De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, July 3, 1925

De Leon Firms Sign To Remain Closed All Day On July 4th

A petition was circulated early in the week and signed liberally, the following De Leon firms remain closed through the day Saturday, July 4th. Only restaurants and Filling Stations did not sign the agreement. Meat markets will be open as on Sunday, closing the remainder of the day.

The public is hereby advised of the above agreement. Let no one come to town expecting business as usual. The town will positively be closed throughout the day.

The Agreement

"We, the undersigned firms, agree to remain closed throughout the day, Saturday, July 4th."

Higginbotham Bros. & Co.; Farmers & Merchants; C.G. Foust Lumber Co.; The Modern Shoe Shop; Oil Cities Electric Co.; Sanitary Barber Shop; De Leon Variety Store; Greenwaldt & Morton; Guaranty State Bank; T.P. Weaver & Son; De Leon Free Press; De Leon Post Office; Terrill Grocery Co.; City Barber Shop; Steakley & Smith; The City Grocery; W.E. Howell, Sr.; Tomlin Drug Co.; C.L. Huddleston; Garner-Alvis Co.; De Leon Gas Co.; Frank Holland; J.W. Haynes; W.E. Morton; E.E. Dabney; J.W. Howeard; C.L. Kinchen; W.W. Nance; W.L. Elkins; Sloan Sisters; Edmondson; E.E. Akers; G.F. Ward; D.P. Lloyd; L.L. Miller; J.O. Stone; Jno. Estes; V.V. Bell; Hafford & Holland; De Leon Market.

Mrs. Timmons Dead

The final summons came to Mrs. Sophia Belva Ritta TIMMONS, wife of C.H. TIMMONS, at their home in the southeast portion of the city at 4:35 o’clock Friday afternoon, June 26th, 1925. Death resulted from that dread scourge, tuberculosis, which she contracted following an attack of influenza more than a year ago. Faithful physicians, specialists, and capable nurses did all humanly possible for her, to no avail.

Mrs. TIMMONS came to De Leon with her family about twelve years ago, formerly living for two years in Walnut Springs. She also lived for a time at Cisco. During the years of her residence in De Leon she has made many friends who faithfully administered to and gave such comfort and sympathy as they could in her declining days.

Sophia Belva Ritta TROUTT was born Aug 1, 1889, at Dublin, where she spent her childhood. The family later moved to Hearne, Texas. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.M. TROUTT, now live in this city and are among those left to mourn her passing. She united with the Christian Church at Cisco in 1910 and has led an exempliary Christian life during the years that have followed. She was a member of the Maccabee and Woodman Circle orders and her sisters of these lodges were of great comfort and assistance during her long period of suffering.

Besides the parents mentioned above, Mrs. TIMMONS is survived by the faithful husband and four children, two daughters and two sons; Jewell 17, Opal 16, C.H. Jr. 12, and Elmer 11 besides other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was from the Christian Church at 4:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon with Pastor Geo. A. WEEMS in charge. Interment followed at De Leon cemetery.


De Leon Boy Gets Position With The Board Of Pardons

Claude FITZGERALD left a few days ago for Austin where on July 1st he took a position with the Board of Pardons under Gov. Ferguson. FITZGERALD secured position Arthur RAINES has occupied, RAINES having been promoted, being now with the Banking Department. FITZGERALD’s duties will be clerical.

Claude FITZGERALD is quite competent as a stenographer and general clerical worker. He began with Meadows Grocery Co. at Comanche several years ago and has steadily advanced. Only recently he left the employ of De Leon Pipe Line & Refining Corporation in this city. His friends here congratulate him upon his advancement.

First Watermelons Are Brought In By Claude Fitzgerald

Claude FITZGERALD, owner of the old Mollie CARRUTH farm, a mile southwest of town, brought in the first watermelons and cantaloupes this season. The melons were of the Irish gray variety and were well matured and of pretty good size and of good quality. FITZGERALD will have a quantity of them soon. These melons were brought in on Friday, June 26th, which is we believe a week or more earlier than melons usually are sold on the local market.

The Friendly Club

On Tuesday June 23, the Friendly Sunday School Class met at the home of their teacher, Mrs. Mae WHALEY, for the purpose of organizing a club. After an enjoyable social hour in which the guests engaged in contests and games, the Club was organized and officers elected.

Punch was served to the following: Jean KIRKPATRICK, Ethel COSBY, Ruby MILNER, Mary Joe ELKINS, Aline WEAVER, Frances ELKINS, Blanche HANSFORD, Willie Mae JETTON, Lena TAYLOR, Addie MIXON, and Beryl and Mildred JOHNSTON invited guests.


The marriage of Miss Lounette BOSWELL and Mr. Hugh SINGLETON occurred Sunday June 28th, at the home of Eld. J.J. EDWARDS where the happy young couple and their families and friends had gone to witness the ceremony. The party consisted of Arthur BOSWELL and family, parents of the bride, and Bill SINGLETON and family, parents of the groom, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl STEWART, who only a few weeks ago were married with Mr. SINGLETON and Miss BOSWELL as witnesses.

Both Miss BOSWELL and Mr. SINGLETON were reared in the environs of De Leon and are among our excellent young people, and their many friends wish for them a full measure of happiness and success as they journey through life together.

Daughter of T.P. Patterson Had Operation

Mrs. C.L. GRAY, formerly Miss F.T. PATTERSON, of Hartley, Texas, underwent an operation at Amarillo Sanitarium last Friday and a telegram following the operation said she was doing nicely. The operation was for trouble in the bones of the head just back of the ear and the operation was successful.

Local News

Clay DABNEY is spending the week with his parents.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. W. WHITTLE, on June 25th, a baby girl.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Archie JOHNSON on Saturday, June 27th, a baby girl.

Miss Charlcie SHERMAN, of Cisco, is visiting a few days with her aunt, Mrs. W.L. ELKINS of this city.

Mrs. John C. SPRADLEY and baby from Duncan, Okla., are spending some time guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.T. STOVER.

Charlie COUNTS, now of Houston, was home this week for a visit with home folks.

Mrs. Grace BARTON, who had an operation at Ft. Worth some weeks ago, was brought home about a week ago is being cared for and treated at the home of her sister, Mrs. Autry SELF>

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