De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, October 10, 1924

Saturday Fire On North Side Did Small Damage

Fire alarm turned in early Saturday morning called the volunteer department out to fight a blaze originating in the roof of the home of John REED, a block northwest of the baseball park. The house was damaged to the extent of having a hole burned through the roof beside the flue, beneath which a wood fire was burning in a stove.

This is the fourth fire in this same vicinity, three other houses having burned down on adjacent blocks within recent months.

Dairy is Sold to Dick Kee

Both C.Y. MORRIS and Payne SLAUGHTER, have sold their dairy herds to Richard KEE, and Mr. KEE took charge several days ago. With the MORRIS herd was a mechanical machine which Mr. MORRIS has found quite successful.

The Free Press trusts that Mr. KEE may have good success with his new business venture.

De Leon Ice Co. Sold To Barry Bros. Who Will Improve

A deal which has been pending for some weeks was finally completed on Tuesday this week when Barry Brothers purchased from J.H. PRINCE and son, the property of DeLeon Ice Co. The property has changed hands, and the purchasers have already commenced a program of improvement which will perhaps double the capacity of the plant before the beginning of another season.


Barry Bros. own ice plants at Comanche, Gorman, and Okemah, Okla. The DeLeon plant is their fourth in the string. J.R. BARRY will be general manager of the plants. He is at present making his home at Comanche. Inasmuch as DeLeon is centrally located, and in view of our modern conveniences not possessed by other towns, he may move his general office here later.


It is a plan of the company to not only overhaul and improve the plants at each of their points, but to build modern and adequate cold storage vaults, which they will operate for the public, provided the public will make use of them. If the demand from the public is not sufficient to make the cold storage plants pay it is in the plan of the company to engage in the produce and poultry business in their own behalf, at each point where they have plants, thus assisting in building this important industry.

J.H. PRINCE, Sr. will remain with the company, as resident manager in DeLeon. The courtesy always shown by Mr. PRINCE in this capacity has made him popular with the public he has served, and the company acted wisely in retaining him. J.H. PRINCE, Jr. will be transferred to some other point and also continue with the company.

De Leonís Fastest Growing Industry Is Finkelstineís Peanut Products Factory

Developing in a little over a year from an output of 100 pounds of peanuts weekly, to the present total of 1500 pounds per week, the business of DeLeon Salted Peanut Mfg. Co., Dave FINKLESTINE owner and manager, is growing by leaps and bounds. The volume of business has necessitated larger quarters, so Mr. FINKLESTINE took a lease on the two-story office formerly occupied by HIGGINBOTHAM Lumber Co. and has moved his roasting and packing machinery into the 30 X 50 foot space down stairs, and will use the upper story for the present as a residence for his family.


Besides his new factory another evidence of prosperity in his line was the new one-ton Ford truck Mr. FINKLESTINE appeared on the streets with Monday morning. His old field wagon had become inadequate, especially considering the fact that Mr. FINKLESTINE makes trips requiring three or four days, and this new truck will carry a supply to last him during an entire trip. The bold lettering on the side of the fine new body is a mighty fine advertisement, not only for his business, but for DeLeon as well. His "Good Morning Neighbor" is a familiar sight over a radius of territory 125 miles across.

Mr.FINKLESTINE buys of DeLeon Peanut Co., about 1500 pounds of shelled peanuts per week, which equals about 200 bushels per month. He also buys about 20 sacks of Irish potatoes from DeLeon dealers per month. His printing bill with the Free Press is among our largest monthly accounts. His cash outlay in this city each month runs to a worthwhile figure and DeLeon business people should in turn show him the loyalty justly due him by carrying his products and pushing them.

Mr. FINKLESTINEís plant now has a roasting capacity of 1500 pounds of peanuts daily, which is more than is being utilized at this time. But the business will rapidly grow to reach this figure. His present factory force can roast, sack and paste on cards 3,000 5 cent packages daily.

Potatoes, now peeled by hand, will soon be handled by an electric peeler, which he plans to install. His potato chip sales now run from 40 to 80 dozen bags daily. Mr. FINKLESTINE buys the potato chip bags in 100,000 lots, and the peanut cards in 5,000 lots. The Free Press gets a liberal portion of this business.


The territory covered by Mr. FINKELSTINE is constantly being extended. At present he makes 600 miles per week, and covers a territory measuring approximately 150 miles across. He solicits in a systematic manner in about forty cities and towns. He has customers who use as high as 35 of the peanut cards weekly. He has his territory planned in routes, going certain directions on certain days, in order that his trade may know when to expect him. He doesnít "stay home if it rains," or make this trip or that "maybe so". He lets nothing prevent his being punctual and systematic in his business, and it is this feature coupled with the fact that heís fairly charged with the spirit of energy and enterprise characteristic of his race, that is responsible for the splendid growth his business is showing. It has been said, "You canít keep a Jew poor!" FINKLESTINE is proving it.


