De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, July 17, 1925

Marriage License

J.D. WELLS and Ora Belle CALHOON

G.D. BROWN and Pensie NIXON

E.E. JOHNSON and Gertrude JIPPS


R.E. MANNING and Mrs. Lucy SCOTT



Cary SCHLEE and Alice KULIES


Harry BENSON and Loree BICE


C.M. ADAMS and Mrs. Chloe SINGLETON were married on July 12th at the home of Rev. J.M. STRICKLAND, who officiated. These are among De Leon’s well known and highly respected people and their friends wish for them happiness and success in their wedded life. Mr. ADAMS is head machinist and plant manager for De Leon Peanut Co. and is quite successful. Both parties have resided here for a number of years. They will make their home in Heath Addition.

People of Round Grove Observe 54th Anniversary

On last Sunday the 12th the church here at this place met with visitors from many places to celebrate the 54 anniversary of the founding of this church. Uncle George ROSS, one of the charter members, preached the sermon. In 1871 after this community had been sparsely settled, they decided to build and organize a church here. The logs were cut on the Leon and Greens Creek, near Dublin, and all the logs were then hauled to Stephenville where they were cut into lumber which their 1st meeting house was soon made of. After the house was built, every body in this community, and almost every body who was at Dublin met on the 2nd Sunday in July 1871 and organized a church of 16 charter members. Round Grove was adopted as the name of the Church, which was taken from a grove of timber on a hill east of the church which was on the place now owned by Neal CORBELL only two of the members who went into the organization are living. They are Uncle George ROSS of this community and Aunt Sarah KEITH of Victor, who were both present.

Every body who could shoot a gun brought one along as a protection against the Indians, and for several years afterward this custom was kept up as they would meet each month for preaching.

More than enough dinner was spread at noon to feed the crowd and in the afternoon a song feast was enjoyed by all present. Here’s hoping many more such days may come to this church and their two pioneer members. – Ernest RIPPETOE.

Wednesday Night Fire Damaged Sid’s Lunch Counter

A small building on the corner of Hotel Lambert lot, used by Sid FARROW as lunch counter and confectionery place, was discovered on fire at 9:30 Wednesday evening and the alarm was given. The fire fighting apparatus was taken out and the flames quickly extinguished.

The building and fixtures belonged to J.C. LAMBERT and he did not think it had been insured. The extent of the damage will run perhaps to $200.00 or $300.00. The origin of the fire is unknown. It caught in the vicinity of a gas hot plate.

Baptist Pastor To Use ‘Evolution’ As Theme Sunday

"Evolution" is getting the headline every day. Therefore a sermon on this subject would be timely. The public is cordially invited to hear Pastor J.N. CAMPBELL preach on "Evolution" at eleven o’clock next Sunday morning. A special invitation is extended to all school-teachers, high school students, and college students. Please come at eleven promptly.

Messrs. C.E. CONLEE, H.F. SHORT, H.H. INZER, O.A. RIDDLE, and B.C. CHAMBERS were elected deacons last Sunday. These are in addition to six deacons the Church has already. Two more deacons are to be elected next Sunday. Plans for their ordination will be announced later.

Pastor Clarence A. MORTON of Hamilton will do the preaching in the Baptist Revival which will begin the second Sunday in August. Revival singer P.A. STOCKTON will lead the singing. Mr. STOCKTON is from Little Rock, Ark. Mr. MORTON is exceedingly popular in Hamilton and Hamilton County where he has been a minister for several years. His Bible Class in the Hamilton Baptist Church is one of the largest in Central Texas.

The following boys and girls are to be awarded certificates for the successful completion of the "Junior B.Y.P.U. Manual": Welden WARE, Christine AYERS, Frances HARVEY, Jack MILLER, Lillian PITTMAN, Wayne MONTGOMERY, Ruth HOWE, Gussie INSALL, Julia FARMER, Merle TODD, Arlena JONES, Faye RUCKER, Henry Grady SHARP, Burrus JONES, Roger CHAMBERS, Bertie SIMS, Ruth KEMP, Dan STEAKLEY and Grace SMITH.

Notice To Yeomen

Yeomen of three years standing are receiving a five per cent distribution of the company’s profits, and there are quite a few De Leon people included in the cut of the big melon.

Mrs. Lettie LESTER, local secretary has received the checks for distribution and requests that those whose names appear below call on her for them at their convenience: Lou A. BUCHAN, Blanche GENTRY, Lettie LESTER< Callie LIGHTFOOT, Lewis L. LIGHTFOOT, Walter LOWE, John NABORS, Sarah NABORS, Ben J. PITTMAN and Iva RIDER.

Slumber Party

On last Thursday night at the home of Mrs. S.T. COUNTS, Miss Bessie SLOAN entertained with a slumber party honoring Misses Ida Belle McCAIN of Sumerton, Arizona and Lorraine CARMAN of Mexia.

Before going to the home for the "Slumberless" party, a swimming party was enjoyed. About dark the guests began to assemble at the house, between [?], physical culture exercises, etc., refreshments consisting of sandwiches and iced tea were served.

At the early hour of four, beds were prepared and some of the guests retired for a little sleep.

