De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, May 27, 1927 


Banker Pittman on Visit to Old Home

            Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN, accompanied by their son, B.J., Jr. of Dallas, and Mrs. Annie JEFFREY of this city, spent the past eight days visiting their old home in the state of Arkansas.  Their tour took them from Dallas east to Texarkana, thence to Shreveport and to their old home at Stamps.  They visited the old family burying grounds, and also with relatives and friends in the scene of their childhood.

            Mr. PITTMAN commented upon the height of the pine trees and beauty of the timbered and well water country.  He said they crossed the waters of the Red river where floods had done such damage.  The flood tide of the Red river had receded, however, and cotton has been planted and is now up.  They drove home from Shreveport in one day, a distance of 350 miles, arriving here at 10:30 on Wednesday night.

Prominent Family Moving to Arizona

            Mr. and Mrs. Leon NOEL and their daughter, Miss Eudora, are leaving Monday of next week for their new home, Holbrook, Arizona.  Mr. NOEL is to be associated with his brother in mercantile and a large tourist park business, the camp comprising some 30 or 40 substantial cottages.  Miss Eudora is due home from Waxahachie this week where she has been attending school at Trinity University.  The NOEL family have many friends in De Leon who wish for them much happiness and success in the new home and business enterprise.

Mrs. Romee Grisham Died This Week

            The death of Mrs. Romee GRISHAM, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. W.S. SITTON of De Leon, Route 3, died of heart failure this week.  She was about 20 years of age.  Free Press editor regrets exceedingly that we have no detailed information.  The information will be secured doubtless for the issue of the coming week.

H.O. Bloom Died Near Sand Hill

            H.O. BLOOM, about 40 years of age of the Sand Hill community, died there early in the week, and was buried at Sand Hill cemetery.  He married a daughter of Mrs. CROWNOVER of near Trinity and is survived by his wife and three children.

            Free Press has only meager information relative to the death of Mr. BLOOM.  It is hoped that information may be furnished the paper for a more extended writeup the coming week


            The Seventh Grade commencement exercises were held at the school auditorium Friday night, May 20th.  There are about twenty-one graduates from this grade this year.  Fay KINNARD is Valedictorian and Lee HOOD, Salutatorian.  Superintendent H.L. GANTZ will be speaker of the occasion.

            Sunday morning at 11 o’clock Rev. RICHESON delivered the Baccalaureate sermon at the school auditorium.  There are only three seniors this year, Doris DGGETT, Essie Mae WATSON, and Olin SHARP. 

            On Monday night the Senior Commencements exercises were held with Judge STUBBLEFIELD of Eastland, to deliver the address.

Agriculture Boys Enter Essay Contest

            The Texas Safe Farming Contest has offered some valuable prizes for the best essay on Safe Farming.  The idea of the contest is to stress the diversified farming in Texas.

            We have six agriculture boys who wrote essays and sent them in.  They are Perry COOK, Olin SHARP, C. M. CARAWAY, Jr., Lowrey EASLEY, Orval ROSS and Pace BARKER.  We expect to hear how we came out in the contest in a few days.

Reid Auto Supply Manager Operated Wednesday Morning

            Dee HENSON, genial manager of the Reid Auto Supply Company, of this city, is in Gorman recovering from an operation performed Wednesday morning.  Henson received what was thought to be a minor injury while demonstrating a tractor more than a year ago.  Instead of improving, his condition constantly grew worse, necessitating his going under the surgeon’s knife.  It is thought the operation will be successful and after a few weeks he will be fully recovered.

            Friends called at the hospital to see him Wednesday night, some six or eight hours following the operation and were not admitted.  However, barring complications, he is expected to recover his strength rapidly.

Storm Blew Down Tree on Car of De Leon Undertaker

            Vance SINGLETON, while serving as an undertaker in the absence of C.H. SHARP, at the funeral of the late H.O. BLOOM, at Sand Hill, Tuesday afternoon, narrowly escaped losing his car in a peculiar accident.  While the funeral was in progress inside of the church building a strong wind that seemed to have come as a twister, blew down a tree about 18 inches in diameter across the front of SINGLETON's car and somewhat damaged the machine.  The trunk of the tree fell across the fender and perhaps the hood of the machine and rolled off on the ground.  No serious damage was done.  SINGLETON straightened up the fender and then drove the car home.

            A much larger rain fell at Sand Hill and in all the territory west of town than fell here, the De Leon precipitation registering only about half an inch.

Father of De Leon Business Man Died Near Dublin Tues.

            The death of J.E. WOFFORD, aged 73 years occurred at his home two and one-half miles northwest of Dublin, at 3 o'clock p.m. Tuesday, May 24th following an illness from kidney trouble and heart failure.  He had been ill for several months and critically so for a few days prior to the end.  His wife and nine children survive, two of his sons, R.L. WOFFORD and George WOFFORD, making their home in De Leon, the former being owner and manager of the Hiway Filling Station.

            Mr. WOFFORD was a native of Mississippi, but came to Texas when quite small, settling with his parents near Temple.  Some twenty years ago he removed with his family to the vicinity of Dublin and has since made his home near that place.  He was an honored citizen, a substantial and provident home maker and father.

            Funeral services were at the family burying ground, Cow Creek cemetery, with Rev. Walter MARTIN in charge.  Deceased had been a faithful member of the Baptist church for many years and at one time was a member of the Masonic lodge.  Burial was at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Finest Blackberries Now Being Gathered

            G.W. WILHELM brought to Free Press office a very fine quart specimen of his Clark berries, presenting same to editor.  The Clark is a cross between the blackberry and the dewberry, Mr. WILHELM claims.  The sample proved the assertion.  Thanks..........................................

            Large growers here are T.D. And S.B. ROBINETTE, W.R. GREENWALDT, R.W. BELL, R.L. JACKSON, G.W. WILHELM, W.R. FLEMING, M.L. DUKE, W.M. COLEY and a number of others.

Local News

Sherrod STOVER and Edmund GRIZZLE have returned from school at John Tarleton College.  Robbie NANCE, roommate of STOVER, whose home is at Thornton, was here visiting Saturday.

Miss Josie WILLIAMS from New York City visited her cousin, Mrs. W.R. SHOEMAKER on De Leon Route 3 last week.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. PATTON and two daughters of Rotan, are here for a visit in the home of their daughter and sister, Mrs. H.H. CARLILE.

Mrs. R.R. HARVEY and children, who have spent the past school year in Abilene, are home for the summer months.


©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.