De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, November 23, 1923

Rev Cowan "New" Pastor De Leon Church

The Methodist people are rejoicing over the arrival of their "new" pastor, Rev. J.W. COWAN. Rev. COWAN served the De Leon church last year, and, having closed out his work with the end of the conference year, he is entitled to be received as the "new" pastor to serve the coming year.

If the Free Press may be permitted to cast a bouquet where such is so evidently due, we would most earnestly commend the work of Rev. COWAN. His work is constructive and forceful, his sermons inspiring and helpful, and his manner most pleasing and friendly. The Methodist people are to be congratulated upon having him labor with them for another year.

Business Change

The Free Press learned this week of a change in the ownership of the Home Grocery, Bryan LIVINGSTON selling his interest to Mr. B.H. RHODES of Sidney, and Mr. RHODES will hereafter be active with Mr. LLOYD in the conduct of the affairs of the business.

Mr. RHODES comes from Sidney, this county. He will bring his wife, two children and his mother, to make their home here. The Free Press extends them welcome and wishes him success in his business association with this progressive firm.

Ralph Pittman is Lauded by Sport Writer at Waco

The Free Press finds a deal of interest in a clipping from the Waco-News-Tribune regarding the prowess of our own Ralph PITTMAN at playing football. "A good game, Thanksgiving will bring to Ralph PITTMAN the honor of being the most valuable gridster in the southwestern conference for the season 1923," says the News-Tribune sport writer.

Ralph is playing his second year with the Baylor Bears. He is in his third year of college there, and has just one more year before he finishes. He and his brother, B.J. Jr., have each played wonderful football with the Baylor eleven…….

Proceedings of the District Court

This is the second week of the Comanche county district court and has been devoted to the trial of civil cases by jury and up to Thursday night the following cases had been passed on by the court, to wit:

J.L. CHAPMAN, state bank commissioner, vs. W. Ed. KELLY, suit on bank stock assessment, transferred on a plea of privilege to Uvalde county.

J.L. CHAPMAN, state bank commissioner, vs. Mrs. A.M. MAY, et mar., case continued.

L.J. GARTMAN vs. A.O. BRANNON, suit for debt; verdict for the defense.

J.G. STARK vs. D.T. LONG, suit on connection with the Hasse bank failure; defense demure sustained and case appealed.

R.P. MOORE et al, vs. C.A. DUNLAP et al, suit for damage; verdict for the plaintiff.

J.E. McGUIRE et al vs. Comanche county et al, suit for damages; case now on trial.

The criminal docket will be called next Monday, and the first case to be called will be the Arnold POWELL murder case transferred to this county from Coryell. A special venire of 100 men have been summoned and will take the place of the regular jury which was summoned for this week.

Rev. Vaughn Is Assigned to Waco M.E. Church

Rev. W.B. VAUGHN, for three years pastor of De Leon Methodist church, and a very popular pastor for the Dublin church the past year, was assigned to larger work by the conference which has just closed at Temple. Rev. VAUGHN was assigned to the Herring Avenue church, Waco. The church is located in the north residence section of Waco, near the Methodist orphanage. He will enter his new work immediately.


The marriage of Mr. Jack LAMBERT to Miss Louise COUCH occurred at two o’clock last Sunday afternoon, when the young couple, accompanied by their friends, Robert PARSONS and Miss Olene VAN ZANDT, motored out to the home of Rev. and Mrs. A.F. NABORS and before him took the solemn vows.

Miss COUCH is the charming young daughter of Mrs. C.H. WATKINS, and has made her home in De Leon for a number of years. She is well liked by a wide circle of friends and admirers. Jack LAMBERT is the youngest son of J.C. LAMBERT, and has grown to manhood here, where everybody knows and likes him. They are receiving congratulations of their friends since the happy event.

Mr. and Mrs. LAMBERT left on the Tuesday morning train for a short honeymoon trip to Waco, after which they will return and make their home here.

Rock Bluff

Uncle Joe PATTERSON is very low at this writing. We hope he will be better soon.

