De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, March 2, 1928 


Drug Store is Sold Under the Hammer Wednesday

            Wednesday this week Constable Bob DYSON opened the doors of the Corner Drug Store here and proceeded to sell the stock and fixtures to the highest bidder.  B.J. PITTMAN was the successful bidder, paying $650 for buying same on both the separate and the stock and fixtures, Mr. PITTMAN buying same on both the separate bid and also buying it as a whole. [Transcriber’s note:  The above is typed exactly as written although it doesn’t seem to make much sense.]

            After the store had been bid in by Mr. PITTMAN he sold a few articles of merchandise to the highest bidder.

Dr. Faye Inzer Goes to Wichita Falls to Hospital

            Dr. Faye INZER left this week to take some special work in the hospital of Hargraves & Walker at Wichita Falls.  The course will require four or five months, it is stated.

J. E. McGuire Was Buried Thursday

            John E. McGUIRE, said to be the first white male child born in Comanche county, died Wednesday morning at the family residence on his farm in the Downing community at 4:45 o’clock.  Mr. McGUIRE had been in poor health for over two years and had been confined to his bed for the past three months.

            Interment was made on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 in the Zion Hill cemetery near Van Dyke, Dr. Forrest MADDOX assisted by Rev. T.N. CARTER, conducting the funeral services.

            Mr. McGUIRE was born on what is known as the old Tom HOLMSLEY farm near Comanche, June 1, 1855, just one year after the county was organized, being the son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. McGUIRE, of Irish descent, whose grandfather, Joseph McGUIRE was born in Ireland.  Mr. McGUIRE’s  father was born in Georgia and came to Texas in 1854, settling in what is now Comanche county a few months before its organization.  This section was then a wild frontier region and the McGUIRE settlement was among the first in this vicinity.  Mr. McGUIRE’s paternal grandmother was Miss Ruby MARTIN before her marriage, a sister of H.R. MARTIN, and a daughter of Henry MARTIN, pioneer settler.

            Mr. McGUIRE’s early life was that of a boy on the extreme western  frontier, the prairie, covered with long grass, was his playground and his brothers and sisters were his only playmates, for neighbors were widely scattered.  When only a lad of six, Mr. McGUIRE was perfectly at home in the saddle and frequently drove cattle over the prairie, keeping a sharp lookout for the Indians who lived not far distant and often raided this section.  He spent all his life in Comanche county, except three years in his early teens, which were spent in Benton county, Arkansas.

            On October 10, 1880 he was married in Comanche county to Miss Calle WILLIAMS, daughter of A.J. WILLIAMS.

            Besides engaging in farming, Mr. McGUIRE was for a number of years, interested in buying and selling stock and was said to be one of the best judges of cattle in the state.  He also operated a threshing machine in his early manhood and while engaged in this work lost his left arm by getting it caught in the separator.  Mr. McGUIRE ran a gin for 10 years, he and his brothers being proprietors of the Comanche gin and mill in the nineties, ginning 1741 bales of cotton in 1894 and often grinding as much as 200 bushels of corn per day.

            His long connection with Comanche county and its interest made him known to a majority of the citizens of the county who recognized in him one of its leaders.

            Besides his widow, he is survived by the following children: Mrs. W.Z. BATES of Eastland; Mrs. W.H. VALE of Oakland, Calif.; Mrs. A.E. THOMPSON of Comanche; Mrs. L.D. COBURN of Denver; Mrs. W. KENDRICK of Comanche; Mrs. M.L. LOUDERMILK of Brownwood; Evan McGUIRE of Comanche and Roy McGUIRE of Comanche.  One son, Charles, died April 20, 1901.  He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters:  Mrs. John FARMER of Coleman; Mrs. John FRITTS of Van Dyke; Mrs. Forrest STONE of Proctor; J.L. McGUIRE of Proctor, W.M. McGUIRE of Shallowater.

            Mr. McGUIRE was converted in early boyhood and united with the Methodist church of which he remained a member until about 25 years ago when he joined the Baptist church at Downing of which he was a member at the time of his death. – Comanche Chief.

[Compiler’s note:  The act creating Comanche County was approved by the Texas Legislature on 25 January 1856.  Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 compiled and arranged by H.P.N. Gammel.  Austin, Texas, Gammel Book Company, 1898.    General Laws of  the Sixth Legislature passed at a session convened November 5, 1855.   Marriage Records of Comanche County, Texas, list Mr. McGuire’s wife as named Callie.]


Mrs. H.B. Hill Met Tragic Death at Sunset Home

            The tragic and untimely death of Mrs. H.B. HILL occurred at a hospital at Bowie, Texas, at 5:00 o’clock p.m. Monday, February 27th, 1928, where she had been carried a few hours previously for treatment for burns, from which death occurred.

