De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, August 26, 1927 


Butler Family Have Reunion

            Mr. and Mrs. W.E. BUTLER and son, Raymond, returned last Friday from an automobile trip to their old home in Mississippi and immediately upon their return all the children of the BUTLER’s came to visit, all being at home over the past week-end.

            Mr. and Mrs. A.C. TANKSLEY of El Paso were here during the week.  Mrs. TANKSLEY was formerly Miss Lois BUTLER.  Miss Ava BUTLER was home from Abilene where she is employed.  Mr. and Mrs. W.B. BUTLER and children were here from Graham.  Roy BUTLER was home from Cisco.  Woodley, Raymond and Roe BUTLER live in this city, all being present.  The day was a most happy one for the reunited family.

Mrs. G.H. York Had An Operation

            Mrs. G.H. YORK was suddenly stricken with appendicitis Wednesday morning and rushed to Gorman sanitarium where she was immediately given surgical attention.  The operation occurred within half an hour after her arrival, so acute was the attack.  She was dangerously ill during Wednesday, but her condition is said to be improving now.

Oliver Springs School Faculty is Announced

            The Oliver Springs school will commence the 1927-28 session with the last week in October and the faculty this year will be composed of the following:  W.C. JENKINS, principal; C.C. MORTON, intermediate, and Miss Berice CHATHAM, primary.  There are some 70 scholastics in the Oliver Springs district.

Morton Families Hold Reunion

            Uncle Jack MORTON’s family and their numerous relatives met in the park at Stephenville on the 17th of this month.  There were about 200 present and yet there were a goodly number of the relatives who failed to get there.

            At the request of the younger generation of the MORTON family, Uncle Jack, in a brief talk, gave a history of the ancestry of the MORTON family as far back as his knowledge and memory reached.  The immigrated from South Carolina to Alabama about the beginning of the 19th century and Uncle Jack and all his immediate family came to Texas in 1872 and he gave quite a good deal more of the particulars of their history than can be stated here.

            After Uncle Jack closed his talk, Judge OXFORD, who has known the MORTONS intimately ever since they came to Texas, addressed the company and told them of his knowledge of the MORTONS as he has known them in Texas and he could not have paid them a higher compliment or greater eulogy than he did.

            By this time the dinner hour had arrived.  A bounteous repast was served and enjoyed by everybody present.  The afternoon was devoted to social greeting, with some music interspersed by a string band.  It was a joyous occasion for everyone present. – Contributed.


            Mrs. Eliza Baird NELSON was called from her earthly cares Aug. 22, 1927, at 5:10 a.m.  She was born in Tennessee and came to Texas when a small child.  She was married to E.T. NELSON about 45 years ago and to this union there were born ten children.  Her husband and five children preceded her to the better world.  She gave her heart to the Lord while she was young and united with the Missionary Baptist church in which she lived a faithful Christian life.  She leaves to mourn for her, five sons and daughters: M.B., Earl and Lewis NELSON, Mrs. Pearl WARREN, of Sipe Springs and Abe NELSON of Waco and seven grand children and a number of other relatives.

            Weep not as those who have no hope because she has gone to that beautiful home not made with hands and is waiting to welcome her dear children home and we say to those who are not prepared to meet mother, put your trust in the Lord, that your name will be written on the Lambs Book of life. – Contributed


            The death angel came and called J.D. HATTOX from this world of sorrow and care on August 23, 1927.  Mr. HATTOX was born in Pontotoc, Miss., October 21, 1849.  He was married to Miss Pamela SMITH in 1871.  To this union there were born eight children, and there are 41 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

            At the age of 56 Mr. HATTOX gave his heart to God and united with the Missionary Baptist church and later he united with the Primitive Baptist church in which he lived a consistent member until death.

            He was a good neighbor, a kind husband and father.  Do not weep for him, he has only gone home to be with Jesus and all the redeemed saints where there will be no more sad partings. – Contributed


            In the still, quiet hours between midnight and dawn, when God’s great blanket of darkness covered the earth in restful slumber, while the stars kept silent vigil, the soul of  Mamie UNDERWOOD slipped quietly away from its frail earthly dwelling place returning to the Father’s house where there are many mansions.  The silent watchers beside her couch of suffering saw the last sigh of pain replaced on her face by one of peace.  “He giveth His beloved sleep!”

