De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, November 13, 1925

Mrs. Josie Collie, Mother of Mrs. A.M. Allen is Dead

Mrs. Josie COLLIE, aged 65, mother of Mrs. A.M. ALLEN, died at her home at Gorman on Monday this week after an illness lasting over several months, the cause of her death being paralysis. She had lived in Gorman for more than thirty years where her family had been prominent in the business and social life of the town. Tribute was paid to her life and character by the presence of an immense throng of relatives, friends and acquaintances, not alone from Gorman, but from other points as well.

De Leon relatives attending were Dr. and Mrs. ALLEN and children, and Miss Thelma COLLIE. Friends from here attending were Mesdames A.K. BENDER, John A. MOHON, R.P. HENDRIX, S.G. PARKS, R.L. SCOTT, W.T. JETTON, and Mr. and Mrs. W.C. STREETY, Mesdames D. HENSON and Henry SHOOK, and Pastor KIRKPATRICK. Funeral was at Gorman Tuesday afternoon.

A.K. Bender Passed Away

Augustus Kansas BENDER, or "Uncle Kanse" as he was better known, is dead. He came to the end at 9:24 o’clock p.m. Saturday, November 7th, 1925, at the Baptist Sanitarium at Dallas where he had gone for an operation to relieve an old trouble caused originally from a wound received in a railroad accident about twenty-five years ago. His enfeebled condition at the time of the operation prevented his recovery. His age was 68 years, four months and twenty-two days.

Mr. BENDER led an active life, and was directly connected with some of the most important developments of this section. He helped to build the Texas & Pacific railroad from Weatherford to Baird and afterwards took a position as section foreman and later road master with the old Texas Central, which he held for years. For the past twenty-two years he has looked after farming interests here.

The marriage of Mr. BENDER to Miss Minnie RUSSELL occurred at Morgan on April 4th, 1886. To this union were born four children; Mrs. Lyman E. FOREST of Ranger; Mrs. John A. MOHON of De Leon and Ralph BENDER of De Leon. Richard Rush BENDER died at the age of six years. There are four grandchildren. Two sisters and a brother survive him. These are Mesdames R.H. GRIFFIN of Phoenix, Ariz., and R.P. HENDRIX of Bremond, Texas, and J.B. BENDER of Cimarron, Kansas, all three being present at the funeral service, which was held at the De Leon Baptist church Monday afternoon with Pastor CAMPBELL in charge of the service and Pastors KIRKPATRICK of the Methodist church and the pastor of the Christian church, Comanche, assisting.

Mr. BENDER joined the Christian church some four years ago, and in these years has led an exemplary Christian life. He was a Mason for many years, and his Masonic brethren attended his funeral service and paid their respects to his memory at the grave side.

North Ward Boy Had Operation

Burrus JONES, son of Farmer JONES< who resides near the North Ward school, was carried to Gorman for an operation for the removal of his appendix Friday last week. The operation was successful and young JONES is making satisfactory recovery. Monday afternoon Prof. O.H. MOORE and a group of his classmates called on JONES at the sanitarium.

J.J. Heath is in Serious Condition

Friends of J.J. (Jim) HEATH will hear with regret of his serious illness. Mr. HEATH has been sick for a long time, but his condition in recent weeks has become grave. He is well advanced in years.

Old Settler Died Here Last Thurs. At 3:13 p.m.

H.H. HILL, aged seventy-three years and twenty-seven days and an early settler in this section, died at his home in the block north of the Hiway Filling Station at 8:15 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, November 10th. Funeral service was conducted at the home at 3:00 o’clock Wednesday afternoon by Pastor KIRKPATRICK, and the burial was at De Leon cemetery following.

Mr. HILL was born in Hunt county but moved to Comanche county when five years of age and has resided here almost continuously since that time. Years ago he contracted tuberculosis and for four years has been confined to his bed. He lived five years with his sister, Mrs. STONE, but has lived of late months with his sister here, who cared for him in his last days. His wife died 23 years ago. They had five children, all of whom live in Cass county, none being present at his funeral.


At the home of the bride’s parents in the city of Brownwood, Wednesday morning – Armistice Day – was solemnized the marriage of Miss Carrie Buck EDWARDS and William STEAKLEY. Pastor of one of the Brownwood Baptist churches who was a friend of the family, spoke the words of the marriage ceremony. The wedding party consisted of only relatives and a few close friends of the bride, Z.C. and R.W. STEAKLEY, brothers of the groom, and Zollie STEAKLEY, Jr. were present. The event transpired at 9:00 a.m.

