De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, January 13, 1928 


W.T. Hazzard and Wife Celebrated 25th Anniversary

            Mr. And Mrs.  W.T. HAZZARD of De Leon, Route 5, celebrated the 25th anniversary of their marriage at their home on Tuesday, January 11, 1928.  Relatives and friends were invited to visit them on that day, which was made a joyous occasion when an excellent dinner was served and manly valuable gifts were received, which were treasured for their intrinsic worth, but much more so because they were bestowed by relatives and friends in  a spirit of love and Christian fellowship.

            W.T. HAZZARD and Florence Moore HAZZARD were married at Slate Springs, Miss., on Jan. 11, 1903 and came to Comanche county, Texas during the same month.  They settled in the Comyn community and have spent the intervening years there, living on the homestead they now occupy since 1908.

            Five children were born into this home, four boys and one girl.  All are living and at home except the eldest son, Ruble, who is married and lives at Skidmore.  The others, in order, are: Hardy, Weldon, Haskell and Moody, and the baby girl, aged 12, name Devota.

            Rev. W.A. THORNTON made a short talk in a devotional service just before noon and C.S. DRY read a scripture lesson.  The good old song “Amazing Grace” was sung and W.T. HAZZARD pledged anew allegiance to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in prayer.  After the devotional service was ended the 49 present enjoyed the sumptuous dinner prepared for the occasion.  Those present were:

            Mr. And Mrs. O.O. BLANTON of Dublin; Mr. And Mrs. SW.H. SPENCER, of Comyn; Mr. And Mrs. J.L. BARNES of Comyn; Mr. And Mrs. H. RUCKER, De Leon; Mr. And Mrs. Marvin FARRIS, of Dublin.  These being relatives.

            Mr. And Mrs. H.A. WATSON, Mr. And Mrs. C.S. DRY, Mr. And Mrs. D.M. SLAUGHTER, Mr. And Mrs. S.T. COOK, Mr. And Mrs. L.P. HOLLAND, Mr. And Mrs. W.W. MATHIS, Mr. And Mrs. G.W. SPENCER, Mr. And Mrs. Henry SPENCER, Rev. W.A. THORNTON.

Local Man Gets Injuries When Two Autos Crash

            Paul HOLLAND is nursing numerous cuts and bruises as a result of an auto mix-up on the Comanche highway in the southeast portion of the city Sunday afternoon.  HOLLAND was driving into town on the Comyn road and immediately upon ascending the highway dump and gaining the roadway a heavily loaded car, a Buick, traveling northward, crashed into the side of the Ford coupe HOLLAND was driving.

            HOLLAND sustained one severe cut on the head requiring several stitches to close, and he was otherwise bruised and shaken up.  He was fortunate to have escaped with no greater injury.  His car was smashed in on the right side, fenders crushed and the front axle curved like a rainbow.  The heavier car was less seriously damaged and its occupants were unhurt.  The accident occurred shortly after noon, a few yards south of the Hazelwood filling station and grocery.

Honor Roll-South Ward

            First Grade – Talma RICE, Josie Beth ALLEN, Junior TERRILL, Brooks RIPPETOE, Nina HOLLAND, Bobbie D. HAMMERS, Elaine SCOTT, Elizabeth CARTER, Royce STRINGFELLOW, Iona Mae BAGWELL, Dorothy SHAVER, Sybil ANDERSON, Ruby Lee PELL.

            Second Grade – Martha Fay BARKER, Delta Ree HOLDRIDGE, Mae KEMP, Madge LIGHTFOOT, Margaret SHARP, Dora PEEVY, Eugene WEAVER, Flora JONES, Rex CARNES.

            Third Grade – Eugena GENTRY, Frances GREGORY, Billie Faye LONDON, Bobbie STRINGFELLOW, Jocelyn KEMP, Boyd BROWN, Roy Norman HAMMERS, Denton JENKINS, George Van ZANDT.

            Fourth Grade – Bilfred BAGWELL, Elizabeth BAGWELL, Edna JETTON, Dorothy McIVER, Mary Alice ROLLINS, Ruby TODD, Mae ZENTHOEFFER.

            Fifth Grade – Azelie CLARK, Doris MOTON, Pansy MULLOY, Lady Grace WHALEY, Nevelle BAKER, Coy HOLDRIDGE, Rochelle LOCKE, J.C. MILLER, Henry Garland PEEVY.

            Sixth Grade – Martha Frances RUSSELL, Jim NANCE.

            Seventh Grade – Lenora FINKELSTINE, Jessie JONES, Paul CAMPBELL, Dorothy RICHESON, Anthon LEIGON.


