De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, August 27, 1926


Gooden Family Have a Reunion

Uncle Ben GOODEN met with his three sons and his daughter here in a family reunion Sunday, August 15. A fine dinner was served, with cake and ice cream and other things to contribute to the good time. Those present were Uncle Ben GOODEN, Ranger; Mr. and Mrs. Sam C. GOODEN and family, Ranger; Mr. and Mrs. W.T. GOODEN and family, Ranger; Mr. and Mrs. W.H. CARROLL and family, De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. J.H. GOODEN and family, De Leon; and Mr. and Mrs. J. SMITH, De Leon.

Recent Births

Born to Mr. and Mrs. B.H. NOLEN, on Tuesday, the 24th, a girl.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. S.Z. CARNES, on Thursday, August 25th [sic], a baby girl.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Russell RICE on August 24th, a baby boy.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Austin SMITH of Stockton, Calif., a baby boy.

Pecan Growers are Called To Meet Saturday, Aug. 28

Best Crop in 20 Years

It is reported that H.B. PAINTER, residing on the Leon river, 7 miles east of De Leon, believes he has the best pecan crop in twenty years. Mr. PAINTER has perhaps a thousand or fifteen hundred bearing trees and markets his pecans of good years by wagon loads. Many times his pecan crop has netted him more than $1000 in a year, it is said.

Prof. O.H. MOORE has a 12 acre pecan orchard on the Leon east of town. Mr. MOORE has spent considerable money having his trees budded to the most improved varieties. Mr. MOORE stated to Free Press that it is his opinion the present year’s pecan crop will be 80 per cent or better of a normal crop.

C.C. HAMPTON, who is developing a pecan orchard on the old SIMMONS farm, has a large number of trees budded and said his crop is good, although not as good as some in this section. Mr. HAMPTON said the crop of the state is the best this year in years past.

FISHER Brothers, on Copperas, southwest of town, are reported to have sold their crop on the trees a few days ago.

Grisham Boys Have Returned to Arizona

Gaston and Winston GRISHAM, sons of Mr. and Mrs. J.I. GRISHAM, left Tuesday morning to return to Somerton and Yuma, Ariz., respectively, where they are employed. They spent some six weeks here visiting homefolks.

C.C. Morris Celebrates 74th Birthday on Saturday

On Saturday, August 21, at seven p.m. on the lawn at his home, C.C. MORRIS, familiarly known as "Uncle Charley" celebrated his 74th birthday in the presence of all his children.

Born in Kentucky, Uncle Charley moved to Texas in 1875, arriving the first day of December, and settling on the old Mace JONES place (where R.A. KAY now lives). He brought groceries from Dallas to last a year.

Texas at that time was looked upon as Elysian fields a "forest primeval" where all that was good was to be had by merely "taking." It must have beckoned most strongly to tempt one to make the trip all the way from Kentucky in a wagon, taking eight weeks for the trip. Life held much of interest by way of variety as all kinds of experiences, hectic, thrilling, exciting, monotonous, painful, pleasant, sorrowful, joyous, turbulent, were "served" to one and all.

There were some few settlements then: Round Grove, Flat Creek, Harmony, Hog Town, Comanche, Rising Star, Sipe Springs, Old Dublin, Stephenville, Granbury, Eastland; but no De Leon, Gorman, Carbon or Cisco.

Among the neighbors were: at Round Grove, Rev. George ROSS; the ROSS family, others long forgotten; at Flat Creek, Joe and Roll SMITH, Koon KEITH, Billy PATE, Charley DOCUM, Mace JONES, Monroe DICKSON, the ARTHURs, W.F. MORRIS (no relation); the NUNNELLEYS, POUNDS and CARRUTHs, on the Sabano, now "Harmony" H.P. BIFFLE, Fred HOLLAND, Dave WINDSOR, Joe GARNER at Austin Branch, T.M. LAMBERT and Morgan BARKER. The FERGUSONS lived on the hill across the road from the present Primitive Baptist church. As far as memory serves there are only five still living: Uncle George ROSS, Monroe DICKSON, Uncle Charley CARRUTH, Morgan BARKER and himself.

