De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, August 22, 1924

Sloan Sisters To Open Sat’y In Old P.O. Bldg

SLOAN sisters, who announced that they would open a millinery shop at the Wilson-Bogart building, found it necessary to change their location and took a lease on the card portion of the Grimshaw building, which was formerly occupied by the post office and later by Counts Bros. Filling Station.

This building has been thoroughly renovated, painted and repaired until it presents a neat and tidy appearance. It is commodious and will prove a very satisfactory salesroom.

Miss Bess SLOAN and Mrs. Tate COUNTS, (formerly Miss Minnie SLOAN0, will own and manage the new business. They expect to be open, with a complete line of Fall Millinery on Saturday, August 23rd. A cordial invitation is extended all ladies to call on them.

Boy Electrocuted Falling From Tree

Hilrey RHODES, 11, son of John RHODES, living three miles east of Iredell, was electrocuted Tuesday of last week when he came in contact with a high powered electric light wire. Hilrey was in a tree with three other boys gathering grapes when he slipped and fell. In the descent he struck the wire. Death was instantaneous.

L.E. Forest to be High School Principal, Ranger

Lyman E. FOREST has accepted the principalship of the Ranger High School and left with his family on Thursday morning to take up his residence in that city. Mr. FORREST will teach vocational agriculture for the school in the big oil town. It is a good place and the Free Press extends congratulations.

Unearth Treasure Pot At Lonely Spot In Bender Pasture, But Booty Had Vanished

A story rivaling in interest those told of his majesty, Capt. Kidd, who in olden days roved the Spanish Main and earned his livelihood by the gentle art of buccaneering, and who buried his stolen treasure on various and sundry islands, has come to light. The story does not go away off to the .. of the Caribbean to happen – it is right at our door. Right down in Uncle Kanse BENDER’s pasture, a real, sure enough buried treasure, all tucked safely away in a dinner pot. If DeLeon folks had even entertained a slight suspicion that all that money was down there the woods would have been full of laborers with pick and shovel and the copious shower of perspiration would have rivaled a shower of rain. But we digress. On with the story.

The first chapter is due to be recorded back in April when Clarence FLOYD rode his horse down an old abandoned road through the woods in the BENDER pasture, half a mile southeast of the bridge on the old SHOOK crossing, and less than a mile northeast of the M-K-T bridge over the Leon River. FLOYD was farming on the BENDER place and was going to work. There had been a rain recently and when FLOYD rode his horse across a place in the road where leaves and sticks had been raked over, the animal bogged up to its haunches. FLOYD though someone engaged in the highly specialized line of distilling had buried a barrel of mash(they sometimes do that they say) so he rode on and dismissed the incident from his mind.

However, about a week ago, while again passing this way FLOYD noticed the dirt was fresh over the hole, showing that it had been recently refilled. This aroused his curiosity. Perhaps there had been a murder! He determined to find out.

Walker LITTLE, brother-in-law of FLOYD, agreed to assist him so they armed themselves with pick and shovel and went to the scene and started cleaning out the hold. They digged down about five feet which was deep enough to prove that they were not going to find a dead man as no one committing a murder would take the time to dig so deeply to put away the evidence of their crime. Besides, at that depth they found no indication of the bottom. The task was hard and they determined to dig more another day, and went home.

Last Wednesday FLOYD engaged the services of Arthur HAZZARD, Walter RACKLEY, Walter OTTIS, and Willis DICKEY and the five of them went back to "dig to the bottom."

The hole was about the size of an ordinary grave dug in the shape of a grave and proved to be ten or eleven feet deep. There was some wild scrambling among those boys when the shovel came in contact with a "hard substance" in the bottom. Excitement was at white heat when an old dinner pot was hoisted out, but this excitement quickly turned to disgust when the pot was found – empty.

The pot was set in a nicely hollowed out little nest in the center of the hole. It was not exactly empty as stated above. There was a quantity of brown wrapping paper, a paper bag, small piece of light bread, and a small piece of light thread, and a copy of the Free Press of the issue of July 25th, past, showing that the paper was put in when the hole was reopened by whoever buried the pot in the first place. In the bottom of the hole in which the pot sat was found three buffalo nickels and one dime, all new money.

FLOYD is confident that he would have secured the treasure, or whatever was buried, had he taken the trouble to dig when he thought it was only a "barrel of mash."

The supposition is that someone committed a robbery, buried the spoils last winter or early spring, (FLOYD rode over the spot in April) then the robbers dug the spoils up after the 25th of July, at which time they deposited the copy of the Free Press of that date in the pot.

