De Leon Free Press
DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, April 18, 1924
Fire Destroyed North Side Home On Last Thursday
The Free Press overlooked mention of a disastrous fire which completely destroyed the residence of Mr. and Mrs. R.M. BURGESS, in the block immediately north of the baseball park early last Thursday morning. Mr. and Mrs. BURGESS had finished breakfast and she had accompanied him around the corner of another block where they had their automobile stored. They had only been away from their house for a few moments when a passing child observed the neat little bungalow on fire, and gave the alarm.
The burned building was not connected with the gas. An oil stove and a wood heater had been burning that morning, but there was nothing about these to cause alarm when they left the house. Perhaps an explosion of the oil stove may have caused the fire. Rushing back to the building they saved a trunk and sewing machine. Everything else was destroyed. The loss was about half covered by insurance, Mr. BURGESS stated.
Mr. BURGESS is engaged in the barber business, his shop being located in the old Free Press building.
Comyn To Build And Equip $30,000 School Building
The trustees of Comyn School met on April 10 and accepted plans furnished by R.S. GLENN of Cisco for a new building, modern in every respect, the building and equipment to cost approximately $30,000. The building is of a new type, although very popular in west Texas, and Oklahoma.
The plan provides for 9 class rooms and a large domestic science hall on the first floor, and an auditorium with seating capacity of 500 on the second floor. The building provides for electric lighting and steam heat. The board has also voted to establish a course in vocational agriculture and the Chief Supervisor of Agricultural Education has already been notified of plans, and a teacher for that department will be employed for a 12 months term. This teacher will be employed for half time vocational and half time regular school classes, with the Federal government paying one fourth of his salary. The school will apply for affiliation on all high school subjects at the beginning of the next school term.
De Leon Schools Won High Point in District Meet, Brownwood. Zollie Steakley Jr., High Point Man. Lithe Young Athlete Took Honors Both in Field Events and Literary As Well, His Total Score Being 22 ½ Points.
De Leon school patrons, faculty and pupils alike, are jubilant over the showing our young people made at the recent district meet of the Interscholastic league, which convened at Brownwood. The meet was held in buildings and on the athletic field of Howard Payne College, but all the schools and colleges of that city acted as joint hosts in entertaining the meet. There were 400 or 500 participants in the various events of the meet, from the schools of nine counties, and the crowd of spectators was estimated at around 3,000 people.
Of the score or more Class A High Schools participating in the meet, De Leon school won high point of the meet with 165 points, lacking only five points of doubling her next nearest competitors, Comanche and Brady, who tied with 35 points each.
Zollie STEAKLEY is credited with winning more points than any other individual in the meet. Young STEAKLEY won in tennis doubles, with his partner Herbert WEAVER, then took tennis single finals by scores of 6-1, 7-5, and 6-1. Further, with his partner Clifton THOMAS, he won in debate. …..
Steakley was high point man in the local try-out here three weeks ago, literary and field events combined, while Ronald MYERS was high point man in track, as reported at that time.
Elton BOSWELL won the mile race with ten competitors, and he also won second place in the half mile.
Marvin HOLDRIDGE won second place in discus, and placed in shot put.
Ronald MYERS won second place in high hurdles.
In tennis doubles, STEAKLEY and WEAVER defeated San Saba by a total count of 18 to 6.
In tennis singles STEAKLEY defeated a Brownwood man by a total count in three games of 19 to 7.
In Senior Girl’s Declamation, Miss Evelyn BALLEW, De Leon senior, was easy winner in a field of eight.
Dick WEAVER took second in Senior Boy’s Declamation, losing first place to San Saba.
In Debate Zollie STEAKLEY and Clifton THO"MAS defeated the Coleman team by a two to one decision.
Mr. C.L. GREGORY, Mr. W.N. KOONCE and Mr. REED were run as trustees for Jakehamon school. Mr. GREGORY was elected by a large majority. Mr. KOONCE and Mr. REED tied on the votes. Let’s all give these trustees our support and thus make this a still better school.
Mr. and Mrs. J.B. COOPER motored to Comanche last Saturday.
Rev. Neal GREER, pastor of the Baptist church at Desdemona, visited Jakehamon school some time ago and his lecture was enjoyed very much.
Miss Thelma GENSLER was ill last week, but is better at the present time.
Mr. and Mrs. J.F. BASSETT visited Mr. PARKS of the Oliver Springs community last Saturday night. Mr. PARKS is reported to be very ill.
Miscellaneous Local News
Mr. and Mrs. J.C. ALCORN, who reside at Bangs, and Mr. and Mrs. J.B. STOKES of Tahoka are here for a visit in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. ALLCORN and Mr. and Mrs. Don ALLCORN is father and grandfather of the two last mentioned, respectively. Mr. STOKES is a brother-in-law.
North Ward Notes
Since the fine spring weather has set in our attendance has been almost perfect.
