De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, October 14, 1927 


J.P. Welss [sic]Observed 82nd Birthday Oct. 5

            J.P. WELLS, who has resided in the De Leon section for many years, was 82 years of age on October 5th and his birthday was duly celebrated at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jesse TODD at Ranger.  Mrs. E.E. NABORS, a granddaughter of Mr. WELLS, who resides at Eastland, prepared the huge birthday cake in its snowy whiteness upon which were placed 82 candles of pink.  There were many happy birthday greetings extended to Mr. WELLS on this occasion.

            Dinner was served to Mr. and Mrs. B.V. MORRISON, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. GIDEON, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. NABORS of Eastland; L.E., Willie, Eston and Inon TODD and the host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse TODD of Ranger.

Sara Emeline Macon

            On Wednesday evening at 6:30, October 5, 1927, just as the sun was sinking in the west, the earthly life of Sarah E. MACON came peacefully to an end.  Sara Emeline SISSON was born in Talladega county, Ala., December 24, 1851, making her 75 years, 9 months and 10 days of age at the time of her death.  She was married to Thos. J. MACON on October 12th, 1879.  To this union was born eight children, five boys and three girls, all are living and all being present at her bedside at the time of her death.  At the age of 31 she was converted and united with the Missionary Baptist church, of which she was ever a faithful and consistent member.  In January 1902 she removed with her family to Texas, living for six years one mile from De Leon, then moving six miles from De Leon into the Robinson Springs community where she has lived for the past 20 years.

            Her children are: R.L. MACON, De Leon; Mrs. Fannie DUKE, De Leon; Mrs. Mary RAY, De Leon; W.T. MACON, Ralls, Texas; Mrs. Kate CHAMBERS, De Leon; B.H. MACON, Dallas; and J.M. MACON, Gorman.  There were twenty-three grand children.  Mrs. MACON was also survived by one sister, Mrs. Ann GREEN in Alabama.  Her faithful husband, T.J. MACON, aged now 73, also survives.

            Funeral and burial was at De Leon cemetery at 4:00 o’clock Thursday afternoon, October 6th, 1927, with Rev. J.N. CAMPBELL in charge.

            Three years ago she had a very serious attack of illness which left her almost an invalid.  She was always happy in the Savior’s love.  It was beautiful indeed to see how near she lived to her Lord.  Often she expressed her desire to go home and be at rest with Jesus and her loved ones.  She was a part of nature and loved the great outdoors, often saying the most beautiful things in the world was the sunshine, trees, birds and flowers.  She was confined to her bed only a week when death came to her relief.  She aroused from a stupor and gave us a glimpse of heaven.  She was so happy, her eyes were bright and shining with a beautiful smile upon her face.  She told she was in heaven and did not wish to come back to this world, saying there were many people there and some she had never seen before, and they were all good people.  She called names of loved ones who had departed this life long ago.  She knew all that stood by her bedside calling each by name.  For some time she talked and then said she wanted to go when she had started, often saying “just le me go to sleep” and now she is sleeping, sweetly sleeping in Christ.

But is it sleep? Or just a dream

That passes with the morning beam

A dream that opens wide the door

To glories on the other shore.

I wonder if that sleep can be the doorway to eternity.



Buell Van Zandt Married Gorman Girl Monday

            A year and a half ago Buell VAN ZANDT went to Gorman and engaged in business and that was the beginning of a romance between young VAN ZANDT and Miss Hazel ROBERTS of that city which culminated in their marriage this week.

            Lately Mr. VAN ZANDT has operated a sandwich shop at Desdemona.  And he leased his business out last week until the first of the coming year and he and Miss ROBERTS drove to Cisco Monday afternoon and were married in a room at the New Frances Hotel where a cousin of the bride was staying, a Cisco Justice pronouncing the wedding ceremony.  The wedding occurred at 6:10 o’clock p.m.

            Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. VAN AZNDT came here and are spending some time with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. K.M. VAN ZANDT.  After the first of the coming year they may make their home in Desdemona.

