De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, September 24, 1926


W.C. Lock Called To His Reward

Will C. LOCK is dead. The end of his earthly life came at 5:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, September 21st, 1926. He had been ill for several months following an attack of paralysis and attendant afflictions, having been stricken while at work in his field in the past spring. He rallied from the first attack and during the past summer months was at times in a hopeful condition, came to town a few times and it was felt he might ultimately recover. But a few days ago he became desperately ill and continued so for the five or six days prior to his death.

Mr. LOCK was born in Tallapoosa county, Ala. in the year 1868, being therefore 58 years of age at the time of his death. He was married in Alabama to Miss Cynthia SCOTT and to this union was born five children, all of whom survive. Some fifteen years ago his first wife died and he was remarried to Mrs. McADAMS, who with their five children, live to mourn his passing. All his children with the exception of his daughter, who lives on the Texas coast, were present when death came.

Mr. LOCK was an honest and industrious man. He was quiet and unassuming, owning a good farm and was almost always to be found at home engaged in the multitude of duties about his home place. He was devoutly religious, having been a member of the Methodist church for many years. His membership was at Ross Chapel church and his pastor, Rev. W.A. NEILL conducted the funeral service Wednesday afternoon at the De Leon Methodist church. His friends and neighbors came in scores and hundreds to pay their last respects, filling the large auditorium to capacity. Numbers stood throughout the service. He was buried at De Leon cemetery with the honors of Woodcraft, being a faithful member of the Woodmen of the World.

Mrs. Oscar Howard Has Appendix Operation

Last Friday Mrs. Oscar HOWARD was carried to Blackwell sanitarium at Gorman and had an operation for appendicitis. She was quite ill, but since the operation and its immediate attending illness, she is said to be recovering nicely.

Uncle Doss Miller Is Again Honored by Cotton Palace

For about the "steenth" time Uncle Doss MILLER has been honored by the Cotton Palace. Each year Uncle Doss goes down and mixes with the celebrities on opening day and perchance makes a speech. This year will be no exception to the role, nothing preventing. Uncle Doss is again honorary vice-president of the Cotton Palace.

And this year they sort of piled the honor on. Free Press saw the official program including the list of honorary vice-president, and Dan MOODY’s name headed the list and Uncle Doss’s name came second. Who wouldn’t like to have his name thus honored?

Uncle Doss is of the opinion that the Texas Cotton Palace this year is bigger and better than ever. The big show starts on October 23rd and closes on November 11th.

Claude Fitzgerald, Studying Chiropractic, Visited At Home

Claude FITZGERALD, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.L. FITZGERALD, went to San Antonio several weeks ago to enter the Texas School of Chiropractic where it is his intention to complete the course. FITZGERALD was at home the past week end visiting with his parents and attending to some business matters.

High School Organizations:

The Senior Class

On Monday, the first day of school the Seniors organized their class and the following officers were elected:

President, Paul HOLDRIDGE

Vice President, Fred HO—

Sec. Treasurer, Dick WEA—

Reporter, Beryl JOHNSON

Class Flower, White Rose

Colors, Green and White

This year 1926-27 will be one of the best senior classes that De Leon has ever had. There are thirty one seniors which is a much smaller class than that of last year but we are going to be the best of the best, so watch us.

Junior Class

Fifty Juniors were organized Tuesday, September 14th and the following officers were elected:

President, Joseph HOLLEMAN

Vice-President, Lucy MERRITT

Sec.-Treasurer, Martha DUNCAN

Reporter, Mildred JOHNSTON

Colors, Gold and White

Flower, Shasta Daisy

Motto, "We shall be heard from again."

Sophomore Class

The Sophomore Class was organized a few days ago. Allene WEAVER was elected president; W.H. JETTON, vice-president; Bonnie Bell COONER, secretary; Macie BOSWELL, treasurer; Grace BARTON, reporter.

The Sophs are a peppy bunch this year and expect to be even better than they were last year.

Freshman Class

Last Wednesday afternoon, the Freshman Class, more than 70 strong, met for the purpose of organizing their number and selecting their officers. Those chosen were:

President, Geneve COLEY; vice-president, Edward DWYER; Sec-treasurer, Thomas PITTMAN; yell leader, Gilbert LAWLESS, reporter W.H. CORBELL.


