De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, December 18, 1925

Mrs. L.R. Williams, Daughter of Rev. Strickland, Dead

Mrs. Jennie Francis STRICKLAND WILLIAMS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. STRICKLAND, was born in Comanche county, Texas, November 30, 1889.

She was married to Mr. L.R. WILLIAMS the first Sunday in October 1908. To this union was born four children, three of whom are living. She professed faith in Christ at the age of fifteen years and united with the Missionary Baptist church and lived a faithful Christian life until her death December 10, 1925.

She leaves a husband, L.R. WILLIAMS of Beattie, Texas, and three children, two sons and one daughter, a father, mother, two sisters and seven brothers with a host of other relatives to mourn her departure.

Funeral services were held by Rev. CAMPBELL, pastor of the Baptist church at De Leon, Texas, and Rev. Willie SKAGGS at the Copperas cemetery, and the body laid to rest until the resurrection morning.


J.M. STRICKLAND came to Comanche November 5, 1875, with his wife and one child, and settled on Copperas creek, eight miles southwest of De Leon. He was ordained as a minister in 1877. He has preached over the counties of Comanche, parts of Eastland, Brown, Erath, Hamilton, Callahan, Taylor and Jones.

Brother STRIC"KLAND has reared a large family, there being born twelve children, five girls and seven boys, two girls died when very small and the other children are grown and have families. The oldest is Rev. D.M. STRICKLAND of Fairview, Okla. who is pastor of the Baptist church at that place. W.A. STRICKLAND, who is pastor at the Baptist church at Balko in the panhandle of Oklahoma. The next boy is G.M. (Mose) STRICKLAND of De Leon, Texas. Then S.J. STRICKLAND who is evangelistic singer – Seminary, Fort Worth, then R.R. STRICKLAND and H.T. STRICKLAND of Abilene, Texas, the youngest boy, Chas. P. STRICKLAND is superintendent of school at Alvin, Texas. The girls are Mrs. Delilah NELSON of Abilene, Mrs. Ellen NELSON near Beattie, Texas, and Jennie WILLIAMS of Beattie who recently died in the Sanitarium at Gorman, Texas. J.M. STRICKLAND is now 72 years old and his wife, Nancy B. STRICKLAND, is 68 years of age, both living in De Leon, Texas. There being ten married children and 40 grandchildren living.

Mrs. A.C. Cozby Honored

Last Saturday evening, Mrs. C.H. SHARP honored Mrs. A.C. COZBY by giving her a miscellaneous shower at her home. The house was appropriately decorated in ferns and cut roses. As the guests arrived they were ushered to the brides table and registered in the brides’ book. There was a contest played and of course Mrs. COZBY won the prize which was big baskets full of pretty gifts.

The bride was over enjoyed as well as surprised. A dainty salad course with hot coffee and whipped cream was served to more than fifty guests.

Two Break Bones In Accidents

Will MORRIS is carrying his arm in a sling as a result of having the bones broken by the kick of a Ford which he attempted to crank.

Reuben SWANNER, Katy employee, is suffering from a broken finger, sustained while he was unloading cross ties in the railroad yards this week.

Mrs. R. Moreland Died This Week

The Free Press has heard of the death of Mrs. T.R. MORELAND, who resided near Rucker, which occurred early this week. This paper has been unable to procure detailed information, but will do so and pay its respect to the dead in a later issue. In the meantime we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.

Birthday Party

Miss Eldora GOONEY gave a birthday party last Friday, December 11, from seven until ten o’clock. A guessing contest was played and several other games.

Refreshments were served to the following guests:

Misses Edna Earl COZBY, Ari?e THOMLIN, Madge IRWIN, Sarah JETTON, Lois TOMLIN, Reese UPSHAW, Henry Grady SHARP, Tom JOHNSON, Pane CAMPBELL, Don STEAKLEY, W.S. SNEED, Conner JETTON and Eldora.

Local News

Mrs. Roy RAINS, Mrs. J.W. SMITH, Mrs. Arthur PHIFER, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. EDWARDS, all of Comanche, were here Sunday and Monday assisting their parents at getting their household goods straightened out in their new home in Heath Addition. Mr. and Mrs. EDWARDS, who formerly lived in Comanche, have recently moved here from Abilene.

The Free Press apologies to Master Richard Ray MORRIS and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Curt MORRIS. Some called our attention to the fact that the arrival of the junior MORRIS some three weeks ago had not been mentioned. It was purely an oversight. Meanwhile the youngster has been growing nicely and developing wonderful lung power it is said.

Card of Thanks

We desire to express our sincere and earnest thanks to our neighbors and friends for the many deeds of kindness shown during the recent illness and death of our wife, mother, daughter and sister. May the Giver of all Good Gifts bless each of you. " A friend in need is a friend indeed."

Signed L.R. WILLIAMS and children, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. STRICKLAND and children

Belated Wedding Story

The Free Press does not remember before being quite so tardy reporting a wedding as in the case of Mr. A. Cozby and Miss Johnnie Cooner. But really one never could tell. For half a year the principals in the affair themselves neither confirmed nor denied the report. Were they married or were they not?

Their friends were left to guess.It was rumored that marriage license had been issued them and the fact published in the Eastland Oil Belt News. That paper does not circulate here. No one was the wiser. Besides, who could have been the officiating minister? All was shrouded in mystery.

On Thanksgiving Day Mr. and Mrs. Cozby announced their marriage. The wedding occurred on June 16, 1925. The license really had been procured in Eastland, and Rev. George Ross had performed the ceremony and kept the young people’s secret at their request.

Mr. and Mrs. Cozby are at home in an apartment in the Greer duplex house in Heath Addition. It is now perfectly safe for anyone to extend congratulations. Many of their friends have done so since their formal announcement.

©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.