De Leon Free Press

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

Enraged Bull Seriously Injured Com. Nath Nabors

But for the timely intervention of Johnnie GRIFFITH, Katy employee, Commissioner Nath NABORS would have been killed by an enraged jersey bull he was attempting to lead along the road near the property of De Leon Pipe Line & Refining Corp, last Sunday morning. Mr. NABORS had gone to the home of Alvin STRINGFELLOW, west of the refinery, at about 8:30 o’clock to get the bull and he was warned of the danger by Mrs. STRINGFELLOW and urged to take along something with which to protect himself. Mr. STRINGFELLOW was not at home.

After driving the animal a short distance Mr. NABORS attempted to lead him. The bull charged upon him suddenly, knocking him from his feet and was crushing his chest with his stubs of horns and pawing his body when GRIFFITH ran up and with a piece of iron pipe beat the enraged animal off. If help had not been near, the enraged animal would without a doubt have killed Mr. NABORS in the space of only a few minutes.

GRIFFITH called C.A. JACKSON, who lived nearby and Mr. JACKSON came with his car and they took the injured man to his home. An hour later, after preliminary medical examination, W.E. LOWE took him in his car to Gorman where he remained unconscious throughout the day at the Blackwell Sanitarium. Late in the afternoon he regained consciousness, and is now improving.

This is the second time this same bull has attempted to take the life of a man. Several months ago he charged upon his owner, Alvin STRINGFELLOW, caught the point of his sharp horn in Mr. STRINGFELLOW’s thigh and ripped the flesh almost to the bone from knee to hip. After that he was dehorned. The bull is a registered jersey, shipped here from Missouri, and is worth $200 or $250.

Frances Russell, 8, Broke Both Arms In Fall From Swing

Martha Frances, 8-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.M. RUSSELL, sustained serious injury when she fell from a swing last Monday afternoon. Both arms were broken, the right arm being broken in three places, one almost in the wrist joint, the other bone of the forearm a few inches above the joint, and the third break was above the elbow. The left arm was broken above the elbow.

The two RUSSELL children, aged 8 and 5, had been allowed to go for an hour’s visit with Doris WHITE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.V. WHITE. Frances attempted to "catch on" to a swing in motion and after swinging a short distance lost her hold on the rope and fell. No adult saw her fall and it is a mystery how she could have fallen in such a manner as to sustain so serious an injury.

Mr. RUSSELL, who is superintendent of De Leon schools, was away at Fort Worth with the judging team from De Leon high school, at the Fat Stock Show and could not be reached by telephone. He returned Monday night, had much car trouble enroute, returning home at four a.m. Tuesday morning without having heard of the accident.

The child was given immediate attention by a local physician and after a brief examination was carried to Gorman for X-ray and to have the broken bones set. She is doing nicely, considering the extent of her injury, being able to go about the house and her parents resumed their work at teaching several days ago.

Steakley Filling Station Plans $2000 Improvement Soon

Announcement is made that Steakley Filling Station will make extensive improvements in the near future the approximate cost will be $2,000. Another wing is to be added to the building, or rather a shed, extending to the north of the main building to their property line, a distance of 39 feet from the present building. Double drive will be laid, in fact a shed practically duplicating the shed now in use will be built toward the north.

The size of the new shed will be 39-30 feet. Two pumps will be added, making a total of five pumps to be in constant use. The size of the concrete drives and approaches, however, will be much larger than the shed. An additional space of 40-70 feet will be covered with concrete drives.

This new addition will make of this filling station one of the largest and most modern in all central-west Texas. The new station is not yet a year old and the investment has proved to be a paying one, as is shown by the extension. The new addition will be completed within the next few weeks.

Thieves Take Eight Casings From St. Joe Cars

Farmers residing near St. Joe, three miles north of town, lost eight casings, which were stolen from their cars on the night of Wednesday, March 4th. The thieves entered the garages and removed the casings during the night.

J.F. McKELVEY lost one casing and his son, Claude, had two casings and rims removed from his car. The theft occurred the night following the burial of Mr. McKELVEY’s son that afternoon.

About a mile from the McKELVEY home on the same night, W.J. SCOTT had two front casings removed from his car and taken, the rear ones not being molested.

Miss McDonald Is Married

Friends of Miss Ninah McDONALD, instructor in De Leon high school the past year, will be interested to hear of her marriage at Sanderson, Texas, to a Mr. MULKEY, some time in January. Mr. MULKEY is employed, it is to be understood, by the Southern Pacific railroad.

Finis Bell Lost Chevrolet Coupe In Fire Monday

The Chevrolet Coupe of Finis BELL was burned on the De Leon-Comyn road in the early part of the night Monday. BELL had loaned the car to Ebb TERRY to make a drive to Comyn where he had business, and the machine caught fire while pulling a sand bed, a quarter of a mile south of the Will HOLLEMAN home, while TERRY was returning. The car had been back firing, TERRY said, and it is presumed the fire originated from a "short" perhaps in the timer or in some part of the wiring.

