De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, March 27, 1925

Two Rabbit Drives Net Almost 500 Of Pests Killed

Rabbit drives were conducted in the territory to the north and northeast of De Leon the past few days and the result has been most satisfactory. Messrs. OWEN and GEORGE sponsored one of these drives in their community Wednesday a week ago, the party starting from the location of the oil test drilled on the J. Doss MILLER tract thence north to Leon and back to the OWEN and GEORGE farms. Twenty-three men took part, killing about 165 rabbits. The ladies of the community served a fine dinner for the hunters.

Again, on Monday this week, T.P. PATTERSON arranged for a drive in his community, about forty men taking part, this hunt centering about Round Grove church. Over 300 rabbits were killed and again a magnificent spread was prepared and served at noon. And they do say half-day’s hard driving across sand fields carrying a shotgun which is emptied numerous times whets the appetite to a remarkable degree.

Z.C. STEAKLEY, cashier of the F. & M. Bank reported these drives to Free Press. Mr. STEAKLEY killed the same number of rabbits in each drive; twenty-two falling before his marksmanship each day.

Jury List

List of county jurors for county court of Comanche county, Texas, to be summoned to appear at Comanche Texas, on April 8th, 1925.

W.T. JOHNSON, Dublin, Texas, R.1

O.H. DONOHO, Comanche, Texas.

C.E. DRENAN, Comanche, Texas, R2

R.H. STARK, Duster, Texas, R 1

Clemmons LUKER, Proctor, Texas, R 1

J.W. BARTLETT, Sidney, Texas

Lee POTEET, Sipe Springs, Texas

J.R. BROOKS, Proctor, Texas

S.H. HANDCOCK, Gustine, Texas

A.E. BOYD, Sidney, Texas

F. HIGGINBOTHAM, Rucker, Texas

F.M. HOMSLEY, Proctor, Texas R2

List of Petty jurors for County Court, Comanche County, Texas, to be summoned to appear at Comanche on April 13, 1925.

C.S. DAVIS, Dublin, Texas, R 1

J.O. JONES, Comanche, Texas, R 2

J.P. LANE, Gustine, Texas, R 2

Wade CHANCELOR, Comanche, Texas, R 5

R.J. LYNCH, Carlton, Texas, R 1

W.LO. RASCO, Sipe Springs, Texas

T.N. BURTON, Comanche, Texas, R 5

Sid WHITE, Gustine, Texas

R.D. EVERETT, Gustine, Texas

J.C. NOWLIN, De Leon, Texas,, R 2

W.J. GODFREY, Comanche, Texas, R 6

Lloyd POWERS, Blanket, Texas, R2

Mrs. Gooden Dead

Uncle Ben GOODEN, who has lived around De Leon for the past twenty years or more, now making his home with his son at Ranger, came down a few days ago and reported to Free Press the death of his wife, Mrs. Augusta GOODEN, which occurred at Ranger last month. Free Press feels sure the many friends and acquaintances of Mr. GOODEN will sympathize with him in his loneliness. For the present he is visiting in the home of his [article ends here].

Miscellaneous Front Page News

Mr. and Mrs. Dewey JONES of Breckenridge are the proud parents of a baby boy, born to them on March 12 and his name is Edward Stover JONES. Both mother and baby are doing well. Mrs. JONES was at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.T. STOVER.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer St. CLAIR and baby of Munday were spending the past week-end visiting home folks, returning to that place the first of the present week. Elmer stated that there was a good season in the ground and that farming operations were going forward in the Munday country.

Curtis MORRIS and family came down from Sagerton the last of the week and visited for several days in the homes of relatives and friends. They are liking the west, he stated, and have sufficient moisture to bring up grain crops, result of a big snow through that section of the west last month.

Marvin HANDCOCK was displaying his excellent line of Worth hats and caps, gloves, and novelties, to De Leon buyers the last of the week, remaining in the city over Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. HANDCOCK.

Mr. and Mrs. PHELPS, who have lived at Desdemona, Gorman and Eastland since leaving here some years ago, have returned to their "first love" and will again make De Leon their home. They own the little home just opposite the southwest corner of the cemetery and have moved there. Their friends extend them a welcome.

