De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, September 4, 1925

Half a Hundred De Leon Girls and Boys To College

The following De Leon young people will be leaving, or have already gone, to attend the various institutions of higher education for the coming school year:

Paul HOWELL, State University, Austin.

William WHITE, State University, Austin.

Owen NABORS, State University, Austin.

Arl LIGHTFOOT, State University, Austin

Virginia LOWE, State University, Austin

Mary Louise LOWE, State University, Austin

Byron SHOTT, State University, Austin

Frank TATE, A & M College/ Bryan

Dalton PILCHER, A & M College, Bryan

Clarence REDDEN, Jr., A & M College, Bryan

Clay MORRIS, A & M College, Bryan

Paul TATE, A & M College, Bryan

Raymond TERRY, A & M College, Bryan

Boyd SHARP, A & M College, Bryan

Wayne WEAVER, Baylor, Waco

Herbert WEAVER, Baylor Medical, Dallas

Ronald MYERS, Baylor, Waco

Percy DAVENPORT, Texas Christian Uni., Ft. Worth

Jamie GREENWALDT, Texas Woman’s College, Ft. Worth.

Elyne ALLGOOD, Uni. Of Okla., Norman

Walton BASSETT, University of New York, New AYork

C.O. BRAGG, Daniell Baker, Brownwood

Robert PATTERSON, Daniell Baker, Brownwood

Robert SMITH, Daniell Baker, Brownwood

Dale WILSON, Daniell Baker, Brownwood

Gayle TOLAND, Daniell Baker, Brownwood

Forrest FARMER, Daniell Baker, Brownwood

Ewell LIGHTFOOT, Daniell Baker, Brownwood

Russell HOWELL, Daniell Baker, Brownwood

Ralph DUKE, Howard Payne, Brownwood

Clifford ALLEN, John Tarleton, Stephenville

C.G. MORTON, John Tarleton, Stephenville

Edmund GRIZZELLE, John Tarleton, Stephenville

Sherrod STOVER, John Tarleton, Stephenville

Emmett Lee HOWARD, John Tarleton, Stephenville

Ambrose MORGAN, John Tarleton, Stephenville

Lillian HANSFORD, John Tarleton, Stephenville

Lillian TATE, John Tarleton, Stephenville

Autrey CARAWAY, John Tarleton, Stephenville

Gladys GILDER, John Tarleton, Stephenville

Emma Joe BREWER, Simmons University, Abilene

Wm. INZER, State University, Miss.

Jewel MATTHIS, A & M, Bryan

Maurice NANCE, Sweeny, Kansas City

Lucile HENDRICKS, Baylor School of Nursing, Dallas

Roy NANCE, Tyler Commercial, Tyler

Burk COURH, Tyler Commercial, Tyler

Sudden Death Calls Well Known De Leon Citizen

Friday night, Aug. 21, 1925 death came suddenly to J.T. SOLLEY, well-known and highly respected citizen of this community. Mr. SOLLEY had worked during the day and ate supper apparently in his usual good health, retired at the usual hour, between nine and ten o’clock, and died at about 10:30 of heart failure.

His daughter, Mrs. Ila WARREN, with whom he was staying, said she heard her father make some unaccustomed sound after he had retired. He was sleeping on a bed on the porch of their home in the north part of the city. She and her husband went to his bedside and, realizing something was wrong, lifted him in bed. He did not speak, and expired almost immediately.

Mr. SOLLEY was born in Tallapoosa county, Ala., and came to Texas to De Leon, in about 1908, having spent his life in the communities named. He was born on Jan. 1, 1860 being 65 years of age at death. He was married in Alabama to Sarah Jane MOORE, who survives him. Ten children were born to them, nine of whom are living. They are Dyson SOLLEY, Roby; Ottis SOLLEY, Marlow, Okla.; Roxy WILKERSON, De Leon; Mollie Belle WHITAKER, Grapeland; Ranson SOLLEY, De Leon; Ila WARREN, De Leon; Gladys BROWNLEE, De Leon; Zeff SOLLEY, De Leon; Maggie COAN, Downing. All were present at the funeral except Mrs. WHITAKER of Grapeland.

