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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 4, 1931

"The home of Miss Mary Delilah Manning was the meeting place of the Bachelor Girls Club, Tuesday evening, Dec. 1, when she entertained the merry group with a two table bridge party.
Guests included: Misses Janet Lybrand, Juanita Venable, Anne Stuart, Minnie Rebecca Allen, Charlie Joe Brigance, Charlotte Johnson, Fay Wallace and Frances Dean.

"In observance of her seventh birthday, little Helen McGregor entertained with a party Saturday afternoon.
The home was decorated for the party with garden flowers of pink and white.
After many little games, readings, and songs, refreshments in the decoration colors were served.

"Mrs. Mary E. Brandon, home demonstration agent met with the ladies of the Elwood 4-H club at the home of Mrs. Buel Davis.
A short business meeting ensued and the following officers were elected: Mrs. Ande Williams, president; Miss Mabel Hindman, vice-president; Mrs. Wallace Goode, secretary-treasurer; Mrs. Roy Sprague, reporter.

FAIRVIEW: We have been blessed with rain. There is plenty of stock water.-Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jordan of Scott went to the fiddling convention at Providence Friday night.-Born to Mr. and Mrs. Vergal McCarty a boy, Nov. 27. Mother and baby doing nicely.-

The teachers of Fairview, Misses Gladys Harris and Ovalene Reed spent the week-end with their parents, of Hayden and Wallace.-Mr. and Mrs. Henry Parker of Scott are visiting a few weeks in Louisiana with the latter's parents.

"ENTERPRISE: This community has received the largest rain that has fallen in this section in several months.-Chester Lamb and Maxwell Norwood who are attending school in Wills Point, spent the week-end with homefolks.-Mrs. C. C. Travis and children of Greenville visited with friends and relatives during the holidays.-Several parents were present to hear our Thanksgiving program Wednesday afternoon. The children were dressed as the Pilgrims were and the boys carried the old single muzzle loading shot guns.

"BETHLEHEM: Mrs. Naonia Cartwright spent the week-end with her sister, who is in the hospital in Dallas.-Misses Christeen Childs, Mildred Lamb and Audie Foster, who are attending school in Wills Point spent from Wednesday until Monday with homefolks.-Greer Phillips and Miss Christine Whitfield were married Friday night at the home of Rev. Jim Yarbrough who officiated. We wish for this couple a long and happy life together.-Miss Cora Clark, who has been attending a business college at Dallas, has finished and returned home last week. Miss Connie Clark who is working for the highway department in Dallas returned with Miss Cora for a few days visit.-Miss Helen Holloway, who is teaching at Whitton, visited with her sister, Mrs. Lottie Stanford here over the week-end.-Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Morris of New Mexico are visiting J. J. Greenhaw and wife.-L. F. Bruecher and Mr. Carter made a business trip to
Louisiana last week.

"Rev. O. T. Wheeler and little daughter, La Verne, who have recently undergone operations for tonsillitis, are improving, and expect to be fully recovered within a few days.

"Dr. Robert S. Jones, returned Missionary from Brazil, spoke to a very interested group at the First Baptist church Tuesday evening, telling of his experience in the "Land of The Southern Cross."


"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Wallis of Dallas, formerly of Memphis, Tennessee, spent Saturday night with Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Beck. Mr. Wallis is with the Chevrolet Finance Corporation.-A. J. Norman of Edgewood was a Wills Point visitor Saturday and exhibited a nice walking cane, a gift to him from one of his sons. The cane came from Mexico and is hand carved, being a very fine piece of workmanship both as to carving of the figures and the colorings.-S. G. Shropshire, Jr. was carried to the sanitarium at Terrell, Sunday by the Williams Ambulance for an operation for appendicitis which was performed at 9:30 Sunday night. He was accompanied to Terrell by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Shropshire and Dr. Horace Baker, who report the young man as getting along fine.

"Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Samford celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Dec. 5, and they are doubtless the oldest married couple in Wills Point.(see newspaper for complete story).

"A FEW LETTERS TO SANTA CLAUS: Dear Santa Claus: I am a little Wills Point Chronicle, Tuesday December 8, 1931 - page 4
cripple girl five years old. I would like for you to bring me a set of dishes, a doll, with curly hair and sleepy eyes, table and any thing you have to bring me will be appreciated by your little friend, Bobby Frances Petit, Wills Point.

"Dear Santa Claus: I want you to bring me some candy, fruit and nuts, a doll buggy, doll, and Orphan Annie skipping rope. I am a little girl 6 years old. I go to school and love my teacher. Be sure to bring her something nice. Dorothy Dean Wade, Wills Point.

"Dear Santa Claus: Please bring me a pretty doll, a little ring and a doll high chair. Bring some fruits and fire crackers and candy. Your little friend. Annie Lea Sayre, Wills Point."

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