De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, February 24, 1928 


Fire Destroyed Lightfoot Home Thursday Morning

            Fire destroyed the home of L.L. LIGHTFOOT at an early hour Thursday morning.  The house was located in the southeast portion of the city, a five or six room bungalow, and the building and contents were valued at several thousand dollars.  Some insurance was carried, it is said.

            The fire originated in the roof of the front portion of the building a few minutes before 7 a.m. Thursday.  Although discovered before it had gained much headway, the flames, fanned by a stiff wind, spread quickly throughout the roof.  All the upper portion of the building was completely burned up.  There may be some salvage in the floors, foundation and walls.  A few articles of household goods were saved, all however, being badly water damaged.

            Some sort or hoodoo seems to be following this family.  This same house caught fire between the framed inner walls a few months ago but by promptly chopping into the wall with an ax, the fire was extinguished.  And it has been only a little more than a year ago since Mr. LIGHTFOOT lost a tenant dwelling by fire on the north side.

Pioneer of the Downing Section Died Wednesday

            John Edward McGUIRE, long time a citizen of the Downing community, died at his home at 5 o’clock a.m., Wednesday, February 22, and the funeral and burial took place at Zion Hill cemetery Thursday afternoon.  Mr. McGUIRE has spent his life in Comanche county, being one of, if not the first, white child born in the county.

            Mr. McGUIRE had been ill for a considerable time and his death was not unexpected. 

            Inasmuch as deceased has a most interesting history, the facts of which are not available at time of going to press, our readers are promised a more complete history of this good man in our issue of the coming week.


            On February 17, 1928 at about 12:30 the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh BAILEY of Victor and claimed for its victim Margie, their little daughter, who was born February 12, 1928.  Everything was done that loving hands could do but God knew best to take little Margie away.  We are lonesome without her but we know she has gone to be with Jesus.

            Jesus said: “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the Kingdom of God.”

            Just to know little Margie’s in Heaven,

            And to know we’ve met her there

            And to hear her singing praises

            Will be a pleasure rare.

            Just to see little Margie with her Savior

            And the loved ones gone before,

            And to be with her in Heaven

            Will be joy forever more.

            Funeral services were conducted by Bro. GRAY of Dublin and remains laid to rest in the Victor cemetery to await the coming of Jesus.

-Contributed by one who loved her, her aunt, Mrs. Gladys HENRY, of Desdemona.

Fire Destroyed Norwood Home Sunday Morning

            J.E. NORWOOD, Katy brakeman, lost his home by fire here early Sunday morning.  Mr. and Mrs. NORWOOD and their small son were visiting with relatives at Cleburne at the time, having been away for several days.  The fire is of unknown origin and seemed to have started in the ceiling near the center of the building, according to neighbors.  It was enveloped in flames before the fire truck arrived.

            Mr. NORWOOD and family returned here Tuesday.  They lost all of their household goods, as well as the building.  They carried several hundred dollars in insurance.

Child is Injured by Horse at Duster

            A little three year old child of Mr. and Mrs. Coy WARREN of Duster was seriously injured when run over by a horse at the family residence there this week.  The skull was fractured and the little one is being treated at Gorman.  The Free Press has on other particulars.

Little Virginia Horn Had Tonsil Operation

            Little Virginia HORN, 8, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John HORN, had an operation for the removal of her tonsils at the office of Inzer & Inzer here on Thursday morning.  She was very sick immediately following the operation but is now recovering nicely.

New Asst. Cashier at F. & M. Nat. Bank

            Joe ASHBY, Merkel young man, arrived some days ago and has accepted a position as assistant cashier of the Farmers & Merchant National Bank, filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of John WEAVER.

            Young ASHBY is unmarried and has had two years experience in banking with the Farmers State Bank of Merkel.

De Leon Young Man Home from Carlsbad

            Arl LIGHTFOOT, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.L. LIGHTFOOT, returned a few days ago from Carlsbad where he was a patient at the State Sanitorium the past year.  Young LIGHTFOOT looks well and says he feels well and is on the road to complete recovery.  He speaks in highest terms of the work being done by the institution.

Strickland New Manager of Reid Auto Supply Co.

