De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, July 22, 1927 

Baby is Named

            Betty Ima Jean BROWNING is the name given the tiny baby found beside a cornfield here last Tuesday morning.  The baby remained five days in the care of Mrs. W.S. SNEED and then was legally adopted into the home of Mr. and Mrs. L.H. BROWNING, 1507 Ave A, Cisco, Texas.

            The baby received its name from the foster parents who adopted it.  All claims that any person have in the baby were waived, all papers were legally signed by the proper persons, according to officers handling the case and the baby is legally the daughter of the household into which it is adopted.

            Five days is not a long period.  But it was long enough for the tiny waif to find its way into the hearts of those in its temporary home here.  Tears were shed when the time came for Betty Ima Jean to be turned over to her foster mother and carried away to gladden another home where the ties of love may not so soon be disturbed and broken.  Betty Ima Jean is a fortunate baby – considering. [This article is accompanied by a b/w photo of the baby in the newspaper.]

Estes Family Has Reunion

            Mr. and Mrs. J.A. ESTES had a reunion last week having all their children with them except J.L. ESTES, who lives in El Monte, Calif.  Those present were Mr. and Mrs. R.M. ESTES and baby of Douglas, Ariz.; Mr. and Mrs. B.W. RODGERS and son of Breckenridge; Mr. and Mrs. J.E. DUKE of Cisco; Mrs. Dora NORRIS of Kemp, Texas, a sister of Mrs. ESTES; and Mr. and Mrs. N.E. MIKOL, of Forney, Texas, niece of Mrs. ESTES.  The two young children of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. ESTES and Mr. and Mrs. C.M. CLARK, living here in De Leon..

Denman Family Reunion Attendance Sunday was 75

            Last Sunday was a happy occasion for the members of the DENMAN family, the event of their family reunion.  Present for the occasion were scores of DENMANs and DENMAN connection, scattered over this section of the state with two sons of the family present from Alabama.

            The reunion was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. ALEXANDER in the north part of this city, Mrs. ALEXANDER being a daughter of the House of Denman.  Throughout the day the party enjoyed the association of kith and kin long separated, and it is little to be wondered at that this was a most happy occasion.  The family has not had an annual family reunion and many of those present had not been here for a number of years, hence there was much to recount of happening in the mean time.

            At noon the family gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.M. COLEY, having been invited by the COLEY family to make use of their spacious back yard, where large trees spread inviting shade.  Here the sumptuous dinner was spread and they do say the reputation of the ladies of the DENMAN household as the best of cooks, was maintained.  Seventy-five people were present to enjoy the splendid repast.

            After dinner Blake DENMAN and others made short talks and J.A. DENMAN, grandfather of the family, was asked to play some of the old fashioned tunes on the “fiddle” (not violin) which he obligingly did, one of the boys accompanying him on the guitar.  The photographer arrived shortly after noon and took a picture of the assembly.

Those present were:

Grandfather J.A. DENMAN and wife, De Leon.

Mr. and Mrs. H.H. ALEXANDER and son, Hopie, De Leon.

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. DENMAN, son James and daughter, Lilliebud, from Anniston, Ala.

John DENMAN, of Anniston, Ala.

Mr. and Mrs. B.V. DENMAN and daughter, Marybelle, of Dublin.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. DENMAN, Stephenville.

Mr. and Mrs. Abb DENMAN and children, Alston, Alma Beth, Anabelle and Angeline, of Lamkin.

Mr. and Mrs. Aaron DENMAN, of Stephenville.

Mr. and Mrs. A.B. DENMAN, Fort Worth.

Mr. and Mrs. Blake DENMAN and daughter, Mary Louise, Sierra Blanca, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey DENMAN and daughter, Genetha and son, Wilbur, of Pioneer.

Mr. and Mrs. Denman ALEXANDER, De Leon.

Mr. and Mrs. Dean RIPPETOE, of Brownwood.

Mr. and Mrs. Thurman ALEXANDER, of Hamilton.

Mr. and Mrs. E.S. STEWART, son James and daughters, Jewell and Jeannie, of Stephenville.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude FUQUA, and children, Eva, Lee, Q. Dale and Baby Ted, of De Leon.

Mr. and Mrs. J.K. THOMPSON and children Mary, May and John, of Energy.

Eugene THOMPSON of Fort Worth.

Mrs. G.W. HALL of Dublin.

Mrs. Lucy WALLACE, of Austin.

Mrs. F.D. ELLIS, of De Leon.

Mr. and Mrs. C.W. TAYLOR and grandson, Weldon SLATER, of Stephenville.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur VERNON, of Brownwood.

John TATE, of Lamkin.

Mr. and Mrs. W.M. COLEY and children, and Mrs. J.W. COLEY and Miss ARTIE of De Leon.



