De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, May 1, 1925

De Leon Business Men Raise Fund To Gravel Road

A petition was circulated and a cash fund raised this week for the purpose of building surfaced road to connect De Leon with the new Desdemona and Robinson Springs highways. There are two sand beds, one around the North Ward school campus, and another at the Joe Duke corner, both of which are standing in the way of a first class and completed job of the "north loop".

The fund was subscribed by De Leon merchants and business men in order that not a "link in the chain" should be weak, but that the farmers living out in the new road district should have an improved road every foot of the way into town. They money will be turned over to the precinct officials who will employ the same labor as has been used in building the roads which are now nearing completion.

Mr. and Mrs. L.D. PARKS and little daughter, Barbara, of Cisco and Earl WHITE and Findley GILL of Meridian were Sunday guests of Mrs. S.G. PARKS. Mr. PARKS has recently been awarded a contract to build thirteen miles of highway at Jacksboro.


Monday night April 27 was initiatory night at the De Leon Rebekah Lodge. Following members took the Degree: Mrs. Mary E. DODSON, Mrs. J.R. WOODS, FITZJERALD, and E. TATE. Welcome to our order Brother and Sisters! We will look for you on each Monday at 8 p.m.

After the Degree was given the fifty-two members present enjoyed sandwiches, cake and punch.

The Lodge accepted an invitation to Comanche on Tuesday April 28 to celebrate the 106th anniversary of the founding of the I.O.O.F.

Saturday night, May 2, is regular practice night for the Degree Staff. Every member should be there to fill their place. The team must practice as a team should and this is impossible with two or three substitutes each time.

N.G., Mrs. H.G. GILLOCK. Sec., Miss Rowena FARMER

Mrs. F.L. Terrill Continues Very Ill

Tuesday evening and Wednesday the condition of Mrs. F.L . TERRILL, Sr. was reported as slightly improved. On Wednesday night and Thursday she was not so well, having spent a restless night. As this paper goes to press her condition remains unchanged. Relatives are constantly at her bedside to render every possible attention. It is admitted that her condition is grave. Any hour may bring developments of the most serious consequence.

Baptist Church


The Lord’s Supper will be observed this Sunday morning, and the entire membership is urged to be present. Also the Church will make the semi-annual offering to Missions. The Pastor will preach on "Baptism and the Lord’s Supper". The ordinance of baptism will be administered.

Fifty books were sold for the Study Course in "The Sunday School Manual." The class is meeting from 6:30 to 8:00 each evening this week.

The B.Y.P.U. has eight new members as follows on group one: Emmett HOWARD and Emma FIELDS; on group two – Huron POLNAC and Jessie FIELDS; on group three – Fred STOVER and Opal DICKSON; and on group four – Clarence REDDEN and Wayne MULLEY. Zollie STEAKLEY and group four will have charge of the program this Sunday at 6:45 p.m.

Ladies Baseball Game, ‘Fats Vs Leans’ May 8th

On Friday afternoon, May 8, there will be the big Ball Game of the season played at the City ball park between the fat and lean ladies of the town, including school teachers. This line-up is composed of some all-star players. Those who have seen them play before know what they can do. They have several home run hitters. If you want an afternoon off for fun and laughter, come to the Ball Park at 4:00 o’clock sharp. The proceeds of the game will go to the Parent-Teacher Association. The line-up is as follows:

Fats: Mrs. M. SNEAD, Center Field; Mrs. E.C. JOHNSON, First base; Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN, Second Base; Miss BEAUCHAMP, Third Base; Miss Eva LONG, Catcher; Mrs. GRIZZELLE, Short Stop; Mrs. McCLELLAN, Right Field; Mrs. MONTGOMERY, Left Field; Miss Golden JONES, Pitcher.

Leans: Miss Gladys RIPLEY, Catcher; Miss Alpha MOORE, First Base; Miss Alene WALKER, Pitcher; Miss Gladys JONES, Second Base; Miss Jewell JONES, Third Base; Miss SHORT, Short-Stop; Miss EDMOND, Right Fielder; Miss WOODS, Center Field; Miss Havis L., Fielder

Admission 10 cents and 25 cents

W.C. Streety Sold Travelers Hotel To Bexar County Man

A deal which has been pending for some weeks was finally completed on Wednesday, April 15th, when E.E. HOWERTON of Macdona, Bexar county, became the owner of the Travelers Hotel in this city, acquiring same from W.C. STREETY, who has owned the property for some three years. The deal was an exchange of properties, Mr. STREETY becoming owner of 646 acres of farm and ranch land on the Medina river, a few miles below San Antonio. There is a 35-acre bearing pecan grove and a large farm in the Medina valley on the tract acquired by Mr. STREETY. All papers have been signed and the deal finally completed.

