De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, February 17, 1928 


Death Comes Suddenly To J.H. Moragne

            Last Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock, J.H. MORAGNE, veteran Katy conductor, dropped dead at his home in this city.  He was feeling slightly ill Sunday morning and had telephoned the trainmaster that he would not go out on his run Sunday afternoon.  He was sitting at the table eating a light meal which his wife had prepared when she heard from the adjoining room a slight noise and upon investigating found him limp and unconscious.  She laid him on the floor and called neighbors.  He died at about the hour his train was due out for his regular Cross Plains run.

            “Cap” Moragne was one of the best known and best beloved railroad men in the Katy service.  For forty years he had worked for the road, first at Smithville, then along the line of the Texas Central and Katy.  He was third man in seniority, Hardy HOLT and Alex HOPPER alone being older in the service.

“Caps” Railroad

            Mr. MORAGNE put in his bid for the De Leon-Cross Plains branch run 15 years ago.  It was a good job and he became a familiar figure in that service.  The boys on the road have for years referred to the branch as “Cap’s Railroad.”

            John Hoke MORAGNE was born in Alabama May 1, 1865, being 62 years of age.  He came to Texas when a young man.  Many years ago he became an Episcopalian and lived and died in this faith.  He was quiet and unassuming and faithful in the discharge of his every duty.  Had every man the high moral qualities possessed by “Cap” MORAGNE the country would need no laws, no prisons, no court house.

            Mr. MORAGNE is survived by his wife, a son, H.C. MORAGNE, of Groesbeck, and a daughter, Miss Mary, of Shulenberg.  He is also survived by one brother, Joe MORAGNE, a wealthy planter of Honolulu, who has been in the islands for perhaps 40 years.

            The body was taken to Waco for interment at Oakwood cemetery.  Rev. THORN of the Columbus Baptist church conducted the services which was at Compton’s Funeral Home and great throngs of people came to pay their last respects, many more in fact than could be accommodated in the funeral chapel.  Great banks of flowers attested to the loving esteem in which this good man was held by his fellows.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Warren

            On a farm six miles south of De Leon lives an old couple, Mr. and Mrs. Henry WARREN, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on January 2, 1928.  They have lived on that same farm continuously since 1888, moving here from Bell county where they lived for 10 years, coming to Bell from Mississippi in 1878.  They have worked hard, accumulated somewhat of this world’s goods, reared a family of eight, only three of which survive, and now in the evening of life they are both still active and enjoying normal health.

            Mrs. WARREN is remarkably preserved for one of her years, doing her own housework, cooking, washing and milking.  She can read and thread a needle without glasses – in fact, neither she nor her husband own a pair of glasses.  Her hair is chestnut brown, not at all gray.  “Uncle Henry” admits that his hair is whiter than his wife’s.  And he says he can’t milk, “just couldn’t learn how.” But there was evidence that he can chop wood and keep up the chores about the place. 

            Mr. WARREN was born August 10th, 1847 and his wife was born August 3, 1845, both in Pontotoc county, Mississippi.  They were married January 2, 1868 in Mississippi, living there 10 years before coming to Texas.  Their living children are: W.R. WARREN of Stamford; H.B. WARREN of Seminole, Okla.; and Mrs. A.B. HARRIS, of De Leon, Route 4.  A year ago the WARRENS went to Seminole and visited with their son two months.  But the change of climate, as well as change of environment did not suit them, and they came home to spend their declining years on the farm, surrounded by old scenes and old friends.

            “I lay my longevity to activity” said Mrs. WARREN when asked to give a reason for her long span of years.  Mr. WARREN is almost a life-long Mason.  Both are members of the “Old Baptist” faith.

[Note: There is an excellent photograph of Mr.& Mrs. WARREN accompanying this article in the newspaper.]

Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Owen

            J.R. OWEN and wife of this city have been married more than 61 years.  Their anniversary day marking the 61st milestone of married life was passed on November 2, 1927.  Mrs. OWEN was Miss Analiza GOWDY and their marriage occurred in Tippah county, Miss., where both were reared.  They had seven children, their only son and a daughter, being dead and five daughters are now living.

            “Uncle John” was born November 2, 1844 and his wife, on June 5, 1844, both in Mississippi.  In the early 60’s he entered the Confederate Army, serving with the 7th Mississippi Cavalry and later served with the 23rd Mississippi regiment in Company E.  He was in many engagements during the war and in some “tight places” but came through the struggle without a scratch.  He was captured at Selma, Alabama, kept a prisoner 10 days and released at Tuskegee, the war being over.

