De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, May 8, 1925

Public Schools Have First May Day Celebration

Hundreds of De Leon school children appeared in a well executed May Fete on the campus of the high school last Friday evening. The children were in costumes gay and lovely, and the many drills, dances, and specialty acts were very pretty indeed. The varicolored May Poles with scores of happy, dancing children around them was a spectacle long to be remembered by the very large crowd of interested spectators.

A feature of the Fete was the Virginia Reed presented by a group of high school girls and boys. The young ladies wore hoop skirts and basques [?] and danced the steps that our grandmothers did in the days of their youth.

The entire program was a pleasing as one could wish and spoke volumes favorable to the splendid ability of those who trained and directed the event. The crowning feature of the event was the May Queen who was Miss Mildred VANZANDT, escorted by Mr. John HORN, Jr. She was beautiful and her attendants were all lovely and made the whole affair more complete.

Death of Lawson Jones Occurred One Month After Wife

Lawson JONES, brother-in-law of E.E. and Y.L. DABNEY of this city, died last week at his home a mile west of Desdemona. Mr. JONES had been ill for several weeks, his wife having died at their home one month to the day prior to his death, the time lacking twelve hours of a month. His remains were laid to rest beside his wife, with a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends to mourn his passing.

Card of Thanks

I wish to extend to my friends and neighbors in De Leon my sincerest thanks for their deeds of kindness and words of comfort and sympathy extended during the recent great tragedy and bereavement. Your every word and act will be remembered with the deepest gratitude. Mrs. Gussie LITCHFORD

De Leon Man Is Manager Rising Star Ice Co.

Ottis BUCHAN went to Rising Star some days ago to become manager of the ice plant there under the employ of the De Leon Ice Co. who owns the plant. Mr. BUCHAN has had practically life-long experience at handling machinery and will be a valuable man in the employ of Barry Bros. in the position in which they have placed him. Mrs. BUCHAN and children will join him and make their home in Rising Star after the close of school.

Mrs. Alice Terrill Died At Her Home Here Last Friday

Mrs. Alice Virginia TERRILL fell on [sic] sleep on Friday evening at 8:30 o’clock.

Mrs. TERRILL was born on December 21st, 1857 in Green County, Kentucky. But she has been a resident of De Leon since 1882. For, some thirty seven years her home has been on the same lot where the family residence now stands. At death she was aged 67 years, 4 months, and ten days.

Mrs. TERRILL was converted under the ministry of Brother ROSS, now of Round Grove, who was then Pastor of the De Leon Baptist Church and he baptized her. Brother ROSS also made the chief address at the funeral on Sunday afternoon which was held at the residence. Mrs. TERRILL never joined any other organization except the Baptist Church.

She married Mr. F.L. TERRILL February 17th 1875 in Kentucky. Three of their children died in infancy, and Mr. TERRILL preceded his wife by thirteen years, will be next July. Five brothers and a sister, seven children, and twenty-three grandchildren and a host of friends of all classes mourn the loss of this good woman. The children are:

Mrs. Lillie HOWE of De Leon; Mr. Dave TERRILL of De Leon; Mrs. Lucy SHARP of De Leon; Mr. Emory TERRILL of Zephyr; Mrs. Stella SEWARD of San Marcial, New Mexico; Mr. Grady TERRILL of De Leon and Mr. Feltz TERRILL of De Leon.

Mrs. TERRILL had been in failing health for about a year, and for the past two or three months her health has been a matter of anxiety not only to the immediate family but also to the people of the entire community. Mrs. TERRILL has been universally respected and loved in all these parts for a generation for her kindly and genuinely Christian character. De Leon is the poorer for the loss of a pure good woman – "the noblest work of God". – J.N. CAMPBELL

Birthday Party

Thursday April 30th Mrs. Johnnie MOHON entertained honoring her small son, Richard’s third birthday. Eighteen children and their mothers were invited to attend. Richard very graciously received his guests, generously allowing them to play with his numerous toys. After a number of games were played, a birthday cake was cut and served, with ice cream. Sandwiches and punch were served to the ladies. The little host received many gifts from his little guests. A group picture was made by the photographer on the steps of his front porch, which will serve as a keepsake for each little guest present. The guests departed wishing Richard many happy returns of the day. Those present were as follows: Eva Sue PRINCE, Billy Margaret WETZEL, TAlma RICE, Elaine SCOTT, Neil Edward McCLELLAN, Oline Jean LEIGON, Ruth and Katherine SALMON, Jossie Beth ALLEN, Norma Lee KUHN, Bobby D. HAMMERS, Billy BAGWELL, John William STEAKLEY, Clark DUKE, Robert COOK, John Edward ROLLINS, Billy CLARK, Curtis MORRIS, Troy WALKER.


Justice R.C. HEATH united in marriage at his residence in Heath addition Sunday morning, May 3rd, Miss Myrtle HOLLAND and Mr. Mark HALE. The young bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. HOLLAND and the groom is of the Duster community, where he was reared. The happy young couple will make their home there. Justice HEATH is earning his title as "the marrying judge," having united about one couple a month since his induction into office.

The Free Press extends the young Mr. and Mrs. HOLLAND best wishes for long lives of happiness and usefulness.

Miss Ruth Harvey Tarleton May Queen

By poplar acclaim of her fellow students and faculty of John Tarleton College, Miss Ruth Harvey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY, this city, was chosen queen of the May Day festivities held at the College on Saturday afternoon, May 2nd. Miss HARVEY has proved herself deservedly popular at the College this year and the honor accorded her is one of which she may feel justly proud. A number of De Leon people witnessed the festivities and pronounced them impressive and elaborate.

Following the exercises of the afternoon, Dr. J.J. MULLOY, president of one of the Stephenville banks gave a dinner honoring Miss HARVEY. Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY attended the celebration and were guests at the dinner given in their daughter’s honor.

Local News

Mr. and Mrs. Joe TULLOS went to Temple the past weekend to visit his sister who has had three operations in succession at a sanitarium there.

Announcement from Duncan, Okla. tells of the arrival of a baby boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jno. C. SPRADLEY on April 29th. The Free Press extends congratulations.

Mrs. SALMON and two daughters of Wichita Falls were here the past week for a visit with her brother and wife and others. Mrs. SALMON was formerly Miss Burma CLARK.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin SCOTT, who visited his brother and sister on Rt. 1 last week, left the last of the week to resume their work in the evangelistic field.

Lee HOLLAND and family, returned the last of the week from Pacton and Zenoria, La., where they had been looking after business matters. Mrs. HOLLAND owns two tracts of land near where oil has been discovered and if it is possible they may later profit materially by oil development.

C.L. PILCHER, M-K-T shopman, is home from Colgin’s Sanitarium at Waco where he had an operation for the removal of his appendix. Mr. PILCHER made the very unusual statement when he returned that he "had not been sick a minute since he left". He took no anesthetic except local and talked to the surgeon while he performed the operation. Mr. PILCHER gained two pounds while at the sanitarium, he stated.


J.B. SHELTON of Ft. Worth visited his sister, Mrs. Tom HOOD last week.

Miss Cricket FLOYD of Brown Co. visited her aunt, Mrs. Henry FLOYD, last Tuesday.

J.H. WALTON, who is in the Gorman Sanitarium, is reported improving very slowly.

Oliver Springs

John DEMMINY’s baby was taken to the Sanitarium Sunday for an operation. It is reported doing nicely at this time.

Mrs. John BURLESON spent Sat. and Sunday with her son, Bob BURLESON of Duster.

.©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.