De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, June 20, 1924

Autrey Self Now Manager of Post-Office Service Station

GRIZZELLE & TRENT have disposed of their lease on the property of Post-office Service Station to Autrey SELF, and young Self has been in charge for the past week. Mr. TRENT plans to remove to some point on the Plains in the near future, having formerly lived in the panhandle country. He states he would go out into that section on business about the first of July.

Young Mr. SELF has plans for advertising and extending the business and to get his full share of the trade of De Leon motorists and do everything in his power to merit patronage. He will add the various conveniences of a modern filling station from time to time and offers the trade every convenience and service one could expect from a modern service station.

Entertained at Tank Farm

Miss Emma Jo BREWER had a number of young people as her guests on Thursday afternoon last week, at her home, Magnolia Tank Farm, six miles north of town. The party was entertained at the pretty Brewer cottage where the young hostess served delicious iced punch. Then they went rowing on the company pool, climbed tanks and were shown the many interesting sights about the large tank farm.

The party consisted of Misses Lillian HANSFORD, Annette TRENT, Janice KEE; Messrs. Gayle TOLAND, Wayne WEAVER, Baynard FRETWELL, Clifford ALLEN, Everett HANSFORD and Worth COOK.


The Free Press editor and wife received the pleasant surprise contained in the following announcement Sunday:

Dr. and Mrs. John TYSON announce the marriage of their daughter Leo Marion to Mr. H.B. HARDT on Monday, the ninth day of June Nineteen Hundred Twenty-Four Cross Plains, Texas

Inasmuch as the announcement contained nothing more than that of the foregoing the Free Press is at a loss to give these two of our most excellent young people an elaborate write-up. Can’t say where they married nor when, where they went honeymooning, when or where they will be "at home" nor any of the little details that go into making a story about a wedding.

However, the Free Press can unhesitatingly say that the groom is one of our most valued friends, a man of the most splendid character and personal ability, clean, industrious, and worthy of every confidence of the splendid young lady who has placed her destiny in his keeping. And the bride is likewise possessed of excellence of character and lovable disposition and charm of personality, a delightfully happy selection for a life mate for the man who has reposed such confidence and trust in her.

Mr. HARDT will teach at Texas Woman’s College, Fort Worth, next school year, and it is safe to say they will be "at home" on Polytechnic Hill by September. In the meantime the Free Press extends to Mr. and Mrs. HARDT our very heartiest congratulations and best wishes for a long and useful career and lives full to overflowing with happiness and prosperity.

Untimely Death Comes To Young Wife and Mother

The untimely and lamentable death of Mrs. Ida Euphrates McGUIRE, occurred at Blackwell Sanitarium, Gorman, at 9:10 o’clock on Thursday evening, June 12th, 1924, where she had been taken for an operation and treatment. A corps of five excellent physicians were called in consultation and did everything possible for medical skill to accomplish, without allaying the deadly malady that undermined her constitution and spread the seed of death throughout her physical form. Loving hands of relatives administered as did also trained nurses – everything possible was thrown into the balance during those last sad, tragic hours – yet she passed from the plane of physical life into the embrace of death.

Thus has passed from the sphere of things earthly a good and true woman. As a wife and home maker she filled her place faithfully and with unswerving devotion; as a mother she lived the example of motherly love and tenderness before her children and leaves them a blessed heritage, the example of a Christian mother; as a Christian she is remembered by her associates and co-workers as devoted to a loved cause, consistently practical, persistent in her religious efforts, a positive force on the side of righteousness, her heart and soul right in the sight of God!

Mrs. McGUIRE was a quiet and unassuming young woman. One needed to know her intimately, as did her associates in church work, to get a vision of the depths of her character and worth. Those members of her Sunday school class, and the members of the Woman’s Missionary Society perhaps knew her better than anyone outside her own home and family. Whenever a problem arose here she was one of the first to seek a solution, whether the solution came by reasoning out a problem or by hard work. On questions arising in class she never failed to voice her sentiment on any question of moral or religious thought, and her reasoning was seasoned with wisdom.

Ida Euphrates PATTERSON was born March 25, 1892, near Thaxton, Miss., and came with her parents to Texas four years later and has since that time lived in and around De Leon. When 19 years of age she was happily married to A.J. McGUIRE and to them three children were born, Dale, 13, Dorothy, 11, and Glen, 6, all of whom survive her. Her mother died a good many years ago but her father, A.J. PATTERSON, and a step mother survive, besides two sisters, a half sister and four brothers. These are Tony PATTERSON, Lubbock; Luther PATTERSON, Clyde; Houston PATTERSON, Chillicothe; and Oscar PATTERSON, De Leon; Mesdames N.E. GREER, Lockney; J.P. PARKER, Lubbock, and Whit JERNIGAN, De Leon.

The funeral was at the Methodist church at 3:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon, followed by interment at De Leon cemetery, Rev. J.W. COWAN and the Rebekah order having charge of the service. The choir and pall bearers were of the Golden Rule Sunday School class of which Mrs. McGUIRE was a member and secretary until the time of her fatal illness. The impressive ceremony of the Rebekah order was carried out at the graveside, deceased being a beloved and faithful member of the order.

Big Onion

T.H. NANCE brought to Free Press one of the largest onions the writer has seen. The aromatic vegetable weighed only a little fraction less than two pounds and is somewhat larger in circumference than the average saucer. Mr. NANCE has a small patch of the onions and his yield has been extremely large. He has promised to give a report of his yield and a statement of what their present value would be per acre as soon as he has finished harvesting.

Comyn News

Mr. Jesse BARNES is suffering from a bite on his hand.

Mrs. DODGIN and daughter, Miss Ellie Lee, returned from Fort Worth Sunday, where Miss DODGIN has been attending school.

There will be a grave yard-working at the Comyn cemetery Saturday afternoon.

The Utterback Scott well was spudded in Saturday morning.

Duster News

Mr. and Mrs. H.P. EVANS of Houston have been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.N. GRAHAM.

Mrs. H. BELLAMY left Sunday for a visit with her son, W.J. BELLAMY, of Stephenville.

©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.