De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, February 1, 1924

Still is Seized Near Tripett Well; Two Arrests Made

Last Thursday night a raid was made on a still some five or six miles northeast of Comanche, the location being on a farm two miles east of the Tippett well. Two men, Joe DAVIS and Will JOHNSON, were arrested, and about 50 gallons of mash destroyed and two and a half gallons of booze confiscated.

The work of capturing the still was done by Constable W.R. DYSON and L.C. BILLS. The story goes that a man was arrested with whiskey. He gave information that led to the capture, whether willingly or not, the Free Press is unable to say. But his story led the officers to the farm where the two arrests were made between four and five o’clock a.m. The two men were brought here and lodged in jail, then the officers returned to the farm to make a search for the still, having brought the fruit jars containing the whiskey in with them when the arrests were made. It is being held as evidence.

In a thicket on one of the farms a 52-gallon oil barrel was set in the ground. In this the mash was soured. A piece of tin fit tightly over the top of the barrel, leaves were spread over this, then a brush pile completed the concealment. Nearby was concealed the still, another barrel, in which was placed a 20-foot copper worm, the outfit being capable of running perhaps five gallons of the finished product in a night.

Federal officers at Fort Worth were notified and came down immediately and took the two prisoners to jail there. JOHNSON, who is reported to be a good citizen, a farm owner, and highly respected in his community, immediately made cash bond and was released. He told the officers that the very night the arrests were made was the first time he had ever had any connection with booze selling and the officers are inclined to give full credit to his story.

DAVIS up to Wednesday had not as yet made bond.

Pioneer Merchant of De Leon is Ill at Cisco Home

Friends of T.J. NABORS, pioneer merchant of De Leon, now making his home at Cisco, will hear with regret of his serious illness. "Uncle Tom" suffered a stroke of paralysis there this week and his condition is considered grave. This is the second stroke he has suffered in recent years.

A.F. NABORS, T.H. LOCKE, Mrs. F.S. BALLARD and Misses LAVERN and Iris MOHON went to Cisco Wednesday in response to a message of his illness.

Tom Henson, An Old Settler, Died on Last Monday

Tom HENSON, aged and respected pioneer citizen of this section, died at his home on Leon river, in the Buffalo community, six miles southeast of De Leon last Monday. The end came at 2:00 o’clock p.m., following an illness of a year, and which had become serious about two weeks ago.

"Uncle Tom" was one of the best known men of the entire county. The Free Press does not know just how many years ago it was when he settled on the Leon down below Jones’ Crossing, but certainly many years ago. He has maintained the high standards of good citizenship throughout that long period of years and is mourned by scores and hundreds at his passing. He had reached his "three score years and ten" before the close of his eventful career.

The funeral and burial was at Zion Hill cemetery in this county on Tuesday afternoon, the services being attended by a very large gathering who came to pay their last respects.

Sides – Hodges

The marriage of Miss Selma SIDES, charming daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Whit SIDES, to Mr. Clyde HODGES, son of W.W. HODGES, occurred on last Sunday morning at 9:30 o’clock. The happy young couple, accompanied by Miss Myrl HODGES, a sister of the groom, drove to the home of Rev. and Mrs. A.F. NABORS where the impressive ceremony was said which inducted them into the mystic relationship.

These are among the best known and most popular young folks of the New Hope community. Both have been reared there and each has a wide circle of friends who wish them great success and happiness as they start on their eventful journey, and with these the Free Press most heartily joins.

De Leon Boy Honor Man at State University

Austin, Ja. 30 – High scholastic records made during the fall term of the University of Texas have entitled ?6 students of the College of Engineering to mention on the honor roll recently prepared by Dean T.U. TAYLOR. There are about 600 engineering students in the university, and the honor roll lists only those of the best ten per cent, according to grade…………………..

In the list of honor students issued by the dean this week, the name of Byron SHORT, De Leon young man and son of Mr. and Mrs. S.W. SHORT, appears in "the best four per cent." His De Leon friends extend congratulations.

A.E. Hampton is Desperately Ill in Waco Sanitarium

A.E. HAMPTON, prominent attorney and citizen of this city for many years, is critically ill at Baptist Sanitarium at Waco. Mr. HAMPTON suffered a stroke of apoplexy at Hotel Raleigh last Sunday morning, while enroute from De Leon to points in the lower Rio Grande valley, where he was going for rest and recreation.

