De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, January 28, 1927 

Untimely Death of Mrs. Otis Ham Occurred Monday

            Mrs. Lucille HAM, whose maiden name was LOWE, daughter of our townsman, W.E. LOWE, was born on March 18th, 1891, at Dublin, Texas and passed away at the sanitarium in Gorman, Texas, at 9:30 o’clock Monday morning, January 21, 1927.

            In early life she was converted and united with the Baptist church and began a life of Christian service in the Master’s Kingdom.

            The mother died when she was yet a child and her grandmother reared her to womanhood.  She was married to J. Otis HAM on Nov. 10th, 1910.

            In 1921 she joined the Methodist church with her husband and was a faithful and efficient worker until her death.  Lucille loved God and her church and whenever possible her church obligations always had precedence.  She lived a faithful, inspiring and beautiful Christian life.  Her sweet and cheerful disposition will long be remembered.  She was gifted in many ways and freely gave of her talents for the good and uplift of humanity.

            Lucille was an earnest and loyal worker in the order of the Eastern Star, serving that order as Worthy Matron in 1924-25 and filling other offices.

            Lucille was ill only six days, when her unexpected death came as a great shock to the entire community of De Leon as well as her friends and loved ones elsewhere.

            The entire citizenship went into mourning, offered every assistance and consolation to the grief stricken husband and loved ones.  She was well known and universally loved and as a proof of this love and esteem, her friends banked high their beautiful floral offerings around her casket.

            The funeral service was held Tuesday, January 25th at 2:30 p.m. at the Methodist church in this city where a large number of friends and the heartbroken loved ones gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to her memory.  The pastor of the church, Rev. W.W. RICHESON, conducted the service.  He was assisted by his choir and Rev. J.N. CAMPBELL, pastor of the Baptist church.

            The order of the Eastern Star then held a very beautiful and impressive service over the body of their departed sister. 

            Lucille was laid to rest in the cemetery at De Leon. 

            Lucille is survived by her husband, father, one sister, step-mother, and one half-sister and brother and a hoard of friends and loved ones to mourn her departure.


The marriage of Mr. C.M. LOVE of this city to Miss Mamie PARK of Oliver Spring community occurred at the Baptist parsonage at about 11 o’clock Thursday morning, January 27, 1927.  Pastor J.N. CAMPBELL performed the ceremony uniting them in the holy bonds.  The happy young couple were accompanied to the parsonage by Mr. PARK, a brother of the bride, and by three Misses REED, friends of the bridal couple.

            Mr. and Mrs. LOVE are leaving soon for White Deer, Texas, in the panhandle, where they will make their home.  The best wishes of friends accompany them.


            On Tuesday, January 25th, Mr. Luther HAMMON and Miss Myrtle MORGAN quietly motored to Eastland where they were happily joined together in holy matrimony by Rev. W.J. NELSON at the Baptist parsonage.  They were accompanied by Mrs. Wallace MORGAN, mother of the bride and Miss Ethel SADBERRY.

            Mr. HAMMON is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D.A. HAMMON who was reared in the New Hope community.  He is widely known and is admired by many friends.  Miss MORGAN is the charming daughter of Mrs. Wallace MORGAN of De Leon.  She was reared in and around De Leon and is admired by a host of friends that know her.  She has been an employee of the De Leon Variety Store.

            Their many friends wish them the best of happiness and success through the journey of life. – Contributed.

 Comanche County Vital Statistics

Marriages- Travis CUNNINGHAM and Miss Thelma McDONALD.

Births- Clint WELCH and wife, De Leon, Rt. 2, boy.  O.C. LAWLESS and wife, De Leon, Rt. 5 boy. Bill DOWLEY and wife, Cisco, girl. J.A. MAHAN and wife, De Leon Rt. 3 girl. E. REEVES and wife, De Leon, girl. G.E. SEAY and wife, Old Cora, girl. L. E. COOPERS and wife, Gorman, girl.  Lee DUPENY and wife, Gorman, boy.  R.O. RANKIN and wife, Gorman, twins.

Deaths-Mrs. Jane LOFTON, Paul KELMECKE, Mrs. Sarah Isabell RIPLEY, John FAGAN, Mrs. Sarah ROBERSON, Mrs. OLLIE DUTTON.

 Local News

Mrs. T.C. SMITH went to Breckenridge Wednesday afternoon in response to a message telling of the illness of her daughter, Mrs. Stuart CATE.  Mrs. CATE spent the past week here and developed a severe cold.

 Mr. and Mrs. Ross JENKINS arrived from Los Angeles last week.  Mr. JENKINS has been on the west coast four years.  Both he and his wife will enter school at John Tarleton college.

 Mr. and Mrs. Paul NEAL who live in the Panama Canal zone, are the proud parents of a baby girl, born to them on December 29, 1926.  Mr. NEAL is in the army and stationed at Colon.

 Mr. and Mrs. John HAMMOND are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby girl at their home on Wednesday, January 19th.  All doing nicely.

 Victor News

We are about over the measles but there is quite a few who have the flu.  Some of the sick ones are Ima HART, C.R. CLINE and several others.

 Mrs. Kenneth SMITH will leave this week for Albany to be with her husband, where they will make their home for the present year.

 Mr. and Mrs. Wilma HENRY are the proud parents of a baby boy.

 Elmar and Truman REEVES were coming from Dublin last Friday night and overturned their car, tore the top off, also the windshield.  They escaped uninjured.

 Clifton THOMAS visited friends here Saturday night.  He also visited his cousin Frank THOMAS.

 Lloyd DIXON, De Leon student in the high school, visited our school Monday.  We are always glad to have folks visit us.

 Duster Items

J.H. HUFF, optometrist of Comanche visited our school last Thursday, January 20.  He tested the eyes of both the pupils and teachers.

 We have a terracing team in our school.  They are: Austin HOLMES, Ernest BREWER, Don SPARKS, Justin HOLMES, Hugh COAN and Lawrence HUDDLESTON.


©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.