De Leon Free Press
DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, May 28, 1926
Mr. and Mrs. Willie STONE have the sympathy of the community in the loss of a tiny baby, born into their home Tuesday. The little one was buried at De Leon cemetery on Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. STONE is recovering.
Proctor Couple Found Shot To Death Wednesday Evening
A man named BERRY, aged about 40, and his wife, aged about 35 years, were found shot to death in a barn at their home 4 miles northeast of Proctor late on Wednesday evening. The woman was shot thru the temple and the man in the back of the head. An automatic pistol was nearby. The dead manís arm was around the body of his wife, it is reported.
Mr. and Mrs. BERRY had been married only about two months. Before their marriage he had resided on the same farm with his father, aged 70, which was the old BERRY homestead. The wife, formerly Miss May HOWELL, taught school the past ten years at Proctor, it is said.
The old man was about the place during the late afternoon and made the discovery of their dead bodies. He heard no shots, it is reported, but at his age his hearing is impaired.
The case is completely enshrouded in mystery.
Pastor and Family Off for New Mexico On Their Vacation
Pastor J.N. CAMPBELL and wife and their son, Paul, will leave Monday of next week for Brownfield where her parents reside. Paul will remain there while Pastor and Mrs. CAMPBELL will visit at Carlsbad, Cloudcroft, Almagorda, Roswell and other points. Returning Mrs. CAMPBELL will remain for some weeks with her parents at Brownfield.
Duster Garage Burglarized of $200 Worth Tires
Last Saturday night burglars entered the garage and blacksmith shop of Frank RHODES at Duster and made off with approximately $200 worth of tires and tubes. Officers have been notified and have a clew and expect to make an arrest soon it is said.
The thieves showed a sense of humor when they drank two bottles of soda pop and left 10Ę to pay for same on the counter, said B.R. McPHAIL, who reported the incident to the Free Press.
The store of W.L. BLAIR at Duster has been burglarized several times within recent years, the door being pried off, and it is believed the same thieves are responsible for the Rhodes burglary.
Finkelstine Has A Brand New Chevrolet Truck In Service
Dave FINKELSTINE, proprietor of the De Leon Salted Peanut Mfg. Co., has found an ever increasing demand for salted peanuts, potato chips and candies, all of which he manufactures and his business has grown to such an extent that he required more storage room in his truck. Accordingly he has sold his old truck and purchased a brand new Chevrolet which he is fitting out this week, the finishing touch being the sign "Good Morning Neighbor" that everybody within a hundred miles has come to recognize.
FINKELSTINE covers a territory that reaches as far as Brady, Gatesville, Lampasas, San Saba, Hamilton, Dublin, Granbury, Breckenridge, Cisco, Cross Plains and Brownwood and all points included within the circle.
Albert PIPER is expected home this week from the Gorman sanitarium where he had an operation for a serious case of advanced appendicitis. He has made rapid recovery considering that his case was critical.
Uncle Dock MORRISON of near Downing is in the sanitarium at Gorman recovering from an operation and is better than he was. His many friends will be glad to know that he is improving.
Mrs. N.A. TODD arrived last week for a visit with her son, J.P. TODD.
Miss Electra BEAUCHAMP spent last Saturday and Sunday with home folks at Stephenville.
S.T. STOVER and son, Sherrod, were here Sunday attending the graduation exercises of their son and brother, Fred STOVER.
Mrs. Prentiss WILSON and baby of Fort Worth were guests of De Leon friends this week. Mrs. WILSON was formerly Miss Mildred FITZPATRICK.
Mrs. H.E. MILLER, formerly Miss Leona MERRITT of this city, is here this week from Fort Worth visiting her grandmother, Mrs. L.N. POWELL.
Mrs. Glover SLAUGHTER of Dublin is in the sanitarium at Gorman recuperating from an appendix operation. She is about recovered and ready to return to her home.
Zollie STEAKLEY Jr. is leaving the first of the coming week for Abilene where he has accepted a position with the Abilene Printing Co., for the summer months.
Clifford ALLEN, C.G. MORTON, Ambrose MORGAN, Raymond VAN ZANDT, Dalton PILCHER, Edmund GRIZZELLE, Jackson QUINN and Mr. and Mrs. Autrey SELF are home from school at John Tarleton College. Those remaining for summer school are Miss Lillian HANSFORD, Sherrod STOVER and Mrs. Clesta DUNCAN. Emmett Lee HOWARD left Wednesday with the Tarleton band for a ten day tour of the state.
©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.