            Mamie’s life was like the strains of a sweet melody, cheering and inspiring those who came within its influence; like a summer shower that falls on the parched earth, refreshing and reviving; like a pure white water lily that unfolds its waxen petals at dawn and closes them before the scorching rays of a noonday sun; so will linger the memory of Mamie’s life, in the hearts of those who loved her.

            Mary Hammond UNDERWOOD was born in De Leon on March 14th, 1914.  She was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.G. UNDERWOOD, and the joy and pride of the home.  She was kind and gentle of disposition, a devout Christian, studious, and loved by old and young alike.  A beautiful tribute was paid her by her classmates, who came and marched beside her bier to her last resting place at De Leon cemetery.

            Mamie had been ill scarcely a week and desperately ill only a few hours.  Late Monday she was taken to the sanitarium.  Everything humanly possible was done to alleviate her suffering and stay the hand of death.  Her death occurred at 2:30a.m. Tuesday, August 23rd.  The funeral service was held at the Methodist church at 10:00 o’clock Wednesday, with Rev. J.W. COWAN of Killeen, Texas, former pastor of De Leon Methodist church in charge.  Burial followed at De Leon cemetery.  The loving esteem in which she was held was attested by the great throng of sorrowing friends and loved ones who came to pay their last respects.

Card of Thanks

            We wish to extend our thanks to the friends and neighbors of the surrounding communities for their help and sympathy during the sad hours of grief when our dear mother and grandmother passed away.  May God’s richest blessings rest on each and every one of you is our prayer.

            Mr. and Mrs. M.B. NELSON and family, Mr. and Mrs. M.M. WARREN and children, Mr. and Mrs. A.M. NELSON, Mr. and Mrs. Earl NELSON and baby, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. NELSON, Mr. Louis NELSON.

Card of Thanks

            We, the relatives of H.H. ALEXANDER, cannot express in words how much we thank and appreciate the kindness and willing hands that helped during his illness and death.  Every comforting word and thing that was done was certainly appreciated in the hearts of every one of us.  May God’s richest blessings rest upon every one of you.

            Mrs. H.H. ALEXANDER, Hopie ALEXANDER, Mr. and Mrs. Thurman ALEXANDER, Hamilton; Mr. and Mrs. Denman ALEXANDER, De Leon; Mrs. Mae CHRISTOPHER and family, Mrs. Mozell ROBERSON and family, Mrs. Mattie BREWER and family, Mrs. Eula FUQUA and family, Mr. and Mrs. DENMAN, De Leon, Mrs. Vivian NELSON and husband.

Changes in the Faculty are Made in Comyn Schools.

            The 1927-28 term of school in the Comyn consolidated district will commence on Monday, September 12th.  Some changes have been made in the faculty since last season.  Miss Lelah VAUGHN is leaving the Comyn school to become Dean of Women at John Tarleton College.  Miss VAUGHN, a graduate of the College of Industrial Arts at Denton, has had a wide and varied teaching experience, serving as instructor in Home Economics at Comanche before going to Comyn, where she has taught three years.

            G. R. GOOSBY is again superintendent, his fifth year.

            Mrs. G.R. GOOSBY, wife of the superintendent, has a place on the faculty, teaching high school English.  Miss Iva JONES of Granbury takes Miss VAUGHAN’s place as teacher of Home Economics.  Miss Jewell GRISHAM is another new teacher, she being a sister of Miss Mollie GRISHAM, who has taught at Comyn for several years.  Misses Pearl and Ollie SLOAN will be back this year, the former teaching the second and third grades, the latter, primary.

            H.B. BOSWELL is principal and W.R. HEIZER instructor in vocational agriculture as last year.

Morton Chapel

T.J. JOHNSON of Gorman was here Sunday visiting his son, W.T. JOHNSON and family.

