De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, September 5, 1924

De Leon Peanut Company Again Offers Prize of $100.00 For Best 10 Acres Peanuts

Manager N.T. HASKINS of De Leon Peanut Co. again authorizes the Free Press to say that he offers a special prize of $100.00 to the party raising the largest number of pounds of White Spanish Peanuts on ten acres of land in 1924.

All who desire to compete for the prize must register their names with the Free Press not later than September 15th, 1924, and same will be published.

Contestants shall reside within territory normally supplied from DeLeon, or in other words communities as far outlaying as Beattie, Bibb, Sidney, and Roach are included as being wholly in or partially in De Leon trade territory.

Affidavits signed by two representative farmers as to accurate measurement of land and scale ticket of actual sales or weight to determine actual quantity, supported by thresher manís tally of bags and size of bags.

It is desired that all competitors for this prize register their claims immediately following harvest and sale of nuts so that prizes can be promptly awarded.

List of Competitors For $100 Prize

W.F. MARION residing in Trinity community, is the first man to come in and sign up for the DeLeon Peanut Companyís special prize of $100.00 for the best yield on ten acres of peanuts. Mr. MARION has 40 acres of peanuts in and said they have held up fairly well, considering the season.

Allen Bibby Ill

Allen BIBBY has been ill during the week to that extent that he is confined to his room. His condition is now improving and it is though he will be out in a few days. He was carried to Gorman for consultation early in the week with a view to having an operation for appendicitis, but this was not advised.

Jas. T. Ross Ill

Uncle Jim ROSS is having a great deal of trouble with his eyes of late; in fact it has been feared that he would lose his sight entirely. He was carried to Gorman Wednesday for consultation and an operation for the removal of one of his eyes.

Electricians Are Pall Bearers For Fallen Comrade

A story of the tragic death of Roy HILL, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.B. HILL, was published in the last issue of this paper. Young HILL, while in the line of duty at Rising Star, where he was in the employ of the West Texas Utilities Co., came in contact with a high voltage power line and met instant death.

His remains were laid to rest Friday afternoon of last week at the old home cemetery, Oliver Springs. His fellow electric workers from the various adjacent towns acted as pall bearers. They were P.W. CAMPBELL, manager, Cisco; W.R. CABANESS, Cisco; F.H. PETTY, Cisco; Joe WHITE, Abilene; L.P. BITTLE, Cross Plains; and J.L. FUNDERBURG, DeLeon.

Others from a distance attending the funeral were: Mrs. P.W. CAMPBELL and Lendria CAMPBELL, Mrs. F.H. PETTY and Miss Tommie FORD, all of Cisco; S.H. NANCE and family and Mack ANDERSON of Rising Star.

Back From Hospital

A.A. APPLEBY, who suffered severe injuries by falling from a box-car in the local railroad yards some weeks ago, and who has spent the intervening weeks in a hospital at Waco, arrived home this week and is on the road to recovery.

Has Operation

Mrs. W.C. BAGWELL underwent an operation for appendicitis at Blackwell Sanitarium shortly after noon Wednesday of this week and her condition is reported as being satisfactory. Her friends hope for her speedy recovery.

Operation At Dallas

Ira O. HARVEY of Goldthwait had an operation for appendicitis at Dallas the first of the present week, Dr. Sam WEAVER performing the operation. His wife and brother, R.R. HARVEY, are at his bedside and write that the operation was successful and the patient is doing nicely.

Finished At Baylor

John WEAVER returned here last week from Baylor, having finished the course of four years at the close of the summer school there last week and received his degree.

Chief To Galveston

Chief of Police John NABORS left this week for Galveston to attend the state convention of Chief of Police in session there. Mr. NABORS also attended the annual meet of the chiefs last year.

Mrs. Sallie Paine Died At Abilene After Brief Illness

Mrs. Sarah Catherine PAINE died August 22, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O.C. MILLER, in Abilene, where she was visiting. Death came following a stroke of apoplexy.

The remains were brought to her home and laid to rest Saturday afternoon in Oakwood cemetery in the presence of relatives and friends who loved her.

Sarah Catherine REDDEN was born in Pickens county, Ala., May 18, 1858. She came to Texas with her parents in 1872 and since that time had lived in DeLeon and Comanche. She joined the Methodist church in young girlhood and remained a consistent member to her death.

She was married to Dr. Chas. F. PAINE Sept. 26, 1883. To this union were born three daughters: Myrtle MILLER, Abilene; Miss Lottie PAINE, De Leon; and Miss Dollie PAINE, who made her home here with her mother. She also had three step children to whom she was like an own mother. One stepdaughter, Mrs. Frank HOLMSLEY is living in Pittsburg, Texas. The other two, Fred PAINE and Mrs. Ned HILMAN have passed to the better world.

Other relatives she leaves to mourn her loss besides her daughters are two brothers: Dr. R.J. REDDEN of Sulligent, Ala., and C.R. REDDEN of DeLeon, and three sisters, Miss Mattie REDDEN and Mrs. M.S. CARTER of DeLeon and Mrs. B.D. TURNER of Comanche, all of whom were present at her funeral except Dr. R.J. REDDEN. Those from out of town who were here to attend the funeral were, Mr. and Mrs. C.R. REDDEN and son, Clarence, Miss Lottie PAINE, Mrs. S.A. DUKE, Mrs. Rob WHALEY, Mrs. M.S. CARTER, Mr. and Mrs. F.R. CARTER, Ben CARTER, Miss Alice CARTER, Miss Mattie REDDEN, Rev. and Mrs. J.W. COWAN of DeLeon, Mrs. Frank HOLMSLEY, Pittsburg, Texas; Mrs. Joe SPENCE, San Angelo; Ned HOLMAN of Guthrie, Okla. The funeral services were held in the Methodist church conducted by her pastor, Rev. J.R. MORRIS.

