De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, August 14, 1925

New Manager At Highway Filling Station In Charge

W.A. CRAWFORD, through the Pierce Oil Co., has leased the filling station owned by E.B. WALTON, known as the Hiway Filling Station, and has been in charge since August 1. Mr. CRAWFORD comes from Gorman where he was in the employ of the Ford S[illegible] Company. He was formerly connected with the oil business in various capacities during the past years, being employed by Pierce. He has lived at Gorman for about two and a half years.

The Hiway will handle Pierce "Pennant" gas and oils. At the present he has one pump handling Gulf gasoline and will continue this for a while at least. His lines of tires and tubes will be Dayton and Gilette. He offers the usual free tire service.

Mr. CRAWFORD was married in De Leon to Miss Maybelle NABORS, daughter of Chief of Police NABORS, some months ago. The Free Press wishes him success in his new business venture.

Inzer Purchased Drug Business In Hamlin This Week

The People’s Pharmacy, an old established drug business in Hamlin, Texas, was purchased this week by Dr. H.H. INZER and his son, Star, the latter to have charge of the business beginning at once. Dr. INZER, of course, has no intention of leaving De Leon. Star left early in the week to go to Hamlin and take charge of the business.

Mr. D. TOMLIN, manager of Tomlin Drug Co. of this city is assisting the junior INZER to get started off in his new location. Mr. TOMLIN having spent the week in Hamlin assisting at invoicing the stock.

The Free Press confidently expects young Mr. INZER to make a success of the drug business in the thriving west Texas town.

Truck Loaded With Watermelons Damaged Ford

A Ford truck being driven by a man from Ranger "went dead" near the crossing nearest the Dependable Store Thursday morning and the brakes failed to work. The machine, which was loaded with perhaps a ton of watermelons, started rolling down the grade. Mrs. J.B. JEFFREY was coming up the street in her Ford coupe and saw the machine coming toward her. She threw her machine in reverse and started to back, but was unable to keep clear of the heavily loaded truck which crashed into the front of the coupe, bending the radiator and causing damage.

The Range man immediately assumed responsibility for the damage and the coupe is being repaired at his expense, it is stated.

Local News

Little Miss Kathryn MORTON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.B. MORTON is recovering from an operation for the removal of her tonsils, which was performed at the Gorman Sanitarium last week.

Whitt and Roy JERNIGAN have just returned from an auto tour of south Texas. They stopped at Corpus Christi for a few days outing, then visited their uncles Newell JERNIGAN and Edd McCHAREN of Brownsville. Then they crossed over into Matamoras, Mex. Sight seeing. They report a very good time.

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. POOL have removed from De Leon to Brownwood where they will make their future home. De Leon can ill afford to lose such good people, but the best of good wishes go with them to their new home. They moved there for the benefit of superior educational advantages, we are told.

Mr. and Mrs. G.H. McCARTY of Lawn, Taylor county, are here this week for a visit in the home of their daughters, Mesdames KINCHEN and MARTIN.

Mr. and Mrs. Barney McLAUGHLIN and children of Ft. Worth are here for a visit in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.E. CARTER.

Friday evening Miss Letha SMITH chaperoned a crowd of girls and boys on a swimming party; it being given in honor of Miss Oran Jo POOL who will leave in a few days for Brownwood. The crowd met at the home of Willie Mae JETTON and then went out to McCharen’s Lake swimming and everyone enjoyed it. Lunch was spread for the following: Misses Beryle and Mildred JOHNSTON, Willie Mae JETTON, Virginia SHARP, Dalhia WEATHERFORD, Mary Louise GRIZZELLE, Grace BARTON and Oran POOL; Messrs Craig NICHOLS, Dick WEAVER, Andrew JACKSON, and Charles CARTER. After assuring the chaperone that they had had a wonderful time, they all departed hoping to go again soon.

