De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, June 17, 1927 


F.M. Troutt Met Tragic Death at Home of Daughter

            The tragic death of F.M. TROUTT, for a number of years a well-known and highly respected citizen of this community, occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.T. SMITH, on the J.N. BOWMAN farm, four miles west of this place shortly after noon Monday.  He was discovered by his son-in-law, Mr. SMITH, in a granery at his place after he had been dead for perhaps two hours.  The verdict of Justice of the Peace H.C. HEATH, who viewed the remains and held an inquest, was that death resulted from acts of the deceased's own hands.

            Mr. TROUTT had been at the home of his son-in-law, C.H. TIMMONS, Monday before noon.  He was despondent and about noon went to the home of his daughter west of town, as stated where the lamentable tragedy occurred.

            Franklin Marion TROUTT was born at Murphysburg, Illinois on April 22, 1860.  He resided there about 19 years, coming then to Texas in 1879.

            He was married in the year 1881, to Miss Mattie LAUDERDALE at Hearne, Texas and into their home two sons and two daughters were born.  These are O.W. TROUTT, Sugarland, Texas; J.C. TROUTT, Little Rock, Arkansas; Mrs. J.T. SMITH, who are living.  Another daughter, Mrs. C.H. TIMMONS, of this city died some two years ago.

            During the 67 years span of his life, Mr. TROUT led an active and exemplary life, rearing his children in the fear of God and setting before them an example of devotion and uprightness.  His life's example was rewarded by sons and daughters who came to manhood to be honored by their services.

            Funeral services were held at the home of C.H. TIMMONS Wednesday afternoon at three o'clock and burial was at De Leon cemetery.  The services were conducted by Rev. J.T. THOMPSON, pastor of the Christian church.

Grandma Richey, An Old Settler, Died Wednesday

            As we go to press, the sad news comes that Mrs. G.S. RICHEY, aged 74 years and 15 days, the mother of Mrs. T.C. SMITH, died at the home of her daughter at 9:45 Wednesday evening.

            The remains were laid to rest on Thursday afternoon in Baggett cemetery, near Gustine, beside those of her husband.

            An extended account of her life will be published next week.


            The marriage of Mr. C.O. BRAGG to Miss Frances VINSON of Santa Anna, Texas, occurred at the home of the bride's sister in San Angelo at 8:00 o'clock Thursday evening, June 2nd.  A few invited guests were present, besides members of the brides' family.  The pastor of the First Methodist church performed the ceremony.

            Mr. BRAGG met Miss VINSON in school at Daniel Baker College some years ago and so their romance has extended over a considerable period of time.  Just prior to their marriage they had been members of a fishing party on the Concho, the bride's parents being with the party.

            Following their marriage on Thursday they came to De Leon Saturday and spent a couple of days with his mother, Mrs. W.L. GREER and in meeting De Leon friends.  They left Sunday for Dallas where he is attending a coaching school at Southern Methodist University under the famous Knute ROCKNE.

            After their return they will make their home at Gorman where Mr. BRAGG will teach mathematics in the high school and coach football the coming school year.  Congratulations and best wishes are extended them.

De Leon Girl Was Honored Second Year As D.B.C. Beauty

            Miss Mary Louise LOWE, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. W.E. LOWE, of this city, was honored by her fellow students at Daniel Baker College, Brownwood, by being elected college beauty, sharing the honor with another Daniel Baker girl.  The 1927 college annual issued by that school carries the likeness of Miss Lowe in the beauty section, the book being just off the press.

            This was the second time a similar honor has been accorded Miss LOWE by popular vote of the student body.  She won the same distinction last year and as a result represented the school at the Brownwood Pure Food Show, and also at a style show held in that city.

U.S. BlueJacket on Visit to De Leon

            Mr. Lois NOWLIN, son of Mr. And Mrs. G.M. NOWLIN of De Leon Route Two, an enlisted man in the United States navy, has been in De Leon the past two weeks on vacation.  He has just completed his first four years enlistment and re-enlisted for another two years.  He has worked himself up to an engineer's rating, which pays well and he is well pleased with his situation.  Young NOWLIN is attached to duty at San Diego, Cal.


