De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, August 19, 1927 


Old Time Editor of Free Press is Here on Visit

            John C. ADAMS, accompanied by his wife and son, are here from Houston, guests of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. SHARP.  Mr. ADAMS will be remembered as a former editor of the Free Press, being located here for a number of years.  He is at present in charge of the government printing office at Houston having a responsible and remunerative position.

Named “Duster” Because the Sand Blew There

            J.R. RUFF, of Medford, Ore., brother of Anderson RUFF, came in this week for a visit.  Mr. RUFF formerly lived at Sipe Springs where he was postmaster.  At that time the village of Duster was just being formed and the post office established and two or three names had been submitted and each was rejected by the post office department.  The department wrote Mr. RUFF and asked him to submit a name.  He recalled how the sand whipped over the ridge upon which the village was located, so he wrote them to name it “Duster.”  The name was accepted.

            Mr. RUFF is now 80 years old, and looks to be 60.  He is hale and hearty, likes the west, and bids fair to pass the century mark.  He visited here seven years ago, he said.

Deserted Baby Girl Found at De Leon Happily Adopted

            The Gusher was honored Wednesday by a very distinguished visitor, it being the newly adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis BROWNING. 

            Betty Ima Jean, though only 23 days old today, is a great big girl with the brightest eyes that smile when one looks at her.  She weighs eleven and one-half pounds and is in perfect health, Mrs. BROWNING says.  She does not give any trouble at all.

            Betty Ima Jean is the baby that was thrown away three weeks ago and found in a cornfield near De Leon, and to look at her and see her smile one wonders how a mother could throw her away.

            Mr. and Mrs. Lewis H. BROWNING have lived here all their lives.  Mr. BROWNING is 42 years of age and Mrs. BROWNING is 39.  They have been married for more than 18 years and do not have any children.

            They are delighted to have Betty Ima Jean with them and have had probably one hundred of their neighbors and friends call and see the baby.

            The BROWNING family have lived in Desdemona for more than 50 years.  Louis BROWNING’s father moved here from east Texas in 1876 and his mother was born here.  She is 68 years of age and still lives on the farm where she was born. – Desdemona Gusher.

Thomas P. Miller Passed Away Here on Last Tuesday

            Thomas P. MILLER, pioneer citizen of this locality, passed from the stage of earthly activities shortly after nine o’clock Tuesday evening, August 16, 1927, after an illness of several months.  Mr. MILLER suffered an accident on the 26th of the past February while at work at the blacksmith’s trade.  A piece of red hot steel struck him in the eye, producing a great nervous shock.  He lost the sight of the eye and his health was never regained thereafter.  He had an operation and continued to decline, ultimately reaching the limit of physical resistance terminating in death.

            Mr. MILLER was born in South Carolina on Jan. 15th, 1860, being 67 years of age at death.  When quite small he removed with his parents to Tennessee and later, when he had attained the age of 12 years, came to Johnson county, Texas, where he remained six years, coming then, at the age of 18 years, to Comanche county where he has since made his home.

            Arriving in Comanche county in 1878, Mr. MILLER was here to see the foundation of De Leon laid and he assisted in building the old Texas Central railroad through here in 1881.  He lived one year in the 70s in Sipe Springs, but resided on the old homestead near Suez for 30 or 40 years.  He had been a Baptist for 38 years.

            A month after coming to Comanche county Mr. MILLER was married to Miss Annie CARRUTH.  Three children were born into their home.  They were Miss Willie MILLER, Mrs. T.J. STACY and L.G. MILLER, all of this place.  There are seven grand-children.

            The funeral service was conducted at De Leon cemetery at 4 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon led by Rev. W.L. SKAGGS, who was assisted by Rev. CAMPBELL and STRICKLAND.  Hundreds of old friends, and neighbors, came to pay their last respects as the last sad rites were performed.  Sympathy is extended to the bereaved.

Paralysis Brought Death to Elderly De Leon Citizen

            H.H. ALEXANDER died at his home in the north portion of the city at 1:15 o’clock Tueday, August 16th, 1927.  Death was due to a stroke of paralysis.  He was stricken at about 8:30 a.m. and died in four or five hours.  It was his second stroke, having been afflicted with the disease first some two years ago.

            Mr. ALEXANDER was born on January 16th, 1862.  He was a native Texan.  He came to Comanche county from Hamilton some years ago, formerly making his home on De Leon Rt. 2.  He is survived by his wife and six children.  He was a brother of Mrs. S.B. ROBINETT of De Leon Rt. 2.  He has resided for several months at the B.C. CHAMBERS place on the north side, which he purchased when he moved into this city. 

