De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, April 15, 1927 

De Leon Girls To Compete at T.W.C. for Scholarships

            Supt. and Mrs. D.M. RUSSELL went to Fort Worth today carrying with them Misses Lelia RIRCHESON [?], Launa FRETWELL and Louise LESTER, who will compete for scholarships at Texas Womans’ College.  The three girls will each compete in the department of piano.  It is reported that 300 girls will enter the competition, however, only about 25 in the department of piano.  Others are in the department of voice, violin, etc. and Glee Clubs, are also competing.

Dr. J.A. Self Improving From His Operation

            Dr. J.E. SELF is expected home in a few days from the sanitarium at Gorman where he went for an operation the first of the week.  His condition continues to improve and he will doubtless be home in a few days.

C.C. Nichols to Waco Sanitarium

            C.C. NICHOLS went to the sanitarium at Waco this week, following an illness recently in which he almost developed pneumonia.  He has not recovered as hoped for and will spend some time at Waco looking to regaining his normal health.

Mrs. W.W. Gregory Had Serious Operation

            Word came from Dallas this week that Mrs. W.W. GREGORY was in the Baptist Sanitarium at Dallas following a serious operation.  The operation was by Dr. Sam WEAVER and was performed Tuesday morning.  Word from there indicated that she was doing nicely.

Had Measles at Age of Sixty-Four

            J.H. EZZELL of De Leon, Route 2, is 64 years of age and he has just recovered from the measles.  Not only did Mr. EZZELL have the measles, but his wife did also.  Neither of them suffered undue difficulty getting over the disease.  It is unusual for people of this age to have measles.  Each of them had had opportunity many times to take the disease.

Jeff Tate Succeeds Steakley as Cashier F. & M. Natl. Bank

            At a meeting of the directors of the Farmers & Merchants National Bank held last Monday, the board rescinded its former arrangement, granting Z.C. STEAKLEY six months leave of absence, accepting Mr. STEAKLEY’s resignation formally.  The arrangement had left the bank without an active cashier and it was desirable [Sic] that this condition should so continue for so long a period. 

            The bank officials acted wisely in naming Jeff TATE cashier of the institution.  Mr. TATE has been with the bank for almost eight years as assistant cashier and has become a valuable man in the place he has filled so satisfactorily over that period.  Friends of the institution congratulate both the bank and Mr. TATE.

            John WEAVER, who has been with the bank at intervals during the past two years, was elected assistant cashier to take the place left vacant by Mr. TATE’s advancement.

Mrs. Hulda ROSS

            Mrs. Hulda ROSS, wife of the late Jake M. ROSS, died at her home four miles north of De Leon at 9 o’clock a.m. Wednesday, April 6th, and her mortal remains were laid to rest at Round Grove cemetery on Thursday, April 7th, amid the tears of scores and hundreds of sorrowing relatives and friends.

            Hulda A. ROSS was born in the state of Georgia, Nov. 14th, 1872 and moved with her parents to Texas when she was two years old.  She was 54 years, 5 months and 12 days of age when death came.

            She was married to J.M. ROSS at Robert Lee, Texas, in 18—and immediately came to Comanche county, where they made their home until his death 15 years ago, and where she has continued to reside.

            Mrs. ROSS was converted when a young woman, uniting with the Missionary Baptist church, leading a quiet Christian life.  She was faithful to her church vows and to her God and was always present at church services when not hindered by unavoidable cause.  She was always ready to help others, never asking or seeking help for herself: always speaking good and never harm others; always with a smile for all and never a censure.  She had been in poor health for a number of years and often suffered excruciating pain, yet rarely ever complaining or even mentioned her suffering, only saying at the last that she would be glad when it was over.  The last words she spoke were “My Dear Savior!”  Her suffering is now ended forever (See Rev. 11:13) and her hope of eternal life realized.  She lived in such a way as to lead all her children into the pathway that leads to life eternal. 

            Her children are Mrs. Ruby BARKER, Mrs. Lela KEE and Mrs. Mode MAHAN, all of De Leon.

E.C. Thompson

            The end of earthly life came to E.C. THOMPSON, aged Texas pioneer, at his home in De Leon, at 12:10a.m. on Thursday, April 7th, 1927.  Death came as a result of complications incident to old age, the predominating causes being heart and kidney weaknesses.  He had been in failing health for the past two years and was desperately ill three and a half weeks prior to the end.  Just after he was desperately stricken down, he told members of his family that it was the beginning of the end.  He was perfectly resigned to the coming of the long-delayed summons, having “fought the good fight, kept the faith” and was ready and waiting to pass into the life beyond where the “crown of righteousness” awaited him.

            Elbert Carey THOMSON was born on June 6, 1845, near McComb, Ill.  His mother died and left him an orphan at four years of age.  He was reared by an aunt.  Having reached the age of nine he left Illinois and came to Texas with the family of his aunt, settling in Colin county where he spent the majority of his life.

