De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, June 11, 1926

Pioneer Downing Woman Died At Home Saturday

Death called for Mrs. T.J. McGINNIS and relieved her much suffering at 1:40 o’clock p.m. Saturday, June 5th. By a strange coincidence Mrs. McGINNIS came to the end of her earthly life just sixty-four years to a day from the time when as a newborn babe she nestled in her mother’s arms on that June 5th, 1868, back in the state of Georgia. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. R.C. LOUDERMILK.

The family came to Texas in about the year 1866 and therefore practically all her life had been spent under Texas skies, indeed most of it in Comanche county. Forty-three years she had been a devout Christian and a member of the Church of Christ.

Mrs. McGINNIS was taken ill of catarrah and pneumonia some time ago and had been critically ill for three weeks. The best nurse obtainable was constantly at her bedside. Faithful physicians did everything possible for her, to no avail. Death came at 1:40 Saturday. At 8:00 a.m. Saturday she revived and was conscious for a short time, recognizing her four children Rowe, J.C. & R.C. and Mrs. G.B. WHITLOCK, all of whom remained at her side until the last. There are 13 grandchildren.

Eld. ALFORD came from Fredonia in Mason county and conducted the funeral services Sunday afternoon, and her remains were laid to rest beside her husband at Downing cemetery. A large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends followed her body to its last resting place in the silent City of the Dead.

Wallis Morgan Died on Tuesday Morning

Mr. Wallis MORGAN of near De Leon died at 8:30 Tuesday evening and will be buried by the W.O.W. on Thursday evening at four o’clock at De Leon. All W.O.W. are expected to meet at the hall at three o’clock p.m.

Surprise Party for Zollie Steakley

On the evening of Friday, June fourth, a surprise party was given in behalf of Zollie STEAKLEY Jr. It was a farewell party as well as a surprise, for it was understood that young STEAKLEY was to leave in a few days for Abilene. Gossip was adhered to first and then the radio was tuned in; everything was coming in fine including Zollie STEAKLEY, who needless to say was surprised. His escort had been keeping him away purposely. Everyone got down to work playing forty-two, of which no high score will be announced because of the fact that no two tarried long at the head table. A tie will be declared between all including: Roger Mae SMITH, Bernice INZER, Wayne MULLOY, Charles CARTER, Oleta STEVENS, Doris AYERS, Lois HARVEY, John D. HARVEY, Emmett HOWARD, Virginia SHARP, Eudora NOEL, Rozelle SMITH, John J. HORN, Lewis EASTERLING, Z. C. STEAKLEY Sr. and Zollie STEAKLEY.

Mrs. STEAKLEY proved to be a charming hostess the climax of her obligations coming when she provided each of those present with a bowl of ice cream and a large slice of delightful cake.

Card of Thanks

We take this method of extending our heartfelt and sincerest thanks to all these neighbors and friends who so faithfully stood by us in our hour of darkness and sadness, helping where help was needed, comforting and sympathizing when nothing else could be done. We especially thank the faithful nurse, Miss Ruth MOBLEY of Gorman sanitarium, who made the last hour of our precious mother more bearable. The thoughtfulness of everyone was noted and will be gratefully remembered always.

R.C. and J.C. McGINNIS and Mrs. G.B. WHITLOCK.

Local News

Miss Mary Louise LOWE is home from Brownwood where she studied last year at Daniel-Baker College.

Russell HOWELL and Dale WILSON of Daniel-Baker College, are now here on their vacation.

Miss Lillian HANSFORD returned to Stephenville Monday to attend summer school at John Tarleton.

Arl LIGHTFOOT, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.L. LIGHTFOOT, is home from school at State University, Austin.

Mr. and Mrs. J.V. WHITE are spending their vacation in Austin with their sons, Goen and William.

Mr. and Mrs. Arch HANSFORD and children visited with Mrs. HANSFORD’s mother at Sipe Springs last Sunday.

Fred STOVER, a graduate of De Leon High School the past year, has returned to Desdemona where his parents reside.