Life was sustained by wild deer, turkeys, cattle on the range, hogs, corn, oats and wheat. Cotton was grown for "spending money", very little farming was done then. Uncle Charley hauled his first cotton to Ft. Worth, after having it ginned at little "horse gin" by Billy MILLER over on "Cow Creek." One had to furnish four horses to run the gin and agree to haul off the seed so as to get it out of the way.

Returning to Kentucky for some 8 years, Uncle Charley in moving back to Texas, came to De Leon which had been founded in the meantime – 1881. (Mrs. MORRIS bought some of the first lots ever sold, business and residence). From the earliest days when De Leon was "painted red" by the "flaming youth" of the time, he has seen De Leon grow into the prosperous and progressive residence city that it is.

Those present were: Mors. MORRIS; Will MORRIS (son) wife and son, Charley; Curt MORRIS (son) wife and children Marjorie, Curtis, Jr., and baby Richard Ray; Grover MORRIS (son), and Mrs. WEIR (mother-in-law of Will.)

Ages represented were from eleven months to 74 years.

An appropriate address was delivered by his grandson, Charley. Gifts were made refreshments of various kinds of ice cream and cake served.

This was the first time that all of the children were assembled on his birthday in several years and many more happy birthdays were wished by all as each departed for church, lodge, etc. – Contributed

Interesting Old Will in Possession of Mrs. H.D. KING

Mrs. H.D. KING of Oklahoma City, a cousin of Mrs. E.E. DABNEY, who is here visiting in the DABNEY home, has in her possession the original of an old will, that of her great-grandfather, B.C. BURNET, who was also the great-grandfather of Mrs. DABNEY. The will was executed on March 21, 1862, and the editor of this paper considers it a very interesting document, inasmuch as it breathes the atmosphere of the old days of slavery in America. It follows:

"In the name of God, I, B.C. BURNETT, of the county of Monroe and state of Mississippi, being sound in mind, do make this, my last will and testament to-wit:

"Article No. 1. I give and bequeath in fee and forever to my beloved wife Ellen C. BURNETT the following named slaves to-wit: Anthony, Edmond, John, Fanny, Sally, Milus, Ellis, Catherine, Edmond, Rosaline, Nepolion, Mary, Henry, Puss, Margaret, Hartley and Lucy. I also give and bequeath in fee simple and forever to the above Ellen C. BURNETT all of Section 32, Township 13, Range 7 and N. West 1-4 of Section 33 same Township and Range as above, also the carriage and mules, my saddle mare and eight work mules. I also give her fifty head of sheep, 2 dozen knives and 1 dozen forks. I also transfer to my wife, Ellen C. BURNETT ten shares in the Aberdeen Bank which she is to use in paying off all taxes at present assessed and appropriate the balance, if any, to her own use. The forty bales of cotton to perfect the stock is to be paid out of the cotton now on hand.

"Article No. 2. I give to the children of W.V. DENISON by his first wife one negro woman named Lucy.

"Article No. 3. I give unto Boling Green BURNETT in trust for the benefit of his children the following named negroes, Harriett, Juliett and Corn.

"Article No. 4. It is my request that B.G. BURNETT settle on my land adjoining the tract set apart for my wife, that he cultivate the land and superintend the interest of the estate generally; that he is to turn over to the estate all of the crops made; and for said services if faithfully performed he is to receive the sum of four hundred dollars as compensation per year.

"Article No. 5. I do appoint Eilene C. BURNETT and W.H. HOGAN my executors, either one or both may serve as the case may be. It is my wish that in two years after the termination of the war between the Southern Confederacy and the United States that they advertise and sell, sooner if the executors think it expedient, on such time and terms as they think best, all the real estate and personal property not otherwise appropriated and pay off all just debts remaining unpaid from the proceeds of crops to be made and what is on hand.

