De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, February 13, 1925

Another Good Man Answered Last Roll Call

The end of the earthly life of a good man was ushered in on Sunday night, February 8th, 1925, the last chapter recorded, the final summons heard and answered, when M.A. (Gus) PATTERSON, a man who was honored and respected by all who knew him, passed from the earthly stage of action. Although he lived his life well, "hewed to the line" in things of principle, and stood four square with the world, finishing his course with a good report and earned his everlasting reward, those left behind cannot but feel the weight of sadness that he is gone.

"Uncle Gus" lived at De Leon about twenty-eight years. He reared his family to be men and women upon whom other men and women could rely. He stood for the things in life that build character and add to the social welfare. He was a consistent Christian for fifty years and a member of the Baptist church. His membership had been with the Liberty Baptist church for many years. He was a Mason also, and his Masonic brethren of Armstrong Lodge, who stood by him in life, also were with him in death, with loyal and loving hands placing his mortal remains in their last resting place.

Pneumonia was the cause of death. He was stricken on Friday, February 6th and the end came speedily, attended by a brief period of intense suffering. Sunday evening at about dusk he became unconscious. His children watched anxiously at his bedside until just ten minutes before midnight he threw up his hands as if seized by an intense pain, then settled back upon his pillow and was dead!

M.A. PATTERSON was born in Green county, Ala., on July 3rd, 1846, being thus 78 years 7 months and 5 days of age. He moved with his parents to Pontotoc county Miss. When eleven years of age, or in 1857. He took part in the Civil war and was married in about 1866 to Miss Ann ROGERS. To them were born nine children, one dying in infancy. Two other sons, Dr. Marcelaus and Ernest grew to manhood and died here, being buried in De Leon cemetery. The living children are Mrs. Willie NOWLIN, Rotan, W.T. PATTERSON, Hamlin; Reeves PATTERSON, Rotan; Miss Estelle PATTERSON, Rotan; and Guy PATTERSON, Rotan. One brother, T.P. PATTERSON, and one sister, Mrs. J.C. HOOKER, survive him. His wife died in 1888.

In 1896 Mr. PATTERSON moved with his family from Mississippi and settled near De Leon, having re-married in 1891 to Mrs. Laura PITTMAN. His second wife preceded him to the better world by just half a year, dying last August. It was after her death that he went to live with his daughter, Miss Estelle.

A large number of friends and neighbors gathered at the Baptist church here Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 and heard Rev. Willie SKAGGS speak words of comfort to those whose hearts were made sad by the passing of this great and good man. Afterward his body was taken to De Leon Cemetery and laid to rest there.

Billie Williams Operated At Dallas

Billie WILLIAMS, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. WILLIAMS, who has had a severe attack of pneumonia, was carried to Dallas early in the week and an operation for removal of pus settled on the bottom of his lung performed Wednesday morning. He is recovering.

Banana Peel Causes Death of Shine Boy

Charlie REDDE, the colored shine boy who has been employed at the Post Office barber shop until about two weeks ago, died Friday night from the effects of a fall he received at that time. Walking up the alley between the post office and Hartman building, he slipped on a banana peel and fell over a guy wire of a telephone pole. From injuries received in this fall, he was confined to his bed until his death Friday night. His mother arrived here from Cameron and will likely ship his body to that place for burial. – Cisco Daily News

New Blacksmith Shop Now Open

Frank HOLLAND, experienced blacksmith who has lived at Lingeville for a good many years, has come to De Leon and opened a blacksmith business on the lot just north of Higginbotham Bros. & Co. hardware, just across the street from Foust Lumber Co. and Ried Auto Supply Co. Mr. HOLLAND traveled about over west Texas, covering a wide area, he stated, and found no location that appealed to him quite as much as De Leon.

Mr. HOLLAND is experienced in all kinds of blacksmithing but particularly so in horseshoeing, he stated, and invites the trade of the De Leon public.

Katy Komment

Brakeman E.R. WILLIAMSON [may be F.R.] was called to Dallas to see his wife who was taken ill while visiting her daughter, Mrs. A.F. POLNAC, Jr. and found it necessary to bring her home to Iredell.

