This Week in Canton History




CANTON HERALD: October 4, 1962-Cool weather is still with us. Another rain fell in part of the county on Tuesday, Sept. 25. It measures 3 inches in Canton. The most Ben Wheeler and Martins Mill received was about a 1/2 inch.

Sweet potatoes are being harvested in earnest now. Cold weather was what the growers were waiting for Pink Russell of Ben Wheeler says his field “is poor fair and good. It depends on what part of the field you are digging in.” Other growers have expressed similar results. Lamar Burns of Canton says “when it rains in July it will lower the yield of potatoes.” L. L. Mewbourn of Martins Mill said, “we have dug some potatoes that made a good yield and in some feels the yield was poor.”

The new variety called Centennial, was plentiful all over the county this year. However, the Porto Rican is still the King as far as acreage is concerned. The Centennial has a very good color and yields good. The Puerto Rican is the smoothest in appearance and yields good in dry land farming. The Puerto Rican will be king for a long time to come.

Funeral services will be held today for Mrs. Georgia Jewel Hobbs at the First Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Interment will be at Creaglefield Cemetery under the direction of Hilliard & Sons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hobbs was born in Grand Saline, May 2, 1902, daughter of Lilylie Chrestffers Malorie and Henry Malone. She was married to G. W. Hobbs Dec. 4, 1919 in Grand Saline.  She was a member of Cana Baptist Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Laverne Stanger honored the formers father Abb Stanger, Sunday, September 30 with a birthday dinner on his 84th birthday.

Funeral services for Raymond F. Stovall, son of Mrs. Euna Stovall and the late Henry B. Stovall of Myrtle Springs, were held September. 21 in North Hollywood, California. With internment in Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.

Mr. Stovall who passed away after a short illness was born July 14, 1907 near Myrtle Springs where he lived until 1941 then he moved with his family to California. He joined the church in early manhood.

The high esteem in which he held was evidenced by the beautiful floral tribute, along with three religious filmstrips which were donated to his church library in his memory. He was married to Mrs. Flora Denny of Myrtle Springs on Dec. 21, 1925..

Funeral services for Walter L. Smith of Brownsboro who died Thursday night September 25 were held at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon in the Brownsboro Church of Christ with W. W. Cooksey minister officiating. Interment was in Edom Cemetery.

Because this was a small paper this week I have provide you with a bit of  ‘Lighthouse’ History and Old English grammar...published by the Canton Herald Feb. 18, 1927..

 HOW It Started-“Eddystone Lighthouse.”  “It is doubtful whether “Eddystone.” says Jean Newton. “Certainly no other pillar of fire by night and of cloud by day can offer so romantic a story of dogged engineering, perseverance, of heart rendering disappointments, disaster, blasted hopes and brilliant success. And in the story of its name is revealed a no leg interfering phase of its character.”

“Standing out in the English Channel, about 60 miles east of what is known as the Lizard is us straggling ridge of rocks which stretches of hundreds of yards across the marine thoroughfare and also obstructs the western approach to Plymouth Harbor. But at a point some nine and a half miles south on the mainland, the reef rises abruptly to the surface, so that a low-water two or three ugly granite knots are bared, which tells only two poignantly the direction they could wreak upon a vessel which held the temerity are the ill luck to scrape over them at high tide.

“Even in the calmest whether the sea curls and eddies viciously hound   these stones. So when Winstanley and later Smeaton and Sir James Douglas built the lighthouse, they named it Eddystone.,” after the waters about it.


And now a lesson in vocabulary  poignantly  (Old ENGLISH)  since of sadness or regret...temerity (OLD ENGLISH) nerve or audacity...eddy a movement of wind for, a circular movement of water, swirl, whirlpool, vortex.


Keen Scent...Now, boys,” said the teacher, “can any of you tell me how iron was first discovered?”

“Yes, Sir!” cried one.

“Well, my boy, explain it to the rest.”

“I, understood my father to say that they smelt it, sir.”


Test show that women are excellent drivers of automobiles everywhere except from the back seat. Norfolk Virginian-Pilot


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