This Week in Canton History

Feb. 23, 1961: Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Pruitt will be honored at open house Sunday, Feb. 26, at their home in observance of their 50th wedding anniversary. Mr. Pruitt was born in New Marker, Ala. and came to Texas in 1904. Mrs. Pruitt, the former Sarah Hobbs, was born at Martin Mill. They were married Feb. 26, 1911. They have resided in Canton since 1914. Mr. Pruitt is a retire mail carrier, having served as carrier on Route 3, Canton for 39 years. Hosts for the reception will be their children Dr. B. H. Pruitt, of Athens and Mrs. W. W. Ashworth of Mineola.


This Week in Canton History

March 16, 1961-Tires Stolen Last Thursday Morning in Grand Saline – Theft of 14 large truck tires was reported to County authorities by C&R trucking firm of Grand Saline last Thursday morning about 1:30 o’clock. The tires six 10.00x20 were taken from the Grand Saline firm hauling salt from Morton’s Salt Company. Sheriff J.W. Burnett reported Wednesday morning that his office has a good lead on the culprits.

The children of W. J. McCaffity will honor him on his 93rd birthday with open house Sunday, March 19, at his home in the Dawson community. His friends are invited to call during the hours of 2 to 5 p.m.


Bee fit with Bob

You just got to do a 5k

Several weeks ago, the Brookshire’s 15K was held in Tyler. This 9.23-mile run is the premier running event of its kind in the USA. At the same time and place the Fresh 5K, my favorite run in the whole wide world, was also ran. It was closed out early because it is so popular.

It ran in five waves with the fast-serious runners, including world class speedsters and top amateurs starting first. Then the fun and party atmosphere got underway. The announcer got the wave going. He asked how many repeaters were ready.  About 50 percent gave hollers and cheers and two more waves of excited people took off.


Don’t stand too close to the muffins, you might lose a hand

Recently, I received a message from an angry reader who told me that I shouldn’t “write about people that kill others,” and that I “added your thoughts and someone you did not really know,” regarding our article on the sentencing of Joe Gilmer of Canton. 

Here’s the kicker, I didn’t write it, the criminal district attorney’s office of Van Zandt County did. The angry reader went on to tell me to “never cover a murder of the case when a young girl’s life is taken unnecessarily.”

I had to ponder and scratch my head at that one, because I thought we were still talking about the sentencing of Joe Gilmer. I guess we had switched gears. I’m just sad that six years of college and multiple degrees are null and void.



Suffering at times comes in our ways

Which we sometimes mention

Sometimes our Lord lets happen

To gain our full attention.


Jesus suffered the perfect example

And He is the Son of the Father

He shed His blood, His precious blood

Destroying Satan’s sins that bother.


His love for us is so precious

He knows when we have pain

He lets us stop and talk to him

Each time we hurt again.


God’s word says we must suffer

He waits for our attention

If we have sinned or have bad thoughts

To Him we should always mention.


Repentance is a magical word

And reaches to Him above

He hears when we ask forgiveness

And covers us with His love.





This Week in Canton History

March 9, 1961

County 4-H Clubs Celebrate National “4-H Club Week - Van Zandt, accounting 4H’ers observing National 4-H Club Week March 4-11. The local 4-H club members will join more than two and a quarter million boys and girls in rural urban and suburban areas throughout the United States.


Beware the edge of a map....

For those of us who have made the trip around the sun more than 25, or 30 times, the world feels comfortable calling us "adults." I always found that label to be ... odd. What determines the barrier between child and adult? What is this unseen rite of passage that the people of the world pick up on, and suddenly realize that an individual is no longer a juvenile? I'm on my 47th round with our glowing fire-circle in the sky, and God knows that I do immature things all the time; often proudly.

However, there is no doubt. I am an adult. What happened?

Most of my fellow adults know this answer. We've learned it at various stages through our life, in one fashion or another.

The difference between children and adults is the loss of innocence.


Bee fit with Bob

The big four

Vince Lombardi and John Wooden were the best at their professions. We still study what they did and how they did it. Both told us to become masters of the fundamentals. Doctor Oz was asked how he became so successful in doing so many things and he said “I have figured out that every endeavor you do has a few vital functions and all you have to do is figure out what they are and become excellent at them.”


This Week in Canton History

March 2, 1961-City Council And Mayor Races Fail To Gain Interest (headlines)-With the deadline, March 4 approaching, the city secretary told the press Wednesday that there has not been a single candidate file for place on the city ballot for the election to be held in April. The mayorship, currently held by Sam Hilliard, is for re-election along with two places on the city Council, B. M. Clark and Harvey Fincher occupied these positions on the current council. Holdover aldermen are B. R. Mahaffey, Travis Coleman and Jiggs Reynolds. Clyde Elliott, Jr. is also up for reelection as city attorney. The incumbent mayor and incumbent councilman are expected to file if no other candidates run for the post. There is a lack of issues in city government causing interest to lag in the races.


John B. Ferguson, 78, Interment was in Haven of Memories Memorial Park.


Summer activities on tap at VZC Library

Yee Haw! This week's Storytime will feature the great state of Texas. But it's not just a state; Texas is a state of mind, an attitude. Ms. Rhonda will gather her group of little Texans in the Van Zandt County Library at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Afterward, there will be a craft project to be completed.

The Friends of the Library met Feb. 13 for a presentation over a program about the Orphan Trains that operated circa 1854 to 1929. These trains carried approximately 150,000 orphaned or abandoned children from impoverished and over-crowded eastern cities to the mid-west and southern states.

“Benja Mize brought the tale to life and did a great job. The FOL were delighted to welcome many guests to the meeting; and a few audience members shared personal stories of relatives who made the trip,” librarians said.


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