            Last Monday afternoon, July 11, Mr. John SLAUGHTER and Miss Florence May MORELAND, surprised their many friends by driving to Eastland and were united in holy wedlock.  Mrs. SLAUGHTER was reared to womanhood in this city.  She is a young lady with many loveable traits.

            Mr. SLAUGHTER lived at De Leon for many years and has a host of friends who wish for them a long and happy life.

            They will make their home at Houston where Mr. SLAUGHTER is employed by the Humble Company.


            The marriage of Miss Ellen Frances AKERS and Mr. E. Donna DAVID was solemnized at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. AKERS, at Munday on Sunday morning, July 17, at eight o’clock, the Rev. J.H. HAMBLIN, of Stamford, officiating.

            The beautiful AKERS home was artistically decorated with cut flowers and ferns and the setting was most attractively arranged for the ceremony.

            Immediately following the ceremony, the happy young couple departed for Oklahoma City, Fort Worth and other points on a honeymoon trip after which they will be at home at Gorman, Texas, after August first.

            The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. AKERS and was practically reared at Munday, having resided there all her life except for the few years the family resided in De Leon.  She is a most attractive young lady of culture and possesses much business ability as well, having been actively associated with her parents in the mercantile business during recent years.

            The groom is a prominent young business man of Gorman, where he is associated with the Continental State Bank as cashier.  He is a most excellent young man of exemplary habits and unquestionable business ability, and is a leader in social, business and religious activities in that city.

            Those present at the marriage were Mr. and Mrs. NEWBERRY of Gorman; Mr. and Mrs. Fred BROACH and little son, Fred Jr., of Munday; Mrs. HICKLAND of Weatherford; Mrs. J.O. STONE of De Leon and Mr. and Mrs. J.M. MACON and little daughters, Mickey Jessie and Emmett Ophelia of Gorman.


            The marriage of Rev. Troy FRAZIER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff FRAZIER, of Suez, to Miss Ima WORLEY, Breckenridge, Texas, occurred in the home of the brides’ parents on Sunday, July 17th, 1927, the Rev. H.H. WRAY officiating.

            The groom is a young preacher of outstanding ability and of great promise for future accomplishment.  The bride is a talented musician, and will go with him into the evangelistic field as singer.  They commence a meeting at Winters, Texas on July 24th.


            Miss Myrl HODGES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt HODGES of the Round Grove community and Mr. Ivan ROSS, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed ROSS, were united in the holy bonds of marriage last Sunday afternoon, July 17th.  The young couple, accompanied by friends went to the home of Rev. A.F. NABORS and he obligingly performed the magic ceremony, making them man and wife.

            These are among Round Grove community’s best liked and popular young people.  They will make their home in that community and scores of friends wish them greatest happiness and success.

Child of Mrs. Ophelia Ormsby Died at Ft. Worth

            Alpha Modell, little five-year-old daughter of Mrs. Ophelia ORMSBY, died last Tuesday evening at the Baptist Sanitarium at Fort Worth at 9:30 o’clock.  The little one had been carried there for an operation for an abscess on the brain.  She was taken ill two weeks ago and after local examination, was sent to Gorman.  The sanitarium officials at Gorman saw the necessity for taking her to Fort Worth and Dr. BLACKWELL personally is said to have carried the child to that city, where the final operation was performed to save her life.  She did not survive the operation.

            Walter ORMSBY, father of the child, was an overseas veteran, and died here some three or four years ago.  The mother is Mrs. Ophelia Mills ORMSBY, who resided here until some three months ago when she went to Rule to accept employment, the child remaining with her grandmother, Mrs. MILLS.

            Funeral service was at the Baptist church Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with Pastor J.N. CAMPBELL in charge.  Burial was at the De Leon cemetery.  Deepest sympathy is felt for the stricken mother and others in their hour of sorrow.

The New Lester Hotel Will Soon Be A Reality

            Last Monday morning a large crew of workmen commenced work at tearing down the old Lester Hotel, an old landmark since the early 80s and by the end of last week the last sign of the old building had been removed from the lot.  This week workmen have been digging the trenches for the foundation, which are now complete.  The foundation will be poured immediately.  Brick and other material is on the ground and work will be pushed to completion.

            The building is to consist of 27 rooms, a spacious lobby and dining room, modern fixtures throughout including tile lobby floor and plate glass front.  The building will be a credit to the city when completed.

Two Get Degrees at Close A.&M. Summer School

            Two young men of De Leon section are home from summer school at A.&M. college after having been awarded their Bachelor of Science degrees there.  They are Raymond TERRY, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.N. TERRY and W.R. HEIZER, teacher of Vocational agriculture in Comyn schools.