Friday morning at 7:30 a delicious breakfast was served to the following: Leverne CARMON, Ida Belle McCAIN, Lela, Lillian and Iris MOHON, Betty LLOYD, Katherine and Ruth HARVEY, Lillian HANSFORD and Bessie SLOAN.

Former Sheriff Lewis Marshal Died Last Monday

L.F. MARSHALL, former sheriff of Comanche county, who came to Comanche 67 years ago, two years after the county was organized, died at his home at Sidney, Monday evening, July 6, at 5 o’clock. He was buried Tuesday at Zion Hill cemetery. The burial was under the auspices of the Odd Fellows, with funeral services conducted by Rev. LAMBRETH of Rising Star.

"Uncle Lewis" was born in Bell county, Texas, July 19, 1854. He came to Comanche county in 1858, where he resided until his death. He was married in 1876 to Ellen TOMLINSON and to them were born five children, the two of them who are now living are Mrs. W.P. WEAVER of Goldthwaite, and Mrs. W.G. PINSON of Capulin, N.M. One son lived to the age of twenty-one and died in this county while engaged in teaching his first school.

His wife died in 1899 and in 1902 he was again married. His second wife being Miss Dosie WALKER, and to them were born three children, Mrs. S. CAMERON of Stephenville, Texas, Elda, who is at home and his only son, Felda, who is also at home. All of his children were with him during his last illness, and all were present at the time of his death.

In Uncle Lewis, Comanche county loses one of its best known and most popular pioneer citizens. Since his early manhood he has been before the public in various ways, and has always made many friends. He was in business in Comanche some twenty years ago, and he was sheriff of Comanche county for four years, his service ending Jan. 1, 1925.

His home most of the time for the last thirty years or more, however, had been on his farm in the Zion Hill community. During a residence of practically a third of a century in that community he was known as one of the most substantial citizens, always taking an active interest in the school and in public affairs for the good of his community.

Several months ago, he had a severe attack of flu, and he was never entirely well again. He had been in very bad health for several weeks prior to his death. He had entered business at Sidney and moved there soon after retiring from office.

The entire citizenship of Comanche county as well as the many friends elsewhere, join with the bereaved family in mourning their loss.

A large number from Comanche attended the funeral Tuesday.

Local News

Mrs. W.B. NANCE left some days ago for an extensive tour of the west coast. She is now at Los Angeles visiting in the home of a niece and will later go to Portland where her son, Olen SPIEGLE, is stationed at Vancouver Barracks as supply officer in the regular army. SPIEGLE may be transferred to San Francisco soon, in which case she will join him there.

Friends of Miss Grace BARTON will be glad to know that she is gradually recovering from her recent operation.

Clifford ALLEN returned from Galveston where he has attended the student officers training camp.

Mr. and Mrs. Ferd NEWTON of Victor are the proud parents of a baby boy, born to them July 16th.

Chelsea DELL and Feryn Bill BLACK visited their brother Clayton in Cisco the last of the week.

Mrs. WHITTLE and three-weeks-old daughter, and little son, Buster, have returned from Cisco.

Mr. and Mrs. R.P. MAYHUGH and children of New Orleans arrived a few days ago and are visiting in the home of her mother, Mrs. C.W. PATTERSON.

Mr. and Mrs. N.H. FLOYD went to Ballinger recently where their son, Amos, is employed as oiler at the pump station on the Big Lake-Comyn pipeline.

Mr. and Mrs. George VAUGHN are the proud parents of a little son, the tiny mite of humanity having made his advent into their home Tuesday morning this week.

Desdemona News

Mr. and Mrs. Pat MURPHREY have just returned from a tour of North Texas, Missouri, and Arkansas. While in Missouri they attended to business at Joplin.

Guy Bruce and Edward MAY have returned from a visit with friends in Arkansas.

Mrs. J.H. GALLIGHER, and daughter Beryle, left Thursday for an extended visit in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. En route they plan to visit friends in Oklahoma City.


Miss Hazell BARNES of Waco is visiting her mother this week.

Mr. Walter GOODWIN, Miss Odelle ROBBINS and Mrs. Caraway THOMPSON visited at the home of Mr. and Mrs. TODD of Gorman Sunday night.

Grandma DICKEY of Okla. is visiting her son, Mr. T.W. DICKEY.

Mrs. Clara SIMMMONS of Ft. Worth is visiting her sister, Mrs. J.E. STEEL.

Miss Naomi BARNES has returned to her job in Waco. She has been visiting her mother, Mrs. Effie BARNES.

We have just learned that Miss Audia FLOYD is on the sick list this week.

Grandpa and grandma SPENCER of Stephenville have moved into our community.

Duster News

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. GRAY and daughter, Mollie, accompanied by Mrs. J.W. SMITH returned from Roby Friday where they had been visiting friends and relatives.

Clyde HATTOX, student of Draughn’s Business College of Abilene, spent the week-end with his parents.

Miss Lucile CADENHEAD is on the sick list this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe B. KOONCE are the proud parents of a baby girl born Tuesday, June 30, named Joe Nell.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest GOATS Thursday July 9th, a baby boy named A.J.

Round Grove News

Mrs. Will BLAIR has been on the sick list the past week.

.©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.