A.P. SCHMIDT has relieved conductor MORROW on Albany dodger on account of conductor SCHMIDT’s car being pulled off.

Engineer Henry PEEVY is off his run, entertaining a case of the mumps.

We were sorry to hear of the illness and death of fireman COCHRAN’s father, who passed away at Cisco. He has our sympathy.

Harrison WALKER has given up passenger run and has taken east local with conductor WRIGHT.

George COZBY, who has been off several days sick is back on his run again.

Mr. and Mrs. A.A. APPLEBY received a telegram Wednesday morning of the serious illness of their daughter in Oklahoma and left immediately for that place.

C.H. TIDWELL, wife, and daughter, Walden and son J.Meg, were called to Iredell last Monday to be at the bedside of his sister, Mrs. E.B. WILLIAMSON, who is seriously ill.


John J. HORN went to Rockwall early in the week where it was reported his sister died.

Mr. and Mrs. L.D. PARKS and little daughter, Barbara, left Monday for El Paso where they will make their home.

W.L. SAULTER was in Waco the last of the week in consultation with a specialist.

Guy H. HARMON, formerly popular druggist in De Leon, now engaged in the same business at Waxahachie, was attending to business and visiting his mother. Mrs. G.E. MURPHREY here on Wednesday of this week.

Mrs. Jas. T. ROSS has returned from a visit in Dallas with her daughter, Mrs. Chas. BARTLETT.

North Ward Honor Roll for Five Months

1st Grade: Oneta POPE, Reta CORLIN, Oleta SMITH, Chrystal HOLLEMAN, Alma D. TUBBS, Lillian BOYD, L.D. MERRITT, Edna LOGGINS, Lee MALONEE

2nd Grade: Edgar DENDY, Taylor MORRIS, W.M. WALKER, Thomas NEILL, Merle RICH, Ina SMITH, Ruby Lee TAYLOR, La Moyne WOODWARD

3rd Grade: Ferguson TATE, J.D. VESTAL, Ava DUKE, Francis NORRY, Oro Fay FRANKS

4th Grade: Iva WIDEMON

6th Grade: Geneva COLAY, Mattie Ruth RIDDLE

Honor Roll South Ward for Five Months

1ST Grade: Spencer LIGHTFOOT, Ruby TODD

2nd Grade: Doris MORTON, Pansy MULLOY, Louise GREENWALDT, Dorothy Nell EASTERLING, Wesley ELIFF, Edd GLOVER

3rd Grade: Halwyn JOHNSTON, Walter McIVER, Billie SNEAD, Nell NABORS, Buel SNEAD, Doris WHITE

4th Grade: Myrie MOHON, Lenora FINKLESTINE, Oleta NABORS, Thomas HOLDEN, Thomas UNDERWOOD, Theron BUCHAN, Wayne MONTGOMERY, Anthon LEIGEN, Alexander ALLEN, Sam GLOVER, Bernard Van ZANDT

5th Grade: Enda Earl COZBY, Eloise NANCE, Ona Mae PEEK, Clarence FOSTER, Connor JETTON

6th Grade: Clyde FERRELL, LaVerne STRICKLAND, Madge IRVIN

7th Grade: Nevine DONOHUE, Francis HARVEY, W.H. JETTON, Dan STEAKLEY


Oscar and Miss Zora SLOAN of Comanche visited relatives here last week.

Uncle Jack HINSON is very sick with the Flu.

S.B. GEORGE has the mumps.

J.C. BAIRD and family of Comanche have moved to Comyn.

Mrs. W.T. HAZZARD gave a birthday party for her little daughter, Devota, last Saturday afternoon. After jolly games, refreshments were served to a host of happy little folks.

Mr. and Mrs. J.J. MONTAGUE are the proud parents of a fine baby boy.

Walter HINSON is home from San Antonio.

Oliver Springs

Miss Della WALL was sick Tuesday afternoon.

Mrs. MILLER has been very sick with the Flu for the past five days.

Oliver Springs girls have organized a ball team. Ruby Lee REED, captain; Francis BAIRD and Priscilla COZART as goal throwers, Ruby Lee REED and Bessie BURLESON as guards. Gladys REED and Buna center players; Gladys center jump.

©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.