De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, October 23, 1925

Mrs. Emmett Rippetoe Is Dead

The death of Mrs. Emmett RIPPETOE, formerly Miss Rose GEORGE, occurred at Gorman at Blackwell Sanitarium last week, and to this date the Free Press has been unable to obtain information regarding her death, although an effort has been made to do so.

Mrs. RIPPETOE was mother of several children, we are told, which renders her passing all the more lamentable. Deepest sympathy is extended.

This paper hopes to obtain more detailed information and publish the account in an early issue.

Two De Leon Ladies Have Tonsils Removed

Mesdames B.J. PITTMAN and R.N. HILL went to Gorman the last of the week and had their tonsils removed at Blackwell Sanitarium. Both are recovering nicely, each having returned home a few hours after the operation.

Miss Letha Smith Had Appendix Operation

Miss Letha SMITH is in Blackwell Sanitarium, Gorman, where she had an operation for the removal of appendix last week. She has recovered nicely from the operation and is expected home now. Miss SMITH has had much ill luck of late, only just recovering from severe injuries sustained in an auto mishap when the necessity for the operation came.

Mrs. Sellers Died At Dallas; Was Buried Here

Mrs. SELLERS, mother of Mack SELLERS, died early Monday morning at Dallas at the home of her daughter, Mrs. CULBERSON, near the campus of Southern Methodist University. Death came suddenly, probably from heart failure. She had not been ill. She was about 65 years of age.

Funeral services were held at the home in Dallas Monday and the body then brought to De Leon where burial took place Wednesday morning at De Leon cemetery beside the body of her husband, who preceded her in death eight years. Mr. SELLERS died while they lived in De Leon hence the old couple was well known here.

Mack SELLERS now lives in Corpus Christi and was present at the burial of his mother as were the five brothers and two sisters, except one brother and Mrs. CULBERSON, who was too ill to attend.

The Free Press regrets that we have so little information concerning the life of this good woman.

Fitzgerald Is Transferred To The De Leon District

T.I. FITZGERALD, who is with the State Highway Department, has been transferred from the position of supervisor of the maintenance for Mason county, to supervisor of the De Leon district. Mr. FITZGERALD will have about 200 miles of designated highway under his supervision, mainly in Comanche and Erath counties. He will make his headquarters at De Leon.


The marriage of Miss Opal LIGHTFOOT to Mr. Mitchell TATE occurred at 9:30 o’clock a.m. Sunday, September 27. The happy young couple drove to the home of Rev. and Mrs. A.F. NABORS, Rev. Mr. NABORS officiating. They were accompanied to the home of Rev. NABORS by the parents of the bride and by the mother of the groom.

Miss LIGHTFOOT is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.L. LIGHTFOOT and is a young lady of many virtues, well liked by a wide circle of admiring friends. Mr. TATE is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C.G. TATE and likewise popular with all who know him. He is employed by the Precinct Commissioner in road construction work, and has won for himself a valuable situation.

The Free Press extends them heartiest best wishes.


The Free Press was late getting information of the wedding of Otho BELL or "Slats" as his friends know him, to Miss Pansy KAY of Stephenville. The young couple drove to Eastland on Sunday, September 27th, where their friend, Rev. NELSON, said the ceremony uniting them in the happy bonds. They visited his parents here while enroute.

Young Mr. BELL is a son of Mr. and Mrs. V.V. BELL. To say he was popular during his residence in De Leon is to put it mildly. "Slats" was at the head of things during the years of high school work, and later at John Tarleton he was equally popular.

It was while attending school at Tarleton that he met Miss Pansy KAY, who lived at Stephenville. They were classmates, and graduated together there last June. Now they are teaching together at Mercer’s Gap, eight miles south of Comanche, their school starting on Tuesday following their marriage.

The Free Press wishes young Mr. and Mrs. BELL much happiness.

Local News

Z.C. STEAKLEY went to Abilene Sunday to take Mrs. STEAKLEY and their infant son to remain awhile with her sister. The young STEAKLEY has not been doing well of late.

Mr. and Mrs. L.B. CHAMPION are the proud parents of a baby girl, born to them on Oct. 14th.

Mr. and Mrs. Will CLARK are all smiles over the arrival in their home of a little daughter, who made her appearance on the 18th inst. All reported doing nicely.

©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.