            Monday morning at about 7:00 Mrs. HILL was alone in her home near Sunset.  Her dress caught fire from a wood stove.  She tried to smother the flames beneath a mattress but failed and in the attempt set afire to the house.  Then she ran from the house toward where her husband was, a few hundred yards away, her clothing practically burned off, severely burned all over her body.  She was hurried to the hospital at Bowie and lingered until 5:00 p.m. death relieving her intense suffering.

            The two daughters of the family had gone to town, the oldest to take the younger to school, and the son was also in town.  The house burned to the ground, nothing practically being saved.

            The Hill family moved from De Leon to Sunset two years ago.  Their son, Roy HILL, met accidental death by electrocution while at work at Rising Star two or three years ago.

            Mrs. HILL was a daughter of George SMITH, an old pioneer of this section.  She had spent most of her life in Comanche county.  Seven children were born to them, six of these, together with the faithful husband survive her.  Living children are: Ancil HILL, De Leon; Otis HILL, Wichita Falls; Barney HILL, Sunset; Grady HILL, Sunset; and Misses Rosaline and Dessie Lee HILL, Sunset.

            Mrs. HILL had been a Christian and a faithful member of the Missionary Baptist church since girlhood.  Rev. W.L. SKAGGS conducted the funeral service, which was held at Oliver Springs Wednesday afternoon.

Death Comes to J.H. Irvin

            Friends heard with deep regret early Thursday of the death of J.H. IRVIN, long time resident of this city.  He died shortly after 5:30a.m.  At the time this was written funeral arrangements had not been completed, the funeral however, was to be this noon at 2:30 o’clock.

            Mr. IRVIN had been ill the past two or three years.  He was little more than 72 years of age.  A story of his life will appear in an early issue.



            Miss Myra HOLMES and Mr. Dick SCHUMAN were married last Thursday at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. HOLMES of Downing.  The ceremony being said by Rev. BARRET of Dublin.  Only intimate friends of the immediate families were in attendance.

            Miss Bonnie Jean CROW played the wedding march, while the bridal party came down a hall which led into the living room, where a corner had been transformed into an altar.

            The bride wore a gown of white satin with accessories to harmonize and she carried an arm bouquet of pink and white carnations.

            Miss Johnnie May HOLMES, sister of the bride, wore a lovely gown of shell pink crepe and carried an arm bouquet of roses.  Fr. Fritz SCHUMAN, brother of the groom, was best man .

            Mr. and Mrs. SCHUMAN left immediately for a short wedding trip.  The bride was head nurse at Blackwell sanitarium at Gorman.  The groom is a prominent businessman at Desdemona, where they will make their home. – Contributed.

4-H Club Organized

            On Thursday, Feb. 9th, County Agent BARTON assisted by Mrs. C.M. CARAWAY, organized a 4-H club at the Comyn school.  Mr. BARTON explained and outlined the work of the club and 23 girls felt enough interest to join and select projects for the coming year.

            The following officers were elected:  Pauline GARNER, president; L.O.E. SWEEDEN, vice-pres.; Blanche STRUBE, secretary and Elzie KINNARD, yell leader.

De Leon Man Moved to Rising Star Thursday

            Mr. and Mrs. H.E. WHITTLE and children have moved to Rising Star where Mr. WHITTLE has accepted a position as head mechanic for the Henson & Hampton Chevrolet Company.  This makes the twelfth man from De Leon claimed by the Chevrolet organization within recent months and the tenth to leave town.

Hafford Purchases Control City Market

            A deal was completed this week in which Hollie HAFFORD purchased the interest of his partner, Lee HOLLAND, in the City Meat Market.  In the deal Mr. HAFFORD not only purchased that plant but all outstanding accounts as well.

            Mr. HAFFORD stated that he will continue to give the same courteous and prompt service as before and he has already started on an improvement program for the market.

            Mr. HOLLAND has not definitely decided what he will do, but he will remain here in all probability, it was learned.

Fire Destroyed Brooder House and 190 Baby Chicks

            While Mr. and Mrs. F.W. ALEXANDER and family were at church Sunday a week ago fire of unknown origin destroyed a brooder house in which 190 baby chicks were kept.  Neighbors discovered the fire and attempted to put it out and succeeded before the floor was consumed.  Although they found sacks and papers where the chicks had been kept, they found no trace of the charred remains of the chicks.  The chicks were White Leghorns and were six days old.

Desdemona Man Lost Fingers of One Hand in Accident

            Gene BROWNING, of Desdemona, an oil field worker, lost all the fingers on one hand while working on the well known as the Anderson No. 3 last Monday.  BROWNING was sent to the Gorman hospital for treatment.