            Returning home to Mississippi, Mr. and Mrs. OWEN were married on November 2, 1866, which by the way, was his 22nd birthday.  They came to De Leon in 1894 and have since made their home here.  They each are well preserved old people considering that they have passed their 83rd milestone having an interest in the progress of the world about them.

            “Uncle John” long ago established a reputation as a gardener.  His garden plot has occupied his attention in season and he grows vegetables when others fail. He is somewhat of a philosopher, too, and both he and his wife are life-long Baptists.

            “The hills and valleys and the world of nature remain the same” Uncle John remarked, “but during my lifetime all else has changed.”

            The children of the OWENS are: Mrs. E.A. WESSON; Miss Bertha OWEN; and Mrs. W.A. NUNNELLEY, all of De Leon; Mrs. G.W. CROW, Waco, and Mrs. Joe CADENHEAD, Weslaco, Texas.

[Note: There is an excellent photograph of Mr.& Mrs. OWEN accompanying this article in the newspaper.]

Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Spencer

            Henry Clinton SPENCER and Emma Isabella HICKS were married at Bellefountain, Miss., 61 years ago on January 17.  The date, to be exact, was January 17, 1867.  Mr. SPENCER and his good wife have lived in the Comyn community, five miles from De Leon, for the past 32 years.  They have reared a family of ten children, six boys and four girls, nine of whom are living.  A married daughter, Mrs. Nora BOLES, died in 1911.  Their sons are Jimmie SPENCER, Midland, Texas; Alpha, O’Donnell, Texas; Granville, Crawford, Texas; Irby, Paris, Texas; and Warren and Hicks, De Leon, Texas; and their daughters are Mrs. Georgie THOMAS, Roswell, N.M.; Mrs. J.M. STURDIVANT, De Leon; and Mrs. Alma RUCKER, Stephenville, Texas.

            “Uncle Clint” was born on November 28, 1845 at Hopewell, Calhoun county, Miss.  He is past 82.  “Aunt Emma” was born on August 28, 1849 in Carroll county, Miss.  She will be 79 her next birthday.  They lived in Calhoun and Webster counties in Mississippi until 1895 when they came to Comanche county.

            Both Mr. and Mrs. SPENCER have been members of the Missionary Baptist Church much longer than the average life time.  It would be hard indeed to find an old couple held in higher esteem by the people among whom they have lived.  Even the children know and love “Uncle Clint” and “Aunt Emma”.  In life they have given much, served much and loved much.  They have given to the world sons and daughters of honor and integrity and the peace of lives well spent is their heritage as the evening shadows lengthen.  Both are very active for people of their age.  Who know but they may celebrate their “diamond wedding” anniversary when a few more years have come and gone!

[Note: There is an excellent photograph of Mr.& Mrs. SPENCER accompanying this article in the newspaper.]

Ruff – Higginbotham

            Mr. Wallace RUFF and Mrs. Pernina HIGGINBOTHAM were united in marriage on January 22 at Eastland, Rev. SINGLETON, Methodist pastor officiating.

            Mrs. RUFF is the lovable daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bee GILDER and Mr. RUFF is the son of Mr. and Mrs. F.A. RUFF.  Both of these excellent young people were reared here and have a host of friends who wish them much success on life’s road.

            They will make their home in Haskell.

Mrs. H.S. Angelin

            The death angel came to the home of Rev. H.S. ANGLIN, February 18th, 1928 taking his companion, Mrs. Sarah Francis (WEAVER) ANGLIN, who had been a patient sufferer for more than a year with dropsy.

            She was born in Mississippi July 6, 1868, was converted at the age of 12 years and united with the Methodist church in which she had lived a faithful Christian life.  She was the mother of nine children, all present when the end came.  They are: Mrs. Beulah BROWN, Cisco; Mrs. J.A. LEE, Mrs. O.C. DENNIS and Miss Callie, Rev. J.B. ANGLIN, Bledsoe, D.M. ANGLIN, Scranton, W.S. ANGLIN, Tahoka and A.F. ANGLIN, Beattie.

            Mrs. ANGLIN had been a resident of Texas 63 years, having lived in Coryell county seven years and had lived in the Oakland community in Comanche county 51 years.  She was a faithful companion and loving mother and a good neighbor, loved by all who knew her.

            She was laid to rest at Oakland cemetery Monday, Rev. J.H. JONES, of Dublin conducting the services.

Mrs. W.T. Loudermilk Died Last Thursday

            Mrs. Ellen Emeline LOUDERMILK, wife of the late W.T. LOUDERMILK, died at her home a mile north of Downing at 11:30 o’clock p.m. Thursday, February 7, 1928.  The cause of her death was paralysis.  She had been in failing health for three years but had only been seriously ill for three weeks prior to her death.

