De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, October 21, 1927 


Mrs. Webb Toland Had Operation

            Mrs. Webb TOLAND was carried to Gorman for an operation for gall stones, the operation being performed last Thursday.  Although her condition was pronounced serious, she survived the operation nicely and her condition continued to improve.

            Miss Amber Ruth KEMP, niece of Mrs. TOLAND, who was operated on for appendicitis at Gorman some few weeks ago, is at home and improving although she has not resumed her school work. 

Oliver Springs School Term Began

            The school term at Oliver Springs began Monday morning of this week with a good attendance.  This school is being taught by Professors W.C. JENKINS and C.G. MORTON and Miss Bernice CHATHAM.

Pounds School Opened Monday

            School started Monday last at the Pounds school.  This school is being taught this term by Mrs. Willie KENNEDY.

Dr. and Mrs. A.M. Allen Observe 22nd Anniversary

            Dr. and Mrs. A.M. ALLEN observed their 22nd wedding anniversary at their home here Sunday, the exact date of the anniversary, however, being on Tuesday following.  They had as their guests a number of relatives from Gorman and Eastland, the party numbering twenty-seven, as follows:  Mr. and Mrs. B.M. COLLIE, Mr. and Mrs. T.J. HALEY and children, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. COLLE and baby, Mr. and Mrs. Lex REESE, all of Eastland.  Mr. and Mrs. T.J. MORROW and children and Mr. and Mrs. George MORROW and children of Gorman and Mr. and Mrs. Dewey DANIELL of this city.

Old Timer on Visit to City

            Lambert LACY, resident of De Leon 25 or 30 years ago, came back this week for a visit with friends.  He was here 11 years ago, he stated, but since that time has lived in Honolulu, California and Fort Worth where he is engaged in railroad service at present.  Members of his family who formerly lived here are now in San Antonio and one sister lives at Eldorado.

De Leon Girl to Teach in Eastland County Schools

            Miss Allene MOHON left this week to teach in the Flatwood consolidated school, five miles southeast of Eastland.  This is a four teacher school and Miss MOHON will teach primary and piano.  Flatwood is among the most progressive of the county’s consolidated districts, having a new building this year and two school trucks.  The term begins October 24. 

Burl Terry Hurt When Pump Gun Explodes on Hunt

            Last Saturday morning shortly after daylight, Burl TERRY, who resides on his farm on Sabano, five miles southwest of town, took his pump shotgun and went squirrel hunting.  At about 9:30 he was near the back of the D.A. HAMMOND place, when his gun exploded, or in some manner the mechanism failed to work, when he attempted to fire at a squirrel and the shell carriage blew off, the plunger striking Mr. TERRY in the eye.  Just what happened to the gun to cause the accident is not known.

            The lower lid of Mr. TERRY’s eye was half torn away and the piece of steel penetrated the lower portion of the eye-ball, inflicting a painful and serious injury.

            He does not know whether or not the blow knocked him down, nor how long he remained unconscious.  At any rate, when he regained consciousness he was sitting on the ground and had lost considerable blood.  The thinks it must have taken him one and a half hours to walk to his home, a distance of a little more than a mile, and immediately upon his arrival he was rushed to town and given first aid at the office of a local physician, then carried to Gorman where ten stitches were required to close the wound.

            It was at first thought he would lose the eye ball, but his condition has improved to such an extent that this danger is thought past.  However, he will lose the sight of the eye doubtless.

Recent Arrivals

Born to Mr. and Mrs. L.B. CALPEPPER, a seven pound boy on October 13th.

“W.B.”, a fine baby boy, came into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Smith on October the 13th.


Grandmother DUKE left Tuesday for Los Angeles, Calif., where she will spend the winter with her daughter, Mrs. Elvin THOMPSON.

Mr. and Mrs. Estelle SPENCER and little daughter, of Cisco were Sunday visitors in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George SPENCER.

Mrs. Bob CARTER was called to Texarkana Sunday by a message stating that her mother was seriously ill.

Mr. and Mrs. V. BATTERSHELL from Fairy, were visitors over the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll MILLER.

Mr. and Mrs. D.C. LOTHRINGER are here from San Antonio, guests of her mother, Mrs. T.L. FITZGERALD.  Mrs. LOTHRINGER was formerly Miss Ena FITZGERALD.

Mrs. Lavel BLACK of Breckenridge is guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. JONES this week.

Misses Inez, Nell and Anice BOSWELL and Mrs. Hugh SINGLETON and daughter, Joyce, visited their aunt, Mrs. E. MORELAND, Sunday at Cisco.

Mr. and Mrs. Ab WILSON spent last week with their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jack O’BRIEN at Gorman.

Mrs. M.S. WHITLOCK visited her daughter, Mrs. Johnnie GUNN, at Comanche last week.

Rev. J.N. CAMPBELL, Mesdames B.J. PITTMAN, C.L. KINCHEN, Dee HENSON, John J. HORN, J.N. NUNNELLEY and Oscar HOWARDS attended the Workers Conference at Dublin Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. T.F. BUTLER from Brownwood were week-end visitors with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Len MAY.

Mr. and Mrs. Wesley MABEN and children of Ranger were recent visitors in the home of her sister, Mrs. H.H. CARLILE here.

Mr. and Mrs. Jas. T. ROSS were in Dallas a few days ago visiting their daughter, Mrs. C.W. BARTLETT and attending the fair.

Mr. and Mrs. C.C. HAMPTON and children and Mrs. A.E. HAMPTON, went to Dallas Thursday last week to attend the fair and visit in the home of his brother, Dr. HAMPTON, a practicing physician there.  They returned home Saturday.


©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.