Baseball has been begun among the pupils, the girls as well as the boys have a team.
The North Ward girls’ team played against the South Ward team last Monday afternoon. It was a fast game. At times the final outcome would seem in the balance, but because of a few exceptionally good hits by the North Ward team, they gained the victory or at least it was so announced by the score keeper. However, this was a matter of some controversy, some claiming the victory for the South Ward. Another game will be played soon. The players were as follows: North Ward, Bernice CRAIZ, Violet GREGORY, Dixie NORMAN, Verda Mae HAMMETT, Beaulah Mae WORD, Lucy Mae MERRETT, Monique RUSSELL and Hazel HUDDLESTON.
It is rather quiet in the primary room this week as so many of the little folks have chicken-pox.
Naomi CARAWAY and Faye FLOYD spent the week end with friends near Comanche.
Elmo WHITE of Dublin spent Friday night with his aunt, Miss M.L. PARR.
Those attending District Meet at Brownwood last Friday were Mr. and Mrs. E. HAVIS, Mrs. Otis HAM, Misses Jessie LEE and Julia HAVIS and Ina CARAWAY, Mr. and Mrs. N.H. FLOYD, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. CARAWAY and C.M. CARAWAY, Jr.
Misses Opal GEORGE, Jessie LEE and Julia HAVIS and Autrey HAVIS went to Gorman Sunday to see Mrs. Ed. THOMAS, who is in the sanitarium.
Mrs. T.W. DICKEY spent Monday in De Leon visiting her sister, Mrs. WILHITE.
Mr. George HAMIL and Mr. B. CHASTEEN, formerly of Hansfield, Texas, have moved to Desdemona. They are employed by the Magnolia Company.
Mr. and Mrs. C.A. SHELL, formerly of Santa Rita, New Mexico, arrived last Monday and will make their home here. Mr. SHELL is employed by the Magnolia Petroleum Company.
Mr. C.H. JACOBS and family, formerly of this city, have moved to Breckenridge, Texas. Mr. JACOBS is employed by the Magnolia Company.
Overseas Soldier Died at Fort Bliss and Buried Here
Walter H. ORMSBY, son of Mr. and Mrs. G.A. ORMSBY who lived a number of years ago in Comyn community, died last Wednesday at the army hospital at For Bliss, El Paso, following an illness which had its beginning in a gas attack on the battlefields of France while he was a soldier in the late war. His condition was such that he hoped for ultimate recovery when he returned, and was married to Miss Ophelia MILLS of this city. His wife and two children besides his parents and a number of brothers and sisters survive him.
The body was brought here from El Paso, arriving Friday of last week, and interred at De Leon cemetery, with many relatives and friends of deceased in attendance. The parents arrived Friday morning from their home at Fort Worth for the funeral.
Young MILLS was trained for service with the 36th division, at Camp Bowie, and went overseas as a member of Company E 141st Infantry. His army record was beyond reproach, his honorable discharge being a prized document in possession of his faithful young wife. He was discharged from Camp Travis upon his return from foreign service.
Walter H. ORMSBY was born near Dublin, Erath County, Texas, July 27, 1895, and spent most of his life in its environs. He left Camp Bowie on July 12th and arrived in France August 6th, 1918, and arrived at the battle front on August 21st. He saw service at Argonne Forest, and Chateau Thierry, and was the victim of a gas attack. He was sent to hospital and returned to New York in January, 1919.
Excerpts Taken from Advertisements in this Issue:
R.E. SHORT – Drayage. Moving Our Specialty
W.S. BLACK – Breeders Notice: For This Season Fees on my Breeding Stock Will Be as Follows – Marquis $12.50; Jack $10.00; High Bred Jersey Bull, Season $2.00
Lester’s Paint Shop – Make That Old Car New
RICE Monumental Works – Marble Granite and Statuary, De Leon, Texas
Guy NEEL’s Radio Shop – Guaranteed Radio, Dublin, Texas Phone 136
Joe FARMER – Laundry, now located two blocks south of City Hall on Main Street
J.T. EDMONDSON, Tailor – Cleaning, Pressing and Repairing, De Leon, Texas
C.C. HAMPTON – Vendor’s Lien Notes Bought and Sold
GRISHAM’s Shop – Where One Gets Good Barber Work. Sanitary Barber Shop
Mrs. C.R. CARUTH – Buff Wyandotte Eggs, Route 2, De Leon, Texas
W.T. CARRUTH – Barred Plymouth Eggs!
Dr. A.M. ALLEN – Dentist, office over Weaver Drug Store
A.C. MARTIN – Fire Insurance Agent
Dr. W.W. SNYDER, Dentist, Dublin, Texas
Mrs. Maggie MORGAN – Hemstitching
J.J. HEATH – Thoroughbred Breeding Stock
J.F. CLOPP – Am Buying Chickens Every Saturday. Will be located on the vacant lot just north of Higginbotham Hardware Building.
©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.