De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, October 24, 1924

Pioneer Physician Desdemona Passed To His Reward

Dr. Samuel E. SNODGRASS died in a Ft. Worth Sanitarium, Thursday Oct. 16, 1924 at 6 o’clock p.m. He died as a result of an unsuccessful operation for gall stones.

Funeral services were held at the Desdemona cemetery Friday Oct. 17. The largest crowd ever known to attend funeral services at the Desdemona cemetery were present to see their friend and leader laid in his last resting place. Funeral services were conducted by the members of the I.O.O.F. Lodge with Rev. W.T. JONES officiating.

Dr. SNODGRASS was born at Ashley, Illinois in 1852, and was 72 years old at the time of his death. He graduated from the Missouri Medical College at St. Louis, and came to Desdemona in 1878, and was for many years the only physician in this community. Dr. SNODGRASS was active in all civic, social, fraternal, religious, and economic affairs for the betterment of his city and community. He organized the local I.O.O.F. lodge and was a leader in that order in this section of the State, having served as district deputy grand master in this territory. He was also a member of the Methodist church. He was probably the most widely known man in Eastland county, having practiced medicine in this section for the past 45 years.

Dr. SNODGRASS was a man who spread optimism among his friends and neighbors at all times no matter how gloomy the situation appeared. He was a true citizen and had many friends. All who came in contact with his warmth of friendship were sure to become his friends. He never hesitated to do his part of the work of helping to unbuild this city, and every citizen should feel deeply indebted to him for this important part that he played. Every man, woman and child of this city realize the fact that we have lost one of the most influential and best loved citizens of our city. The examples of friendliness and usefulness that he has exemplified to us should be an inspiration for all of us to follow in our lives from day to day.

Dr. SNODGRASS is survived by a wife, and one daughter, Mrs. Inez HEETER, of Desdemona, and two sisters, Mrs. O.T. BRYANT, of Decatur, and Mrs. Stella ELLIS of Mountain Grove, Mo.

The bereaved wife, daughter, and relatives have the sympathy of the entire city. – Percy DAVENPORT.

Pythian Lodge To Reorganize Here Friday Eve.

Special Deputy Grand Chancellor T.W. TOMME, in charge of Knight’s of Phythias organization work in this district, is spending the week in DeLeon getting the affairs of the local lodge in order, and will on Friday evening effect a re-organization of the lodge.

At the meeting this evening new officers will be elected and a new program of work outlined. There will be initiation in the second rank, there being a number to take this work.

The Pythians have a big state program, among their most important works being the building and maintenance of the orphanage at Weatherford, a photo of which may be found in this issue.


Mr. C.B. STEPHENS and Mrs. Ethel WARREN, well known DeLeon people, were married on last Thursday evening, Oct. 16th, at the home of Rev. George ROSS, the Rev. ROSS officiating. Mr. STEPHENS is an employee of the M-K-T shops. They have gone to housekeeping near the north ward school. This paper extends congratulations.

South Ward Football

Last Wednesday, Oct. 15 the South Ward football team came over and played North Ward.

The South Ward players were Paul PIERSON, Henry Grady SHARP, Billy STEVENS, the captain, all played in back field. Jack PIERSON, Mutt SNEED, L.T. SLATER, Clarence LIGHTFOOT, Roy HAZELWOOD, Raymond LOYD, composed the line.

North WARD players were Thomas PITTMAN, Ollie STEVENS, Red WHEAT, played in back field. Slim WARD is the captain. La Vern ATCHISON, Paul ROACH, Dale HOWARD, Troy MORRIS, Burris JONES, Jewell HOLLEMAN, Ford ROACH composed the lien.

District Court Meets At Comanche Monday, Nov. –

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Grand Jurors – D.P. LLOYD of D-, - WEAVER of Blanket, - H. YOUNG of Gustine, John BURTON of Comanche Route 5, N.N. DURHAM of Comanche, V.L. JACKSON of Blanket Route 1, J.R. LYNCH of Blanket Route 2, Carl ROBERTS of Comanche.

Petit Jurors, Second Week – R.B. FRINKS, Gustine; J.C. JAMES, DeLeon 1; Chas. McKENZIE, Comanche Star; J.F. RUSH, Proctor 2; Joe GAINERS, Proctor 2; J.W. BARTLETT, Sidney; S.C. VINEYARD, Comanche 2; R.P. Blanket 3; H.L. BEATY, DeLeon 4; F.A. CUNNINGHAM, Comanche 2; J.W. BOEN, Proctor 1; Joe FARMER, DeLeon; H.C. BOWMAN, Comanche 5; T.M. GATLIN, Dublin 3; C.L. FERRILL, DeLeon 2; C.G. DABNEY, Blanket 3; W.L. RANDALL, Comanche; J.R. CARROLL, Dublin 8; S.A. FINDLEY, Comanche; E.S. MORRIS, Sipe Springs; R.L. SPRUILL, DeLeon 5; H.J.R. GILLE, Comanche; C.S. DRY, DeLeon 5; J.R. STEPHENS, Comanche 5; E.H. LONG, Comanche 5; J.N. BOWMAN, DeLeon 2; T.E. FRAZIER, Duster; T.R. TREADAWAY, Proctor 5; J.E. EATON, Blanket 3; L.Y FINES, Cariton 1; D.F. CLAYTON, Comanche; J.W. GREEN, Proctor 1; C. CARRUTH, DeLeon; Dave PINSON, Proctor; W.J. BOYD, Proctor1; J.W. ALGOOD, Rucker.