            The marriage of Mrs. Jewell Scott HILL to Mr. J.H. LYLE, occurred at San Angelo on Friday, Jan. 6, 1928.  Mrs. HILL is a sister of the editor of the Free Press, and she was reared in De Leon.  She has made her home at San Angelo for a number of years.  Mr. LYLE is a real estate man at present engaged in developing an addition to the city of Midland, but he lives in San Antonio where they will reside for the present.

Attended Funeral of Waco Relative

            Mrs. S.G. PARKS, L.D. PARKS and family of Cisco, and R.L. SCOTT and family, attended the funeral of Mrs. John STANDIFER, 71, sister-in-law of Mrs. PARKS, who died at her home in Waco Sunday and was buried at Meridian Tuesday afternoon.

Surprise Birthday Celebration for Mrs. Ellis Cozby

            Mrs. Ellis COZBY was given the surprise of her life last Sunday, Jan. 8, upon the occasion of her 55 birthday.  Her five sons and four daughters managed a surprise party in her honor that was in every sense a genuine surprise.

            Lonnie COZBY, who is employed at Higginbotham's and who is kept pretty close to the job all week, often takes his mother and father for Sunday morning rides, just to get out and enjoy the freedom of the day of rest.  At about nine o'clock he invited them to go for a ride which took them to Desdemona and return via Gorman.

            At a few minutes past 12 o'clock they returned and when they entered the house they found all the children and grand-children seated around a long table which fairly groaned under its weight of good things to eat.  In the middle of the table sat a large white birthday cake with its 55 candles and at the mother's place was a beautiful gift which all had a share in purchasing.  It was a most joyous occasion to all the 19 sons, daughters and grand-children, as well as to a happy mother and father, who have been married just a little more than 27 years.

            Those present were: Mr. And Mrs. Ed LIGHTFOOT and two children; Mr. And Mrs. Ernest JOHNSON and two children; Mr. And Mrs. Jim NORTON; Mr. And Mrs. Leon COZBY; Lonnie, Curtis, Paul and Stanley COZBY and Miss Virgie MUNN.


            On August the 17th, Miss Vesta GRAY and Mr. Robert BELYEU surprised their many relatives and friends by motoring to Stephenville and getting married, the circuit clerk performing the ceremony.  They kept their marriage a secret until Xmas.

            Mrs. BELYEU before her marriage was the lovely young daughter of Mr. And Mrs. C.C. GRAY of Robinson Springs community having lived there and in Victor community for four or five years.  To know her is to love her.  She will be missed in the community by her many friends.

            Mr. BELYEU is the son of Mrs. BELYEU, he being a prominent and industrious young man of De Leon.  He has been employed by the Katy railroad for eight or nine years.

            After they return from their trip to several different parts of the state, they will make their home in De Leon.

            Their many friends extend to them their heartiest congratulations for a long and happy life. - Contributed.

Mother of De Leon Woman is Dead

            Mrs. T.D. CRADDOCK of De Leon, Route 2, received a message Friday last week apprising her of the death of her aged mother, Mrs. Rubie Ann EASON, which occurred at Hale Center, Texas, on January 5.  She resided with her son, W.P. EASON, at the time of her death.  Mrs. CRADDOCK did not receive the message in time to attend her mothers' funeral and burial.

            Mrs. EASON was born in Georgia, moved to Alabama when a child, was married there in 1865 to N.R. EASON and nine children, five boys and four girls, were born into this home.  She came to Texas 24 years ago, her husband passing away here in 1922.  Mrs. CRADDOCK is the only one of the children living in this immediate vicinity.  She has the sympathy of many friends in her loss.

Happy Homecoming For Pioneer Woman at Xmas

            One of the enjoyable events of holiday season was the home-coming of the children of Mrs. J.A. (Aunt Carrie) CHAMBERS.

            Aunt Carrie and Uncle Joe had been looking forward to the event for several days and needless to say had made every thing comfortable for a crowd.  On Thursday the first party arrived and on Friday the big preparation began by baking, making candy, preparing fowls and planning for a big day on Christmas where all but one of the children were with Aunt Carrie and Uncle Joe.

            Those present were Mr. and Mrs. P.H. MILLER and Miss Jennie SHIELDS of Spur; R.T. RICH of Vinson, Okla.; Mrs. George T. BARNES and children of Rising Star; W.H. and Joe RICH and families of De Leon; H.R. RICH, another son of Weinert, was not able to be present.

            After partaking of the sumptuous dinner, all gathered in the spacious living room where a program of songs, readings, talks and music on the Edison was enjoyed.  Needless to say, every child and grandchild was happy to be with the mother and grandmother and Aunt Carrie's eyes showed with unusual brightness as she gaily looked after the comfort of everyone and Uncle Joe chuckled gleefully at the joy so evident on every face.

            Aunt Carrie has been reading the Free Press near 40 years and she says that she can't do without it.