Mrs. Jeffery Has Purchased Business

The confectionary located on the corner of the Lambert Hotel property has been purchased from H.A. ANDERSON by Mrs. J.P. JEFFREY, who is now in charge. Mrs. JEFFREY has given a few extra touches to the interior, changing its appearance and will add other improvements from time to time.

The usual line of confections, soft drinks, hamburgers, etc. will make up the line to be carried and the management extends a cordial invitation to everyone to bring their patronage, assuring fullest service and appreciation.

Vital Statistics for June and July

Marriage Licenses:


W.B. COOPER and Mrs. Jimie LEACH

Charlie W. WINKLE and Mrs. Sara FINDLEY



R.B. LAYMAN and Nealey Mae DAVIS

Asa WARD and Francis REESE

R.C. GRADY, Jr., and Alice Mary ORV (Ory?)

Guv F. HOOVER and Miss Eunice WADE


H.B. McBEE and Miss Georgia WEST

Marvin PETTY and Miss Inzer GRAY


Luther HARRIS and Mary Ruth EVANS

Walter ROBINSON and Ruby COOK

Emmett SMITH and Miss Jean LAWLESS

O.O. MANN and Mrs. Dora SMYERS



Willie GLASCO and Ruby RANDALL

August By? And Ruby WHITE

G.L. BLACK and Denora STAR

Bruce WHITE and Gladys EWING

Alton McCAMEY and Lillie Belle LANE



Clyde MOON and Maudie HENRY

R.L. and Miss Beuna HAYNES



Johnny MAYFIELD and Miss Winnie ODELL

Luther STEWART and Hazel FREEMAN

I.B. HOLMES and Edith PERRY.


C.F. KIRBY, Comanche, boy

Sidney COUNTS, DeLeon, girl

J.A. MOHON, DeLeon, girl

H.A. ANDERSON, DeLeon, boy

Lester F. GODFREY, Comanche, boy

A.G. MILLER, Comanche, girl

L.M. COCHRAN, Comanche, girl

W.W. GRAY, Proctor, boy

W.J. ROGERS, Proctor, boy

L.D. EDWARDS, Comanche, boy

M.E. McDONAUGH, Comanche, girl

F.E. SUTTON, DeLeon, boy

Bert NABORS, DeLeon, girl

C.C. MORRIS, DeLeon, girl

G.W. COX, Jr., Sipe Springs, boy

O.O. FOWLER, Dublin, boy

Frank HANSLEY, DeLeon, girl

J.O. MORRIS, Lamkin, girl

C.C. WEBB, Comanche, girl

D.R. McCOWAN, DeLeon, boy

Lem DALTON, Lamkin, boy

Bud WALLACE, Lamkin, boy

J.H. TATE, Sipe Springs, girl

D.W. COURT, Proctor, girl

F.M. SIDES, DeLeon, girl

H.M. ROSS, DeLeon, girl

C.C. HAMPTON, DeLeon, girl

T.E. THORNTON, DeLeon, boy

J.D. HOLMES, DeLeon, boy

M.E. STONE, DeLeon, girl

E.B. KIRKLIN, DeLeon, boy

J.W. CROWAN, DeLeon, boy

C.R. GOLLINE, Comanche, boy

C.F. KIRBY, Comanche, boy

E.H. SEA, Comanche, boy

J.A. SUMMERS, Comanche, boy


Mrs. James Wood MOORE of Comanche

Minnie WILLIAMS of Lamkin

Mrs. Ema COTTRELL of Comanche

James William CARTER of Comanche

Alice May SLIGER of Comanche

William R. WILSON of Comanche

Tolbert TATUM of Comanche

Two Weddings

Mr. and Mrs. Henry FREEMAN have "lost" a son and daughter, or else "gained" a son-in-law and daughter-in-law, whichever way one may consider it. At any rate their daughter Miss Hazel, was married to Mr. Luther STEWART of Redondo Beach, Calif. And their son, Jewell FREEMAN, was married to a young lady of McGulloch county whose name the Free Press has been unable to get. Both marriages occurred within the past two weeks.

Both these young couples took the train here this week for California to make their home. The Free Press extends congratulations.

Local News

Miss Fay RUFF of this city is in Blackwell Sanitarium. Friends and relatives hope for her recovery.

Miss Maud KINEHEN, popular Higginbotham saleslady, is away at Galveston for a vacation and visit with her sister, Mrs. Gaylord KLINE.

Mrs. Curt GREGORY and little daughter have gone to Cross Plains for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. WILSON.

©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.