De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, December 21, 1923

Oscar Cozby Has Appendix Operation at Gorman Sanitarium

Oscar COZBY was carried to Gorman Sanitarium on Thursday of last week for a major operation. COZBY has been suffering with appendicitis, and the operation for the removal of the appendix took place on Friday. Young COZBY passed through the ordeal safely and is now recovering nicely. He will be home in a week or so, friends say.

Mrs. Gillock Died Saturday After Illness of Month

Mrs. Emma Green GILLOCK is dead! The messenger from the world beyond called for her at six oíclock on the afternoon of Saturday, December 15, 1923, and she answered the summons by yielding up her earthly life. Her going away was preceded by four weeks of illness during which time she proved a patient sufferer, resigned to the will of "Him who doeth all things well."

Mrs. GILLOCK was born in the state of Kentucky. Had she lived to the coming March, 1924, she would have been sixty years of age. She was married 39 or 40 years ago to J.A. GILLOCK. Their children number six. Five of these were present when the end came. They are: Eugene GILLOCK, Corsicana; Mrs. Bessie ISLES, Granger; Hershal GILLOCK, De Leon; Mrs. Esther PARSONS, De Leon; Mrs. Maggie POWELL, De Leon; and Bobbie GILLOCK, Desdemona. Besides these there are twelve grand children who mourn the loss of a devoted grandmother.

Mrs. GILLOCK was a conscientious Christian woman. She was of the Baptist faith and was most zealous for the cause of her master. She was converted and joined the Baptist church more than forty years ago, at the place of her birth, Scottsville, Ky. During the twenty years she has made the environments of De Leon her home, she has become known as a whole-hearted, earnest worker for the cause to which she devoted her life. Peace and rest to her departed spirit.

Santa Letters

Comyn, Texas, Dec. 19, 1923

Dear Santa Claus: How are you getting along. Will you please bring be a big sleepy doll, and a little set of dishes and all kinds of fruit for Christmas; and I have a brother and I want you to bring him some fireworks and a big ball and donít forget papa and mama. I want you to bring mama a wrist watch and a string of beads. And for papa I want you to bring a pair of gloves and a pair of kid shoes. I am in the third grade. My teacherís name is Miss PEARL. VERA HANCOCK

Dear Santa Ė I am a little girl five years old. I just want some apples, oranges, bananas, candy, a sleeping doll, a little Santa Claus, and a French harp. Put some of them on the tree and the rest in my stocking. MARY DOLPH BOSWELL

December 12, 1923

I am mamaís baby nearly 4 years old. I stay at home with mamma. I want you to bring me a mamma doll. I want a little music box that I can play with, and a bugle, some candy, oranges and some good things to eat. So I guess that is all, so bye bye, Santa. ELLA NEE BOWMAN

December 12, 1923

Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl 5 years old. I am too small to go to school. I stay at home with mamma. I want you to bring me a mamma doll and some sparklers, some chewing gum and some candy and apples. Well I guess thatís all for this time, so bye bye, Santa. RUBY BOWMAN

December 12, 1923

Dear Santa Claus: I am a little boy 8 years old. I go to school and I am in the second grade. I am learning fast. I like my teacher fine. We are going to have a Xmas tree at our school. I hope Santa will be there. I want you to bring me a pump gun that will shoot, a little car and some fruit to eat and a little boy doll. So I guess that will be all. ARDIS BOWMAN

December 12, 1923

Dear Santa Claus: I want you to bring me a mamma doll. I go to school and I am in the second grade. I am a little girl 8 years old. I am learning very fast. I like my teacher fine. Her name is Miss SHORT. I want a ring, some good things to eat, a little iron to iron my doll clothes with. I guess thatís all for this year, so bye-bye Santa. ANA BOWMAN

De Leon, December 13, 1923

Dear Santa Claus: I am going to tell you what I want you to bring my sister and I. We both want a doll that will say "mamma", and some water colors and all kinds of nuts and fruits and candies. Goodbye. ARTIE SINGLETON

De Leon, Texas, December 13

Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl. I go to school. Please come to see me Christmas and bring me a mamma doll with bobbed hair, a string of beads, little purse, set of little dishes, fruit and candy. Donít forget sister, brother and daddy. CECILE LOUDERMILK

De Leon, Tex. Dec 13

Dear Santa: I am a little boy 4 years old and I want you to please come to see me Christmas and bring me a knife with chain, a little hammer and a pair of pliers, some sparklers and a balloon, fire crackers, fruit and candy. Donít forget mother and daddy. DENTON JENKINS, JR.

Dublin, Texas, Dec. 13

Dear Santa Claus: Please bring me a cap pistol, tricycle, oranges, apples, bananas and candy. DOYCE RIPPETOE

Dublin, Texas, December 14

Dear Santa Claus: Please bring me an air gun, 25 boxes of shot, French Harp, also candy apples, oranges, nuts, Roman candles and fire crackers. DALICE RIPPETOE

De Leon, Texas, Dec. 13

Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl five years old. I go to kindergarten and am very good. I would like for you to bring me a doll that says "mamma" and a doll buggy, some apples, oranges and nuts. Donít forget my baby brother. With love, your little girl, DOROTHY McIVER.

