De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, November 25, 1927 

E.O. Cozby Is Severely Burned In Gas Flames

            E.O. COSBY, who has been working a week at the Union Terminal at Dallas, was painfully, but not seriously burned in a gas fire in his room in Oak Cliff early Saturday morning.  Mr. COSBY goes off duty at midnight, and had gone to his lodging house and upon entering the room struck a match and the gas from a leaky connection had filled the room and became ignited.  The building was destroyed.

            Mr. COSBY was taken to the Baptist Sanitarium for medical attention and will be there for some days.  His son, Oscar COSBY, was in Dallas Tuesday and visited his father.  He said the elder COSBY will be out again in a week or so.

 C.H. Watkins Is Laid To Rest Here Sunday Afternoon

            A large assembly gathered at the First Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock to pay their last respects to the memory of C.H. WATKINS, elderly pipe line foreman, who died last Thursday.  Rev. J.M. STRICKLAND, close friend of the deceased, spoke words of comfort to the bereaved family and friends, and eulogized the man whose life had been brought to a close.

            As stated in the last issue of the Free Press, Mr. WATKINS died quite suddenly.  He was out on the Chalk Mountain road, nine miles east of Stephenville at 9 a.m., in company with his brother-in-law, Edd FORD, of Marshall.  They stopped by the roadside for a few minutes, Mr. WATKINS walking a short distance from the car.  When he did not return in the expected time, Mr. FORD called to him and not receiving an answer, walked into the woods in the direction Mr. WATKINS had taken and found him where he had pitched forward, his head on his arm, dead.  Stephenville officers were notified and inquest held, the coroner pronouncing death due to heart failure.

            Mr. WATKINS was subject to sudden attacks of acute indigestion, and those close to him believe this may have been a contributing cause of his death.

            Born in Oil City, Penn., on Dec. 19, 1854, Mr. WATKINS was 72 years, 11 months and 17 days of age at death.  He married in Pennsylvania and reared a family of two boys and one girl.  The daughter is believed dead.  His two sons, O.W. WATKINS of Joplin, Mo., and A.L. WATKINS, of Tulsa, Okla., were both present at his funeral.

            In the early 80s Mr. WATKINS became connected with the pipe line business, helping to build the first pipe line from his native state to the coast.  On last May 19, he had been 53 years in pipe line work.  He was formerly with the Prairie Oil & Gas Co., and when the Magnolia Petroleum Co. was organized he went with that company and remained with them until he was placed on the retired list this year.  He worked in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas.  He had been in Texas 17 years and in De Leon since the autumn of 1918.

            Besides the two sons mentioned, Mr. WATKINS is survived by his wife and three step children, who reside here, all of whom were present at his funeral service.

            Pall bearers were from the Riddle Pump Station, men who had worked under him for years and who held him in the highest regard.  They were: J.C. PIERCE, C.W. CROCKETT, T. GRIFFITH, S.E. IVERSON, COSTY B. BLUMBERG and Chas. SCHNARE.

            Other relatives and friends present were: Messrs. Edd and Jack FORD, Marshall; C.A. BARTON, Trustcott, W.M. RAY, Dallas; Otto STALLARD, Jr. and son, Dallas; Christ ROONEY, Electra; Supt. J.A. SMITH, Carl Q. BOUCHER, Richard WAGGNER, Virgil WYATT, Chas. La CLARE, H.E. SNIDER, January TAYLOR, Chief Engineer ANDERSON, Mrs. Grace BELCHER, all of Olden; Claude STRANGE, Walnut SPRINGS; Wesley LANGHAM, Job FARRAR, Preston HENRY and Allen WILLIAMSON, all of Desdemona; George HOWDEN and Jeff PEAK, De Leon employees and a host of others of this section.

