De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, May 7, 1926

Six De Leon Boys Leave To Contest In the State Meet

De Leon High school sent six boys to Austin this week to compete for state championship honors. These are rewinners in both the county and district Interscholastic League meets held recently, and winners at this final will be declared state champions.

Zollie STEAKLEY will contest for state championship in tennis singles. STEAKLEY and John D. HARVEY will compete for honors in tennis doubles.

Dick WEAVER will enter a literary event, Senior Boy’s declamation.

Fred HOWE will enter for Broad jump.

Elton BOSWELL will try for the mile run, and Perry FARROW for the 440 dash.

Both the student body and interested citizens will wait with keen interest the outcome of their efforts in open competitions with thousands of students who will compete.

Sister and Brother Reunited After a Period of 28 Years

Mrs. A.T. HAYNES had a very pleasant surprise Easter Sunday past being visited by her brother, W.H. JACKSON of Shallowater, Texas, near Lubbock. Mr. JACKSON and Mrs. HAYNES were last together at Corsicana, in the year 1898. Both were married at that time, both moving away from Corsicana, and became separated and lost to each other.

Mrs. HAYNES moved with her family to Houston where they lived about one year. They moved to Richland, Navarro county, where they lived about four years, moving thence to De Leon, living here almost 18 years.

Mr. JACKSON moved first to Chatfield, near Corsicana, later moving west, where he has made his home around Lubbock and Shallowater. They learned of each other’s whereabouts last June when Mrs. HAYNES’ niece, Mrs. O’DANIEL, came here for a visit, but could not arrange meeting until Easter this year.

New Rawleigh Man Arrived from Seymour

Mr. and Mrs. C.L. CONNER and children have arrived from Seymour and will make their home in De Leon. Mr. CONNER has the Rawleigh Company agency in the northeast portion of Comanche county and is already on the job. Mr. and Mrs. CONNER have five children, only one of which is in school age. He formerly lived at Hico.

J.D. Ragland is Home from Operation

J.D. RAGLAND underwent an operation at Gorman sanitarium some ten days ago, and was able to return home Saturday. He is much improved and has promise of regaining his health.


Mr. Ester STACY and Miss Venita BIBBY were united in marriage Sunday, April 25th at the home of Rev. A.F. NABORS. The bride is the lovely young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. BIBBY of near Rucker and is loved and admired by all who know her. The groom is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. STACY of De Leon Route Four and is an excellent young man and their many friends extend to them their heartiest congratulations upon entering their matrimonial relationship together. Those present at the wedding were the bride’s brother and sister and the groom’s brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Willie STACY, also Rush and Ruby BROWNLEE and Mr. Arthur HOGAN.

Another De Leon Boy is Honored at Baylor Uni.

Down at Baylor they must have a very wholesome respect for De Leon students. One after another of our boys have been honored in various ways-president of senior class, captain of football team, president of student body, etc. Now Ronald MYERS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kos MYERS, has been given an honor which any young man might be delighted to receive. "Kos" was their "king of May."

Last week the Baylor Lariot, student publication, came out with a "streamer" across the top of the first page proclaiming the selection of MYERS for this honor. The story described at some length the pageant which was held in a Waco park, at night with appropriate lighting, wherein the queen, wandering in a deep forest was found by the king and a dazzling coronation ceremony occurred, surrounded by their consorts in impressive array.

Travelers Hotel Sets A Record Dining Service

Wednesday the Travelers Hotel had 35 guests, both transient and regulars, at the noon meal, which is the largest week-day number accommodated at one meal since Mr. J.M. THOMPSON took charge about a month ago. The Sunday attendance of "home folks" has been remarkable. One Sunday since Mr. THOMPSON has been featuring the special 50 cent Sunday dinners his attendance of home people reached 65.

Tuesday last week every available room in the building was taken and some were reported turned away. Formerly only the second floor was used, but Mr. THOMPSON has furnished a number of rooms on the third floor since he came so that now 42 guest rooms are in use, and as the good demand continues he will ultimately be forced to furnish all of the 54 rooms in the building.

Wednesday this week Mr. THOMPSON had wires from Waco and Brownwood to reserve rooms for four people.

Duster News

Mr. and Mrs. T.W. HADAWAY of Moran spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. HADAWAY.