Desdemona News

Mr. and Mrs. S.M. GLAZIER of this city are visiting for a few weeks in Wichita Falls. When Mr. and Mrs. GLAZIER return they will begin their duties as teachers in the Desdemona High School.

Miss Sally GUTHREY, Mr. and Mrs. R.F. MALOY, Mr. and Mrs. L.R. DAVENPORT, and the correspondent spent Monday with Mr. and Mrs. Whit SIDES and family who reside south of De Leon. Mr. SIDES is now constructing a modern six room bungalow which will be up-to-date in every respect when completed.


The death of Mrs. T.S. MABEN occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H.C. NEILL, at 9:00 p.m. Saturday, August 8th, 1925. She died a beautiful death, as one lying down in sleep, the stream of life flowed and ebbed away! She was ready to go, as she said many times, to be with her husband who died a number of years ago.

Mrs. MABEN fell fifteen years ago and broke her hip and had not walked since. She had spent the many long years as an invalid, patiently waiting for the time when the Lord should call her to rest. The most tender care had been lavished upon her by Mrs. NEILL, and others who were near and dear to her.

Before her marriage, Mrs. MABEN was Miss Rettye WILLIAMS. She was born in Louisiana. Her marriage to T.S. MABEN occurred in Louisiana in 1867. She united with the Methodist Church at an early age and spent her life in Christian service. Burial was at Dublin cemetery Sunday afternoon, the funeral having been held at Mrs. NEILL’s home here.

Her children are Mrs. C.G. HOGSETTE, Dallas; Mrs. A.W. CLOUSE, Dallas; Mrs. Maud ROGERS, Dallas; Mrs. H.C. NEILL, De Leon; T.S. MABEN, Jr., Ft. Worth, and two brothers, Henry and Ben WILLIAMS of Dublin.

In Meorium [sic]

At 3:20a.m. on July 29, God in His infinite love and mercy looked down from heaven and called home Joe BROWN.

Joe had suffered much since April 24th. During his sickness he made peace with God, and assured his loved ones that he was ready to go.

He was at the home of his sister-in-law here when death came. His loved ones and doctors did all they could. Joe was 33 years old the 14th of April. Besides his wife and two year old son, Buster, he leaves a father, step mother, one brother, and several half brothers and step sisters.

Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist Church at Downing. Rev. CAMPBELL, pastor of the Baptist Church at De Leon, had charge of the service. Burial was in Downing cemetery. May the loved ones lean on the arm of Jesus with the same faith that Joe did in his last days. "Blessed are they that die in the Lord." – Contributed


The marriage of Miss Ivah TERRY and Mr. Elmer TATE occurred at the Baptist Church at Stephenville at high noon, Saturday, August 8th, 1925, with the pastor of that church officiating. The young couple had gone there accompanied by friends, and secured license at the court house, then hunted up the parson to be made as one.

Miss TERRY is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B.N. TERRY and is a most estimable young lady. Young Mr. TATE is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. C.G. TATE and is upright and industrious in habit and character. The Free Press extends best wishes.


The Free Press has heard of the marriage of Moody KING of this city to Miss Gladys CROFT of Proctor. The marriage was solemnized at Comanche on Saturday, August 8th, 1925, at 9:15 p.m.

Mr. KING has been attending business college at Abilene of late, where it is understood he and his bride have now gone. The Free Press wishes them the greatest success and happiness in their wedded life.

Ego Aneo Te Club

The Ego Aneo Te Club met at the home of Miss Beryle JOHNSTON on Wednesday afternoon.

The ever entertaining game of progressive rook was played with Mary Louise GRIZZELLE winning high score.

Refreshments of ice cream and cake were served to the following: Misses Willie Mae JETTON, Oran Jo POOL, Lois HARVEY, Jewel Jean KIRKPATRICK, Oleta STEVENS, Violet TODD, Clarabelle FUNDERBURG, Will S. PATE; Mary Louise GRIZZELLE, Launa FRETWELL and Grace BARTON.

.©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.