Freeman Beaty Downing Citizen Died Monday

The end of a long and useful life came to a good man on Monday morning shortly after nine o’clock, March 23, 1925, when the recorder of the universe closed the record of the earthly life of J.F. BEATY, prominent citizen of the county and a resident of the Downing community for perhaps a quarter of a century or more. Death was produced by organic heart trouble, with complications, his last illness lasting over a period of only a few days. His long life had been blessed with robust health and activity.

James Freeman BEATY was born in Chambers county, Ala., on October 4, 1849, being just past seventy-five years of age. He was married on Nov. 17, 1870, to Mary Elizabeth LASTER, who died about twenty years ago. To them were born twelve children, three dying in infancy, and a daughter, Mrs. J.L. BOATWRIGHT, aged 28, died in Alabama years ago. The eight surviving children are Mrs. W.V. TAYLOR, Akron, Ohio; J.H. BEATY, Loraine; Mrs. C.C. CADENHEAD, Shamrock; A.M. BEATY, Martha, Okla; Mrs. J.M. BRUCE, Loraine; Mrs. C.O. HATLEY, Proctor; H.L. BEATY, De Leon, and Mrs. I.N. GRISOM, Proctor. His second marriage was to Miss Eugenia E. LASTER at Downing in 1906, who with his eight children survive his passing.

Mr. BEATY united with the Methodist Church in the year 1890 and lived and died in this faith, his life and character being clean, wholesome and forceful, and his influence ever exerted on the side of righteousness and Godliness. He gave to the world a heritage of honorable and upright sons and daughters who have been reared to "fear God and keep his commandments", and who rise up to bless the memory of their honored sire.

Besides his immediate family, Mr. BEATY has two brothers and two sisters. These are G.L. BEATY of Rialto, Cal., and R.A. BEATY of Durant, Okla., Mrs. W.E. LEE, Comanche, Texas, and Mrs. B.F. CADENHEAD, Wes?aco, Texas.

The high esteem in which the deceased was held was shown by the vast throng of people who came far and near to pay their last tribute when the flower-draped casket was bourne from the home to the Methodist Church at Downing where Revs. SMOOT and NEAL paid their tribute, comforting the hearts of the sorrowing. Afterward his mortal remains were laid to rest in the Downing cemetery to await the morn of resurrection.

Hamilton Child Died

"Ellen Marie", aged nine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.L. HAMILTON of Harbin, Erath Co., died at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday from leakage of the heart. The child was a niece of the SLOAN sisters of this city, and their place of business was closed Thursday while they were attending the funeral service.

Merchants to Close Stores at 6 P.M. Beginning Apr. 1

We the undersigned agree to close our places of business at 6 p.m. each day except Saturdays beginning Apr. 1st, 1925 and until Oct. 1, 1925.

Steakley and Smith

Terrill Gro. Co.

E.E. Dabney

De Leon Variety Store

Greenwaldt & Morton

W.E. Howell, Sr.

J.W. Howard

E.E. Akers

D.P. Lloyd

City Grocery Store

Elkins Tin Shop

Foust Lumber Co.

A.H. Hazelwood

Lowe Carter Co,

Higginbotham Bros. and Co.

J.T. Edmondson

C.L. Kinchen


Uncle John SMITH left Wednesday morning to spend a week or ten days visiting with his son, Emmon and family at Wichita Falls.

Mr. and Mrs. O.R. BELCHER and children have moved to Waco, Mr. BELCHER taking a regular passenger run necessitating his residence there.

Mr. and Mrs. Sidney HUGHES and little son, were guests the past week of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.B. LOCKE.

Mr. and Mrs. E.E. DABNEY and Y.L. DABNEY went to Desdemona early in the week where their brother-in-law, Lawson JONES, was critically ill.

Mrs. J.E. NORWOOD and little son, Johnnie, went to Cleburne last week to be at the bedside of her mother who sustained accidental burns from which she is not expected to recover.

Mr. and Mrs. Mose BLITCH, who have moved to Cisco recently, were here the last of the week packing up their household goods for shipment to that place.