Mr. J.O. HARRIS and family visited relatives in Rising Star the past Sunday.

Miss Viola HALE spent Saturday night with Miss Merle McMULLER of Gorman.

Miss Arra WHATLEY spent Saturday night with Miss Emily HUDDLESTON.


Dave FINKLESTINE was on a fishing trip with friends in a private lake at Goldthwaithe Saturday.

Russel HOWELL was here from Brownwood the first of the week.

Baynard FRETWELL, T.C.U. student was spending the past week end with home folks.

Mr. and Mrs. J.E. NORWOOD and little son went to Waco on Wednesday of last week.

Robert PATTERSON was home from Daniel Baker for a brief visit the first of the week.

Misses Katherine and Ruth HARVEY were spending the week-end with their parents in the city.

H.W. LOCKE returned the last of the week from San Angelo where he built a house for Mr. and Mrs. R.W. ROGERS.

Mrs. Sidney HUGHES and little son of Breckenridge were recent guests in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.W. LOCKE.

Mr. and Mrs. SHIRO, of the De Leon Bakery, spent several days in Dallas last week attending the State Baker’s Convention.

Carl PITTMAN arrived home from Yuma and Los Angeles the latter part of the week, his physical condition being such that his physician advised a higher climate.

Mr. and Mrs. L.D. PARKS of Cisco came down Sunday afternoon for their little daughter, Barbara, who had spent several days here visiting with Mrs. S.G. PARKS.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter DEARMIN and baby of Havana, Cuba and his mother, Mrs. Hortense DEARMIN of Ft. Worth, were guests in the home of his uncle, W.T. JETTON and family the early part of the week. Mr. DEARMIN sells Fords and Lincolns in Havana.

H. Hampton Sells Home

A deal was completed last week in which H. HAMPTON sold his residence in Heath Addition to G.W. JONES. Mr. JONES owns several residences in that vicinity and is acquiring other property nearby.

Mr. HAMPTON is not leaving town, not by any means. He merely sold to seek a location closer in to town, in order to be nearer to his work.

Katy Komment

T.J. COOK, J. TOOD and C.H. TIDWELL attended Safety Meeting held in Waco Tuesday.

Brakeman MILNER dead-headed to Waco Monday to relieve brakeman J.C. JONES who is relieving Conductor CLARK on No. 35 and 36 on account of CLARK attending Safety meeting.

Little J. Meg TIDWELL, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. TIDWELL, was accidentally struck in the eye by a baseball bat in the hands of an older child while they were at play in the yard Tuesday afternoon. While the injury was very painful, the eye swelling entirely shut, it is not thought the injury will prove serious.

C.H. TIDWELL received a message Friday afternoon of the death of his uncle, G.W. TIDWELL, at Iredell. He was past 70 years of age and had lived at Iredell for more than fifty years.

Miss Edra WILLIAMSON of Iredell is visiting in the home of De Leon relatives.

C.H. TIDWELL, reporter

Bowman News

Gaston FERRILL is very sick with pneumonia and is not improving any. He has been sick several weeks, also his mother.

Jim QUINN is attending court at Comanche this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Esther STACY of New Hope community spent Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Hugh CHUPP. Mrs. STACY was formerly Veneta BIBBY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. BIBBY of the Johnson community. Mr. and Mrs. STACY are the bride and groom of the week.

New Hope News

Mr. and Mrs. Carl STEWART and also her mother of De Leon visited in the home of Mrs. G.L. LEE Monday.

A baby boy made his arrival in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde HODGES on Friday night, April 30.

Mr. and Mrs. L.G. HOLLAND are the parents of a baby girl born May 3.

S.N. WILKERSON and family are spending a few days in Brown county in the home of his brother Henry WILKERSON and intend to fish some also.

J.A. Lee Purchased His Partner’s Interest

A deal was consummated this week in which J.A. LEE purchased the interest of his partner, S.D. LANGLEY, in the filling station which they were operating. Mr. LANGLEY was not actively connected with the operation of the station, being employed by the Katy, as was also Mr. LEE. But the latter has taken a leave of absence and will devote his entire time to the operation of the station.

Mr. LEE has a good location, first corner west of the De Leon Bakery, and will doubtless do a good business and especially so in the coming tourist season. He invites his De Leon friends to visit him.


©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.