De Leon Free Press

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

Jakehamon Man Died Last Friday

            James Franklin SELMAN, aged about 73 years, father of Mrs. Annie WADE of Desdemona,  died at her home at 12:10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17th and was buried at De Leon cemetery Saturday following.  Deceased was born at Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 19, 1853.  Rev. W.W. RICHESON conducted the funeral service at De Leon cemetery.

            Surviving children are Mrs. Annie WADE, Desdemona; Mrs. Laura WADE, Brady; Mrs. Bertha SCHOOLEY, Waco; Mrs. Ethel BANTY, New Mexico and Jim SELMAN of Ready.

 Death Claims Pioneer, Aged Ninety Years

            J.W. HOLLEMAN, aged pioneer citizen, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.E. BUTLER, in the northwest part of the city at 8:35 Monday evening, December 20th, 1926.  “Uncle Jim” as he was familiarly know, suffered a stroke of paralysis a week ago.  He rallied from the stroke, but other complications developed and after a week of critical illness, he passed away as stated.

            James William HOLLEMAN was born in North Carolina on June 22, 1836, being therefore 90 years, 5 months and 29 days of age when death claimed him.  He led an active life, reared a large family and filled the place of a citizen in a period when war and strife stalked through the land.  He was past 25 years of age when he entered the Confederate army, serving throughout the Civil War.

            At the age of 9 years he removed from North Carolina to Pontotoc Co., Miss., where the greater portion of his life was spent.  It was here in September the year after the war, in 1866, that he was married to Miss Martha McNEIL.  To them were born 9 children, a boy and a girl preceding them in death.  His companion died in 1919.  He was converted and united with the Methodist church 65 years ago and led an exemplary life in the service of his Master.

            His living children are:  Mrs. M.A. WILSON, Mississippi; Mrs. W.E. BUTLER, De Leon; Mrs. Jennie BOYD, De Leon; W.J. HOLLEMAN, De Leon; J.O. HOLLEMAN, Rule; R.G. HOLLEMAN, Idalou; and J.J. HOLLEMAN, De Leon.  All were present at the time of his death except Mrs. WILSON.

            Besides his seven surviving sons and daughters, Mr. HOLLEMAN was also survived by 28 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  These surrounded by a host of other relatives and friends assembled at the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock where Rev. A.F. NABORS spoke words of comfort to the sorrowing ones, being assisted in the service by Pastor W.W. RICHESON.  The body was laid to rest at De Leon cemetery.

Jess Nowlin Is Reported Ill

            Free Press has learned with regret of the serious illness of Jesse NOWLIN who resides on De Leon Route 2.  NOWLIN was reported some  better recently but still was quite sick.  Friends hope for his recovery.

Former De Leon People Suffer A Loss In a Fire

            Howard BUTLER, who traveled a few months for Dave FINKELSTINE and who later operated as a candy jobber in De Leon and surrounding towns, suffered the loss of a bakery which he had purchased a week ago at Valley Mills.  Butler operated the newly purchased business scarcely a week.  He and his wife had rooms at the Mrs. S.G. PARKS residence while they lived in De Leon.  The fire originated in Butler's bakery and completely destroyed a hotel at Valley Mills valued at $40,000.

Higginbotham Has New Manager Lumber; Johnston Is Promoted

            Riley WORTHY, late of Cross Plains, who has been employed for some years with Higginbotham Bros. & Co., has come to De Leon to take the place of Tom JOHNSTON, former manager of the lumber yard for the firm in De Leon.  Mr. WORTHY is already on the job and Mr. JOHNSTON is preparing to move early next week to Stephenville.

            Mr. JOHNSTON has been in De Leon the past five years as manager of the lumber yard for Higginbotham, coming here from Comanche.  The company has a larger yard at Stephenville, it is said, and Mr. JOHNSTON will be installed as manager there January first.  The move is a good promotion for him and while his De Leon friends regret to see him and his good family moving away, he is to be congratulated upon his good fortune.

“Marrying Parson” Solemnized Double Wedding Sunday

            Rev. A.F. NABORS has certainly officiated at the marriage of enough people to have earned the title of the “Marrying Parson” and while his past record is remarkable, he seems of late to be adding new laurels.

            Last Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock came two couples, Rush BROWNLEE and Miss Tessie GOLDEN and Earl DANIELL and Miss Ruby BROWNLEE asking to be joined in the holy bonds in a double ceremony.  “Uncle Alf” as he is known for many miles around, had never before officiated at a double wedding.  But he took the two marriage licenses, propounded the customary questions in double fashion, had two pairs of hands joined, exacted the solemn promise from four instead of two and they went away just as perfectly and completely married as though it had been a single couple.

