De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, May 22, 1925

Boys, Beware! Dad Williamson Is Carryin’ A Gun

While W.T. HAMILTON, for the past four years night watchman of this city, is away on a fishing trip, "Dad" WILLIAMSON is doing the stunt of punching the clock through the wee small hours and keeping the boys straight who have the habit of sitting up nights to let the 1:30 train pass through. Of course the boys are not particularly "tuff" but if they should get that way we shudder to think what might happen because Dad, they say, carries a gun.

This is the first time that Watchman HAMILTON has been off, even for a night, since he started work for the city about four years ago. His faithful service for these years has earned for him a vacation.

With Mr. HAMILTON on this trip are S.A. DUKE, S.G. UNDERWOOD, B.W. AYERS, Bob DYSON and Tommie MOHON. The party is fishing on the R.W. BELL place on the Colorado.

James Grady Watts is Dead

James Grady WATTS was born on Oct. 8th, 1891, in Pontotoc county, Miss. He died May 17, 1925, being thirty-three years old, seven months and nine days. He never knew much of a father’s love and care for he lost his father when a boy of 5 years. He was married in the year 1914 to Miss Grace GALLAWAY of Coryell County, Tex. To them were born four children who are left without a father’s love and tender care. He also leaves a mother, a step-father whom he loved as a father, an aged grandmother, two brothers, one half-sister, two step-sisters and four step-brothers. His only sister died eight years ago. He loved his family and home as only a husband and father could. He spoke comforting words to the little wife who had always been so faithful, loving and kind in his days of health, as well as sickness.

Besides his wife and the scores of relatives, he is survived by three [sic] children: Hazel, aged 10 years; J.C., aged 8 years; Wilson, aged 5 years, and Wyatt, aged 19 months. Revs. Troy FRAZIER and Jimmie GRESSETTE conducted the funeral service.

He was happily converted at the age of twelve years and joined the Methodist Church. In after years he became cold and was in a backslidden condition, but three weeks ago he came back to the Lord and lived close to Him, praising Him and reading the Bible. He wanted so much to get able to go out and tell the world of Jesus. He was layed away in De Leon cemetery by the side of his grandfather the afternoon of May 18.

By his sister, Mrs. Golden JERNIGAN

John R. Brownlee Long Time Citizen Passed To Reward

John Robert BROWNLEE, better known as "Uncle John" passed out of his earthly tabernacle of clay and into the life eternal on Wednesday, May 13th, 1925, at 10:00 a.m. His death followed an illness lasting over a period of two years, however, he had been thought much better the past two months. The end came Wednesday following a stroke of paralysis on Tuesday. The scores of relatives and friends did all possible for him in his last hours, but his earthly life ceased and "his works do follow him."

Uncle John was born in North Carolina on July 4th, 1843, being therefore 84 years, 10 months and nine days of age. His good wife preceded him to the glory world, having died May 10, 1907. To them were born fourteen children, only six of whom survive. They had the sad misfortune to lose four grown children in a period three days, of congestion, while they lived in east Texas. Some of the remaining children dying have been adults but some died in infancy. Their east Texas home was at Mt. Pleasant.

Uncle John moved from North Carolina to Mississippi when quite young. It was here he was married and started life. Forty-one years ago he came to Mt. Pleasant, and twenty-two years ago to De Leon. He was a Confederate soldier and was wounded at the battle of Shiloh. He became a member of the Methodist church when young and lived a great majority of his life in this faith. Rev. S. KIRKPATRICK of the De Leon Methodist church conducted the funeral service.

Being of that old-time stock, Uncle John never adopted the fads and fancies of modern life. He made the unusual request that his body be carried to the cemetery in a wagon, just as the hundreds and thousands who have gone before. His request was granted by his loved ones and friends.

Surviving children are: Miss Pearl BROWNLEE, who lived with her father to his death; Romer BROWNLEE, De Leon; George BROWNLEE, Rotan; Mrs. S.F. BROWNLEE, De Leon; Mrs. A.W. BROWNLEE, De Leon; Mrs. M.B. BIBBY, De Leon.


The Free Press in in receipt of a clipping from the Plainview News telling of the marriage of Mr. Johnnie H. MILES to Miss Mary Lou MILLER at parsonage of the Church of Christ in Plainview on May 2nd, the Rev. C.M. STUBBLEFIELD, the pastor, officiating. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John MILLER, 801 Date St., Plainview.

Mr. MILES is a son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. MILES of De Leon, route 2, and grew to manhood here. He left six years ago for Plainview and has been employed by Walker Bros., hardware dealers of that place, the past four years. The company is opening a new store at Paducah soon and young miles and his bride will be sent there where he will be employed. The Free Press extends congratulations and best wishes.


The marriage of Miss Mattie COAN to Mr. Nugent HAYNES occurred on Wednesday, May 13th. The young couple drove to the home of Rev. W.L. SKAGGS, and in the presence of friends, the impressive ceremony was said uniting them for life.

