De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, September 10, 1926


Injured in Fall Off Running Board of Moving Auto

While hanging on the side of a Chevrolet coach traveling to locate a creaking noise in the fender, Fred NABORS fell from the machine and was considerably bruised about the face and head last Monday afternoon. NABORS was hanging from the door which came open. The car was the property of Mr. and Mrs. R.L. WHALEY and was being driven by Mrs. WHALEY at about 25 miles per hour when the accident occurred.

Death of Ernest Pair August 27th

Ernest PAIR, son of R.L. PAIR, died at the Blackwell sanitarium, Friday, August 27, following an operation for appendicitis on August 13.

Ernest was born August 16, 1901, near Cape Girardeau , Mo. He came to Texas with his parents in December 1905.

He was converted and joined the Methodist church at the age of 10 years.

Ernest PAIR was widely known throughout this section as a young man of excellent character and industry. During the more than twenty years he had resided here he had acquired a wide circle of friends who sorrow at his passing. He was married on January 28, 1924, to Miss Stella BLANKENSHIP. A baby was born into their home last year. Besides the mother and babe, he is survived by his parents, two brothers and a sister.

Funeral and burial was at Victor cemetery at 4:30 p.m. August 27th, the service being conducted by Rev. W.T. JONES of Desdemona.

W.C. Mixon Has Moved Family To Brownwood

Friends of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. MIXON will hear with regrets of their leaving De Leon. Mr. and Mrs. MIXON are already at home in Brownwood where they moved last week. Mr. MIXON was seeking a large field for his insurance business.

Former De Leon Teacher Married

Miss Ethel JONES, teacher in the ward schools at De Leon for three years, was married on August 12th to Mr. Frank JACKSON of Plainview. Miss JONES left here in 1918 and has taught the intervening years at Dalhart and Plainview. The wedding occurred at Lubbock. Both Mr. and Mrs. JACKSON will teach the coming year in Plainview school.

Family Reunion at Stephenville

Mr. and Mrs. W.C. STREETY went to Stephenville Sunday for the reunion of the ANDERSON family. Some of the members of the family had not seen each other for twenty years, it is said. L.D. and James ANDERSON, elder brothers of Dallas, Charley ANDERSON of Marfa, and Mesdames STREETY and P.E. CARTER are the five members of the family who were present. The happy event was at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.E. CARTER.

Many De Leon Boys and Girls Off For College

De Leon has long had a reputation for sending a large number of her boys and girls away to college every fall, and this year will prove no exception to the rule. The large number argues well for the ambition of boys and girls of the community. The following have been listed. Others will be added later.

Alan SHORT, John Tarleton

Edmund GRIZZELLE, John Tarleton

Emmett HOWARD, John Tarleton

Raymond BUTLER, John Tarleton

Velma BELL, John Tarleton

Raynard FRETWELL, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth

Charles CARTER, John Tarleton

Lewis EASTERLING, John Tarleton

John D. HARVEY, Simmons, Abilene

Zollie STEAKLEY, Simmons, Abilene

Katherine HARVEY, Simmons

Ruth HARVEY, Simmons

Miss Gladys RIPLEY, Simmons

Miss Eudora NOEL, Trinity University, Waxahachie

Clarence REDDEN, Jr., Texas A & M

Herbert WEAVER, Baylor Pharmacy, Dallas

Wayne MULLOY, National Business College, Abilene

Miss Allene MULLOY, National Business College, Abilene

Miss Ava BUTLER, National Business College, Abilene

Miss Oleta STEVENS, National Business College, Abilene

Miss Lucile SIMMS, National Business College, Abilene

Miss Faye WILCOX, John Tarleton

John J. HORN, Jr., Southern Methodist University, Dallas

Miss Bernice INZER, Baylor University, Waco

Miss Doris AYERS, Baylor Belton

Ralph BENDER, Bingham Military Institute, North Carolina

Ralph DUKE, Howard Payne College, Brownwood

Carl MACON, Howard Payne College, Brownwood

Miss Mary Louise LOWE, Daniel Baker College, Brownwood

Gayle TOLAND, Daniel Baker College, Brownwood

Jamie GREENWALDT, Texas Woman’s College

Holdridge Bros. Buy Filling Station

Melvin and Caver HOLDRIDGE, sons of H.B. HOLDRIDGE, this week purchased the filling station business of Grisham & Cozby, operated at Swaggerty building. The change was made on Monday this week, and HOLDRIDGE Bros. have the business well in hand and bid fair to develop a good business. They invite the patronage of the community.


A quiet wedding was solemnized in the city last Sunday morning, September 5th, 1926, when Miss Thelma COLLIE and Dewey DANIELL were united in the holy bonds, the Rev. S. KIRKPATRICK, pastor of the Methodist church, pronouncing the ceremony. The wedding occurred at the home of the bride’s aunt, Dr. and Mrs. A.M. ALLEN. No one was present except the immediately family and the officiating minister.

Immediately following the wedding the happy young couple left for a brief honeymoon trip to Ft. Worth, remaining there over the Labor Day holiday. They will soon be at home to their friends in the residence of the Independent Torpedo Co., in the southeast portion of the city. At present they are occupying a suite of rooms at the Mrs. A.E. HAMPTON residence.

Both Mr. and Mrs. DANIELL are De Leon reared young people, educated in De Leon schools, recognized and accepted in the best social group of De Leon’s younger set, happily mated after a long courtship, and now embarked auspiciously on the eventful and alluring matrimonial venture. Both have excellent positions, and each of them plan to continue to fill their places in the scheme of things. Mr. DANIELL is local manager of the Independent Torpedo Co., a position of trust which he has held successfully for a number of years. Mrs. DANIELL is employed as assistant cashier with the Security State Bank, a position she has held since the bank was reorganized several years ago. Hosts of friends during the week have extended to Mr. and Mrs. DANIELL that heartiest congratulations and best wishes for lives of happiness and prosperity together.

Four Daughters of Family Teach

Mr. and Mrs. S.W. SHORT will have four daughters engaged in the teaching profession this year.

Miss Lois will teach at Liberty, her second year.

Miss Gladys goes back for her second year at Breckenridge.

Miss Phyllis is to teach near Clyde.

Miss Gertrude has a school somewhere in West Texas. Free Press failed to get the name of the place.

Byron SHORT, only son of the family, is a senior at State University.

New Hope News

Ben BURROW and family are now at his parents near Ranger and will be there for several weeks helping his father gather his crop.

Riley WILKERSON and family of near Proctor spent Sunday with his brother, S.N. WILKERSON and family.

W.P. St. CLAIR and family of De Leon visited his mother, Mrs. M.E. St. CLAIR Sunday.

Mrs. Otto BOURMAN of De Leon was visiting early in the week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.E. GOLDEN.

Misses Sadie and Lou NANCE spent several days last week visiting their aunt, Mrs. Clyde NABORS and attended the meeting at Ross Chapel.


Mrs. R.A. COVINGTON of Port Lavaca arrived the first of the week and is visiting her father, W.C. LOCKE, at St. Joe. Mrs. COVINGTON was formerly Miss Clarice LOCKE.

K.M. VAN ZANDT and family have recently moved into town from their Sabano river ranch and will reside here during the school term. Mr. and Mrs. W.M. REED have moved from the VAN ZANDT residence to the E.E. AKERS home near the high school.

Miss Nettie NEAL returned to her position at La Grange Wednesday following a week’s visit at home.


©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.