De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, December 31, 1926 

 Mrs. C.A. Evans Died At Temple Last Friday

            Mrs. C.A. EVANS, wife of the late C.A. EVANS, once pastor of De Leon Methodist church, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. Edgar NEAL, at the Methodist parsonage of the First Methodist church at Temple, Friday, Christmas Eve.  Heart failure was the immediate cause of her death.  She had been ill at her home in Fort Worth and her daughter, Mrs. NEAL, had carried her to Temple in order to better care for her in her illness.  Death came quite suddenly.

            Funeral services and burial was at Fort Worth Saturday afternoon, Christmas Day, her remains being laid to rest by the side of her husband who preceded her in death five years.

            Rev. and Mrs. EVANS and family lived in De Leon probably about the years 1908-1910.  Many friends here will mourn the passing of this good woman.

Baby Died

            Little Dot DYSON, grand-daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Bob DYSON, died of congestion at their home Tuesday, Dec. 21.  The little one was desperately ill for several days prior to death, which came at 6 o'clock p.m.  Funeral and burial was at De Leon cemetery Wednesday afternoon with Rev. J.N. CAMPBELL in charge of the service.  Sympathy is extended to the bereaved ones.

Mother of C.H. Timmons Dead

            On the morning of Dec. 20, C.H. TIMMONS, Katy engineer, of this city, received a message from Hearne telling of the death of his mother, Mrs. Laura TIMMONS, aged 66 years.  Death came as a result of heart failure, at 1:20 o'clock, at the home of her daughter there.  She had been in her usual health immediately prior to the time of her death.

            Mr. TIMMONS went immediately to Hearne where the funeral and burial took place on Dec. 22nd.  His friends here greatly sympathize with him in his bereavement.

John Smith, Son of Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Smith Died at Rule

            John SMITH was born Sept. 4, 1895 in Lamar County.  He is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. H.T. SMITH.  He moved with his parents to Comanche county when a small child and was reared to young manhood here.  He died on Dec. 15, 1926, at Rule, Texas, where he had lived for the past year.

            John was a patient sufferer for 17 years with rheumatism.  When the death angel came he was prepared to go.  We have the sweet assurance of knowing that when God calls us from this world of sorrow and suffering we will meet John in our Heavenly home where death will be no more.  He was an obedient and faithful son and was loved by a host of sorrowing friends and relatives.

            There are left to mourn for him a loving mother, Mrs. H.T. SMITH and two brothers, Neil SMITH of Rule, and Craig SMITH of Gorman, and six sisters, Mrs. Bedford NEIL, Merkel, Mrs. Curt MORRIS, Rule, Mrs. Milas PITTMAN, Cisco, Mrs. Whit PITTMAN, Rucker, Mrs. Grace MORRISON, Ft. Sumner, N.M., Mrs. Ed ANDERSON, Gustine.

            John's mortal body was laid away in the Rule cemetery amid a host of sorrowing friends and relatives.     -Contributed


            The marriage of Miss Effie PRESSLEY to Mr. Milton GRISHAM occurred on Wednesday evening, Dec. 23, 1926, at the home of Rev. Willie SKAGGS at 6 o'clock.  The wedding was a quiet affair, the bridal couple being accompanied by a number of friends, who witnessed the ceremony and were present to extend their congratulations and best wishes along with the popular pastor who said the impressive ceremony.

            The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.E. PRESSLEY of the Rucker community.  She has been reared in the environs of De Leon and is a most loveable and cultured young woman.  Mr. GRISHAM is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. L.J. GRISHAM of Rucker and is equally well known and well liked by a wide circle of friends.  During the early portion of the present year he was engaged in the filling station business, operating the Swagerty Station where Holdridge Brothers are now proprietors.

            Those who accompanied the happy young couple to "the parson" and witnessed the ceremony were Mr. and Mrs. Armour WALLACE, Gordon GRISHAM, Miss Bee GEORGE, Lynn GRISHAM, Miss Myrtle GEORGE, Arlin PRESSLEY, Miss Ruby SMITH, Orice JACKS and Miss Bertie SCROGGINS.


            The family and friends of A. Owen NABORS received a distinct surprise on Christmas Eve when he arrived for the holidays, accompanied by his bride of a day.  He was married on Dec. 23rd, at Taylor, Texas, to Miss Alice JEANS, whose home is McDade, Texas.  The marriage was solemnized at the home of her sister at Taylor.  Immediately after the wedding Mr. and Mrs. NABORS came to De Leon to spend Christmas with his parents, Rev. and Mrs. A.F. NABORS.

            Mr. and Mrs. NABORS met and were associated while students at the State University.  Following graduation he was employed for several months in Austin.  More recently he accepted a position with an insurance company at San Antonio, where they went this week to make their home.  Best wishes are extended to them.