Ralph Pittman Captain Baylor Bears This Year

Coach BRIDGES was lavish in his praise the past week of Ralph PITTMAN in a recent issue of a Waco newspaper when he ascribed credit for Baylorís 1923 victories largely to Ralph. Young PITTMAN has been with the Baylor aggregation two years and his popularity and sportsmanship has been recognized by his election to captain of the Baylor team for the season.

Ralph has been spending the summer with his parents here but leaves in a few days to join the camp of the Baylor squad at practice.

Double Wedding

On Sunday morning August 31st at the home of Rev. and Mrs. George ROSS, five miles north of town. Miss Kate GARDINER and Mr. Vance SINGLETON were happily married, Rev. ROSS officiating. The same happy incident occurred with Miss Ressie PRESSLEY and Mr. Thomas WALLACE as the principles, a single ceremony uniting the two couples.

The four young people, accompanied by a party of relatives and friends journeyed to the home of the parson and there were united in the holy bonds. After the wedding they went to the PRESSLEY home where dinner was served the entire bridal party, and at supper Mrs. GARDINER, mother of the other bride, served the wedding supper.

Miss GARDINER is the daughter of Mrs. Cora GARDINER, and was reared in the Round Grove community. Miss PRESSLEY is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.F. PRESSLEY, also of the Round Grove community. Mr. Vance SINGLETON is the son of the late D.M. SINGLETON, has also been reared in and around DeLeon. Mr. WALLACE is a son of the late J.P. WALLACE and was reared at Rucker. Young Mr. and Mrs. SINGLETON will reside here in DeLeon. Mr. and Mrs. WALLACE will make their home at Rucker, where the groom makes his home.

The Free Press wishes to join our congratulations and good wishes with the many friends of these popular young people as they start on the eventful journey. May their pathway be strewn with the rose petals of happiness and may joy, peace and contentment crown their lives and all their cherished dreams come true.

Junior Rook Club

The Junior Rook Club met at the home of Miss Myrtle UPSHAW Wednesday afternoon August 27th.

Refreshments were served to the following members and guests: Misses Doris AYRES, Virginia SHARP, Willie Mae JETTON, Beatrice HENDERSON, Mae SMITH, Lois HARVEY, Oleta STEVENS and Bonnie Bell COONER. High Score went to Roger Mae SMITH.


The Free Press has just heard of the marriage of two popular De Leon young people, Miss O.T. BUTLER to Mr. Ralph JONES, which occurred at Denton last Friday a week ago. Miss BUTLER was there attending school at College of Industrial Arts when Mr. JONES arrived on the scene and the wedding occurred. The happy young couple returned here and are now at home in this city.

Miss BUTLER and Mr. JONES were last year two of the deservedly popular students in De Leon High School. He was an outstanding character on the football sound, while she was a prize winner in the department of domestic science, her work more than once winning most favorable attention.

The Free Press desires to express to these young people congratulations and heartiest best wishes for lives of usefulness, success, and supreme happiness.


The Free Press has news that Miss Juanita WAGNER, a teacher in the South Ward school here last year, was married recently to Mr. Kee FURR of Kirkland, Texas. Miss WAGNER taught here two years and was quite popular. Her home was Cross Plains.

A.E. Herring Is Injured By Fall

A.E. HERRING, proprietor of DeLeon Mattress Factory, suffered serious injury some days ago when he fell from a step ladder at his new place of business on the lower floor of the old Masonic building. Mr. HERRING was engaged in wiring the building for electricity when in some manner he tripped himself and fell to the floor, a distance of several feet, and his hip was badly bruised. The hip joint was thought to have been dislocated, but his is now improving although still confined to his bed.

Oliver Springs

Friday the body of Roy HILL, son of Balie HILL, was laid to rest in Oliver Springs cemetery.

A great number of friends and relatives followed the body to its last resting place. As they turned their faces homeward from his flower strewn grave, it seemed so hard to leave him there. Ė Mrs. Funice BAIRD, R 1, DeLeon.


The Free Press has not before mentioned the arrival of a baby daughter in the home of Mr. and Mrs. T.L. MUSIC, which event occurred on August 16th.

Mr. and Mrs. Y.L. DABNEY and son, Taylor, are home from spending the summer months at Manitou, Colo. Where Mr. DABNEY has purchased a cottage.

Mr. and Mrs. S.H. NANCE and children of Rising Star were here last week attending the funeral of Roy HILL, remaining for a visit with relatives and friends.

Carl BRUMELOW and two sisters, Misses Grace and Pallie BEEN are leaving in a few days for Denton Teachers College to study the coming winter months.

Paul TATE, son of Mr. and Mrs. John TATE, had an operation for appendicitis at Blackwell Sanitarium at Gorman last week and is recovering nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. HORTON, who have lived here for several years, have moved to Cisco where he has taken a place in a barber shop.

An event of note transpired in the HOWELL family the 21st of August when a nine pound boy came into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Willis R. CLARK, at Oklahoma City. Mrs. HOWELL left shortly afterwards to attend Miss Gussie Mae during her convalescence.

J.C. ROBBINS, former prominent citizen of Comyn community, now making his home with his son, Rev. Lonnie ROBBINS at Stigler, in the eastern portion of Oklahoma, is here for an extended visit with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Conway THOMPSON.

©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.