De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, April 20, 1928 


De Leon Boy Won First Place at District Meet

            John Carl HASKINS, representing De Leon schools in Senior Boys Declamation at the district Interscholastic League meet at Brownwood last Sunday, finished with first honors.  HASKINS will represent the school in the State Meet which will be held at Austin next month.

            HASKINS is a senior this year, a football star and musician of outstanding ability.

De Leon Girl on Baylor Honor Roll This Term

Belton, April 20- Appearing on the Dean’s Honor List at Baylor College is the name of Roger Mae SMITH of De Leon, who is listed with those who made nothing less than A minus for the fall and winter terms.

            It is considered quite an honor to have one’s name on the dean’s list.  Dean E.G. TOWNSEND sends a letter of congratulation to each of the student’s having her name on the list and also a letter of congratulation to the superintendent of the high school from which she graduated.  This year the list shows that the students from the small town high schools make on an average higher grades than do the graduates of the city high schools.

Uncle Jack Huckabee

            The sad death of Uncle Jack HUCKABY (as he was called) occurred at his home at Leon near Gorman, on Tuesday evening at 2:00 o’clock.

            He was born in Pontotoc county, Miss. on April 13, 1854 and died April 10, 1928, being 74 years, 11 months and 27 days of age.

            He was converted at an early age and has lived a true Christian life, being a man whom every one believed in.  He was a cheerful man, of sweet and gentle disposition, a devout Christian and a faithful member of the Baptist church.

            He was married to Miss Sidney PARKS in 1879 and came to Texas in 1883 and has made his home around De Leon and Gorman ever since.

            He was a man who everyone seemed to love, both old and young.  If he ever harmed anybody in any way it is unknown.  How sad and lonely the vacant place he left is going to be a place that can never be filled.  But we all know he is through suffering and is at rest with his dear Savior and loved ones that were waiting his coming.

            His dear companion passed on to a place of peace and love on December 18, 1927, being only three months, 22 days between their deaths.  How sad to think of a home without a mother or father!  But still how sweet to know that they are at rest with our Heavenly Father and some day we all expect to join them in their happy home of peace and love.

            God above only knows why we had to give them both up so close together.  But to know that they are at rest means more than all this world to us.

            Five children were born into their home, four girls and one boy.  Two have passed on.  The three remaining are Mrs. Lizzie JOHNSON of De Leon, Mrs. Della GRAHAM of Sipe Springs, and Mrs. Iona ADCOCK of De Leon.

            He had 18 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  He has three brothers and two sisters living.  All were present at the funeral: Mr. Billie HUCKABEE, Snyder; Mrs. Eva POUNDS, De Leon; Mr. John HUCKABEE, De Leon; Mr. Jim HUCKABEE, Snyder; Mrs. Nancy SMITH, Snyder.

            The funeral services were held at the De Leon cemetery.  Brother CLEMMETT and Brother Willie SKAGGS conducted the funeral service and the remains were laid to rest there. - Contributed

Holdridge & Sons Erecting A Brick Building For Mill

            This city is to have a modern feed mill, operation to commence shortly after the first of May.  Holdridge and Sons are having a brick building erected for the purpose.  It is size 52 x 52 feet and will have concrete floor and opening for trucks to drive in to unload.  The plant will be operated on custom basis and Mr. HOLDRIDGE stated that he would also grind and mix feeds for sale.

            The mill, a J.B. Sedberry mixed feed mill, has arrived already.  It will handle peanut hay and other hay as well as grain.  This is an industry this city has been needing for a long time.

Church of God Pastor Leaving, Closing Work

            The membership of the Church of God here has practically doubled in the past year, according to Rev. J.W. McCLELLAN, who is leaving next Monday having finished his years’ work with the local church.  The church also purchased a parsonage during the ministry of Mr. McCLELLAN, and the church building was floored and otherwise improved.

            Rev. McCLELLAN will go into evangelistic work this summer, his first meeting being at Haskell.

