De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, April 16, 1926

Fruit Crop Not Wholly A Failure; Elbertas Hardest Hit; Pecans-Berries Unhurt

Last Monday afternoon while the large Trade Day crowd was in De Leon, the editor of this paper went on the street and interviewed a number of prominent farmers known to have orchards regarding the possibility of a fruit crop. The result was very gratifying, especially when a man of the long experience and good judgment of C.R. CARRUTH stated "My orchard seems thinned out just about right for a good crop." Others were less optimistic, but nearly all reported some fruit.

It is the purpose of the Free Press to quote the growers own statements rather than give comment of our own. It ran about as follows.

T.P. Patterson

"All the peaches I have near the house are killed. I have not examined that in my main orchard but my opinion is that it is practically all killed."

W.R. Johnson

"I have one-fourth of a crop of pears left, but I have no idea there are two dozen peaches left in my entire orchard."

C.R. Carruth

"My apricots seem all killed, but my peaches are thinned out just about right to make a good crop. Some of my peach trees seem really too full yet, while some are thinner. I will make a normal crop of peaches unless something happens. Pecans are not hurt at all. The trees only just now budding."

A.L. Fisher

"At first I figured it nearly all was killed but I find some fruit that seems o.k. My pears are all right but my plums and apricots are all killed. Berries had not budded and are not hurt."

F.A. Ruff

"I think the fruit crop badly scarred. I think we will have very little. Some of my trees out in the open seemed to stand it better than those near my house."

E.N. Pitts

"I find some fruit with the kernels bright and seemingly unhurt but I figure anywhere from two-thirds to three-fourths of my crop is killed. Some may fall off later from being chilled. I have some plums that look all right. Apricots all gone."

Jeff Smith

"I think seventy-five per cent of the peach crop is killed. On Elberta trees in my yard I think they will yield a half a crop. My three-year-old trees in the open will not yield over ten per cent of a crop."

L.J. Grisham

"Ninety-nine per cent of Elberta crop destroyed, some other varieties of peaches will yield some. Good pear crop."

G.L. Brumbelow

When the writer approached Mr. BRUMBELOW and asked what per cent of a fruit crop he would have, he said, "I will not have one per cent of a crop left. All varieties killed."

C.M. Caraway

Mr. CARAWAY said of the fruit crop, "I think it is a thing of the past."

J. Doss Miller Jr.

"I figure if we have any fruit it will be Carmen peaches."

W.T. Hazard

"I have a half crop of pears, but my peaches are all killed, not even 5 per cent of a crop left. Plums killed. Pecans unhurt, berries not injured."

C.S. Dry

"I have not one per cent of a crop left in my peach orchard but my pears had not bloomed prior to the freeze and are o.k. Pecans were not sufficiently advanced to be damaged."

S.W. Coan

"My peaches are all killed but my apples had not bloomed out and are safe. My neighbor, W.C. HALBROOKS, will have at least one-third of a crop of peaches of different varieties, but the Elberta crop is killed."

L.R. Williams

"My peaches do not seem to be hurt at all. My orchard is on high ground with a north slope. My Elberta crop is all right. Berries are all o.k. My apricots are killed."

S.E. Black

"The biggest part of apple crop is safe, it is just now in bloom. I have 100 trees I am spraying. Biggest part of the peaches are killed. Maybe we will have one-fourth of a crop left."

G.L. Lee

"My place is low and we may have a little fruit left but I have not found any. Members of my family say that they have found some that seems all right. Grapes are o.k. Berries also. Apricots all killed, plums about all killed."

A.M. Scroggins

"There are a few peaches still on the trees but I believe they will all fall off. There are also some plums left on the trees. Will have plenty of berries."

J.D. Holmes

"It is hard to tell. Sometimes trees are double fruited and when all seem killed it comes on and makes. But we will have some peach crop left. Good pear crop. It is a little early to tell. Some may yet fall off. I am hopeful of a one-third of a crop."

Howard Short

"Ninety-nine per cent of the Elberta crop in my orchard killed, only the merest sprinkle left. Early Wheeler still in bloom and it is too early to tell but think them most all killed also. There will be some apples and pears."

Travelers Hotel is Undergoing Thorough Cleaning; Refurnished

Manager J.M. THOMPSON is having the Travelers Hotel completely renovated, new paint, broken glass replaced and the splendid building cleaned in every nook and corner. New furnishings are to be placed wherever needed, in fact every room is to be made neat and attractive.

Last Sunday’s dinner advertised in the issue of the Free Press of last week was just as advertised – one of the best dinners ever served in De Leon. The hotel is to make a specialty of Sunday dinners and Mr. THOMPSON is popularizing the dinner by making a popular prize.

