De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, January 15, 1926

Death Calls R.J. Grissom Saturday

R.J. GRISSOM, prominent farmer for many years at the Downing community is dead. Death came as a blessed relief from much suffering. For six months his condition grew worse. Two months of his life were spent in almost hopeless illness at the Gorman Sanitarium where he had an operation for the relief of a malady that proved incurable. He was a patient sufferer, his buoyancy of spirit sustaining him until the last.

Mr. GRISSOM was born in Mississippi and grew to manhood there. He was married and partly reared his family in his native state, before coming to De Leon about twenty years ago. He was in the late sixties not yet having reached his "three score years and ten." He led an active and useful life, was honored by his fellow men, and was devoted to the work of the Methodist Church for many years. He was a member of the Masonic order at De Leon. His church membership was at Downing.

Seven sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. GRISSOM, five of whom with the faithful wife and mother, survive. They are: Eugene of Memphis, Tenn., Cully of Munday, and Sam, Houston and Romle of De Leon. R.M. met accidental death at the age of 14 while playing ball at school. Bascomb, 21, died after the family moved to De Leon, his death occurring some fifteen years ago. There are nine grand children.

Funeral services were at the church of deceased at Downing at 2:00 o’clock Sunday afternoon, January 10th, and the body then brought to De Leon cemetery where the Masonic funeral service was held. His pastor, Rev. Neal, conducted the religious service assisted by Pastor Seba KIRKPATRICK.

House for rent- First place south from J.F. CARTER home, also suite of light housekeeping rooms. – Mrs. T.P. WEAVER

Sloan Sisters Close Their Store

SLOAN Sisters have closed out their millinery business here and will not operate this spring. The reason for suspension of business was that Mrs. COUNTS, member of the firm, desired to be relinquish her partnership in the business and Miss Bess SLOAN did not desire [illegible] alone.

The business has been profitable during the two years it has operated earning good interest on the investment the greater portion of the times.

Mrs. Vernon Doss Undergoes Operation

When Mr. and Mrs. Vernon E. DOSS were visiting friends in Brownwood, Mrs. DOSS was taken very ill, and was forced to undergo an operation. She is getting along very nicely according to latest reports and it is thought she will be able to back at her school work within a few weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. DOSS were enjoying their holidays and getting some rest from the school room. However, this illness naturally distracting their pleasures as well as making the hour a very grave one, Mr. DOSS is still with his wife.

Mrs. M.H. BRANNEN is teaching this week for Mrs. DOSS. They are getting along nicely with the work and the school is progressing.

Mrs. DOSS was formerly Miss La Vonne MOHON, daughter of Mr. George MOHON of this city.

First Grade Honor Roll Dec. South Ward

Mary Alice ROLLINS, Eugena GENTRY, Virginia SCOTT, Nelle HORNSBY, Bobbie Jean STRINGFELLOW, Roy Norman HAMMERS, Jocelyn KEMP, Billy GREENWAHLT, Boyd BROWN, Mary Dolph BOSWELL, Hershel MOORE, Mary HAMPTON, Henry HOWELL, Ralph NICHOLS, James HAMPTON, Paul COZBY


I will be located permanently at HIGGINBOTHAM’s millinery Dept. to do marcelling and hair dressing. Your patronage appreciated. – Mrs. E.E. GENTRY


The District Deputy president, Mrs. Ivy HOWARD installed newly elected officers, as follows:


Miss Elua McIVER, Secretary

Mrs. Katie KUHN, chaplain

Mrs. Bernice ROSS, W.



Mrs. Joe TULLOS, S.G.


Mrs. Ruby McINEROY, L.S.N.G.

Mrs. ELIFF, R.S.

Mrs. Lula DONAHOO, L.S.

The Noble Grand urges all members to attend regularly. We anticipate a successful term.


Miss Eula McIVER, secretary

Oliver Springs

The light snow that fell put some moisture in the ground and farmers are beginning their plowing. The crops with few exceptions being all gathered.

Mrs. N. NABORS and family spent Sunday with their son, Clyde.

Misses Rubye LEE and Gladys REED, Buna REED and Gladys NABORS, attended singing at St. Joe Sunday.

The Oliver Springs basket ball team beat Sally Robinson’s team Friday evening, scores 10 to 8. The following lineup met the Sally Robinson boys:

Alba HAMPTON-forward, Selwyn LOVE-forward, Leroy THOMPSON-center, Roy PARK-guard, Lonnie HAMPTON (sub.) guard, Coach-Ralph DUKE.

A return match will be played Friday at Oliver Springs where they expect to repeat the beating given the Sally Robinson boys on their home grounds last Friday.

Herschel BURLESON came home from Blackwell Sanitarium Monday. He was operated on for appendicitis and is recovering nicely.

Russel BURLESON and family have moved to Leon community.

New Hope News

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer St.CLAIR and little daughter of Munday, Texas, are visiting relatives in this community.

Mr. McKAMIE spent Saturday and Sunday in the home of his daughter, Mrs. O.M. LOCK.

Last Friday some of the ladies met at Mrs. Whit SIDE’s for the purpose of giving Mrs. LINDLEY (formerly Miss Kate HOLLAND) a shower of presents. The weather being bad prevented several from going. Also, the new bride did not go.

On Wednesday of last week, Mrs. E. St.CLAIR, Miss Ruth St.CLAIR and Mrs. ROBERSON, visited relatives of Comanche, Mrs. ROBERSON remaining for an extended visit.

Mr. H.M. JOHNSON and family visited relatives in Gorman Sunday.

Mr. John MOHON and family moved from this community last week and Mr. Murry SIDES and family are now living where they moved from.

Mr. Kit MORRIS and family moved into the Duster community last week. These good people say they hate to leave the New Hope community and we hate to see them go, but wish them all success.

Duster News

The candy breaking at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. HADAWAY was enjoyed by a large crowd Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Will CARPENTER of Comanche spent Saturday night with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. HOOKER.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter BROOM and baby of Indian Mountain spent Saturday night with Mr. and Mrs. E.M. SPENCER.

Miss Hesper JOINER returned home Thursday after visiting her brother near Jakehamon for several days.

Mrs. M. EZZELLE and Misses Rema EZELLE and Grace CARTER visited in Desdemona.

Bro. W.L. SKAGGS filled his regular appointment at Johnson Saturday and Sunday.

Local News

Mrs. Overa BROWN and little son Billy, Jr. have just arrived from a two months visit in north central Mississippi with friends and relatives. Mrs. BROWNE will spend a few days here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. BLACK before going back to work.


©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.