De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, December 30, 1927 


Nance Family Hold Reunion Christmas Day

            The gathering of the NANCE family, the mother, sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons and great granddaughters at the home of J.S. NANCE last Monday, Dec. 26th, was a reminder of the hospitality of that home 20 years ago when the father, W.B. NANCE, owned the farm, four miles southeast of De Leon.

            Plans for the somewhat impromptu gathering began early Monday morning when a phone call from C.D. EDMONSON said that he and his family were coming from Rising Star.  It was then decided that the families should join the party at the home of J.S. NANCE.  The chief amusement of the day consisted in getting acquainted with members who had entered the family since the last gathering in entertaining the bride of B.L. NANCE and in smoking W.W.’s Christmas cigars.

            The festive hoard accommodated 52 people:  Mrs. W.B. NANCE, De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. W.L. GREER; De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. C.D. EDMONDSON, Rising Star; Mr. and Mrs. B.L. NANCE, Abilene; T.H. NANCE and family, De Leon; J.S. NANCE and family, De Leon; E.M. NANCE and family, Cross Plains; W.W. NANCE and family, De Leon; Blake NEAL and family, Ranger; C.F. NEWBERRY and family, Jacksonville; J. Oscar BASS and family, Tulia; Mrs. Roy NANCE, Big Spring; Fred RUTLEDGE and family, De Leon; Mr. J. HILL, Rising Star and Misses MAYS, FINCHER and HAMMOND, Tulia; were also in the party.  Of the NANCE brothers, two were not present, E.W. NANCE, Waxahachie, and S.H. NANCE, Winters.

            The first reunion of the NANCE-HENRY-LIGHTFOOT kinfolks was held on the Sabano river in 1902 in honor of Mrs. Eli LIGHTFOOT, then on a visit from the state of Arkansas.  The reunion was held annually in or near De Leon until 1914.  There was an expressed sentiment in the gathering on Monday to resume this custom interrupted by the World war.

 Former De Leon Man Will Move To Corpus Christi

            Dr. N.E. GREER, practicing physician at Lockney for the past ten years has sold out there and will enter school immediately at Tulane in New Orleans for a three months course.  He will then take up practice in eye, ear, nose and throat at Corpus Christi.  His family will remain at Lockney until school is out.

Rev. B.L. Nance Married in Phoenix

            The marriage of Rev. B.L. NANCE, formerly of this city, to Mrs. BURROWS of Phoenix, Arizona, occurred in that city on Monday, November 14th, last.  The Free Press just heard of the occurrence when Rev. NANCE and his bride arrived here to join the NANCE family reunion at Christmas.  His many De Leon friends extend congratulations and best wishes.

            Rev. NANCE is Field Secretary of Sunday Schools for the Methodist church and is assigned to duty in the Northwest Texas Conference with headquarters at 411 Palm St., Abilene.


            Mr. Carl DUKE and Miss Ora GILLOCK were happily married on December 5th at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Rev. A.F. NABORS.

            Mr. DUKE is the worthy son of Mr. and Mrs. William DUKE.  Mrs. DUKE is the loveable daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene GILLOCK.

            Both of these young people were reared in this community and are loved by all who know them.

            Their many friends wish for them much happiness.

Mrs. W.W. Bender Dead

            The death of Mrs. Zula BENDER, wife of the late W.W. BENDER, occurred at Breckenridge at 8:35 o’clock Christmas eve following an extended illness.  Mrs. Bender had lived in Breckenridge for several years, having left De Leon some five years ago.  The cause of her death was given as cancer of the stomach.

            Zula ASTON was born in Erath county, Texas, on August 26th, 1885, lacking two days of being 42 years and 4 months of age at death.  She was married to W.W. BENDER here in June 1905 and one child, a daughter, was born to them, who survives to mourn the loss of a loving mother who had been her constant companion.  It was at the home of her daughter, now Mrs. J.B. SCOTT, that she passed away.  She was a faithful member of the Methodist church for many years and a sterling Christian character, a good neighbor and a good woman.

