De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, November 20, 1925

Part Of Stolen Goods Found Buried in Sand Field

When Miss Jessie JONES, 12, went to drive up the cows at milking time at their home in the southwest portion of the city last Tuesday evening she came upon a place that had been freshly dug in the ground and the rain of the previous night had washed the earth away, exposing to view some papers and wearables. Miss JONES made further investigation and with little effort brought to the surface a crepe gown, breakfast cap, pair of slippers, two purses, a Catholic version of the bible, identification papers, order blanks, etc.

She carried the articles to her parents and further search was made, Mr. JONES fearing murder had been done. But nothing else was found. Mr. JONES immediately brought the articles into town and turned them over to Chief of Police NABORS.

The recovered articles were recognized as the belongings of Mrs. Martha COOK, who demonstrated a line of cosmetics at the Dependable Store the past week. Mrs. COOK, while in the city, was the victim of a robbery of clothing, etc., estimated to be worth considerably more than the recovered articles.

De Leon Laundry To Be Managed By Jr. Members

De Leon Laundry has been owned and managed by FARMER & ROSS for several months, and while the first name is to remain the same, the elder FARMER is retiring from the business and Forrest FARMER is taking his place. Mr. and Mrs. Joe FARMER and family are moving this week to Comanche where Mr. FARMER will engage in similar business.

Joe FARMER has built the first successful laundry business in De Leon. Others have tried and failed. The present laundry is well established and operating on a profitable basis, rendering a service deserving of patronage. Mr. FARMER’s friends here regret to lose him from the business element of the city.

Former De Leon Citizen Moved To Estancia, N.M.

Friends of H.E. SIDES, formerly of De Leon Rt. 5, who moved to Lometa in Mills county several years ago, will be interested to know that he has again moved, leaving Lometa a week ago to make his home at Estancia, New Mexico.

Miss Hallmark Is On Vacation Now

Miss Ray HALLMARK, local manager for the Western Union Telegraph Co., left early this week for her home at Dublin on her annual vacation. She will visit in Fort Worth and Dallas while away.

Mrs. SCRUGGS of Waco, relief operator, is in charge of the office in the absence of Miss HALLMARK.

Downing Man Is Injured When Team Ran Away Tues.

J.N. BOWEN, resident of the Downing community, sustained painful and somewhat serious injury last Tuesday afternoon when a team of horses he was driving became unmanageable and ran away. The animals were harnessed but not attached to any vehicle. Mr. BOWEN was driving them with the lines tied and looped around his waist. The Free Press could not learn just how far he was dragged, but one of the bones in his wrist was broken, and he sustained a serious bruise over one kidney that is said to have torn it loose and bruised it badly.

Thursday his condition was pronounced better and he is now on the road to recovery. Mr. BOWEN is father of Mrs. Fred NABORS and Miss Georgia BOWEN.

Old Landmark Removed Being Replaced By Modern Dwelling

The old residence that stood on the corner lot just opposite and east from the Methodist church, said to have been the last of the old landmarks, was wrecked and moved off during the past week, and a modern cottage now occupies this lot. Pet SHAVER, the owner, will have a very attractive place once the new house is located.

The old house moved away has stood on this lot for more than forty years.

Car Wrecked On High Dump Near Leon River Sunday

Sunday evening about 7:30 o’clock when Mr. and Mrs. S.G. UNDERWOOD and children were returning from Dublin they overtook another car off the highway about Leon river. Both cars are reported to have been traveling about twenty-five miles when Mr. UNDERWOOD attempted to pass the car he had been trailing for some distance. Just at the moment another car, unobserved by Mr. UNDERWOOD, met the car he was attempting to pass. The UNDERWOOD car passed between the two and the car on the right, a Ford touring, went into the guard fence and was badly wrecked. One lady riding in the Ford was badly bruised. Neither of the other machines were damaged. Both uninjured machines stopped to render aid and the injured lady was brought to town for medical attention.


The marriage of Miss Lorena IRVIN to Finis BELL occurred at Eastland on the afternoon of Armistice Day, November 11th. They went to Eastland where they searched out the county clerk, then found their friend, Rev. NELSON, Baptist pastor, who said the magic words. After the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. BELL continued their journey to Cisco for the Cisco-Ranger football game and Armistice Day parade.

The day following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. BELL left for Merkle where he is engaged to teach this year.

These are among the best and most popular young people. Both have grown to manhood and womanhood in De Leon, graduated from De Leon high school, attended Tarleton together, and now that their years association has been productive of enduring ties of endearment, they concluded to make their association one of permanence. Miss IRWIN is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee IRWIN. Young BELL is the son of Mr. and Mrs. V.V. BELL.

The Free Press editor feels the warmest friendship for these excellent young people and wishes to join in extending congratulations and best wishes with their scores and hundreds of friends in this community.


The Free Press is in receipt of a letter from Grand Saline, Texas, telling of the marriage of LaFayette RYDER of this city to Miss Alta Fay HALL of Kansas City. Mr. RYDER is a son of Mr. and Mrs. E.B. RYDER of this city and is well known and liked by his circle of friends here. Miss HALL, the letter stated, is an accomplished pianist and vocalist, and served as a trained nurse with the expeditionary forces overseas, being severely burned on the arm and body with mustard gas.

Mr. and Mrs. RYDER after their wedding left for Kansas City where they are visiting among her relatives and friends.

Bride and Groom Given Seven O’Clock Dinner

Last Monday evening Mrs. Joe FARMER gave a seven o’clock dinner in honor of the new bride and groom, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest FARMER.

