De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, June 3, 1927 


Farewell Picnic

            An informal picnic lunch was spread and a swimming party given in honor of Mr. And Mrs. Leon NOEL and daughter, Miss Eudora, last Saturday afternoon and early evening at McCharens' lake.  The NOELS have moved to Holbrook, Ariz.  Some fifty people were present when the event transpired.  The party was composed of neighbors and friends of the NOELS, who wished to give them this parting social event.  It was a most enjoyable occasion.

Supt. Russell To Teach High School Summer School

            Supt. D.M. RUSSELL will teach summer school students who failed in the past regular term, or who for one cause or another might wish to take summer work.

            The summer session will commence on next Monday morning, June 6.  All those wishing to take summer work please be present at the high school building at 8 a.m.

Herbert Weaver Is A Graduate Pharmacist

            Mr. And Mrs. W.P. WEAVER and daughter, Miss Allene, returned early in the week from Dallas where they attended the graduation exercises of the Baylor School of Pharmacy, their son, Herbert, being a member of the class of 37 finishing the course.  The address to the class was given Sunday, and diplomas were presented Monday night, both exercises being held at Gaston Avenue Baptist church.  Herbert returned home with his parents.

Faculty of City Schools to Study During the Summer

            Following herewith is a list of the teachers and the school they will attend:

D.    M. RUSSELL, Texas A.&M. or Colorado, six weeks.

W.Z. COMPTON, Abilene Christian College, three months.

Bertha ROSS, Texas University, six weeks.

Mrs. S.A. DUKE, College of Industrial Arts, six weeks.

C.O. BRAGG, S.M.U. (coaching school) two weeks.

R.C. BOSWELL, no school

Mrs. COZBY, undecided

Mrs. J.N. CAMPBELL, Simmons University, eight weeks.

Lillie SINGLETON, Tarleton, twelve weeks.

Mrs. RUSSELL, San Marcos or Colorado, six weeks.

Iris MOHON, Howard Payne, six weeks.

Edna MERRITT, Tarleton, six weeks.

Bernice KIKER, Tarleton, six weeks.

Artie COLEY, may go to San Marcos.

Alpha MOORE, Abilene Christian College, twelve weeks.

Virginia Grace WESSON, Baylor University, twelve weeks.

DeLeon Newspaper Printed 1884 on Display

            “The De Leon Examiner” a newspaper published in this city in 1884, long since forgotten by all save half a dozen or so people who were living here at the time, was brought back to memory last week when C.E. CONLEE was perusing the contents of a trunk belonging to a relative long since deceased.  In the trunk were also copies of the Free Press, one dated as early as March 18, 1892.  Mr. CONLEE brought the papers to the Free Press office and they have been on display in our show window where they attracted much attention.

            ..............It is interesting to the reader of today to know that doctors advertised in 1884.  Five M.D.s had their ads in the issue of the paper referred to .  Health conditions hereabout must have improved as there are only three in De Leon now and all non-advertisers.  They tell us advertising for a physician is unethical.  The De Leon doctors in 1884 were Drs. J.A. DAVIS, R.W. LEECH, W.F. KIRK, L.G. OXFORD and Dr. R.A. MILLER of Dublin also advertised here.

            Chandler & Black ran the village livery stable.  “Drummers teams a specialty” they stated in large letters.  And they also advertised a “daily hack to Comanche”.  In 1884 De Leon had a railroad and Comanche did not.

            J.S. HAMMERS advertised a daily hack running to and from Comanche, meeting all trains and returning here in time to catch the trains.

            Mrs. Annie SMALLWOOD was proprietress of the “De Leon Hotel” in 1884.

            A.L. STEPHENS was operating a photograph gallery first door south of City Drug store.

            Mrs. S.E. WALDROP was operating the Star Hotel “Neat and comfortable rooms and the best Fare the market affords.”

            BROUGHTON & STEVENSON were the “village blacksmiths” in those days.  “Gun repairing a specialty.”

            J.S. ROSENFIELD, evidently one of the “Sons of Abraham” was running a dry goods and clothing store.  “For the cash I will sell dry goods at reduced prices: he told the public.  More than 40 years have passed and they're still using the time honored method.

            F.M. BROWNE operated a general store in 1884; DICKINSON and GREEN handled implements, hardware and also farming implements; S.J. BLACK was proprietor of a flouring and grist mill; J.I. CAMPBELL sold “rough and dressed lumber” at his yard “west of the depot.”

            G.J. PENNY was manager of a furniture and undertaking store.  G.W. FOREHAND was in the blacksmithing business.  COKER & HILTON were the proprietors of a livery, feed and sales stable business; Ralph STEED sold staple and fancy groceries.

            “Whiskey, Brandy and Wines, Beer on Ice” was the ad of the C. & B. saloon and Dave CARNES was the proprietor.  Pool and billiard tables.  “All are respectfully invited to call and have a pleasant time.  Patrons will always find Mr. WALDREP behind the bar to attend to their wishes” the ad stated.

            MUNNICH & WOOD were wholesale dealers in ice, beer and barroom supplies.

            In this issue of 1884, F.L. TERRILL and W.N. BROUGHTON were opposing candidates for Commissioner Prec. No. 4, Comanche county.  J.D. BONNER of Comanche was a candidate for re-election to the office of county clerk.