            Others surviving this good woman are two sisters and one brother, residing at Stamford, Carlton and Hillsboro, respectively, all of whom were present at her funeral here.  Her aged mother resides at Silverton, Texas, and was unable to be present.

            The funeral was at the Methodist church at 3:30 Sunday, Dec. 25th, and burial followed at De Leon cemetery.  Rev. W.W. RICHESON was in charge of the service which was attended by a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends.

“In Remembrance”

            On December 18, 1927, the death angel came unexpectedly and took the dear wife and mother of Mr. A.J. HUCKABE and children away.

            Mrs. Sidney HUCKABE had not been well for about four years when she fell and broke her right arm.  The doctors never were able to set it back which left her in serious pain.

            She continued going down until death came.  On December 12th she was taken very ill and on the 18th death came and left the home very sad, a vacant place that can never be filled again.

            Mrs. Sidney HUCKABE was born on December 4, 1861 in Lafayette county, Miss.  In 1879 she was married to Mr. A.J. HUCKABE.  They moved to Texas where she has lived ever since.  She was converted at an early age and joined the Missionary Baptist church and has lived a true and faithful life until her death.

            She is survived by her husband and three children.  There was five children born to them and two had already gone on to welcome their mother in heaven.  The three living are Mrs. Lizzie JOHNSON, De Leon; Mrs. Della GRAHAM, Duster; Mrs. Iona ADCOCK, De Leon.  Two brothers and one sister also survive:  Callie PARKS, Carbon; Ezar PARKS, Woodson and Mrs. Susie COOK, of Mississippi.

            Rev. CLEMENS , her pastor, held the funeral services at the De Leon cemetery and the remains were laid to rest there. – Contributed

Mrs. Weir Dead

            Mrs. J.F. WEIR, mother of Mrs. Will MORRIS and Mrs. Paul TALBERT, died at the home of Mrs. MORRIS at 10:00 o’clock p.m. Tuesday evening, Dec. 20th, 1927 and her mortal remains were laid to rest at De Leon cemetery on the afternoon of Dec. 22 following.  A large number of sorrowing friends came to mingle their tears with those of the stricken family and to follow her bier to its last resting place where a great heap of beautiful flowers attested to the love and esteem in which she was held.  Rev. Seba KIRKPATRICK, once pastor here, was called to conduct the funeral service, which occurred at 3:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon.

            Diadema E. BOSWELL was born in LaFayette county, Miss., Sept. 16, 1847, being therefore more than 80 years of age.  When a girl in the latter teens she removed with her parents to Indiana where she lived for many years.  After the close of the Civil war and the assassination of Lincoln, she was one who viewed the body of the great Lincoln while it lay in state at Indianapolis.

            On Sept. 27, 1883 she was married to J.F. WIER and to them were born two daughters, Dovie and Alice, who came with their mother to De Leon more than 20 years ago and married Will MORRIS and Paul TALBERT here.  Mrs. MORRIS continues to make her home here.  Mrs. TALBERT is living now in Los Angeles.

            Mrs. WEIR joined the Missionary Baptist church when 16 years of age, but placed her membership with the Christian church here at De Leon 20 years.  She lived during her career in four states, Mississippi, Indiana, California and Texas.

Hancock Family Had Reunion Here During Christmas

            Mr. and Mrs. A.J. HANCOCK were made happy on Christmas by having all their children present for the holiday, including Mr. and Mrs. M.H. HANCOCK, De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. SANNIE and Mr. and Mrs. Willie HANCOCK from Houston and Mr. and Mrs. H.H. FINE from Dublin, and Mrs. Zillah TALLEY, late of Houston but who will now make her home with her parents, and Rev. and Mrs. Leo BOON and little son from Eddy, Texas.

Blind Baby Son of Arden Bell is Gaining Sight.

            The little 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Arden BELL is studying this year at the School for the Blind at Austin, and is making splendid progress.  The child was born blind and it is a great deal of satisfaction to his parents now that he gradually gaining his sight, being able to see his way about, to distinguish colors, and he could read except for the fact that he is discouraged in doing this in order to preserve what sight he has.  The little fellow, together with his parents, was here for the holidays.