            [Angie Pearl - Name omitted in typesetting the paper. Verified by official records.] CARRIGAN to Mr. D.R. AUVENSHINE, two popular young people of the Beattie and Soda Springs communities, occurred in De Leon, at the home of Rev. and Mrs. J.M. STRICKLAND, Sunday, Dec. 26th, at 2:30 o'clock p.m. The young couple was accompanied by friends of their respective communities.  Rev. STRICKLAND pronounced the magic ceremony uniting them, just as he had said the ceremony for the parents of young Auvenshine a good [many] years ago.  Best wishes attend them.

Collie-Reese Wedding

            A wedding of much interest to many people here was that of Miss Theresa COLLIE and Mr. Lex REESE, which took place at the home of her sister, Mr. and Mrs. T.F. MORROW at Gorman, at 8:30 o'clock, Tuesday evening, Dec. 28, 1926.  Only the members of the bride's family and a few intimate friends were present.

Christmas Dinner At Mr. And Mrs. G.M. Morgans

            On Christmas Day the home of Mr. And Mrs. G.M. MORGAN was the scene of a merry dinner party with Rev. U.J. MORTON, the guests of honor and of his children and families who live in and near De Leon composing the guests.  Those present were E.W. MORTON and wife and son, C.G. Lester MORTON and wife and little daughters, Walter GREENWALDT and family, Mrs. ATLEE and Newman POUNDS and wife.  A happy delightful occasion.

L.L. Lightfoot Moved Hardware Hampton Building

            The L.L. LIGHTFOOT hardware store was moved this week from the Swaggerty block to Hampton building, next door north from the Liberty Theatre.  The removal was commenced Thursday and by the time this paper will reach its readers the major portion of the stock will have been located in the new building.

            In the change of locations, Mr. LIGHTFOOT believes that he is bettering his business chances inasmuch as he will be near the center of the business district, a greater number of people passing his door in the run of a year, therefore increasing his chance of sales.

            Mr. LIGHTFOOT has been in business just eleven months, having opened in the old location about February 1st, 1926.  His business venture has proved all that he had hoped for.  He has passed through the preliminary stage and is now well established and will doubtless do a much larger business in the coming years.......

Five Children of This Family Teach In Texas Schools

            Mr. and Mrs. S.W. SHORT of this city, had the pleasure of having all their family at home for the holidays.  The five oldest teach in Texas schools.  Byson, only son, is an instructor in mechanical engineering at the State University, Austin.  Miss Lois teaches at Liberty,  Miss Gladys at Plainview, Miss Gertrude at Lafollette and Miss Phyllis at Clyde.

Local News

W.M. REED, who has been employed at building a church at Winters since the 10th of October, was home for Christmas with his family.

Mr. and Mrs. E.W. OWEN spent Christmas with their parents at Athens and other points in East Texas.

Clay DABNEY of Ft. Worth and Mrs. V.G. LOCKE of Cisco, were Christmas guests in the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. DABNEY.

Mr. and Mrs. Brown SHAVER and little daughter of Dale, Texas, were guests of Mrs. A.E. HAMPTON and Mr. and Mrs. Pete SHAVER during Christmas.  BROWN is with the Humble Company there.

Mr. and Mrs. S.E. SHORT and children of Hale Center were here visiting during the holidays with their daughter, Mrs. W.Z. COMPTON.

Miss Leila JENKINS, who teaches at Abilene, is here for the holidays with her parents.

R. OWEN and son are here from San Antonio, guests of his mother, Aunt Bettie OWEN and other relatives.

Mrs. Overa BROWN of Dallas spent Christmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. BLACK.

B.J. PITTMAN of Dallas and Ralph PITTMAN of Wichita Falls were here for Christmas with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN.

W.C. LIGHTFOOT, who has been buying cotton at Plainview for two or three months, came home for the holiday with his family.  He is returning there immediately.

Raymond TERRY was spending Christmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.N. TERRY of this city.

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie ROSS and baby of Colorado, Texas, were Christmas guests in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. T. ROSS.

Mr. and Mrs. Pete CAMPBELL and Mr. and Mrs. Jno. DYSON, all of Best, were guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob DYSON over the holidays.

New Hope News

The OTWELL relatives had their annual "get-together" at Claud OTWELLS on Christmas day.  Somewhere around sixty were present.

There were between thirty and forty present at the LOCKE relatives annual "get-together" which was at O.M. LOCKE'S on Christmas Day.  Those present with families were: T.H. LOCKE, W.O. LOCKE, Mrs. W.C. LOCKE, Byron LOCKE, G.L. LEE, J.T. DUPRIEST.  Others present were: J.C. LOCKE, J.S. DUPRIEST, Wade HODGES, and Mrs. S.F. BALLARD, an aunt to the LOCKE boys, W.L. LOCKE and son Alvis.

Mrs. Howard BURT, and little daughter of Cleburne, spent Christmas week in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.S. McCHAREN.

Vall McCHAREN and wife of Abilene spent Christmas day with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.S. McCHAREN.

J.S. DUPRIEST arrived last Friday from Las Cruces, New Mex., and is making his home with his son, John DUPRIEST for the present time.


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.