Short Brothers and Sisters Hold Annual Family Reunion
Howard SHORT returned last week from Archer City where the second annual
family Reunion of his brothers and sisters was held on August
20th. There was present at the meeting Mrs. L.P. FOSTER, Bluff Dale;
H.F. SHORT, De Leon; Fields SHORT, Abilene; Mrs. J. Elbert SMITH, Abilene,
and Mrs. J. L. BAKER of Archer City, in whose home the reunion was held.
The first annual reunion of these excellent people was held at Abilene
last year. The third will be with Mrs. FOSTER at Bluff Dale August
20, 1924. On Sunday last, the reunion was in progress at Archer City, they
drove to Wichita Falls and spent the afternoon, a most enjoyable time
Fine Grapes Are Grown On De Leon's Deep Sandy Soil
T.I. FITZGERALD has our thanks for a bucket of as fine blue grapes as the
writer has ever seen. Both the size and quality of the fruit prove
the superiority of Comanche county sandy soil as grape land. Indeed
some claim as high as $500.00 an acre can be realized from grapes and it
is the opinion of Free Press that some of our far-sighted and progressive
farmers are going to prove this for themselves before a great while.
This Hen Laid Two Eggs "Straight Running," This Owner Said
T.J. HANEY has a big Rhode Island Red hen that actually laid two eggs
in the space of about fifteen minutes, he declares. Late on
afternoon last week, Mr. HANEY noticed the hen seemed reluctant to go up
to roost. She went to her nest and laid. He watched her and in
a few minutes she laid a second time, the second egg being of very thin
shell. Mr. HANEY is positive the hen laid both eggs and will
make affidavit to the fact.
Nance Bros. On Enjoyable Trip
J.S. NANCE has returned from a week's absence, having accompanied his
brother, S.H. NANCE and family of Rising Star, on a trip through Southwest
Texas. Leaving Rising Star they went to Christoval and fished in the
Concho for a few days, going thence to the Llano and "700
Springs" where they caught plenty of fish. They went from there
to Kerrville and San Antonio, returning via Fredericksburg, Mason and
Brady. Mr. NANCE said the trip was a most enjoyable one.
Jim BROWN, contractor, residing in Heath addition, last week purchased of
Albert BALLARD his residence property and will move there in the very near
future. Mr. BALLARD, for some years grocery deliveryman for
Higginbotham Bros. & Co., has resigned his position and left Thursday
for where they will make their home in the future.
Faculty - De Leon Public Schools
For Year 1923-24
Superintendent: H.B. HARDT, of Hondo
Principal High School - Agriculture and Science, A.M. COOPER, Bryan
Home Economics - Miss Artie COLEY, De Leon
English - Miss Johnnie LONG, Stephenville
History - Miss Lois SHORT, De Leon
Latin - Miss Nynah McDONALD, Georgetown
Mathematics - W.E. MORRISON, Greenville
Spanish - H.B. HARDT
Principal - O.H. MOORE, De Leon
Miss Cleo HERRING, Comanche
Miss Grace HERING, Comanche
Miss Alpha MOORE, De Leon
Miss Lavern MOHON, De Leon
Miss JONES, De Leon
Principal - Miss Claudia HOPE, Waco
Miss Martha WETZEL, Comanche
Miss Golden JONES, Sidney
Miss Juanita WAGNER, Cross Plains
Miss Leo TYSON, Cross Plains
Miss Eva LONG, Comanche
Miss Iris MOHON, De Leon
Term opens Monday morning, September 10th
Here from Mississippi
Mrs. J.P. BROOKS of Grenada Miss., arrived Thursday and will be guest one
month of her sisters, Mesdames C.J. BOWNLEE and S.H. BAKER of Route 5 It
was the first time these sisters had met in 35 years, each having grown
and married children and grandchildren that neither had ever seen.
This is the first visit of Mrs. BROOKS to Texas. She is highly
pleased with the west.
A wedding of unusual interest was solemnized here last Sunday when Mr.L.N.
