De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, August 3, 1923


Youth, 17, May Die As Result Knife Wound

Bill Denby Disembowled By Cut Across Abdomen; "Wrinkles" Gentry Arrested

A most unfortunate occurrence transpired here about 8:30 Monday night when Bill DENDY, 17, son of Mrs. J.W. DENDY, was seriously cut across the abdomen and as a result of his wound he is not expected to survive. Two of his intestines were cut, one being severed, it is said and the condition of his abdominal cavity is such as to cause apprehension. Naubry GENTRY, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. S.G. GENTRY, known among his associates as "Wrinkles" is alleged to be the one who did the cutting. GENTRY is in jail at Comanche to await development in the case. The trouble arose, it is alleged, over improper language said to have been used by GENTRY in the presence of the wife of Numa YOUNG. DENDY is said to have been a friend of Mr. YOUNG and in some way became embroiled in the fight to avenge the insult to his friend's wife. Some twelve or fifteen boys congregated in the dark alley back of the east side business section to witness the fight. Chief of Police NABORS was in the Lester Bros., confectionery when the trouble occurred and within a minute after the occurrence was on the scene. DENDY was being carried out of the alley by friends and GENTRY was missing. The efforts of officers to locate him during the night failed. DENDY was carried to the office of one of the local physicians and a hurried examination disclosed the gravity of his condition. He was placed in a car and immediately taken to the Blackwell Sanitarium at Gorman, where the best attention available in this section was given him. No one denies the gravity of his condition. He is the eldest son and only support of his mother, lately widowed. GENTRY appeared at his home the morning following the unfortunate affair and his mother is to be highly commended in her action in accompanying him to the home of night marshal W.T. HAMILTON, who took him in charge. Chief of Police NABORS, County Attorney SANDERFORD and perhaps others went to Gorman Tuesday and took a statement from DENDY, the contents of which will be available in court proceedings should such become necessary. The wounded boy's mother has been at his bedside throughout the day. The unfortunate incident is regretted deeply by the friends of each family concerned. That a misunderstanding that was so evidently intended to terminate in merely a fist fight should end so tragically is appalling in the extreme.

Free Press to Have New Home on Main Street

The Free Press will not re-open for business in the location formerly occupied, instead will move to the building formerly occupied the the Home Lunch Room, between the Grisham Barber Shop and De Leon Gas Co., the change to be made as soon as insurance adjustments can be made and certain building changes can be effected. The new location promises to be an improvement over the old in that the building fronts on the principal street of the city and is commodious. A rear entrance will be built, windows built across the rear which provides special ventilating and lighting conveniences.

The Fire Damage

The total damage to the equipment of the Free Press furnishings and fixtures is as yet undetermined. Some of the machines are a total loss while others are only partially damaged. The linotype, our most expensive machine, is in many ways as delicate as the works of a clock and it can readily be seen that intense heat would damage these delicate parts materially. We are calculating that the damage to this machine is such that a new one will be necessary to efficiency. Some of the smaller machines were a total loss and will be replaced. But the cylinder press, one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in the plant, will be re-built where it stands. Now that the plant is torn up, the management plans to modernize the equipment somewhat as it is replaced so that when we re-open we shall be equipped second to none in towns the size of De Leon in this entire section.

Present Arrangements

Immediately following the fire the Free Press made arrangements to publish at the Gorman Progress office. Mr. COCKRILL very kindly offered his assistance and the privilege of using his equipment, a favor greatly appreciated. The Free Press' linotype operator, Sam BROWN, has moved to Gorman and will remain there until such time as equipment is received and made ready to operate here. We hope to be back in our own new plant by September 1st.

G. A. Bryant Files A Petition In Bankruptcy

The Free Press has received notice that G.A. BRYANT, once publisher of the Pioneer Oil Herald, has filed a petition in bankruptcy and that a meeting of creditors will be held in Abilene on the morning of August 3rd, with D.M. OLDHAM, Jr., who is named as referee. Several persons in De Leon have claims against the bankrupt, the Free Press editor being among the number. The Oil Herald was published for almost a year in the Free Press plant. It was not wholly a successful financial venture.

Beauty Spot At Redden Home

Mr. and Mrs. C.A. REDDEN have installed at their home, an aquarium, which they will presently stock with gold fish. The pond is constructed of rough sandstone, set in mortar and is situated just outside the greenhouse where Mrs. REDDEN grows such abundance of flowers. Water lilies and other plants will in time find a place in the new pond, which will form a real "beauty spot" on their premises.