On Sunday afternoon at one o’clock in the home of Mr. and Mrs. ALGOOD, Miss Christine ALGOOD became the bride of Mr. Easter M. LEDBETTER, Rev. NEAL of De Leon performing the ceremony.

The bride is an unusually attractive girl and was most beautifully dressed in a tan crepe dress carrying a beautiful bouquet of bridal wreath roses.

These young people are very well known to the people of De Leon and surrounding communities as they have made their home for many years in Rucker, Texas. Mr. LEDBETTER has been away, however, since 1923 and is now employed as assistant manager of the Casualty Insurance Company in El Paso, having been recently promoted from Dallas.

The wedding party was entertained in the bride’s home for a few hours and then a long drive into the surrounding county was enjoyed by all.

The friends present were: Mrs. Milton ALGOOD, Oklahoma City; Mrs. R.D. PRICE, Miss Effie PRESSLEY, Miss Bernice WALLACE, Mrs. Lee NABORS, Mrs. Armour WALLACE, Misses Jamie and Willie Maude GREENWALDT and Messrs. Lee NABORS, Armour WALLACE, Milton ALGOOD, Oklahoma City, Milton and Gordon GRISHAM.

We send congratulations and many wishes for happiness, lives filled with sunshine with just enough of cloud to make a beautiful sunset. – Contributed


Miss Lake WEATHERFORD and Woodie REED have proved beyond the tiniest shadow of a doubt that they know how to keep a secret. For instance, they were married on the 26th of November-Thanksgiving Day-1925, and the secret only became known this week. The wedding occurred at Granbury, the pastor of the Methodist church there uniting them in the holy bonds.

After the wedding they returned to their respective homes here and no one suspected the fact of their marriage.

Mr. REED is engaged at teaching school this year at Pioneer. Just as soon as he can arrange for living quarters there Mrs. REED will join him and make their home at Pioneer.

Mrs. REED, as Miss Lake WEATHERFORD, daughter of Mrs. E.J. WEATHERFORD, was among the most popular young ladies of this city. She finished high school a few years back and has since been one of the leading members of the younger social set. Mr. REED, likewise a graduate of De Leon high school and of John Tarleton college, is a son of Mr. and Mrs. W.M. REED and is of excellent character and reputation, industrious and efficient in his chosen line of work.

Hosts of friends wish this young couple the greatest happiness and success in their married life.


"Dorothy Jean" is the newest member of the family of Mr. and Mrs. Fred NABORS. The tiny mite of humanity made her appearance last Friday morning, Sept. 17th and both she and her mother are doing nicely.

Card of Appreciation

We want to thank the many friends, relatives and I.O.O.F. and Rebekahs who so kindly tendered us their sympathies and help during the recent illness and at the death of our beloved husband and father, A.N. FITZGERALD. –Mrs. FITZGERALD and Children


Mr. HOFFMAN, owner of the Oil City Bakery at Desdemona was a business visitor here Wednesday.

Mrs. G.W. SPENCER and daughter, Miss Vera and son-in-law W.W. GREGORY are visiting relatives in Matador this week.

Carroll STOVER has entered State University, Austin, for the literary course leading to a course in medicine later. He left Sunday for Austin.

Mrs. H.B. WHITE came up from Meridian Sunday to visit in the home of her sister, Mrs. S.G. PARKS. Mesdames PARKS and WHITE are spending the present week visiting another sister at Spur.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. WOODWARD and children of Baxter Springs, Kansas, were recent guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. POOL, Mrs. WOODWARD being a daughter of the POOLs.

Lewis EASTERLING left this week to enter school at John TARLETON.

Mr. and Mrs. R.O. EDWARDS of Comanche were visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. EDWARDS this week.

Miss Jamie GREENWALDT has entered school at Texas Woman’s College at Fort Worth for the coming school year.

Mr. and Mrs. W.L. ELKINS have recently moved back into town from the WIDEMAN place to the home formerly occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Hub NEAL.

Mrs. J.D. HAM has returned from a visit of two or three months with her daughters, Mrs. H.J. STOCKMAN at Akron, Ohio. Mrs. STOCKMAN and the two little sons accompanied her home for an extended visit.

Mrs. Elia NABORS left Thursday for Eastland where she has accepted a position waiting tables at the Hotel Charlotte. A.E. LYLE, formerly with the Travelers here and later with the Charlotte at Eastland is no longer in Eastland, the Free Press learns.


©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.