Alabama Picnic Was Huge Success

            The immense throng attending the Alabama picnic at McCharen’s Lake last Friday afternoon numbered between 500 and 600.  At one time 106 automobiles were counted on the grounds.  Quite a large number came from distant points, and these with the home folks, made up a goodly number.

            A piano was on the ground and Hafford’s String Orchestra furnished music, after which there was community singing, and a number of talks.  Several piano numbers were given.  Dr. RAY made a brief address, also H.B. HOLDRIDGE, Nath NABORS, Uncle Jack MORTON and others made talks.  Opening prayer was by Rev. A.F. NABORS.

            The Alabamians went into organization and will meet each year on Friday before the second Sunday in August.  Officers are R.L. SCOTT, president, W.B. RAY, vice-president, and Nath NABORS, secretary.

Mississippians Invited

            Next year the Mississippians, Arkansans, Georgians, and other former residents of old states, are invited to join and make this an “Old States Reunion.”  The Free Press will have more to say about this from time to time.

Rippetoe Child’s Hair Restored After X-ray Treatment for Eye Injury

            Four months ago Royce, 7 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest RIPPETOE was accidentally shot in the left eye by an air gun in the hands of his brother.  The shot was removed by the aid of a powerful X-ray and the eye was saved.  But exactly half his hair fell out, on the left side of his head, the scalp being as slick as a “peeled onion.”

            Mr. RIPPETOE reports that recently the scalp has become thickly covered with fine hair, showing growth, which is quite fortunate for the lad, so strangely disfigured.


Capt. Calantha THOMPSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. THOMPSON, was here during the past week visiting her parents’ home.  She is connected with Salvation Army work, commissioned a captain, and is in charge of the work at Muskogee, Ok.  She was schooled for Salvation Army work in San Francisco and has been in the work for two and a half years.

Mrs. Harvey GEORGE was in Cisco last week, guest of her sister, Mrs. Ed FORD.

Mrs. McBRIDE from Bremond is here, guest of her daughter, Mrs. Wesley SHOOK.

Star INZER, druggist at Hamlin, was here several days last week visiting his parents, Dr. and Mrs. H.H. INZER.

Mrs. Hardy CUDDELL and children have returned from a week’s visit with her brother, Jim OWENS, at Abilene.

Miss Jewell TIMMONS has gone to Abilene where she has accepted a position in the Alexander Sanitarium as a nurse.  Mr. and Mrs. G.P. DONNELL and children of Grossbeck are here for their vacation, visiting her mother, Mrs. R.L. WALL.

Miss Alpha MOORE has returned from summer school at Abilene Christian College.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. W.L. DICKEY of Comyn on Wednesday the 17th, an 11 pound boy.

Mrs. Clarence PITTMAN of Eastland was a weekend visitor with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Boyd.

Miss Vivian O’BRIEN is here from Corsicana guest of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ab WILSON.

Mr. and Mrs. W.F. GLAIZIER are rejoicing over the arrival of a 10 ½ pound girl at their home in this city.

Mrs. J.E. SELF, daughter, Miss Ersel and grand-daughter little Miss Mary Alice ROLLINS, have gone to Marlin where Mrs. SELF is taking the mineral baths.

Mrs. C.E. GEORGE and children returned home Tuesday night from near Abilene where she attended the funeral of her grandfather, T.J. SCOTT, who died Sunday.  The deceased was nearly 97 years of age and had resided on the same farm east of Anson since 1878.

R.S. NEAL of Grapevine, near Dallas, is spending some time here, a guest of his daughter, Mrs. Walton LOCKE, on Route 4.

H.E. SIDES, now living at Estancia, N.M., came last week for a visit with his mother, Mrs. J.C. SIDES, and with other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Ellen McCARTY of Ardmore, Ok., has returned to her home after visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. STONE and sister, Mrs. Will HEFLIN.

Robinson Springs

Lynette MACON, accompanied by Earl and Mabel MACON and Vivian BOSWELL of De Leon have gone to Dallas.  Lynette and Vivian will be employed by the Higginbotham company. 

Opal TORRANCE spent the week-end at Oliver Springs visiting with her grandmother, Mrs. Orlena SMITH.

Mrs. Earl RILEY is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.W. SHORT. 

Morton Chapel

Mrs. Webb TOLAND had as her guest last week, Mrs. Brown SHAVER and little daughter, Dorothy of Dale, Texas, also Mrs. BASIL of Robstown, and Mrs. A.E. HAMPTON of De Leon.

Mr. and Mrs. Hubert SIMPSON were visiting with his brother, Willard SIMPSON and family, in Coryell county last week.

Mrs. Ethel BROWN and children of West Texas have been here for a visit with her father, W.T. HENDERSON.

A large crowd was present at the singing given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.M. FARROW last Sunday night and the event was reported a most enjoyable one.


©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.