This Week In Canton History


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CANTON HERALD: August 9, 1962 - The Fifth Annual Van Zandt County Fair promises to be the best one yet. There are some good reasons for saying this.

One reason is improved facilities for this year’s fair. A new 40X80 metal building will house some of the educational and commercial exhibits. This is the third permanent structure that has been constructed on the fairgrounds. The other two permanent buildings are the livestock barns and the rodeo arena.

There will be one tent for the commercial and farm crops exhibit. There will be some hobby exhibits on display for the first time.

There will be some outstanding educational and commercial exhibits on display inside the building as well as some outside exhibits. Business people from all areas of the county will have some commercial exhibits at the fair.

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Elmo McCord Sunday, August 5, in Eubank Funeral Chapel at 2:30 p.m.

Ottie Marie McCord was born June 23, 1901 in the Jackson community. She was married to Elmo McCord in 1923. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton. She passed away at her home in the High community Friday, August 3 at the age of 61 years.

Mrs. Jess Newton died at her home in Dallas Tuesday funeral services will be held this afternoon Thursday at 2 o’clock at the Walnut Springs Baptist Church. Interment will be in Cool Springs Cemetery.

This and That - Overheard in Wills Point…Plans by the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce for a “fishing rodeo” to be staged at Lake Towakoni…K. C. Lybrand, Wills Point Chamber of Commerce manager, is already making plans with $150 in money being offered for large fish…

The state quota for Texas draft boards in September calls for 200 men Col. Morris S. Schwartz state selective Dir., announced Tuesday. The states September call of 200 compares with a quota of 194 for August and 188 for July. The September call is the state’s share of a national quota of 5000 men all for the Army.

Col. Schwartz also announced that local boards would send no men for pre-

induction physical and mental examinations in September. Local port quotas for the September call already have been figured and sent to the states 137 local boards. The September quota will be filled with men who are at least 22 years old on September 1, except volunteers and those legally termed delinquent under the draft law, who may be younger.

Men and Women in Service-Frankfurt, Germany-James V. Burgess, son of Mrs. Debbie Burgess of Grand Saline, recently was promoted to Sgt. First class in Germany, where he is a member of the U. S. Army Garrison, Northern Area.

Sgt. Burgess a supplies specialist in the garrisons headquarters company in Frankfurt, entered the Army in March 1951 and was last stationed at Fort Ord, California. The 32-year-old soldier whose wife, Joyce is with him in Germany attended Grand Saline Highs School.

Miss Evie Goode, 62, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. S. A. Douthit at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning after a short illness. Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church on Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock interment was in Cool Springs Cemetery under direction of Hilliard & Sons Funeral Home. Miss Goode was born in Hunt County and moved to Canton in 1930.

Miss Janet Shaw, bride elect of Jack W. Rogers Junior was honored August 4 with the miscellaneous shower in the home of Mrs. Houston Reed and Miss Ovalene Reed.


These article have been extracted from the Canton Herald and can be viewed on microfilm at the Van Zandt County Genealogy & Local History Library at the Courthouse Annex.