De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, January 4, 1924

Marriage Licenses

The following marriage licenses have been issued since December 20th:

E.J. KNOX and Miss Nola CURRIER.

Hurburt R. BUTLER and Mrs. Ina HORNER.

Lois L. SMITH and Miss Leslie COKER.


James E. SCOTT and Miss Alice WHEAT.

Ira B. CLEMONS and Miss Hattie TIPPS.

W.L. CADENHEAD and Miss Euzelia GRAY.

John W. KING and Miss Cora BILBRY.

Harold DENNY and Miss Alma ATWOOD.

New Candidate For Sheriff Looms Up

J.T. (Tom) GILBREATH, one of the leading farmers of the Edna Hill community, east of Proctor, was in Comanche Thursday afternoon, and while here called in to pay his respects to the Enterprise. He also stated that he was considering seriously of making the race for sheriff of Comanche county. He has many friends in the eastern portion of the county who will be pleased to have him make the race. – Comanche Enterprise

Auto Mishap Almost Takes Toll of Life – J.B. Jeffrey suffers serious injury when Ford Turns Over on Highway

When Mr. and Mrs. J.B. JEFFREY were coming into town last Monday morning one front wheel of their Ford car collapsed while the car was being driven at a lively clip and as a result the car turned over, pinning Mr. JEFFREY under. Mrs. JEFFREY was thrown free of the wreck with but slight injuries.

The car settled, following the sensational flip, upside down, with Mr. JEFFREY lying on his side under the right arm of the front seat. He had several inches of space but the distance was not large enough to accommodate his body, the crushing weight breaking four of his ribs. Try as she would, Mrs. JEFFREY could not remove the heavy weight, but fortunately, another car came up quickly and the car was lifted up and the injured man removed from the wreckage and brought to town.

Examination by physicians showed his injuries to be of a serious nature and he was carried to Gorman for examination at Blackwell Sanitarium. Here his injuries were administered to and, upon advice of surgeon in charge, he was brought back home and is on the road to recovery.

Sandeford to Make Race for Dist. Attorney

County Attorney Ghent SANDEFORD is seriously considering the district attorney’s office for this district and may soon decide to make his announcement. If he decides to run this will give us three candidates for the office – one from Coryell, one from Hamilton and one from Comanche county. – Enterprise

Strickland is Candidate for Collector’s Office

The Free Press is herewith announcing the candidacy of Mose STRICKLAND for the office of County Tax Collector, subject to the action of the Democratic primary next July.

Mr. STRICKLAND is the first to announce for this important office, so far as the Free Press has learned, and should receive consideration at the hands of the voters.

Born on a farm nine miles southeast of De Leon, and 12 miles northwest of Comanche, Mr. STRICKLAND has spent his life in the county he aspires to serve in official capacity. His education and business experience, including some three or four years in mercantile business, have fitted him well for the performance of the duties he would be called upon to perform.

The Free Press commends Mr. STRICKLAND to the earnest consideration of the voters.

Everything Still Going Well With the Baptists

Everything still goes well among the Baptists. We find ourselves about through with Christmas, which was a good one, and all seeking to get our bearings for the new year. About eighty folks of the church attended prayer service Wednesday before Christmas, after which led the way to the pastor’s home, and introduced him and his family to a great shower of food supplies. Some of the good women worked while others prayed, and prepared refreshments. On Christmas Eve one of the finest crowds we have ever had at the church gathered to witness and share the joy of the youngsters. Everyone showed such splendid deportment and reverence for the occasion and place that all have pronounced it successful.

Last Sunday Rev. B.M. JACKSON of Walters, Okla., preached to a splendid crowd. At the evening hour we were charmed by a program which consisted of short talks from students in the various schools, who were home for the holidays. Baylor, State University, A. & M., Howard Payne, Simmons, and John Tarleton were represented by one or more students. Those who spoke were Messrs. Ralph PITTMAN, Emile VAN ZANDT, Boyd SHARP, and Miss LaVerne MOHON. Miss Bonnie CROW delighted the audience with a piano solo. Mrs. WILLIAMSON of Austin brought a strong brief message on State University and other educational institutions. The entire program was so pleasing to the people that suggestions have been made already to make it an annual affair………


Miss Buell GENTRY and Mr. Warren HAMMERS were married at Stephenville on Friday evening, December 28th, according to report reaching the Free Press office springing quite a surprise on friends and relatives. Otis HOOD from this city accompanied them to Stephenville and witnessed the marriage, after which they left for Marlin where they will remain for some time.

