De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, January 23, 1925

W.R. (Bob) Sadberry Died At St. Joe Thursday, Cause Was Pneumonia

The Free Press learned with extreme regret of the death of Bob SADBERRY at St. Joe which occurred just at the hour of going to press Thursday afternoon. The cause was pneumonia.

Mrs. C.N. Lighthill Victim of Stroke of Paralysis

Last Wednesday at noon Mrs. C. N. LIGHTHILL of this city was stricken with paralysis and has since been in a critical condition at her home in the south portion of the city. She was engaged in cooking dinner at the time the misfortune befell her and fell on the stove, sustaining burns on her arm, this injury, however, being minor considering the seriousness [remainder of sentence illegible].

Mrs. LIGHTHILL had done the family washing during the morning and this may or may not have augmented the attack just at this particular time. Indeed, the cause of paralysis, or the time of its coming, is among the extreme uncertainties of life. She has been unconscious the greater portion of the time since her attack and has not improved.

The unfortunate woman has had the best of medical attention and a trained nurse is constantly in attendance at her bedside. Besides these, the members of the Rebekah order have been in constant attendance, she being a prominent member of this popular organization. If the care of good nursing and the sympathies of her fraternity sisters and friends can avail, then she will recover.

Mother of Jeff Smith Passed Away Was True Pioneer

In San Jacinto Co. Oct. 1, 1844, Miss Martha A. FOSTER was born. There she grew to womanhood, experienced much of pioneer life in Texas. Her parents having moved there before the revolution, and helped fight to gain Texas independence, Gov. WOODS was their nearest neighbor and it was with his daughter she chummed during her girlhood days.

It was interesting to hear her tell of the experience those early settlers had with the numerous wild animals, panthers, bears, wild cats and others that roamed the Trinity bottom at that time.

In her teens she was married to Henry WATSON and moved to Grimes Co. To this union was born one son, who now lives in Richmond, Va. Her husband volunteered to join the Confederate forces and lost his life in the battle of Manassas. She then returned to her father’s home.

Later she was married to Nathan SMITH, and to this union were born three children, one died in infancy, Sallie, mother of Nannie Ried NABORS of San Antonio and G.W. RIED, Jr. of De Leon died 1895 and Jeff of DeLeon who still survive.

They came to Comanche county in 1883 and settled in the Oliver Springs community where she experienced the frontier life of the then West Texas. Her husband died in 1905. She has since made her home with her son, Jeff, who moved from Oliver Springs to De Leon some fifteen years ago.

Monday evening at 9:20 Mother SMITH, as she was commonly called, quietly slipped away to make her home in the sky. This is the way she expressed it with her own lips. When on Sunday evening about six, she told her loved ones if she was not better by morning she would make her bed in the sky.

Mother SMITH had been a patient sufferer for the past two years with Creeping Paralysis. We who knew her best, know that somewhere her sweet, gentle spirit is at rest. In early life she professed Christ, united with the Baptist Church. Her life has been an exemplary one, gentle, kind, unselfish, unassuming, never claiming more than "A Sinner Saved by Grace." On Tuesday evening she was laid to rest in the Oliver Springs cemetery just a few hundred yards from the home where she had spent the greater part of her life.

We miss you dear Mother

But the Lord knows best

When He called thee from thy suffering

To a perfect rest. – Contributed

Dublin Man Buys Farrow-Dyson Café

J.F. SEWELL of Dublin arrived in the city some days ago, having purchased the Farrow & Dyson Café in the Howe Building. Mr. SEWELL will continue the business as a lunch counter and confectionery, handle fish and oysters, and perhaps cold drinks in season. It will be his policy to maintain an up-to-date restaurant, short order service, good coffee, pastries, etc. The place is open until after the night trains. Prompt and courteous service and plenty of "good eats". Pay him a visit.

Two De Leon Boys Win Honors At Okla. State Uni.

The Free Press is in receipt of a message from the director of publicity of the Oklahoma State University telling of a recent honor won by two De Leon High school graduates, now students in that institution. They are Milton ALLGOOD and Robert L. NOELL, both students in medicine.

These two well-known De Leon young men won a cash prize for the best dissection of the perineum, the message stated, the prizes carrying with its great honor. The boys are to be congratulated upon their success in the pursuance of their couse toward higher learning.

W.O.W. and Woodman Circle Install Officers

A large crowd of members witnessed the installation ceremony of the Woodmen of the World and the Woodman Circle at the I.O.O.F. hall at 8:00 o’clock last Friday evening.

A social hour was spent with lots of fun and enthusiasm, the games being engaged by all present. Music [illegible] throughout the evening by the musician, Mrs. Ruby MOHON.

At a late hour, after enjoying a sumptuous spread, all departed for their homes declaring the meeting a huge success and hoping that many more of these good times and Get-Together meeting will come soon again.