Father of Local Man Died Suddenly

            S.G. CARNES, aged about 60, died suddenly at the home of his son, S.Z. CARNES, the Mrs. Mollie TATE home at an early hour Friday morning, Dec. 23.  CARNES and his wife had just arrived from their home at Rotan where he has worked for the Katy for many years, coming in on the night train which reaches here after midnight.  After reaching the home and exchanging Christmas greetings with members of the family, the elderly man died suddenly as he sat in a chair, it is reported.  Heart failure was believed the cause of his death.

            Mr. CARNES, his wife, and members of the family of his son, were going to Kansas to spend Christmas and were this far on their way.  It was a sad ending for the anticipated happy Christmas season, which was to be spent with loved ones in that state.

            The body of deceased was returned next day to Rotan for burial, accompanied by relatives here.  Mr. CARNES has worked for the Katy for thirty years.  He was section foreman at Rotan.

Mrs. Nancy Ellen Eads

            Mrs. Nancy Ellen EADS was born April 11, 1847, died December 6, 1927 at 8:50 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. P.B. SHIRO.

            Mrs. EADS was 80 years, lacking a little over four months having reached the 81st year.

            Mrs. EADS was before her marriage Nancy Ellen CADDELL and was married to Wm. EADS at the age of 14 in Wise county.  Mr. EADS died in the year 1906 at Gordon, Texas, and was buried there.

            One son, Martin Henry, was born to this union and died in the year 1891 and was also buried there.

            Mrs. SHIRO is the foster daughter of Mrs. EADS, having been adopted by Mrs. EADS at the age of three years, and the love that existed between this mother and daughter was that of blood kin, as was that of the three grandchildren who also survive.

            Mrs. EADS was buried at 3 o’clock Wednesday, Dec. 7th at Gordon, beside the son and husband.  She was converted and baptized in the Christian church when a very young child and has lived a life every day as that of a Christian and her Bible was her constant companion.

            Those surviving are: One daughter, Mrs. P.B. SHIRO; three grand-children, Mrs. Tom BEBEE, Mrs. Morris SEIGEL: and Mr. Sidney NOLEN.

Forest Spence is Home from Venezuela

            Forest SPENCE, son of Mrs. Wesley JONES, returned several weeks ago from Venezuela where he has been the past three years and a half in the employ of the Large Petroleum Co., as electrician.  SPENCE had a very interesting experience in South America and says he may return there at some time in the future.  For the present he will remain in the States.

Former De Leon Man to Ralls

Mr. and Mrs. Leon NOEL and daughter, Miss Eudora, were here spending Christmas with friends and announced that they are moving to Ralls immediately where he will be connected with the Ford station in that thriving little city.  Miss Eudora will continue to study at Trinity University, Waxahachie.

Fire Destroyed Compton-Butler Home Last Night

            Fire of undetermined origin destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.Z. COMPTON and Mr. and Mrs. W.O. BUTLER Thursday night.  The house was a duplex, occupied by the two families and was owned by Bartlett and C.O. BRAGG, sons of Mrs. W.L. GREER.  It was located on the street with the Methodist church and was about five blocks south of the church.

            Mrs. COMPTON and baby were in Dallas when the fire occurred.  Mr. COMPTON had not been in the house for some hours nor had the BUTLER family been there for more than an hour.  No one could give any possible reason for the fire.

            The place was rented as a furnished duplex apartment by Bragg Bros.  Both house and furniture was insured for $1700.  Their loss was much in excess of that figure.  Neither the BUTLERS nor the COMPTONS carried any insurance.

            This was the second fire loss Mr. and Mrs. BUTLER have suffered, a house they occupied belonging to the Independent Torpedo Co., burned a couple of years ago.

Warning Notice Bird Shooting

            Inasmuch as we, the undersigned, believe in and desire to protect the community  against bird shooters, we hereby post against bird shooting at any and all times of the year hunting on, or along, the roads or lines of our premises.


Former De Leon Man Now Pastor Oklahoma Church

            Rev. B.M. JACKSON, now pastor of the Baptist church at Mangum, Okla., was here for Christmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. JACKSON, accompanied by his wife.  Rev. JACKSON preached at the Baptist church on Christmas day.


