De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, January 6, 1928 


New Year Fire Destroys the De Leon Laundry Saturday

            Fire of unknown origin destroyed the plant of De Leon Laundry shortly after midnight Saturday night, Dec. 31.  In fact the blaze was discovered from ten to twenty minutes after midnight on New Year morning.  No one had been in the plant for some nine or ten hours before the fire, and no fire being left about the place, the origin of the blaze is a mystery.

            Few people knew about the fire, the alarm coming so near midnight, everyone thought the alarm was turned in an incident to the ushering in of the New Year.  Even the firemen, hearing the alarm, thought it was simply a New Year celebration and did not turn out to fight the fire.

            The laundry was owned by Forrest FARMER and W.J. ROSS.  The plant was valued at approximately $?,000 [not completely legible], insurance in the amount of $1,000.00 was carried.

            FARMER & ROSS are already laying plans for a modern new service laundry, which they hope to have in operation by the first of February.  The building will be erected on a lot not far from where the old plant burned.  The misfortune to FARMER & ROSS, while deeply regretted by their friends, is serving to bring De Leon a modern industry, which investment will without a doubt prove much more profitable than the old one.


            Roberta, the nine year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Elmer KIRKLAND, died at McCamey on Dec. 30, of indigestion and her remains were brought to Deleon and buried Sunday afternoon at 3:00.

            Mr. & Mrs. KIRKLAND formerly lived here, having moved to McCAMEY about two months ago.

Mrs. Mollie I. Jenkins

            Mrs. Mollie I. JENKINS, wife of J.R. JENKINS of near Downing, died suddenly of heart failure at their home on Monday, January 2, 1928.  She had been ill for some two or three weeks, but her death was unexpected.  Mrs. JENKINS has not been in good health for more than twenty years.

            Mollie I. JENKINS was born at Cotton Gin, Freestone county, Feb. 10th, 1862 and was married to J.R. JENKINS on Dec. 21, 1882, being at death 65 years, 10 months and 28 days of age.  She was a consistent Christian and a faithful member of the Baptist church for 34 years.  The family has resided in Comanche county for the past 17 years.

            Mrs. JENKINS was the mother of 12 children, four girls and eight boys, two sons, W.B. and E.H. JENKINS being dead.  The living sons are E.R. JENKINS, Goldthwaithe; T.H. JENKINS, Fort Worth; C.M. JENKINS, McCamey; C.D. JENKINS, De Leon; F.C. JENKINS, Pueblo, Colo; R.D. JENKINS, Panhandle and Mrs. E.V. VAN NORT, Ballinger; Mrs. Joe HULSEY, Comanche; Mrs. J.M. HOLDRIDGE, De Leon; and Miss Ruth JENKINS, of Comanche.  All her children except the son of Pueblo, Colo., were present at the funeral service.  J.R. JENKINS, the husband and father also survives.

            Other relatives left to mourn the loss of this good woman are three brothers, D.M., J.M., and Rueben Jordan, and one sister, Mrs. C.C. CHANCELLER.

            The funeral service was held at the First Baptist church in De Leon , at …o’clock, Wednesday, January 4 and burial followed at De Leon cemetery.  Sympathy is extended to the bereaved.

Mrs. Mary Ann Cook

            Mrs. Mary Ann COOK, mother of Mrs. George COZBY of this city, died at the home of her daughter a 9:35 o’clock a.m. on January 3rd, 1928.  Deceased had reached the ripe old age of 82 years and her death was not attributed to any organic malady, her advanced age being the real cause of her death.

            Grandmother COOK was born in Alabama and came to Texas many, many years ago.  She has lived with her children for a number of years, having lived in De Leon at intervals for 14 years.  Her last residence here was of about 8 months duration, coming here from the house of her son at Bronte, where she had spent some time.

            Her children, all living, besides Mrs. COZBY, are W.T. COOK, of Abilene, J.R. COOK and Mrs. W.R. CLARK of Bronte.  There are a number of grandchildren.  Deceased united with the Methodist church at the age of fourteen years and during her many years was active in Christian service, rearing sons and daughters who follow her GODLY example of life.

