednesday Mr. Falls accompanied by Miss Falls left for Shreveport, where they will visit Mrs. Pearl Bickham.-Mrs. E. B. Collier has returned from her summer trip to Los Angeles, Calif.

While there she made an auto trip into Oregon and en route, home visited El Paso, Clint, Lamessa and Carlsbad Cavern.-Mrs. Guy N. Fields, who has been at the bedside of her mother, Mrs. W. B. Lybrand, for several weeks, left Wills Point Wednesday. Her sons Joseph and Guy Jr. accompanied her to their home in Clint, Texas.-Miss Maurine Hargrove, who recently completed a course in a commercial school in Dallas, has secured a position as stenographer with the Walker Realty Co. of that city.-The Wills Point Telephone force attended a chicken barbecue and business meeting in Terrell Friday evening at the city park, being guests of the telephone company there. Those from here enjoying the outing were the following: Mr. and Mrs. J. L. White, Mrs. Ella Stockman, Mrs. Jewel Scott, Mrs. Katie Malone, Misses Dovie Wheeler and Fern Turner.-Mrs. J. T. Terry and daughters, Misses Ura and Fay, and son, Emmett, went to Denton Tuesday to attend the exercises of the teachers college. Miss Odessa Terry received her degree, Miss Julia Machotka was also one of the graduates.

"CEDAR GROVE: Mrs. E. G. Smith was taken to the Methodist hospital at Dallas last Wednesday. She remained there for treatment and is to be operated on today (Monday). Her friends hope for her a speedy recovery.-Jim Taylor has moved to Wills Point where he is employed at the Hallman marble yard.-Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Ashby had as their guests Saturday night, her sister, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Truelock of Chalk, a brother, Mr. and Mrs. Ossie Harrison of Scott, three nephews, Mr. and Mrs. Otho Truelock, Hubert Truelock and J. C. Harrison, also Miss Nora Lee Phelps of Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Truelock and children returned to their home Monday morning. J. L. Harrison returned with his daughter for an extended visit.-Mrs. W. L. Harvey and grandson, George E. King, Jr.,are visiting her brother-in-law, Jim Harvey of Phalba.-Mrs. Wylie Richardson has typhoid fever. She is at the home of her father-in-law, W. H. Richardson.-Mrs. J. C. Sapp is visiting her mother, Mrs. Harris, and other relatives near Timpson.

"BETHLEHEM: This community was made sad Tuesday morning, Aug. 11, when the death angel visited the home of Earl Foster and took their darling baby, Virginia Ruth Foster. She died at 5:05, after a week's illness and her remains were tenderly laid to rest in the Rock Hill cemetery at 4 o'clock the same day, funeral services being conducted by brother Chesser of Myrtle Springs. She was nine months and 24 days old. The sorrowing parents and other relatives have the sympathy of the entire community."

Note: This issue contains an in depth obituary for Oswald M. Norman of Stone Point and an article about an auto accident near Carlsbad Caverns, killing Mrs. William D. Hargove.

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