This Week in Canton History



Van Zandt County Genealogy and Local History Library

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Canton, TX. 75103


Feb. 22, 1962-The local chapter of the future Farmers of America are celebrating national future farmers week Feb.17-24, according to D. D. Mitchell, local FFA advisor. Canton FFA chapter has 54 members. Chapter officers are Charles Branton, president; Robert Manley, vice president; Danny Rhame, secretary; Larry Etheridge, treasurer; James Smith, reporter; and Jack Sides, sentinel.

THISandTHAT-by Jack Campbell: Our daughter, Celia, age 5 said that she will be glad when that fellow Glenn gets off television where she can watch her cartoons again.

Mrs. Curtis Hilliard’s son recently invested a dime in one of the local businesses novelty machines… The dime got stuck in the slot so the youngster stepped over and purchased a 25¢ pair of tweezers… With the aid of this tool, he was able to retrieve the coin from the machine… All went well until his mother was questioning him about his money. He told her what happened and she replied… What happened to the tweezers? “I threw them away as soon as I got my dime.” Mike replied…

Last rites were held for Miss Lula Brandon at the Little Hope Baptist Church Tuesday, Feb. 20, at
10 a. m. Rev. Louis Baron pastor conducted the services. Burial was in the Colfax Cemetery under direction of Eubank Funeral Home. Miss Brandon was born June 19, 1882 in Mississippi. She was 79 years of age at the time of her death. She passed away Feb. 18 in a Tyler hospital. Miss Brandon was a member of the Baptist Church.

Progressive Farmer Magazine in combination with the North East Texas Future Farmers of America sponsored the 15th annual FFA Convention Held in Sulfur Springs, High School gymnasium on Tuesday Feb. 20. Approximately 2000 Future Farmers, their parents, vocational agricultural teachers and guest attended, the program.

The program featured such FFA activities as parliamentary procedure, each officer election, presentation of honorary Lone Star Farmer Degrees and various other awards. Honorary Lone Star Farmer degree was conferred on nine Northeast Texas men as a feature of the Area 5 FFA Convention, D. D. Mitchell vocational agricultural teacher Canton was a recipient.

Funeral services for James Ludie Bowman were held Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Bible Baptist Church of Grand Saline. Mr. Bowman, 60, passed away Feb. 15 in a Grand Saline hospital. He was born March 24, 1901 in Canton. He was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Grand Saline. Mr. Bowman was married to Era Park on Jan. 20, 1940. Rev. Jack Petiford officiated at the services and interment was in the Woodside Cemetery in Grand Saline under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home.

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Davidson announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Fridia Sue, to Pfc. Edwin McCarley, son of Mr. McCarley of Lindale. The wedding will be solemnized Friday night, Feb. 23, at Sexton Chapel church.

CRADLE ROLE-Mr. and Mrs. David N. King of Commerce announce the arrival of a daughter, Gwendolyn Renée, Feb. 16 in a Terrell hospital. She tipped the scales at 7 pounds 1 ½ ounce. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Baker of Edgewood and Mrs. Grace King of Terrell.

S. Sgt. and Mrs. J. C. Lambdin of Sheppard AFB announce the arrival of a daughter, Tamara Louise, who was born in Monterey, Tenn. Jan. 12. She weighed 8 pounds and 3 ounces. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Coit Lambdin of Route 1, Ben Wheeler and Mrs. Etta Warren of Cookeville, Tenn.

On Jan. 1,  a new Social Security tax rate went into effect for nine of ten working people, according to Loy M. Copeland, district manager of the social security administration of Tyler.

For employed people be 1962 rate is 3.8 per cent for employee and employer, a total increase of 1 per cent. For self-employed people the new rate is 4.7 per cent, an increase of three sixteenths of 1per cent. The maximum taxable earnings remain $4,800 during the tax year in earnings, net income from self-employment, or a combination of both. In dollar and cents the increase means that any employed person earning $4,800 or more during 1962 will pay $150 in Social Security’s tax instead of the $144 he paid on these earnings in 1961. With 52 weekly checks totaling $4,800 about 12 cents more will be withheld from each check. His employer’s tax will also be about 12 cents more a week.

A self-employed person knitting as much as $4,800 will pay $225.50 instead of $216 for the year. Spread over 12 months this is about 79 cents more a month or by the quarter, $2.38 more. In line with its policy of setting the schedule of Social Security tax rates sufficient to meet the cost of all present and future insurance benefits the Congress provided for the increase to finance for significant program changes effective with the 1961 amendments signed by Pres. Kennedy last June.

These changes:

1. Enable men to apply for reduced old age insurance benefits at 62.

2. Increase by about 10 per cent monthly benefits due 62 year old and older widows getting benefits on the accounts of their husbands, dependence widowers, and dependent parents.

3. Raise the maximum old age benefit payable to a 65 year old or older retired worker or a sole survivor of a deceased worker from $33-$40 a month, with corresponding increases for dependents and other survivors of workers do less than $40 a month in unreduced benefits under the old law.

4. Reduce the amount of work needed to qualify for benefits allowing many workers, dependents, and survivors who were not eligible under previous work provisions to get benefits.


These articles have been extracted from the Canton Herald and may be viewed on microfilm at the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History, located at the Courthouse Annex.