W.L. Elkins Home Struck by Bolt of Lightning Friday

During the heavy rainstorm of last Friday afternoon the home of W.L. ELKINS was struck by a bolt of lightning at about five o’clock. Members of the family were in different parts of the building but none happened to be in the room, a corner of which was splintered by the bolt, several planks being knocked off. Fortunately the building was not set on fire and no member of the family seriously shocked by the electrical stroke.

The ELKINS family live on the elevation in the extreme northeast portion of the city near the RAYBURN home.

Holdridge Posts Up Sunday Closing Notices Gas Station

For some months past the Holdridge Filling Station has been operated on Sunday because of the failure of past moves to get a uniform closing agreement among all the gas stations. But Mr. HOLDRIDGE, acting upon his own initiative, some two weeks ago posted notices conspicuously about his station advising the public to buy gas on Saturday and thus avoid the necessity of desecrating the Holy Sabbath. While Mr. HOLDRIDGE appreciates the patronage his station has been drawing, he said he will hereafter forgo all profits that must be earned by trading and bartering on Sunday.

(The Free Press commends Mr. HOLDRIDGE for this move. The editor of this paper does not believe that Sunday was designated by the Almighty as a day to buy and sell and get gain. We may be just a bit old foggy, but somehow we have never been able to harmonize the sacredness of the Sabbath with Sunday baseball games, or many other things our high-powered, modern ways have accustomed us to see. It would be a fine thing if all the Filling Stations in De Leon and in Texas would follow the lead of Mr. HOLDRIDGE.)

Juniors Give Literary Program At High School

On Friday, April 2nd, the juniors rendered their second program sponsored by the society. The minutes were read and stood approved. The juniors gave the program but several South Ward students rendered the numbers. The program read as follows.

Reading, Doris MORTON

Violin Solo, Mary Alice SHORT

Piano Solo, Lucile BAKER

Reading, Evelyn KINCHEN

Piano Duet, Dorothy and Gladys COOKE.

The program was well rendered and proved to be very entertaining.

Locke-Bell Wedding April 4th—Easter Day

Taking their many friends by complete surprise, on Sunday afternoon, April 4th-Easter Day-Mr. Wayne BELL and Miss Thelma LOCKE motored to Comanche where previous arrangement for a marriage license had already been made. They drove to the home of their old friend, J.D. SMOOT, once pastor at De Leon, and he obligingly said the words that made them man and wife. The happy couple was accompanied by their brothers, Emmett LOCKE and Dee BELL, who besides the pastor and his family were the only witnesses of the marriage ceremony. The event occurred at about 4:00 o’clock.

After their marriage they returned home and have started housekeeping in the cottage recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Byran LIVINGSTON, near the E.E. DABNEY residence and where they are at home to their many friends. Because of the prominence and popularity of the young couple both socially and in the business affairs of the city, they have been recipients of heartiest congratulations, likewise of many weightier tokens of the esteem in which they are held.

Miss LOCKE, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.H. LOCKE of De Leon, Rt. 4, is a charming young woman. She is widely known and numbers her friends by scores and hundreds. She is a graduate of De Leon high school, and has been employed for the past two years as saleslady for the Garner-Alvis company, where her services are highly valued. For the present she expects to continue in this capacity.

Mr. BELL is among De Leon’s younger set of successful business men. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. R.W. BELL and is therefore a native hereabout. He had a rather extensive experience with his father in the mercantile business and later was in the employ of the Reid Auto Co., where he made a marked success selling automobiles. He then went into the automobile business for himself, reasoning that if he could make money for others he could make it for himself. He is doing nicely in this business.

The best is none too good for these excellent young people and this paper while extending its congratulations, wishes them the fruition of their own fondest hopes as they enter upon their marital relationship together.

Mrs. Stuart Cate Honored Tuesday With Shower

One of the crowning social events of the season was a miscellaneous shower, given in honor of our latest bride, Mrs. Stuart CATE, nee Letha SMITH, by Miss Thelma COLLIE and Mrs. C.B. GREGORY at the handsome bungalow home of Mrs. GREGORY on Tuesday afternoon, April 13th. The rooms were beautifully decorated with ferns and cut flowers, lighted with gorgeous lamps. The members of the house party assembled early, for an informal tete-a-tete with the bride, the bride’s mother, Mrs. T.C. SMITH and the mother of the groom, Mrs. J.B. CATE, of Cisco.