The Woodman Circle officers installed for the ensuing year are: Guardian, Mrs. J.T. PLEMMONS; Advisor, Mrs. W.S. SNEED; Chaplain, Mrs. W.L. STEAKLEY; Past Guardian, Mrs. W.T. JETTON; Clerk, Mrs. O.L. THOMPSON; Banker, Miss Maurine THOMPSON; Attendant, Mrs. WARE; Assistant Attendant, Mrs. O.M. BUCHAN; Musician, Mrs. John MOHON; Inner Sentinel, Mrs. A.K. BENDER; Outer Sentinel, Mrs. Lena MOHON; Junior Supervisor, Mrs. John MOHON; Manager, Mrs. Fred HEFLIN.


Mr. Henry A. ANDERSON of this city died at Kerrville, Texas, September 28, 1924.

Brother ANDERSON was an ex-soldier and the disease that caused his death was contracted while in the army. He had gone to Kerrville hoping the climate would improve his health, but he steadily grew worse until death claimed him.

He was married a few years ago to Miss Monie STONE and she and two small children survive him. Our hearts go out in sympathy to his bereaved ones.

Bro. ANDERSON had been a member of De Leon Rebekah Lodge about six months and though ill health prevented his attending lodge regularly we feel that had he lived he would have been a valuable member, and would have done much to make De Leon Rebekah Lodge No. 30 better and stronger. – Mrs. J.W. HOWARD, Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN, Committee


We, the members of De Leon Rebekah Lodge No. 30, wish to express our deep sorrow at the loss of our sister, Ina Euphrates McGUIRE. It was while she was at the Blackwell Sanitarium on the evening of June `1, the death angel summoned her to her eternal home. She left a husband, three children, four brothers, two sisters, a host of relations and friends to mourn her death.

We do not understand why this beloved member was taken from our midst, but we know that God is too wise to make mistakes and too good to be unkind and He doeth all things well. We commend her loved ones to His keeping.

We realize in the going of sister McGUIRE the husband has sustained the loss of a loving wife; the children a devoted mother; the lodge, a faithful member.

She had been a Rebekah about a year and her activities and enthusiasm for lodge work endeared her to the hearts of all. In many ways she manifested the true Rebekah spirit. She was always in her place when possible and willingly did what she could for the good of the order. Let us reserve a place in our hearts and memories for her.

When death cast the inevitable shadow over her, it was gently done – the lines that marked her sufferings smoothed away and her face resumed a look of youth. How pretty she was as she lay in her beautiful casket surrounded by flowers and clasping in her hand a fresh white rose. – Mrs. J.W. HOWARD, Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN, Committee


One of the brightest jewels of our Lodge and city fell asleep in Jesus, Tuesday, November 11, 1924, when Mrs. Louise ROSS went home to God.

Our hearts were saddened beyond expression when news of her death came to us, but God always deserves and wants the best so he took Louise.

She with her father’s family moved to De Leon three years ago where she resided until her death. About a year ago she was married to Jeff ROSS of this city.

She was a consistent member of the Baptist church having taught a Sunday School class several months previous to her death. She was also a member of the De Leon Rebekah Lodge and we keenly feel our loss.

She was laid to rest in De Leon cemetery November 12. The grave was a perfect mound of flowers.

[poem follows] Mrs. J.W. HOWARD, Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN, Committee

New Hope News

We all regret very much to see Mr. and Mrs. Jim DUPRIEST leaving for their new home in New Mexico, but wish them all the good luck that can be wished to anyone.

The box supper here had great success Friday night and sixty dollars was raised. Miss Tot McCHAREN got the cake for the prettiest girl, and Miss Ruby DIXON got the one for the ugliest. We thank all the boys for their help.

Mr. and Mrs. HUCKABEE are spending the week with their daughter, Mrs. H.M. JOHNSON.

Mr. and Mrs. BURR are going to make their home at the McKemie place for the coming year.

Robinson Springs

Mrs. T.J. MACON and son, R.L. MACON, are on the sick list this week.

Messrs. Guy and Hiram HOOPER who have been working in the oil field at Mexia returned home Sunday on account of illness.

Claudia LOGSDON, Ralph STEWART, Opal TARRANCE, Lillie Mae CHATHAM, Opal CLARK, Henry STEWART, Mozelle CLARK, Cecil TARRANCE, Francis CLARK, C.L. TARRANCE, Mrs. Ballard CLARK, Katie Fae MORGAN, Merritt HARRIS, Bernice CHATHAM and Emory HOBBS attended the singing Sunday night at Jakehamon.

Mrs. W.A. HARRIS, who was sick so long with appendicitis was able to spend Sunday with Mrs. J.I. CHATHAM.

©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.