Mr. SOLLEY was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, his membership being at Downing, having united with that church about fifteen years ago. Funeral service was conducted at the cemetery by Rev. A.F. NABERS, his life-long friend and neighbor in Alabama, and here. Burial was at the De Leon cemetery Sunday afternoon, August 23rd.

Lowe Sisters Win Medals For Work On State U. Papers

Misses Virginia and Mary Louise LOWE, daughters of Mayor and Mrs. W.E. LOWE, were awarded medals for excellent work in journalism at the State University during the summer just passed. Both were assigned work at reporting and writing for the Daily Texas, University daily paper, and each showed marked ability in handling assignments given them.

Sooner Or Later They All Come Back

S.S. SMITH and family are due back from Cisco this week and will again make their home in De Leon. Simon has been coming back every few days since he went away, the frequency of his visits making it bearable for him to stay away as long as he has. His friends – and that means everybody here – welcomes him and his good family back home.

Oscar Patterson To Reside in Kansas

The Free Press is in receipt of a letter from J.O. (Oscar) PATTERSON who was employed as a barber in the Grisham shop until the last week in July, stating that he will not return to De Leon. After visiting in the panhandle and at points in New Mexico, Mr. and Mrs. PATTERSON accompanied her father to his home at Coffeyville, Kans., and they have decided to make their home there.

……He is employed as barber with the Mission Barber Shop and his address is 124 West 8th St., Coffeyville. The Free Press regrets to lose these good people from our town.


The marriage of Mr. Ollie ROSS to Miss Pearl STONE occurred at 11:00 o’clock Monday morning, August 34d, 1925. Mr. ROSS is employed at the present time at Newland, Texas, as engineer, and immediately following their marriage they left overland in his car for their home. The marriage was solemnized at the Baptist parsonage, Rev. J.N. CAMPBELL officiating. The marriage was witnessed by a few relatives and friends.

These are among De Leon’s most excellent young people, both being reared at De Leon. Mr. ROSS is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. ROSS and Miss STONE is a daughter of Mrs. P.A. STONE, a sister of Ollie STONE.

The Free Press wishes to join the many friends of these excellent young people in wishing for them the greatest happiness and prosperity as they journey through life.


The Free Press inadvertently omitted mention of the marriage of Mr. Archibald WHITE to Miss Gazelle WILLIAMS, which occurred at the home of the bride’s parents at Sanderson, Texas, August 10th. Miss WILLIAMS is a daughter of the superintendent of Sanderson schools and young Mr. WHITE, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J.V. WHITE of this city has taught there for some years.

Following their marriage, which was the occasion of a pretty home wedding, the happy young couple went to Galveston for a few days honeymoon. The Free Press extends congratulations and best wishes.

Wanted – Two or four teachers to board at $25.00 each, near North Ward school. – Mrs. T.I. FITZGERALD

Teacher of Piano, Voice, Theory, Harmony, Saxophone, Trombone and Cornet. – Mrs. Kate BREWER Studio, S. Main, N.W. on corner from High School

For Sale – Shotgun, 12 gauge, double barrel hammerless, 30 inch Le Fever, used part of last season, good as new for $20.00, see George VAUGHN

Local News

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Z.C. STEAKLEY, at Abilene where Mrs. STEAKLEY is in Sanitarium, a baby boy. The youngster arrived on Sunday, August 30th. All doing nicely.

Marvin HANDCOCK is at home with his parents for a few days.

Miss Dollie PAINE has returned from several months visit with her niece at San Angelo.

Mr. and Mrs. Willie HANDCOCK of Houston are visiting this week in the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. HANDCOCK.

