De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, April 13, 1928 


Trustees Election Results

            In the election for trustees for De Leon Independent School District held here last Saturday, W.C. MALONEE, J.J. HORN, O.E. HARVEY and R.L. SCOTT were elected.

            The four whose terms expired on that date were L.L. LIGHTFOOT, H.G. TERRILL and H.N. ALEXANDER.  The new board is composed of John NABORS, A.M. ALLEN, J.W. HOWARD, W.C. MALONEE, O.E. HARVEY, J.J. HORN and R.L. SCOTT.

Chevrolet Deal Affected Three Former Local Men

            Out of the dozen De Leon men who have engaged in the Chevrolet business in the past couple of years, one has sold out.  He is Lloyd HAMPTON, local business man, who disposed of his insurance business here since the first of the year and went to Rising Star with Dee HENSON and engaged in the Chevrolet sales business.

            A couple of weeks ago Ben CARTER and Z.C. STEAKLEY, Chevrolet dealers at Sweetwater, purchased the interest of Mr. HAMPTON at Rising Star, and he has returned for the present to this city.

            The Rising Star Chevrolet Co., will hereafter be managed by Mr. HENSON and owned jointly by HENSON, CARTER and STEAKLEY.  Mr. HAMPTON has not stated what he will do, but his friends hope he will remain in this city.

De Leon Girl is Honored

            Miss Phyllis SHORT will play a piano solo at a banquet given by the Engineering Department of State University at Austin Saturday evening this week.  The invitation to attend the affair came several days ago and she will spend a couple of days visiting her brother, Byron SHORT, who is a professor at the university.

Mrs. Edmondson is Having Millinery Shop Re-decorated

            Following the fire that damaged her stock and fixtures recently, Mrs. J.T. EDMONDSON is this week having workmen completely overhaul the interior of her salesroom.  The new coloring harmonizes nicely with the gay spring things she is putting on display as fast as her new stock of goods arrive.

            Of the five business places damaged by the recent fire, Mrs. EDMONDSON’s stock suffered most.  Dainty wearables suffered smoke and water damage and practically every article in the store has been junked and replaced with a stock spick and span and brand new.

            In an ad in this issue she is announcing the re-opening of her shop on this morning-Friday.  Her friends are invited to call and inspect the new arrivals in wearables.


            The marriage of Miss Georgia BOWEN of this city to Mr. E.L. HOUK, occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. MARTIN at Eastland at 8:30 o’clock on Easter Sunday evening.  Miss BOWEN was living at the MARTIN residence, having accepted employment in Eastland a few weeks ago.  She was formerly with H. HAMPTON, jeweler, in this city.  Rev. RYE, pastor of Eastland Church of Christ, performed the marriage ceremony.

            The MARTIN house was prettily decorated with the blossoms of wild haw and black locust, the flowers shedding their sweet fragrance throughout the residence.  The wedding ceremony was simple, being said in the presence of a few friends and relatives.  Mr. and Mrs. HOUK will remain in Eastland for the present but will a little later go away on a wedding tour to be gone for a few weeks.

            Mr. HOUK also is well known in De Leon, having lived here for a number of years.  He was employed by the Katy in the engine service.  At present he is engaged in the Café business, being operator of the Stanley Café at Eastland.

            Those present to witness the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Fred NABORS of this city; Mr. and Mrs. C.C. RICHARDSON of Desdemona, and Mr. and Mrs. WHITE and Mr. and Mrs. MARTIN and Mrs. BARNES, all of Eastland.  Friends of this happy young couple extend best wishes as they embark on the eventful journey.


            Miss Erma Lee BROWNLEE and Mr. Lawrence HUDDLESTON were happily married on March 24th at the home of Rev. A.F. NABORS, who officiated.  Miss BROWNLEE is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter BROWNLEE, and Mr. HUDDLESTON a son of Mr. and Mrs. W.N. HUDDLESTON of the Duster community.  These young people have a host of friends who wish for them much happiness and success in life.

Mrs. A.P. Schmidt and Pupils to W.T.C.

            Mrs. A.P. SCHMIDT is accompanying three of her pupils to Fort Worth this Friday where they will compete in the Fine Arts contest being held at Texas Woman’s College Friday and Saturday.