The following guests were Oscar COZBY, Jimmie D. INZER, A.C. COZBY, Johnnie COONER, John WEAVER, Alpha MOORE, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence FARMER, of Abilene, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest FARMER and Mr. and Mrs. Joe FARMER and family.

North Ward Honor Roll

The following is the honor roll for the North Ward for the second month.

First Grade: Clyde DANIELS, Katherine DONOHOE, Carrol HOWARD, Elsie LEE, Opal May TATE, Vante ROACH, F.J. KNOX, C.J. De MOSS, C.H. PARSONS.

Second Grade: Oneta POPE and Oleta SMITH

Third Grade: Henry Gorland PEEVY, W.M. WALKEY, Myrtle FRY, Merle RICH, Iva SMITH, Willie DILLARD, Ida McCURDY, Janie HILL.

Fourth Grade: Woodrow MALLONEE, Ava DUKE, Arthur McCURDY, James WILLIAMSON.

Sixth Grade: Ruby WIDEMON, Christine NORRY.

Seventh Grade: Mattie Ruth RIDDLE, Geneva COLEY.

Death Of Mrs. S.W. Coan On Monday Nov. 16

Mrs. S.W. COAN died at her home in the Turkey Creek community at about 4:30 o’clock p.m. Monday, November 16, 1925. Although she had been ill for a long time, her death came unexpectedly, and none save her mother and members of the immediate family were present. Mrs. COAN suffered from that dread scourge, tuberculosis for more than three years.

Mrs. COAN was born in Lee county, Ala. and grew to womanhood and married there. Three children were born into the home who, with the husband and father, survive her. They are Alphonse 14, Lucile 12, and S.W. Jr. aged 10.

During the years that Mrs. COAN has been a sufferer her mother, Mrs. W.W. DAWKINS of Alabama has been in constant attendance and was at her bedside when the end came. Herman DAWKINS, a brother came from Alabama to attend the funeral services. J.H. DAWKINS, her brother, resides on De Leon, Rt. 2, and a third brother resides in Alabama. Two sisters are dead.

Mrs. COEN was for many years a faithful Christian and member of the Baptist church, her membership being at Duster. Funeral service was conducted at De Leon cemetery at 3:30 o’clock Wednesday and her remains laid to rest. Rev. W.L. SKAGGS speaking the words to those who came to pay their last respects. Sympathy is extended the sorrowing family in their sad hour.

Death of J.F. High Occurred at Lubbock

J.F. HIGH, until three months ago a resident of this city, who moved to Lubbock and resides at 2291 9th St. died at his home Saturday, November 14, 1925 of paralysis and a complication of diseases. Mr. HIGH had been suffering for two months of paralysis, but he had been working every day, only being confined to his bed the past week. He was working at his trade, blacksmithing and carpenter work, which he followed here the past years.

Mr. HIGH had been a consistent and active member of the Baptist church for many years. Funeral services were conducted from the home of Mrs. FULTON on 9th street on Monday afternoon, with Rev. W.A. BOWEN, pastor of the First Baptist church of Lubbock, officiating.

Mr. HIGH is survived by his widow and five children: Mrs. J.W. REYNOLDS and Miss Fern HIGH, teachers at Breckenridge; Fulton, Belton and Edith HIGH, who resided at home.

Sympathy is extended to the bereaved ones.

Local News

Glover SLAUGHTER, formerly of this place, now residing at Dublin, showed a pen of R.I. Reds at the show this week and took first prize for pen and Grand Champion prize as well. Mr. SLAUGHTER was gassed while serving with overseas troops, and has been taking Poultry Husbandry in a government school at San Antonio since.

Mesdames Fred ATCHISON and baby of Corsicana and Sidney HUGHES and little son of Breckenridge, have returned to their homes after a visit with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.W. LOCKE.

Mrs. J.H. NORWOOD has had her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. MILLER from Cleburne as guests the past week.

Mr. and Mrs. H.A. FINE of Dublin were visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. HANCOCK the first of the week and incidentally attending the poultry show.

Katy Komment

Mrs. J.H. BUCHAN, Miss Edra WILLIAMSON and little Eugena GENTRY were visiting in Iredell the week end in the home of Mrs. BUCHAN’s sister, Mrs. Guy MAIN.

Mrs. Hubert TIDWELL has been visiting Mr. TIDWELL’s sister, Mrs. John W. PARKS at Iredell the past few days.

Brakeman Sam BONDS and family spent a couple of days with his mother in Temple this week.

Conductor Lee THOMPSON is holding down passenger run the past few days.

Bubbles PARSONS, who has been on passenger run the past few weeks is again in the freight service.

R.L. WHALEY has been laying off for a few days, breaking a new Oldsmobile Coach.

Oliver Springs

Miss Ruth MAYS, primary teacher, spent the week end with home folks in Gorman.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard BREEDLOVE of Comanche spent Sunday with Mrs. BREEDLOVE’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harve ECHOLS.

Bro LINDLEY filled his regular appointment at Ramsey Church of Christ Sunday.

Misses Cleo and Odessa COZART of Gorman spent the evening with Carmen BAIRD Monday cheering her up as she slowly recovers from a long siege of the fever.

Duster News

Rev. W.L. SKAGGS filled his regular appointment at Kokoma Sunday.

E.M. FOOTE was in De Leon Saturday on business.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe STONE of Desdemona visited relatives in this community Sunday.

Misses Inez HATTOX and Bessie McPHAIL spent Saturday night with Miss Emily HUDDLESTON.

©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.