De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, January 7, 1927

Baby Died

            Garland, 5 months old infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Walton LOCKE, died at their home near Harmony at six o’clock a.m. Saturday, January 1st, 1927, following an illness of five weeks.  Every attention was given the little one in his last illness but the skill of medical profession nor tender nursing availed.  Cause of death was inflammation of the head.

            Funeral service was held at the home at 2:30 o’clock Saturday and the tiny remains laid to rest in De Leon Cemetery, Rev. WRIGHT officiating.  Sympathy is extended the sorrowing parents and family.

 Mrs. Sallie Van Zandt Passes Away Tuesday Morning

            Mrs. Sallie Jane VAN ZANDT fell asleep at four o’clock Tuesday morning.  Recently she had been making her home with her son, K.M. VAN ZANDT of De Leon.  Mrs. VAN ZANDT had been in failing health for some time and all of her children were at her bedside when she died except one who arrived a few hours later.

            Mrs. VAN ZANDT was born at Randolph, Bibb County, Ala., October 7, 1843 but before the Civil War she moved to Cherokee county in East Texas.  In 1863 she was married to Mr. John R. VAN ZANDT.  In 1884 they moved to Comanche county and in 1885 made their home on a farm east of Comyn where Mrs. VAN ZANDT continued to live for some time even after the death of her husband some years ago.

            One son, Willie passed away in his infancy.  But the other children are all living:  K.M. VAN ZANDT of De Leon; Mrs. T.J. WALKER, of Proctor, and Mrs. C.S. DRY of Comyn.  There are 30 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren living.

            At the time of her death, Mrs. VAN ZANDT was a member of Theney Baptist church at Comyn.  She has been a Missionary Baptist more than sixty years.  She was baptized in Cherokee county during the war, an interesting incident being the breaking of ice for the baptismal service.

            The greatest influence for good in a sinful world surely is the good life of a Christian woman.  Mrs. VAN ZANDT is a shining example of the way to grow old sweetly and gracefully.  Truly in her case the Scripture was fulfilled: “Though shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like a shock of corn cometh in his season.” – Job 5:26.

            The funeral service was held at the First Baptist church at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday, Jan. 5th with Rev. J.N. CAMPBELL in charge.  The remains were laid to rest at De Leon cemetery followed by a host of sorrowing relatives and friends in attendance.

 Mother of Sam Lofton Died at Comanche

            Mrs. LOFTON, mother of Sam LOFTON, died at the family home in Comanche at noon last Friday.  Her death was quite sudden, it is said.  Other than the fact that deceased had lived in Comanche for many years, and was 79 years old, the Free Press learned but little of the particulars.  Sympathy is extended Mr. LOFTON in his great loss.

 Mrs. Rollins Had Operation at Temple

            Mrs. George ROLLINS is expected home the last of the week from Temple where she underwent a serious operation at Scott & White sanitarium some ten days ago.  Mrs. ROLLINS has made rapid recovery.  Her malady was throat trouble.


            The marriage of Mr. Carl SIMPSON to Miss Ruby SMITH occurred at the residence of Rev. J.D. SMOOT at Comanche on December 19, Rev. SMOOT performing the ceremony in the presence of a few friends.

            Miss SMITH is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie SMITH of Downing.

            Mr. SIMPSON is a son of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. SIMPSON of Downing and was also reared there.

            Both are most estimable young people highly respected and honored in the communities in which they have grown to manhood and womanhood and best wishes were extended them.

 Lowe-Carter Sold Wholesale Grocery to J.M. Radford

            A business deal of importance took place this week between J.M. RADFORD, prominent West Texas wholesale grocer of Abilene, and Lowe Carter Company of this city with Meadow Grocery Company of Waco the seller.  The RADFORD interests took over the De Leon business from Claude MEADOW of Waco, who spent the whole of the early part of the week here in conference with O.E. RADFORD, in getting the deal over.  A number of RADFORD auditors were busy early in the week getting the transfer made….

 Produce House Moved to Elkins Tin Shop Building

            R.C. CARTER this week moved his produce business from the old location on Market street to the building formerly occupied by the Elkins Tin Shop.  In this building Mr. CARTER has a place much better suited to his needs centrally located, and when all his fixtures are installed he will have a very convenient plant.