            Mrs. LOUDERMILK was born March 3, 1866, being not quite 62 years of age.  She was born in the Downing Community and spent her life there.  Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Vol WILSON, the WILSON homestead being two or three miles east of Downing.

            W.T. LOUDERMILK, her husband, has been dead for six and a half years.  He was for many years a prominent figure not only in the community in which he lived, but filled positions of prominence in the state and at one time aspired to a seat in the national congress.

            Seven children survive this good woman, six sons and a daughter.  They are:  Mrs. Lloyd BOYETT, De Leon, Rt. 4; F.V., O.V., A.B., W.E., W.F., and G.J. LOUDERMILK.  There are nine grandchildren.  Sisters of the deceased woman are Mrs. John NABORS, De Leon; Mrs. Henry BEATY, Loraine; Mrs. Walter LOUDERMILK, Downing; Mrs. Jim BISHOP, Downing and Mrs. Joe GRIFFITH, Santa Anna.  Brothers are Henry, John, and Dave Wilson, all of near Downing and Van Dyke.

            Mrs. LOUDERMILK was a member of the Church of Christ for many years.  Eld. MOSS of Comanche conducted the funeral service which was held at the Downing cemetery Friday afternoon, February 10. 

Prominent Dublin Man’s Home Burned

            Lewis MOORE, prominent Dublin cotton man, lost his home by fire there early this week.  The place was one of the well-known Higginbotham houses in the north portion of the city and was valuable.  Insurance in the amount of $8000 was carried.  Mr. MOORE is a brother of Mrs. S.G. UNDERWOOD of this city.

Rook Club Entertained by Mrs. Harold Williams

            Mrs. Harold WILLIAMS was hostess to the Rook Club at her home Thursday afternoon, February 9th.

            The home was beautiful in its Valentine decorations.  Several games were played, Mrs. C.E. GEORGE winning high score.

            A delicious salad plate was served.

Aggi. Boys Make Trip to Cisco Sat.

            The Vocational Classes of De Leon high school and Comyn school went to Cisco last Saturday where they were guests of the chamber of commerce.  ……..A large portion of the time was spent at the model farm of R.Q. LEE.  At noon the boys were given a banquet by the chamber of commerce.

            Those who attended from De Leon were:  Paul PEARSON,  Paul HOLLEMAN, Bob GLOVER, Jack PEARSON, Roy NABORS, Murry NICHOLS, Woodrow JACKSON, Taylor DABNEY, Edwin BROWN, R.V. SINGLETON, Doyle PRESTON and Supt. D.M. RUSSELL.

            From Comyn: Conner STEELE, Byron DOGGETT, Blake MORRISON, Thurman RUCKER, Frank TURNER, Webb COOK, N.C. SPICER, W.C. FLOYD, Lowry EASLEY, Clyde THOMPSON, Sam WILLIS, Lee HOOD, Vernon KIRKLAND, Moody HAZZARD.

Birthday Party

            Little Virginia EASTERLING entertained a number of her friends Monday afternoon, the occasion being her fifth birthday.  Games and contests were enjoyed throughout the afternoon, after which delicious cream and cake was served with a Valentine favor for each little guest.

            The following enjoyed the delightful occasion:  Mary Ellsworth GEORGE, Monte Jo GEORGE, Clark DUKE, James David SCHMIDT, Woodley BUTLER, Jr., Lelda BUCHAN, Sybil ANDERSON, John Ed ROLLINS, Raymond CARTER, Jean MORTON, Mary Jean NEWTON, Bobbie GRIMSHAW, Dorothy Nell EASTERlING, Susan SCHMIDT and the little hostess, Virginia EASTERLING.


Mr. and Mrs. M.E. DUKE returned Monday from Dallas where Mrs. DUKE went for treatment for her eyes.  They also visited with their son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Leon DUKE.

Mr. and Mrs. Audrey GILDER were here from Ranger last week, guests with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bee GILDER.

Mrs. Mose BLITCH and little daughter left Thursday morning for Pampa in response to a message telling of the serious illness of her mother.

Mr. and Mrs. A.C. JOHNSTON and baby of Houston were here last week guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.M. JOHNSTON.

Among the Katy men attending the Moragne funeral at Waco last Tuesday were A.P. SCHMIDT, A.J. BETTIS, C.C. NICHOLS, Tommie SLATER, Joe BLITCH, Dock WARE, O.R. BELCHER, and Jno. NEAL of Stamford.


©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.