            Dr. D.R. REDDEN, father of C.R. REDDEN, J.W. SANDERS and Robert HOLLAND were school trustees in De Leon school district.

            J.M. LAMBERT announced for re-election to the office of Justice of the Peace.

            In 1884 John CARTER was deputy sheriff at De Leon.  B.W. SWITZER was tax collector and A.M. BARKER was Commissioner Prec. 4. 

Miss Oralene Hood Will Graduate from Simmons

            Miss Oralena HOOD of De Leon will receive the A.B. Degree from Simmons University on June 2nd.  Judge ATWELL of Dallas, will deliver the commencement address while Dr. W.R. WHITE preached the baccalaureate sermon at the First Baptist church on Sunday morning, May 29th.

            Miss HOOD is a popular student in the university and is graduating with magna cum laude honors.  She is president of the Comanche club 1927; secretary of the Science club 1926 and 1927; member of the History club Pope Society; L.T.B.; Biology Laboratory Assistant.

            Several other students from De Leon are taking work in Simmons:  Katherine HARVEY and Gladys RIPLEY are popular members of the Junior class. 

Believe It or Not

      Dr. L.A. MOORE, local veterinarian tells the story of the birth of a Holstein calf in the herd of Albert PIPER two miles east of Downing this week, measuring six feet and six inches from tip of nose to tip of heels and 40 inches from tip of nose to rear of hips.  It weighed between 150 and 200 pounds, being the largest on record.  It was dead.

Local News


Mr. and Mrs. R.N. HILL, Mr. And Mrs. W.H. CLARK and Mrs. C.L. KINCHEN and son and daughter, C.L., Jr. and Evelyn, left Wednesday afternoon for a two or three days outing on the San Saba, expecting to camp in the Fair Park in the northern outskirts of the town of San Saba and do their fishing up and down the stream from that point.

Everett HANSFORD, Dee BELL and Emmett LOCK left Sunday morning for an auto tour to Colorado points – Denver, Pikes Peak and other places of interest in that state.

Mr. and Mrs. T.S. HOLDEN will make their home in Cross Plains hereafter, having rented out their place here and purchased another home in Cross Plains.  Mrs. HOLDEN is leaving in a few days for that city to join her husband who has been operating in the adjacent oil fields for a number of years.

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon E. DOSS of Matador arrived this week bringing with them Miss Lillian MOHON who had been visiting them.  Mrs. DOSS was formerly Miss Laverne MOHON.  This week Mr. And Mrs. DOSS, Mr. Geo MOHON and Miss Iris MOHON are away fishing on the San Saba.

Friends of Dee HENSON will be glad to know that he is recovering nicely from an operation at the Gorman sanitarium and everything being favorable, he expects to be home the first of the coming week.

J.M. RADFORD and son, O.E. RADFORD, of Abilene, owners and managers of Radford Grocery Co., were on a visit to the De Leon house on Wednesday this week.  It was the first time the elder RADFORD has been in De Leon since opening his house here.

Mrs. Claude SIDES accompanied by her daughters, Jerrine and Georgia, who have been visiting her parents, Mr. And Mrs. O.E. CLARK, at their home east of town, left on Wednesday for Amarillo to join Mr. SIDES who has recently been transferred from Memphis by the Ft. W. & D. railroad.  Mr. SIDES goes to Amarillo as a promotion.

Born to Mr. And Mrs. John SELF of near victor, May 22nd, a baby girl.

Clarence REDDEN, Jr., has returned home from school at A.& M. college.

Lewis EASTERLING arrived home from John Tarleton College on Thursday of this week.

Born to Mr. And Mrs. T.C. PATTERSON of near Victor on May 23rd, a 7 pound girl.

C.H. TIMMONS is home again after undergoing a minor operation at the Katy Hospital at Waco.

Miss Mary KIMBLE of Breckenridge was home Sunday with her parents, Mr. And Mrs. W.G. KIMBLE.

Mr. and Mrs. T.B. FRAZIER of near Beattie are the parents of a baby boy born into their home on May 5th.

L.     PARKS has recently opened an office in Odessa where he is doing civil engineering in adjacent oil fields.

Mr. and Mrs. P.W. BENNETT of Ardmore, Ok., were here last week for a visit in the home of Mr. And Mrs. L.W. EASTERLING.  Mesdames EASTERLING and BENNETT are sisters.

Misses Mary BROWN and Kayutah BRADY, graduates of De Leon school last year, were guests in the home of Mr. And Mrs. W.L. STEAKLEY, and of numerous friends here Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. W.T. COOK and family and the children of C.H. BLANTON, have returned here from Winters, where they have made their home for almost a year.  Their friends welcome them back.

Mrs. A.E. WESSON and daughter, Miss Virginia Grace, are leaving for Waco where Miss WESSON will study the coming summer months at Baylor University.  Miss WESSON teaches Spanish in De Leon school.  Mr. And Mrs. ELLIOTT will occupy the WESSON home this summer.

New Hope News

Miss Adelle MILLER of Dockum spent Saturday and Sunday with her grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. G.L. LEE.

Mrs. BARNES of Rising Star and Mrs. MILLER of Abilene visited Friday with their mother, Mrs. Joe CHAMBERS.

Miss Jennie SHIELDS of Abilene is spending a few days with Aunt Carrie CHAMBERS.


©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.