De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, January 30, 1925

Community Suffers Loss In Passing Of A Good Citizen

The Free Press made brief mention in last issue of the death of W.R. (Bob) SADBERRY, which occurred at his home at St. Joe following a nine-day illness of pneumonia. Mr. SADBERRY’s illness followed that of his 19-year-old son, Dale, the son having recovered. However, so severely ill was his [illegible] that Mr. ADBERRY felt from the first of his own illness that he would not recover. His death was a distinct shock to the community in which he lived, few men holding a higher place in the esteem of neighbors and friends than he.

Mr. SADBERRY was reared in this community. He was an upright and honorable citizen, a devout Christian, a successful farmer, and devoted to his family and home. In his business dealings he was counted as among the highest type of citizen, always fulfilling his business obligations to the letter, a man with whom it was a pleasure to deal.

The Free Press editor feels a personal loss in the passing of Mr. SADBERRY, whom we have known for many years, and we know the business men of De Leon, as a whole, share in this sentiment.

William Robert (Bob) SADBERRY was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Asa SADBERRY. He was born March 10th, 1880. On October the 13th, 1900, he was married to Miss Safrona TERR…[illegible], daughter of Mrs. R.L. W---. To this union were born five children, Carl, who died in infancy; Mrs. Fred ADCOCK, Dale, [illegible name], and W----[possibly Wesley].

At an early age Bob was united with the Methodist church. He was a noble Christian……[several lines illegible].

Bob will be remembered in more places than one…….He was ever ready to help any of his neighbors. In fact, he was a real neighbor. The church will miss him. As has already been seen. The Sunday school will miss him. There was a sorrowing congregation that met at the little country church on Sunday morning at the usual hour for Sunday school and studied God’s word without their leader. It seems that the Church and Sunday school together with the entire community will miss him almost as much as the home will.

Bob was sick just nine days. All that human hearts and hands could do was done to help him recover but to no avail. On Thursday, January 22, 1925 God claimed him to live with him. – Contributed

[Transcriber’s note: Unfortunately, much of this obituary was very faded. Perhaps a better microfilm reader would enhance the faded section enough to increase legibility.]

Pastor’s Grandson Died At Dallas

Rev. and Mrs. W.A. NEILL are home from Dallas where their baby grandson, aged about two months, died and was buried last week. The little one had never been ill in the brief span of life given him. Death occurred on Wednesday and burial Thursday of last week.

New Manager At Holden Motor Co. Now Wheeler Garage

Mr. J.H. WHEELER is the newest addition to the business personnel of De Leon, coming here from Gorman to take charge of Holden Motor Co. Mr. WHEELER has been in Lamesa of late, but had returned to Gorman when this splendid opening occurred, and he came here to take advantage of it.

Those who take their patronage to the new "Wheeler Garage" may feel sure of first class service as Mr. WHEELER has had a number of years experience as an automobile mechanic working for five years with one of the leading garages of Gorman before going into the west. He will back up his work with a strict guarantee, and invites the patronage of De Leon motor owners.

Home Grocery Closed

A.B. LLOYD, owner and manager of The Home Grocery, closed his doors of business the last of the week and will not reopen, it is reported. The Free Press has no information as to the cause of the suspension of this good firm.

Café Changed Hands, Powell To Farrow

Dad POWELL last week sold his lunch counter, located in the south half of the Will Howard building, to Sid FARROW, and Mr. FARROW is now in charge. FARROW & DYSON had previously sold their café in the Howe building to Mr. SEWELL of Dublin.

Local News

Mrs. E.A. FLETCHER was on the streets Thursday greeting her many friends after having a serious operation in the Gorman Sanitarium in November.

Mr. and Mrs. W.S. GLOVER are the proud parents of a 11 ½ pound baby girl, born into their home, Saturday, Jan. 24th. Sandy has been laying off this week, but if he knew as much about what’s coming as some of the balance of us, he’d be trying to get in two days at a time. Both little Dorothy Jean and her mother are doing nicely.

Arthur RAINES, employed for the past several years in clerical work with the late A.E. HAMPTON, and later with Lloyd HAMTON, has been tendered an excellent position with the Board of Pardons at Austin and will accept.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim DUPRIEST and children left this week for Las Cruces, New Mexico, to make their home. Mr. DUPRIEST will try his hand at farming in the upper Rio Grande valley under irrigation. Free Press wishes them much success. Mr. DUPRIEST has a brother living there.