            Mr. CARTER has just finished his first year in business for himself but had former experience in the produce line.  He has built up quite a nice business and is looking forward to a greatly increased volume in 1927. 

 Restaurants Make Change This Week

            Mrs. FRANKS recently purchased the Green Lantern lunch counter located on the corner of the Lambert Hotel property and will continue to operate said property.

            Mrs. DENDY, who formerly operated this counter, has leased the Howe building, next door east from D.P. LLOYD and will conduct a restaurant business there.

 Local News.

Mr. and Mrs. P.B. SHIRO went to Dallas on business this week.

 Mr. and Mrs. Marvin NANCE and children were here from Rising Star Sunday visiting with relatives.

 Mrs. S.O. RIDENHOWER and children left some days ago for their home at Junction after visiting her parents.

 Mr. and Mrs. Ira HARVEY and children of Goldthwaithe were guests of De Leon relatives the past week end.

 Mr. and Mrs. Woodley REED of Pioneer were here with relatives and friends during the holidays.

 Mrs. Dr. C.A. COPELAND of Brownfield, mother of Mrs. J.N. CAMPBELL, is here for a visit at the pastor’s home.

 B.S. NEAL of Grapevine is here for a visit with his daughter, Mrs. W.L. LOCKE and others.

 A.L. TOLAR, proprietor of the City Grocery Store, is nursing a broken arm, result of cranking a Ford early in the week.

 Mr. and Mrs. T.S. HOLDEN and little son have returned from a holiday visit with his mother and relatives at Hearndon, Va.

 Miss Loraine HIGGINBOTHAM of Dallas, sister of Mrs. J.J. HORN, was here during the holidays.

 Mr. and Mrs. W.C. COCHRAN have gone to McCamey to remain for a few months.

 Miss Gladys FOSTER visited her sister, Miss Golden FOSTER at Cisco on Sunday.

 Miss Ara NABORS has gone to Dallas to visit her sister, Miss Mima and may take a position and remain there.

 Mr. and Mrs. Columbus SHORT were here from Ranger the past week-end, guests of his brother, Edgar SHORT and wife.

 Dr. Fidelia BRUN, chiropractor, returned early in the week from a holiday visit with her father at Monroe, La. And with relatives and friends at Dallas.

 Robinson Springs

Mr. GRAY and family of Victor have moved to this community.  We are very glad to have them with us and hope they will be help to our school and church.

 J. PRANGLE and family are moving to Oliver Springs.  We are very sorry to lose them.

 Last Sunday there was a luncheon at J.Q. CHATHAMS.  Those present were Prof. H.F. REYNOLDS and family, Mr. D.C. STEWART and wife, E.W. SHORT and family, Misses Opal, Ina Mae and Cora FARROW and Mozelle CLARK>

 Oliver Springs

We have learned of the marriage during the holidays of Miss Odessa COZART who was a resident of this community at one time.  She attended school here and was well liked by all her friends, who extend heartiest congratulations to her upon her marriage to Mr. Wallace ELLIOTT.

 Delton, small son of Clyde NABORS has been seriously ill but we are glad to state he is recovering at this writing.

 J. PANGLE is moving this week, having bought the Will HOLLEMAN place.

 New Hope News

Judge NANCE has recently erected a new chicken house.  Mr. NANCE says this is the first real chicken house he has ever possessed.  He says he made it about 12x15 feet and thinks it is right up to now.  Go look it over.

 There have been several moving lately.  Mr. and Mrs. Claude PAIR have moved from this place and will live near Rucker.  Mr. and Mrs. Lea GOLDEN and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur HOLDRIDGE and families have recently moved into our community.

 Miss Mattie Sue SLAUGHTER visited relatives in De Leon Saturday night.

 Mr. and Mrs. Alf NABORS spent Sunday with their son Oscar NABORS.

 Victor News

Edwin CLINE spent Christmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.R. CLINE. 

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer REEVES are the proud parents of a baby girl.

 Roy KELLEY moved to Mr. JASPER’s place Monday.

 Silver KEITH has moved to the M.M. DIXON place. 

L.D. SMITH was cutting wood last week and received a severe cut on the foot.  He will probably have to walk on crutches for some 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.