            Upon the resignation of Dee HENSON as manager of the Reid Auto Supply Co., G.M. STRICKLAND, who has been for some years with the company as collector, was made the local manager.  Mr. STRICKLAND has lived at Dublin for the past year, serving as collector for the three Reid stores located at Dublin, Stephenville and here.  After the first of March he will move his family back to De Leon, the family remaining there for a few days until the end of the school month.  He has three children in school, two daughters in Dublin high school.

            Mr. STRICKLAND has become a valuable man to the Reid organization during the years he has been associated with them.  He is thoroughly acquainted with every phase of the work, and he will fill the new situation with perfect confidence and satisfaction, both to his employer and to the public as well.

            Mr. and Mrs. STRICKLAND and family will find a warm welcome awaiting them when they return to again make De Leon their home.

Desdemona Man Purchased T. – P. Oil Business Here

            A.C. SHUMAN, former Desdemona dry good dealer, recently purchased of Steve PEAK of this city, the Texas-Pacific oil business.  Mr. SHUMAN will move to De Leon and personally conduct the business, it is reported.

            The business is wholesale only, and the De Leon house serves a considerable territory including several surrounding towns.  Mr. PEAK has built up quite a profitable business and Mr. SHUMAN will doubtless be able to still further increase the volume.

            Mr. SHUMAN was married on Thursday of last week at Gorman to Miss HOLMES, head nurse at Blackwell sanitarium.  Her many friends here will be glad to learn that she will be at home with her husband in this city after they return from their honeymoon.

Is Improving His Place of Business

            J.T. EDMONDSON is going to considerable trouble and expense in renovating and making more convenient his tailor shop.  New counters and a new coat of paint is adding materially to appearance.

Mrs. John C. Spradley is Seriously Sick

            Mrs. John C. SPRADLEY, nee Miss Flossie STOVER, is critically ill at the Blackwell Sanitarium, Gorman, where she had an operation this week.  Mr. and Mrs. SPRADLEY moved some time ago from Duncan, Okla, to Corsicana, Texas.

New Filling Station Opened by J.P. Todd This Week

            J.P. TODD, formerly with Polnac & Todd welding and machine shop, has taken a lease on the John PETERS filling station property, just across the street south from De Leon Bakery, and has opened with a complete line of Texaco gas and oils.  Mr. TODD bids for a share of the trade of the home folks and his advantageous location will insure him a liberal share of the transient business.  He had an ad in this issue of the Free Press, inviting patronage.

Another Chevrolet Partnership Formed by De Leon Men

            Lloyd HAMPTON and Dee HENSON are the latest  addition to the sales force of the Chevrolet Motor Company having purchased the Chevrolet business at Rising Star last week, and both are already in that city in charge of the newly purchased plant.  The business was formerly owned by a Cisco firm.

            Mr. HAMPTON was until recently in the insurance and loan business here, a position he has held for many years.  Mr. HENSON was manager for Reid Auto Supply Co.  Both these were among the most prominent of De Leon young business men, both were successful in a manner out of the ordinary in their respective lines, and the town can ill afford to lose them.  Best wishes of friends go with them into their new field.

            This new firm makes eleven De Leon business men who have engaged in the Chevrolet business in the past couple of years.  They are Messrs. O.E. HARVEY, W.O. BUTLER, Ben CARTER, Z.C. STEAKLEY, J.F. CARTER, R.W. STEAKLEY, Hime LLOYD, W.C. BAGWELL, William STEAKLEY and HENSON and HAMPTON.

Honor Roll

First Grade – Royce STRINGFELLOW, Dorothy SHAVER, Bobby HAMMERS, Elaine SCOTT, Josie Beth ALLEN.

Second Grade – Martha Fay BARKER, Delta Ree HOLDRIDGE, Flora JONES, Madge LIGHTFOOT, Rex CARNES.

Third Grade- Boyd BROWN, Jocelyn KEMP, Bobby STRINGFELLOW, Bill ROLLINS, Francis GREGORY, Mary HAMPTON.

Fourth Grade – Wilfred BAGWELL, Maye ZENTHOEFER, James EDMONDSON.

Fifth Grade – Lady Grace WHALEY, Doris MORTON, Pansy MULLOY, Coy HOLDRIDGE, Billie DERRICK.

Sixth Grade – Nell NABORS, Martha RUSSELL, Buel SNEAD, Susan SCHMIDT, Jim NANCE.

Seventh Grade – Eldora COONER, Anthon LEIGON, Dorothy RICHESON, Wallace McIVER, Bob Henry SMITH.

