De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, February 5, 1926

Rev. E.A. Wesson Died At Rising Star

Rev. E.A. WESSON, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. OWEN of this city, died at the home of J.M. JONES at Rising Star last Tuesday afternoon. He slept during the previous night, giving no indication of being ill. At an early hour Monday he was stricken with apoplexy. The end came 36 hours later. He realized from the first that the stroke meant death and urged his host to phone immediately for his wife, who was at Gainesville.

Rev. WESSON had just accepted the pastorate of the Baptist church at Rising Star after having held a pastorate at Gainesville for seven years. His household goods, which were trucked from Gainesville, had not been unloaded.

The funeral and burial was at Gainesville, where his body was carried on Wednesday. His wife and three grown children survive. The deceased was 57 years of age.


On Thursday morning at nine o’clock, January 28th, Mr. Otta STEWART and Miss Rotha WALLACE surprised their many friends when they quietly drove to the home of Rev. G.E. ROSS and he spoke the magic words which united them in the holy bonds of marriage.

Miss WALLACE is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.P. WALLACE and a popular high school student, loved by all who know her. Mr. STEWART is the youngest son of Mrs. Oscar STEWART, and has a host of friends. All wish for them long, happy and useful lives.

Dick Weaver Is Painfully Burned

Last Saturday night Dick WEAVER was painfully burned by an explosion of sewer gas when he struck a match at the rear of the second story of the Weaver building. He was burned about the right side of the face and right arm. Although painful, his burns are not deep and he will resume his school work the coming week.

Young WEAVER is missed at school as he is president of the student body, member of the Annual staff, president of the Junior Class, and a member of the Dramatic Club.

Dog’s Head Is Sent To Austin On Monday

W.C. CHAMBERS, who was home for a visit from Ennis, sent the head of a small dog to Austin for examination early in the week. The animal, property of W.S. SNEED bit one of the small sons of Mr. CHAMBERS and while it was not thought the dog was mad, Mr. CHAMBERS did not wish to take chances.

(Later-Report came back that the dog was not mad.)

Home From Lubbock

Mr. and Mrs. Billie GREGORY are home from Lubbock where they have lived the past fifteen months. Mr. GREGORY has accepted employment in the hardware department at Higginbothams.

Moved to Desdemona

Mr. S.T. STOVER, who has been employed as R.F.D. carrier at Desdemona for some years, has purchased a home there and Mrs. STOVER has joined him there to make their home. Fred STOVER, the only remaining one of the children at home, has taken a room at the POLNAC home until the end of school, he being a senior this year.

Local News

Rex KEE has recently moved to Cisco where he is employed by an oil company.

Houston CROW, now making his home in Rotan, was a business visitor here this week.

Scrap TURNER, once a De Leon citizen, now living in Kent county, was here this week.

Pat C. MILLER, broker here during the oil boom days, was on business in the city Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. W.S. MORELAND are all smiles over the arrival of a fine boy at their home on Sunday, January 31st. All doing nicely.

Tad CARTER spent the week in Fort Worth where he was on the Federal jury. Mr. LOWE accompanied him there early in the week.

Miss Golden FOSTER left several days ago for Memphis, Tenn., where she will visit relatives for two or three days.

Mrs. A.L. D’SPAIN of Cisco, accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. SIMPSON, came down from Cisco several days ago. Mrs. D’SPAIN accompanied Mr. and Mrs. WHITTLE and babies to Dallas where Mr. WHITTLE consulted a specialist. He is improving.

F.E. CARTER was here from Dallas last of the week for a visit with his wife and son.

Jack LAMBERT happened to a painful accident last week while at work with some pipe by hitting his foot against a piece of pipe, which broke the bone of his foot.

C.R. REDDEN, Jr. was home for a visit this week from A & M college.

A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack GOOD on Friday, January 2?th.

Mrs. S.G. PARKS has spent the past two weeks in Cisco where Mr. L.D. PARKS has been ill.

High school pupils are elated over the addition of the department of typewriting at De Leon high. Ten new typewriters, seven Underwoods and three Remingtons, have been purchased and are now installed and in use. Thirty-two pupils are taking the course. Mrs. W.Z. COMPTON is instructing. Perhaps book-keeping, shorthand and other lines of commercial training will be added by the beginning of the coming school year.

Mrs. Roy HAMMERS returned some days ago from the Blackwell Sanitarium at Gorman, where she had an operation. Her friends will be glad to know that she is improving nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack SPARKS of Desdemona have recently moved to a bungalow in the block north of the high school building. Mr. SPARKS is employed at Olney.


FAMILY WASHING – Will do the work right and appreciate your patronage. – Mrs. CRUTCHFIELD.

I still have my high strain Plymouth Rock chicken eggs, priced right. Mrs. W.S. BLACK, Box L-44

A.M. ALLEN – Dentist


Arch HANSFORD – City Barber Shop

SW.W. SNIDER – Dentist

Y.W. HOLMES – Lawyer

Lloyd HAMPTON – Insurance

W.E. HOWELL, Sr. – The Man’s Store

Duster News

Mr. and Mrs. Albert HODGES of De Leon visited relatives in this community Sunday.

Mrs. E.M. SPENCER spent Sunday with her son, R.W. McPHAIL.

News has been received announcing the marriage of Mr. Rufus McPHAIL to Miss Creola BRYANT. Mr. McPHAIL is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.W. McPHAIL, Route 2 and is now working at Dallas. Miss BRYANT lived at Waco.

Mrs. S.S. JOINER and children visited their son and brother at Desdemona Sunday.


©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.