The marriage of Miss Alice HOWE and Mr. C.J. THOMPSON occurred at the bride's home in this city on Sunday evening, July 29th. Few people knew of the wedding until a few hours before when relatives and close friends were invited to be present. The ceremony was said at 8:30 o'clock by Rev. George ROSS, who twenty-odd years ago said the marriage ceremony uniting the bride's parents. The charming young bride, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B.E. HOWE, was reared in De Leon and is universally loved by all who know her. The groom comes from Stephenville, where his parents reside and where he holds a responsible position. The most of good fortune, happiness and prosperity is the earnest wish of the many friends of these excellent young people for them as they journey through life.

Surprise Shower

Mrs. C.W. LEIGON and sister, Miss Faye RASPBERRY, entertained with a surprise shower Wednesday afternoon honoring Mrs. Woodley BUTLER, a recent bride. The house was attractively decorated with cut flowers and ferns. After being received, delicious punch was served and each one told to write their favorite recipe for the bride. A daintily decorated wagon drawn by Master Charles LEIGON was heaped with beautiful gifts for the honoree. After viewing them, the guests engaged in contests, Miss Alice HOWE winning the prize in one, which she graciously presented to the honoree. Refreshments consisting of a salad course with iced tea was served. Those enjoying this delightful afternoon were Mesdames C.W. PATTERSON, A.M. ALLEN, H. SMITH, A.P. SCHMIDT, J.N. JOINER, Willie BUTLER, C.H. SHARP, A.B. LLOYD, W. LONDON, Woodley BUTLER, Misses Faye INZER, Bettie LLOYD, Evelyn COX, Urselle SELF, Olean VANZANDT, Lucille HENDRIX, Alice HOWE, Pearl and Jimmie D. INZER.


Last word from Mr. and Mrs. Tate COUNTS, they had reached Flagstaff, Arizona, on their way to California. By this time they should be at home in the Golden State.

L.L. LIGHTFOOT left this morning for a visit with his mother at Houston. He has not visited with her nor seen her the past two years. Mr. LIGHTFOOT will be away for about ten days.

Mr. and Mrs. Wesley SHOOK and little daughter, Daphne, are home from Bremond where they have spent the past ten days guests of relatives and friends.

Mrs. M.S. CARTER, daughter Miss Alice, Miss Mattie REDDEN and Miss Lottie PAINE of this city and Mrs. Sallie PAINE and daughter, Miss Dollie of Comanche made up a party going to Mineral Wells for an extensive outing and vacation trip this week. 

Miss Mamie FLOYD, niece of C.H. SHARP, is here for a visit with her uncle and family.

Mrs. H.B. SCOTT and daughters, Miss LOVE and Mrs. George HILL and two children, arrived from San Angelo Sunday afternoon. Mrs. HILL and chidren will spend a month or so visiting before returning home.

Miss Minnie LOCKE, accompanied by her friend, Miss Maude RAGLAND, of

Breckenridge are spending their vacation in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.W. LOCKE.

Mrs. Sidney HUGHES and little son, "Sir Sid Jr.," are guests this week of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.W. LOCKE.

Mrs. J.W. COWAN and daughter, Miss Alma, are home from a six weeks' visit with relatives and friends in and near Birmingham, Ala.

Miscellaneous Items

Mrs. J.D. HAM left on Tuesday morning of this week for a visit with her daughter, Mrs. H.J. STOCKTON, Akron, Ohio, formerly Miss Willie Vel HAM. Mrs. HAM plans to be away more than a month in the Ohio city.

Mr. and Mrs. D.F. McCARTY of Hico, and Mr. and Mrs. Dan MARTIN were Sunday visitors in the home of W.C. JENKINS. The women are sisters of Mr. JENKINS.

Prof. H.B. HARDT arrived in the city last week from his home, Hondo, and will be here constantly from this time on in the interest of De Leon schools, of which he is superintendent.

Miss Patsy RUSSELL, now making her home at Cisco, has been spending several days here, her sister being ill at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.J. RUSSELL

Will L. ANDERSON and family on their return from a visit to his brother at San Angelo came by for a visit with Wm. C. JENKINS and family, who were neighbors to them when the ANDERSONS lived in De Leon four years ago. 

A message telling of a serious accident to a young nephew of Mrs. ANDERSON prompted them to hasten their return to Coolidge, their present home. Mr. ANDERSON is manager of the telephone system in his town and is prospering.

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.