These are among our most excellent young people, both having been reared in this city, and their friends wish for them greatest happiness as they start the evenful journey of marital bliss, and this paper joins most heartily in wishing them well.


News has reached relatives here of the marriage of Gideon COLEY, son of J.W. COLEY, to a San Antonio girl, but the Free Press has learned no particulars. Mr. COLEY has been employed in San Antonio for the past year. Best wishes!

Belated Report

The Free Press has not before mentioned the marriage of Miss Lillian SMITH, which occurred away back in the fall. As a matter of fact, we only a few days ago heard that Miss SMITH had married. She is now Mrs.E.V. ABBOTT, and resides near Abilene at present where her husband is engaged in drilling an oil test. It’s never too late to extend best wishes – here are ours to Mr. and Mrs. BOBBETT for long lives of happiness together.


The Free Press heard of the marriage of Miss McADAMS and Mr. FAIR, which occurred at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. W.C. LOCKE, near St. Joe, last Sunday at 11:00 o’clock a.m., Rev. A.F. NABORS was the officiating minister. The ceremony was said in the presence of quite a number of relatives and friends, assembled for the occasion.

After the wedding, the hospitality of the home was made manifest by a bounteous dinner served to the large number present.

The Free Press extends congratulations and best wishes to this happy young couple as they start on the eventful voyage.

Comyn News

The Comyn school had a program and Christmas tree on Friday, December 21st. School opened again on December 31st.

Thursday, December 20th, the trustees of the Comyn school gave a banquet to the trustees and their wives and the teachers from the following communities: Roach or Cathey, Armstrong and Ebenezer. Mr. LAYNE and Mr. GANTZ from Comanche were the principal speakers of the evening. They discussed the consolidation of the four communities and the forming of a central high school.

Mrs. H.L. LIGHTFOOT from Desdemona visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom FARROW during Christmas week.

The Baptist Fifth Sunday meeting was held at this place. The visiting pastors were Rev. WORTHAM of Roch, Rev. SETTLE of Young county, our pastor, Rev. HENDON of Desdemona, also Mr. GRIMSHAW of De Leon. Dinner was served at the church both Saturday and Sunday.

J.D. HOLMES has moved north of De Leon.

Parties were given to the young people by the following people: Mr. Ed THOMSON, Mr. Preston HANCOCK, Mr. Tom COOK, Mr. Jim CHANDLER and Mr. Sam STRONG.

Will LYNCH from Corsicana visited his family Christmas week.

Miss Estelle GOODWIN, who is attending school at Comyn, spent the Christmas holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom GOODWIN of Gorman.

Mrs. S.D. STRONG spent Christmas holidays with her father, Mr. KIKER, of Green’s Creek.

Mrs. M.E. SPRUILL has been ill since Christmas day, but is now reported much improved.

Sam STRONG was badly hurt Sunday morning by a mule kicking him.

Round Grove

Rev. NIPP and family of Hamlin visited Mrs. NIPP’s mother, Mrs. GARDNER, during the holidays.

A large crowd enjoyed the Christmas tree at the home of Ernest RIPPETOE Christmas eve night, which was given for the benefit of the little folks who could not go to the tree at the school house on account of rain.

Albert GEORGE and family of Fisher county spent a few days with homefolks last week.

Davy GEORGE is on the sick list this week.

Two Arrests Made As Still Is Seized

Comanche, Dec. 29. – A still and 160 gallons of mash were seized and two men were arrested by Sheriff L.F. MARSHALL and Deputy T.M. EDWARDS of Comanche a mile from Wilson, near the Comanche and Erath county line, last Saturday night. The men were placed in jail at Comanche.

©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.