De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, April 8, 1927 


Commissioners and School Trustees All Are Re-Elected

            The two elections held in this city since the last issue of Free Press resulted in the old board members being re-elected to serve on the school board for another term, and the two city commissioners, already members of the board, being re-elected.

            In the trustee election held on Saturday, April 2nd, only 52 votes were cast showing a woeful lack of interest.  John NABORS received 52 votes, J.W. HOWARD 50 votes and Dr. A.M. ALLEN 51 votes.  Others receiving favorable expression from the voters were J.J. HORN, Hiram SMITH, William STEAKLEY and Jeff SMITH, all of whom received one vote each.

            The school board is now composed of the following:  John NABORS, J.W. HOWARD, A.M. ALLEN, W.C. BAGWELL, Grady TERRILL, L.L. LIGHTFOOT and Homer ALEXANDER.

            In the election for commissioners Evan BARKER received 38 votes, Lloyd Hampton 31 votes; O.A. RIDDLE 16, and H.B. HORDRIDGE.  The first two names were re-elected.

Mrs. Huldah Ross Died Quite Suddenly

            The unexpected death of Mrs. Huldah ROSS occurred at her home four miles north of De Leon at 9 o’clock Wednesday morning, April 6th.  She had not been seriously ill until immediately prior to the end.  She was about 60 years of age, widow of the late Jake ROSS.  Funeral and Burial was at Round Grove cemetery at 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon.

            This paper hopes to present a detailed report of her passing in the issue of next week.

E.C. Thomason, 82, Died Thursday Morning

            The death of Grandpa E.C. THOMSON, aged 82 years, occurred at his home in the north part of the city at 12:40 o’clock a.m. Thursday, April 7, 1927.  Cause of death was primarily old age, with its attendant maladies.  He was ill three weeks prior to the end, but had been in failing health for some time.

            The funeral and burial will be at De Leon cemetery at 10 o’clock a.m. today – Friday, April 8th.  Friends and acquaintances invited to be present.

            Free Press will present a fuller report of our deceased friend’s life and death in the issue of the coming week.

Card of Thanks

            To our many friends who so promptly and earnestly came to help and condole us during the recent loss of our husband, father, son and brother, we wish to extend our sincerest thanks.  We especially thank the Baptist ladies for their assistance and also those that brought the beautiful wreaths and flowers.

            May the God of us all shower you with the richest of blessings. 

Clara BOSWELL and children


Meets Relatives After Many Years

            A.H. HAZELWOOD was genuinely surprised Sunday by a visit from his granddaughter, Mrs. Luther RANKIN of Cross Plains, whom he had not seen since she was two years of age, Mrs. RANKIN being now a mature woman.  She brought with her, her little daughter, aged two and a half years.  Mr. HAZELWOOD’s only great grandchild, also a grandson, aged 13, who he had never seen.  The occasion was a pleasant one for the entire family.

Dr. J.E. Self Had Operation Thursday Gorman Sanitarium

            Dr. J.E. SELF was operated on at Gorman Sanitarium on Thursday for rupture, his case being of long standing.  Reports indicate the success of the operation and it is hoped he will soon be recovered.

            Dr. SELF and Dr. BLACKWELL were in attendance at the meeting of the West Texas Medical Association at Abilene on Monday and Tuesday this week, and he returned to Gorman for the operation while temporarily disengaged from his practice.

Buys Six Lots and Moves His Residence

            Bob CARTER has purchased six lots south of the Tom HOLDEN property in South De Leon and last Saturday house movers were busy moving his residence to that location, where he expects to engage in the chicken business more extensively.  Mr. CARTER is a White Leghorn enthusiast.


            Friends of Hime LLOYD and Miss Frances BOSWELL were genuinely surprised this week when the startling and unexpected news came telling of their marriage.  The even transpired at Lamesa at 10 o’clock a.m. Tuesday, March 29th, the parents of the bride making their home for some years in that city.  The marriage was solemnized at the First Baptist church of Lamesa, in the presence of a number of relatives and invited guests.

            Rev. CLARK, the pastor, read the ring ceremony and pronounced them man and wife.  The bride wore an Alice Blue crepe gown and corsage of Madam Butterfly rosebuds.  A reception followed the service for close friends and relatives at the bride’s home after which Mr. and Mrs. LLOYD left for Dallas on their honeymoon, remaining there for several days.

            Mrs. LLOYD is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glen BOSWELL and was largely reared in De Leon.  She attended school here into the high school period, finishing however, at Lamesa, where the family later went to make their home.  She is a most likeable and attractive young woman, justly popular with a wide circle of friends and admirers both here and in the home of her adoption, Lamesa.

            Mr. LLOYD is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. D.P. LLOYD and has grown to manhood in De Leon.  Few men are more universally liked than he, and he has proved his business ability with a measure of success.  Together with a business partner, he founded the Chevrolet business in De Leon and did a phenomenal business over a period of many months.  He is now engaged in Chevrolet Sales business at Roscoe, Texas.  Mr. and Mrs. LLOYD will make their home at Roscoe.

