De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, February 10, 1928 


Local Insurance Business Changed Hands This Week

            Lloyd HAMPTON sold his insurance and loan business this week to John WEAVER and the transfer of the business took place immediately.  Mr. HAMPTON has been assisting Mr. WEAVER during the week in getting started off and Mr. WEAVER is already in full charge.

            Whether or not Mr. and Mrs. HAMPTON will leave De Leon has not been learned, however, their many friends trust that they may engage in some other business and continue to reside in the city.  Both were reared here, having a wide circle of friends and their places in the various phases of community life will not be easy to fill.

            Mr. WEAVER is also a home product, therefore needs little introduction to the business element of De Leon.  He is the youngest son of the late Dr. T.P. WEAVER and has until this week held a responsible position with the Farmers & Merchants National Bank.  He will doubtless continue to earn the same degree of success with the insurance business as did his predecessor.

Liberal Stork Brought One Baby, Nine Pigs, One Calf

            One De Leon man may certainly claim to be on good terms with the stork.  He’s J.N. BOWMAN of De Leon Route 2.  The friendly bird called at the home of Mr. and Mrs. BOWMAN on the night of Thursday, January 25 and left a 7 pound baby girl.  On the same night 9 pretty Poland China pigs were born at the BOWMAN home.  It would seem the stork might have been satisfied with the record.  But not so.  A baby calf was also added to the list, all on the same date.

            Last report the baby and mother were doing nicely, seven of the pigs were living and thriving, as was also the calf.  Mr. BOWMAN is certainly to be congratulated.

Mrs. Blair Much Improved After a Blood Transfusion

            Otis BUCHAN gave a quart of blood for transfusion into the veins of his sister, Mrs. W.B. BLAIR, who was critically ill at a Hillsboro sanitarium and at this time Mrs. BLAIR is much improved.  The incident occurred last Saturday.  Mrs. BLAIR had undergone a major operation on Thursday previous and her condition was critical.  The brother’s blood was found more suitable for transfusion into the veins of his sister than that of others who volunteered.

            Mr. BUCHAN, who is employed by the Barry Bros. Ice Co., of De Leon, was ill for four hours after the transfusion, but soon rallied and was apparently normal.  He returned here on last Saturday, a week following the operation.

            Mrs. E.E. GENTRY and little daughter also returned home early in the week.  Mrs. BUCHAN remained with her daughter. Mrs. BLAIR, while improving, is not yet considered out of danger.

Popular Railroad Man is Made Agent

            H.H. CARLILE and wife left a week ago for Royston, a station west of Stamford, where he accepted a position as agent for the Katy.  Mr. CARLILE has been first trick operator in De Leon for a number of years.  Friends here wish them much success.


            Free Press has not before mentioned the marriage of Clayton BLACK to Miss Lulu PRICE, which occurred at Eastland at noon Saturday, January 14th.  Mr. BLACK, who drives Black’s Stage Line from Dublin on that particular day but drove on to Cisco where he was joined by his fiancé.  They drove to the home of Rev. SINGLETON, pastor of the M.E. church at Eastland and were married and returned to Dublin in time to make his regular run back to Waco that afternoon.  They are living in Waco.

Young BLACK is a son of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. BLACK and he has been doing quite well with the Waco-Dublin line, which he has operated for more than a year.

Mr. BLACK and his bride met while both students in high school at Cisco and later they were classmates at Randolph College where she graduated at mid-term on Friday before her marriage on Saturday.  The best wishes of many friends are extended this popular couple.


            Miss Agnes BRUMBELOW, aged 55, was born and reared near De Leon and died Feb. 6 at 9:35 p.m. at the home of her sister eight miles north of here.  She was a patient sufferer for several days with paralysis.

            Miss BRUMBELOW was converted at the age of 18 and united with the Missionary Baptist church in which she lived a faithful Christian life.

            She leaves two sisters and a brother to grieve for her.

            But weep not because your loss is heavens’ gain.  She has gone to a home in Heaven where there is no more sickness and death.  – Contributed

Has Old Deed On Georgia Land Dated Year 1832

            W.A. LEDFORD, who resides on De Leon, Route 2, was in the Free Press office Wednesday this week and displayed an old deed of the date of 1832 which represented the original grant to a tract of land which Mr. LEDFORD until recently owned.  He was back at the old home in Georgia recently and disposed of the property and was surrendering the deed along with the subsequent deeds to the tract.  The old paper had a beeswax seal attached showing the seal of the State of Georgia.  The tract is in Union county, Ga., near the Carolina line.