TERRY observed smoke coming from under the car and stopped to investigate. He found the machine a mass of flames under the floor-boards, the upholstery in the cushion and back of seat being on fire. He piled the dry sand on industriously but the fire was burning underneath where the sand could not reach. The machine was a total loss.

BELL carried about $400 or $500 insurance on the machine. He had driven it about seven months. List price on this class of car is about $800.

Old Timer Now Ninety Years Old Visits Free Press

Uncle Art WARREN who lives in the vicinity of Rucker, now ninety years of age, was in town Wednesday and called at the Free Press office to see about his subscription to the paper. He found that some one of his many friends had advanced his subscription five years during the Free Press contest last winter. Uncle Art said he didn’t have much of this world’s goods but that he did have "friends". The Free Press believes he is right. This venerable old man is well preserved considering his age, goes about easily without assistance, and has retained his faculties in a large measure. The Free Press trusts that he may be spared to see his hundredth milestone pass, and then some.

Jeffrey Confectionery Newest Business

Mrs. J.B. JEFFREY has had the front of their building, opposite Steakley and Walton filling stations, rearranged into a store room and lunch counter and has opened for business with a stock of groceries, confections and cold drinks. The location is ideal to catch the tourist trade, being immediately east and across the street from Steakley’s and across south from Walton’s filling stations, on a corner where the bulk of all the highway traffic passing through De Leon must pass daily.

Mrs. JEFFREY’s expects to do a general grocery business with home folks as well as with the tourists. She will carry the line of Watkins extracts and toilet articles.

Miscellaneous Front Page News

Mrs. Seba KIRKPATRICK, wife of the pastor of the Methodist Church, who has been in sanitarium at Carlsbad since May last year, returned home Thursday having regained her health. A welcome is extended her.

Mr. and Mrs. W.H. WILLIAMS are bringing home their little son, Billie, and they are due to arrive today. He has been in the Baptist Sanitarium, Dallas, and has had a hard fight for his life with fluids settling in two places in his chest. He is not regarded as out of danger but it was thought best to bring him home.

Mrs. E.R. TURNER and little daughter, Miss Kate, and little Miss Dora Kate PALMER of Comanche, were guests the past week-end of the PAINE sisters.

Baptist Church Calls Arizona Man To Pastorate

Rev. J.N. CAMPBELL, Baptist pastor, late of Arizona, now on a visit with relatives at Brownfield, has been called to the pastorate of the Baptist church in this city. Rev. CAMPBELL was here three weeks ago and preached and the church was well pleased, resulting in the call being extended. He has not accepted but is expected to do so.

Mr. CAMPBELL is a university man and a successful pastor. He has held large pastorates during his years in the ministry, including the work at Walters, Okla., Hamilton, and Laredo, Texas.

A telephone call appraised Mr. CAMPBELL early in the week of his selection and he is expected to arrive during the week and his final acceptance or rejection of the work is expected not later than next Sunday.

Later – Rev. CAMPBELL arrived Wednesday and preached Wednesday night, formally accepting the call the church had extended him. He will be in his pulpit at the usual hours Sunday. A cordial invitation is extended to all to hear him.


Mr. and Mrs. Frank KNOX are the proud parents of a baby girl born Sunday afternoon. The mother and baby are doing nicely.

Olen SPEIGEL, son of Mrs. W.B. NANCE, who has spent some two weeks guest of his mother and sister, Mrs. L.C. BILLS, left the last of the week for Portland, Ore., where he is serving as a warrant officer in the army.

J.C. McKENNON and family of Big Spring came last week to attend the funeral of Mrs. M.J. BURKE, to whom Mr. McKENNON was related.

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. BURKE and family of Brownfield were here last week to attend the funeral of his mother, Mrs. M.J. BURKE.

J. Matt Ross, A Long Time Resident, Died Saturday

J. Matt ROSS, prominent farmer and citizen of De Leon, Route 2, for nearly twenty years, died at his home at 8:00 o’clock last Saturday evening, March 7th, 1925, following an illness of long duration. Mr. ROSS suffered from stomach trouble for fifteen years, and was critically ill two months prior to his death. He was acquainted with suffering during his last days upon earth, and since his malady, cancer of the stomach, was an incurable one, death came as a blessed relief.

Mr. ROSS was born in Pontotoc county, Miss. In about 1873 and was hence about 51 years of age. He grew to manhood there and moved with his brother, Frank ROSS, to Durant, Okla. Here he was married to Miss Ila JORDAN and five children were born into their home. They are Claude, Carl, Clara, Cecil and Cyril, the oldest being about twenty three years of age. These together with his good wife survive him. His only brother, Frank ROSS, who resides on Route 2, is his only surviving relative, his parents having passed to the better world years ago.