Mrs. Ellen EADS in in Dallas, the guest of her grand-daughter, Mrs. M.J. SEIGEL.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy YANCY are visiting in the home of A.B. VESTAL.  Mr. YANCY had the misfortune to get his back badly hurt recently.

Mr. and Mrs. P.B. SHIRO spent several days in Dallas on business the past week and also visited with their daughter, Mrs. M.J. SEIGEL.

Mrs. Lonnie MALLONEE, who has been working at Ranger, has returned here.  Mr. MALLONEE is employed as a telegraph operator at Comyn.

Harvey NOWLIN of Abilene has been in De Leon the past couple of weeks visiting in the home of his parents, Mr. And Mrs. G.M. NOWLIN.

John T. WHALEY of Miami, Okla., and his daughter, Miss Thelma, an instructor the past two years in Art at Texas University, are here this week to visit his brother, J.M. WHALEY.

Miss Opal FITZGERALD has returned from San Antonio where she has resided for about a year.  Her sister recently married in that city and Claude, her brother, is keeping books for an oil corporation.

Mr. and Mrs. E.W. OWEN, of the Dependable Store, left Sunday for a week's vacation, he to Athens where his father lives and she to visit with her mother at Frankston, in the heart of the new East Texas oil field.

Rev. J.N. CAMPBELL is away for a months' vacation, leaving here early last week.  He went first to Abilene where Mrs. CAMPBELL is in school for the summer.  Free Press did not learn where he would go for the vacation period.

Rev. and Mrs. W.W. RICHESON and children left early Monday for a visit to the schools at Weatherford, Denton, Sherman and Fort Worth, taking with them their son, Arthur, who left from Sherman to enter Chicago University.  Their daughter Lelia, and the young son Hershall, will enter Texas schools next September, this trip being made that the parents might determine which will be chosen.

J.B. WILLIAMS has returned home from Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif. Where he has been visiting his daughters.

Miss Louise SMITH of Cisco visited recently in the home of her parents, Mr. And Mrs. S.S. SMITH.

Mr. and Mrs. Woodie REED are among De Leon people away at school for the summer.  Mr. REED is studying at A. & M. College and Mrs. REED is there with him.

Mr. and Mrs. Atlas PATE and daughter, Will S. of San Antonio, have returned to their home after a visit of several days with her parents, Mr. And Mrs. W.C. STREETY and sister, Mrs. May S. WHALEY.

A.L. STEPHENS, who has been critically ill at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ed MORTON, has improved to the extent that he left last week for Caddo to visit in the home of another daughter, Mrs. King RHODES.

Friends of Dee HENSON are glad to see him circulating around in the business section again.  Mr. HENSON returned last week from Blackwell sanitarium where he had an operation.  He is only partially recovered, but will soon be back at his work as usual.

George SPENCER, who was seriously sick the forepart of the week is much improved able to be about again.

Mrs. H.P. RUSH and baby of San Angelo are expected tonight for a visit with her parents, Mr. And Mrs. W.C. STREETY.

Mrs. Lloyd HAMPTON and little daughter, Mary Ruth, returned Tuesday from a several days visit at Dallas with her father.

Mr. and Mrs. BURKHOLDER and son of Corsicana arrived Monday for a visit with her sister, Mrs. C.W. HAFFORD, and also in the T.W. GLAZNER home.

Mrs. T.W. GLAZNER returned home Sunday from a visit to her old home at Corsicana where she was called by the serious illness of her sister-in-law.

Mr. and Mrs. D.R. McCOUN, who have made their home in De Leon for the past several years, are leaving soon for Skidmore where he will be chief engineer for the Humble Pipe Line Company's new pumping station.  Just at present Mr. McCOUN is at Whiteset, a small town near Skidmore, unloading machinery.  Mrs. McCOUN will join him at Skidmore in about two weeks.


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.