De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, March 9, 1928 


New Garage Being Opened This Week

            Mr. C.J. HARDING is opening a garage in connection with Lee’s Filling Station, and tools and equipment will be here in time to commence work in a few days.  Mr. HARDING is a son-in-law of O.L. THOMSON and is an experienced mechanic.  Mr. HARDING has an ad in the Dollar Day page today inviting patronage.

Jewelry Store Now Owned by Waco Concern

            H. HAMPTON, for a number of years jeweler and watchmaker with Weaver and Sons, sold his business recently to Armstrong Jewelry Co., of Waco and Mr. and Mrs. HAMPTON have moved to Eastland where he will engage in a similar business.  The HAMPTONS made many friends during their several years residence here all of whom regret to see them moving away.

            The Armstrong Company has sent Mr. W.F. HARRIS of Dallas to De Leon to have charge of the store at Weaver’s.  Mr. HARRIS is already in charge.  He is an experienced watchmaker and jeweler, and will doubtless succeed for the firm employing him.  He is married, his wife to arrive in a few days from Dallas to make their home here.

            Mr. HARRIS will become M-K-T railway watch inspector, a place formerly filled by Mr. HAMPTON.


            A wedding that came as a surprise to their friends was that of Miss Eloise BARNES and Mr. Buddie HUDSON.

            After coming to the picture show at the Comyn school as usual on Friday night, Feb. 24, they were joined by Miss L.O.E. SWEEDEN, who went with them to the home of Rev. Walter MARTIN of Purvis where they were married.

            The bride is the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse BARNES and was one of Comyn’s popular high school girls.

            The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene HUDSON of De Leon and was last year a student of the Comyn school.

            Both Mr. and Mrs. HUDSON have many friends here who extend to them their very best wishes.

James H. Irvin

            James H. IRVIN, long time a resident of this city, died at his home, at 5:40 o’clock a.m. Thursday, March 1, 1928.  He had been ill for two or three years and confined to his bed for several months.

            Mr. IRVIN was a native Texan, having been born in Falls county, Texas, on Dec. 31, 1855, being therefore 71 years, 2 months, and 2 days of age at death.  He led an active and useful life, and scores followed his bier to its last resting place, sorrowing with the stricken family.

            Mr. IRVIN was married 51 years ago last May in Falls county, to Miss Mattie DENSMAN, by Rev. TAYLOR, a pioneer minister of that section.  Eight children came into the home, two of them, twin boys, dying in infancy.  The six living sons and daughters, together with the faithful wife and companion, survive him.  He also had sixteen grand-children and one great-grandchild. 

            The greater portion of the life of this good man was spent as a Christian, his conversion dating back 44 years, at which time he united with the Missionary Baptist church.  He remained faithful to his vows through the long period of years.

            Sons and daughters of Mr. and Mrs. IRVIN are as follows: L.A. IRVIN, De Leon; Mrs. A.H. STOVER, Albuquerque, N.M.;  H.E. IRVIN, De Leon; C.H. IRVIN, Stamford; Mrs. J.F. BLITCH, De Leon; W.J. IRVIN, De Leon.

            The funeral service was held at the Baptist church here Friday afternoon and burial followed at De Leon cemetery, Rev. J.N. CAMPBELL in charge.

            Those from a distance attending the IRVIN funeral last Friday were: Mr. and Mrs. ARMSTRONG, (Winnie STOVER), Belen, N.M.; Mr. and Mrs. D.C. GOOCH, Abilene; Messrs. M. and John DENSMAN, brothers of Mrs. IRVIN, of McGregor, Texas.


            On Saturday night, Mr. and Mrs. Carl D. GRAHAM entertained a number of young people to celebrate the birthday of their son, Hadley.  Their new home was the scene of much merriment, where many interesting games and contests were played.

            About ten-thirty the happy group was ushered into the dining room where the birthday cake was cut and served with iced refreshments.

            Out of town guests attending were: The Misses WINFREYs of Sipe Springs, Messrs. LOCKE and BELL of De Leon, Mrs. H.P. EVANS and daughter, Mayda and Miss Ermalee GRAHAM of Brownwood, Misses DUKOS and TEAL of Gorman. – Contributed.

Duster Honor Roll

            The following pupils made no grade less than A:  Hadley GRAHAM, Edith GREER.

            The following made no grade less than B:  Ira FRAZIER, Lucile WILSON, S.W. COAN, Joy ELLIOTT, Opal DUKES, Hazel DUKES, Una GRAHAM, Thelma HARMON.

            The following were neither absent nor tardy during the month just past:  C.B. HARRIS, Inzer QUINN, Sam JENKINS, C.D. ALLDREDGE, J.T. CROW, Hadley GRAHAM, John HAYNES, Eaborn JOINER, Felix NEWSOME, Hazel DUKES, Viva GRAHAM, Elva MOORE.


Grandmother WOODWARD, who resides near the north ward school, has been in ill health for several months.

Ralph BENDER, who is attending military academy at Asheville, N.C., was home for a visit with his mother, Mrs. A.K. BENDER this week.