            Miss Allene WEAVER will compete in piano and voice.  Miss Louise LESTER in piano and voice and Miss Willie Mae JETTON, piano only.

            Texas Woman’s College sponsors a similar contest each year and offers scholarships as prizes to winners in the various events.  This is the second year De Leon pupils have entered the competition.

Mrs. Whaley Presents Pupils in Recital

            Mrs. May WHALEY, who teaches expression, presented her pupils in recital at her home last Tuesday afternoon.  The mothers and grandmothers of the children were the honored guests and quite a few were present to enjoy the numbers presented for their entertainment.  The program consisted of readings, motion songs, dialogues and two little one-act plays presented by the very little folks.

            Mrs. WHALEY has been coaching some of the older pupils who are to compete in the Interscholastic League Meet at Brownwood this Saturday and these also appeared on the program.  They are to represent De Leon and Comyn schools and are as follows:  John Carl HASKINS, Ruth FARROW, C.M. CARAWAY, Jr., and Herschel BARNES.

            The little folks taking part were as follows:  Martha Faye BARKER, Martha Frances and Treasure RUSSELL, Frances GREGORY, Billie Faye LONDON, Virginia and Elaine SCOTT, Faye FLOYD, Juanita FLOYD, Peyton and Eugene WEAVER, Thomas UNDERWOOD.

Former De Leon Man is Head of Gorman Schools

            At a recent meeting of the Gorman school board, Jesse M. MACON, former De Leon man, was elected superintendent of schools for the coming year.  Mr. MACON taught formerly at Desdemona and has taught for a number of years as principal of Gorman schools.

Green Lantern Has Changed Managers

            W.J. IRVIN took charge of the Green Lantern Café here on April 1, and during the first two weeks of operation has done quite well with the business.  IRVIN is with the Katy, on leave of absence.  The place is open at night for the convenience of railroad men and the traveling public.  IRVIN’s place is ideally located and he should do a good business there.

Mrs. Mohon Has Social Meeting For Her Pupils

            Mrs. John A. MOHON, teacher of piano, gave a recital at her home at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, honoring the mothers.  The piano pupils were assisted by expression pupils of Mesdames HARVEY and WHALEY.  All the youthful performers did nicely.

            Saturday, April 7th, Mrs. MOHON gave a “tacky party” honoring her pupils.  Indoor games were played, prizes for the “tackiest” going to Eloise NANCE and Eugenia GENTRY.  Refreshments were served to the following:

            Doris WHITE, Mary Alice and Jean ROLLINS, Pauline and Le Roy BRISTER,  Eugena GENTRY, Josie Beth ALLEN, Dorothy McIVER, Daphne SHOOK, Marjorie MORRIS, Lenora FINKELSTINE, Jane PEARSON, Lary Grace WHALEY, Dorothy SHAVER, Ruby Lee TAYLOR, Martha Faye BARKER, Billie Faye LONDON, Margaret SHARP, Gladys, Ruth and Dorothy COOK, Lera ADAMS, Dorene PARSONS, Verne Winters BUCHAN, Buell SIMS, Virginia SHARP.

            Misses Edna MERRITT, Marjorie SWAGERTY, Alma Neil TATE, Eloise NANCE, Bertie SIMS, Mattie Elizabeth BLANTO”N, Edna Earl COZBY, Ruth HOWE, Lucille BAKER, Marjorie GRISHAM, Mrs. Woodly BUTLER.


Miss Launa FRETWEL was home during the Easter weekend visiting with home folks.

Mr. and Mrs. W.E. LOWE spent the weekend visiting their children who are attending State U. at Austin.

G.H. YORK and Hollie HAFFORD were called to Fort Worth this week for service on the Federal Grand Jury.

Z.C. STEAKLEY, Ben CARTER and Dee HENSON of Sweetwater and Rising Star, were visiting with friends and relatives in this city the first of the week.

Miss Mary BROWN is at home after an extended visit with her son, J.T. BROWN at Stamford.

D.A. NORMAN of Parsons, Kansas, has been visiting his brother here, W.W. NORMAN.

