De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, December 9, 1927 


Mrs. Bob Carter’s Mother Died Nov. 25

            Mrs. Bob CARTER is home from Texarkana where she remained for several weeks at the bedside of her mother, Mrs. J.J. YOUNG, who passed away on November 25th, and was buried on the day following.  Mrs. YOUNG was 76 years of age.  She had resided in Texarkana 12 years, formerly living at Victoria, Texas.  She was survived by her husband, three sons and two daughters.  She had been a member of the Methodist church for more than 60 years.

Grandmother Eads Died Last Monday

            The Free Press editor has heard of the death of Grandmother EADS, the mother of Mrs. P.B. SHIRO, which occurred here Tuesday this week and the body was taken to the old home, Gordon, Texas, for burial.  Grandmother EADS was well advanced in years and had been ill for some time preceding her death.

            Detailed information is lacking at the hour of going to press.  An account will be published later.

Mad Dog Story in Our Last Issue was “Scrambled”

            L.T. SLATER was bitten by a big white dog, property of E.J. FANNING, at the Fanning Filling Station seven miles east of town a few days ago, the dog springing at him and biting him about the chin and lower lip as he attempted to pet it.  The dog was taken, alive, to Austin by Tommie SLATER, father of the boy and an examination made both of the injured boy and the animal at the Pasteur institute and the specialists declared there was no danger of rabies.  So the boy was brought home, the dog shipped back “alive” and restored to its owner.

            Free Press published the story on rumor last week and misstated the case.


            The marriage of Mr. Tommy GRAY and Miss Clara ROSS occurred at the home of Rev. W.L. SKAGGS, Saturday evening, November 26th.

            Those who accompanied them were Mr. and Mrs. Cecil SMITH, Mrs. Mollie COUNTS, Mrs. M.J. POUNDS, Mr. NORTON, Miss ROBINSON, Miss Mollie GRAY, Cecil ROSS and Miss Dora Fay McPHAIL.

            After the wedding all returned to the bride’s home where other friends and relatives had gathered, and were served a seven o’clock dinner.

            Mrs. GRAY is the loveable daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matt ROSS.  Mr. GRAY is the worthy son of Mr. and Mrs. Bolivar GRAY.  Both these young people were read [sic] in this community and are loved and admired by all who know them.

            For the time being they will make their home with Mr. GRAY’s parents.

            Best wishes of their many, many friends go with them on the road to success and happiness. –Contributed


            The marriage of Miss Ina COGBURN to Mr. Herman FOSTER occurred at Mineral Wells on November 27th.  Following their marriage they spent several days in Dallas.  Miss COGBURN graduated from De Leon school in 1925.  Mr. FOSTER is proprietor of Foster’s Pharmacy at Gorman.  Their friends extend them congratulations and best wishes.

Variety Store Clerk Had Watch and Hat Stolen

            Miss Modell TATE, who is employed as a clerk at Bibbys Variety Store has been the victim of two thefts of late.  First, someone picked up her hat and walked away with it.  Last week she reported the loss of her wrist watch.  Someone took it from the pocket of her sweater which was hanging in a secluded place in the store.

Honor Roll, South Ward

First Grade – James R. WILLIAMS, Junior TERRILL, Royce STRINGFELLOW, Thomas WILLIAMS, Bobby D. HAMMERS, Josie Beth ALLEN, Elizabeth CARTER, Thalma RICE, Elaine SCOTT.

Second Grade – Martha Fay BARKER, Delta R. HOLDRIDGE, Flora JONES, Ola May KEMP, Madge LIGHTFOOT, Margaret SAHARP, Rex CARNES, Eugene WEAVER.

Third Grade – Eugenea GENTRY, Billie F. LONDON, Frances GREGORY, Bobby STRINGFELLOW, Virginia SCOTT, Roy BROWN, Jocelyn KEMP, Denton JENKINS, George Van ZANDT.

Fourth Grade – Wilfred BAGWELL

Fifth Grade – Doris MORTON, Azalea CLARK, T.C. MILLER

Sixth Grade – Jim NANCE, Martha RUSSELL

Seventh Grade – Anthon LEIGON, Evelyn GOLIGHTLY, Lenora FINKLESTEIN.

Bridge Club

            Mrs. E.E. DABNEY was hostess to the members and guests of the Bridge Club on Tuesday, Dec. 6th.  Five games of bridge were played, Mrs. CARLISLE being the fortunate one to hold high score.

            Refreshments were served to the members and the following guests:  Mesdames H.W. WHITE of Meridian; Ola GOLIGHTLY and Mrs. R.L. SCOTT.

            Mrs. W.E. LOWE will be the next hostess for the club.