De Leon, December 12, 1923

Dear Santa: I am a little girl 10 years old and go to school. I am in the fifth grade. It has been raining so much and the roads will be so bad that I will not ask for so much as you will be loaded so please bring me a doll that says "mamma", a doll buggy and all kinds of fruits and nuts. This is all this time. Your little girl, LOIS WINKLES

De Leon, December 12

Dear Santa: I am a little boy five years old. I have been good ever since you was so nice to me last Christmas. Will you please bring me a bicycle, a little wagon, and all kinds of nuts and candies. Your little boy, BILLIE WINKLES

De Leon, Route 5, December 11

Dear Old Santa: I donít want much, just some toys. All for girls and none for boys. The first thing now on the list is a watch for my wrist and perhaps before youíre gone, youíll leave a chain to hold it on. The next thing is a cape with no sleeves, but lots of tape, give me red, green or blue, or any old color that suits you. Then give me oranges in a sack and some nuts that I can crack. Just anything that is fine for a little girl of nine. And if you choose to leave a dress, Iíll thank you, sir, through the Free Press. RUTH HAZEL PRESTON

De Leon, December 12

Dear Santa: I am writing you to tell you what I want you to bring me Christmas. I want you to bring me an air gun, a knife, and some fireworks. I also want some apples, oranges and other good things to eat. Your friend, DOYLE HUDDLESTON

De Leon, December 13, 1923

Dear Santa Clause: I want you to bring me a tricycle and a set of dishes and Santa, I have a little baby sister who was not here last Christmas, so please bring her something, too. Iíll see you at the Christmas tree. OLIVE WINTERS BUCHAN

De Leon, December 16

Dear Santa Clause: I want you to please bring me a little broom, some candy, apples and oranges. You will find my stocking hanging on my little rocker. Your little friend, DIMPLES JENKINS

De Leon, December 16

Dear Oleí Santa: I am a little boy five years old, and have been a very good little boy. Will you please bring me a little red wheel barrow, and ole Santa I want you to come by the Avant Variety Store and get me that little mule that "kicks." Be sure and tell Grandma FREEMAN to get me a little red wagon with a horse hitched to it, also leave me a lot of candies, oranges, apples and nuts. Donít forget my Aunt Mary and Uncle Charlie. Your little friend with lots of love, ODELL HARRIS

De Leon, December 12, 1923

Dear Santa Claus: I will write you what I want for Christmas. I want a pistol, a wooden top, and a train. Some firecrackers and a toy cane and a watch that will run. And a toy airplane and a monkey that will climb a string. And a blackboard that I can count my numbers on and learn to add and get promoted Christmas. And Santa Claus are you going to see other little boys and girls Christmas and give them some things too so they will have a good time. I sure do hope you donít take a bad cold and canít come Christmas. Well, I will close. TORBETT WILLIAMSON

De Leon, December 17, 1923

Dear Santa Claus: I am a little boy 7 years old and I have been a good little boy, so please bring me an air gun, some fire works, a knife with a chain, and a lot of candy and apples and oranges. So this is all. Your little friend, BOLD BROWN

De Leon, December 17, 1923

Dear Santa Claus: I am a little boy 2 Ĺ years old so please bring me a doll and a big dog, and bring me some good candy too and a popgun so bye bye. Your little chum, JUNIOR BROWN.

De Leon, December 17, 1923

Dear Old Santa: As it is so near Christmas I will tell you what I want you to bring me. Please bring me an air gun, some fireworks, a knife with a chain on it, lots of candy and oranges and apples, too. I have been a good boy and help my mother lots. I am six years old. With lots of love. Yours, ODIS BROWN

Duster, Texas, December 16

Dear Santa: I am a little boy 10 years old. I have been a good boy. I want you to bring me a pop gun, if you have a lot of them, and some candy and apples. That is all, so bye bye. CHESTER VANDIVER

Exercises to Close Schools for Holidays

W.C. JENKINS writes from Dublin, Route 8, that his school, at Wilson, situated in the south part of Comanche county, will close this week for the holidays, with a program.

Mr. JENKINS is being assisted by Ray F. McKELVEY of De Leon, and Miss Grace THOMAS of Dublin in teaching the Wilson school.

Teaching Art Class in De Leon

Mrs. J.V. BREWER, Sipe Springs young woman, has worked up a class in art, and is teaching each Friday and Saturday. She maintains her studio at the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs. A.A. HANSFORD. Mrs. BREWER has displayed some of her work at Weaver Drug store, where it has been the subject of much favorable comment. Mrs. BREWERís work shows unmistakable talen, and her pupils will doubtless make rapid progress under her tutorship.

Lost Ė Childís pink crepe de chine dress trimmed in cream lace in or near Higginbotham store. Please return to Mrs. J.M. WHALEY

 

©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.