Written by Miss Jennie SHIELDS

Bibby's Variety Store is Changed and Improved

            Allen BIBBY is working over the interior arrangement of his store.  An elevated office space was provided at  the rear some time ago and now shelving is being reduced or made more narrow so as to take up less room, counters will be moved nearer the walls, and a double row of display counters down the center will take the place of the single counters formerly used.

            This popular variety store has done a splendid business since opening here three or four years ago and the year just closed, Mr. BIBBY stated, was one of the best yet.

Recent Arrivals

Born to Mr. And Mrs. W.J. SCOTT, a seven pound boy December 28th.

Born to Mr. And Mrs. W.C. PULLEY at Comyn a 10 pound girl, Jan. 19.

Born to Mr. And Mrs. Chas. WINKLES, a 9 pound boy on January 9th.

Born to Mr. And Mrs. Jeff HOLBROOKS, Jan. 6, a 10 pound baby boy.

Mr. and Mrs. I.N. GRISSOM are rejoicing over the safe arrival of a 10 pound baby girl January 10th.

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey JOHNSON have a new son born Dec. 25, named Harvey Harold.

Business Advertisements from this issue:

City Barber Shop - Arch HANSFORD, proprieter

Singer Sewing Machines, De Leon Mattress Factory - W.M. GIBBS

Plumbing, Electric Work - W.W. GREGORY

Drayage - Joe UNDERHILL

Sanitary Barber Shop - John GRISHAM

House Moving - A.C. DANIELS

Dentist - Dr. W.W. SNIDER

Giant Bronze Turkeys - R.T. JANES

Insurance - Lloyd HAMPTON

The DeLeon Poultry Farm

The Radio Shop - Maurice L. NANCE

Dentist - A.M. ALLEN

Rooms for Rent

            I have two rooms to rent, bedroom furnished or unfurnished - Mrs. Savannah SMITH, Lester Cottage.

Cow Lost - small yellow Jersey small horns, only three teats, notify C.F. NICHOLS, Rt. 3 De Leon

Jakehamon News

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie BROWNING have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement in the loss of their infant.  Funeral services were conducted at the home of the parents and burial was at Desdemona cemetery Sunday.

Little Maxine HALE, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. W.F. HALE, is out of school this week on account of sickness.

Ragie ROBBINS, who has been in a serious condition at the Gorman sanitarium, is reported somewhat improved and it is hoped that he will soon be back home again.

L.   PAYNE of the Howard community has moved into this community and has placed his three boys in school.

Oliver Springs

There is an epidemic of chickenpox in the community.  Willie HILL, Leola SETZLAR and Lora HANEY are absent from school this week with the disease.

Mrs. WORTHAM of Alabama is here visiting her father Henry LINDLEY who has been quite ill again.

Johnnie BURLESON returned home last week from an extended visit to relatives in Arkansas.


J.D. DAY is on the sick list this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford PARKER of Robinson Springs spent Sunday with Mrs. PARKER's parents, Mr. And Mrs. BAILEY.

R.L. BYNUM has moved into his new house.

Mrs. CLOPP of Breckenridge is visiting her mother, Mrs. BYNUM.


W.C. HARVEY left last week for his home in Commerce after a visit with his parents, Mr. And Mrs. W.F. HARVEY.

Mrs. W.F. HARVEY has had as her guest the past week, her mother, Mrs. F.E. COWAN of Colorado City.

Alexander DOGGETT, son of Mr. And Mrs. W.A. DOGGETT of Rock is in Dallas at the Scottish Rite sanitarium, where he will undergo an operation.  The doctors in charge has given his parents great assurance that they will be able to correct the deformity of one of his feet, which was caused by an attack of infantile paralysis when he was very small.

Mr. and Mrs. Dave FLOYD took their youngest child, Wilma Ray, to Gorman sanitarium to have her tonsils removed last week.

Hollis COX, one of Comyn's high school boys, had a nose and throat operation at the Gorman sanitarium on Tuesday of last week.  He is improving rapidly and is able to be back in school this week.

Mrs. S.D. STRONG, who has been quite ill this week, is improving.

New Hope

Mrs. Homer HAFFORD has been real sick the past week.

Mr. and Mrs. JOHNSON of Gorman spent last Friday night with their son, Mr. H.M. JOHNSON, of this community.

Mr. and Mrs. Basil BROWNLEE are now living in the house close to the church, formerly occupied by Mr. PIERCE.

Mr. and Mrs. Houston GRISSOM have moved out of this community and moved into the Bowman community.

Mrs. Minnie PIPER and baby have been visiting her mother, Mrs. GOLDEN, the past week.  Mrs. PIPER's baby has been real sick while here but is better at this writing.


©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.