Mr. and Mrs. Will IRVIN are the proud parents of a baby girl. Mother and little one doing nicely.

S.H. GRAY of Ranger was visiting his parents on Rt. 2 the past week end. He is moving to Cisco, he stated.

J.E. FARMER of Waco was spending several days with his parents recently.

Mr. and Mrs. V.L. MORRIS have recently moved back from Mexia. Their sons will remain there.

Miss Lois SHORT has accepted a position to teach in the high school at Liberty, Texas.

The young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. JONES is in a sanitarium at Gorman this week for an operation for adenoids and tonsils.

Miss Gladys SHORT will return next week to Breckenridge to teach in the city schools, having taught there last season.

Miss Kathleen AYERS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Young AYERS, is here from Stephenville this week, guest in the house of Mr. and Mrs. Bert AYERS.

Lump NABORS, formerly of this place now living at Loraine, is here this week visiting NABORS relatives and friends.

Miss Mary Louise LOWE is at home for a few days between the close of the summer school and opening of the regular fall term at State University.

Mrs. E.A. CAMPBELL and Miss Ruby CAMPBELL of Tuscon, Arizona, are visiting Pastor J.N. CAMPBELL and family, this week. Mrs. CAMPBELL is the Pastor’s mother.

Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN have returned from a visit of several days duration with their son and daughter, Ralph and Mrs. H.M. EVANS at Wichita Falls.

D. TOMLIN accompanied his mother, Mrs. F.M. TOMLIN of near Breckenridge, to Marlin this week where she will remain for some time taking treatment.

Miss Olean VAN ZANDT is home from summer school at State University and will teach piano and public school music the coming term at Spartan, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe TULLOS went to Groesbeck Wednesday in response to a message regarding the condition of his father. The elder TULLUS, aged 69, fell and broke his hip, which was the third time he had been similarly injured. He is in serious condition.

Duster News

Most everybody of this Community has been attending the revival meeting at Turkey Creek.

Mr. and Mrs. W.L. CADENHEAD accompanied by Miss Alice CADENHEAD made a business trip to Comanche Friday.

Miss Iola McCLELLAN spent last week with her sister at Strawn, Texas.

The party at the home of Mr. Mack HALE was enjoyed by a large crowd Friday night.

Mr. Clarence SKAGGS of Gorman visited his cousin Byron SKAGGS last week.

Marion SKAGGS and family of Gorman visited H.F. SKAGGS and family Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. E.R. HAMMOND of Clariette and the latter’s sister, Miss Jennie McCLURE of Thurber, visited at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HOLMES, Monday p.m.

Mrs. Verna BRITTIAN of west Texas is visiting her brother, G.W. HUDSON.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer FREEMAN of Waco visited her mother, Mrs. Effie BARNES Saturday and Sunday.

Mr. W.L. McQUISTON is suffering with blood poison, caused from a scratch on his hand. He is at the Blackwell sanitarium at Gorman.

Mrs. M.E. SPRUILL’s children cooked a nice birthday dinner Aug. 28th for their mother honoring her 67th birthday. Mrs. H.C. SPENCER was invited as it was her 78th birthday. Mrs. SPENCER said "She didn’t think she had every eaten a nicer dinner in her life."

Miss Lela VAUGHAN, our Domestic Science teacher, and her father have moved in the new teacherage. Mr. VAUGHAN will be janitor for the school the coming season.

Homer BARNES visited in the home of his aunt, Mrs. Oscar BLANTON several days ago.

Mrs. CULWELL of Dublin is visiting her sons, Messrs. Troy and Dutch CULWELL this week.

Mrs. W.J. DICKEY visited in the home of her mother, Mrs. J.M. CHOUDLER Sunday.

Mr. C.M. CARAWAY is painting his house white this week. All the teacherage buildings have also been painted white.

Mrs. J.C. WILLIAMSON and children of California are visiting their daughter and sister, Mrs. Charlie FLOYD this 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.