De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, October 15, 1926


Wm. White Now Capitol Writer Associated Press

William WHITE, young son of Mr. and Mrs. J.V. WHITE, is the latest addition to the long list of De Leon people making good in other fields. Young Mr. WHITE, through the influence of friends at Austin, has been given the position of representative of the Associated Press in the State capital, a position desired by many and acquired by few.

WHITE received his newspaper training in the School of Journalism at the State University. Following this, he took a position as reporter for the Austin American and Statesman where he has shown outstanding ability or a "nose for news" as the reporters call it. He made friends among other professional writers at Austin and thereby came his rare opportunity. An elderly man who had held the A.P. assignment for many years suffered a breakdown in health. Through his influence WHITE got the place. He held it satisfactorily thru the recent session of the legislature and this week, following the adjournment of the legislature, was selected as one of ten newspaper men to accompany a big syndicate on a tour of the lower Rio Grande valley and into Old Mexico, all expenses paid.

Sillman EVANS did his first newspaper work in De Leon. He made good in the big newspaper world. WHITE seems following in his footsteps.

Community Sing Sunday at Baptist Church a Success

"Everybody is Singing" which was held Sunday afternoon at the Baptist church was one of the most successful yet held. The large auditorium was practically filled with interested listeners and the group of singers occupied a large share of the front of the building. The new books were used which were recently received from the Stamps Music Company and the singing was pronounced by all as being very good indeed.

Communities represented were Rising Star, Duster, Comyn, Round Grove, Robinson Springs, St. Joe, New Hope and Desdemona.

Leaders present and taking part were: Ernest, Walter and Emmett RIPPETOE, John W. JONES, Dean GARDNER, Wm. BRUMBELOW, W.B. RAV, J.C. LOCKE, T.H. NANCE, C.H. SHARP, Marvin HOLDRIDGE, H.H. HAFFORD, Blake HEATH, Andrew PITTMAN and son, Goodloe BAKER, and Evangelist J.W. FORRELL, wo is in a revival here.

Pianists were Mrs. Oscar WEATHERFORD, Mrs. Marvin HOLDRIDGE, Carl BRUMBELOW and Evangelist FERRILL.

The Baptist people showed their appreciation of the singing to extend a standing invitation to the singers to hold their regular meetings there.

Recent Births

Mr. and Mrs. L.E. ROGERS of East Downing are the parents of a 10 pound baby boy, born to them Tuesday, October 12.

Mr. and Mrs. Wesley SHOOK are entertaining a new arrival, an 8 pound son. Mrs. SHOOK and the youngster are each doing nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben ELLIS are the proud parents of a 10 pound boy which came into their home on Tuesday, the 12th.

Mr. and Mrs. Velma G. LOCKE of Cisco this week welcomed the arrival of a young son into their home. Mrs. LOCKE was formerly Miss Minnie Lee DABNEY.

Birthday Party

Mrs. Curt GREGORY entertained at her home Tuesday afternoon honoring her little daughter, Frances, who is now seven years of age. Eighteen guests were present and enjoyed with the little honoree the entertainment of the occasion and also the pretty cake which was cut and served. The little guests heaped their gifts upon the popular little Miss and wished her many happy returns of the day. The following were guests: Susan Frances SCHMIDT, Dorothy Nell EASTERLING, Martha Frances RUSSELL, Treasure Louise RUSSELL, Jocelyn KEMP, Adele ELKINS, Margaret and Frank McCOLLA, Mary HAMPTON, Eugene GENTRY, Roy Norman and Bobby Dee HAMMERS, Ralph NICHOLS, Mary Alyce and Bill ROLLINS, Eugene WEAVER, and Frances and C.B. GREGORY.


Charley NASH, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim NASH, was here from Iowa Park for a visit this week. Charley is employed by the Pioneer Refining Co.

Mrs. T.C. SMITH left this week for California, accompanying her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Stewart CATE of Breckenridge. They will visit for some time with their son and brother Austin SMITH at Stockton, Calif. They made the trip by auto.

Mr. and Mrs. Newell JERNIGAN and family of Raymondville in the lower Rio Grande Valley arrived Wednesday and are visiting her mother, Mrs. S.F. BALLARD and other near relatives and friends.

Comyn News

Mr. and Mrs. Ellis PULLEY and little daughter, Maxine, spent the weekend in Fort Worth.

Rev. COX, our new pastor from Stephenville, filled his regular appointment here Saturday night and Sunday.

Misses Pearl GOODWIN and Finish COOK, ex-students of Comyn High, who are now attending school at Stephenville, spent the week-end with friends and homefolks.

H.S. SWEEDEN, who has been working at Big Lake for the Humble Co., came home Saturday night.

C.D. SCARBROUGH and family left this week for Goodnight, Texas, at which place they intend to reside.

Oliver Springs

Oliver Springs school begins on Monday, Oct. 28. Teachers are: Ray McKELVEY, principal; Priscilla COZART, intermediate; Miss CHERRY of Lingleville, primary. This is the second year at Oliver Springs for Mr. McKELVEY and Miss COZART.

Ernest COGBURN has a position in Gorman and intends moving there soon. He resigned from the school board and S.E. CANTWELL was appointed in his place.

Clyde NABORS is covering his barn and preparing to move.

Marvin OTWELL has his home almost completed and will move into the neighborhood soon.

Round Grove News

Howel ROSS shipped a car of cattle to Fort Worth this week.

T.P. PATTERSON is visiting his children in different places in the west and in Oklahoma at present.

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert LOVELACE have gone to Fisher county to help D.O. ARMSTRONG (formerly of this community) to gather his immense cotton crop.

Elsie ROSS, Merlyn and Mildred GOOCH have also gone to Fisher county to help another home boy, Albert GEORGE, pick cotton. He states his cotton is also fine.

Ed RIPPETOE has gone to Handley for an indefinite stay with relatives there.

Mr. and Mrs. W.M. RIPPETOE were at Desdemona staying with their daughter, Mrs. Tilmon DYSON. Tilmon was carried to Dallas for an operation last Friday. News from there states he was operated upon on Saturday and was doing as well as can be expected.

Honor Roll South Ward

Seventh Grade Zelma Fae COUCH, Edna Earl COZBY, Grace SMITH, Jack DONOHUE, Clarence FOSTER.


Fifth Grade May HOWELL, Martha Frances RUSSELL, Susan SCHMIDT.

Fourth Grade Azelle CLARK, Leona HARPER.

Third Grade Stuart THOMPSON, Elizabeth WILLIAMS, Elizabeth BAGWELL, Treasure Louise RUSSELL, Wilfred BAGWELL.

Second Grade Roy N. HAMMERS, Merllene COUCH, Eugenia GENTRY, Mary Alice ROLLINS, Virginia SCOTT.

First Grade Sam WEAVER, Martha Faye BARKER, Delta Ree HOLDRIDGE, Flora Frances JONES, Virginia HORN, Margaret SHARP, Virginia PATTERSON, Charline SMITH, Madge LIGHTFOOT, Lucille WALTRIP, Dale SINGLETON.


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.