On Honor Roll at Tarleton College

            De Leon’s representative on the roll of honor at Tarleton for the third term was Carl BRUMBELOW of De Leon Route Three.  A student to be given this honor must make a grade of not less that 80 in any one subject.

            Other Comanche county young people on the roll were Connie Madge CARNES, Joe Bailey COWAN and Joe Bailey MATERS, all of Comanche


            On Tuesday afternoon, February 28, Mrs. Chas. ROSS entertained at bridge and “42” was also played, Mrs. H.G. TERRILL winning high score. The afternoon was most pleasantly spent by the following:  Mesdames W.C. LIGHTFOOT, W.P. WEAVER, HAYS, S.A. DUKE, R.L. WHALEY, M.D. STEWART, D.L. TERRILL, H.G. TERRILL, Loy HILL, R.L. SCOTT, E.E. DABNEY, W.H. CLARK,  Hallie STEPHENS, S.G. PARKS, Paul MORGAN, M.H. HANCOCK, H.J. STOCKMAN, Fred RUTLEDGE and Miss Bertha ROSS.

            The Club meets next with Mrs. Hallie STEPHENS.

Birthday Party

            Raymond CARTER entertained a few of his little neighborhood friends on his 5th birthday, February 27th.  Various kinds of games were played and refreshments of hot chocolate, cake and candy were served to the following:  Woodley BUTLER, Jr., Billy CLARK, Elaine SCOTT, Virginia SCOTT, Edna JETTON, Mary Elizabeth CARTER, and Eugena GENTRY.


G.M. STRICKLAND is moving his family from Dublin to De Leon the last of the present week, he now being the manager of Reid Auto Supply Co. here.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond ROGERS of San Angelo are due to arrive the latter part of the present week for a visit in the home of Free Press editor and family.

Mrs. Roy HAMMERS and two little sons, Roy Norman and Babby Dee, spent the weekend in Breckenridge, guests of Roy HAMMERS and Mr. and Mrs. L.M. BLACK.

Mr. and Mrs. Warren HAMMERS are rejoicing over the safe arrival of a baby girl, born to them on February 23.  Her name is Myrtle Elizabeth.

Mrs. S.W. CRAWFORD, who was formerly Miss Ella LOGSDON, has been here for the past two weeks, visiting with Mrs. J.J. HEATH.  She had a slight operation at Gorman recently.  Her home is at Shamrock.  She left De Leon more than 20 years ago.

Mr. and Mrs. Ross JENKINS and Miss Lelia JENKINS and Mrs. DITTO from Paint Rock were week-end guests with Mr. and Mrs. W.C. JENKINS.

Mr. BLACK of Winkler county was here this week for a visit with his two sisters, the Misses BLACK.

Mrs. CROWNOVER, mother of Miss Mary CROWNOVER, Western Union manager, has returned from Arkansas.

Mrs. Stuart CATE of Breckenridge was here this week for a visit in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.C. SMITH.

Mr. and Mrs. Moody KING of Abilene were here this week to attend the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. H.B. HILL.

Edward TERRY, formerly with the Plemmons Drug, has gone to Hamlin to accept a similar position.

Mrs. Abe STOVER, Mr. and Mrs. Ed ARMSTRONG are here from Albuquerque , New Mexico, at the bedside of their father and grandfather, J. H. IRVIN, who died Thursday.

New Hope News

Lucille LEE had with her as a weekend guest, Miss Flora MORRIS of the St. Joe community.

Brother and Sister WRIGHT visited the sick of this community Monday evening.  Among the homes that were visited were:  G.L. LEE, S.N. WILKERSON, Riley WILKERSON and others.

Mrs. Murman WARREN spent Monday night with Mrs. S.N. WILKERSON

Mr. and Mrs. W.W. HODGES spent Sunday with their son, Clyde.

There is whooping cough in the homes of John DUPRIEST, Dave LEWIS, Cleburne DAWKINS and several others in this community.

Alonzo LEE spent Saturday night with his cousin, Hezzie DEAN, near Suez.

Jakehamon News

Dean WIER of Knox City has been visiting his sister, Mrs. R.C. KOONCE.

Miss Ruth McGUIRE of Cross Cut, is visiting her relatives, Mr. and Mrs. MCGUIRE of this community.

Novis LINDLEY spent Sunday with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.M. LINDLEY of Stephen County.

H.D. BRAZELL, grandson of W.M. BRAZELL, has gone to Carlsbad sanitorium for treatment.  He writes back that he is pleased with his place and that he is receiving the best of care.


            Wm. VARNER, an old and honored citizen of this community, died last Saturday night and was buried Sunday.  Uncle Billy, as he was familiarly called by all, had lived on his farm in this section for about 20 years and in this and nearby communities for about forty years.  Probably few men were more widely known than Uncle Billy.  He had led an active and industrious life and was noted for his religious zeal.