Buys Interest in Local Café Here

            The Free Press has not before mentioned a business deal in which Edgar SHORT purchased from Milton HEATH a half interest in Heath’s Café.  Mr. SHORT immediately began his duties in connection with the new business and everything is going nicely.  Both these boys are “home guards” and need no introduction.  Mr. HEATH has been in the café business for some years.  Mr. SHORT has been employed by Reid Auto Supply Co., as a mechanic.  Both are enterprising and will continue to succeed in the new business combination.

Former De Leon Man is Head of Gorman Schools

            At a recent meeting of the Gorman school board, Jesse M. MACON, a 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.


Mrs. Horace HAMILTON and little son, Bobbie, of Whitney, are guests this week of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin HANCOCK.  Mrs. HAMILTON will sing at the Methodist church at the evening hour next Sunday.

Mrs. R.A. GRAY and children of Dallas have returned home after visiting for a few days in the homes of NANCE and KINCHEN relatives.

Dr. A.M. ALLEN has been ill and confined to his bed for the past several days.  He is reported somewhat improved now.

Oliver Springs

Once more the death angel has made his appearance in this little community.  Tuesday morning he took the soul of Joel SMITH to God who gave it.  Mr. SMITH was an old settler of Comanche county.  He had been ill for several months.  While his going will leave a vacancy in the home and community, yet it is good to know that God has relieved his intense suffering.  The sympathy of the community is with the sorrowing wife and loved ones left behind.  He was buried Tuesday evening at 6 o’clock in Oliver Springs cemetery, where a large crowd of friends and loved ones had gathered.

Mrs. Lonnie and Hurley COZART were in Gorman Tuesday visiting the family of B.M. JOHNSTON.

Jakehamon News

Deon WIER, who has been working in the oil fields about Wichita Falls, has been visiting his sister, Mrs. R.C. KOONCE.

Miss Capatolia BROWNING and her mother have moved back from Ranger to their home near this place.

Ben PAYNE of the Howard community spent last Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.C. PAYNE.

Mrs. R.L. GRAY’S mother, Mrs. TIDWELL, who has been visiting with Mrs. GRAY, has returned to her home in Austin.

Mr. and Mrs. A.W. SALYER and little daughter, Dorothy Jean, visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. HUGHES of this community Sunday.

Mrs. J.A. NABORS of Desdemona visited her daughter, Mrs. H.A. GREGORY Sunday afternoon.

Rex WADE has been visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. WADE.

Little Roy KIRKLAND of McCAMEY, grandson of R.D. HOOD of near here, has been critically ill for the past several days, thought to be caused from ptomaine poisoning.


Mr. and Mrs. Richard MAYES and Mrs. Elmer MAYES and little son of near Graham spent the weekend visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. EASLEY.

R.N. CHANCELLOR of Corpus Christi CAME Saturday for a visit with his daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. H.J. MOORE.

Mrs. N.H. FLOYD, who has been visiting for a few days with her son, Amos and wife at Ballinger, came home Friday.

C.M. CARAWAY, Jr., senior boy; Herschel BARNES, junior boy and Naomi CARAWAY, junior girl, went to the district meet a Brownwood Friday to enter the declamation contest.  They were accompanied to the meet by Mr. and Mrs. C.M. CARAWAY and Miss Pearl SLOAN.

Dane COOK of Big Lake spent the latter part of the week here visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.T. COOK.

Grandpa McMILLIAN died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jim DAVIS, Monday morning at 6 o’clock.  His funeral was conducted by Rev. Walter MARTIN Monday afternoon at 6:30 and the body laid to rest in the Henson cemetery.’

Mrs. D.S. FLOYD gave a birthday party last Thursday afternoon, April 12, in honor of Juanita’s 9th birthday.  The following little schoolmates and friends gathered at her home after school dismissed and enjoyed many games and delicious refreshments of Jello, grape juice and cake:  Beatrice BARNES, Girlie STRONG, Mabel FLOYD, Edward FLOYD, Callie Lois THOMAS, Ruth and Jean GOOSBY, Maxine PULLEY, Mary LOYSE and Voncile ALSTON, Sambo STRONG, Thelston and Clara May STRUBE, Dalton and E.G. THOMAS, Faye FLOYD, Horace and La Bon SPRUILL, Louise GOOSBY, Lanette STEELE, Crystal BARNES, Elaine FLOYD, L.G. CARAWAY, Jr.


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