De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, May 14, 1926

W.W. Nance Had Round With Surgeon At Gorman Tuesday

W.W. NANCE, who suffers from an acute kidney malady, went up to Gorman Tuesday and got relief after a week’s illness by having the surgeon drain his kidneys of a poisonous accumulation. Mr. NANCE was able to return home following the operation, and is about his business as usual. Mrs. NANCE also is ill, continuing to suffer from rheumatism and a trip to Marlin is contemplated in the hope of restoring her health.

Run-away Girls Story Not Quite Correct, They Say

Misses Thelma KNOX and Lorene RAY, who startled the village by running away last Tuesday, affirm that the Free Press did not give the exact facts in the case, and this paper hastens to make correction. [Transcriber’s note: The article was not transcribed in the last issue because it did not mention the names of the girls.]

Firstly, they are not high school girls at all, but students in the South Ward, in the 7th grade, and are what you might call "palls." Secondly, they walked all the way to Gorman instead of catching a ride (and it is rumored their parents are going to stop hauling them to school in good automobiles, seeing that they are so adept at walking.) Thirdly, they did not stop at Big Spring because their funds had given out but to throw their pursuers off the course. Riding on half fare they could probably have reached their destination, Los Angeles, on the money they had.

At Big Spring the kindly station agent left his work and accompanied them to the best hotel and they were well cared for there until located a few hours later. The night marshal took the girls out to breakfast Wednesday morning and incidentally, while walking around town, showed them the jail, taking them thru and showing them a particularly ugly looking cell with iron bars, telling them "next time" they run away he may have to lock them up there. But the girls stoutly affirm that there’s not going to be any "next time."

Buel and Billy Snead Celebrate Their Birthday

On Wednesday, May 12, Billy and Buel SNEAD celebrated their eleventh birthday with a lunch. The children, Billy and Buel, were kept in school until all the guests had arrived at their home and had been seated at the table. The room was darkened and candles were lighted on the two beautiful and delicious angel food cakes when Buel and Billy came in from school. The surprise was indeed a big one and it is needless to say that the little ones were happy.

The table was beautifully decorated in pink rose buds and ferns. A delicious plate lunch was served to the following: Doris WHITE, Fannie Belle KEMP, Susan SCHMIDT, Christine LESTER, Marjorie MORRIS, Tanesa CLARK, Bartine MOORE, Juanita UPSHAW, Sarah JETTON, Wenomah HUMPHREY, Lucile JONES, Lena ADAMS, Bertie SNEAD, Jim NANCE, Joe Hampton KEMP, Fred FIELDS, Peyton WEAVER, Halwyn JOHNSTON, Beverly MILNER, Clayburn NEILL, Luther JOHNSTON, Billie SNEAD, Bob SMITH, John SWAGERTY, Anthon LEIGON, W.S. SNEAD, Miss Iris MOHON, Miss Grady JONES, Miss Golden JONES.

After lunch was served each guest was given a number, two numbers of which were lucky ones. These two numbers were drawn by Billy and Buel, who of course, received the little gifts that were brought. Nice speeches were made by the little host and hostess and other members present, after which the guests departed declaring that they had an unusually happy time.

Graduate of D.H.S. CLASS OF ’25 Married

The Free Press learned Wednesday of the marriage of Miss Erma Lee GRAHAM, popular girl graduate of the class of 1925, De Leon high school to Mr. F.E. EPPLER of Cross Plains. The marriage was solemnized at the First Christian church in Brownwood at 6:30 o’clock, Tuesday, May 11, 1926, the pastor officiating, the pastor’s family only acting in the capacity of witnesses to the ceremony.

After the marriage, the happy young couple went to the home of her sister, Mrs. H.P. EVANS, who resides in Brownwood, coming the following day to De Leon for a brief visit, going thence to Gorman and after today will be at home in Cross Plains, where the groom has an apartment in readiness.

Miss GRAHAM is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.N. GRAHAM of De Leon, Route 2 and is a most worthy and likeable girl. She lived with Mrs. C.W. PATTERSON during the time she was in high school here and was quite popular. Her many friends in De Leon will wish for her the greatest happiness.

Mr. EPPLER is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus EPPLER of Gorman, one of the oldest families in this entire section. His father has been engaged in business at Gorman for many years and the son was formerly associated in the business. He is now engaged in the oil drilling business, being employed by the Mac Lester Oil Company of Ranger, operating in the Cross Plains district. Young Mr. and Mrs. EPPLER have been the recipients of many hearty congratulations from friends in all this section, in which this paper wishes to join.


Miss Nettie NIELL this week completed her course at Central State Commercial College, Waco, and immediately accepted a position as stenographer with an attorney at La Grange.

Mrs. Henry SHOOK returned home Sunday night from Hamlin where she had been in attendance upon sick relatives.

Doyle LOCKE and wife are home from Fort Worth where he has been employed for some months by Brunker Printing Company.

Mrs. A.G. FRENCH of Dallas has been in the city this week, guest of her sister, Mrs. A.J. BETTIS.

Miss Mildred VAN ZANDT, accompanied by Everett HANSFORD, represented De Leon school at the May Fete celebration held at Cisco Tuesday of this week. Miss VAN ZANDT was elected to this honor by her fellow students, which is the second time she has received a similar honor, having been May Queen at a May Fete held here last year.

Mr. and Mrs. H.E. WHITTLE and children and Mrs. L.C. BILLS motored to Whitney the past week end for a visit with relatives. Returning they were caught in a severe hail and rain storm near Hico, but escaped damage to the car and personal injury by leaving the machine under a tree and entering a nearby house.

Three De Leon girls, Misses Lillian MOHON, Katherine HARVEY and Jewell TAYLOR, who taught at Mingus last school year have returned to their homes here, school having closed.

Mr. and Mrs. Leon NOEL and daughter, Miss Eudora, were Sunday visitors in Valley Mills, the old home of Mrs. NOEL.

Bowman News

Gaston FERRELL has been very ill with pneumonia but is some better now. Although he still requires the attention of a trained nurse who has been by his bedside for several days. His mother is also bedfast with the relapse of the flu. We are glad to say she is some better too.

Bill WALKER’s family is on the sick list this week.

Wallace MORGAN is confined to his bed in a very critical condition and is reported as not any better.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis DICKSON and family of Rotan are at the bedside of their nephew, Gaston FERRELL.

Coy and Fred HOLDRIDGE of "Busy Bee Corner" spent Sunday with Otis GRIFFITH and Ardis BOWMAN.

Oliver Springs

Mrs. Levy COZART accompanied by her daughter Miss Priscilla of Gorman, attended church at Oliver Sunday.

Clyde NABORS is moving his house this week.

This community was visited Sunday eve by a hard wind. Peach limbs were broken and Walter COGBURN’s poultry house was torn up.

New Hope News

Mr. and Mrs. HUCKABY of near Gorman are spending a few days in the home of their daughter, Mrs. H.M. JOHNSON.

Walter HOLLAND and family visited their daughter Mrs. HALL of near Suez Sunday.

Lloy LEE, who is attending the A. & M. college, was visiting homefolks Sunday.

Claude PAIR and family visited his parents at Dockum 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.