 Dinner Party

            Mrs. Henry W. WELLS and children are here from Ingomar, Miss., visiting relatives. Mrs. J.G. PILCHER, a sister-in-law, gave a dinner Sunday, November 13, in honor of the Mississippi folks.  Those present were Mr. And Mrs. S.E. DERRICK and family, Stephenville; Mr. And Mrs. Jesse TODD and family, of Ranger; Mr. And Mrs. Earl PILCHER and family, De Leon; Mrs. B.M. GLOVER and little son Budy; Mr. And Mrs. Dudley SINGLETON, De Leon.

            Mrs. WELLS will return home soon.

 Vance Singleton Buys Nice Home

            Mr. And Mrs. Vance SINGLETON recently purchased the SWAGERTY property in the southeast portion of the city, just opposite the Mrs. C.W. PATTERSON home.  The place was formerly owned by Merton L. HARRIS and is quite nice.


            The marriage of Fie MORELAND, son of T.R. MORELAND of near Rucker, to Miss Hester Mae JEFFRIES of Abilene occurred in that city Tuesday of this week.  MORELAND has been employed at McCamey, and the young couple will make their home there.  His bride was a trained nurse at Abilene.

            Mr. And Mrs. MORELAND were here early in the week visiting in homes of his father and also visiting Mr. And Mrs. Len MAY.  They are now at home at McCamery.

 Local News

Rev. Joseph PATTERSON, assistant pastor of the Corsicana Methodist church the past year, was here early in the week for a visit in the home of his mother, Mrs. C.W. PATTERSON, and others.  Last year was young Rev. PATTERSON's first year in the ministry in Texas and he was returned to Corsicana for another year's work.

 Mrs. Thurman SMITH, formerly Miss Annie Mae REED, is here this week from Ft. Worth, visiting in the home of her parents, Mr.and Mrs. W.M. REED.

 J.B. WILSON, pioneer merchant of De Leon, now in the drug business at Sulphur Springs, is on business in the city this week.

 Clark DUKE, little son of Mr. And Mrs. S.A. DUKE, has been quite ill this week.  Mrs. DUKE, who teaches at South Ward, has been absent from her room, at his bedside.

 Cecil NELSON, who is employed by the McFadden Cotton Company at Waco, was a week end guest of his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Marlon NELSON.

 Alvie JONES from Marshall is here, guest with his sister, Mrs. C.H. WATKINS.

 Jack FORD from Monroe, La., is here for a visit with his aunt, Mrs. C.H. WATKINS.

 Mr. and Mrs. Carroll BARTON and children were here from Truscott, visitors with Mrs. C.H. WATKINS and other friends.

 Uncle John SMITH has gone to Denton for a visit with his daughter, Mrs. Will AKERS.

 Mr. and Mrs. Ross JENKINS and Miss Lelia JENKINS, who teach at Paint Rock are spending Thanksgiving with their parents, Mr. And Mrs. W.C. JENKINS.

 Mrs. Sophie NANCE, mother of Mrs. L.C. BILLS, returned this week from San Francisco, Calif., where she has lived with his son, Olen SPEAGLE for the past two years.

 Mr. and Mrs. Felix MORRIS were visitors with Mr. MORRIS' sister, Mrs. J.D. COLLIER at Troup the past week.

 Mr. and Mrs. Carl YOUNG from San Antonio were week-end guests with their parents, Mr. And Mrs. J.T. YOUNG and Mr. And Mrs. John TATE.

 Jakehamon News

Johnnie HILLIARD had the misfortune to have a collision with another car near the Trans Continental camp on the De Leon-Desdemona highway Sunday night.  No one was hurt seriously.

 Mrs. S.O. McKINNEY has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. J.T. COOPER at Breckenridge.

 Ragie and Ralph ROBBINS have gone to McCamey in connection with the pipe line work being done there.  Both these boys have commanded high salaried positions with the pipeline people and will probably continue with them indefinitely.

 Robinson Springs

Friends of Miss Mattie HARRIS will be surprised to hear of her marriage on November 19, 1927, to Mr. Chester MARION.  They are leaving Monday for McCamey where they will make their home.

 R.L. MACON left Saturday night for Ralls, Texas, where he will be engaged for several days, helping his brother, Walter, pick cotton.


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.