            Both Mr. TERRY and Mr. HEIZER have received their work entirely at A. & M. and they are to be congratulated upon having finished the course required for their degrees.

            Mr. HEIZER is back on the job at Comyn school and will spend the coming weeks making a farm survey of the Comyn consolidated district, also getting things shaped up for commencing his class work in September.

            Mr. TERRY has contracted to teach agriculture at the Huckaby school in Erath county, and left this week for that place to commence his duties.

Garage and Filling Station is Closed

            “Red” CLARK, operator of a garage and filling station business in the Holden Garage building, known as Clark’s Auto Service, has closed his business and moved back to McCamey where he will operate a similar business.  Mr. CLARK is an excellent mechanic and thinks in the oil field district he will find a great deal more business in his line than here.  Free Press wishes him best of success in his new location.

Knights of Pythias

            Monday evening in regular session the officers for the current six months were installed with regular ceremony at the castle hall.  The following is a list of the new officers:

Roy SMITH, Chancellor Commander.

Charles MORRIS, Vice Chancellor.

Clyde E. GEORGE, Prelate.

John A. MOHON, Master at Arms.

H.H. CARVILLE, Master of Work.

Orb KENNEDY, Inner Guard.

W.E. HOWELL, Outer Guard.


Mr. and Mrs. S.G. UNDERWOOD and children went to Waco Thursday to bring home their young daughter, Mamie, who has been visiting there.  Mrs. UNDERWOOD’s mother, who resides at Waco, fell recently and broke her shoulder and her hip, and is in a serious condition.

Mrs. C.B. CLARK, formerly Miss Josie SHOOK, is here for an extended visit with her mother, Mrs. R.P. HENDRICKS on Rt. 5.  She is accompanied by her two young daughters.  Their home is in Houston.

Miss Phosa CHERRY is home after a week’s visit with her sister at Jacksboro.

Mrs. Frank THORNTON of Ft. Worth visited with her cousin, Mrs. Henry GILDER last week.

Mrs. Pete SHAVER is visiting her daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. George VAUGHN at Hawley. 

Mr. and Mrs. Les BURGESS are here from McCamey visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. JENKINS.

William WHITE, with the Associated Press at Austin, was visiting the past weekend in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.V. WHITE.

Kimmons SMITH and family are here from Petrolia, visiting his father, J.B. SMITH and other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy SWANNER of near Comyn are the parents of a nine pound baby girl, born to them on July 7th.

Lieut. H.E. WALKER and wife are here for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. K.M. VAN ZANDT.  They are enroute to his new assignment at Ft. Sheridan, Ill. Near Chicago.

Prof. and Mrs. DONALDSON of Mississippi have been here the past week visiting his brother, J.A. DONALDSON, and other relatives and friends.  Mr. DONALDSON was formerly superintendent of schools in De Leon, something near 25 years ago.

Mr. and Mrs. W.D. HOLLAND, of Dublin, parents of Frank HOLLAND, were here last Sunday to Tuesday, visiting their son and family.  Mr. HOLLAND is an old-timer in these parts.  He volunteered for the Confederate army in the early 60’s while living on the Sabana, a few miles south of the city.

New Hope News

Mrs. M.E. St. CLAIR and mother, Mrs. ROBERSON, motored to Comanche last Friday to visit their brother and son, Perry ROBERSON.  Mrs. St. CLAIR returned Saturday but Grandmother ROBERSON remained for a longer visit.

T.J. HEATH, who has been visiting here, returned to his home at Ponta, Cherokee county, on Wednesday of last week.  He was accompanied home by his sisters, Mrs. S.L. HOLLAND and daughter, Miss Susie and Mr. and Mrs. Basil BROWNLEE and little daughter, Ruth Glen.  They expect to be gone for several weeks.

Robinson Springs

Saturday evening Bernice CHATHAM’s Sunday school class had a picnic in Mr. Lem MACON’s pasture.  Those present were: La Joyce, Doris, Laueda and Oleta MACON and Myrtle and Vertna WEST.  They waded in the branch and served dinner at sundown.

J.O. CHATHAM and family served luncheon Sunday for twenty-one.  Those present were: Mr. HENDERSON, De Leon; Oscar RIDDLE and family; Foster and Merritt HARRIS; Cecil and C.L. TORRANCE; Floyd and Lloyd WEST; Misses Mozelle and Afton CLARK; Lynette and Mabel MACON, Opal TORRANCE; Mattie HARRIS and Modess WEST.  All had an enjoyable time.

Carl MACON has returned home from a weeks’ visit with his uncle, Ben MACON, at Dallas. 

B.J. SETZLER and family spent Sunday with his sister, Mrs. J.U. WEST.


©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.