J.B. JEFFREY went to Glen Rose on Monday this week to remain for a couple of week’s treatment.  Mr. JEFFREY has been ill for some time, suffering with rheumatism.  Mrs. JEFFREY accompanied him.

Mrs. S.T. TAYLOR from Cisco was a Sunday visitor with her daughter, Mrs. Carl SMALLWOOD and family.

Mrs. M.T. MIDDLEBROOK, from Los Angeles, is here for a visit with her brother, Joe TAYLOR and family.

Raymond HALL of Kansas City, is visiting his brother Ed HALL and family this week.

Miss Ella BROWNLEE is visiting her sister, Mrs. Dolph SMITH in Gorman this week.

Mrs. Jack LONDON and daughter, little Miss Billie Faye, were weekend visitors in Waco.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bill HOLDRIDGE, on February 15, a nine pound boy.

Miss Emma FIELDS from Whitney is here, guest of her sister, Mrs. Bill HOLDRIDGE.

Mrs. Calvin CARAWAY is here from Big Lake, guest with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. HAVIS.

Mrs. G.A. CARAWAY has returned to Big Lake after a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.D. STRONG.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam SPARKS from Cross Plains were week-end visitors with her mother, Mrs. TINDALL.

Miss Jewel TIMMONS, who has been nursing at the Alexander hospital in Abilene, came home Sunday for a month’s vacation.

Mrs. Tony PATTERSON and little son, Robert, have returned to their home in Lubbock after a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will GREER.

Mr. and Mrs. Coy LOVE from Colorado City, were here the past week visiting their parents, Mrs. Will PARKS and Mr. and Mrs. T. LOVE.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom RHODES from Portland, Oregon, are here for a visit with her brother, Joe TAYLOR and family.

Jakehamon News

Ragie ROBBINS has recovered his strength to where he is able to drive his car and be up all the time.

Mr. and Mrs. G.C. McKINNEY spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. GRAY.

Mrs. Lizzie WINNEGAR spent Sunday with her sister, Mrs. John WHITE of the Howard community.

George BRAZELL and his two oldest daughters, Misses Oleta and Waneta spent the weekend at Ranger in attendance at the revival meeting in progress there.

The neighbors of S.E. GOLDEN met at his place last Monday with teams and plows and gave him a days work because of the long continued illness he has had in his family.

R.L. GRAY, who works in the section crew at this place had the misfortune to be badly hurt by accident last week.  The crew was helping to clear the track after a wreck near the CARR place and in some manner the heavy nipping bar slipped and he fell down a very steep embankment, getting three ribs broken.  He has been taken to the railroad hospital at Wichita Falls.


Othar SMITH and family, on their way to Arkansas from California, stopped to see relatives of this community last week.

Mrs. W.T. DAY spent the weekend in Cisco visiting her daughter, Mrs. L.A. MARTIN.

J.T. BAILEY has been very ill for some time.  We are hoping he will soon be able to come back to school.

Clifford GROGAN is visiting his brother Willie, of this community this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Odwin WHITE of Desdemona spent the weekend with Mrs. WHITE’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. BAILEY.

Mrs. Willie GROGAN is on the sick list this week.

Oliver Springs

Mr. and Mrs. N. COGBURN have had the flu the past week.

M. JOHNSTON and family of Gorman, H. ECHOLS and family and Mr. and Mrs. Hurley COZART and son, spent Sunday with Hyson ECHOLS and wife.

This community has just learned of the marriage of their one time teacher, Miss Priscilla COZART to Mr. Tommie TUCKER, some time back.  We wish to extend our congratulations to the young couple and hope for them a long and happy life together.

Mr. and Mrs. J. PANGLE announce the arrival of a tiny son, born Monday, February 5th.

J. BRASWELL and family went to Ranger Sunday to visit their daughter, Mrs. John GILDER, who has been very ill.

New Hope News

Clyde HODGES had the bad luck of getting his shoulder hurt this winter and has not been able to get much work done.  Last Monday about 18 men and boys of this community went to his place and plowed his land for him.  Clyde says that he certainly appreciates what these good men have done for him.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim DAVIS of Scurry county, have been visiting her mother, Mrs. Fred HOLLAND, and other relatives this week.

Lloyd BOYETT and wife were visiting his parents of this community last Sunday and also attended the singing.

Bill JOHNSON and family of Harmony visited H.M. JOHNSON’s Sunday.


Miss Lela VAUGHN of Tarleton spent the weekend with her father, J.H. VAUGHN.

Misses Essie WATSON, Doris DOGGETT, and Finis COOK of Tarleton spent the past weekend with their home folks.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. ALSTON and children visited relatives in Decatur part of last week, returning Thursday.  They were accompanied home by Mrs. ALSTON’s sister, Mrs. M.R. CASWELL.

E.C. DRY, who has had employment for some time at McCamey, has returned home.

Mr. LYLES, of Ennis, is visiting in the home of his daughter, Mr. and Mrs. F.G. GILCHRIST.

W.C. WHITTINGTON of McCamey is visiting his mother, Mrs. Lela WHITTINGTON.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee CAMPBELL and Mr. and Mrs. Basil McPHERSON and children of Comanche spent Sunday with their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. G.R. GOOSBY and family


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