De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, April 1, 1927 


Mrs. Roy Spruill Died Wednesday At Parents Home

            The sad death of Mrs. Bertie Sneed SPRUILL, wife of Roy SPRUILL, occurred at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert SNEED, at Dublin, Wednesday, March 30th.  Mrs. SPRUILL had been ill for two years, and had been desperately ill the past two weeks and had asked to be carried to the home of her parents, knowing, doubtless, that the end was near.  Death came to relieve her much suffering at high noon.

            The unfortunate woman had had the best attention that medical skill could provide.  She had consulted and had been treated by a number of specialists, but to no avail.  The dread malady, cancer, gradually took her life away.

            Mrs. SPRUILL was about 41 years of age and had been married about 11 years.  Three children were born into the home, two boys and a girl, ages being four, six and nine.  The deepest sympathy of the entire community will go out to the bereaved husband and children.  Mr. and Mrs. SPRUILL recently purchased and made their home on the VAN ZANDT farm on the highway, four miles south of De Leon.  They formerly lived in the Heath Addition here.

            Funeral services were held at the First Baptist church at Dublin at 3:00 o’clock Thursday afternoon.  Burial was at the family burying ground at Green’s Creek cemetery.

Girl Injured In Ford Wreck on Comanche Highway

            Miss Modelle IRVIN had several of the leaders in her arm torn loose and was badly bruised when a Ford car in which she was returning from the county meet at Comanche overturned two miles from Comanche late last Friday afternoon.  In the car with Miss IRVIN was her sister, Miss Madge IRVIN, Murray NICHOLS and C.H. TIMMONS, Jr.  The car was the property of C.C. NICHOLS.  MURRAY was at the wheel.

            Passersby picked up the victims of the wreck and carried them back to Comanche for medical attention.  All were bruised, little Miss IRVIN and C.H. TIMMONS the most seriously.  All are recovering.

An Old Subscriber

            Mrs. Joe CHAMBERS recently renewed her subscription to Free Press and also handed in her renewal for the Dallas Semi-Weekly Farm News.  Mrs. CHAMBERS stated that she had been a subscriber for the Dallas Semi-Weekly News for 58 years.  And she has taken the Free Press about as long as it has been published, which is 39 years.

Ford Hit Guard Fence, Three Are Injured in Crash

            Wednesday evening at near six o’clock a Ford car being driven by Mrs. Stanley WALTRIP crashed into the fence at the sharp turn on the Comanche highway, eight or ten blocks east of town, and three persons were painfully injured in the smash-up.  Miss Elva WALTRIP, Miss Marie DYER, and Miss Iris WALTRIP were thrown over the fence by the impact.  One of the Misses WALTRIP received a cut to the bone on a lower limb.  All three were badly cut or bruised.  Fortunately no bones were broken.  Of the four occupants of the car only Mrs. WALTRIP, who was at the wheel, escaped being thrown from the machine.

            The car was a stripped-down Ford with under slung springs, without top and it was not badly damaged.  A little too much speed, perhaps, was responsible for the mishap.

New Dry Goods Store to be Open in this City Soon

            Mr. L. WINSTON and family, late of California but native of Buffalo, N.Y., have arrived in De Leon and are preparing to open a dry goods store in the building formerly occupied by John HAMMOND’s meat market next door south from J.T. EDMONDSON’s.  Mr. WINSTON told Free Press that he will handle ladies and gents furnishings and shoes for the whole family.

            Just at present the store is being overhauled, shelving, windows, etc., arranged to equip the place for a business of that nature.  Mr. WINSTON hopes to be open for business within two weeks.

            Mr. WINSTON is an experienced dry goods man, having spent years working in this line in his native city, Buffalo.  He chose De Leon because he regards the business outlook here as better than any other place considered and the Free Press commends his good judgment and predicts a good business for him in our city.

Miscellaneous Local News

E.E. AKERS, formerly in the dry goods business here, now in similar business at Munday, has been visiting his daughter, Mrs. J.M. MACON, at Gorman and also with relatives and friends here this week.