Mr. and Mrs. Grady TERRILL are the parents of a baby girl, born to them some days ago.

R.J. WILIAMSON, who has been employed as brakeman for the Katy during the fall, has returned to his home at Iredell.

Those attending the W.R. SADBERRY funeral from Graham, all relatives of deceased, were: Mr. and Mrs. John SADBERRY and son, Elic; Mr. and Mrs. Robert LINDLEY and baby; Mr. and Mrs. Isaac MAHAN and children and Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie MOORE. They arrived Wednesday and were with him until his death Thursday afternoon and remained to attend the funeral services.

Katy Komment

R.L. WHALEY is back from Waco where he underwent an operation for appendicitis. He is doing nicely.

J.W. FOSTER, who has been attending business matters in Old Mexico, has returned and resumed work with the Katy.

B.S. SLATON is a regular passenger brakeman now.

W.T. JETTON came in from west end having been "bumped" by W.R. MAHON.

Henry PETERSON relieved Engineer MAHON on the Albany "Dodger."

Rollie HILL, who has been sick lately, is able to be out again.

Tom BARNARD is back at work again after recovering from an injury.

Henry SHOOK has bumped Lee BARTON on the branch run.

Lee BARTON has relieved E.B. WILLIAMSON on the east local.

Babe HILL, who has been off for several months, is still unable to return to work, but is reported doing as well as could be expected.


Mr. HEFLIN, photographer from Comanche, was here Friday taking pictures of the school.

There is quite a bit of sickness in this community and school attendance is very bad.

Mr. and Mrs. G.R. GOOSBY and family spent Sunday with relatives in Comanche.

Miss Craig DRY has returned from an extended visit with relatives.

On last Wednesday evening the Booster’s Club gave a box supper. The Comyn Orchestra furnished music while the crowd was gathering in. The carnival which was under the management of Mr. TERRY was enjoyed by the old as well as by the young. After the boxes were sold, two cakes were given away, one to the prettiest girl and one to the ugliest boy. Miss Maggie DICKEY of Comyn and Mr. Emmett LOCK of De Leon captured the cakes. The proceeds from the entertainment amounted to about $80. This money is to be used in constructing a driveway up to the school building.

Duster News

Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCLELLAN spent the week end with Joe HAYNES of Strawn.

Miss Clyde COAN of De Leon spent the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. I.J. COAN.

Miss Ruth HOPPER, one of the Duster teachers, visited her sister of De Leon Saturday and Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. A.L. JENKINS and family visited relatives at Turkey Creek Friday night.

Mr. Aubrey ECHOLS is sick at the Blackwell Sanitarium at Gorman.

Desdemona News

Fire of undetermined origin destroyed the home of Clyde MOON Tuesday afternoon. The loss is estimated at $600.00. The fire department reached the scene too late to save the building for the flames had spread too wide to be extinguished.

The City Commercial Club has elected officers as follows: O.R. WEAVER, president; T.J. PATTERSON, vice-president; R.V. NABORS, secretary. This is a newly organized club, and has for its purpose the improvement and beautification of the city.

Mrs. T.W. STARK went to Comanche last Wednesday to purchase flowers for the Eastern Star Chapter.

Concord News

Miss Rudell DYSON spent the weekend with her sister, Mrs. Floyd MOORE of Desdemona.

D.L. MALONE and family visited their daughter, Mrs. Sullivan MAUNEY who is ill near Gorman.

Mrs. C.C. MILLER, who has been suffering from blood poison in her hand, is reported to be some better.

Mr. Charlie BLASSINGAME and family have moved into our community and are welcome by all. The children are now in school.

While our teacher, Miss Tommie STARK, was returning to her home at Comanche from the box supper Friday night, the car ran off a culvert and turned over breaking several bones. It is thought that she was not seriously hurt for she is now teaching.

Round Grove News

Orvall R"OSS has the mumps. Herd GILDERS children are having the mumps.

W.M. RIPPETOE, who has been quite sick for several days, is better at present.

The doctor was called in to see little Wayne GILDER, and Dorothy ROSS. They are better.

Mrs. Herbert LOVELACE has been confined to her bed for several days.

Mrs. Jim RIPPETOE was carried to Gorman last Thursday where she underwent an operation. She is now doing nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. Morgan ROSS are rejoicing over the arrival of a new baby girl, January 22. Both mother and baby are doing well. She was christened Caroline Tom ROSS. Mrs. ROSS expects to leave for their home near Sudan soon. – Ernest RIPPETOE

©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.