As the time grew near for the arrival of the guests, the members of the house party assembled to their appointed places; Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN met the guests at the door, where Mrs. W.E. LOWE relieved them of wraps. They were then greeted by the receiving line including Mrs. C.B. GREGORY, Miss Thelma COLLIE, Mrs. Stuart CATE, Mrs. T.C. SMITH, Mrs. J.B. CATE of Cisco, Miss Alyne WALKER of Cisco, Miss Eva LONG of Comanche, Mrs. Brown SHAVER of Lockhart, Miss Evelyn COX escorted them to the bride’s wreath encircled punch bowl. Mrs. John C. SPRADLEY of Duncan, Okla., and Mrs. William STEVENS presided over the punch bowl, Mrs. Johnnie NUNNELLY and Mrs. M.D. STEWART serving. Mrs. Guy HESTER of Cross Plains and Mrs. Kos MYERS ushered the guests thru the rooms filled with beautiful and useful gifts for the bride. The guests then registered at the Bride’s Book, presided over by Mrs. C.L. KINCHEN.

As the last guests were through viewing the elaborate collection of gifts, soft strains of violin music by Miss Bernice INZER centered all attention on the lovely miniature altar in the spacious living room. What was first thought to be a tiny fairy was discovered to be little Miss Elaine SCOTT marching slowly thru the room and taking her place by the alter where she sang with much expression and clarity. "Because." The minister, Master C.B. GREGORY, then took his place and the wedding party marched slowly in. Miss Virginia SCOTT, maid of honor, Misses Mary Alice and Julia Jean ROLLINS, bridesmaids, Misses Marjory HESTER and Elizabeth CARTER, flower girls, Miss Mary Jean NEWTON bearing the ring in the heart of a calla lily. Then came the bride and groom, Miss Francis GREGORY and Master Thomas HOLDEN. A most impressive ceremony was read and as the wedding party marched slowly out they were heartily applauded.

The guests were then served with glasses of punch and all stood to drink toasts to the bride with Mrs. GREGORY as toast mistress. Miss Evelyn COX gave a toast to the bride’s mother, Mrs. Johnnie NUNNELLY gave the groom’s toast to the bride, Mrs. W.E. LOWE gave the brides’ toast to the groom, Mrs. W.H. CLARKE gave the toast to the In-Laws, and Mrs. Brown SHAVER gave "Advice to the Bride." The bride responded to these toasts and was presented with the Bride’s Book by Miss Thelma COLLIE. The fifty guests then showered their congratulations and best wishes upon Mrs. Stuart CATE, expressing regret and heartfelt sorrow that one of De Leon’s most beautiful and talented and best loved girls should be taken to grace the society of some other town. The guests then wended their way homeward. – Contributed

McClary, Owner De Leon Meat Market Still Here

The statement regarding the closing of the De Leon Meat Market as made in the last issue of the Free Press was at least partly in error. The market, as a matter of fact, is closed. But Mr. McCLARY, the owner is still here and has considerable business and collecting to attend to before he goes back to his ranch at Goldthwaite. The statement that the market was to be opened under another management was in error, however, the Free Press believes the "other man" who made the statement believed he was stating facts correct when he gave in the story. He simply changed his mind, or his plan miscarried.

Mr. McCLARY is offering the market for sale. The Free Press believes it is a good buy for some energetic, ambitious person. It can be had with a reasonable cash payment balance on terms. If interested, see him about it.


A happy event in the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. HAFFORD on Friday, April 2nd, 1926, was the arrival of tiny "Jimmie Lois’, a baby daughter. The dainty little one starts life with eight pounds to her credit, but bids fair to grow rapidly.

Miss Urselle SELF, who teaches at Carbon, was spending the past weekend with home folks.

Rowe WALKER, employed with the T. & P. at Fort Worth, was here last week, at the bedside of his mother, Mrs. M.D. WHEAT, who was critically ill, Mrs. WHEAT is now better.

Oliver Springs

Mrs. Clyde NABORS went to see her sister, Mrs. J.C. PIERCE and family at the tank farm, they being very sick with the flu.

There was a trustee election at the school house Saturday. Ernest COGBURN and Clyde NABORS were elected and G.H. BAIRD was returned for another year.

New Hope News

Mrs. Howard BURT of Cleburne is spending the week in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.S. McCHAREN.

Lewis GREENWALDT and family of near St. Joe visited Oscar NABORS and family Sunday evening. Mr. NABORS and children have had the flu, but all are up and improving slowly.

John DUPRIEST is on the sick list this week suffering with a cold.

Mrs. Vall McCHAREN of Cisco, spent a few days the latter part of last week in the home of R.S. McCHAREN. Her husband, Vall McCHAREN came Sunday and they returned to their home together.


©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.