Miss COAN is a sister of Miss Clyde COAN, who is in charge of De Leon telephone exchange. She graduated from De Leon High School in the class of ’23, being quite popular among the young people of this city during the several years she was in school here. Mr. HAYNES was reared near Duster and is likewise well-known here, having played baseball numerous times with De Leon teams.

The Free Press extends its very heartiest congratulations and best wishes to these young people as they start on the journey of life together.


The Free Press has learned of the marriage of Mr. Bill DOWLEY to Miss Leona HOLLAND, which occurred at Comanche at 10:00 o’clock a.m. Sunday, May 10th, 1925. The happy young couple were accompanied to Comanche by Mr. RAYMOND and Miss Mae RAG..ND, cousins of the bride and friends of the groom.

Miss HOLLAND is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. HOLLAND and was born and reared near De Leon. She is quite popular with a wide circle of friends, and has many admirable characteristics and a lovable disposition.

Mr. DOWLEY’s home is at Groesbeck. He is now employed at Comyn, and the young couple are making their home at the Lester House. They will leave soon for Louisiana where they will make their home. The Free Press extends them best wishes for a long and happy life.

Christian Church Calls Pastor For Full Time Work

The work of the Christian Church has received great impetus of late by numerous additions to the membership by confessions of faith and baptism, and the result has been the calling of a pastor for full time work……..

The new pastor is Rev. George A. WEEMS, who with his wife, arrived from Waco Friday of last week and he had charge of the services of the church the past Sunday. Both Rev. WEEMS and his wife studied at Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, and he was engaged in doing pastoral work at Waco when called here.

The Free Press feels that the people of the entire town will be glad to welcome Rev. Mr. WEEMS as an addition to the forces striving for the moral and spiritual development of the community.


Misses Jo BREWER and Phyllis SHORT will be presented in Graduation Recital by their piano teacher, Mrs. Homer MARCHBANKS.

The public is cordially invited to attend such recital at the High School Auditorium on Monday evening, May 25th, 1925, at eight o’clock. Those who appreciate music from the old Masters such as Schubert, Chopin, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven, will note the splendid memory work and technique of these young ladies, which shows years of effort to accomplish.

No charges for admission.

Katy Komment

John W. NEAL, conductor on the Staniford-Rotan local, spent Sunday with home folks at Cisco.

Brakeman C.G. SMITH dead-headed to Stamford Friday night to relieve brakeman A.B. VESTAL.

W.S. SNEED was laying off the Albany Dodger for a few days this week, while attending the graduating exercises where his daughter, Miss Venita finished at Sweetwater.

H.E. IRVIN relieved Conductor SNEED on the Albany turn while the latter was laying off this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Rollie HILL went hunting Friday, bringing in ten squirrels.

C.H. TIDWELL and wife were called to Iredell Monday to the bedside of his sister, Mrs. E.B. WILLIAMSON, who is very low.

A.P. SCHMIDT is away attending the grand lodge of the O.R.C. in session at Minneapolis. Conductor C.L. WEBSTER and wife from Waco lodge are also attending.

Elmer HOUSE, who is firing for the Katy of of here, went to Alexander Wednesday to remain for a few days.

G.B. MILNER, who has been working for the Orient at San Angelo, was home the past weekend with his family.

Mrs. A.G. MALONE of Cisco spent the past weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. BETTIS.

Local News

Mrs. J.D. DUNCAN, widowed daughter of John MOHON, is preparing to enter summer school at John Tarleton College to renew her teacher’s certificate and to teach. She had some experience at teaching before her marriage to Mr. DUNCAN.

E.W. OWEN was called to Athens again this week to the bedside of his father, who is critically ill.

Mrs. Tate LOCKHART of Snyder is here for a visit with her mother, Mrs. Leon MORELAND.

Mrs. G.B. AGAN, sister of Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN is critically ill at her home at Texarkana, and Mrs. PITTMAN left this week to be at her bedside.

Mrs. M. HAWKINS of Desdemona was visiting her daughter, Mrs. Bryan LIVINGSTON here Tuesday.

Real Estate Deal

A deal was consummated this week in which Walter GREENWALDT became the owner of the Grady WALLACE place, better known as the HIGGINBOTHAM goat ranch a mile east of town. The place is noted for having one of the best and largest bearing pecan groves in this section.

Desdemona News

The Desdemona high school will close its term this week. The largest class in the history of the school will graduate. They are as follows: Guy BRUCE, Percy DAVENPORT, Walton MOSELEY, Olive ROGERS, Oran HOWELL, Missouri McANELLY, Fred BRADLEY, Zelma MONTGOMERY, Clay McCOY, Kathryn HARRISON, William McHAIN, Everetta LOVE, Mildred SADLER, Allie WILLS, Max WILLIAMS, Eloise JONES< Gerald SMITH, Irene HILLIARD, Martin MAY, Ethel HILLIARD, Elizabeth SMITH, and Bertha SHOEMAKER.


.©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.