POWELL led to the altar Mrs. C.A. MERRITT. The affair occurred at the
home of the bride where all due preparation had been made to make the
the marriage vows duly impressive. Flowers were tastily arranged
about the house, which was arranged to accommodate the large number of
relatives, friends, and neighbors gathered to witness the ceremony. When
the guests had assembled, and the hour of six o'clock p.m. had arrived,
the bridal procession moved across the floor to a point immediately facing
the officiating minister, Eld. J.J. EDWARDS, who read the impressive
ceremony, pronouncing them man and wife. The bridal couple was
preceded by Little Miss Christine LESTER and Master Lossie MILLER,
scattering flowers in their path. The bride wore a blue messaline
dress of becoming fashion, appearing quite attractive, say all those
fortunately in attendance. After the wedding ceremony the party made merry
in the dining room where an elaborate supper was spread and all present
were invited to participate. Mrs. H.E. MILLER attempted to induce the
bride to cut the cake, but to no avail. She flatly refused, so the
cake was cut by another. The unusual feature of the POWELL-MERRITT
marriage is the age of the contracting parties. The groom admits
having seen seventy-two summers pass over his head, and the bride, so well
known and beloved by everyone in De Leon, says she is seventy-one,
although the writer insists neither looks over fifty. The marriage is the
happy culmination of a romance of several months.Both these excellent old
people were absolutely alone and lonely. Both longed for the
association of a congenial companion, one who would share the joys and
sorrows of the other, to sit by the fire of long winter evenings, to spend
the afternoon of life's day in a common bond of sympathy and
companionship. The writer insists their marriage was not a
mistake. The Free Press wish for them is a big measure, heaped up
and running over, of peace and joy and contentment, as they finish up
their journey over the matrimonial sea of life together.
Dayne COOK went to Mart where he is now employed.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry RUCKER of Dublin spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. W.T.
Mr. and Mrs. Willis STURIVANT are the proud parents of a baby boy.
Mrs. Hicks SPENCER returned Sunday after a week's visit with her sister,
Mrs. Oscar BLANTON at Dublin.
Card of Thanks
We want to thank each and every individual for their much appreciated
help, when our home burned. - Mr. and Mrs. A.T. HAFFORD
Mrs. J.J. CLEVELAND had quite a number of invited guests on Wednesday
afternoon, honoring her mother-in-law, Mrs. CLEVELAND of Chicago, who is
soon to return home following a visit. Quite a pleasant social hour
was spent in needlework and other past times. Miss Elizabeth gave
two splendid piano numbers, and Master JUDSON gave several numbers of
artistic whistling, accompanying phonograph records. The hostess
served a delicious buffet refreshment course.
Local and Personal
Mr. and Mrs. Henry SHOOK and little son were weekend guests of relatives
The children of Mr. and Mrs. Hub NEAL went to Waco for a visit with
relatives and friends last week.
Ralph PITTMAN is here from Waco, visiting with his parents before
reentering school at Baylor.
Mrs. Orville KUHN left a few days ago to attend a five weeks short course
at Baylor-Belton college.
Mrs. Jewell Scott HILL and babies, Marjorie and Gayle, have returned to
their home at San Angelo after spending a month in the home of her mother,
Mrs. H.B. SCOTT.
Mrs. C.L. KINCHEN and children are spending two weeks, guests of her
sister, Mrs. George MARTIN, at Comyn tank farm.
Mrs. H.P. RUSH and little daughter of San Angelo are here for a visit in
the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. STREETY.
Mrs. W.H. CARPENTER of Comanche is spending some days visiting in the
home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. HOOKER.
Judge A. EDDLEMAN of Ardmore, O.T. EDDLEMAN of Hugo, Okla., and E.H.
EDDLEMAN of Atwell, Texas, were guests the past week of Eld. And Mrs. E.C.
THOMSON. The EDLEMAN brothers are cousins of Mr. THOMSON.
Miss Iola HOOKER, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. HOOKER, underwent
an operation for appendicitis at a Dallas sanitarium two weeks ago
Tuesday, and arrived here last Monday. She is convalescing at the
home of her parents on Route 2.
Mrs. H.E. MIOLLER and little son, Lossie, who make their home in Fort
Worth, were here last weekend to attend the wedding of Mrs. MILLER's
grandmother, Mrs. C.A. MERRITT to Mr. L.N. POWELL.
Mrs. CLEVELAND, mother of J.J. CLEVELAND, is leaving this week for her
home at Chicago after a visit in the home of her son. Her
granddaughter, Miss Elizabeth, is returning to Chicago with her to again
enter school there.
Mrs. H.M. EVANS of Wichita Falls is here for a visit in the home of her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN
Mrs. Kos MYRES was hostess to the Rook Club Thursday afternoon. A
color scheme of pink and white was carried out in decorations and the
dainty ice cream course. Guests of the club were Mesdames JETTON,
SMITH, H. SMITH, WHALEY, SCHMIDT, LOWE, HILL and BELCHER.
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.