            Rush BROWNLEE, the groom of one of the couples and Miss Ruby BROWNLEE, bride of the other, are brother and sister, son and daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Jasper BROWNLEE of De Leon, Route Two.

            Rev. NABORS, commenting on the occurrence, said he once married “half a couple” that is, performing one-half of a wedding ceremony while another minister performed the other half.  But this was his first experience officiating at a double ceremony.


            On last Monday morning, December 22nd Miss Ruby McINNERY and Mr. Bill MOHON were united in the holy bonds of matrimony at the Methodist parsonage at Mineral Wells after having motored over from here.

            The bride is the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. W.T. McINNERY and one of De Leon's most popular young ladies, having grown to womanhood here.

            Mr. MOHON is the son of Mr. And Mrs. MOHON of Dallas and an employee of the M.D.T. Railway.

            After the ceremony the happy couple sped on their way to the home of the groom at Dallas where they will spend the holidays, after which they will be at home to their many friends at Stamford where Mr. NABORS  [sic]is now working.


Herbert WEAVER, medical students at Dallas, is here to remain over the holiday with home folks.

Tate BAGWELL, brother of Billie BAGWELL, who lives at Kenefic, Okla., is here for a visit and to spend the holidays.

Mrs. V.G. LOCKE and little son of Cisco arrived Sunday and are spending Christmas with her parents, Mr. And Mrs. E.E. DABNEY.

Mrs. S.O. RIDENHOWER and children of Junction, are here for the holidays in the home of her parents, Mr. And Mrs. J. Doss MILLER.

Mrs. Henry Moore EVANS of Wichita Falls arrived the last of the week and will spend Christmas with her parents, Mr. And Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN.  Mr. EVANS will arrive before Christmas.

Lewis EASTERLING is home from Tarleton for a holiday visit.

Alan SHORT is home from John Tarleton for Christmas with home folks.

C.H. TIMMONS was called to Hearne Monday by a message stating that his mother was seriously ill at that place.

Bill INZER, who has been working at Duncan, Okla., has been spending some days with his brother and sisters in this city.

Miss Lilliam HANSFORD who teaches piano at Truscott, arrived home the last of the week to remain over the holidays.

Mr. and Mrs. Dayne McCARROLL of Dallas arrived a few days ago and are spending Christmas with his parents, Mr. And Mrs. D.D. McCARROLL.  Young McCARROLL works for a wholesale drug concern in Dallas.

John D. HARVEY, Simmons student, is home for the holidays.

Zollie STEAKLEY, Jr. is home from Simmons for the Christmas holidays.

Mrs. Enoch WISDOM and baby will visit her parents at Gorman the last of the week.

H.W. LOCKE, who recently moved to Cisco, was here on business Tuesday, this week.

Miss Velma BELL, from Tarleton, arrived home this week for the holiday vacation.

Miss Olean VAN ZANDT, who is teaching at Spoffard, is home for a Christmas visit.

Miss Bernice INZER, Baylor student, is home with her parents, Dr. and Mrs. H.H. INZER.

Miss Mildred VAN ZANDT is home from Simmons, Abilene, for the holiday period.

Miss Doris AYERS, Baylor student at Belton, is here for Christmas with the home folks.

Miss Oleta STEPHENS, who studies at Simmons University, is here for Christmas with home folks.

Emmett Lee HOWARD, John Tarleton student, arrived home the last of the week to remain over the holidays.

New Hope News

The pastor of the church, Brother WRIGHT, was sick Sunday and did not get to preach here but Brother HOLDRIDGE of near De Leon filled his place.

Homer HAFFORD has been real sick the past week but had improved very much early in the week.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben BURROW and little daughter, Betty Jean, visited over Sunday with their Uncle Riley WILKERSON of near Proctor.

Jack BOYD and family moved into this community last week and are located at the Strube place.

Duster News

Mrs. H.N. CLARY and little daughter of Post are at this time at the bedside of her father, G.W. HADAWAY, who has been seriously ill but is some better at this time.

Carl VANDIMERE from South Carolina is visiting his parents, Mr. And Mrs. C.D. VANDIMERE, at this writing.

Miss Hope DUKE, who is attending college at Stephenville, is home for the holidays.

Mrs. S.S. JOINER and children visited her son Elmer JOINER of Jakehamon the last week end.

W.B. BUTLER was here from Graham the last of the week for a brief visit with his parents.  Mrs. BUTLER has had an operation at a sanitarium at Graham recently and was unable to accompany him.  However, she is improving nicely now.


©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.