De Leon is Well Represented at Tarleton College

Each year an increasing number of De Leon graduates and other young people enter John Tarleton Agricultural College to pursue their advanced studies. As a rule these young people reflect a high type of high school training. It is noticeable to an extent that teachers of the college wont to make the remark, "De Leon has a strong high school system, one that is a credit to a small town." The enrollment this year is no exception to that rule. Among the De Leon young people in Tarleton this year are,

Clifford ALLEN, Katherine HARVEY, Ruth HARVEY, Lorine IRWIN, Madge IRWIN, Dora Faye McPHAIL, Aline MOHON, C.G. MORTON, Oma RIDER, Lilla SHORT, Dollie STEPHENS, Lillian TATE, Dannye WILLIAMS.

These young people will create a good impression for their home town anywhere. They will rank well with the representatives of the best schools of the state. Ė Contributed

Neighborly Folks Gather Crop For Sick Neighbor

Free Press editor believes some of the best folks in the whole world live out in the New Hope community, as one as a rule is judged by his works.

Some time ago Basil BROWNLEE was hit by a car and seriously hurt. He has not yet recovered, so a week or so ago his good neighbors came and gathered his corn and put it in his barn, and on last Friday they picked a bale of cotton for him, bringing it to the gin, where B.F. COX took a hand and donated the ginning.

When his peanuts are ready to take up the same neighborly bunch of about twenty men and boys will be on hand to do the job. Yes, Good folks are to be found out New Hope way.


The marriage of Mr. L.C. FULLER of Rucker community and Miss Lorena HOLLAND, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walt HOLLAND, occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.F. NABORS last Sunday a week ago. A number of friends of the bridal pair accompanied them and witnessed the ceremony. Congratulations and best wishes are being extended them in which good wishes this paper wishes to join.

Local News

L.M. JAMES and family of this city are moving this week to Lockhart, Rt. 3, where they expect to reside in the future.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jeff LOUDERMILK, on Oct. 3rd., a fine baby girl. Mr. and Mrs. LOUDERMILK reside on the STRICKLAND farm, two miles southeast of town.

W.P. WEAVER left a week ago for Detroit, Mich., where it is reported he will purchase an Essex Coach and drive it back home. Mr. WEAVER will stop in St. Louis and Chicago for a few days visit.

L.M. JAMES and family of this city are moving this week to Lockney, Rt. 3, where they expect to reside in future.

Mrs. A.M. ALLEN went to San Angelo this week in response to a message telling of the serious illness of her sister, Miss Emma COLLIE, at Carls slightly improved.

Mrs. C.C. Hampton May Have Operation

C.C. HAMPTON accompanied his wife to Dallas the last of the week and she is now in a sanitarium being treated and may have an operation in a few days. Her sister from Denton is with her at St. Paulís Sanitarium, where Mr. HAMPTONís brother is serving as assistant surgeon. Mrs. HAMPTONís mother from Oklahoma, and his mother from Cross Plains are here taking care of their two children.

Old Family Relic Missing, Owner Asks Its Return

Many years ago the father of Joe KEMP picked up a cannon ball and the pound wrought iron instrument has been in Mr. KEMPís possession practically all of his life. He prized it because of the fact that it was associated with such stirring episodes of history, and because it came to him from his father.

Recently in moving to the new home he purchased in Heath addition he dropped the ball in the yard and left it while the truck went for another load. When he returned the ball was missing. Perhaps some child, without a thought of its value, picked it up and carried it away. Mr. KEMP would like to have it returned.

Oliver Springs

Gladys and Roy NABORS began school in DeLeon Monday. They will be missed in the school here having attended school at Oliver Springs several years.

Mr. Marshall JOHNSTON has returned from Okla.

Mr. and Mrs. Garland PERRY announce the arrival of a fine baby girl.

Mrs. Jack BRASWELL was injured in a car wreck on the DeLeon-Comanche road last week.

Round Grove News

Walter MARTIN filled his regular appointment at this place Saturday and Sunday.

Audry RIPPETOE and Maggie Will Capehart Williams CRADDOX and Ruby CORBELL have united in marriage since our last report. Their friends wish for them a long, happy, and prosperous life together. [Because of the lack of punctuation in the preceding, the transcriber has no way of knowing which were the given names and which were the surnames.]

Mr. and Mrs. Rat BARKER are the proud parents of a new boy.

Walter RIPPETOE and family left for Knox County last week.

A new girl arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D.O. ARMSTRONG recently.


©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.