De Leon Free Press
DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, October 31, 1924
A wedding occurred on Monday afternoon this week, a senior in DeLeon High school being the happy bride. Miss Loman COAN was married to Mr. Iver GRAY. The wedding took place at the home of the Rev. John MILTON, Baptist pastor at Comanche at 3:00 o’clock. The bride came to DeLeon Monday morning as usual to classes, and the young man to whom she was engaged came at noon and they drove [line obscured]…was procured and the wedding occurred, as stated.
Miss COAN has been a student in DeLeon school for the past three years and was a deservedly popular girl. She would have finished the course during the present year, but for the insistant pleadings of the young man to whom she was engaged to be married. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.J. COAN of DeLeon R 2, where she has grown to the estate of young womanhood.
Mr. GRAY is a son of C.B. GRAY, also of R2 and is therefore well known and liked in his community. He is possessor of characteristics of manliness and industry and will provide well for she who has entrusted so much to his keeping.
Scores of friends of the happy young couple wish for them a full measure of happiness and prosperity as they pass into the new relationship and with these the writer wishes most heartily to join.
Old Spot, the UNDERWOOD family dog, is dead. More people perhaps, knew Spot than any other dog in town on account of his size and friendly disposition. Spot carried too much weight for comfort, causing people invariably to make a jest about the danger he would run if near a sausage factory. But Spot never minded the jests. Like a fat man, he took it good naturedly and with extreme dignity.
Spot was ten years of age, almost as old as the UNDERWOOD’s eldest son, John. All these years he has been the loved family pet, romping with each of the three UNDERWOOD children when they were babies, and has grown up, esteemed almost as a member of the family. Monday morning he lay dead in the street, cause unknown. An animal may have kicked him, or he may have run amuck of a passing car, although such did not appear to be the case. He was tenderly taken up and given a decent burial on the UNDERWOOD premises.
The dog has been called "man’s best friend". No matter into what difficulties a man may become enmeshed, his dog stands by him, sharing sufferings and privations with his master even unto death. Such a dog was Spot and his memory is cherished by his young human companions.
Sherrod Stover and Mother Hurt In Auto Crash
While Mr. and Mrs. S.T. STOVER and their son, Sherrod, were driving to Breckenridge Sunday morning to spend the day with their daughter and sister, Mrs. Dewey JONES, the new Ford Coupe in which they were riding turned over on a sharp curve twelve miles from Breckenridge on the Eastland and Breckenridge highway, and so seriously injured the younger STOVER that it was at first thought he would die. Mrs. STOVER sustained painful though not serious bruises about the head and face and an abrasion on one arm. Mr. STOVER’s shoulder was bruised and crushed, but of the three he escaped with least injury.
The place where the accident occurred is a sharp and unexpected curve around the point of a hill, the curve making a perfect S. There were no danger signals approaching and the curve is not visible because of the abrupt hill. The machine approached the turn going at perhaps twenty or thirty miles an hour. As young STOVER, who was at the wheel, attempted to make the sharp curve, the rear wheel of the car went off the asphalt and cut into the gravel for a considerable distance before the machine finally went over as the driver attempted to cut back into the roadway.
It seems almost miraculous that the top of the car was crushed and broken off and the occupants spilled out the top as the car continued to turn over on its side ten or fifteen feet beyond the point where the three passengers were left piled together in a heap beside the highway. The windows were up in the sides and the windshield closed, and the miraculous thing is that not a piece of glass was broken. Indeed the car suffered little injury other than a crushed top and broken body frame and the repair charge to put it in condition as good as new ill be less than $50.00.
Mr. and Mrs. STOVER were both able to rise from the ground immediately and after a hurried word as to their injuries, they turned their attention to their son, who was unable to rise. He inquired about his mother’s injuries, and about the car, then lapsed into unconsciousness and his color indicated that he was dead, in fact he was thought dead.
Other cars came up quickly and carried the three to the emergency hospital at Breckenridge, the younger STOVER regaining consciousness enroute and was able to leave the hospital in a few hours. He was badly bruised about the body and suffered two broken ribs and a bruised back.
Mrs. JONES (formerly Miss Agness STOVER) brought the party home Monday and all are recovering. The car, property of Mrs. John SPRADLEY, of Duncan, Okla., is being repaired at Breckenridge.
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.
Miss Love Scott Had Operation
At midnight Wednesday Free Press editor had a telephone call from Dallas stating that his sister, Miss LOVE, had developed an attack of appendicitis at 6 p.m. that afternoon and an immediate operation was necessary. She went on the operating table about midnight and within an hour a second message stated that the operation had been completed and the patient was conscious and with good prospects of recovery.
The writer left immediately to attend her bedside, and this issue of the paper is being produced by Free Press assistants. May unusual typographical effects will thus be understood. The editor, who happens also to be compositor and make-up man, hopes to be back on the job within two or three days.
Local and Personal
Howard HAYS, formerly head of the mercantile department of Reid Auto Supply Co. here, was visiting in the city from Cisco Saturday. Mr. HAYS was recently riding with a young lady friend near Cisco when his car overturned and the young woman suffered a broken limb. She is recovering nicely, he stated.
A fine baby boy was born to Rev. and Mrs. W.T. HAMOR on Saturday of last week. So husky is the youngster that the proud father has no fear but that he "will make the team." All doing nicely.
The Free Press is glad to report the condition of the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. VAUGHN much improved following an attack of infantile paralysis.
Mrs. J.H. NORWOOD and son left Thursday for Cleburn to be at the bedside of her mother who is ill.
W.A. HAMMETT underwent an operation for appendicitis at the Blackwell Sanitarium last Monday. At the present time he is recovering rapidly and we trust he will soon be well. – Percy DAVENPORT
Just as an example that peaches grow on trees around Desdemona besides the kind that walk and talk, L.R. DAVENPORT offers the following proof: He has a two year old seedling peach tree in his orchard which bears peaches that average 10 inches in circumference. This is an October tree and he believes it to be extraordinary for this section of the country.
Miss Laura ARMSTRONG is on the sick list at present.
Mr. Charlie PARKS and family, of this community, visited his mother, of Oliver Springs Sunday.
An exciting incident happened at Sunday school last Sunday when Carl MACON ran into a tree with his father’s car. The accident was probably caused from a loose steering rod. There was nothing very badly damaged.
Buford COGBURN’s little boy, Otis, has been sick this week with chills.
Miss Mamie PARKE wishes to announce that she is giving lessons in the fine art of shaking peanuts.
There has been quite a bit of moving and changing about of late. Ed RIPPETOE has sold out to Hermon GILDER and has moved to Dublin. Emmett RIPPETOE has purchased and moved on the Dick BELL place. Ernest RIPPETOE has moved where Emmett lived on the Mrs. R.D. ROSS place. Ed ROSS has bought out R.L. RIPPETOE and D.C. GILDER has bought the Bert PATTERSON place.
The corner stone to the new school building was laid about two thirty Tuesday afternoon.
H.O. GEORGE and family have the mumps. They are getting along nicely at present.
©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.