De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, August 17, 1923


First Bale 1923 Cotton Ginned and Sold Here Wednesday at 24c Lb.

The first bale of new cotton arrived in De Leon early in the morning of Watermelon Slicin’ Day, Wednesday, August 15th. It was grown by Mr. MILLS, residing north of Comyn, on De Leon Route No. 5. The bale was ginned by the Planters Gin Co., and Manager B.F. COX headed a premium list with $10.00 donation, including the ginning and wrapping. The list was being circulated as this paper went to press and the amount of premium to be paid Mr. MILLS could not be had for this issue. S.A. DUKE purchased the bale, paying 24c per pound, total received by Mr. MILLS being $139.92.

Former Pastor to Preach

Rev. J.D. SMOOT, who was once pastor of De Leon circuit, will fill the pulpit at New Hope church Sunday, August 19th. Special invitation is extended to everyone to come and hear him. – E.C. LAMBERT, Pastor.

Melon Prize Awards

The following prize winners together with the weight of melons is announced by the various stores for Slicin’ Day:

Terrill Grocery Company – U.D. NOWLIN, 1st, 57 lbs.; F.D. ROSS, 2nd, 50 lbs.

Wilson Bogart Co. – H.J. HUDDLESTON, 1st, 49 ˝ lbs.; D.W. TOLAND, 2nd, 42 lbs.

Guaranty State Bank – E.S. STEWART, 1st, 65 lbs and 5 oz; J.F. McKELVEY, 2nd, 60 lbs.

Dabney Hardware Co. – Grady NANCE, 1st, 55 lbs.

W.E. HOWELL, Sr. – Sid MORROW, 1st, 48 ˝ lbs

Higginbotham Bros., & Co. – Hardware Dept.: E.S. STEWART, 1st and 2nd, 53;

Grocery Dept.: J.R. HATTOX, 1st, 54 ˝ lbs; J.F. OWEN, 2nd, 48 lbs.; 

Dry Goods Dept.: J.R. HATTOX, 1st, 56 ˝ lbs.; E.S. STEWART, 2nd, 55 lbs.

Avant Variety Store – Grady NANCE, 1st, 50 lbs.

Grisham Barber Shop – E.S. STEWART, 1st and 2nd, 48 and 42 lbs.

Farmers & Merchants National Bank – E.S. STEWART, 1st, 63 lbs.; Whit SIDES, 2nd, 60 lbs.; J.F. McKELVEY, 59 lbs (no prize)

Steakley & Smith – Whit SIDES, 1st, 55 lbs.; E.S. STEWART, 1st, 1st 55 lbs;

F.D. ROSS, 2nd, 53 lbs; J.F. McKELVEY, 3rd, 52 lbs; S.E. MORROF, 50 lbs. (no prize)

J.T. EDMONDSON – E.S. STEWART, 1st, 49 lbs.

E.E. AKERS – J.A. DUKE, 1st, 52 ˝ lbs.; F.D. ROSS, 2nd, 48 lbs.

Dependable Store – J.F. McKELVEY, 1st, 61 ˝ lbs.

Reid Auto Supply Co. - J.R. HATTOX, 55 lbs.


Merle McCLELLAN, aged 10 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. McCLELLAN of the Saint Joe community, died at Stephenville Thursday of last week and her remains were brought here for burial at De Leon cemetery. Funeral and burial was at 4 o’clock p.m. Friday. Sympathy is extended to the bereaved.

Denver Jeffrey Was Married in Arizona

Word has been received by relatives here, of the marriage of Denver JEFFREY at Yuma, Arizona, to Miss Elsie JOHNSON, daughter of the former governor of the state of Arizona. The wedding took place last Saturday in Yuma. Young JEFFREY has been in Yuma and Somerton the past ten months and is at present employed by the Union Oil Co. Best fishes[sic].

Back from Mississippi

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. HOLLEMAN and children returned Tuesday from an auto trip to old friends and relatives in Mississippi and Tennessee, being absent some three weeks.