Mr. HOWERTON is not planning to take charge of the hotel property, at least for the present. The present lessor, Mr. A.E. LYLE, has the property under lease until April 1826. Mr. LYLE is giving first class service and it is to be hoped that he will renew his lease upon expiration.

The Travelers cost $120,000.00 to complete and furnish. It is modern and fireproof throughout, having both gas and steam heating equipment, hot and cold water system running throughout the building, a bath for each two rooms, tile and marble floors and furnishings, modern sanitary conveniences. De Leon is able to offer the traveling public hotel accommodations few towns in Texas of the size can offer.

"Grandpa" Morris At Sipe Spgs, Centenarian

Sipe Springs, April 18. – I.L. MORRIS, familiarly known here as "Grandpa", celebrated his one hundredth birthday Friday at his old home at the east of the townsite of Sipe Springs. All of his nine living children were [words omitted] great-grandchildren, and 49 great-great grandchildren, a number of whom came from all parts of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and California.

One of his nieces, Mrs. Laurisa LAWLER of Greenville, was present and celebrated her seventy-second birthday. Two large birthday cakes decorated the table, one prepared by Grandpa’s daughter, Mrs. R.H. HOUSE, of Okla. which bore an American flag, and "Grandpa’s" name and age in the colored icings, and the other for Mrs. LAWLER by her daughter, Mrs. E.V. HUFFSTUTLER of Gorman.

MORRIS also had two great-great grandsons, Bernard and Thomas, Elmer STAMLEY, respectively 8 and 6 who enjoyed the distinction of having eight grandparents present. They were their great-great grandmothers, MORRIS, two great grandmothers, Mrs. M.J. BASHMAN and Mrs. William BEARD; their great grandfather, William S. BEARD, and their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. RACHEB and Mr. and Mrs. F.K. STAMEY.

Two hundred eighty-three registered at the dinner and a large number of other guests attended the celebration and wished "Grandpa" MORRIS many happy returns.

His granddaughter, Mrs. T.L. HUFFSTUTTLER, of Dallas, had prepared a brief sketch of "Grandpa’s" life, which she read.

The old gentleman has been a member of the Methodist church since early life, about eighty-five years.

High School Boys And Girls Will Publish Annual

The students of De Leon High School are preparing to publish an Annual, which will be the fifth volume to be issued by this school. The work of assembling material for the book has gone forward since last autumn and the copy will be turned over to the Free Press to be printed this week. Attractive material will be purchased for the book and binding and the many halftone illustrations will make this an attractive production.

The staff is composed of the following students: Sherrod STOVER, editor-in-chief; John D. HARVEY, assistant editor; Zollie STEAKLEY, business manager; Clifton THOMAS, assistant manager; Dick WEAVER; athletic editor; Emma Jo BREWER, literary editor; Nettie NEILL, Society editor; Anne Mae REED, cartoonist; Johnnie COONER, snap shots.

Divorces Granted by Comanche County District Court

Elgin HAYES vs. Gladys HAYES


Roy TUBBS vs. Mattie TUBBS

Bettie McMERRELL vs. Howard McMERRILL. Plaintiff given the care and custody of two minor children.


Lester SHORT, who has lived the past seven or eight years at San Pedro, Cal., arrived home several days ago and is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. SHORT. He is employed by a wholesale and retail lumber company there.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill BUTLER announce the arrival of a 11 pound baby boy at their home in Breckenridge on April 25th. All doing nicely.

Mrs. J.O. SUGGS and two children of Crosbyton are here this week, guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl RERRILL. Mrs. SUGGS was formerly Miss Lulu NEELY and resided here. She has not visited De Leon before in ten years. Her parents died eight years ago at Brownwood, she stated, and her brother, Luther, also has been dead for a number of years. Her sister, Nellie, is married and lives at Crosbyton. Mrs. SUGGS was returning from a visit with her brother, Tom NEELEY, who resides at Crawford.


.©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.