A number of years ago Mr. ROSS joined the Primitive Baptist Church and was also at one time a member of the Oddfellow Lodge. He was a good neighbor and citizen and a man well established in his convictions. Few men may show characteristics of friendship and neighborliness better than he.

Sunday afternoon a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends followed his casket to De Leon cemetery where it was deposited in its last earthly resting place to await the summons of One who judges the hearts of men. Rev. Willie SKAGGS spoke words of consolation to those whose hearts feel the burden of sadness. Sympathy is extended.

Mrs. M.J. Burke Passed Peacefully Away Friday

Mrs. Mattie J. BURKE, mother of Mrs. Fred HENDERSON, died at the home of her daughter, at 11:30 o’clock in this city last Friday morning, Mar. 6, 1925, following an illness of some days duration. Relatives and friends administered to her in her last hours with hands of love and devotion, but the best nursing and medical attention could not prolong the life of this good woman, who had passed well beyond her three score years and ten, served a good purpose in her fruitful life, and death was accepted as a peaceful and happy consummation.

Mrs. BURKE was born at Hackneyville, Ala., June 21, 1841, being 83 years, 8 months and fifteen days of age when death claimed her. In early youth she was converted and lived a consistent Christian life, true to God and his church for perhaps almost seventy-five years. What an influence for good, what an abundant harvest, what a rich heritage in the world beyond must be her portion!

In 1866 Mrs. BURE was married to J.H.I. BURKE in Alabama and in the year 1884 they moved to Texas, being among the early pioneers to whom so much is due for their sacrifices and hardships endured in a day when living conditions in Texas were fraught with hardships and much hard toil. But these pioneers, sturdy of character and unafraid, blazed the way for the generation now entered into their labors.

Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. BURKE, two of whom survive. They are James H. BURKE of Brownfield, who with the family was here at the funeral of his mother, and Mrs. Fred C. HENDERSON of this city. Mrs. BURKE was a sister of Mrs. A.J. HANDCOCK of this city.

Mrs. A.T. Underhill Died at Roanoke, Texas

Mrs. A.T. UNDERHILL, aged 49 years, wife of A.T. UNDERHILL who formerly lived in the Ebenezer community, and mother of Joe and Robbie UNDERHILL, died at their home at Roanoke, Denton county, Texas, Saturday, February 28, 1925, and was buried at Mt. Pleasant the following day. Joe and Robbie, were in attendance at her bedside during the last days of her life, Robbie returning home a few days previous to her death because of illness in his family here.

Mr. and Mrs. UNDERHILL left De Leon seven years ago to make their home at Roanoke. They have been here on visits since then. Mrs. D.M. STONE, formerly of Ebenezer community, now living at Rule, is a sister of deceased.

Mrs. UNDERHILL was a devout Christian and member of the Methodist church since 15 years of age. She was the mother of nine children, the youngest being four years of age. She had been ill since last May.

Whitlock Youth Died At Abilene Last Friday

Alex WHITLOCK, only child and son of S.T. WHITLOCK, aged twenty-two years September 2nd, died at the home of his father at Abilene at 7:00 o’clock a.m. Friday, March 6th, 1925 following an illness of about a month of heart trouble induced by an attack of pneumonia. The WHITLOCK residence is at 754 Lavaca St.

The unfortunate young man was born and reared in this section, having finished his high school education in the county, finishing at Comanche with the class of 1923. After going to Abilene, he took a business course with the National Business College, and accepted a position with Radford Grocery Co. and his industrious and sober habits earned for him an increase in salary each of the three months he was so employed.

Deceased was a member of the Christian Church and the funeral service was held at Zion Hill cemetery at noon Saturday, March 7th, a very large crowd of relatives and friends gathered to pay him their last respects. His friends from Comanche, particularly the members of his graduating class, came en masse to attend the funeral. He was related to the LOUDERMILK, McGINNIS, FRITS, COBB and WHITLOCK families near Downing and Van Dyke.

Young WHITLOCK was a boy of exemplary habits, clean, honest, honorable, and upright in life and character. All who knew him spoke in terms of highest praise of his sterling worth. It is indeed sad that such a life should be cut in the early years of usefulness. The deepest sympathy is extended.


Moody HAZZARD received a painful injury last Saturday while cutting bushes, when a limb struck him in the eye.

Mr. and Mrs. Willis DICKEY have moved into the house recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Eugene HOLMES, Mr. and Mrs. Holmes having moved into one of the cottages.

Messrs. G.R. GOOSBY, R.C. TERRY, Mrs. R.L. SPRUILL, Misses GRISHAM, DENTON and SLOAN, attended Mid-Texas Teachers association at Brownwood, Friday and Saturday.

.©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.