This Week in Canton History



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CANTON HERALD: April 5, 1962: A write-in candidate pushed the city election into a possible runoff for the third spot in the Canton city election Tuesday. In the balloting to elect three aldermen Travis Coleman received 63 votes, Jigs Reynolds 60, B. R. Mahaffey 32 and Jimmy Burrows tallied 32.

Burrows received his votes via the write-in route and without his knowledge. In a statement to the pressed Wednesday, he nipped the possibility of a runoff with the following statement:

“In view of the recent writing campaign which was done without my consent, I decline to have my name placed on the ballot for runoff for a place on the city council.”

This statement, filed with the city, marks the election of all the circuit incumbents on the Council, Mahaffey, Reynolds and Coleman.


The Brownie Scout Troop 107 of Canton honored their fathers with a banquet Saturday night March 24.

The banquet was held at the Methodist Church fellowship hall. The hall was decorated in an Hawaiian theme. After dinner the girls entertained their guest with a Flag ceremony and a Hawaiian song and dance.

The following brownies and their guest attended: Theresa Chambless, Deborah Chamblee, Kathy Brown, Ruthie Brown, Christine Elliott, Sharon Hendrix, Nancy Heard, Kathy Hutchins, Jennifer Frederick, Sharon Heidle, Patricia Montgomery, Elaine Norman, Susie Rogers, Brenda Simmons, Sherry Thurston, Tina Lovvorn, Ann Pool and Kathy Woolverton.


Campus Chatter Canton High School, by Barbara Ramey: The seventh and eighth grade girls of Canton have recently organized PE classes in which all 62 girls have enthusiastically entered. The girls divided into 10 teams and have for the past week been engaged in a volleyball tournament.

At the end of the week Patsy Milford, Ann Stanford, Linda Slayton, Marsha Motsenbocker, Elizabeth Peace and Andrea Hilliard were members of the undefeated team who next week will be challenged again by the defeated teams to see if they will remain volleyball champions for the junior high.

If Wishes Were Horses: Jack sides would have a four-speed in his red and white Chevrolet. Suzy Brown would move the Marines to Canton. Larry Davis and Larry Roberts would be millionaires. Larry Childs would have only one girlfriend. Mr. Barber would-trick Mr. Birdwell into taking another snuff meant. Coach Hess would win district in football next year. Lloyd Easley would have all his lessons done for him. Martha, Carolyn and everybody taking English IV would have their English assignments done. Marilee would have the bananas out of her car. All the students would get rid of the 3 day absentee rule

William Henry Gilliam passed away at his home on Route 2, Eustace on April 1. He was born Dec. 30, 1877, in Van Zandt County, and was 84 years of age at the time of his death. Mr. Gilliam was married to Mary Lyndia Bowen, June 13, 1896, and she preceded him in death on March 21, 1944. He was then married to Pearl Hollis on May 29, 1946

Services were held at Eubank Funeral Chapel April 2 with Rev. Weisinger of Elkhart and Rev. John B. Trent of Athens officiating. Interment was in the Morris Cemetery under direction of the Eubank Funeral Home.

Mr. Gilliam was married to Mary Linda Bowen, June 13, 1896, and she preceded him in death on March 21, 1944. He was then married to Pearl Hollis on May 29, 1946.



Last Time Thursday, “HOUSE OF FRIGHT”- Paul Massey - Dawn Addams,

Friday and Saturday, Walt Disney’s All Cartoon Feature “PINOCCHIO”,

Sunday and Monday, “THE HELLIONS” - starring Richard Todd and Annie Aubrey, TUES. - WED. - THURS. “FLOWER DRUM SONG” starring Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta.


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