Mr. and Mrs. C.A. BARTON and children have moved from this city to Truscott, Texas, where he will continue in the employ of the Magnola.  He has been employed at the Riddle station during the several years he has lived at De Leon.  Their friends regret to see them leaving.

School and City Elections To Be Saturday-Tuesday

            Saturday, April 2nd, an election will be held in De Leon Independent School District for the purpose of electing three trustees.  Those whose terms are expiring are John NABORS, A.M. ALLEN and J.W. HOWARD.  The election will be held at the city hall court room, during the legally prescribed hours for holding such election.  Bert AYERS will hold said election.

            Tuesday, April 5th, election will be held in the city of De Leon for two commissioners, terms of Evan BARKER and Lloyd HAMPTON expiring.  Bert AYERS will hold this election also.

Trinity News

O.P. FISHER and family of this community were called to Cross Plains Thursday on account of the death of Leslie STEPHENS.

Mrs. Dock JENKINS and daughters, Miss Ida WELCH spent last week with their sister at Pioneer.

Mr. and Mrs. Doyle NOWLIN are the proud parents of a baby boy.

Louis WELCH has returned home from the Blackwell sanitarium where he has been on account of blood poison in his hand and is improving nicely.

Downing Schools

            Our school and community was well represented at the county meet last Friday and Saturday.  The school made a better showing in this meet than has been made at Downing in a long time.  The contestants that won a place were: Arl HATLEY, first junior boys declamation; Leota LOUDERMILK, second senior girls declamation; Vernon WALTON, third senior boys declamation; Jake PETERS, first place chinning the bar; Kellum PETERS, third place mile race; James HULSEY tied for fourth place in high jump; James HULSEY and Kathryn LOUDERMILK, first in senior spelling; Joyce PIPER and Juanita EVANS, third sub-junior spelling; Ima LOUNDERMILK, Oma Scott, Daphanes LOUNDERMILK and Lorne HATLEY first place in girls relaty team; Ima LOUNDERMILK first, girls 50 yard dash; Daphanes LOUDERMILK, second girls 50 yard dash; With these points we hope to win the loving cup for rural schools.

New Hope News

Mr. and Mrs. BURROW and son and daughter of near Ranger and Riley WILKERSON and family of near Proctor visited in the home of S.N. WILKERSON Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. G.L. LEE and Mr. Alonzo and Miss Eva LEE visited in the home of Eddie MILLER Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim JOHNSON of Harmony visited H.M. JOHNSON and family Sunday. 

Miss Lucille LEE visited in the home of her sister, Mr. W.W. HODGES of Round Grove Saturday night.

Mrs. Frank BEERY and children and Miss Fay RUFF of Breckenridge, F.A. RUFF, Miss Lillie PEARL and Jewell and Wallace RUFF of De Leon visited in the home of J.T. DUPRIEST Sunday.

Mrs. T.H. LOCK has been real sick the past week but is improving at this writing.


Edmund GRIZZELLE was home from Tarleton college over the week-end.

Mr. and Mrs. E.W. OWEN visited his aged father at Athens the past Sunday. 

Dr. and Mrs. Henry RUSH were guests in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. STREETY the week-end.

Mrs. V.G. LOCKE and little son of Cisco are spending the week in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. DABNEY.

Miss Bonnie CROW, piano teacher in Gorman schools, was spending the week-end with her cousin, Miss Virginia WESSON.

Mr. and Mrs. Marshall GREER and baby of Abilene were guests in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. GREER, recently.

Miss Vera SPENCER is home from Dallas where she visited with relatives and also Fort Worth, spending some three weeks with her sister, Mrs. W.W. GREGORY.

The baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.R. UPSHAW has been seriously ill with the measles.  She is reported improving.  Mr. and Mrs. H.W. LOCKE and sons of Cisco were here Sunday, Mrs. LOCKE remaining the week to assist in nursing the child.

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. SIKES and daughter, Miss Belle, of Henrietta, Okla., are here for a visit in the home of Mr. and Mrs. G.E. MORTON.  Their two other daughters are married, one living in Ringer and the other in Henrietta, Okla.


©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.