De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, November 6, 1925

A.K. Bender In Serious Condition At Dallas Hospital

Thursday information was received from Mrs. John A. MOHON who is at the bedside of her father, A.K. BENDER, at the Baptist Sanitarium, Dallas, to the effect that Mr. BENDER’s condition was grave. He was accompanied to Dallas Sunday a week ago by Johnnie MOHON who was with him until Tuesday when Dr. Sam WEAVER operated for relief of pressure on his brain from a hard grissel that had formed over an old wound that Mr. BENDER received in a railroad accident more than a quarter of a century ago. Dr. WEAVER cut across the hard pressing substance several times and relieved the pressure on the brain. Mr. BENDER seemed better almost immediately, however, he has not made the improvement hoped for.

It has been rumored from time to time that Mr. BENDER wore a "silver plate" beneath the scalp to protect the brain over the hole in his skull, which in reality is as large as half a dollar. But there is nothing whatever to the story. The old wound has been covered by nothing other than the skin for these years, and the grissel that has formed there is largely the cause of his present trouble, it is said.

Mr. BENDER’s condition Thursday was such as to cause grave apprehension. He is 68 years of age.

Later – At 9:00 o’clock this morning (Friday) a wire from Mesdames MOHON and FORREST, daughters of Mr. BENDER, who are at his bedside, stated that his condition is unchanged. He has developed pneumonia and his condition is grave.

Another De Leon Boy Class Pres. At Baylor Uni.

De Leon has cause to be proud of the record our young people have made at Baylor University. Both B.J. and Ralph PITTMAN, were in their turn, in their senior year at the university, and now comes Ronald MYERS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kos MYERS, who was recently elected president of the Sophomore Class.

Young MYERS is in his second year at Baylor, having graduated from De Leon high school two years ago. He is deservedly popular at Baylor, as proved by his selection to head his class. MYERS has not gone out for football, but will be on the track team in the spring.

De Leon Girl Has Splendid Position As County Agent

Miss Gladys SHORT, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.W. SHORT, was released as a teacher in the grade schools in the city of Breckenridge to enable her to take a position as Home Demonstration Agent for the Plainview district. Miss SHORT left last week for Plainview and is now in charge of the work. As the Free Press understands it, she has not only Hale county but a district in that section under her supervision.

Miss SHORT has spent several years preparing herself for this work and will succeed. Her friends here congratulate her on her splendid opportunity.

Katy Man To Colgin Sanitarium For Operation

J.W. JONES, section foreman here, left Monday to enter Colgin Sanitarium, Waco, for an operation. The Free Press has not heard of the outcome of the operation but trusts that Mr. JONES is on the road to recovery.

Local News

A baby girl was born into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse MACON at Gorman on October 26th. Everyone doing nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. POOL, now of Brownwood, were spending Sunday in the home of Mrs. POOL’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Doss MILLER.

Miss Edra WILLIAMSON, niece of C.H. TIDWELL, had her tonsils removed at Gorman sanitarium last Sunday. The operation was successful and she is now at home and doing nicely.

Round Grove

Graves and Howell ROSS made a business trip to Rising Star Saturday. Ed RIPPETOE, who has been at the sanitarium at Gorman for two weeks is still improving. His condition was such that his wife returned home Saturday.

Mrs. Albert GEORGE and children of Longworth are here for a few days stay, to be at the bedside of her sister, Mrs. Arthur VINSON.

Mrs. Arthur VINSON, who has been very low with typhoid fever is no better at this writing.

Ernest RIPPETOE [correspondent]

Girls Basketball Team To Play Sipe Springs Here Saturday

The De Leon high school girls basketball team will play Sipe Springs, Saturday, on the high school court.

The team organized some time ago and here is the line-up: Vivian BOSWELL, Parolee HILL (guards), Lillie REID, Beryle JOHNSTON, (forwards) Laverne ALEXANDER, (jump center) Lucy Mae MERRITT (running center and captain).

Come and see the first game of the season.

Card of Thanks

We take this means of thanking our friends for their assistance during the recent operation and illness of Mrs. HOLMES.

Mr. and Mrs. Reuben HOLMES

Oliver Springs

The Hallowe’en party at the school house was a decided success, thanks to efforts of the three teachers. Quite a crowd attended. The fish ponds and fortune telling booths were well patronized.

The cake, went of course to the Oliver girl, Miss Mamie PARKS being the lucky girl. Erby MOONEY won the prize as best looking boy. We of the community thank the other communities for their assistance.

Miss Priscilla COZART, one time student and teacher of Oliver Springs, was seen at the party Saturday night.

Carmen BAIRD is quite ill at this writing.

Duster News

Mr. Arthur MARROW has bought himself a new Ford.

Henry CLAY and Lonnie FREEMAN of the St. Joe community visited with their sister, Mrs. Bonnie HARRIS, a few days last week.

Newman POUNDS of De Leon was a visitor in this community last Sunday.

C.B. GRAY has purchased a new Ford.


©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.