            When 17 years of age he rode horseback from Colin county to his old home in Illinois and later went to Tennessee, where he was married at the age of 21 years.  Five years in the north and east, he decided to come back to Texas, and procuring a pair of mules, he traveled overland with his bride to Colin county, where they settled, residing in that county about 47 years, rearing their family of eight, seven of whom reached maturity, one child, a girl, dying at six years of age.

            Mr. THOMSON and wife came to De Leon in December, 1918, and built the comfortable home near the North Ward school, which they occupied for the intervening years.  During their stay here they have been held in the highest regard by many friends.

            E.C. THOMSON was ordained to preach the gospel after he was converted, a little over 50 years ago.  He never entered regular pastoral work, indeed pastoral charges were few in his day.  Most of his preaching was done in brush arbors where the pioneer settlers came and worshipped God surrounded by nature’s environment, as most of our forefathers knew.  But he sowed the seed of the kingdom of God unsparingly and a rich harvest no doubt has been laid up these years in the storehouse of Heaven above.

            Surviving children of this faithful old pioneer are O.L. THOMSON, De Leon; J. Emmett THOMSON, Honey Grove; J. Elvin THOMSON, San Diego, Calif.; Mrs. B.E. MILLER, Royce City; Mrs. J.W. HARDING, Dublin; and Henry THOMSON, San Diego, Calif.  D.O. THOMSON, another son, died at Woodland, Texas, in 1908.

            There are 29 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

            Funeral and burial was at De Leon cemetery on Friday morning at 10:00 o’clock, April 8, 1927, where sorrowing friends and loved ones laid his weary body in the tomb to await the resurrection morn!

Shakespeare Club

            Mrs. L.D. PARKS was hostess to the members of the club Wednesday afternoon.  After the usual business, interesting papers were discussed by Mesdames HASKINS and WILLIAMS.  The next meeting will be with Mrs. John NUNNELLEY.

Has Read Free Press Since Way Back in the 90’s

            One of the many subscribers renewing their subscription this week was C.L. RYAN of Route 3.  Mr. Ryan told Free Press editor that he had made De Leon community his home for many years and he has been a constant subscriber to the Free Press since back in the days of John J. SWITZER, the founder, in the ’90.  The present editor believes Mr. SWITZER must have left De Leon in about 1900.


Miss Mary Louise LOWE of Brownwood was spending Sunday with home folks.  She studies at Daniel Baker College.

Mr. and Mrs. George VAUGHN and children left this week for Hawley where he goes with the Humble Company.  George has given up telegraphy for the present at least and will take a job as oiler in the Humble pipe line station there.

Mrs. W.H. CLARK and two children of Oklahoma City arrived this week and are visiting in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HOWELL, Sr.  Russell HOWELL, who has been visiting two weeks in Oklahoma City, returned with her.

Mrs. Clyde EOFF has been quite ill during the week, but is now improving.

Baynard FRETWELL, student at T.C. U., Fort Worth, is at home for the week-end.

Mrs. R.M. YOWELL of Waco is here for an extended visit with her daughter, Mrs. W.H. CLARK.

Bill and Hallie STEPHENS went to Temple this week where their sister, who resides at Haskell, was to undergo an operation.

Oliver Springs

Henry LINDLEY is no better at this writing.

Johnnie BURLESON is home this week from Albany.

Dewey BURLESON, wife and little daughter spent Saturday night with John BURLESON’s family.

Robinson Springs

Carl MACON, student of Howard Payne, Brownwood, spent the weekend at home.

Alvin RIDDLE from De Leon spent the seek-end with his aunt, Mrs. J.Q. CHATHAM.

Lela MOHON spent the week-end with homefolks in De Leon.

Mrs. J.U. WEST has about recovered from her recent illness.

New Hope News

Mr. and Mrs. Odis GREGGS and children arrived last week and are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.N. WILKERSON.

Grandma ROBERSON is now at home again after visiting for several weeks with her son at Comanche.

J.S. DUPRIEST, who has been making his home with his son, J.T. DUPRIEST, since Christmas, left Saturday for Las Cruses, N.M., to again make his home with his son, Jim.  He was accompanied to Eastland by Mr. and Mrs. J.T. DUPRIEST.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank THOMAS and little daughter of Victor spent Saturday with his mother, Mrs. M.E. ST. CLAIR. 

Mrs. Willie LINDLEY of Jakehamon spent Thursday night with her mother, Mrs. Frank HOLLAND.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill JOHNSON and her daughter, Faye, of Harmony, visited H.M. JOHNSON and family on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Murray SIDES and little daughter spent Sunday with her father, W.W. HODGES.

Mr. and Mrs. Homer HAFFORD spent Sunday among relatives of De Leon.  Their brother-in-law, Mr. CRAWFORD, was real sick but is reported to be improved.


©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.