            Mr. LEDOFRD said the tract of land has been in his family since the close of the Civil War.  He has lived in Texas the past six years, formerly in South Texas and in Coryell county, and has only lived here since Jan. 1.

Surprise Birthday Party

            Mrs. M.D. STEWART gave a birthday party at her home Monday afternoon honoring her mother, Mrs. C.R. REDDEN.  About thirty-five ladies were present and the event is reported to have been quite successful, especially the genuine surprise to the honoree.  Mrs. REDDEN accompanied her daughter, Mrs. WHALEY to the STEWART home, thinking she was going for a short call.  It was a happy surprise to find there the large party of neighbors and old friends assembled to greet her.

            House decorations carried out the Valentine suggestion.  Many gifts were given her in honor of her birthday.  A refreshment plate was served. 

Former De Leon Man Said to Have Inherited Fortune

            L.B. DOSSETT, for many years a citizen of De Leon, who now resides with his daughter, Mrs. Joe BLACKWELL at San Angelo, is reported to have recently learned of an immense fortune willed to him by an old aunt who died in Kentucky 30 years ago.  Mr. DOSSETT’s address was unknown to the administration of the estate and the money was placed in trust and has multiplied meantime.  It is reported that the amount of the legacy will approximate $80,000.00.

            The woman is reputed to have made the will 53 years ago, by the terms thereof Mr. DOSSETT was to receive the inheritance in 50 years.  That time elapsed three years ago.

            Other parties several years ago filed an injunction in connection with the legacy and the court proceedings it is said will be cleared up in the coming May, at which time Mr. DOSSETT may come into possession of the legacy.

            Mr. DOSSETT was recently called before the court of Pueblo, Ky., his boyhood home in connection with the case.

Duster School Honor Roll

The following honor roll is for the room of Mrs. Hope Dukes JOINER only at Duster school:

Hadley GRAHAM, straight A card.

            The following pupils have made grades of A and no grades less than B:

Hazel DUKES, Viva GRAHAM, Thelma HARMEN, Opal DUKES, S.W. COAN, Jr., Edith GREER, Lucille WARREN.

            The following pupils have been neither absent nor tardy for the month:

Inzer QUINN, Sam JENKINS, Lucille WILSON, Lucille WARREN, S.W. COAN, Jr., Hadley GRAHAM, Felix NEWSOME, R.D. WALKER, Hazel DUKES, Viva GRAHAM, Thelma HARMON, Florence MASON.    


Mr. and Mrs. C.J. THOMPSON from Quanah are here, guest with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben HOWE.

George ROLLINS went to Waco the past week where he had a minor operation on his eye.

Jakehamon News

Raymond ROBBINS, of Fort Worth, was here this week on business and visiting his brother, O.S. ROBBINS.

Jim KOONCE of Knox county visited his brother, W.N. KOONCE and family this week.

J.C. McKINNEY and family of Neff spent Sunday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.O. McKINNEY.

Miss Lucile RILEY, who is attending the Desdemona high school, is home on account of illness.

Mr. and Mrs. Zollie KOONCE have been on the sick list suffering from the effects of vaccination but are reported much improved.

William and Tessie HALE, pupils in the high school department, were absent from school on account of illness the first of the week.

Ragle ROBBINS who has been home a week from the sanitarium at Gorman is making some progress toward recovery and his friends hope to see him up and well again soon.


John SPARGER is on the sick list this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Skeet WADE of Desdemona visited Mrs. WADE’s father, Mr. H.C. JAMES last Sunday.

Rev. R.L. DAY and family have moved to Pleasant Hill, N.M.  We are very sorry to lose them.  It takes some mighty good people out of our community and two pupils out of our school.

New Hope News

S.N. WILKERSON and son, J.T., have been real sick with the measles.  None of this family has had the measles.

Alonzo LEE spent Friday night with his sister, Mrs. W.W. HODGES, in the Round Grove community.

Rev. and Mrs. H.E. CRONE and baby of Cisco were guests Saturday night and Sunday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. T.H. LOCKE.  Rev. CRONE is the pastor of De Leon Christian church.

Mr. and Mrs. C.C. GRISSOM and daughter of Munday, Texas, have been visiting recently in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jonah BOYETT  in this community. 


©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.