"Article No. 6. After the debts are all paid it is my will that the balance not otherwise appropriated be divided equally between the heirs of Talifero BURNETT, deceased, the children of W.V. DENISON, by his first wife, and the children of A.J. EVANS by his first wife except E.C. EVANS, to him I give $10. I include H.E. WATROUS also.

"Article No. 7. All the property is to remain on the place as provided for in Article No. 4.

"March 21st, 1863.

"B.C. BURNETT (Seal)

List of Slaves and Personal Property:

"Anthony $600, Emily and child $600, John $1000, Fanny $800, Sallie and child $900, Harriet $800, Milus $500, Ellis $500, Catherine $400, Edmond $500, Mary $300, Henry $1000, Puss $800, Jim $500, Jane $400, Mandy $700, Monroe $1000, Randolph $850, Guss $300, Adaline $100, Joanna $300, Margaret $800, Marthy $300, Loosey $250, Juliett $400, Ursey $300, Davy $1000, Cora $400, Elizabeth $300, Clemma $500, Frim $800, Meredith $700, Hilliard $900, Hartwell $900, Tom $100, Loosey at Denison’s $800.

"2 grindstones $2.50, 2 cross cut saws and 1 whip saw $8, 3 beds and furniture $100, 1 dozen T---chairs $24, 2 dozen common chairs $4, library $100, 10 bee hives $20, 1 spinning jenny $50, 4 spinning wheels $12, 2 folding tables $15, 3 small tables $8, 1 candle stand $50, 1 lot cooking tools $31, 1 lot blacksmith tools $40, 2 large pots $10, 5 cradles $14.50, 2 hooks $1.50, 2 grass blades $3, 2 horse carts $40, 2 wagons $175, 1 corn sheller $1, 1 Caralog $25, 1 Rockaway $100.

"Total $24, 500.50"

Terrill Reunion

A family reunion was held last Sunday under the beautiful trees at the country home of B.E. HOWE.

The menu consisted of fried chicken, salad, relishes, cream and cake and melons.

Four brothers and two sisters and families of this city comprised the group with one sister, Mrs. Jack SEWARD’s family of San Marcial, New Mexico and Mrs. C.J. THOMPSON and family of Amarillo. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. J.I. FLOYD and family of Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. Will HOWARD and son of this city. – Contributed.



Miss Ima Love ECHOS of San Antonio is here for a month’s visit with her sister, Mrs. D. TOMLIN.

Miss Lucille HENDRICKS of Baylor Hospital, Dallas, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Dave TERRILL and family.

Mrs. Bettie NOWLIN of Abilene was here this week visiting in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.D. McCARROLL.

Clayton BLACK left this week for Brownwood to enter Howard Payne college where he will take a course in football coaching.

Mrs. Henry RUSH and baby of San Angelo were here the past week-end, guests in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. STREETY.

Misses Margaret and Minnie Merle VAUGHN, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. VAUGHN, are here for a visit with their grandfather, J.H. VAUGHN and daughter, Miss Lelah.

Mrs. Henry MOORE of Wichita Falls has returned to her home following a week’s visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN. She was accompanied back to Wichita Falls by her brother, Ralph PITTMAN, who spent several days here.

Miss Eudora NOEL went to Gorman Friday of last week and had an operation for the removal of tonsils and adenoids. She stood the operation well and is now about recovered. Miss Eudora returned from Gorman the same day the operation was performed.

Duster News

Miss Edith HALE spent the past week with her sister, Mrs. Chester BELL of De Leon.

Mr. and Mrs. R.H. ECHOLS are spending two weeks with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. BURKE of Gomez.

Mrs. T.W. BROWN and children of Luling are visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. W.L. DUKE.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester PELL and little daughter, of De Leon, visited her father, Dock HALE, Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. H.P. EVAN and little daughter, of Brownwood, spent Friday night with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.N. GRAHAM.


©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.