De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, January 22, 1926

Burglars Pried Off Heavy Door at Holdridge Store

Burglars, or would be burglars at least, selected Holdridge Store in Humphrey Addition, for the scene of a raid last Saturday night. At some time during the night the store door was pried from its hinges and the lock smashed. It is believed that someone must have frightened the burglars away as nothing was missed. However, minor articles could have been taken from the drygood or grocery stock and not be missed, Mr. HOLDRIDGE stated.

Off for Mexico

J.S. DUPRIEST left Saturday for Las Cruces, N. Mex., where he will reside. His two sons, Ross and Jim are living in the irrigated valley of the Rio Grande, one of the boys this year making 35 bales of cotton on 28 acres of land, much of the land being affected with alkali. The producing land yielded close to two bale to the acre, Mr. DUPRIEST said.

Mr. DUPRIEST will probably return here next fall, he told the Free Press reporter.


The following announcements are made subject to the action of the Democratic Primary, to be held Saturday, July 24th, 1926:


FOR COUNTY CLERK: John SLAUGHTER of Comanche, Miss Clyde COAN of De Leon, G.B/R? ADCOCK of Gustine.

FOR COUNTY TREASURER: Miss Iva HART of Comanche, Mrs. Mae CAMERON of Comanche, Miss Florence STURKEY.


FOR TAX ASSESSOR: A.J. (Jack) McGUIRE for re-election

FOR COMMISSIONER PREC. 1: Dr. H.R. (Henry) FREEMAN, Jim BROWN, Nath NABORS, for re-election.

De Leon Young Man to Teach at S.M.U. at Dallas

Joseph PATTERSON, who preached two Sundays early in January at the Methodist church at the invitation of Rev. Seba KIRKPATRICK, has returned to his circuit pastorate in the "ragged mountains of Virginia." His work is near Charlotteville, the university city, and he is taking his final degree in his college course this year.

While in Texas, Rev. PATTERSON had several flattering offers of employment with Texas universities, some of which were in state institutions. He will probably return to Dallas next fall to accept work with Southern Methodist University.


The marriage of Miss Louise WOODS of near Gorman to Mr. Enoch WISDOM of this city occurred on Wednesday morning, January 20th, 1926, at 10:00 o’clock. The young couple drove over to Eastland where license was procured and County Judge PRITCHARD of Eastland county "said the magic words." They were accompanied by friends of the bride and by Joe WISDOM and Manley STONE of this city, who witnessed the ceremony.

Following the marriage the young couple returned to the home of the bride near Gorman and came to this city Thursday morning where they will make their home.

Miss WOODS is a quiet, attractive and likeable young woman. She once lived in De Leon for a time, and has numerous friends here. She was reared in the environs of Gorman where her parents are well known and highly respected people.

To say that Enoch WISDOM is well known and liked by De Leon people is to put it mildly. He has made his home here since early childhood, has been associated with church and lodge work and civic improvement in a way that has earned for him a very wide circle of friends. He is industrious and thrifty, sober, and honest, and will prove an ideal provider and companion for the woman who has become his wife. Congratulations and best wishes are extended to these good people as they start on the eventful journey.


Mr. Gerald C. OWEN and Miss Essie LOYD, both of Lubbock, Texas, were married Saturday evening, January 16th, at the residence of Rev. J.A. WHITE. Mr. OWEN is the son of Mrs. W.H. OWEN of Lubbock and is a young man of many admirable qualities. The bride is the lovely daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. LOYD of Lubbock, formerly of De Leon.

The young couple have a host of friends who wish for them much success and happiness. – (Contributed)


The marriage of Miss Sallie GUTHERY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. GUTHERY, residing in the north part of the county, to Mr. Charley BROWNING of Desdemona, occurred at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 7th, at the home of Rev. J.E. COX of Desdemona, pastor of the First Baptist church of that city. Rev. COX performed the marriage ceremony in the presence of several of their intimate friends, who had accompanied them to the home of the Parson for the occasion.

Miss GUTHERY is a charming young woman, admired by a large circle of friends in the community where she was born and reared and subsequently married. Mr. BROWNING was also reared in the environs of Desdemona and has many friends, being a highly respected and progressive young man. He is in the employ of the Magnolia Petroleum Company as an engineer.

The happy couple will make their home in Desdemona. They have been the recipients of the congratulations of their many friends and showered with gifts bespeaking the popularity each commands in the community.


The marriage of Miss Letha CADENHEAD to Mr. Seal SMITH occurred Sunday evening, January 17th, at 7 o’clock. The happy young couple, accompanied by friends, drove to the home of Rev. W.L. SKAGGS, who performed the ceremony.

Miss CADENHEAD is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. CADENHEAD, who reside near Duster. Mr. SMITH is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam SMITH of near De Leon. Both are of prominent families in their respective communities and highly respected. Everyone will wish for them a full measure of happiness and success as they journey through life together.

Stover Family Reunion

Mr. and Mrs. S.T. STOVER were made happy on the past Sunday when they had all their children, four sons and two daughters, not to mention the several grandchildren, at home with them.

Mrs. John C. SPRADLEY and little son were here from Duncan, Okla, in fact have been here for some days.

Mrs. Dewey JONES and children of Ennis were present and have remained to spend the week.

Elmer STOVER came from Dallas, the first visit in about eighteen months. He is employed by the Dallas Linotyping Company.

Carrol STOVER, instructor in printing at the State Orphanage at Corsicana, came over for a brief visit.

Sherrod STOVER, junior at John Tarleton College, came home to join the party. Fred STOVER is a senior in De Leon high school this year.

Woodmen Held Installation on January Eleventh

On the evening of January 11, the De Leon order of Woodmen of the World, Camp No. 510, held their regular annual installation of officers. After going through the usual routine of preliminaries, the following were duly installed:

J.L. FUNDERBURGH, Council Commander.

J.I. GRISHAM, Advisory Lieutenant.

F.B. FARMER, Banker.

E.S. MERRICK, Clerk.

J.A. HAYNES, Escort

A.P. FLEMING, Watchman

P.T. MILLER, J.W. HOLMES, and W.W. HODGES, Managers

Dr. H.H. INZER, Dr. J.E. SELF, and Dr. J.T. PLEMMONS, Physicians



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