Mr. and Mrs. HAMPTON had taken a room at the Raleigh upon their arrival at Waco Saturday afternoon. Mr. HAMPTON had said that he was feeling better after his arrival. He spent a restful night and at about 8:30 o’clock Sunday morning they decided to have breakfast in the room. The meal was ordered and the porter knocked on the door to deliver the tray. Mr. HAMPTON got out of bed and started across the room to open the door when he collapsed and fell to the floor.

Mrs. HAMPTON called for aid and soon a physician was there and took the case in charge. A short time later the ambulance carried the sufferer to the Baptist sanitarium where he has had the best possible medical attention, however, medicine will avail but little, his case calling more for careful nursing and perfect quiet.

Since the time he received the stroke, or a few hours thereafter, the patient has been semi-conscious. He is completely paralyzed from head to foot, on the left side. He speaks a little with difficulty, and recognizes those who are in attendance at his bedside. He is improving a little day by day, his brother, Lloyd HAMPTON, stated, and may recover within one or two weeks’ time to such an extent that he can be brought home.

This was the second similar stroke Mr. HAMPTON has had. While arguing a case before a jury at Eastland a few months ago he suffered a light stroke which incapacitated him for a time, affecting his vision. He has been in failing health for several months. His blood pressure the morning of his stroke registered 270, whereas about 130 to 140 would be normal for a man his age.

Ford Turns Over on Curve; Mrs. C.C. Morris Hurt

A sharp and unavoidable curve, where the Highway turns south, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. HAM, was the scene of two accidents since the last issue of this paper, which brings the total upward of twenty similar mishaps that have occurred here since the Highway was constructed.

Last Saturday afternoon when Mr. and Mrs. C.C. MORRIS were returning from a drive out the Highway they approached the curve. Just before they started to swing around the circle another car approached the curve, going east. Mr. MORRIS swung out to the right to give room for passing and the wheels of his Ford went over the side of the dump and the car turned over on its side, Mr. MORRIS falling heavily against his wife, who sustained injuries to both arms just below the shoulders. Her injuries are not as serious as at first feared, although she is still unable to use her arms. Mr. MORRIS was not injured. The car sustained bruised and broken top bows, cracked windshield, and other minor damage. Mr. MORRIS was not driving faster than perhaps eight miles per hour when the accident occurred.

Accident number 2 occurred on the same curve Tuesday afternoon when four young people were out for a drive. They were Misses MERRITT and EDDLEMAN and Messrs. GRIMSHAW and PILCHER, young GRIMSHAW being at the wheel. The Ford turned turtle and sustained more serious damage but fortunately the occupants were not seriously hurt.


Mrs. G.R. GOOSBY gave her little daughter, Ruth, a birthday party last Friday afternoon, from 3 to 4 o’clock. After the games, refreshments were served to a host of little folks.

Mrs. Virginia RUCKER and baby of Dublin were guests of relatives here last week.

Mr. and Mrs. C. THOMPSON and children and Miss Estelle GOODWIN visited relatives at Gorman the latter part of the week.

Mrs. Will LYNCH and daughters left for Corsicana last week where they will reside in the future.


C.A. HULSEY returned Sunday from a prospecting tour out around Spur.

Carney LOUDERMILK entertained the young folks of this community at his home last Friday night.

Mr. Tom HENSON died Monday afternoon at two o’clock and was buried Tuesday afternoon at Zion Hill. May God bless his bereaved ones.

Homer KENNEDY of Desdemona spent Sunday with his parents. We are sorry to say that Mr. KENNEDY fears he is about to lose his eyesight.

Our basketball boys go to Comanche Friday afternoon to enter the basketball tournament at which the county championship is to be determined…….Our team is composed of Carl and Hubert SIMPSON, Wilbur and Ben HULSEY and Romy GRISSOM, and has won 6 out of 8 games played so far this season.

Miscellaneous Local News

Harry HOWELL was here visiting homefolks Sunday.

W.A. LITTON, Tulsa oil man and owner of De Leon Gas Co., was a business visitor here this week.

J.W. INZER, brother of Dr. INZER was here on business the past week.

