De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, June 18, 1926

Child Suffered Broken Leg When Heavy Door Fell

Little Normalee KUHN, daughter of Mrs. Katie KUHN and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John GRISHAM, suffered an accident in which she sustained a broken leg last Monday morning. The little girl was playing with the small children of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. GEORGE when a heavy garage door which had been loosened by the storm of Sunday afternoon, fell across her leg, breaking both bones above the ankle. The other children barely escaped injury. Physicians set the wound and the child is recovering.

Wallace Morgan Is Called by Death

The end of his earthly life came to Wallace MORGAN, well known citizen of the Bowman community, at eight o’clock last Tuesday evening, June 8th, 1926. In his last hour he was surrounded by all the members of his family and by the most skillful physicians, all with an eagerness to do whatever possible for him. He was conscious until an hour before death came. He was ill since December 28, last and during his fatal illness he bore his intense suffering with fortitude and patience, never complaining of his lot. He had been confined to his bed constantly for seven weeks, and had been ill for more than five months. Just before the presence of the angel of death drew near, he told those about him he was ready to go.

Wallace MORGAN was born June 25, 1873, at Langston, Jackson county, Ala. Here he grew to manhood and was married on Dec. 8, 1891, to Miss Kittie KING. Three children were born to them in Alabama, and four after they came to Texas, two having died in infancy. The five surviving are Mrs. A.A. GRIMES, Bearden, Ok.; Mrs. D.L. GRIFFITH, De Leon; Mrs. Newman BOWMAN, De Leon and Lester and Myrtle MORGAN who still reside at home. His faithful wife also survives him.

Deceased had been a member of the Methodist church since a small boy, joining the Baptist church about 20 years ago. His membership was with the De Leon Baptist church at death. During the 53 years of his life he lived about 28 years in Alabama, 11 years in Mt. Pleasant and had lived in the Bowman community here since 1911. He was a son of Jas. A. and Annie E. MORGAN, both of whom are dead.

Funeral service was at De Leon cemetery Thursday, June 10th, with Revs. W.L. SKAGGS and A.F. NABORS and the W.O.W. in charge. Peace be to his sacred ashes!

Chevrolet Station Moved to the New Swagerty Bldg.

Carter & Lloyd, Chevrolet dealers, have this week relinquished their lease on the Holden Motor Building and have taken a lease on the Swagerty Motor Co., garage building, which has recently undergone a thorough overhauling. The Swagerty building has a new concrete floor, a new metal ceiling and newly plastered walls, making a very attractive interior.

Carter & Lloyd will maintain both sales and service on Chevrolets having retained the services of Sam SELF who was formerly with Swagerty Garage. Their location is a much more central and convenient.

De Leon Boy is Medical Graduate

Friends of Robt. NOEL, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.A. NOEL, have heard of his graduation from Oklahoma State University recently. NOEL was a graduate of De Leon high school and later took the medical course at the Oklahoma school.

Mastodon’s Bones Found on Copperas On Display Here

A huge bone, evidently the vertebra of a very large animal, was found by Pink SCOTT, on Copperas, or rather on the J. MOORE farm on the Copperas watershed, and the bone was brought to Free Press office by Doc JENKINS this week where it is being displayed. The bone measures 17 inches around the long way and is some seven inches across the face the long way. It shows signs of deterioration and was doubtless much larger when the cartilage surrounded it.

Mr. SCOTT found the specimens in the side of a gully on the MOORE farm. The bones were embedded in the side of the wash, indicating that portions of the skeleton had been washed away. He found several pieces of the bones, including a tooth some two and a half inches long. The tooth resembled the jaw tooth of a mule, except that it was much larger.

Some who have viewed the specimen think it may have been the vertebra out of the hump of a very large buffalo. At any rate the Free Press will send the specimen to Austin to the museum at State University and ask for an opinion. Whatever the bone may prove to be it will be presented to the university museum.

Travelers Hotel Completely Equip Fifty-four Rooms

This week a deal was made by J.M. THOMPSON, manager of the Treavelers Hotel, with Higginbotham Bros. & Co., for furnishings for the remaining rooms on the third floor which have never been put into use. Mr. THOMPSON is having nice furniture, rugs, chairs, draperies, etc., to make these remaining rooms attractive and in keeping with the remainder of the building.

