De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, September 3, 1926


A.N. Fitzgerald Died Here on Monday A.M.

A.N. FITZGERALD, younger brother of T.I. FITZGERALD, died here at the home of his brother at 7:00a.m. on Monday following an illness of one month. Mr. FITZGERALD, who resided in Erath county practically all his life was taken to the sanitarium at Gorman two weeks prior to his death and when he failed to improve he was brought here.

Mr. FITZGERALD was born March 17, 1884 being therefore 42 years of age. He is survived by his wife and two children, a son 18 and a daughter 13 years of age.

Deceased was a Baptist and an Odd Fellow and the local Odd Fellows took the body in charge and delivered it to the Odd Fellows at Stephenville, who conducted the last sad rites at a cemetery several miles from Stephenville. A number of people from De Leon attended. Sympathy is extended to the bereaved.

Mrs. Will Clark’s Father Is Dead

The Free Press has heard of the death of R.L. YOWELL of Waco, father of Mrs. Will CLARK of this city. Mrs. CLARK was called to Waco this week to attend the funeral and burial. Mr. YOWELL, who had attained his 73rd year, died at Providence Sanitarium. He was a member of the Christian church.

Return from Auto Trip

Mr. and Mrs. Dave FINKELSTINE and children are home from a months visit with relatives and friends in 7 states, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Arkansas and Kansas. They visited his brothers at Kansas City, Topeka and Chicago. At Kingman, Ind., they visited with Mrs. FINKELSTINE’s mother and brothers. At Robison, Ill., they visited the widow of the late Joe STEARN, Mrs. STEARN and daughter, Miss Pearl, being engaged in the ladies ready-to-wear business. FINKELSTINE covered 3,875 miles and the entire family report a most enjoyable time.

W.E. Howell and Family In New Home

Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HOWELL and sons are this week domiciled in a brand new seven room residence, recently erected on the site of the old homestead they have occupied for so many years. The new place is thoroughly modern and comfortable, even luxurious in many modern features, and the HOWELLs are to be congratulated upon their good taste and good judgment in its appointments.

De Leon School To Open Monday, September 13.

Faculty Complete

D.M. RUSSELL, Superintendent

W.Z. COMPTON, Prin. High School


Miss Artie COLEY

Miss Bertha ROSS

Miss Virginia Grace WESSON


R.C. BOSWELL, Ward Principal

Mrs. S.A. DUKE

Miss Iris MOHON

Miss Alpha MOORE

Miss Bernice KIKER




Mrs. Edgar SHORT

Mrs. Jimmie D. COZBY



The marriage of W.D. HOLDRIDGE to Miss Jessie FIELDS occurred Friday August the 27th. The happy young couple drove to the home of the minister, Rev. A.F. NABORS, and made the solemn pledge. They were accompanied by Miss Emma FIELDS, a sister of the bride, and by Miss Ethel and Glen SADBERRY and R.B. KENEDY. Both these young people are well known and admired in their large circle of friends and many good wishes have been showered upon them as they start on the eventful matrimonial voyage together.


Mary Ellworth George Celebrates Fifth Birthday

On Saturday, August twenty-eight, Little Miss Mary Ellworth GEORGE entertained her friends at her home with a birthday party. At four o’clock the guests began to arrive and soon the games were in progress. Mrs. W.W. GREGORY and Miss Eudora NOEL started the little folks off and games were played until the guests were tired.

They were then ushered into the dining room, which was beautifully decorated in pink and white. Streamers from the light in the center surrounded the birthday cake with five pink candles on it. Ice cream and cake was served to the guests as follows: Little Misses Elizabeth BAGWELL, Faye BARKER, Elizabeth WILLIAMS, Ruth AYERS, Norma Lee KUHN, Ray Nel LIGHTFOOT, Josie Beth ALLEN, Virginia and Elaine SCOTT, Wyona HUMPHRIES, Virginia EASTERLING, Dorothy and Ruth COOK, Virginia HURN and Mary Elizabeth GEORGE. Masters Harold KUHN, John Travis MOHON, Thomas WILLIAMS, Billy BAGWELL, Spencer LIGHTFOOT, Buster WHITTLE, Robert COOK, Bennie, Sonnie and Monte Jo GEORGE.

Master Eugene Weaver Has A Birthday Party

Master Eugene WEAVER celebrated his sixth birthday with a host of his friends on last Monday, August 31.

Many games and contests were played Monday afternoon. Miss Mary Jean NEWTON was the prize winner of one of the contests.

Miscellaneous trinkets were given to each of the guests as favors. Punch, ice cream and cake were served to the following guests: Virginia Sue and Elaine SCOTT, Elizabeth WILLIAMS, Ruth AYERS, Bill ROLLINS, Mary Elizabeth CARTER, Treasure Louise RUSSELL, Frances GREGORY, Josie Beth ALLEN, Ola Mae and Jocelyn KEMP, Mary Jean NEWTON, Elaine HAMPTON, Mary Frances and Helen HALL of Dallas. The little boys present were: William TERRILL, Jr., Raymond CARTER, Ralph NICHOLS, Terrill SHARP, Bobby STEAKLEY, Willis LIGHTFOOT and James David SCHMIDT.


Mrs. P.G. LUETHY and children have arrived from Ranger and are living near the high school building. They came here from the oil fields for the school advantages.

Mr. and Mrs. Ottis BUCHAN have moved back from Rising Star after an absence of several months.

R.A. NEEDLES, manager of the Humble Tank Farm at Comyn, has recently moved into the city from one of the cottages near the farm, now occupying the house owned by the Independent Torpedo Company.

W.W. GREGORY is home for a few days from his work at Olden.

Miss Nettie NELL, employed in a lawyer’s office at LaGrange, was visiting home folks during the week.

Mrs. NEAL of Waco, mother of Hub NEAL, has been in the city during the week visiting her son and family.

Mrs. H.P. RUSH and baby of San Angelo, who have been guests in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. STREETY, have returned home, Dr. RUSH coming up Sunday for them.

Miss Lillian HANSFORD left early in the week for Trucott, near Haskell, to teach piano for the coming year. She was accompanied there by her father, A.A. HANSFORD, who returned today.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie MOHON and little sons were in Fort Worth the past week end, Mr. MOHON being under treatment of a specialist there.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bud GLOVER, a ten pound baby boy, August 31st, on De Leon, Route Two.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben NABORS and baby are here from Cleburne for a visit with home folks.

Mr. and Mrs. George MARTIN have recently moved from this city to one of the cottages at the Humble Tank Farm, where he is employed.

Master James WILLIAMS, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. WILLIAMS, is visiting his grandparents at Cross Plains this week.

Mr. and Mrs. D.M. RUSSELL went to Dallas the past week to bring Mrs. RUSSELL’s mother back to her home at Stephenville from the sanitarium where she had been taken for treatment.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank SNEED and little daughter have gone to Ft. Worth where he has accepted a position in a bank.

Miss Mable CRUTCHFIELD has gone to San Angelo for a visit with her sister, Mrs. Paul O’MEARA.

Rock Bluff

Lester HIGGINBOTHAM of near Gorman spent Saturday night with his grandfather, J.C. HIGGINBOTHAM.

Mrs. J.C. HIGGINBOTHAM is a this time with her daughter, Mrs. W.E. WILLIAMS of Blanket, who underwent an operation last Wednesday for appendicitis. Reports were that she was steadily improving.

Mrs. S.S. JOINER is visiting with her son, M.R. JOINER at Desdemona.


©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.