De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, October 8, 1926


Brother and Sister United Here After Twenty-Six Years

W.L. STEAKLEY went down to Waco Wednesday to meet his sister, Mrs. Emma HASTON, of Spencer, Tenn. Who was enroute here for a visit. When they met at the Katy station there it was the first time they had seen each other for twenty-six years. Mr. STEAKLEY, who is a native of Tennessee, has been in Texas many years.

Mrs. HASTON was accompanied by her daughter, Miss Sarah McELROY, who is a niece of Senator McELROY of Tennessee. They will be in the STEAKLEY home for an extended visit.

Shallow Oil Test To Be Made Immediately on 1000 Acres Northwest of De Leon

The next oil test to be made in the environs of De Leon will be on a block of 1000 acres recently pooled just northwest of the city. The C.C. HAMPTON farm is about the center of the block, and others in the pool are HASKINS, GREENWALDT, SINGLETON, MAY, McCARRELL, MAXWELL, FREEMAN and perhaps others. The edge of the block is not more than a mile from town.

Jesse HICKEY of Cisco is the contractor. Mr. HICKEY had the block pooled after having geological reports made on the surface indications for oil. It is said there is perfect structure on this block so far as surface indications are concerned………..

Two Local Girls Take Civil Service Exam. At Winters

Misses Irene DUKE and Grace BOYD, daughters of William DUKE, and Will BOYD, motored to Winters, Texas, on Tuesday to take Civil Service examinations. The examination primarily is to fill a vacancy in the office at Winters, but the applicant upon making a passing grade, can specify preference for any other office in the state and if a vacancy occurs at the office chosen within a year from date of examination, they are eligible for appointment there. Friends of these young ladies congratulates them upon their efforts.

Zollie Steakley Honored President Class at Simmons

Zollie STEAKLEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Z.C. STEAKLEY, and a student, this year at Simmons University, Abilene, was recently elected president of the Freshman class. STEAKLEY won over a field of candidates numbering perhaps a dozen or more and his honor is all the more apparent when it is known that he was chosen by a large majority.

The Freshman class at Simmons this year numbers approximately 500 students, the largest in the history of the university. De Leon friends will extend heartiest congratulations to young STEAKLEY upon being thus honored.

In addition to the honor of being president of his class at the University, young STEAKLEY’s ability has also been recognized by the First Baptist church, of which he is now a member. STEAKLEY was elected president of the Baptist Young People’s Union. He has had intensive training in B.Y.P.U. work during the past years and is well qualified to lead the forces of young people in the large city church.

De Leon young people attending at Simmons University this year are Zollie STEAKLEY, John D. HARVEY, and Misses Katherine, Ruth and Lois HARVEY, Miss Gladys RIPLEY, Miss Emma Jo BREWER, Miss Mildred VAN ZANDT, and Miss Oralena HOOD.

Disastrous Fire Narrowly Averted

Fire of mysterious origin was discovered on a rear porch at the S.G. UNDERWOOD home late Wednesday night. Mrs. UNDERWOOD was awakened by the light and thought it was a passing car. When the light continued to burn she investigated and found a box of toys belonging to her young son, Tom, burning freely. How the fire could have originated in the box at that hour of the night remains a mystery. The blaze was extinguished with only slight damage.

J. Doss Miller Sr. First to Pay 1926 City School Taxes

On October 2nd J. Doss MILLER Sr. called at the office of City Secretary Miss Lottie PAINE and paid his city and school tax for the year, thereby winning the honor and distinction of being the first individual to pay in full for the year. One corporation, the McGinnis Oil Co., paid before Uncle Doss. One individual had made a partial payment.

This is worthy of note. What Uncle Doss has done all should do as quickly as possible. The school particularly is already embarrassed because of lack of funds coming from the state, a condition which it is hoped the legislature will remedy. But an early payment of all school taxes will aid materially in meeting obligations during the fall months when money is scarce.

Ownership of Café Changes This Week

On October first a deal was made between Milton HEATH and Sam LOFTON is which Mr. HEATH purchased the interest of Mr. LOFTON in the café business which they are conducting. Mr. LOFTON is continuing with Mr. HEATH in operating the business.

Mrs. Woody Reid Is Shower Honoree

Mrs. Autry SELF was hostess in honor of Mrs. Woodly REID Tuesday afternoon, September 27th at the home of Mrs. John NUNNELLEY.

Iced punch was served the guests upon arrival. The house was decorated in pink and white. Several contests were presented, prizes for two of these going to Mrs. Grady TERRILL and Mrs. W.H. SMITH who presented the same to the bride.

Magic spider webs were woven over the house and each lady received her fortune after unwinding the web. Mrs. REID received a number of useful and attractive gifts as her fortune.

A salad course was served with very attractive "bride" plate favors to the fifty-three ladies present.

Mrs. SELF was assisted in serving by Mesdames Jack LAMBERT and Bill STEPHENS.

New Hope News

Bill JOHNSON and parents of Gorman and Jim JOHNSON and family of Harmony visited in the home of H.M. JOHNSON Sunday.

A nice crowd of women around here as well as from other places close by had an enjoyable time at the quilting at Mrs. W.W. MATHIS’ on last Thursday. Five quilts were completed.

Miss Enola McCHAREN had an operation for the removal of tonsils last week and is reported to be recovering.

Mr. and Mrs. John CHEATUM and little son, John Jr., of Comanche visited her aunt, Mrs. W.E. St. CLAIR Saturday night and Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Leon NOEL returned home Monday from Valley Mills where they were called by the death of a brother-in-law of Mrs. NOEL who was buried last Sunday.

Miss Vera SPENCER has returned to duties at the post office at Colorado after spending some months visiting here with home folks.

Mr. and Mrs. H.W. LOCKE returned recently from a visit with their daughter, Mrs. Fred ATCHISON at Dallas.

Miss Mima NABORS of Dallas is spending the week here visiting in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John NABORS.

Miss Louise SMITH of Cisco was spending the past week end visiting in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.S. SMITH.

Mrs. C.E. NEWMAN of Navasota, is spending the week in the city, a guest of her mother, Mrs. J.H. BUCHAN and sister, Mrs. E.E. GENTRY.

Mr. and Mrs. Stewart CATE of Breckenridge were here the last of the week, guests in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.C. SMITH.

Dr. J.A. HAMPTON of Dallas, a brother of C.C. HAMPTON, is here this week visiting in the home of his brother and also his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.G. HAMPTON.

Claude McKELVEY, who has lived at Denton the past several years where he was in school at Denton Normal, was here this week visiting with relatives and friends.

Mr. and Mrs. A.B. CAMPBELL and little daughter, Willie Faye, of Cleburne, were guests last week in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George COZBY. While here Mr. and Mrs. CAMPBELL and Mr. and Mrs. COZBY went to Bronte to visit Mrs. COZBY’s mother, Mrs. COOK, who has been ill but is now improving.

Rock Bluff

Grandpa HUNTSUCKER of Winters is visiting his daughter, Mrs. J.C. HIGGINBOTHAM at this time.

Mr. and Mrs. Hurley COZART of Oliver Springs spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. EZZELL.


©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.