The Travelers now has no reserve room. The hotel has 54 rooms with bath between each two rooms, and hot and cold running water throughout. The building is heated top to bottom, with natural gas. Every room is an outside room. There are rugs on all floors. The office and lobby compare favorably with some of the best hotels in larger cities, the tile floor, and wainscoting being very serviceable and attractive.

Recently Mr. THOMPSON has had the woodwork neatly painted and everything there presents a new and attractive appearance.

Sometime soon Mr. and Mrs. THOMPSON plan to have open house and invite the home folks to visit them and see the hotel (our hotel) in its completed state.


De Leon friends have received announcements of the marriage of Mr. Luther HAYNES, son of Jack HAYNES, to Miss Gladys Pauline DUNN. The wedding occurred at the bride’s home in Winters on Tuesday, June 15th, and they are at home at Coleman, Texas.

Birthday Party

In the rush incident to getting away for a few days vacation last week, the item pertaining to the birthday party of Master Stewart THOMPSON, aged eight years, was unintentionally omitted. Stewart is the little son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. THOMPSON and resides near the high school. The party was on June second. Sixteen little guests came to help him celebrate. They played games the early part of the afternoon, then cut the big cake with its pretty pink candles. House decorations were pink and white. Many gifts were received by the popular honoree.

The guests: Elizabeth BAGWELL, Fannie Bell KEMP, Gena GENTRY, Treasure Louise RUSSELL, Martha Frances RUSSELL, Dorothy COOK, Elizabeth WILLIAMS, Lucille WALTRIP, Dorothy MELVER, Winnifred THOMPSON, James EDMONDSON, John Travis MOHON, Joe Hampton KEMP, Spencer LIGHTFOOT, Luther JOHNSON, James THOMPSON.

Card of Thanks

We take this means of thanking the good friends and neighbors who came to our aid during the trial thru which we have just passed. We thank the physicians who labored so hard to alleviate his sufferings and restore his health. We thank the members of the W.O.W. who exemplified the high principles of their order in sympathy and helpfulness. We especially thank Dr. J.E. SELF whom we believe did everything in his power in his behalf. May the richest blessings of the Heavenly Father abundantly reward each and every one who in any way assisted us.

Mrs. Wallace MORGAN

Lester and Myrtle MORGAN

Mr. and Mrs. J.N. BOWMAN

Mr. and Mrs. D.L. GRIFFITH


Mr. and Mrs. H.B. HOLDRIDGE


Local News

Mr. and Mrs. A.E. NORTHCUTT have moved here from Loraine and will make De Leon their home. These good people are parents of R.L. NORTHCUTT of City Grocery Store.

Rev. and Mrs. S. KIRKPATRICK and children have gone to Dallas and to Sulphur Springs for a visit in the homes of relatives. They will be home the last of the present week. Rev. A.F. NABORS filled the pulpit at the Methodist church at the 11:00 o’clock hour Sunday and Rev. U.J. MORTON at the evening hour.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe CHAMBERS had as their guests from Friday to Sunday last week, Mr. and Mrs. P.H. MILLER (Ella RICH) of Spur, and Miss Jennie SHIELDS, formerly of this place. Sunday the party went to Gorman where a child of Mrs. Era Rich BARNES of Rising Star had an operation.

Comyn News

Little Dixie Sloan SPRUILL, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee SPRUILL, who had catarrahal fever, is quite a bit improved.

Mrs. P.C. SLOAN of Comanche is spending several days with her daughter, Mrs. Lee SPRUILL.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest DISHMAN have moved to Brownwood.

Mrs. Walter RACKLEY visited in the home of her brother, Conway THOMPSON Saturday night.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. ALSTON and children left Monday for Decatur to visit relatives.

Mrs. Kirby BARNES and children of Los Angeles, visited Mrs. Jesse BARNES last Thursday.

Geo. HODSON visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. HODSON of the Live Oak community Sunday.

Miss Pearl SLOAN and Mrs. W. SPIVEY of Comanche visited in the home of their sister, Mrs. Lee SPRUILL Wednesday.

New Hope News

Miss Sadie and Sue NANCE accompanied their Uncle Claude OTWELL to San Angelo last week and visited with relatives there. They were gone three days.

Mr. and Mrs. Gilder CHUPP are the parents of a baby girl born Saturday night, June 5th.

Teachers have been elected for the New Hope school. Mr. John LIGHTFOOT will be the principal and Miss Enola McCHAREN the assistant teacher.


©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.