            Mrs. VAN ZANDT was reared in Gorman, attended Forman schools and churches and was socially popular during the years she has lived there.  She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. ROBERTS, prominent in that city.  Buell numbers his friends by the scores and hundreds, having the happy faculty of making friends wherever he goes.  The best of good wishes from hosts of friends accompany them as they face the future as man and wife.

Twins are Born to De Leon Couple

            Mr. and Mrs. Manley STONE are rejoicing over the arrival of “Manley Earl and Lillie Pearl” twins, born into their home on Monday, October 3.  They weigh 10 and 7 pounds, respectively and both mother and little ones are doing nicely.

Comyn News

Mrs. Grace NICHOLS, the primary teacher of the Proctor school, visited in the primary department of the Comyn school last Thursday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Dave FLOYD took their little daughter, Wilma Ray, to the Blackwell Sanitarium Monday for an eye operation.

R.L. SPRUILL closed a deal last week with Mrs. FILFORD for a farm near Rush creek on the De Leon-Comanche highway.

Jakehamon News

Mr. and Mrs. W.F. HALE and children have returned from an extensive tour of the northwest; going as far as West Virginia.

Milton KING, who for the past several months has been in California, has returned home.

New Hope News

Our school term opened here Monday, October 10th.  Mr. John LIGHTFOOT and Miss Enola McCHAREN are the teachers.  The outlook is good for a successful school term.

Mrs. W.W. HODGES and children spent Sunday in the home of her father, G.L. LEE.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim DAVIS and their two children left last week for Snyder, where they will be gone for sometime and will help his brother gather his cotton crop.  They stopped at Sweetwater and visited a day or so with her brother, Jim HOLLAND and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Bob SCOTT moved from this community last week and are now located near Trinity.

Mrs. S.F. HOLLAND, Miss Susie HOLLAND, Mrs. Sam LOFTON and Mrs. Basil BROWNLEE and little daughter, all spent Tuesday with their daughter and sister, Mrs. Willie LINDLEY of near Jakehamon.

Oliver Springs

Mr. and Mrs. Richard BREEDLOVE spent Sunday with Mr. BREEDLOVE’s parents in Comanche.

Miss Rubye Lee REED has gone to San Antonio with her sister, Mrs. NABORS.

Misses Leal and Oleander ECHOLS are spending the week with their brother at Gorman.

We notice a question from a one-time resident in Free Press in regard to Sandy GLOVER.  He is still carrier on Route One and will be until he is pensioned for old age if left for the patrons (especially the children) to decide.  There would be an uprising on Route One should a new carrier appear.


Mrs. Exa DODSON visited her son, A.C. DODSON at Cross Plains the last weekend.

Miss Agnes WILKINSON, who teaches at Carbon, was a week-end visitor with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. WILKINSON.

Mitchell TATE is here from McCAMEY visiting home folks.

Misses Model and Pearl TATE visited friends in Cisco Sunday.

Mrs. L.C. BILLS visited her uncle, B. SPEGEL at Matador the past week.

Otis HARVEY visited his son, John D., at Simmons U., Abilene, Tuesday.

N.E. YOUNG is here from Best, guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. YOUNG.

Mrs. H.O. GUEST is at home from Houston where she visited her son, C.D. GUEST.

Miss Lelia and Herschel RICHESON were home the past week end from Weatherford where they are attending school at Weatherford College.

Miss Della WALL, teacher in Gorman schools, has been at home during the week on account of an attack of influenza.

Mesdames Johnnie ALLEN and Harry WARNER of Dublin were week-end visitors with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dick HASLEY.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam WILKERSON and baby from Waco, were week-end visitors with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. WILKERSON.

Mr. and Mrs. E. SPENCER from Cisco were here the past week at the bedside of their father, Uncle George SPENCER, who is ill.

Miss C.G. TATE is leaving this week for Gonzales where she will visit her brother, Elmer TATE and wife and attend school.


©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.