Mr. and Mrs. Wallace RUFF from Brady were week-end visitors with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bee GILDER.

Miss Lillie Pearl RUFF, from Brady, was a week end guest of her mother, Mrs. F.A. RUFF.

Miss Lila HARVEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ira HARVEY of Goldthwaite, underwent a major operation April 2 at Brownwood.  She is recovering nicely.

Mrs. Bee GILDER had a pleasant surprise March the 8th, when her children came home to celebrate her birthday.  Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Albert BYRD, Mr. and Mrs. John GILDER, Ranger; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace RUFF, Brady, De Vere and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew GILDER, Cross Plains.

Mrs. Dee HENSON is visiting her father Mr. McMAHON in Lingleville this week.

Mrs. Ernest WILKINSON and small daughter from Waco and Miss Agnes WILKINSON, who teaches school at Carbon, were weekend guests with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. WILKINSON.

B.T. FORTUNE spent the past week visiting his mother, Mrs. SR.E. FORTUNE, at Bowie.  Mrs. FORTUNE is 93 years old and despite her age she is hale and hearty.

Jakehamon News

D.V. WILLIAMS is improving from a severe illness of several days duration.

Mr. and Mrs. A.C. YOUNG of this community spent Sunday with their daughter, Mrs. A.L. TOLAR of De Leon.

Mrs. Eva Mae COOPER of Breckenridge is very ill at her mother’s home here.

Ragie RAGLAND, who has recovered from a long serious sickness, has returned to his work at Midland.

A tacky party was given by Miss Erma THORNTON at her home on Saturday night.

Mrs. Roy HASH and little son, of Ballenger, has been visiting with their relatives, W.C. McGUIRE and family.

Miss Nora STEWART of Bosque has been visiting her cousin, Miss Opal McKINNEY the past week.

Miss Opal McKINNEY spent a part of last week with her sister at Breckenridge, whose child was sick.

Lawrence HUGHES, who was accidentally shot at the rabbit drive here some weeks ago has recovered.  He was not injured seriously and did not even have to be confined to his bed.

Mrs. George CLARK, who formerly resided in this community but who now lives at McCamey, has been seriously ill for some time.  Her friends here hope for a speedy recovery for her.


Foy JAMES of Ranger spent Sunday with his uncle, H.C. JAMES of this community.

C.F. NICHOLS and two sons, Jack and Buster, visited friends and relatives in Dublin Saturday and Sunday.

Rev. FERGUSON was unable to fill his appointment here Sunday afternoon on account of the rain.

Mr. MOORE, who has been sick for the past few days, is slowly improving.


Mr. and Mrs. Van GODDARD and baby who have been visiting her mother, Mrs. Effie BARNES, left Friday for Westmoreland, Calif., where they expect to make their home.

Amos FLOYD of Ballinger spent Thursday here visiting relatives.  His mother, Mrs. N.H. FLOYD, returned home with him Friday for a visit.

Mrs. George HUDSON and children of Stamford were here during the past week visiting relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. O.A. TERGERSON and children have gone to Cransfill Gap to visit Mrs. TERGERSON’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. JOHNSON.

Miss Finis COOK, accompanied by two of her school friends, Misses Bertha STRANGE and Tylene SEYMORE of Tarleton, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.T. COOK.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim MOBLEY of Memphis, Tenn., who have been visiting Mr. MOBLEY’s sister and family, Mr. and Mrs. D.C. GARNER, left for their home last Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed THOMAS are the proud parents of a baby girl.  She has been named Dorothy Elizabeth.

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. HOOVER and children went to Desdemona Saturday to visit their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. HENSON and family.

Mrs. Charley ROLLINS of Stamford returned home last week after a few days visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.H. COX.

New Hope News

J.S. DUPRIEST left Saturday for Las Cruces, N.M., to spend awhile with his two sons, Ross and Jim DUPRIEST.

Mr. and Mrs. George DANIELL were visiting Sunday in the home of her sister, Mrs. O.L. PARKER near Downing.

Mrs. H.M. JOHNSON was called to Leon community a few days ago to the bedside of her father who was critically ill.


©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.