De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, May 15, 1925

Rowe Walker Is Jailed On Mail Fraud Charge

Postmaster C.R. REDDEN received a message last Friday instructing him to have officers look out for Rowe WALKER, wanted on a Federal charge of using the mails to defraud. WALKER showed up here Saturday and was taken in custody by Chief of Police NABORS and Katy Special Detective SMITH and lodged in jail. Sunday a post office inspector and a United States Marshall came here and took WALKER to Ft. Worth where he was lodged in jail to await the action of the Federal court.

It is reported that the charge against WALKER is that of sending "cold" checks in payment for merchandise. Automobile tires and a radio set were among the articles it is alleged. Local officers recovered a radio set, Chief NABORS stated.

Big Tank Will Be A Memory After This Week

B.O. PATTERSON of Sulphur Springs and his assistant have been employed at removing the big water tower from the middle of the principle business street three weeks last Wednesday, and at the end of the present week, nothing preventing the big steel tower that has occupied such a prominent position on the "countenance of De Leon" will have been stored in a material yard to await a purchaser. The tank has been erected some fifteen or seventeen years.


The Free Press editor and wife acknowledge receipt of an invitation to attend commencement exercises of the Goldthwaite High School May 21 where Miss Lilla Mae HARVEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I.O. HARVEY, is receiving her diploma.

Another invitation comes from Desdemona where Percy DAVENPORT, special correspondent to the Free Press, is finishing the prescribed course. DAVENPORT will go to State University for Journalism next year, in case the department is retained.

Senior Play To Be At City Hall On Evening of May 26

"The Path Across the Hill" is the title of the play to be rendered by the Senior Class on Tuesday evening, May 26th. Rehearsing has gone forward for several weeks, and the rendition of this splendid story promises to be appealing and interesting. The Class numbers twenty-six members, and the parts were assigned only after each character had proved his or her adaptability to enact it.

The cast of characters will be as follows:

Samuel Crawford (Grandpa) – Ewell LIGHTFOOT

Robert Post (the visitor( - Sherrod STOVER

Zuzu – Erma Lee GRAHAM

Salamander Alexander – John HENRY

Jones – Clifton THOMAS

Walter Conrad – Jackson QUINN

Ruth Conrad – Mary Louise LOWE

Dr. Jimmy Reed – Moody KING

Flora Grey (Ruth’s cousin) – Nettie NEILL

Mrs. Davis (grandma) – Allene MOODY

Lutie (a neighbor) – Bertha CORBEL

Young Man Removed To Epileptic Home At Abilene Monday

Officers accompanied Bill LOGGINS, unfortunate young man of this city, to the State Epileptic Colony at Abilene early next week where he will be given treatment. LOGGINS has been in a serious condition for weeks, his condition becoming so acute that he could no longer talk. Under the treatment of skilled specialists at the "Home" he will doubtless improve.

Jesse Adams, On World Cruise, Died Of India Fever

J.M. ADAMS, editor of the Plainview News, who left San Francisco last Jan. 7th for a cruise around the world, contracted India fever while touring the continent of Asia and was carried to France where he died. His death occurred last Friday. ADAMS had completed a large portion of the cruise when taken with the deadly disease.

Several years ago Mr. ADAMS had the misfortune to lose his wife and children in a fire that destroyed his home at Plainview, the three burning to death. He is survived by one daughter, who resides at Plainview.

Mr. ADAMS was once editor of the Comanche Exponent and is well known in this county. He is a brother of John ADAMS, once editor and owner of the Free Press, and of Harry ADAMS, now editor of the Desdemona Gusher. His mother resides now at Dublin. The father was killed many years ago by a man named WRIGHT at Dublin and was hanged at Stephenville for the offense.

It is presumed Mr. ADAMS’ body will be shipped immediately to Plainview for burial. He was well to do and was traveling as a means of forgetting the sorrow occasioned by the loss of his family.

Katy Komment

Henry SHOOK has been relieving conductor BELCHER on Albany local the past few days.

Mrs. E.B. WILLIAMSON, wife of brakeman WILLIAMSON of Iredell is slowly improving after a long illness.

Oscar STEPHENS and Hardy CUDELL made a business trip to Ranger this week.

Engineer A.J. BETTIS is now on the branch run.

Engineer Joe LINDQUEST, for more than ten years engineer on the De Leon Cross Plains branch, has given up the run and is holding down a passenger run on the main line.

Abb CAPPS, who has been on passenger run for several years, and living in Waco, is now firing on the Albany local and located at De Leon.

Hardy CUDELL, employed on the Katy work train operating between De Leon and Cisco, got two fingers badly crushed early in the week and received first aid at Cisco. His sister, Mrs. Arthur STEPHENS, drove up to Cisco and brought him home.

Mrs. Gentry Presenting Piano Pupils in Recital

Mrs. E.E. GENTRY, instructor in piano is presenting her pupils in recital at the Baptist Church at 8:00 o’clock next Tuesday evening, May 19. Admission will be free. A cordial invitation is extended the public generally to be present.

South Ward Honor Roll

1ST Grade: Wilfred BAGWELL, Frances FERRILL, Nell FERRILL, Treasure RUSSELL, Alvin WOOZENCRAFT, John Travis MOHON, James EDMONDSON, Spencer LIGHTFOOT


3rd Grade: Nell NABORS, Ozelle ELLIS, Fannie Bell KEMP, Marjorie MORRIS, Martha Frances RUSSELL, Juanita UPSHAW, Walter McIVER, Billie SNEAD


5th Grade: D. Otis TOMLIN, Grace SMITH, Jack DONOHUE, Clarence FOSTER, Evelyn KINCHEN, Edna Earl COZBY

7th Grade: Frances HARVEY, Macie BOSWELL

Parents of De Leon Man Celebrate Their Golden Wedding Anni.

Mr. and Mrs. W.D. HOLLAND of Dublin celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home last Tuesday, May 12th. There was a family reunion given in their honor and five of their six children were present besides many grandchildren. Neighbors and friends who had known this old couple for many years also joined in the celebration.

Mr. HOLLAND came to Dublin 72 years ago, or in 1853 and lived there for a long time. He at one time lived at Jones Crossing, seven miles southeast of De Leon, and also lived out on the Sabano, this being in the 60s. He went back to Georgia once and in those early years moved about considerably, but has been in and out of Dublin for more than "three score years and ten." Mr. HOLLAND is now 79 years of age and his wife 73. Frank HOLLAND, who operates a blacksmith shop here, is a son of this interesting old couple.

Notice To Merchants Of De Leon

Because of me being out of town to my work, do not charge me or any member of my family with anything. I do not want any credit. – B.L. HOWELL

Local News

Mr. and Mrs. S.G. UNDERWOOD and family spent Sunday with relatives in Dublin. It was the seventieth birthday of the mother of Mrs. UNDERWOOD and most of her children and grandchildren were present.

Mrs. G. BROWN recently completed business course at Metropolitan Business College at Dallas, taking Dictophone, typing, etc., and may return to Dallas to work. For the present she is visiting in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. BLACK. Mrs. BROWN instructed in typing during the latter part of the time she was there, replacing the regular instructor who was ill.

.©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.