De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, August 31, 1923

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 being had.

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

North Ward

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

South Ward

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 taking of
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. HAZZARD

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

Informal Party

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 at Cisco.

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.

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.