De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, June 10, 1927 


Uncle Dock Morrison Celebrates His 80th Birthday

            At his home four miles south of De Leon on Friday, May 20th, A.E. MORRISON, better known as “Uncle Dock” celebrated his 80th birthday.  The four sons and three daughters of Uncle Dock, together with many grandchildren and a few old friends, came to spend the day and assist in fittingly observing the occasion.

            At the noon hour a feast fit for a king was served in honor of the occasion, about 45 being present.  A number of gifts were brought to brighten this memorable day for this honored old pioneer.

            Uncle Dock has a right to the title of pioneer.  He came to Texas some 40 years ago, and has lived in the vicinity of where he now makes his home for about that length of time.  He has lead an active outdoor life, never having been seriously ill until about two years ago and his 80th birthday found him in better physical condition than he was a year ago.

            The guests for the occasion, including his children and other relatives, were as follows:

            J.W. MORRISON, wife and son, of Woodson, Texas; Tom MORRISON, De Leon; Mrs. Sallie MORRISON, De Leon; Mr. And Mrs. J.E. HULSEY and five children; Mr. And Mrs. Conley MORRISON and three children, De Leon; Mrs. Mattie LOUDERMILK, De Leon; Lee MORRISON, De Leon; Mr. And Mrs. Earl KISER, three children and his mother, Mrs. KISER of Breckenridge; Mr. And Mrs. Garland HOBSON and grand-daughter, De Leon; P.W. HULSEY, De Leon; Tom and Elba SCOTT, De Leon; Mr. And Mrs. W. HERNDON, De Leon; Dr. J.E. SELF and D.L. TERRILL of De Leon.

            Mr. And Mrs. C.W. MORRISN of De Leon, Rt. Five, another son, were unable to attend.

Howell Family Has a Reunion

            All members of the family of Mr. And Mrs. W.E. HOWELL, Sr., except their son, Paul, were present at their home last Sunday, June 5th and the family motored to Cisco to have lunch at Lake Cisco.  Mr. And Mrs. Will HOWELL, Jr., and daughter, Cleburne; Mr. And Mrs. Willis CLARK and baby, Oklahoma City; Earl HOWELL, Dallas, Harry HOWELL, Albany, and Russell of De Leon, made up the party.  Paul is away at Hondo, with the Humble Co.

Mrs. W.L. Spencer is Critically Ill

            Friends of Mrs. W.L. SPENCER will learn with regret of her continued serious illness.  Mrs. SPENCER has been in failing health for the past 2 years.  She suffered a nervous breakdown and her nervous system is in a critical condition.  For the past two months she has been seriously ill and at this time remains unimproved.

            Mrs. S.R. HAYNES of Comanche has spent much of her time at her mothers' bedside, making a hurried trip to Comanche Tuesday and returning Wednesday.

            Judge J.J. ADAMS of Clarkdale, Miss., brother of Mrs. SPENCER, is spending the week at the bedside of his sister.

Mrs. Romy Grissom

            Death came to Mrs. Romy GRISSOM at Mineral Wells on Sunday, May 22.  Mrs. GRISSOM had not been seriously ill prior to Sunday when taken seriously of heart failure.  She was carried to the sanitarium for treatment.  Death came suddenly.

            Mrs. GRISSOM was formerly Miss Minnie Lou SITTON.  She was a devoted Christian, being a member of the Methodist church.

            Mrs. GRISSOM was born in 1904, being therefore 23 years of age.  She leaves a husband, father, mother and five brothers, three sisters to mourn her death.

            She was laid to rest in the De Leon cemetery on Tuesday, May 31, her pastor. Rev. WRIGHT, conducting the funeral service.   -Contributed

Local News

Uncle Dory PATTERSON and daughter, Miss Estelle of Hamlin, left a week ago for an automobile trip to California where they will visit with their son and brother Reed PATTERSON.  They will be away a month.  Howard SHOOK accompanied them to Hamlin.

Mrs. Ira MERRICK and little daughter of Lubbock and Charles WOODS of Abilene, sister and brother-in-law of Mrs. C.E. GEORGE were week-end visitor in that home last week.

Mr. and Mrs. J.V. WHITE and daughter, Doris, returned a few days ago from a weeks' visit in San Antonio, where their son, Goen, has worked for the past two years.  Young WHITE is employed as a salesman for Swift & Company.  They found San Antonio a most delightful place for a vacation and outing, they stated.

Misses Violet and Merle TODD are visiting their sister in San Antonio.

Mrs. Katie KUHN and children are leaving this week for Yuma, Arizona where they will visit her brothers, Gaston and Winston.  They will then go for a visit with Mr. And Mrs. Jim JOHNSON who make their home in Los Angeles.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin HOLDRIDGE of Humphrey Addition are the proud parents of an eight pound baby boy born into their home on Tuesday, June 7th.  Everyone doing nicely.

Mrs. E.S. MERRICK went to Stephenville some days ago to visit in the home of her son, Fred.  Mrs. Fred MERRICK had a serious operation more than four weeks ago and her recovery has been slow.  Mrs. MERRICK is expected home this week-end.

Mr. and Mrs. MARTIN, formerly residing at the Humble Farm at Comyn, later of Hawley, are moving from Hawley to McCAMEY where Mr. MARTIN has been transferred.


©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.