We regret to say that Henry COOPER was taken to the sanitarium at Dallas where he is likely to undergo an operation. We hope he will get along all right and can be at home soon.

Arthur MORROW made a business trip to Gorman Monday.

Merriman POUNDS and family of De Leon were visiting in this community the week end. They say they are well satisfied living in De Leon, but we all can tell that they still like the "old home" place best.

Lou WINKLES made a business trip to Comanche Monday.

Mrs. Jewel SMITH is visiting at the home of Bill SMITH this week.

Jim HATTOX and wife of Trinity spent Sunday at the home of Mr. Lon WINKLES.

Duster News

Mr. BRADFORD and son are going to drill Mrs. KIRK a well this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Will HAYNES returned Saturday from Big Spring where they have been looking after their property.

Mr. and Mrs. ALDRIGE spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Homer SAXTON.

Misses Erma Jo GRAHAM and Bessie McPHAIL and Loman COAN visited homefolks here during the week end.

Neugent HAYNES returned from Lamesa this week.

Mrs. Smith Entertains

Mrs. W.H. SMITH was hostess to the Bridge Club on Tuesday afternoon at her home in Heath addition, four tables being arranged for sixteen guests. The games were spirited throughout, high score going to Mrs. L.D. PARKS.

Mrs. SMITH served delightful salad and sandwich course at the close of the playing.

Miss Collie Entertains

On Monday following Armistice Day, Miss Thelma COLLIE was hostess to a number of her friends at a bridge party, the event being held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. LITCHFORD. The decorative scheme was the patriotic colors, these being carried out in the house decorations, as well as in the refreshment course, a tiny American flag reposing jauntily atop the angel food cake, which was served with a salad course and coffee. In the spirited games played throughout the afternoon, Mrs. S.A. DUKE won high score.

Guests were as follows: Misses Juanita WAGNER, Eva and Johnnie LONG, Pauline BILLS, Love SCOTT, Letha SMITH, Mesdames S.A. DUKE, R.L. WHALEY, B.J. PITTMAN, Kos MYERS, O.E. STUDEVILLE, Lloyd HAMPTON, W.O. LITCHFORD, Loy HILL, L.D. PARKS, T.S. HOLDEN, John B. GOODRICH of Desdemona, Hiram SMITH, J.J. CLEVELAND and A.J. SMITH.

Local & Personals

Mrs. W.E. JENKINS is recovering from the effects of a spider bite, from which she has been suffering the past few days.

Mrs. O.E. STUDEVILLE went to Stephenville Tuesday for a visit with relatives and friends.

J.B. ALLCORN of Eastland, wholesale grocer, is moving to De Leon in the very near future and will have charge of the Lowe-Carter Wholesale Grocery house. Mr. ALLCORN will move his family here and make De Leon their future home.

Misses Francis and Lois HARVEY, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY, were weekend guests of J.B. POOL and family at Sipe Springs.

Grandpa FEWELL, grandfather of Mrs. C.L. KINCHEN has been spending some days as her guest. Grandpa is an old resident of the Hico community.

J.T. COLLIE, former citizen of this city, now in printing business at Lubbock, was here on business for a couple of days the last of the week. Mr. COLLIE has a thriving business there.

Mrs. Brown SHAVER went to Waco this week to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Pete SHAVER, and bring home her baby daughter who visited a week with her grandparents.

Mrs. John C. SPRADLEY returned to her home at Duncan, Okla., on Saturday, after an extended visit in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.T. STOVER.

Mrs. Fred ATCHISON, nee Miss Minnie LOCKE, left Sunday for Corsicana where they will make their home. Mr. and Mrs. ATCHISON were married at Waco only a week or so ago.

Mrs. Ida Belle BROWNING, sister of Mrs. Jesse BOOTH, of Suez, returned to her home at Ranger on Tuesday of this week after a visit with her sister and family.

Sam McGOY of Spur, Texas, owner of a rooming house just north of the depot and other north side property, was here this week looking after his business interests. Mr. McGOY lived at Dublin during the boom period.


©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.