De Leon Free Press
DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, November 28, 1924
This issue of the Free Press is being produced under most unusual circumstances. Our Intertype machine is broken and temporarily out of use. Three pages of our advertising were set through the courtesy of the Gorman Progress, at Gorman; and this reading matter you are perusing was obtained through the courtesy of the Dublin Progress and set at Dublin. But for the kindness of these two good neighbors we hate to think what this paper might have looked like or when you would have got it. Much reading matter was omitted necessarily which will appear in the next issue.
De Leon Claims Champion Of All Pumpkin Growers
The "Champeen" pumpkin grower of all this section without a doubt is H.F. SHORT of the De Leon section. Mr. SHORT had a considerable number of vines of "this fruit" growing about over his place, but he reported on one vine only. This was planted in a rich spot where he planted his turnip patch. This spread out over about a quarter of an acre, more or less, and yielded and matured sixteen large pumpkins and put on one which the frost got, seventeen in all. The sixteen weighed from 12 to 25 ½ pounds each, a total from the one vine of 295 pounds.
The Free Press editor got his pencil and paper and figured out an acre’s yield, which planted like watermelons and yielding as this one vine, would amount to 42,490 pounds or a bit over twenty-one tons per acre. Some pumpkins.
Witnessed by a large crowd of guests, the marriage of Miss Reva YOWELL and W.H. CLARK of De Leon was solemnized Monday evening at 7:30 o’clock at the First Presbyterian church, with Rev. J.W. KERNS, pastor of the Central Christian church, the celebrant in the ring ceremony.
Miss Hulda RITCHER sang the prenuptial song, "I Love You Truly," accompanied by Miss Elizabeth HENDERSON, who also played Sellers "At Twilight" as a prelude to the ceremony, and a selection from Hoffman during the pronouncement. The entrance of the wedding party was to the bridal chorus from Lohengrin, and Mendelssohn wedding march was played as recessional.
Miss RITCHER wore a Paris model dress of gold lace and blue georgette, with wrist bouquet. Miss HENDERSON was dressed in green crepe canton, draped with ecru lace, and wore a corsage bouquet of pink rosebuds.
Miss Ruby JACKSON, bridesmaid, entered first, dressed in tucked black satin, fur trimmed. Her hat was a spring model, trimmed in flowers and gold lace. She carried orchid chrysanthemums.
Mrs. A.C. CLARK, sister of the bride, and herself a bride of last April, was matron of honor. Her costume, of beige poiret twill, was untrimmed except for braided designs in front and on the long circular sleeves. She wore a brown hat with gold trimming and carried bronze chrysanthemums.
The maid of honor, Miss Grace YOWELL, was dressed in a Shirley-Marie model of blue charmen, with coney fur trimmings. Her black hat was trimmed in gold lace and French flowers and she carried chrysanthemums of deep pink.
The bride entered with her brother, ?.J. YOWELL of Dallas, who gave her in marriage. She was dressed in a Shirley-Marie costume of turquoise blue chiffon velvet, its straight lines broken by circular panels in blue fox fur, and, in center front, by an embroidered pheasant of seed pearls and rhinestones. Her hat, also of turquoise blue, had silver lace and French flower trimmings. She carried a bride’s bouquet of roses and lilies of the valley.
Waiting at the alter were Earl GARRETT of Mart and A.C. CLARK, groomsmen, and the bridegroom, who entered with his best man, Reuel YOWELL, brother of the bride. Ushers were Garland WEATHERS and Earl GARRETT of Mart.
A reception at the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.M. YOWELL, 700 North Eleventh street, following the wedding. The wedding cake, embossed with a large rose surrounded by green leaves, centered the flower decorated dining table. The guests present were: Mr. and Mrs. R.J. YOWELL and Mr. and Mrs. Mason YOWELL of Dallas.
Gifts from the bride to her attendants were small gold pins engraved with the date of the wedding. The bridegroom presented his attendants with collar pins.
Mr. and Mrs. CLARK left Monday night for New Orleans, La., on their wedding journey. They will make their home in De Leon.
The bride, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.M. YOWELL, was graduated from the high school here. After attending Baylor a term, she was a student a business college, and until her marriage was connected with a local finance company.
Mr. CLARK is in the railroad business in De Leon.
Last Thursday evening W.W. NANCE, popular produce merchant, gave a banquet to his employees who are engaged in departmental work at his produce house, weighers, bookkeepers, graders, inspectors, packers, counters, engineers, etc., there being about twenty of the number. A fine young tom turkey was sent up to Mrs. FOSTER’s Café and roasted to a queen’s taste and served with dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, combination salad, and perhaps a few other side dishes, the meal being topped off with near beer, ginger ale, and cigars.
Just after dark, Mr. NANCE came back to the Free Press Linotype machine where the Free Press editor was "doing time" and asked if we could take time to come down about 9:30 and help devour the bird. We could! And We Did.
Those present for the occasion, all of whom made an after dinner speech were: W.W. NANCE, Maurice ABLON, T.V. BELL, Mr. HAWKINS, Henry ALEXANDER, Maurice NANCE, Carroll BAILEY, Boob WHEAT, W.W. NANCE, Sr., Paul HOWELL, Walter BAILEY, J.P. HOWELL, Albert CUNNINGHAM, Pete NANCE, Tom NANCE, Clarence ALSHOMP, H.H. STRINGFELLOW, Johnnie HAYNES, R.C. CARTER and R.L. SCOTT.
Mr. M. JOHNSTON is moving to Duster this week.
Miss Rubye Lee REED spent the night with Miss Ressie BURLESON and they attended the party at Marcell HIGGINBOTHAMS’.
Mr. G.H. BAIRD and Mr. Ben HANEY went to De Leon Monday on school business.
Johnnie BURLESON and Hickson BAIRD announce they with their western wolf dogs have chased all the wolves from Comanche co.
Mr. and Mrs. Grady MOHON have moved to Comyn.
Miss Ina CARAWAY has a class in expression.
C.M. CARAWAY shipped a car of sheep to Fort Worth last week.
R.L. SPRUILL shipped a car of cattle to Fort Worth the first of the week.
Mr. and Mrs. W.H. HUGHES and children of Abilene were week-end guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. WATSON.
Mr. Edward MAY, a former graduate of the Desdemona high school, and who recently has been attending a medical college in Arkansas, has returned to his home here to visit his relatives and friends.
Mr. C.W. CHERRY has sold his grocery store to Mr. W.H. TRICE. Besides taking over the entire stock of goods Mr. TRICE has also added a complete line of dry goods. We wish you success Mr. TRICE.
©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.