De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, August 29, 1924

Former De Leon Boy Preached Here Sunday Evening

Rev. Earl LIGHTFOOT, a DeLeon reared young man and one who is making a splendid success in the Methodist ministry, was here for the past weekend and at the invitation of Rev. J.W. COWAN, pastor, preached the Sunday evening sermon for the revival now in progress. A very large audience heard the speaker and received the deep, spiritual message which he brought.

Young LIGHTFOOT was pastor for several years at Venus, Texas, and the last conference sent him to Fort Worth where he is pastor of the Arlington Heights Methodist church and winning a deserved success.

The young minister has a wonderfully pleasing manner in his pulpit address, his thoughts being expressed easily and clearly, without waste of words, and his deep spiritual earnestness impressed the hearer. LIGHTFOOT will be one of the kind of preachers one of these days whom De Leon folks will delight to refer to as a "De Leon product."

Baptist Notes

216 in Sunday School last Sunday. Brother WARD and wife joined the church by letter. Mildred WALDRIP was converted and joined the church at the close of the morning service. Everything seems to be going rather well among local Baptists.

The Pastor goes to Throckmorton for a two weeks meeting, and in his absence Rev. R.L. DAY will supply for the morning services the next two Sundays.

We were glad to have the Comanche Baptist women visit with our Missionary Society Monday afternoon. An account of their meeting will be given in another place in the paper.

Mrs. Buchan To Do Hemstitching

Mrs. J.H. BUCHAN has recently purchased a hemstitching machine and will operate same at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E.E. GENTRY, who resides near the High School building. Mrs. BUCHAN’s machine is brand new, direct from the factory, and she will be able to give first class service. She will doubtless make a success of her business endeavor.


The Free Press has heard of the death of Mrs. Sallie PAINE, mother of Miss Lottie PAINE, City Secretary. An account of her passing will be prepared and published in a later issue.

Son of Bolie Hill Met Sudden Death By Electrocution

Roy HILL, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.B. HILL of this city, was instantly killed at about 8 o’clock this morning when he came in contact with a high voltage power line at Rising Star. Young HILL, who was in the employ of the West Texas Utility Co. in that city, had gone to work Thursday morning. He climbed a pole about two blocks out from Rising Star to remove a telephone wire said to have fallen across the power line. His hand in some way came in contact with the power line while he was holding on to the telephone line, completing a circuit.. His body received the full force of 2300 volts of electricity. He fell about twenty feet to the ground, dead.

A companion was standing nearby talking to HILL when the accident occurred and witnessed the lifeless body in its tragic fall.

HILL was unmarried and is said to have been in the employ of the company two or three years. His parents were notified immediately of the tragedy. The body will be buried at Oliver Springs it is reported. The Free Press cannot say just when.

Ford Car Stolen Was Property Of Cager Mohon

Cager MOHON suffered the loss of his Ford car when he drove to Hico recently to attend the reunion. He left the car standing near the main entrance to the reunion grounds and when he returned the machine had disappeared.

The car was a coupe, equipped with standard extras which made it considerably more expensive than a coupe as Ford regularly equips them.

MOHON has employed all the means reasonable to recover the car, offering a reward of $50.00 for its return.

State Record Broken When 850,000 People Go To Polls and Vote Saturday

Jack McGuire Is Elected; Strickland and Dyson Lose

In the run-off primary held last Saturday, August, 23rd., Jack McGUIRE, a DeLeon candidate, defeated his opponent, Ben WILHELM, for the office of Tax Assessor by a majority of about 120 votes.

Mose STRICKLAND, candidate for Tax Collector, was defeated by Mrs. J.W. REESE of Comanche by about 150 votes, although the early tabulation showed the count to be much closer.

Bob DYSON went well into second place in the sheriff’s race in spite of the fact that DeLeon and this entire end of the county stood valiantly behind him. J.T. GILBREATH was elected by several hundred votes majority.

The race for the legislature in Comanche county was easily won by J.R. CARROLL, but since there are two counties in the district, Comanche and Mills, Thos. REFRO, Mills Co. man rolled up a sufficient majority over CARROLL in his county to deafet Mr. CARROLL. RENFRO was elected………..

Notice – Beginning September 1st, milk will be 12 ½ cents a quart. – W.P. SLAUGHTER

Birthday Party

Little Miss Elizabeth WILLIAMS was the charming hostess to a number of her little friends at a birthday party celebrating her sixth birthday Wednesday afternoon, five to six-thirty o’clock, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. WILLIAMS. The center of attraction of the party was a beautiful little playhouse, an exact miniature of a modern bungalow, just large enough for the children to enter and in which the little hostess receiving her guests and served punch. After the formality of receiving her guests was over, the hostess assisted by her mother, entertained on the lawn with numerous children’s games, after which angel food cake and ice cream was served the guests, with kewpie dolls for the girls and marbles for the boys as favors.

The hostess received man beautiful little gifts from her admiring friends, which she displayed for the admiration of her guests.

The following were present:

Ruth AYERS, Virginia SCOTT, Margeret SHARP, Martha Fay HARKER, Elizabeth BAGWELL, Virginia HORN, Billie ROLLINS, Jocelyn KEMP, Harriet FRANKS, Dublin, Texas, Gene WEVER, Peyton WEAVER, Bobbie STEAKLEY, James HAMPTON, John Travis MOHON, Tommie HOLDEN.

Jolly Workers

The Jolly Workers met with Mrs. Roy SMITH last Thursday afternoon. We had as visitors Mesdames C. SMITH, Z. HULSEY, Ollie LASSITER and Hiram BOYD and Misses Fannie HULSEY and Oleta GARNER.

A very pleasant and profitable hour was spent after which delicious chicken sandwiches, Angel Food Cake and iced tea were served. The next meeting will be with Mrs. T.H. LOCK September 4th.

Lost Glasses

Pair tortoise-shell rimmed glasses lost in or near Liberty Theatre. Return to Claude FITZGERALD.

Uncle Henry Short Died At Dublin

The sudden death of Uncle Henry SHORT, well-known citizen of Dublin, who for a number of years made his home in the DeLeon territory, living on his farm out a short distance north of town, occurred at the home of his son in Dublin Monday afternoon, Aug. 11th, and his remains were laid to rest in Dublin cemetery Tuesday following.

Uncle Henry had been in ill health for two or three months. When death came he was lying on a pallet at 7p.m. resting when he attempted to get up. He dropped back suddenly and expired.

S.H. (Henry) SHORT was born in Tennessee June 21, 85 years ago the past June. He left Tennessee with his parents while yet quite a small boy, moving to northern Mississippi where he made his home for thirty-five or forty years. It has been now about thirty-five years since he came to Texas and during these years has made his home in Comanche, Hamilton and Erath counties.

He was the father of six boys, four of whom are living: Jim and A.E. SHORT of Dublin, and Walter, Carlton and Clayton of Buffalo Gap. All were present to attend the funeral service. A number of relatives from here including members of the families of Howard and John SHORT, nephews of the deceased, were also in attendance.


©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.