            Rev. Seba KIRKPATRICK of Gorman was called to conduct the funeral service which was held at the cemetery at Clairette, where the body was laid to rest.

Willie Maud Barker

            The sad death of Miss Willie Maud BARKER occurred at the family home a mile south of town last Tuesday night and the funeral was held at the Baptist church at 3:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon followed by burial at De Leon cemetery.  The sudden death was a distinct shock to both the family and friends.

            Miss Willie Maud was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will BARKER.  She was born on June 27th, 1911, being past 17 years of age.  She finished school at New Hope some years ago and because of ill health, a nervous trouble, which was the direct cause of her death, she was unable to continue school.

            She was a cheerful girl, of sweet and gentle disposition, a devout Christian and a faithful member of the Baptist church and Sunday school.  Deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved family in their hour of sadness.


            Dr. Dale BOSWELL and Miss Maurine WATSON were united in marriage Sunday morning at ten o’clock, January first by Rev. NABORS.

            The happy young couple were accompanied by Misses Inez BOSWELL and Essie Mae WATSON, sisters of the bride and groom. 

            Mrs. BOSWELL is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.A. WATSON of Comyn and is an accomplished young lady who has a large circle of friends.

            Mr. BOSWELL is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A.V. BOSWELL and has a host of friends who wish them much happiness and success.


            The marriage of Mr. B.L. CARLILE to Miss Pearl LEE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.L. LEE occurred Friday morning, Dec. 30, 1927, at the courthouse in Comanche.  They drove there and procured their license and called Rev. La PRADE, Methodist minister to perform the ceremony, which took place in the office of the county clerk, Miss Clyde COAN, S.R. HAYNES and others in the department witnessing the ceremony.

            Miss LEE and Mr. CARLILE met at Snyder when she went there for a month’s visit with her cousin, Grady NABORS more than a year ago.  Since that time they have corresponded, until he came down Wednesday for Christmas and they were married on Friday as stated.  Mr. CARLILE owns a farm near Ira, 12 miles from Snyder.  The happy young couple left Sunday, January 1, for their home.  Congratulations and best wishes accompany them.

Ex-Student Banquet at Travelers Monday Night

            The Senior class of ’26 held their annual banquet Monday night, December 26 at the Travelers hotel.  The guests assembled there at 7 o’clock and were ushered into the dining hall which was beautifully decorated in Christmas colors and green and gold, the senior colors.

            No formal program was planned, but John D. HARVEY acted as toastmaster and called upon each one present for a brief speech, telling what they are doing this year.  The menu consisted of: Chicken Salad, Fruit Salad, Potato Salad, Pickles, Olives, Cranberries, Marshmallow Whip, Cake, Coffee.

            The following seniors were present:  Roger Mae and Roselle SMITH, Velma BELL, Mickey VAN ZANDT, Merle LIGHTFOOT, Doris AYERS, Lois HARVEY, Helen NABORS, Raymond BUTLER, Alan SHORT, John D. HARVEY and Lewis EASTERLING.  Invited guests were: Evelyn PAYNE of Simmons, Fred NABORS, Clarence REDDEN and Everett HANSFORD.

Miss Martha Duncan Entertains with New Year Party

            Miss Martha DUNCAN entertained several of her college friends last Saturday night, December 31st, at the home of Mrs. W.L. STEAKLEY with a progressive “42” party.  After several games were played, covers were laid for the following:  Doris AYERS of Baylor College, Eudora NOEL of Trinity University, Lewis EASTERINGS of Tarleton College, John D. HARVEY of Simmons, Gayle TOLAND of Daniel BAKER, Emmett HOWARD of Simmons, Lois HARVEY of Simmons, Clarence REDDEN of A. & M. College, Evelyn PAYNE of Simmons, Miss PATTON of Rotan, Herbert WEAVER and Miss DUNCAN.

