De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, March 20, 1925

Ford Car Burns While Standing On School Campus

A Ford touring car, property of Mr. BOWEN of near Downing, being driven to school by Mr. BOWEN’s young daughters, Misses Hellen and Georgia, caught fire from some unknown cause while standing on the campus of the school Monday morning at about 9:30 o’clock and before the alarm could be given and the fire truck arrive, had practically burned up. The fire originated in the rear and burned the upholstery and woodwork of the floor and seats badly, destroyed the top and other wise damaged the machine. School boys removed the rear wheels and spare tire, preventing their damage. No water in sufficient quantities to control the flames was available.

The car was a 1924 model and it is reported uninsured.

Everybody’s Sing-Song Drew Large Crowd Sunday

"Everybody’s Singing", a community affair which draws singing classes from all this section here about each quarter for a community sing-song, convened at the Christian Church last Sunday afternoon with a record-breaking attendance of singers and an over-flow audience of lovers of music. The afternoon brought fair weather, and people came from far and near to be present.


The list of leaders and longs rendered was as follows:

T.H. NANCE – "Saviors Hand of Love."

W.B. McKEMIE – "I will Meet You There."

William DUKE – Walk and Talk with Jesus."

Ernest RIPPETOE – "Claim the Glad Tidings."

Homer HAFFORD – "God’s Message to Man."

Quartette – "Visions of Joy." Homer HAFFORD, Ernest RIPPETOE, J.C. LOCKE and Romy GRISHAM

Hobert COX – "Just a Little While."

W.B. RAY – "No Longer Sad."

Marvin HOLDRIDGE – "Home"

Ernest RIPPETOE – "Shine for the Lord."

Quartette – "March Homeward" Emmet and Ernest RIPPETOE, Romy GRISHAM and Dean GARDNER

Carl STEWART – "Let us Scatter Sunshine."

Quartette – "Golden Sunset." – Carl STEWART, Romy GRISHAM, Dean GARDNER and George MOONEY.

ALEXANDER – "Onward in the Lord Rejoincing".

Andrew PITTMAN – "I Shall See Him and "Reapers Awake."

Emmet RIPPETOE – "Glory Land Away."

Hubert COX – "Give the World a Smile."

Quartette – "Sing God’s Children Sing on." Emmet and Ernest RIPPETOE, Andrew PITTMAN and Carl STEWART

J.D. HOLMES – "Keep Straight Ahead."

Miss Gladys JENKINS – "Joy Evermore."

Dean GARDNER – "The Glad New Way."

Mr. HORNSBY – "My All in All."

Quartette – "Wonderful" Carl STEWART, R. GRISHAM, George MOONEY, and Dean GARDNER

Hubert COX – "O Happy Day."

Quartette – "Echoes From the Golden Shore." Andrew PITTMAN, Ernest and Emmet RIPPETOE and Mrs. STEVENS

H.W. LOCKE "Sweet By and By."

Prayer by J.L. BISHOP

Rev. J.N. Campbell New Baptist Pastor Extended Welcome

At both the morning and evening hours last Sunday good audiences were present to greet the new pastor, Rev. J.N. CAMPBELL, who came last week to take charge of the Baptist work in De Leon. At the evening hour Rev. KIRKPATRICK suspended the service at the Methodist Church and attended with his people, in a body, the attendance being such as to almost overflow the auditorium. Special music, a duet, by Miss WOODS and Mrs. MONTGOMERY, was a feature of the service.

Rev. CAMPBELL comes to De Leon from the pastorate of the Baptist Church at Douglas, Ariz., having spent some time at Brownfield, Texas where he has relatives. At Brownfield they found a crowded condition in the schools and Mrs. CAMPBELL was asked to supply in the teaching force and consented to do so. Their ten-year-old son, Paul, is in school where the mother is teaching, and so they will not arrive here until the end of the school term in May.