Valentine Party

            A kid Valentine party was given Monday eve, Feb. 13th by Miss Zoe SCOTT.  Valentine decorations with riotous color combinations formed the background for an evening of much merry-making.  Bridge and five hundred were played after delicious refreshments of punch, animal cakes and sandwiches were served to:

            Allene WEAVER, Ethel COZBY, Marjorie SWAGERTY, Georgie BOWEN, Louise LESTER, Dahlia MULLOY, Johnnie COZBY, Bonnie Bell CONNER, Rowena FARMER, Melba RUTLEDGE, Charlotte BOND, Ruth FARROW, Myrtle UPSHAW, Willie Mae JETTON and Zoe SCOTT.  Miss SCOTT was assisted by her mother, Mrs. R.W. SCOTT.

Shakespeare Club Entertains Wednesday

            The Shakespeare Club observed Washington’s Birthday with an entertainment for the members and their husbands, the beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. N.T. HASKINS being opened for the occasion.  A tribute to Washington was given by Mrs. May S. WHALEY following which the guests sang “America” with Mrs. A.P. SCHMIDT at the piano.

            Partners for an interesting “Washington” contest were matched by an ingenious method, and Mrs. S.A. DUKE and Harold WILLIAMS “won” yet “lost.”

            For the remainder of the evening progressive “42” was played, the guests entering with enthusiasm and great enjoyment into the game.  A refreshment plate carrying out the patriotic scheme was served at the close of the evening’s entertainment.

            Those present were Mesdames J.J. HORN, Harold WILLIAMS, W.H. WILLIAMS, W.E. LOWE, May S. WHALEY, N.T. HASKINS, R.L. SCOTT, John NUNNELLEY, A.P. SCHMIDT, Oscar COZBY, W.W. RICHESON, C.P. SMITH, S.A. DUKE, J.H. GRIZZELLE and Miss Bertha ROSS.  Messrs. W.H. WILLIAMS, W.W. RICHESON, W.E. LOWE, Oscar COZBY, J.J. HORN, Harold WILLIAMS, R.L. SCOTT, Billie WILLIAMS and John Carl HASKINS.

Excerpt from a “Citation by Publication”

            Price HOWELL, whose residence is unknown, to be and appear before the Honorable District Court, at the next regular term there of to be holden in the county of Comanche, on the 3rd Monday in April, being the 16th day of April, A.D., 1928……in a suit numbered on the docket of said court No. 7346, wherein Clydia Ora HOWELL is plaintiff and Price HOWELL is defendant.

            The nature of the plaintiff’s demand being as follows, towit:

            Suit for divorce, on the ground of cruel treatment and for restoration of plaintiff’s maiden name, setting up legal marriage of the parties, that plaintiff at all times conducted herself with propriety and did her full duty as a wife; but that defendant, from immediately after their marriage began a course of excesses and cruel treatment and outrageous conduct toward her, which renders their longer living together insupportable; and finally just 27 days after their marriage, he left the country with another woman, declaring he would never live with her again and wanted only wild women; and while they were together, on slightest provocation, became violently angry and threatened to her and also to others that he would whip her.


Mr. and Mrs. E.H. ROGERS have recently moved to De Leon from Seeley, Texas, near Houston, and will make their home here.

Mr. J.A. NICHOLS from Walnut Springs was a weekend visitor with his son, Clark NICHOLS and family.

Mrs. Charlotte BOND was a weekend visitor with Mr. and Mrs. BOND at Eastland.

New Hope News

Mrs. Jim OTWELL, Ruff OTWELL and family and Marvin OTWELL and family spent last Sunday with Jack OTWELL.

Grandma BURROWS and Grandma SOLLEY were visiting in the home of S.N. WILKERSON last week.

J.S. DUPRIEST, father of John DUPRIEST, visited Bently DUPRIEST of Pioneer on the 11th and 12th of this month.

Jakehamon News

Elgie MOORE is visiting his mother, Mrs. C.W. KING.

Miss Lois MOORE was absent from school Wednesday until Monday on account of the flu.

Ragie ROBBINS is well on the road to recovery.  He is up and able to be about.

Hy SMITH transferred a bunch of young mules and horses from Stephen county last week to a ranch near Dublin.

Mrs. GOLDEN, who has been sick for some time, is reported somewhat improved.

Roy GUTHRIE is up again after having been sick a week with a trouble thought to be appendicitis.


©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.