De Leon Free Press

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

 Uncle Doss Miler Recovering From Critical Illness

            A message from Marlin Wednesday night reported Uncle Doss MILLER recovering from an attack of acute indigestion which had all but proved fatal early in the week.  The message stated that he is now out of danger.  Uncle Doss has been in Marlin the past four or five weeks being treated for rheumatism.  His many friends will be glad to hear of his improvement.

“Six” Carnes and Family Visit Here

            Two fixed laws in the material universe are that water will run down hill and printers will follow up the smell of printers ink.  The part who called forth the above declaration is none other than “Sixshooter” CARNES.  “Six” arrived early in the week from Iowa, accompanied by his family consisting of wife and five children.  He married at Buffalo, Okla, about nine or ten years ago and ran a county-site paper there until the outbreak of the war.  He has been printing in Iowa of recent years.  “Six” used to work for the Free Press way back in the old “hand-spiking days.  He was a “type slinging son-of-a-gun”.  Since then he has added to his list of accomplishments, the art of linotyping and is an all-round printer.  He's come to Texas to stay, he stated.

W.O.W. Elect NW Officers Mon.

            De Leon Camp No. 510 Woodmen of the World met in regular session Monday night with refreshments at the beginning of the session.

            The annual election of officers was held and the following were elected:

J.L. FUNDERBURGH, Consul Commander.

Johnnie HAYNES, Advisor Lieutenant

Hallie STEPHENS, Banker.

Huron POLNAC, Escort.

Eddy POLNAC, Watchman


Cole NANCE, Century

J.I. GRISHAM, J.S. NANCE, John (Scotty) WEAVER, Auditors.

H.H. INZER, J.E. SELF, and J.T. PLEMMONS, Camp Physicians

            Installation of officers will be held on the first Monday night in January.

New Telegraph Manager Arrives

            Miss Mary CROWNOWER of Paris, Tex. Who has been in charge of the Western Union Telegraph Co., office at Clarkville, Texas, for some time, has been transferred to De Leon and installed as manager, taking the place of Mrs. Walter SIMS, who was transferred to Clarksville.  Relief operator M.B. WARE of Mineral Wells was in De Leon some two weeks in charge of the office, checking out Mrs. SIMS and getting Miss CROWNOVER installed.

Grand-Daughter of Mr. Mrs. J.M. Nash Dead

            Charlie Wesley POSEY, aged nine months, son of Mr. And Mrs. John Wesley POSEY of Phoenix, Ariz., died at the Deaconess Hospital in Phoenix on October 14th, 1926.  The little one was desperately ill only a short time before its death.  Mrs. POSEY, formerly Miss Beulah NASH, visited here last August.  Mr. And Mrs. POSEY have the sympathy of many friends here in their great loss.


            Alf SLOAN and Miss Mabel MARTIN stole away to the parsonage of their friend, Rev. J.B. HENDERSON Sunday afternoon, November 21st at Blanket and in the presence of the pastor and family were quietly married.  They had previously secured a marriage license at Eastland.  Returning to Dublin, Mrs. SLOAN remained at the home of her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Morgan MARTIN, until Sunday of this week when the wedding was announced and the bride came to De Leon where they will make their home.

            Mrs. SLOAN was reared in Dublin and is a charming lovable young woman.  She graduated from the Dublin high school in the class of 1924 and has many accomplishments and graces which serve to make her popular.  Mr. SLOAN is well known and a popular young business man of this city.  He has been a department manager for Higginbotham Bros. & Co., for a number of years and is valued for his splendid ability and integrity.  Congratulations and best wishes are extended Mr. And Mrs. SLOAN for long lives of happiness together.