The new pastor is a man of letters. Although in his thirties, he has had a rather wide experience, holding pastorates with some large churches. He has been in pastoral work since 1916. His charges have been Walters, Okla., Hamilton, Colorado, and Laredo, Tex. And Douglas, Ariz. He finished the literary course at Williams Jewell College, Baptist school at Liberty, Mo. With the A.B. degree in 1909. Coming then to Fort Worth, he entered Baptist Theological Seminary where he took his Master’s Degree, and finally his Th.D, or Doctor of Theology. "The Lord has very graciously blessed my work," Rev. CAMPBELL stated to Free Press, "there being some five hundred baptisms resulting from my ministry.

Commenting upon the spirit of neighborliness and good fellowship exhibited by the various churches of the town, the new pastor said: "I have never been accorded a more hearty, cordial and happy reception of any place I have ministered than here." Expressing his pleasure at the situation thus presented, he forcast a very profitable and fruitful labor together.

Pittman and Wife Delegates to IOOF And Rebekah Meet

Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN were elected delegates to the Grand Lodge and Rebekah Assembly, which convened at Wichita Falls this week, leaving here by the Katy Sunday afternoon to spend the week in that city. Their selection to represent the two branches of Odd Fellowship was a happy one since their daughter, Mrs. Henry Moore EVANS resides there, and they will have the pleasure of visiting in her home for the week.

Mrs. W.S. SNEED, also a member of the local Rebekah order, is in attendance at the Assembly, going up Monday to remain through the meeting.

Father of C.E. Bass Died At Kirbyville

C.E. BASS, M.K. & T. Ry. telegrapher, returned the last of the week from Kirbyville, Texas, where he attended the bedside of his father during his last illness and death, being away ten days. Death occurred on Monday, March 9th. Deceased was past 80 years of age and death was from natural causes.

Local News

Jet LOGSDON and children and his sister, Mrs. Belle EWART, brother and sister of Mrs. J.J. HEATH, arrived from Strong City, Okla., some days ago and are visiting for some time in the HEATH home. Mr. HEATH’s health is very poor.

Round Grove News

Mrs. Pat BARKER has been real sick with the mumps, but is better at this time.

Mrs. Sammy SPARKS, who underwent an operation at Gorman recently, is at home again doing well.

R.H. GILDER, Erak ROSS, Herd GILDER, Graves ROSS, Auther VINSON, Ernest and Emmet RIPPETOE went from this community and assisted in the rabbit drive which was made north of De Leon Wednesday.

Ira ROSS who has been confined to his bed for six weeks or more with rheumatism, left last Friday for Marlin to take a round of treatment there.


Thursday, March 12 at 12:10 Rev. WILLIAMSON of Gorman, united in matrimony Mrs. Lela DUPRIEST of De Leon and Mr. B.F. BEARD of Breckenridge. Mrs. BEARD was born and reared in De Leon and has many friends here. Mr. BEARD is an oil driller of Breckenridge and is honored by many friends.

The bride was dressed in green canton with hat to match and black satin slippers.

Immediately after the ceremony the happy bride and groom motored to Breckenridge where they were guests of Mr. and Mrs. RICHHART for dinner. After Monday, March 16, Mr. and Mrs. BEARD will be at home in Breckenridge.

The many friends of De Leon wish them all the happiness and joy together and the best of good wishes.

Duster News

School is progressing nicely. Mr. BOX, who has been absent with the mumps is back with us again.

Miss Dorothy McPHAIL who is attending school at Stephenville was at home the week end.

Ardelle JOINER spent Sunday night with her sister Mrs. R.H. McCLELLAN.


Mr. and Mrs. J.W. ALSTON and children have returned from a visit with relatives at Decatur.

Everette DAVIS lost a part of one of his front teeth one day last week. The little boys were playing on their way home from school and some one threw a small rock which struck Everette in the mouth and broke a front tooth.

Autry CARAWAY, who is attending school at Stephenville, was home for the week-end.

Mrs. J.E. STEELE and children attended the fat stock show at Ft. Worth last week.

Mr. Frank KADING who has been ill for some time and has been in the Sanitarium at Gorman is able to be at home again.

.©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.