            Mr. VARNER had ten children who survive him, though they are scattered to many parts of Texas and it was possible for all to reach him and be with him at the time of his death.

            He was laid to rest at Lowell.

Oliver Springs

This community was shocked and saddened Tuesday morning by the news of the death of Mrs. H.B. HILL.  Her home was in this community for many years before she moved to Sunset, Texas, from De Leon two years ago.  The body was brought to De Leon Tuesday and rested Tuesday night in the home of her son, Ancil HILL.  Mrs. HILL was a truly good woman, a good friend and neighbor.  She was laid to rest Wednesday by the side of her son, Rov [Roy?].  The community extends sympathy to the sorrowing husband, children and sisters with the wish that the Great God will comfort them with the peace that only He can give.

There have been quite a few cases of the flu this week.  Russell BURLESON is recovering from a spell of pneumonia.

Clyde NABORS has been terracing his farm land this week.

Selwyn LOVE has been visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.B. LOVE the past week, leaving Monday for his home in St. Louis, accompanied by Mrs. Isco ATCHISON of that place.


Berry REEVES has gone to Oklahoma to visit his son, Ben, and other relatives.

Alexander JONES from Ranger, is visiting his uncle, H.C. JAMES, of this community.

C.F. NICHOLS happened to a serious accident the other day while taking wire from a bale of hay.  The wire slipped, cutting thru all of his fingers and part of the way thru the little finger of his left hand.

Next week, on March first, the people of Victor community are expecting two new oil derricks to go up – one on the SMITH place, the other one on the old KEITH place.  We are all hoping for results.

Comyn News

Mr. and Mrs. O.A. TERGERSON and children spent the weekend with relatives at Cranfill Gap.  Johny JOHNSON, brother of Mrs. TERGERSON, returned home with them for a few days visit.

B.E. MOORE of Alvarado, is visiting this week in the homes of J.T. and H.J. MOORE.

Mrs. Calvin CARAWAY of Big Lake is here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. HAVIS.

Mr. and Mrs. Bowman STANDRIDGE and baby of Newburg, spent the weekend visiting Mrs. STANDRIDGE’s relatives, H.J. and J.T. MOORE and families.

Mr. and Mrs. W.E. PULLEY and children went to Coleman Saturday in response to a message telling them of the serious illness of Mrs. PULLEY’s father, W.H. TOUCHSTONE.

Mrs. G.R. GOOSBY and children spent part of the weekend with her mother, Mrs. Lee CAMPBELL at Comanche.

Mr. and Mrs. Charley BLASINGAME, who formerly lived in the Armstrong community, but lately have been living in Prescott, Ariz., have returned to make their home again among old friends and neighbors.

Morgan ROSS and daughter, Carolyn Tom, have returned to their home at Sudan, after a visit with his mother and other relatives.

B.L. PAINTER was recently called to Stamford by the serious illness and death of his grandfather, P.M. WHITE of that place.  Mrs. H.B. PAINTER and E.M. PAINTER, who had been called to Mr. WHITE’s bedside a few days before, returned home with him.

A number of little friends and schoolmates spent Sunday afternoon with Mattie Mell SPRUILL in honor of her 13th birthday.  The cake with its 13 gleaming candles was the cause of much mirth and excitement as each little guest waited his turn of trying to blow out all the candles at one attempt.  Beatrice BARNES at last accomplished the feat, then the cake was sliced and served with hot chocolate to each guest.

Comyn (From last week)

Mr. and Mrs. Pete PELL, Mrs. Grady MOHON and daughter, Helen, and S.D. STRONG visited Mr. and Mrs. George CARAWAY at Big Lake last week.  Mrs. CARAWAY and two little boys returned with them Monday to visit for a few days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.D. STRONG and other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. S.B. SPRUILL and children of Bunyan visited J.V. SPRUILL and family Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. W.A. DOGGETT went to Dallas last Thursday and brought their son, Alexander, home for a short visit.  He has been in the Scottish Rites Hospital for Crippled Children for some time and has successfully undergone on operation but will have to return for another one before his foot and limb deformity, which was caused by infantile paralysis, can be completely cured.

Mr. and Mrs. A.H. THOMAS have returned from Big Lake and have moved into her mother’s home, Mrs. SWEEDEN having just recently moved to Big Lake to live with her son who has employment at that place.  Miss L.O.E. will remain here with her sister, Mrs. THOMAS, until this school term closes before going to Big Lake.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde HODGES are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on February 21st.

William DICKEY of Rhome is here visiting his daughter and son, Mrs. Willie GEORGE and Otis DICKEY and families and his brother W.F. DICKEY.


©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.