De Leon Free Press
DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, July 20, 1923
Disastrous Fire Reduces Free Press to Ashes
The Free Press office is a mass of wreckage. Fire of unknown origin swept the interior of the building on Wednesday morning at 3:30 o'clock and the damage is hard to estimate. Not a thing in the building escaped serious damage. What was not burned was literally ruined by water and smoke.
The intensity of the heat can be somewhat realized when we say the keys weremelted off our typewriter in the front office, nearly twenty yards from the nearest fire. Keys were also melted on the linotype machine and the machine otherwise injured by fire and water.
The fire seemed to have originated in the stock room in the rear building. The electric lines entered the building in this vicinity and there was a quantity of paper stored there. But since the flames were licking out of the top of the building when discovered nothing can be determined as to the origin.
The Free Press office was established in 1889, hence is just entering its 35th year. So far as the present editor knows this is the first fire the plant has ever had. Our files dating back, some of them past the beginning of the present century, were destroyed. These alone were worth hundreds of dollars. The physical value of the plant was upward of $8,000.00. Insurance in the amount of $4006.00 was carried.
Representatives of the Barnhart Bros. & Spindler and the Intertype Corporation, who handle printing machinery are expected daily to assist in making a survey of the damages and to figure on replacements.
This paper, in its abbreviated form, is proof of the fact that "we never slipped a cog." Your next issue will likewise be on time.
A party of DeLeon people went to Bass Lake, Gorman, on Friday evening last week, swimming awhile, then spreading a tempting picnic lunch in the attractive park. The party consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Lyman FROOEST(?), Charley ROSS, Ottis HAM, R.L. SCOTT, Mrs. W.F. McFARLAN and little son, and Misses Bertha ROSS, Virginia LOWE and Geraldine FORREST and Messrs. CagerMOHON(?) and Otis HARVEY.
Royal LORENZO and Zilpha SUFFLEMIRE
H.V. WALKER and Miss Mamie ROBERSON
F.C. FARRAR and Addie FERGUSON
C.B. PENNINGTON and Luella BEVANS
Lonnie JONES and Ruby GENTRY
Harvey BOWMAN and Inez McCARTY
Edward Parker KELLUM and May ?OLAR
J.H. HUFF and Julia Adelle LANGSFORD
Melvin McDONOUGH and Edna WALKER
O.G. JAMES and Fannie HALSEY
Ebre DODSON and Ora Mae DAVIS
R.M. HIGGINBOTHAM and Norma Jewell BUNTING
D.W. HARRIS and Azza Mae GORE
A.T. HUGHES and Miss Ann KING
R.S. SHANKLES and Lennie LOWRY
H.P. JOHNSON and Stella HADAWAY
Lee NABORS and Maudie PITTMAN
Core NICHOLS and Arabelle BURKS
C.R. GREEN and Lucille PLOTT
W.C. CHILTON and Guida B. KITTLES.
Births Born to Mr. and Mrs.
S.C. GREGORY, Hasse, boy
W.A. CARLETON, Hasse, girl
Ernest FUNDERBURG, DeLeon, boy
G. MARTIN, Comyn, twins
R.L. THOMAS, Comanche, girl
Walter DURHAM, Comanche, boy
W.D. PHIFER, Comanche, boy
John TATUM, Lamkin, girl
Will MARTIN, Comanche, boy
F. COOK, Sipe springs, girl
Roy LITTLE, Comanche, boy
Charles S. SCREWS, Sipe Springs, girl.
James Franklin RHODES, Sidney
John Newman VANDIVER, Proctor
Nancy WARD, DeLeon
Martha BURNS, Comanche
Miss Joe VINEYARD, Comanche
Gloria Zoe Jones
The Free Press mentions with extreme regrets the sad death of little Miss Gloria Zoe JONES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.D. JONES, which occurred at the home of her parents at Breckenridge on Thursday morning, July 5th, after an illness of a few days of complications following flux.
The little one was the second daughter of the family of three children, the oldest being a girl, the youngest a baby boy. Gloria Zoe was the delight and joy of her parents and adoring grandparents and other near relatives who loved her for her unusually sunshiney disposition. She was only a few months past two years of age.
The mother of little Gloria Zoe was formerly Miss Agnes STOVER, daughter ofMr. and Mrs. S.T. STOVER of this city. The funeral service was held at the STOVER home on Friday afternoon and interment followed at DeLeon.
Mrs. Foster Died Last Week
The Free Press has heard of the death of Mrs. FOSTER, Gorman young woman, at her home there last week. Deceased leaves a baby scarcely a week old,besides her husband and other relatives. Remains were laid to rest in De Leon cemetery last Thursday.
©2004 Judith Michaels. This transcription is the generous work of Judy Michaels taken from microfilm held by the Newspaper Collection of the University of Texas at Austin with a microfilm copy at Comanche Public Library. The information may be used for personal research only and not for commercial purposes without specific permission.