De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, March 25, 1927 


Death Claims Aged Pioneer Citizen

            The final summons came to A. M. BARKER, aged 83 years, at his home a mile south of town at 7 o’clock, p.m. Thursday, March 17th, 1927.  His last illness lasted scarcely more than one week.  Two days before his death pneumonia developed in addition to heart weakness from which he had been suffering, hastening the end.  He was fully resigned to the summons that called him from earthly labor to the life in the Great Beyond.  Having accomplished his three score years and ten, he had, by reason of strength, added years to the normal span, and apparently yearned for the passing from labor to rest.

            A.M. BARKER was born in the state of Alabama on Sept 1, 1843, being 83 years, 6 months and 17 days of age at his death.  He grew to manhood and married in his native state.  His wife was Martha Elizabeth BOWLING, who remained faithfully by his side thru the years, passing to her reward only seven years ago.

            Mr. and Mrs. BARKER and their three small children left Alabama in about the year 1869, coming by boat to Galveston, thence by rail to Calvert, Texas, which was the end of the railroad.  They purchased a wagon and team and came on to Bell county, remaining there three years.  In about 1872 or ’73 they came to Comanche county and filed on the farm a mile south of town where he lived when death came.  They took up their residence on this farm several years before the town of De Leon started, and almost ten years before the railroad was built through here.  They freighted supplies from Waco in the early days.

            Mr. BARKER served four years in Civil War and was wounded at the Battle of Shiloh.  He served in an Alabama regiment.

            The De Leon Masonic order honored him as its oldest member, he having been a Mason for about 62 years.  He had been a member of the Baptist church for a longer period and helped build the first Baptist church ever erected in De Leon.

            His surviving children are:  George BARKER, Waco; Alban BARKER, De Leon; Will BARKER, De Leon; Mrs. W.A. HAMMETT, Ranger; Evan BARKER, De Leon.

            The funeral was conducted at the Baptist church Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock by his long-time friend, Rev. George ROSS, assisted by Pastor J.N. CAMPBELL.  The body was laid to rest at De Leon cemetery with Masonic honors.

An Aged Citizen Is Seriously Sick

            E.C. THOMSON, aged 82 years, and a citizen of this city the past 14 years is critically ill at his home in the north part of town.  Mr. THOMSON is suffering from heart weakness and other complications incident to old age.  He has been seriously ill for about 10 days and his condition, as this paper goes to press, is unimproved.

            During the past ten days relatives have visited the home as follows:  his daughter, Mrs. B.E. MILLER, of Royce City; his daughter, Mrs. J.W. HARDING of Dublin; his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ora THOMSON and sons of Dallas.  Mr. MILLER and Mr. HARDING were also here for a brief visit last Sunday.  Emmett THOMSON, his son from Honey Grove, was also here Wednesday.

Jury List for Third Week of March Term County Court

            Following is the list of persons who have been drawn by the Jury Commissioners of the County Court of Comanche County, to serve as Petit Jurors during the third week of the March term, 1927, of the court.

            C.J. GRAHAM, Sidney; E.H. RAUHUT, Comanche, W.H. HOWARD, Comanche; C.A. CHASTAIN, Sidney; L.K. STANLEY, Sipe Springs; Joe A. JONES, Comanche; B. SEAGO, Gustine; T.R. JAY, Sipe Springs; H. KILPATRICK, Comanche; J.B. ADCOCK, Gustine; Albert KEE, Gustine; M.V. COKER, Comanche.


            The marriage of Miss Rosie CROWNOVER to Mr. Billie PILCHER occurred at the home of the brides’ mother in the Trinity community Sunday, March 20, 1927, at 5 o’clock p.m.  Rev. W.L. SKAGGS, well-known Baptist minister, performed the ceremony.

            Miss CROWNOVER is a daughter of Mrs. CROWNOVER, a widow of the Trinity community.  She was reared in that community and has a host of friends and admirers.  Mr. PILCHER, son of Mrs. John PILCHER, is likewise popular and a young man of excellent character and industry.  Friends everywhere are extending them congratulations and best wishes for long lives of happiness together.


            Miss Alma CULBERSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Berry CULBERSON and Mr. Clifford FLANAGAN of near Comanche were happily married at e:30 o’clock at the home of the bride’s parents last Sunday afternoon, March 20.  The wedding ceremony was performed by the “marrying parson” of the Duster country, the Rev. W.L. SKAGGS.  A number of relatives and friends were present to witness the ceremony.

            Both these are young people who command the highest respect of a large circle of friends, and best wishes were showered upon them as they start on the eventful matrimonial journey through life.

Honor Roll-South Ward

 7th Grade - Edna Earl COZBY, Evelyn KINCHEN, Grace SMITH, Alma Neil TATE, Mamie UNDERWOOD, Virginia GREENWALDT, Jack DONOHOE, Conner JETTON.