Mr. and Mrs. Lem MACON and family are moving to Ralls, this week.

Mrs. A.J. ROGERS is here from Belton, guest with her daughter, Mrs. Roy BRANNON.

H.O. GEORGE has gone to Dallas and is being treated at Baylor hospital for an infection on his upper lip.  Mr. George has been suffering with the strange malady for some two or three weeks and getting no relief, was carried by his physician to a specialist.

Mrs. Oscar HOWARD received a message notifying her of the death of her step-brother, Graham McCULLOUGH at Wichita Falls, Thursday morning.  Young McCOLLOUGH was a member of the Christian church and a geologist with the Roxana Oil Company.

Mrs. C.H. WATKINS was a weekend guest with her son, A.C. WATKINS, at Fort Worth.

Miss Clark NICKEL of Flatonia, niece of Mrs. Laura VALENTA at Travelers Hotel, is here for an extended visit with her aunt.

Mrs. Hubert COUCH and daughter, Gladys Dolores have returned from Shreveport, after several weeks visit with relatives.

The Free Press has not before mentioned the birth of a fine baby girl, which occurred to Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie GOODEN here on Nov. 11th.

Mr. and Mrs. M. MOORE of Houston are guests this week of Mr. and Mrs. J.G. HOOKER.  Their three little daughters accompany them.  Mrs. MOORE was formerly Miss Iola HOOKER.

L.T. SLATER has gone to Dallas to visit his aunt, Mrs. Mattie ABELS.

Mr. and Mrs. Hardy CADDELL are rejoicing over the arrival of a fine baby boy at their home Monday evening, Dec. 5.  The youngster weighs 9 pounds and both he and his mother are doing nicely.  Hardy, it is thought, will soon get over it sufficiently to be back at his place of business.

Mrs. J.H. ROUNDTREE, sister-in-law of Mrs. Sophia NANCE, was here from Whitney this week for a visit.

Jakehamon News

W.N. KOONCE has installed a complete and modern lighting system.  This improvement, along with other improvements that have been made by Mr. KOONCE this year, gives his home an appearance that is modern and very attractive.

Mrs. L.E. OSBORN and child from Texon, Texas, are visiting her parents T.L. OSBORN and family.

Mrs. W.A. ROGERS and family of this community are moving to Cisco this week.  Major KEITH of Desdemona will move on the farm vacated by them.

George FUQUA and family of Pecos, have moved back to this country temporarily because of the poor health of Mrs. FUQUA.  This family have been unfortunate in the loss of their health.  Mr. FUQUA has his sight badly impaired.  His little girl, Bonnie, has almost entirely lost her hearing and Mrs. FUQUA has had a severe nervous breakdown.  It is thought that the change back to this country will help them.

Little L.D. BRAZEL, whose health has been very bad, will be sent to Carlsbad to the sanatorium. 


Houston CROW, who has been sick with pneumonia, is reported as not getting along very well.

Mr. and Mrs. Silver KEITH are the proud parents of a baby girl born to them December 1.  All are doing nicely.

Oliver Springs

Joel SMITH is no better this week.

Roy and Frank PARKE have gone to Colorado City.

George REED, Jr. and wife of De Leon spent Sunday with his parents.


Mr. and Mrs. J.H. CHANDLER and children spent Sunday in Cisco as guests of Mrs. CHANDLER’s sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Van GODDARD.

Wade NANCE of Putnam is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.S. NANCE.

Mr. and Mrs. C.O. PELL are the parents of a baby girl born Dec. 4.

J.H. HERRICKS and family have moved from Rock to their new home in the New Hope community.

Mr. and Mrs. David BRIDGES of Sweetwater are here visiting their relatives, the Ed THOMAS and H.O. GEORGE families.

M.H. ROSS left last Wednesday with a car of Jersey milk cows which he took to Colorado City to place on the market there.

Mr. and Mrs. H.D. GEORGE have gone to Dallas where Mr. GEORGE is under medical treatment at a sanitarium.

J.J. MONTAGUE, one of Comyn’s wide-awake livestock farmers, has just completed a large two story barn on his farm.  The upper story is to be used for storing feed, while the lower story is constructed especially for winter shelter for his sheep and cattle.

The latest addition to the list of radio listeners is C.G. MOHON, who last week purchased and installed a new radio in his home.

Last Friday a car belonging to O.A. TERGERSON but being driven by Bill STRUBE, plunged into a ditch just as the driver was turning a corner.  Mr. STRUBE and his mother, Mrs. Bertie STRUBE, being thrown through the windshield were bruised, but not seriously injured.  Mrs. TERGERSON and little girl managed to stay in the car and escaped with no other injury than a very bad scare.


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