Narrowly Escaped Serious Injury

            H.L. DONALDSON narrowly escaped serious injury and possible death near his home last Friday.  He was cutting wood with his son when they attempted to fell a tree in a certain direction.  The tree fell in an unexpected direction, the trunk striking Mr. DONALDSON and knocking him a considerable distance, stunning and bruising him.  Fortunately his injuries were not serious.


Carl PETERS, who is employed by the Magnolia at Midland, spent Xmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jonah PETERS.

Ector DRY is here from McCamey visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.S. DRY.

Guy HARMON and little son, Freddie, of Waxahachie, were here for a hurried visit with his mother, Mrs. G.E. MURPHY Thursday and Friday last week.

Harry YOUNG of Texarkana, brother of Madge YOUNG and nephew of Mrs. Bob CARTER, spent Christmas in the Carter home.


Mr. and Mrs. A.A. BEATY of Loraine spent Christmas with Mrs. BEATY’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.D. GARY.

H.C. JAMES and family have moved into our community.

E.B. KIRKLAND, who moved to McCamey about a month ago, shipped the body of his little daughter, Roberta, back to De Leon Sunday for burial in De Leon cemetery.  Roberta had not been sick long.  It is thought she died of septic poisoning.  Everyone is in sympathy with the bereaved parents.

Miss Ethel BEATY of Loraine has spent the last two weeks visiting her sister, Mrs. Cleda SMITH.

Mr. and Mrs. K.E. SMITH have returned home from Corpus Christi, where Mr. SMITH has been at work for some time.

Mr. NICHOLS, who has lived near Dublin for several years has moved to his farm in this community.

Mr. ANDERSON and family are moving to Lowell.  Five pupils will be taken out of our school.  We are very sorry to lose them.

Miss Roxie FLETCHER, the primary teacher, spent the holidays at her home in Sulpher Springs.

Jakehamon News

Mr. and Mrs. Leon OSBORN and little son spent Christmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.L. OSBORN.

Bernard FUQUA has returned to his home in West Texas after spending some time at this place.

Frank KING and father of Jakehamon are spending Christmas with relatives in Arkansas.

Joe SHANKLE has been visiting his sister at the home of T.L. OSBORN.

F.E. OSBORN of Breckenridge has returned home after visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.L. OSBORN.

Joe LINDLEY and family have moved from the Jakehamon community to St. Joe.

Albert VARNER of this place surprised his friends by getting married.  His marriage took place at Santa Anna, his bride being Miss TITWORTH of that place.

Miss Eula HULSEY, a teacher of this school, spent the holidays with her parents at Downing.

Bob BURLESON and family spent the holidays with Mrs. BURLESON’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. HUDDLESTON of Duster and John BURLESON and family of Oliver Springs.

Several new families have moved into our community.  Mr. SELF from Concord and Mr. THOMPSON and family are two that have moved lately, also Hyson ECHOLS and wife, a former Oliver Springs girl.

New Hope

Grandma ROBERSON is spending several days visiting Perry ROBERSON at Comanche.

Riley WILKERSON and family of near Downing has moved into this community.

Mr. PIERCE and family have moved to the St. Joe community.

Miss Pearl LEE surprised her many friends last Friday by getting married.  She was married to Mr. B.L. CARLILE of Ira, Texas.  They left Sunday for their new home there.

Mrs. M.E. St.CLAIR and daughter, Ruth, are moving to town this week.


O.H. COX and family spent Xmas with their daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Charley ROLLINS at Stamford.

Mr. and Mrs. W.E. PULLY had as their guest during the holidays, his mother and sister, Mrs. M.P. PULLEY and Miss Florence of Cisco.

C.E. DRY of McCamey is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.S. DRY.

Mr. and Mrs. Conway THOMPSON and children  of Hawley spent last weekend in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.R. THOMPSON.

Mr. and Mrs. Calvin CARAWAY returned to their home in Big Lake last Wednesday after spending the holidays with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. HAVIS and Mr. and Mrs. CARAWAY.

Mr. and Mrs. VAN GODDARD of Cisco visited her mother, Mrs. Effie BARNES, during the holidays.


©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.