De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, March 18, 1927 


A.M. Barker is Critically Ill

            A.M. BARKER, long time resident of this community, now aged 83 years, has been critically ill for a week and as this paper goes to press the end is thought near.  He has been gradually sinking for several days.  He has repeatedly expressed his readiness to pass into the “World Beyond” and relatives watch by his bedside hourly expecting the final summons.

Supt. Russell Had Minor Eye Operation

            Supt. D.M. RUSSELL has had a cataract removed from the right eye at Gorman sanitarium Tuesday of this week.  The eye had given him trouble for two months.  Although painful, the incident has not caused him to lose time from his school work.

Mrs. Parkman Opened Sandwich Shop Here

            Mrs. PARKMAN, assisted by Mrs. FIELDS, will open a sandwich shop in the building half a block up from the depot, on the corner of Lambert Hotel property.  The building has recently been enlarged with an extension out to the sidewalk.  New painting and varnishing have added much to the appearance of the place.  Tables will be arranged for customers.  Plate lunch, short orders, sandwiches and waffles will be served.

Heart Failure Ends Life of Contractor Here

            J.T. BOXWELL, contractor of this city for twenty years and widely known citizen, met sudden death from heart failure while engaged in moving a house at Gorman Tuesday afternoon at about five o’clock.  Mr. BOSWELL was driving a Caterpillar tractor when death came.  The massive machine was hitched to a tree which was being pulled up, clearing the way to moving the parsonage at the Church of God, in the north part of the city of Gorman.

            Workers with Mr. BOSWELL said his death was sudden.  He had just reached over and released the clutch when he crumpled down across the steering rod – dead.  He did not utter a word or show signs of pain or struggle.  A physician was called and responded remarkable soon, but he was beyond  human aid.  He was first removed to the home of Reuben ROSS, then to the morgue at Gorman and a little later brought back to his home and sorrowing family and friends in this city.

            John Thomas BOSWELL was born in Mississippi 47 years ago and came to Texas about 23 years ago, since then having made his home in De Leon.  Twenty-two years ago he was married to Miss Clara NABORS.  Nine children were born to them, eight of whom survive.  There are five boys and three girls ranging in ages from a baby girl less than six weeks old to a son aged 21 years.

            Funeral services was conducted at De Leon cemetery at four o’clock Wednesday afternoon, Eld. J.J. EDWARDS in charge and the remains laid to rest there.

            Deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved ones.

Freakish Wind Damaged Several Residence Here

            A wind approaching cyclonic velocity blew for a few seconds here at 3:30 a.m. last Friday morning.  Several residences were damaged, and out buildings and trees broken up.  The wind came out of the southwest, accompanied by a storm cloud, but with little lightning.  The sudden gust of wind that did the damage is thought to have lasted only a matter of seconds-some say not over ten seconds.  It was more like an explosion, as described by one man.

            The residence of Bob STEAKLEY suffered most damage.  The wind blew a number of holes in the roof and the rain poured in, damaging wall paper and furnishings.  A large window sash was blown out and fell toward the wind.  The top of his brick chimney was sliced off as with a knife.  A piece of 4x4 about three or four feet, used to prop the garage door, was blown 50 or 75 feet from the garage, and fell in the direction from which the wind was coming.  STEAKLEY’s damage was about $50.00.

            A brick flue was blown from the residence of Mrs. A.E. HAMPTON.  A barn at the home of Forrest FARMER and Oscar COZBY was unroofed.  China trees in the yard of John GRISHAM were uprooted.  A high board fence was blown down at the B.J. PITTMAN home, breaking off ten cedar posts.  The fence fell toward the wind.

Hail Stones Big As Baseballs Fall; Damage is Great

            A hail storm swept the country just west and north of De Leon at three o’clock Thursday afternoon, bringing damage to property that will perhaps run into thousands of dollars.  Roofs were beaten from homes, chickens, turkeys and small animals killed and larger livestock bruised and injured.  Some hail stones as large as baseballs fell although most of it was about the size of hen eggs, covering the ground.  The storm lasted perhaps ten minutes.

            The path of the storm was from southwest to northwest.  It missed De Leon about four miles and was from two to four miles wide.

            E.A. CARTER, Rt. 2 farmer, was hit on the head by a ball of hail and was painfully injured.  Harry  HUDDLESTON was also struck on the head and injured.

            An hour after the hail, farmers were in town figuring on material for re-roofing their homes and replacing glass windows.

Gorman Pastor on Visit to De Leon

            Rev. C.S. McALLISTER of Gorman, pastor of the Church of God of that city, was in De Leon Wednesday morning, calling for a brief visit at the Free Press office.  It was at his residence that the late Tom BOSWELL was engaged in moving when he met his tragic death Tuesday afternoon.  The Rev. Mr. McALLISTER was standing beside the unfortunate man when death came.  He came to De Leon to extend condolence to the stricken family Wednesday morning.

Mrs. W.M. MORRIS, who has been at Sanitarium the past six months, has returned home.


©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.