De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, November 14, 1924 


Lightning Ignites 55,000-Bbl Tank On Comyn Farm

            One of the big storage tanks on Humble Tank Farm, Comyn, was struck by lightning last Friday night during the electrical storm and burned.  The bolt struck the tank at about one o’clock a.m. and the lurid glow lighted up the country for many miles.  The fire continued to burn for two or three days.

            The tanks are about 500 feet apart and each has a fire wall, or huge bank of earth encircling it, similar to an earthen tank dam.  Twice the burning liquid boiled over the top and ran out in the ditch encircling it but never outside the fire wall.  The tank is reported to have been full of oil at the time the bolt struck.

            Although no information is available as to the loss, the Free Press estimates the 55,000 barrels of oil at say $1.50 per barrel to have been worth perhaps $80,000.00 and a steel tank of that size is perhaps worth $30,000 making a total loss of around $110,000.  This paper also learns from a reliable source that large oil companies carry blanket insurance against loss by fire, and this loss was doubtless covered, or partly so, by insurance.  However, the above statement is merely an off hand guess, as the employees of large corporations are not usually very free about giving out detailed information on such affairs.

Young Wife And Mother Is Dead

            The sad death of Mrs. Louise D. ROSS, wife of Jeff ROSS, occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank ROSS, five miles west of town at 4 o’clock a.m. last Tuesday.  Her death followed the birth of their infant daughter, Dorothy Jean, which tiny mite of humanity came about ten days previously, survives her mother and is doing nicely.  Sad indeed is the passing of this young wife and mother whose life was full of hope and promise.

            Louise D. JONES was born at Walnut Springs, Bosque County, August 17, 1903 and was therefore just past her twenty-first birthday when the end came. 

            She moved with her parents to this city two and a half years ago.  She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. JONES.  Mr. JONES is an employee of the M-K-T Ry.  During her residence in De Leon she was associated with church and school life, having taught one year at Concord, and one year in De Leon North Ward.  Few teachers have been as popular as she, beloved by her fellow faculty members and pupils as well.  Their tribute to her at the funeral service was expressive of the esteem in which she was held.  She was a devout Christian having been converted at the age of twelve years and united with the Missionary Baptist church.  Her life has been consistently for the cause in which she professed her faith, assuring her an abundant entrance into life eternal!

            It was a sorrowing throng that gathered at the Baptist Church at two-thirty Wednesday afternoon to pay their last respects to she whom they knew and loved.  Rev. W.T. HAMOR spoke words of consolation and hope to those whose hearts were heavy with sadness.  Afterwards a great concourse of relatives and friends followed her bier to its last resting place at De Leon cemetery, heaping great banks of flowers upon the mound that marks her last resting place.

            May peace and rest and life be her eternal portion!

Music Awards Given By Mu Phi Epsilon

            Mu Phi Epsilon honorary musical sorority has announced the winners of three annual awards in music.  The Reed scholarship in piano, offered by Mrs. Frank REED, was awarded to Minerva CUNNINGHAM of Comanche, and scholarship in piano offered by Miriam LANDRUM, was won by Olean VAN ZANDT of De Leon.  Lenore McCOMB of San Juan received the organ scholarship offered by Beulah BEAVER, and the prize in voice went to Ella ANDREAS of Burnett.  Mrs. Charles SANDER was donor of the scholarship.

            Recipients of voice and piano awards will receive two free lessons weekly for one year and Lenore McCRUMB, winner of the organ scholarship, will be allowed one free lesson weekly for one year, according to Helen ROCKWELL, instructor in music.

Will Howard Is Seriously Ill After Bad Operation

            Relatives and friends of Will J. HOWARD have felt deep concern for him during the week following a sudden illness which necessitated an operation on Tuesday.  Mr. HOWARD has been ruptured for a number of years and it was this cause that produced his attack Tuesday.  He became ill at 11:00 a.m. and continued to grow worse during the day.  Late in the afternoon he was removed to Blackwell Sanitarium where he was placed on the operating table at 7:00 o’clock and remained there until about 8:45.  The operation was a delicate and tedious one.  His condition Wednesday morning was fairly good, but he had not passed the danger point.

Methodist Minister Buys Tract Of Land Here To Plant Pecans

            Ross R. WOLF, proprietor of Wolf’s pecan Nursery at Stephenville, conducts a sales department for lands in connection with his business of producing high grade pecans, and during last week sold the W.B. MULL farm in the Suez community to the Rev. J.B. CURRY, present pastor of the Dublin Methodist church.  The tract comprises eighty acres and Rev. CURRY made the purchase for the purpose of planting it to pecans.

Essex Sedan Turned Over On Dublin Highway

            While returning from a visit with relatives at Dublin last Sunday evening, the Essex Sedan belonging to and being driven by S.G. UNDERWOOD, manager of De Leon Compress & Warehouse Co., turned over on the highway at the sharp turn at the W.S. BLACK home, in the north-east portion of this city.  The car reached the turn before Mr. UNDERWOOD realized he was near it.  Just at that moment another car came up and in order to avoid crashing into the other machine, Mr. UNDERWOOD took the turn too sharply.

            The machine turned completely over and landed bottom up in the ditch, the engine still running.  In the car with Mr. UNDERWOOD was his wife and three children.  Of the five occupants, Mrs. UNDERWOOD only was injured, suffering a bruised arm which was all but broken.  She was extricated from the wreck and given medical attention and is recovering.

            It seems remarkable that the car was not torn to pieces.  But barring the loss of the top it was not seriously injured and was set back on its wheels and driven from the scene of the accident without the loss of its gasoline or oil.