            Mr. S.J. PARKER and Miss Lucile SIMS were quietly united in marriage at the home of Rev. and Mrs. C.R. SHIRAR on South Rose avenue Wednesday evening at eight o'clock with the Rev. SHIRAR reading the service.  A number of friends of the contracting couple were present to witness the ceremony including Mrs. W.S. SNEED of De Leon, the bride's mother, Mesdames Ruth ROACHE, Nell JOHNSON, Misses Muriel COLEMAN and Messrs. E.L. EARL and E.C. GILLIAM and Mr. And Mrs. Lavelle BLACK.  Most of the guests are associated with the groom at the local Woolworth company of which Mr. PARKER is assistant manager.  He was formerly with the same company at Sweetwater.  He is the son of J.J. PARKER of Roscoe, an estimable young business man.  The bride is the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. W.S. SNEED of De Leon and a most charming girl.  Mr. And Mrs. PARKER will make their home in this city – Breckenridge American.

Honor Roll First Grade, South Ward

            Gene BLITCH, Edmund HAPPNER, Dale SINGLETON, Sam WEAVER, Delta Ree HOLDRIDGE, Virginia HORN, Flora JONES, Madge LIGHTFOOT, Raynell LIGHTFOOT, Margaret SHARP, Lucile WALTRIP, and Martha Faye BARKER.

Elkins Closes His Tin Shop Here

            W.L. ELKINS, who went to Coleman a few weeks ago to accept a position in a sheet metal shop, temporarily closing his shop here, returned a few days ago and stored his tools and has returned to Coleman to remain indefinitely.  His family will remain here.  This arrangement is not to Mr. ELKINS' liking, but sheet metal patronage on a satisfactory scale, he has found, is not to be had in De Leon, therefore the change.  Later on his family will join him in Coleman, it is stated.

Odd Fellows Hold Annual Election Tuesday Evening

            On Thursday night, December second, the I.O.O.F. Lodge met with 31 members and enjoyed a fine meeting.

            It was election night and the following men were elected to office for the ensuing year.

Noble Grand, Mitchel TATE.

Vice Grand, A.W. McIVER.

Secretary, J.O. PATTERSON.

Treasurer, J.R. WOOD.

C. L. KINCHEN representative to the Grand Lodge and J.W. HAYNES alternate.

Mrs. Y. L. Dabney Recovering From Operation

            Mrs. Y.L. DABNEY returned home Wednesday from Gorman where she has been for the past ten days in the Blackwell Sanitarium.  She had an operation there Monday, a week ago.  The operation is reported as successful and she is rapidly recovering.

Old Landmark 38-Years Old Being Wrecked

            One of the oldest buildings in De Leon, the residence of Mrs. Lena HAMMETT, on the Dublin highway, one location north of Mrs. J.H. BUCHAN's property, is being wrecked this week and a new house will be erected.  The old building was erected about 38 years ago.  The writer first remembers the house as the residence of Rev. G.A. HENDON, nearly 30 years ago.

            Bill HAMMETT, son of Mrs. Lena HAMMETT, who is employed by the Orient at Hamlin, is here working on the house.  He is accompanied by his wife, who was formerly Miss Loraine BLOCKER of this city.  Mr. HAMMETT expects to complete the new house by Christmas.

DeLeon Orchestra Will Announce Its First Concert

            G.T? YORK is bidding for the “first concert” of De Leon orchestra.  As a special inducement he has offered the organization an oyster supper if they will play their first concert at his cafe.  What will be done about the offer has not been announced.  The first concert will be given probably early in January. 

            The orchestra formerly met at the residences of one of the members.  However, for the convenience of all, a practice hall was rented upstairs in the Terrill building, where the regular semi-weekly rehearsals are had.  Prof. Pat HOWARD of Comanche is directing.

            The orchestra has a complete organization.  Dale WILSON is president and Mrs. Feltz TERRILL secretary-treasurer.