Mr. and Mrs. Val McCHAREN of Abilene were visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.S. McCHAREN this week.

Mr. and Mrs. J.R. HATTOX and children of Stephenville were here for a visit with their daughters, Mesdames Stanley CARRUTH and Robert GRIMSHAW Thursday, also visiting the McCHAREN family.

A.W. McIVER, local manager for the Southwest Ga. Co., left Friday to spend Christmas in the home of his parents at Hope, Ark., the first Christmas visit in 13 years.

Joe WILLIAMS, who is teaching vocational agriculture at Heidenheimer, was home for Christmas.

Clay MORRIS was at home from Best attending the funeral and burial of his grandmother, Mrs. WEIR.

Mrs. J.M. ELY, son Boyd and baby Alpha, of Crowell, were here spending Christmas with her mother, Mrs. George ROSS and others.

Mr. and Mrs. R.P. WALLACE and children are leaving in a few days for San Angelo to make their future home.  Mr. WALLACE to be employed in the carpenter trade.  Their friends regret to see them leaving De Leon.

Mr. and Mrs. F.T. DANIELL went to San Angelo to spend Christmas with their son, Leslie, who is in a sanitarium there.

C.B. STEPHENS, who has been living at Junction for several months, has returned to this city.

Mr. and Mrs. M.F. UPCHURCH of Duncan, Okla. were here last week to attend the funeral of Grandmother WEIR.  Mrs. UPCHURCH is a sister of Paul TALBERT.

Miss Gertrude SHORT, who teaches at Follette, Lipscomb county, in the extreme northeast county of the Texas Panhandle, is at home this week.  This is her second year at Follette.

Byron SHORT, instructor in the department of engineering at State University, Austin, is spending the week with home folks.  This is his second year there.

Mrs. Lewis MOORE and children of Dublin, and Mrs. F.A. MOOR of Brownwood were Christmas guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. S.G. UNDERWOOD and family.  Mrs. MOOR is Mrs. UNDERWOOD’s mother.

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon DOSS and baby and Miss Lillian MOHON of Matador were here for the holidays with George MOHON and daughter, Mrs. DOSS and baby having been here for some time.

Mrs. J.M. THOMPSON and children left this week for Tucson, Ariz., to remain with their daughter and sister for several months.  Mr. THOMPSON, a Katy employee will “stay home and work” he told the Free Press editor.

Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN had as their guests during Christmas their children, B.J. and Ralph from Dallas and Wichita Falls respectively, and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Moore EVANS, also from Wichita Falls.

Miss Ida Belle McCAIN, who is studying this year at S.M.U., Dallas, spent several days with Mr. and Mrs. E.E. DABNEY and A.C. MARTIN this week, also visiting in the home of her brother, Martie McCAIN at Hamlin.

Mr. and Mrs. R. Dee PRICE are here from Wingate where is [sic] teaching this year, guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charley COGBURN.

Mr. and Mrs. Thurman COGBURN have returned to Dallas after spending the holidays with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. COGBURN AND Mr. and Mrs. John NABORS.

Cecil NELSON from Waco, was a Xmas guest with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marion NELSON.

Mr. and Mrs. Les BURGESS from McCAMEY are here, guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. JENKINS.

Mrs. J.N. CAMPBELL and son, Paul, have gone to Brownfield to spend the Xmas holidays with her parents, Dr. COPELAND and wife.

Mr. and Mrs. A.V. BYRD and son of Ranger, were weekend guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bee GILDER.

Mrs. Benny BELYEU and small daughter are here from Wingate for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John YOUNG.  Mrs. Inez BLAIR and children from Itasca were weekend guests with her mother, Mrs. John BUCHAN. 

Miss Agnes WILKINSON from Carbon is spending Xmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. WILKINSON.

Mr. and Mrs. Guy JEFFREY from Tucson, Arizona, spent the holidays with their parents, Mrs. C.N. LIGHTHILL and Mr. and Mrs. J.B. JEFFREY.