Morris and Dale FARROW were home Friday.  They are working in Wichita Falls.

Mr. and Mrs. O.M. LOCKE and Miss Anice LOCKE, of New Hope, were visiting W.L. LOCKE and family Wednesday.

Mrs. MORRIS of Dublin has arrived for a visit with her daughter, Mrs. C.M. FARROW and family.

It was a great shock to this community when the news was received that Uncle Jim HATOX was dead.  His wife found him dead when she went to call him in the morning.  He had been feeling bad for several days.  Mrs. HATOX thought he was resting so good she would not wake him up and she had eaten her breakfast and started to do the milking.  The wife and children have the deepest sympathy of this community.


Considerable building has gone on in this community during the summer months.  W.A. KING has built on to and enlarged his barn.  Zollie KOONCE has built a splendid modern bungalow on his farm on the De Leon Desdemona highway.  G.M. WADE has moved a vacant house from one part of his farm additing it to his residence making a modern and commodious home.  George BRASWELL has added to and remodeled his home.  G.M. CLARK has moved the rent house standing on his farm and made it into a barn.  Elmer SHORT of the Robinson Springs community has torn his residence down and built a modern bungalow just across the road from the place where his old home stood.  Hardly any year in the past five or six witnessed more building and general improvement than has been done this year in this community.

            Jesse HUGHES of this place, has been visiting at Fort Worth and Brownwood during the past few weeks.  Mr. HUGHES’ health for some time has been poor but is now improving.

Lloyd E. HILL, postal employee of Fort Worth and a brother of Mrs. O.H. MOORE has been visiting O.H. MOORE and family the past week.

New Hope News

Mr. and Mrs. John LIGHTFOOT and children went to Fort Worth Wednesday and visited in the home of Rev. Earl LIGHTFOOT and wife.  They returned home Thursday.

Miss Ina Mae HODGES of Round Grove was spending a few days the first of the week with Clyde HODGES and family.

Grandma ROBERSON is now at home with her daughter, Mrs. M.E. St.CLAIR after a long visit with her son, Perry ROBERSON of Comanche.

Robinson Springs

Uncle Tom MACON and wife and daughter, Mrs. B.C. CHAMBERS, have gone to Glen Rose for Mrs. MACON’s health.


Mr. and Mrs. Earl NELSON and baby have moved back here from Proctor, Okla.

Nando ROBBINS has returned home after a week’s visit with his brother, Oliver ROBBINS.

Miss Wilma Southall of Roaring Springs is a guest of her aunt, Mrs. Albert RUCKER.

Mr. and Mrs. J.T. CULPERRER are at home after a month’s visit with her mother at Whitney.

Mrs. Harriet Lynch of Stephenville was here for the funeral of her sister, Mrs. E.T. NELSON.

Mrs. D.T. WILLIAMS is at home after spending two months visiting her nephew, Rev. H. WILLIAMS at Abilene.

Miss Winnie Zelle HOLLEMAN spent the past three weeks with her grandfather, Mr. M.P. DAVENPORT at Goree.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe ELY and children are here from Crowell, guests of her mother, Mrs. George ROSS and other relatives.

Mrs. Maud HARDIN is here from Clairette for a visit with her son H.S. FREEMAN.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh WALL were here from Hamilton Sunday, guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.S. FREEMAN. 

Carroll STOVER was here this week for a brief visit with his parents at Desdemona before leaving for Mississippi where he will represent the Southwestern Engraving Co., of Fort Worth selling a line of school graduation invitations, also cut service for high school annuals.  STOVER attended a company school of salesmanship on this line, in Colorado during the summer months.  He is well equip[ped for his new work and having all the state of Mississippi for territory will doubtless do well.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. L.G. HOLLAND, August 20, a ten pound girl.

Mrs. Lulu Maude MERRICK and little daughter of Lubbock, arrived Wednesday for a visit with her sister, Mrs. C.E. GEORGE and family.

Mrs. Ben F. NABORS and little daughter, Bettye Jeane, returned to their home in Hamlin Saturday after visiting two weeks with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. POLNAC.


©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.