5th Grade – Nell NABORS, Martha Frances RUSSELL, Susan SCHMIDT.

4th Grade – Louise JONES

3rd Grade – Elizabeth BAGWELL, Treasure Louise RUSSELL, Ruby TODD

2nd Grade – Roy N. HAMMERS, Mary HAMPTON.

1st Grade – Rex CARNES, Virginia HORN, Flora JONES

Card of Thanks

            We wish to thank those who were so kind to us during the sickness and death of our little daughter and would especially thank those who contributed many beautiful flowers that helped to soften our pain of sorrow.

            Mr. and Mrs. Jno. BACHMAN

            Mr. and Mrs. J.E. HULSEY and family

New Hope News

Levis WILKERSON, son of S.N. WILKERSON, was carried to the sanitarium at Gorman Tuesday of last week.  He had an abscess on his lungs and an operation was performed on Thursday.  Reports coming from there now is that he is doing as well as could be expected and expects to be home by Thursday of this week.

J.S. DUPRIEST is at Glen Rose this week taking treatment from the doctors there.  He was accompanied by his son, J.T. DUPRIEST, and Walter KIMBLE and daughter.  Mr. KIMBLE’s wife has been there for several weeks taking treatment and came home Sunday feeling fine.

Mrs. M.E. St. CLAIR has been real sick with the flu but is now improving.

J.C. LOCK, Mr. and Mrs. O.M. LOCK and daughter, Anice, Mr. and Mrs. Homer HAFFORD and Miss Susie HOLLAND were among the ones from here that attended the singing at St. Joe Sunday evening.

Mrs. Perry ROBERSON and daughter, of Comanche, visited in the home of Mrs. M.E. St. CLAIR on Sunday.  They were accompanied home by Mrs. ROBERSON (better known as Grandma ROBERSON.)

Mr. and Mrs. GRAHAM of near Sipe Springs spent Sunday with her sister, Mrs. H.M. JOHNSON.

Wade NANCE, who had an appendicitis operation a few weeks ago, is now recovering nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack BOYD visited on Saturday night with her sister, Mrs. Jeff COLLINS, of Stephenville.

Mr. and Mrs. Whit SIDES and Mrs. Clyde HODGES and children visited W.W. HODGES and family of Round Grove community last Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank THOMAS and daughter of Victor community spent Friday night with his mother, Mrs. M.E. St. CLAIR.

Mrs. Oscar WEATHERFORD and Mrs. Perry St. CLAIR and children visited their grandmother, Mrs. MAXWELL of St. Joe on Monday.

Round Grove News

Word from Mr. and Mrs. Carl TOMILSON of Roby, Texas, stated they are the proud parents of a new boy.  Mrs. TOMILSON was formerly Miss Floy RIPPETOE of this place.  Mrs. J.H. RIPPETOE and son Laddie, left at once to visit the new grandson.

Ira ROSS died last Saturday morning at seven o’clock and was laid to rest by a large crowd of sorrowing friends, despite the cold and rainy weather, in Round Grove Cemetery.  Rev. George ROSS and R.L. SMALLWOOD spoke words of comfort, concerning the dead and their resurrection.  Ira was stricken some two years ago with tuberculosis of the hip.  He was sent to different specialists but continued to grow worse.  After running sores broke through to the outside of the leg he was placed in a plaster cast from above the waist down including both feet and legs, in which he remained until death relieved him of his suffering.  He was the eldest son of W.T. ROSS, who has been a cripple for many years from rheumatism.  Ira and his father lived alone together until Ira became helpless.  Ira was 34 years old.  He was never married.  Ed ROSS and Stella KEITH, relatives of the deceased from Dallas also attended the funeral.

Duster Items

Don SPARKS is on the sick list.

Hugh COAN is back in school after several days’ absence on account of the measles.

The following pupils will go to Comanche next Friday to declaim: - Senior: Faith ELLIOTT, Junior Girls: Clara Day JENKINS, first place; Allene RHODES, second place; and Etta Belle FRAZIER, alternate.  Junior boys: Ernest BROWER and Sam JENKINS.  The Senior Essayists are: Dale HEATHINGTON and Billye ELLIOTT.

Robinson Springs (From Last Week)

Joe SCOTT has returned from the hospital at Gorman and is on the road to recovery.

Mrs. J.U. WEST, who has been bedfast for the past week is not much better.

Miss Modess WEST has been sick for nearly a week but is better at this writing.

Katy Komment

Mrs. Wesley LONDON and little daughter went to Waco Monday last week.

R.L. WHALEY and wife went to Waco Sunday where he had a minor operation on his eye.

Conductor SNEED has been made yard master of the De Leon switch engine.  R.L. WHALEY and Troy CHARLES are his helpers.

Engineer R.N. HILL, J.P. HOWELL, and Elmer GENTRY went to Hico fishing this week.  They reported to have caught “one eel.”


©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.