Mrs. Josie THRASHER and daughter, Miss Bernice, are here from Snyder, Okla., visiting her mother, Mrs. E.J. WEATHERFORD.

Oren MORRIS, son of Mr. and Mrs. V.L. MORRIS, has been released from the hospital at Crane to spend a few months at home to recuperate.  He has been employed from some months with the Pecos Oil Company in De Leon.


Last Monday night while Howard BAKER was preparing to retire, a house cat ran across the room and in passing him gave his foot a scratch.  Next morning the cat was found dead.  Fearing that its death might be caused from hydrophobia, Mr. BAKER and Howard left immediately for Austin, taking the cat’s body with them.  Upon examination the cat was found to be free from any symptoms and Mr. BAKER and Howard returned the following day.

D.E. PARSLEY and family have moved into the Rock community from the Holder community in Brown county.  We are glad to welcome them into our midst.

On Wednesday night the grade pupils under the direction of Miss Mollie GRISHAM, assisted by the other grade teachers, will present an operetta entitled, “The Cruise of the Trundlebed.”

Mr. and Mrs. C.E. GEORGE and children and Miss Opal TIMMONS, spent the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe SCOTT near Abilene.

Jakehamon News

Raymond ROBBINS, son of Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS, was taken to the Gorman sanitarium last Saturday for an operation.  While his condition is regarded as rather worse than some such cases yet he was resting fairly well and it is hoped that he will speedily recover.  Raymond is a young man who has grown to manhood in this community and is highly regarded by all who know him.  He had just come in to spend the holidays with his home folks when be came ill.

W.A. KING and family spent Christmas day with Mrs. KING’s father and mother at Van Dyke.

New Hope News

Uncle Joe and Aunt Carrie CHAMBERS had a lot of their relatives with them on Christmas day and had a big turkey dinner.

Mrs. G.L. LEE had 50 relatives at her home on Christmas and a large turkey dinner was enjoyed.

A large crowd of children and grandchildren was present at Mrs. S.F. HOLLAND’s on Christmas day.

Mrs. T.H. LOCKE had a nice crowd of her relatives at her home on Christmas day.

J.S. NANCE and family spent Sunday with the OTWELL relatives at Rufus OTWELLS.

Wes ROBERSON of Cisco spent several days during Christmas in the home of his sister, Mrs. M.E. St. CLAIR.

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie DUPRIEST and little daughter, of Las Cruses, New Mexico, are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will BARKER and also his father and brother, J.S. AND J.T. DUPRIEST.  They expect to return home the last of this week.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Lloyd LEE of Brooker, Texas, visited from Friday until Monday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.L. LEE and other relatives.

Lloyd and Miss Opal HOLLAND and Mrs. Bill DOLLEY and little daughter, of near Sweetwater, were spending Christmas with their grandmother, Mrs. S.F. HOLLAND and other relatives.

S.N. WILKERSON and family spent Christmas day with her mother, Mrs. J.F. SOLLEY of DeLeon.

Robinson Springs

Health of our community is very much improved at this writing, Mrs. R.L. MACON, who has been very sick for some time is able to be up again.

Miss Bernice CHATHAM, primary teacher of Oliver Springs, has been ill during the holidays.

Foster F. HARRIS of Borger, Texas, spent Christmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will HARRIS.

Mrs. Carl RILEY of Borger, who has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.W. SHORT, returned home on Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. O.A. RIDDLE and family spent Monday with his sister, Mr. and Mrs. J.Q. CHATHAM and family.

Misses Dannye WILLIAMS and Janice KEE, who are teaching in West Texas, spent Xmas with their parents.

Cecil TORRANCE has returned home from the oil field where he has been working for some time.

Leola, Arvie C. and Inez SETZLER spent the week with their aunt, Mrs. Jim WEST.

Alvin RIDDLE of De Leon spent the weekend with his aunt, Mrs. J.Q. CHATHAM.

Miss Willie MAUD and Roy GREENWALDT, from Proctor, and Southwestern U., Georgetown, respectively, spent Christmas with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis GREENWALDT.


©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.