Old Time Citizens On Visit Here

G.W. HICKS and W.R. JONES, both of Munday, Knox county, are here this week, guests of Mr. and Mrs. T.W. HAZZARD and incidentally attending melon slicin’ days celebration. These gentlemen formerly lived on farms in the neighborhood of Jones Crossing, seven miles southeast of De Leon, that particular crossing having been named for the JONES family. Mr. JONES spoke of coming to De Leon in 1862, some twelve or fifteen years before the town of De Leon was founded, and lived here for many years.

Business Change

A.GRIMSHAW and sons now own and operate the Counts Bros. Filling Station, the deal having been made the first of last week. Young GRIMSHAW brothers are in charge and giving the best of service. The new Grimshaws’ Filling Station on the corner formerly occupied by the First State Bank, will be ready for occupancy within a few weeks, the work having been temporarily halted at present.

Local and Personal

C.L. CATHEY of De Leon was in Dublin a few days ago visiting his brother, D.W.L. CATHEY. – Progress

Mr. and Mrs. Ben UTTERBACK and Mr. and Mrs. Crockett SHORT of Dublin were here on Wednesday, guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jack BETTIS.

Misses Nannie PERRY, Gussie TUPIN and Mesdames Victor STRIPLING and R.B. SMITH were here from Comanche on Wednesday.

Rev. and Mrs. W.B. VAUGHN and sons of Dublin were spending Wednesday here, guests of their son and family, George VAUGHN.

Mrs. J.B. JEFFREY left Saturday to visit her father, Dr. GOWEN, at Christoval. She was carried to Brownwood by Mr. JEFFREY to take the train there.

Mr. and Mrs. Z.C. STEAKLEY and children left Thursday for a week’s visit and outing at Plainview with his brother, John STEAKLEY, and family.

Mrs. FINE, of Dublin, formerly Miss Gussie HANCOCK, was here on Wednesday, guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. HANCOCK.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd HAMPTON and baby have returned from an outing at Magnolia Beach, going down to accompany home Mr. and Mrs. A.E. HAMPTON who have been there on an extended outing. Mr. A.E. gained 10 pounds while away and finds his health greatly improved.

Mrs. Jewell McKEMIE, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. HOLCOMB and Mr. E.E. MILLS made up a party from Comanche visiting Slicin’ Wednesday.

Mrs. A.C. TANKERLEY, formerly Miss Lois BUTLER, arrived several days ago and is visiting her parents, Mr.and Mrs. W.E. BUTLER and family.

Miss Maude KINCHEN is away at Galveston for a vacation and visit with her sister, Mrs. KLINE.

Miss Iola MOORE went to Abilene this week. She has resigned her position with Higginbotham Bros. & Co. it is reported.

J.R. HAMMOND who resided at Comanche has accepted a position with Henderson & Spruill market. Messrs. HENDERSON and SPRUILL have consolidated their markets, operating at the "Irwin" market stand.

Mrs. Fannie TESSIN of Minneapolis, Minn., sister of Mrs. D.A. RICE, left last Thursday for Fort Smith to visit another sister, Mrs. Ellen HENDRIX. Mrs. TESSIN had not seen either of her sisters for 47 years until her visit south. She is quite well impressed with the south, and is talking of coming to De Leon and engaging in the delicatessen business.


Miss Hazel SNEAD of Dublin is visiting her sister, Mrs. Carl STURDIVANT.

Miss Edith HIGH of De Leon is visiting Miss Finis COOK.

Mrs. POWELL of Comanche is spending several days with her daughter, Mrs. J.F. SIDES.

W.W. MATHIS returned Tuesday from Mississippi, where he has been visiting the past month.

Duster News

The crops are burning up in this community. A rain is needed badly.

Van WOODY is teaching a singing school at Hardnett Grove near Rising Star.

There was a ice cream supper at Raymond JOINER’s Thursday night.

Lily HAMILIN has been on the sick list for the past two weeks from the result of eating some poisoned corn.

Mr. and Mrs. BURLESON, Mrs. HUDDLESTON and Emily motored to Pioneer Sunday.

Miss Emma Lee GRAHAM will return from Stephenville Wednesday, where she has been attending school for the last two months.

Local Boys to Enter Movies at Hollywood

Allen and Cleo TINDALL, sons of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. TINDALL of this city, expect to leave within a few days for California where they have contracts with moving picture producers to do tricks and fancy riding. They tried out with their employers last summer practice work at Fort Worth…

©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.