De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, November 27, 1925

Local Pecan Men Win Largely in all Classes at Show

………..The judging of the exhibits took place in the afternoon of Thursday, the body having adjourned and gone in a body to the show room. More than a hundred entries, perhaps, were on display and passed upon by the judges, resulting as follows:

Size of Pecan:

First prize, E.J. LEMBERG, Mason, Texas, the Oliver 32 nuts to the pound.

Second prize, Homer RANDOLPH, De Leon, a native, 39 nuts to the pound.

Third prize, W.M. STACY, De Leon, native, 48 nuts to the pound.

Fourth prize, G.L. LEE, De Leon, native, 48 nuts to the pound.

Best Native Seedling:

First prize, J.J. MONTAGUE, De Leon; second prize, J.B. CURRY; third prize, L.D. MERRITT, De Leon.

Best Quart Budded or Grafted:

First prize, L.D. MERRITT, De Leon, "The Merritt."

Second prize, D.C. GLENN, Granbury, "Burkett."

Third prize, Mrs. G.W. JENKINS, Stephenville, "Burkett."

Best Individual Exhibit in Qt. Jars:

First prize, J.B. CURRY, Dublin

Second prize, J.J. MONTAGUE, De Leon.

Third prize, HASKINS & ADAMS, De Leon.

Mrs. Forrest Farmer Is Seriously Ill

Mrs. Forrest FARMER, a bride of two weeks, was taken suddenly with appendicitis and carried to Blackwell Sanitarium, Gorman, where she was operated upon Sunday night. Early in the week her condition was critical, but later reports state that she is better and her gradual recovery is anticipated.

Chas. Dry Lost Finger in Gin Accident Monday

Chas. DRY, ginner with Planter’s Gin Co., while putting on a belt at the gin, caught his finger between the belt and the pulley and had the flesh pulled from his finger, exposing the bone of the last joint. Physicians dressed the wound. The bone will perhaps be amputated later.


Last week one of De Leon’s popular young men proved his "love for the lady" by journeying to Aberdeen, S.D. where he was married on Saturday afternoon, November 21, 1925, at 2 o’clock to Miss Gladys FLEEGE. The groom, Hallie STEPHENS, young brother of Bill STEPHENS, is employed at the Grisham barber shop.

Stephens came to De Leon several months ago from Killeen, Bell county, and has been with Mr. GRISHAM since. He has proved himself quite popular among the younger set, and his friends have extended him their congratulations. Miss FLEEGE was reared in Aberdeen and is unknown to the writer, however, we are sure she is possessing of many admirable qualities. The young couple met while he was living in Aberdeen some two years ago. The Free Press extends congratulations and best wishes.


The marriage of Mr. Layne MORELAND of this city to Miss Constance KNUDSON, of Comanche, occurred Thursday evening, November 19, 1925 at Brownwood when the happy young couple accompanied by friends, went for the ceremony. A rector of the Episcopal church, instructor at Daniel Baker College, performed the ceremony.

Miss KNUDSON was in the employ of ROBERSON Sisters millinery shop, having made Comanche her home for a number of years. Her parents are dead. She is accomplished and deservedly popular with a large circle of admiring friends all of whom wish her happiness.

Mr. MORELAND is "De Leon’s Own." Layne was born and reared in De Leon. Everybody knows him. Everybody likes him. He finished De Leon school, went to State University, then came home to accept a position. He is now employed by the Arner-Alvis company at Comanche, having a splendid position. His many friends wish for him and his bride greatest happiness and success.

Minnie Lou Ellis Birthday Party

Mrs. B.F. ELLIS entertained Saturday afternoon at the home of Mrs. A. SLOAN, in honor of the eighth birthday of her daughter, Minnie Lou.

The living and dining rooms were artistically decorated with autumn leaves and red chrysanthemums. After a delightful hour with games, the guests were taken to the dining room where a beautiful birthday cake mounted with eight candles was cut by Minnie Lou and served with hot chocolate to the little ones.

Those present were Elizabeth WILLIAMS, Mary Alica and Bill ROLLINS, Elizabeth BAGWELL, Margaret IRVIN, Dorothy and Gladys COOK, Doris PHELPS, Cup- HOGAN, Jane PEARSON, Ina Mae MARTIN, Dorothy MELVER, Iris WALTRIP, Martha Faye BARKER, John Travis MOHON, Luther JOHNSON, Charles CHRISTOPHER, Ozell ELLIS and the honoree.

Many pretty gifts were presented by the little ones.

Card of Thanks

We wish to extend our sincerest thanks to friends and neighbors, physicians, nurses and others who came to our assistance or who endeavored in so many ways to lighten our burden and sorrow in our recent great bereavement. Every word of sympathy and act of kindness will gratefully remembered.

Mrs. A.K. BENDER and children.

Local News

Nell Edward, the baby girl of Mr. and Mrs. Earl McCLELLAN, was severely burned about the face and neck with concentrated lye last week. Pete, the older brother, was cleaning a car with the strong liquid and shook the brush, sprinkling her and inflicting the burns, unintentionally of course. She is not seriously injured.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry RUSH and baby of San Angelo were week end guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. STREETY, this week.

Mr. and Mrs. W.C. JENKINS, accompanied by their daughter, Leila, were Sunday visitors in the home of their daughter, Mrs. Leslie BURGESS, of Eastland. They also attended church in the elegant new brick building of the Church of Christ.

Mr. and Mrs. William STEAKLEY returned the last of the week from their honeymoon, spent at San Antonio and points on the Texas coast.

Aubra DODSON, wife, and son, of Cross Plains, were visiting his mother, Mrs. Exa DODSON here Sunday. DODSON left Cross Plains a year ago, having the Ford agency at Crosbyton for a time where his health failed and he has spent a year at Mineral Wells for recuperation and treatment. He is now engaged in selling Chevrolets and Hudsons at Cross Plains and has an interest in producing townsite wells, it is said.

For Sale

Farm of 93 acres, 70 in cultivation, balance good, tillable land with timber; two good houses, two fine wells, soft water, one windmill and tank in Robinson Springs School District 1-2 miles south of Jakehamon, 1-2 miles of three teacher school. Price $2,500.00. Can give terms.

T.C. WIER, Desdemona, Texas, Route No. 1

©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.