Price – Sharp

            A pretty home wedding was solemnized this week when Miss Virginia SHARP, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. SHARP, was united in marriage to Mr. W.A. PRICE.  Only members of the immediate family and a few close friends were present to witness the impressive ceremony, which was said by Rev. J.N. CAMPBELL as the couple, standing beneath an arch, before an altar bedecked with pink roses and greenery, pledged their troth to each other.

            The wedding occurred at one o’clock p.m. Saturday, April 2, 1927.  Mrs. Feltz TERRILL played the “Flower Song” as the words of the ceremony were spoken.  The home was a bower of beauty, tastily decorated throughout with the season’s most beautiful cut flowers and potted plants.

            The bride is a most charming young woman, reared in De Leon, and a senior in De Leon high school, where she is continuing her studies until graduation day in May.  She has many accomplishments and graces, which have won for her the admiration of all who know her.  Mr. PRICE is reputed to be a young man of excellent character and ability.  He came to De Leon a short time ago in the employ of the Purina Mills of Fort Worth, being a specialist with that company and has worked with Higginbotham Bros. & Company in the distribution of Purina products.  He was reared near Galveston, members of his family residing in that locality at present.

            Mr. and Mrs. PRICE left immediately following the wedding ceremony, not stating where they were going.  But friends learned that they spent several days as guests of the family of R.R. HARVEY at Abilene, returning here early in the following week.  They plan to take their honeymoon at Galveston a few weeks later.

Baptist Church

            Two hundred and sixty-five in Sunday school last Sunday, 21 in the Business Mens’ Class.  It starts at 9:45.  R.R. HARVEY supt.  All are welcome.

            Forty-five young people passed the examinations in the three study classes last week, mastering the textbooks on the Bible and Christian living.  Diplomas and awards have been ordered.

            The Unions held semi-annual elections last Sunday as follows:  Seniors Andrew JACKSON, president; Misses Ruby VAN ZANDT, Clara Belle FUNDERBURGH, Violet TODD and Bonnie Belle COONER, group captains; Fred HOWE, vice-president; Craig NICHOLS, recording secretary; Miss Louise LESTER, corresponding secretary; Cecil POLNAC, treasurer; Miss Mary Louise GRIZELLE, pianist; Doyle PRESTON, chorister; and Mrs. CAMPBELL, quiz-leader.

            New Intermediate officers: Ruth HOWE, president; Grace SMITH, Faye RUCKER, Lillian PITTMAN and C.L. KINCHEN, group captains; K.M. VAN ZANDT, Jr., vice-president; Mattie Ruth RIDDLE, secretary; Christine AYERS, corresponding secretary; Roger CHAMBERS, treasurer; Mary Alice SHORT, chorister; Arlena JONES, pianist.  Miss Virginia Grace WESSON is leader.

            Junior officers: Buel SNEAD, president; Christine LESTER, Bernard VAN ZANDT, Wayne CHAMBERS and Lucile JONES, group leaders; Paul CAMPBELL, vice-president; Loraine WOODS, secretary; Joe Hampton KEMP, corresponding secretary.  B.C. CHAMBERS, leader.

            Mrs. H.H. INZER has completed the post graduate course and application has been duly made for the “gold seal” diploma meaning that she has completed 13 books in Sunday school pedagogy.  Mrs. J.H. GRIZELL and Mrs. Homer ALEXANDER have also completed books in the teacher training course the past week.


Mr. and Mrs. G.H. McCARTY of Lawn, Texas, were here the past week for a visit with their daughters, Mesdames KINCHEN and MARTIN.

Mrs. Sam NOEL and daughters Misses Winnie and Estelle, motored to Moran to spend the week-end with her daughter and sister.

Miss Eudora NOEL was home for week-end from Trinity U., Waxahachie, visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leon NOEL.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe H. SCOTT, Charles SCOTT and Miss Vivian WOOD of Nugent and Mrs. Ira MERRICK and little daughter of Lubbock were visiting in the home of their daughter and sister, Mrs. C.E. GEORGE this week.

Mr. and Mrs. LEATHERS of Breckenridge were guests last week in the home of her sister, Mrs. J.F. McCALLA here.

Mrs. Frank KNOX and children left Wednesday for Bonham to attend the funeral of her brother.

Mr. and Mrs. A.C. DODSON of Cross Plains were visiting his mother, Mrs. Exa DODSON, here the week-end.

Mrs. Brown SHAVER and little daughter of Dale, Texas, have been here the past week in the home of her mother, Mrs. A.E. HAMPTON and with other relatives and friends.

Robinson Springs

Cecil TORRANCE has the measles.

Mozelle CLARK and Lynette MACON took dinner with Mattie HARRIS Sunday.

Mrs. J.U. WEST is able to be up after a four week’s illness.

Miss Nelma WILSON, niece of Prof. H.A. REYNOLDS, visited here Sunday, also his brother of Kokomo.

Duster Items

Miss Hope DUKES, who is attending college at Stephenville, spent the week-end at home.

E.N. GRAHAM has gone to the bedside of an uncle at Morgan.

Mr. and Mrs. H.P. EVANS and little daughter of Brownwood, spent the week-end with Mrs. EVAN’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. GRAHAM.


©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.