Comanche County Farm Census Will Begin in December

            J.C. GRIFFIN of Lampasas was in Comanche last week making preliminary arrangements for the agricultural census to be conducted in this county during December and January.  He is district supervisor of the agricultural census and has charge of twenty-two counties in this territory, the district conforming closely to the outline of the seventeenth congressional district.

            Mr. GRIFFIN said that the agricultural census will be similar in many respects to the federal population census, but that instead of specializing in counting the people, its purpose will be to gather all manner of data concerning agriculture and rural life.  The work will begin December first and will be completed by the end of January, the enumeration being under way all over the United States at the same time.

            Enumerators will work by justice precincts, Mr. GRIFFIN says, and persons desiring to secure appointments as enumerators may write him at Lampasas for necessary information.  The enumerators must be engaged in farming, he states, or some work closely allied to farming.


            Miss Minnie Lee DABNEY and Mr. Velma G. LOCKE sprang a real surprise on their friends last Sunday when they motored to Comanche and were united in marriage by the Methodist minister there.

            Miss McELYEA of Lingleville, cousin of the bride, accompanied the happy young couple to Comanche and was with them when the ceremony was said.  Their marriage was the culmination of a romance lasting over a period of several years.

            Miss DABNEY was a most popular young lady, having grown to young womanhood in this city.  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. DABNEY.  Finishing De Leon high school, she went to College of Industrial Arts at Denton where she finished the course and was awarded her degree.  She is particularly accomplished in domestic science, and will prove an ideal home-maker.

            Mr. LOCKE was reared in De Leon where he has scores of friends and well wishers.  He is an ex-service man, having gone overseas with the 90th division and was nineteen months in France and Germany.  At present he is engaged in watchmaking and jewelry business, having a business of his own.  He is located with the Corner Drug Store at Cisco and has built a substantial business there.

            Mr. and Mrs. LOCKE are at home at 404 West 3rd St., Cisco, Texas.


            The marriage of Miss Edith COOK to Mr. Robert M. HUCK occurred at Comanche at 4:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, the young couple having gone to the county capitol to procure the license and the services of the judge.  They were accompanied by Miss Finis COOK, and Miss Ruth St. CLAIR, sister and aunt of the bride, respectively.  Tommie MOHON took the party over also witnessed the ceremony.

            Miss COOK is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom COOK and grew to womanhood in the environs of De Leon.  She is a beautiful, lovable, accomplished young woman.  Mr. HUCK is the eldest son of Mrs. John FITZPATRICK, who lived in De Leon for a number of years, leaving here about a year ago to make her home in Ft. Worth.  He is employed by a grocery firm in that city and is prospering.  Their address is 1451 East Magnolia, Ft. Worth.

            Young Mr. and Mrs. HUCK left Thursday afternoon for Ft. Worth by car, and will make their home there.  Congratulations and best wishes are extended them.


            The marriage of Miss Edith BOULWARE to Rev. Earl LIGHTFOOT occurred at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arch BOULWARE, 606 Oran Ave. Cleburne, Tex. On Monday evening, November 10th at 8:00 o’clock.  The impressive ceremony was said by Dr. F.P. CULVER, presiding elder of the Ft. Worth district.

            The bride is a senior at Texs Woman’s College and is director of young people’s work at the Sagamore Hill Methodist church, and was formerly a student at the University of Texas, being quite popular at both institutions.  She is an accomplished musician in piano, violin and voice.  She was born and reared in Cleburne where she has a host of friends.

            The groom was born and reared at De Leon and is held in highest esteem by his scores of friends who have watched his progress with the keenest admiration for the past years.  He is at present pastor of the Arlington Heights Methodist Church at Ft. Worth where he is doing a phenomenal work.  He was graduated some years ago with A.B. and B.D. degrees from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, and the R.H. Edwards School of Social Work, New York.  He is deservedly popular both as a student and pastor, having been accorded the honor by election of being the most popular student during his senior year at S.M.U.

            The bride wore a wedding costume of taupe satin trimmed in brown fur, with taupe slippers to match, the only ornament being a string of amber beads.  She carried a corsage of bride’s roses.  Miss Maurine MARTEL of Ft. Worth, the bride’s maid, was charming in pink georgette trimmed in ostrich plumes with corsage of white roses.  Joseph I. PATTERSON of the University of Virginia, Charlotteville, Va., was best man, wearing the conventional black.  Little Mary Katherine JOHNSON of Venus, Texas, was flower girl, presenting a vision of loveliness in a costume of blue velvet trimmed in rose taffeta carrying the ring in the heart of a beautiful bride’s rose.

            Preceeding the ceremony Mr. Wylbert BROWN, violinist of Ft. Worth, played Nocturne in E Minor by Chopin with Miss Myrtle BENNET of Ft. Worth as accompanist.    Mr. Horace HAY, tenor soloist, sang Cadman’s “At Dawning,” with Miss BENNETT at the piano.  Lohengrin’s wedding march was played by Miss BENNETT as the bridal party approached the altar.   During the ceremony she played the Flower Song with violin obligato by Mr. BROWN.

            The happy young couple will be at home at 1620 Clover Lane, Ft. Worth after a two-weeks hunting trip in Southwest Texas.

Robinson Springs

Mr. and Mrs. W.A. HARRIS and their son, Merritt, are all sick.  Mrs. HARRIS has appendicitis.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl RILY returned to their home at Holdenville, Oklahoma after having attended the funeral of their sister, Mrs. Isla HARRIS.

Grandma SHORT, her son, E.W. SHORT, and her grandson Doye are all ill.


©2004,2005 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.