J.D. LOWE of Goldthwaite, nephew of W.E. LOWE, has been visiting for several days in the home of his uncle and family.

Misses Jamie and Willie Maude GREENWALDT are home from Texas Woman’s College, Fort Worth, where they studied last year.

Robert PATTERSON has returned home from Brownwood where he finished last week at Daniel-Baker College, being awarded his degree.

Mr. and Mrs. N.H. FLOYD went to Ballinger last week for a visit with their son, Amos, who is employed at the Humble pump station near that place.

Mrs. F.P. DIXON of La Fayette, Tenn., who was formerly Miss Velma STEWART of this city, is here for a visit in the homes of relatives and friends. She visited at Hamilton with her sister, Mrs. Edgar NABORS.

Taft WILSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. WILSON, recently graduated from Sulphur Springs high school, having been in the senior class at Desdemona when the family moved away during the school year.

Miss Mozelle HENDRIX, sister of Mrs. Dave TERRILL, is here for a visit in the home of her sister. She has taught the past four years at Hull, near Beaumont, and goes back there for another year. Miss Lucille HENDRIX is studying to become a trained nurse at Dallas.

Miss Lillie SINGLETON and her sister Miss Laura left Sunday for Stephenville where they will attend summer school at John Tarleton college.

Mr. and Mrs. W.M. COLEY and family went to Snyder last week end for a visit with her brother, Grady NABORS. They also visited at Abilene while away.

Zollie STEAKLEY returned home for the week-end from Abilene. He returned to that place Monday where he will be employed by the Abilene Printing Company.

A baby girl is said to be the causing of sleepless nights at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.C. COZBY, but the little one received a glad welcome when she arrived Friday morning, June 4th. She is the little Miss Helen Eloise COZBY.

Mrs. Lee BRILEY of San Antonio is spending the week in the home of her mother, Mrs. Lena MOHON.

Mrs. J.L. FIELDS of Sidney was a guest in the home of her mother, Mrs. T.W. GLAZIER the past week.

Mrs. W.W. NANCE and daughter, Elouise and Maters [sic] Jim and Gayle went to Marlin this week where Mrs. NANCE will remain three weeks or longer taking treatment for rheumatism.

Miss Lorena HOOD, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur HOOD, is a recent graduate from Simmons University, Abilene, so the Free Press in informed by a recent announcement.

Duster News

Mr. and Mrs. M.J. DUKES are the proud parents of a baby boy.

Relatives and friends are anxiously watching at the bedside of Mr. W.C. (Grandad) DUKES who underwent a very serious operation for kidney trouble on Saturday of the past week. Mrs. Tom GRAVES and daughter Dan of Pidcoke, Mr. and Mrs. Pat CONNOLLY of Fort Worth and Mrs. Laura DAVIS of Beaumont were called to be present.

Mrs. L.C. UNDERWOOD and daughters Lucilla and Clara Mae of Gorman visited Mrs. UNDERWOOD’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. PALMER on Tuesday of last week.

Mrs. Phineas EPPLER spent last Saturday afternoon with her mother, Mrs. E.N. GRAHAM.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom STARKS of Cisco visited his sister, Mrs. M.J. DUKES Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl GRAHAM brought their son Hadley and daughter Viva to spend the summer vacation with Mr. GRAHAM’s parents Mr. and Mrs. E.N. GRAHAM. On Sunday morning Mrs. EVANS and Mrs. Phineas EPPLER came home to spend the day with their brother. Mr. and Mrs. Fert GRAHAM and children also came to the reunion at Mr. GRAHAMS’.

Oliver Springs

Mrs. John BURLESON spent the weekend in Duster with her son, Bob BURLESON.

Oliver Springs was represented in the graduating class of both De Leon and Gorman High. Miss Rubye Lee REED was a member of the De Leon class and Miss Priscilla COZART at Gorman.

Teachers have been elected for the Oliver Springs school: Mr. Ray McKELVY, principal; Miss Priscilla COZART, intermediate; Miss Chrystel ALLGOOD, primary.


©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.