Mr. and Mrs. D. HENSON and Mr. and Mrs. Edwin BARKER were among those who attended the musical comely "Up She Goes," at the Connellee at Eastland Wednesday night.

W.B. (Bill) SMITH, former De Leon citizen, father of Mrs. Oscar HOWARD, writes from Littlefield, Lamb county, that he has recently moved to that place from Fort Worth, and has associated himself with the Neal Douglas Land Co., as field man.

Mr. and Mrs. R.B. SMITH and little son left Wednesday for their new home at Graham, Mr. SMITH being in the employ of the State Banking department, and he has taken charge of a defunct bank there.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis DICKSON left here some two weeks ago and have settled at Roby. Their daughter, Miss Opal, is continuing in De Leon high school until the term expires, when she will join them in their new home. The Free Press regrets to lose these good people, but wishes them good fortune in the home of their adoption.

Death of Youth of 17 Occurs at Robinson Springs

The sad death of Herman CHATHAM, only son of Mr. and Mrs. J.Q. CHATHAM, occurred at the Gorman sanitarium last Wednesday evening at 6:30 o’clock, following a very brief illness of appendicitis. Young CHATHAM, who was attending school at Robinson Springs, felt the first slight pains of his illness at school Friday prior to his death. Saturday he came to town and was examined by local physicians. Monday, he became violently ill and was rushed to Gorman where the operation was performed at 11:00 that night. So severe was his malady that the operation was of no avail. He lingered, desperately ill, until late Wednesday, when he passed away, as stated.

Funeral service was held Thursday afternoon at Gorman city cemetery and the body laid to rest beside other relatives formerly buried there. The Free Press extends deepest sympathy to the bereaved parents and two sisters in the loss of an only son and brother. The funeral was conducted by Rev. HAMER and SHUTTLES, the latter pastor of Robinson Springs Baptist church of which the deceased was a member.

Two Firms Now Are Located in Ben Howe Bldg.

The Superior Café, a new lunch counter, was opened several days ago in the old Wilson building, now known as the Howe Building. Ebb TERRY, local restaurant man, is the owner and proprietor, and Mr. TERRY has got the interior shaped up in a very nice style for the purpose. He will doubtless do a thriving business there.

John ESTES, proprietor of a barber shop in a small space between the Howe building and the Lloyd grocery, has moved his shop also into half of the Howe building, installed two chairs and is now operating a modern barber business in a greatly improved quarters.

New Millinery Shop is Opened in Howard Bldg.

Mrs. Lee PITTMAN, who spent several months at work in millinery wholesale house in Dallas last season, has opened a hat shop in the Howard building, in the place formerly occupied by A.E. LATSON. Mrs. PITTMAN, who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.K. JOHNSON of near Rucker, is widely known throughout this section and universally liked, and indications point to the splendid success of her business venture. She will go to Dallas next week to replenish her stocks of tailored hats.

Political Announcement Abstracts

V.L. GARNETT announces for District Clerk. Mr. V.L. GARNETT, proprietor of the Guaranty Abstract Company, announces this week for the office of District Clerk of Comanche County, subject to the action of the Democratic primaries of 1924. Mr. GARNETT is an experienced abstractor and an all round office man, and feels that he is amply qualified for the duties of this important office…..

N.A. HENSLEY announces for Tax Assessor

……Mr. HENSLEY is one of the leading farmers and ranchmen of the Energy section, where he has lived practically all his life, and where he has always taken an active interest in the progress and development of his community , serving many times as a member of the local school board, as well as an active participant in everything that has had for its object the upbuilding of his section and Comanche county. …

W.R. (Bob) DYSON ‘Home Man’ Wants Sheriff’s Office

…….Mr. DYSON has served as constable for the past six years and has done much work as deputy sheriff of the county, and is therefore thoroughly acquainted with the job.

Mr. DYSON came to De Leon a quarter of a century ago and during that time has made many friends who will learn of his intention to make the race with pleasure for De Leon people have a habit of supporting a "home man"……..

R,A, LUKER of Proctor Seeking Co. Judgeship

Mr. LUKER lives on a farm at Proctor and is one of the best known citizens, not only of his community, but of the county at large. "My parents came to Comanche county from Alabama when I was four years old. Twenty years of the time since I have been in railroad work in other parts of the state. I shall meet the voters at my farm."


©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.