Immediately following the wedding the happy young couple left by automobile for a honeymoon trip to Texas coast towns, to be absent for two weeks. They will visit San Antonio while enroute to Corpus Christi and return by Galveston, arriving home by Thanksgiving.

Miss EDWARDS is a charming girl and has many warm friends in De Leon where she has lived for a number of years. She was until recently employed by the Garner-Alvis Co. and her services held in the highest esteem, both by her employers and the public. She graduated from De Leon high school several years ago and her popularity while a student was reflected in her being chosen for the "popularity section" of the high school annual in her senior year. Miss EDWARDS and Mr. STEAKLEY were classmates.

William (Bill) STEAKLEY is the genial proprietor of Steakley’s filling station. There is not a more widely advertised business in this section of Texas. His enterprise and good business judgment has builded a successful institution of which he may feel justly proud. His name is known (almost) from coast to coast. And his enviable reputations nas been built upon his personality, enterprise and service. They say his road signs may be read on the Great American desert on the road to California. Bill has friends by the score, in De Leon and elsewhere, all of whom wish for him and his lovable bride the fullest measure of happiness and continued prosperity.


Miss Pearl INZER and Mr. Forrest FARMER took their friends by surprise when they were married at the bride’s home last Sunday evening with only one exception all the wedding party consisted of relatives of the contracting parties, and not many people knew of the event until after it had taken place.

The impressive wedding ceremony was said by Rev. S. KIRKPATRICK, in the absence of their pastor, Rev. CAMPBELL, who was out of town that evening. The happy young couple received the congratulations showered upon them by all. They are residing in an apartment at the J.P. HAM home, in the eastern portion of the city, where they went following the ceremony.

Miss INZER came to De Leon some years ago with her father, J.W. INZER, and has continued to make her home in De Leon where her circle of friends is large. She is a quiet, attractive and lovable young woman, possessing the characteristics of a home-maker and one who will fill well the place and the complexities of modern life demanded of women. Mr. FARMER, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe FARMER, is likewise of excellent character, industrious and highly esteemed by his fellows. Mr. FARMER’s friends are expecting that he will attain marked success in his business affairs as the years come and go. And his incentive to succeed is multiplied many fold by his securing so charming a life companion. The Free Press wishes them the greatest success and happiness.

Dolly Stephens Improving Rapidly

Dollie STEPHENS who has been confined in bed ever since July 11th, is now able to be up in a rolling chair.

Mrs. Johnnie NUNNELLY’s Sunday school class surprised Dollie by going over and playing a few contests and carrying with them a big package containing many beautiful gifts for her.

The following girls went and carried presents:

Evelyn COX, Bettie LLOYD, Johnnie COONER, Bessie SLOAN, Lake WEATHERFORD, Velma BELL, Mrs. W.J. ROSS, Rowena FARMER, Iris MOHON, Janice KEE, Ava BUTLER, Jewell JONES, and their teacher, Mrs. Johnnie NUNNELLEY. We all wish for Dollie back in our class soon.

Honor Roll For First Grade South Ward

Roy Norman MAMERS, Ralph NICHELS, Mary Alice ROLLINS, Eugene GENTRY, Adelle ELKINS, Nelle HORNSBY, Jacelyn KEMP, Billy GREENWALDT, Mary Dalph BOSWELL, Paul COZBY, Dunwood HAZARD and Henry HOWELL.

Local News

Attending the INZER-FARMER wedding Sunday evening were: Mrs. H.W. McDANIEL and son and daughter of Abilene, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence FARMER of Abilene and Mr. and Mrs. Robert CHANDLER and baby of Mexia.

Mrs. L.F. SHORT, sister-in-law of Howard Short, is here from Toccopola, Miss., for a visit of some weeks in their home.

Mr. and Mrs. M.L. STERLING of New Orleans are here for a visit in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl PITTMAN. Mrs. STERLING was formerly Miss Louise PITTMAN.

Miss Maude HAILE of Fort Worth was spending the past week end as guest in the home of her sister, Mrs. Dudley CHRISTOPHER.

Mr. and Mrs. R.M. ESTES returned last Thursday from California, [ill.] made their home at Alhambra the past year where he was engaged at the barber trade.

©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.