M.D. STEWART has returned from a two weeks visit with his mother at Hattiesburg, Miss. He stated that Louisiana and Mississippi are building wonderful systems of roads and that motor via Shreveport, Vicksburg and Jackson is now a pleasure.

Herbert and Wayne WEAVER were home from Baylor the past week-end. Wayne returned to resume his studies but Herbert will not go back until the beginning of the fall term and will be employed in the drug store here during the coming summer months.

Desdemona News

Desdemona is to have a cotton gin this year. H.L. KNIGHT of Dublin has plans under way to build the gin. Materials have already been ordered and construction work will begin as soon as possible….

J.C. GUTHREY has a peach tree that he believes extraordinary with respect to the number of years it has born fruit. The tree is over thirty years old and has borne a crop of fruit this year. – Percy DAVENPORT, reporter


Mr. Otis DICKEY and Miss Estelle GOODWIN were married last Thursday. Mr. DICKEY is a highly respected citizen of Comyn. He is employed by the Humble Oil Company. Miss GOODWIN numbers her friends by her acquaintances. She was a student in high school here last year. Mr. and Mrs. DICKEY will make their home in Comyn.

Mr. and Mrs. G.R. GOOSBY attended the funeral of Mr. GOOSBY’s uncle at Comanche Saturday.

Round Grove News

A very large crowd attended singing here Sunday evening, there were twenty leaders that were used and many others we did not have time for. There are few communities that have more leaders than at this evening singing. Those who led the songs were Dean GARDNER, Homer HAFFORD, Mr. RYAN, Ernest RIPPETPOE, Bob GILLOCK, George MOONEY, Elmer ABERNATHY, Rome SMITH, Carl STEWART, Baxter RALY, Ike BRUMBELOW, W.M. DUKE, Cliff LOCKE, Tommie FREEMAN, D.M. SLAUGHTER, Romey GRISHAM, O.M. LOCKE, Bernice CRANE.

A Doctor was called to see little Katherine RIPPETOE Monday. She is better at this writing.

We had in the rabbit drive Monday the largest bunch of hunters we have had. At noon the ladies met at the church and prepared dinner, with a wash pot full of coffee which was certainly enjoyed by all. 300 rabbits were killed. Those from other places who helped us were Jim JOINER, F.E. CARTER, Z.C. STEAKLEY, of De Leon, Ed MILLER, Ernest MAHON, Gene and Ernest MORRIS of Docum, Jim OWENS and two sons, Mr. ROBINETT and two sons, Murray KAY from near De Leon, Ed THOMAS, Steve GEORGE, Autry HAVIS, of Comyn, A.W. WHITFIELD of Dublin. We appreciate the help of these men, and they more than paid for the dinner that was given them. The highest number of rabbits killed was by Jim JOINER, 26 and Z.C. STEAKLEY, 22.


Judge Henry HEATH, who is gradually establishing a record as the "marrying justice", was called upon to exercise his official prerogative last Thursday afternoon, uniting in the holy bonds Mr. Ottis DICKEY and Miss Estelle GOODWIN. The young couple went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. HEATH, in Heath Addition, accompanied by Mr. Paul BARKER and Miss Pearl GOODWIN, sister of the bride, who witnessed the ceremony, and were married at 4 p.m. last Thursday, March 19th.

Mr. DICKEY is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom DICKEY of the Comyn community and is a trustworthy and energetic young man. Miss GOODWIN was reared near Gorman and resided there with her parents at the time of her marriage, being a young woman of excellent character and attractive personally, who will make an ideal homemaker and companion. The Free Press congratulates them.

Farewell Party

Miss Virginia SHARP entertained with a farewell party Saturday night at her home, in honor of Beatrice HENDERSON.

Games, music and contests were enjoyed and refreshments were served to Misses Beryle JOHNSTON, Mildred JOHNSTON, Laurna FRATWELL, Grace BARTON, Oleta STEVENS, Bernice INZER, Frances ELKINS, Clara Belle FANDERBURG, Louise LESTER, Mary Louise GRIZZELLE, Myrtle UPSHAW, Violet TODD and Willie Mae JETTON.

Miss Beatrice HENDERSON is moving to Abilene. She is a member of "the bunch" of De Leon and will be greatly missed by them.

.©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.