            The personnel:  Dale WILSON, cornet; Feltz TERRILL, slide trombone, Mrs. E.F.. GENTRY, piano; Misses Gussie INSALL and Pauline BILLS, Messrs, Alf SLOAN and Roy SMITH, violins; Mrs. Johnnie NUNNELLEY, Miss Virginia SHARP, Messrs. Oscar COZBY, and Everett HANSFORD, clarinets; Miss Alice CARTER, Mrs. Feltz TERRILL, Messrs. Emmett LOCKS, E.F. GENTRY and C.L. KINCHEN, Jr., saxophones; R.W. BRANNAN, bass; and Bill STEPHENS, drum.

Rebekah Elect New Officers for the Coming Year

            On Tuesday evening, Nov. 7th, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year in the De Leon Rebekah lodge.

Noble Grand, Mrs. W.S. SNEED.

Vice-Grand, Mrs. Lena FONSHUR.

Secretary, Eula McIVER.

Corresponding Secy., B.J. PITTMAN.

Treasurer, J.W. HAYNES.

            Representative to Grand Lodge, which convenes in Waco, Mrs. J.W. HAYNES, Alternate, Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN.

            Recommended as District Deputy President, Mrs. W.S. SNEED.

            These officers will be installed the first Tuesday evening in January.


Henry Grady SHARP has been nursing a broken arm since the Bear Kitten's game with Eastland the Friday after Thanksgiving.  But he made a touchdown just before the accident occurred and so it didn't hurt much, he said.  He is getting along nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. O'DANIELL of Corsicana, nephew and niece of Mrs. T.W. GLZIER, were recently guests in her home.

Mr. and Mrs. W.C. STREETY and daughter, Mrs. May WHALEY, are home from a three weeks visit at San Antonio.

Mr. and Mrs. Dick KENDRICK, nephew and niece of Mesdames J.J. HEATH and Belle EWART and Jet LOGSDON, formerly of Trinidad, Colorado, were visiting here the past week.

Mrs. JAMES left Sunday for Merkel to visit her daughter, Mrs. STEPHENS.  Mrs. JAMES has been here for some time with her three daughters, Mrs. ALEXANDER, Mrs. LENTHEY, and Mrs. L.J. PHELPS.

Victor News

Rome SMITH and family returned from Hamlin Friday where they have spent the fall picking cotton.  We are glad to have them with us again.

Frank KNIGHT and family spent the week-end in Stephenville.

Mrs. Fannie MOORE and children have returned from Hamlin, where they have been for two months picking cotton.  We are glad to have them back home again.

Miss Ireta GARDNER spent the weekend in Stephenville.

Mrs. Maude CHATTAM, who has been seriously ill for the last two weeks, is improving rapidly.

E.B. KIRKLAND of Bays community, has moved to this place and will occupy the J.B. WILSON farm.

Miss Grace DIXON and parents visited relatives in Stephenville Saturday.

Odis CLINE, who has been away from home during the summer, returned home Saturday.

Mr. THOMAS and Ilah ROBBINS have returned home from a visit to Austin where they visited relatives.

New Hope News

R.S. McCHAREN has recently purchased a new Chevrolet sedan.

Miss Tessie GOLDEN spent the past week end visiting relatives at Iredell.

Mrs. R.S. McCHAREN spent the week end with her son, Vall McCHAREN and wife who now live at Abilene.

W.W. HODGES and family moved from this community last week and are now located at the T.P. PATTERSON place in Round Grove community.

Oliver Springs

Clyde NABORS and family have moved into their own home.  Also Marion OTWELL has finished his home on the Ed BUTLER place and moved in.

M.   JOHNSTON and daughter, Miss Agnes, have returned from a deer hunt in Sonora.

Oscar BANKHEAD has moved to De Leon.

Henry LINDLEY is seriously ill.  His daughter from Alabama is with him and also his brother from Gunsight.

Little Florence LOVE is quite sick this week.

Mrs. HAMPTON returned home Saturday from the Blackwell Sanitarium, at Gorman, where she had undergone a serious operation.

Mrs. Nannie NABORS, daughter of George REED left Saturday for San Antonio.


©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.