De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, January 2, 1925

Mr. J.C. O’Niel Died Wednesday

Mrs. J.C. O’NIEL, wife of an employee of De Leon Compress & Warehouse Co., died at their home in the north-west portion of the city at 1:30 o’clock p.m. Wednesday. Mrs. O’NIEL had been ill the past months, and seriously so the past few weeks. The cause of her death is reported as cancer.

Mrs. O’NIEL was born in 1882, being therefore 42 years of age. She was the mother5 of one child, Urbna, a boy of 15, who besides the husband is left to mourn her loss. She was converted at an early age and became a member of the Baptist church, living a consistent member therein until the time of her death. Her marriage to Mr. O’NIEL occurred in 1904.

Funeral service was conducted at the family residence at 3:00 o’clock Thursday and the body laid to rest at De Leon cemetery. Sympathy is extended the bereaved ones.

Mrs. Mary Bills Died Sunday P.M. At The Age Of 87

Mrs. Mary BILLS, the aged mother of R.Q. BILLS and Mrs. Howard D’SPAIN, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard D’SPAIN at 6:45 after a lingering illness, at the age of 87. The funeral will be conducted by Rev. F.H. HOLMES, pastor of the First Christian church, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard D’SPAIN.

Deceased came to Texas in 1849 from Tennessee, and came to Cisco from Moran about fifteen years ago. Since her residence here she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. D’SPAIN. Rearing a large family, she is survived by Mrs. Howard D’SPAIN and R.Q. BILLS of Cisco, Tom BILLS of Padgett, Texas, John William and Edward BILLS of Mangum, Okla., Lee BILLS of De Leon, and Mrs. Mattie COOPER of Doxie, Okla.

The above relates to the mother of Lee BILLS of this city, whom many De Leon people know well. Free Press editor once lived in the city of Cisco and while there made our home with Grandmother BILLS and shall never forget her kindness. During those months we came to know and appreciate the gentle character and motherly nature of this good woman, her natural refinement and cultural attainments, for she was highly educated, spoke French fluently, and was well posted on the progress of the world during the long years after she left college and became a mother and home maker. She was in Texas at a time when it took courage and strength of mind and body to cope with the problems of frontier life, and she filled the place of a pioneer mother in a manner that causes her to be remembered only as a heroine and a strong moral and Christian character. Peace be to the tired, worn body and an abundant entrance into the life everlasting. – Editor

Miss Emma Collie Died At Gorman Monday Evening

The death of Miss Emma COLLIE at Gorman occurred at Gorman in the early portion of Monday evening, December 29th, at the home of her mother, Mrs. T.M. COLLIE. She had been ill the past year of an incurable malady and death came as a blessed relief from much suffering. The coming of the grim messenger always brings his toll of sadness, but it is sad indeed when one so young and whose life held so much of promise is called to yield up life and pass into the cold embrace of death.

Miss COLLIE, as sister of Mrs. A.M. ALLEN of this city, was well known in De Leon, having visited here often and was quite popular among the young people.

In Gorman where she was reared she was much loved by everyone, her beauty of life and character being such as to win the love and admiration of all with whom she came in contact.

Born in 1895, Miss Emma had reached the age of 29 years when death came. She was at Carlsbad several months in the Sanitarium but reached that institution too late for the most skilled specialists to arrest the progress of her malady. She had been at home some two or three months before death came. Funeral service was held at the Gorman Methodist church Tuesday afternoon with many hundreds of her friends present to pay their last respects. Afterwards burial took place at the cemetery where great heaps of beautiful flowers attested to the loving esteem in which she was held.

Lord – Johnson

One of the most impressive weddings of the year was solemnized Christmas morning at the St. Paul’s Episcopal church when Miss Marjorie LORD of this city became the bride of Earnest Clayton JOHNSON of De Leon.

The church was elaborately decorated in Christmas greens, smilax and candles. Over all was a bright star, seeming to throw a ray as of blessing over the scene. Smilax was twined about the pulpit and also the altar. On the alter was a mass of candles, shedding a soft light throughout the church; Mingled with the greens were vases of white carnations, making the entire setting one of white and green.

As Miss Mary MANN, at the organ, began the first notes of the song an expectant hush fell over those assembled to witness the ceremony and Miss Grace Helen ELTING sang, "I Love You Truly," that song that never fails to appeal. As Miss Mann began the Wedding March from Lohengrin, the ushers, Charles WILSON and Walter BOONE entered, followed by the maid of honor, Miss Elizabeth LORD. Then came the flower girl, Reba LORD and the ring bearer, Lucile LORD. Miss LORD entered on the arm of her father and joined Mr. JOHNSON at the altar. The ceremony was very beautiful and impressive, Rev. SWIFT officiating.

The bride was charmingly gowned in an ensemble suit of beaver color, with beaver fur on the collar. Her hose, shoes and gloves were in harmony, and her hat, a soft orange made from a combination of moiré ribbon and straw, blended in with the rest of her costume giving an effect very becoming. She carried an arm bouquet of pink rosebuds and fern.