Local and Personal

Silas DICKSON who has been for several months in California, arrived home this week.

Mr. SWARGERTY, owner of Grimshaw Filling Station and Garage, was attending to business affairs at his old home in New Mexico during last week.

Mrs. Overa BROWN left Wed. for her home at Olton, after a six weeks visit in the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. W.S. BLACK and sister Mrs. Roy HAMMERS.

W.H. STRINGFELLOW got the end "chopped off" his finger while assisting in placing heavy machinery at the Nance cold storage plant, now in process of construction.

Mr. and Mrs. J.A. SWAGERTY arrived from Portales, N.M. a few days ago and are visiting in the home of their son, J.T. and family of Swagerty Filling Station, formerly Grimshaws.

At the Gorman Sanitarium last Saturday was born Fred RUTLEDGE III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred RUTLEDGE, Jr. The mother and little one are doing nicely.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack SEWARD on Tuesday this week, a baby girl. Mrs. SEWARD is here, at the home of her mother, Mrs. F.L. TERRILL. Their home is San Marciel, N.M.

Mr. and Mrs. George LESTER arrived home this week from Los Angeles. George was married in the big coast city some months ago and his bride, a native of California, is receiving her first impression of Texas.

Vital Statistics for Month of September


Born to Mr. and Mrs.:

Robert LINDLEY, Jr. DeLeon, boy

T.J. MUSSICK, DeLeon, girl.

Geo. OWENS, May, girl

J.C. EDENS, May, boy.

J.E. JURVIS, Proctor, boy.

W.L. SCAGGS, Gorman, girl.

W.A. HILL, DeLeon, boy.

R.C. BOSWELL, girl.



A.H. SELF to Miss Debe BARTON.

D.E. WISE to Miss Erline JAY.

J.C. HORN to Miss Myrtle FAGAN.

C.E. BUTLER to Miss Inzer RUSSELL.

Sylvestor HICKS to Miss Aubrey HUGHES.

Charles M. KNOCK to Miss Welma RIGSBY.

G.A. BENNETT to Miss Gladys WINTERS.

L.C. FULLER to Miss Lometa SMITH.

A.L. RIPPETOE to Miss Mattie Will CAPEHART.

L.H. BEALL to Miss Mable S. MEDART.



John Edgar SLOAN, Comanche.

Thomas L.? CUNNINGHAM near Comanche

Comyn News

Miss Pearl GOODWIN of Gorman is attending school at Comyn. She is boarding with Mrs. SWEEDEN.

Mr. George LARCADE went to Dallas Saturday to meet his wife. Mr. and Mrs. LARCADE are moving here from Okla.

Those from here attending the Dallas Fair last week were: Mr. and Mrs. Otis HAM, Misses Mayme Lou PARR, Miss Mollie L. GRISHAM, Mr. and Mrs. H.B. COX and family.

Mrs. Willie CARLTON of Proctor, sister of J.P. HANDCOCK, is very low. Mr. HANDCOCK was at her bedside Saturday and Sunday.

Desdemona News

Doris HUGHES, 12 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse HUGHES of this city, sustained a broken leg when a classmate accidentally fell upon his leg while playing at school. The entire city and community extend their sympathy to the injured little fellow and hope that he will recover rapidly and be able to attend school in the near future.

The Bruce Reo Motor Co., of this city have installed a new Gulf Gasoline Pump.

Rev. R. Neal GREER, pastor of the Desdemona Baptist Church, has resigned, to accept a similar position with the Rising Star Baptist Church. Rev. GREER has been with us for the past three years and we regret very much to lose him. Besides being a minister of the Gospel, he was one of Desdemona’s most substantial citizens. – Percy DAVENPORT

Oliver Springs

Cotton is almost gathered in this community and people are now threshing their peanuts. Both crops being cut short by droughth.

Mr. and Mrs. Dewy BURLESON and Mrs. John BURLESON went to Duster Sunday in their new car.

School has been put off until Nov. 1st. So many were not ready to start.

Robinson Springs

The people over this section are very busy threshing and taking up peanuts. Quite a few, however, are leaving them a while in order that they may mature better.

Troy, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim WEST, is recovering from a severe illness.

The attendance at school has been very small so far, as most of the children are needed to help gather the crops.

School Honor Roll

The following have made an average of ninety or more since the beginning of school. The next report will probably be even better than this.

Seniors: Clarence REDDEN, Frank CLARK, Alene MOODY

Juniors: Roger Mae SMITH, Zollie STEAKLEY

Sophomores: Marion SHORT

These students have made 90 or above on attendance, deportment and scholastic work.

©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.