Mrs. JOHNSON is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest LORD of this city and one of the most attractive and talented of Navasota’s young ladies. She graduated from high school here in 1921, and up until this year has been attending the John Tarleton College at Stephenville, Texas. This year she has been teaching at Roans Prairie, Texas.

Mr. JOHNSON is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. C.A. JOHNSON of Lorenzo, Texas. He graduated from A.&M. and has proved himself worthy wherever he has been.

Mr. and Mrs. JOHNSON left on the 11:17 Christmas morning for Fort Worth for a short honeymoon. After that they will be at home at De Leon, Texas. The many friends of both bride and bridegroom wish them all the joys and happiness that can be theirs in their future life together. – Navasota News

Sloan – Spruill

At the home of Rev. Z.L. BLANTON, Blanket, Texas, Christmas Eve, at 5:00 o’clock, R.L. SPRUILL and Miss Dixie SLOAN were united in marriage. Rev. BLANTON, who officiated, being the same minister who performed at the wedding of the bride’s parents.

A few friends from both Comanche and Comyn attended the wedding.

Mrs. SPRUILL is the third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P.C. SLOAN of Gorman where she was born and reared. She has been a member of the Methodist church in Comanche for several years. For the past few years she has been engaged in teaching, and is now teaching her fourth term as primary teacher in the Comyn school, which bespeaks her standing in that community.

Mr. SPRUILL is the son of Mrs. M.E. SPRUILL of Comyn and is a progressive, energetic and worthy young man, highly respected by all who know him.

Business Change

Announcement is made of a business change in which BUTLER & MALLENEE relinquish their lease on the Holden Garage and Mr. LOGSDEN, late of Desdemona, takes charge. Mr. LOGSDON has been foreman for the Bruce Motor Co. of Desdemona for several years and is a thorough going mechanic and business manager. Mr. LOGSDON will doubtless have some announcement to make to the public before long.

Oliver Springs

Mr. BOWEN was buried in the Oliver Springs cemetery Monday evening. He was a one time resident of Oliver Springs but lived the last years in Gorman.

G.H. BAIRD is just recovering from the mumps.

Local and Personal

John WEAVER, now working in Dallas, was home for Christmas.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. ROSS were home from Waco with relatives and friends during Christmas.

Mrs. J.K. BATEMAN was here from Canton for Christmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.J. RUSSELL

Herbert and Wayne WEAVER have returned to Baylor to resume their studies.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert WEAVER were here from Dallas for the holidays with home folks.

Mrs. Virginia MOSELEY, mother of Mrs. J.N. JOINER, was here during the past week, guest of her daughter.

Free Press editor spent a couple of days over the past week end with his mother and sisters at San Angelo.

L.D. PARKS, who has been in El Paso for the last few months, came in Monday for a visit with his mother.

Poe GREER was at home for Christmas with his father, W.L. GREER, and other relatives and friends.

Clayton BLACK, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. BLACK, was here from Olton during the past week.

Misses Lela and Lillian MOHON, who teach near Gorman, were here during the holidays.

Miss Bertha ROSS has returned to Stamford to resume her work as instructor in mathematics in the high school at that place.

Miss Patsy RUSSELL, now working in El Paso, was spending the past week here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.J. RUSSELL.

Dr. Sam WEAVER was home from Dallas for Christmas with his mother, Mrs. T.P. WEAVER, and other relatives and frinds.

Mr. and Mrs. Lyman E. FOREST and daughter, Geraldine, have returned to Ranger where he is teaching as principle in the high school.

B. J. PITTMAN, Jr., who is now living at Dallas, was at home for a brief visit with his parents during the holidays.

Eugene GRISSOM, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. R.J. GRISSOM of Rt. 4, came Christmas for a brief visit with his parents. His home is in Tennessee.

Mrs. J.N. JOINER had as her guest during Christmas, her sisters, Mrs. T.L. HILL and husband and Mrs. J.S. FREEMAN and daughter, Beverly, of Abilene.

Ralph PITTMAN has resumed his studies at Baylor University, Waco, after spending two weeks at home. He is in his senior year, taking the course in law.

Mr. and Mrs. W.T. GEORGE, who have been in western Texas for some time have returned.

Mr. K.M. VANZANDT and children of De Leon visited C.S. DRY and family last Tuesday.

Grover C. MORRIS returned to Denver after Christmas following a visit in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. MORRIS.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Moore EVANS returned to their home at Wichita Falls after a Christmas visit in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN.

State University students spending Christmas at home were Miss Lois SHORT, Messers. Byron SHORT, Goen and William WHITE, Owen NABORS, Dale WILSON, Arl LIGHTFOOT, Layne MORELAND, all of whom have returned there to resume their work.

A good citizen that De Leon territory can ill afford to lose is leaving this week for an adopted home in the west. Mr. and Mrs. J.R. HATTOX and children of Rt. 2, left Thursday for Stamford where they will reside, their new home being nine miles south of Stamford, on Rt. A. Mr. HATTOX has a brother living there who has lived in the west for a number of years. The Free Press, as well as a large circle of friends throughout this entire community, regret to lose these good people, but wish for them success in their new home.

©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.