De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, May 18, 1928 


Child Recovering After Being Run Over By An Auto

            Kelly D. McSPADDEN, aged three and a half years, ran into the street near the Travelers Hotel at about 7 o'clock last Thursday evening, just in time to be run over by a passing car.  The child was picked up in an unconscious condition and hurried to the office of a local physician where he was examined.  It was at first thought his skull was crushed, but this was found not to be the case.  He was bruised considerably about the head, but is now recovering.

            The child is the only son of Mr. And Mrs. O.W. McSPADDEN.  He is employed at the Chevrolet station.   The car, a Ford coupe, was driven by Mrs. Will HEFLIN.  Mrs. HEFLIN was not held accountable in any way for the accident.

Mrs. Henry Warren Died Last Saturday

            The death of Mrs. Henry WARREN occurred at her home five miles south of town at 6:30 o'clock Saturday morning, May 5th.  Interment was at De Leon cemetery last Sunday.  Mrs. WARREN was 83 years of age and had been married to Henry WARREN for more than 60 years.  She was survived by her husband and three children, the latter being Bob WARREN, Anson, Texas; Buford WARREN, Enid, Okla.; and Mrs. A.H. HARRIS, De Leon, Rt. 4.

            An extended writeup relative to Mrs. WARREN's life and death is being prepared by her pastor, to be published in a later issue of this paper.

William P. Gray, Aged Pioneer, Dead

            William P. GRAY, aged 86, died at the home of his son, Bolivar GRAY, near Duster Saturday, May 12th, at 10 o'clock p.m.  Mr. GRAY came to the end peacefully, not being burdened with illness other than old age.  His physicians said they could find no evidence that he was sick, just merely a worn-out body.

            Mr. GRAY was born in Tallapoosa county, Ala, on April  20, 1842, moving with his parents to Mississippi when two years of age.  He lived in LaFayette county, Miss., from 1844 to 1896, more than half a century, married and reared his family there.

            On December 12, 1898 he moved with his family to this place and has since made his home here.  His good wife died seven years ago, at the age of 79 years and one day.

There are six living children, C.B. GRAY, De Leon; O.L. GRAY, Ranger; Mrs. B.F. PARHAM, Roby; J.B. GRAY, De Leon; Mrs. J.W. SMITH, De Leon; and Mrs. Josie FOSTER, Dallas.

Mr. GRAY was of Primitive Baptist faith.  He was an ex-Confederate and was wounded at the battle of Shiloh, carrying with him thru life a badly crippled right arm.

            Funeral and burial was at De Leon cemetery Sunday afternoon with Rev. W.E. SKAGGS conducting the service.

Child of Former De Leon Folks Died

            Jaunita, eight, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester JENKINS, died at their home in Lubbock of typhoid fever on last Monday evening at 11:55 o'clock after a lingering illness.  Burial was at Lubbock on Tuesday following.  Another child of the JENKINS family is now ill with the malady.

            Mr. and Mrs. JENKINS formerly lived here, he being employed by the Katy.  Mrs. JENKINS, before her marriage, was Miss Ruth VESTAL.  Mrs. A.B. VESTAL returned this week from Lubbock, having nursed the child during her last illness.

De Leon Student To Give Piano Recital

            Carl BRUMBELOW will give a public piano recital Tuesday, May 18, at Tarleton Conservatory auditorium at 8 p.m.  Carl is president of the Fine Arts Club and assistant choir director of the Stephenville Methodist church.

Dog Which Bit Little Girl Was Found Not Mad

            Earl McCLELLAN took the head of a dog to Fort Worth this week to have it examined for rabies.  The animal bit his little daughter, Nell, a week ago, and later showed signs of illness.  It was killed and the head carried for examination.  No indication of rabies was discovered in the brain.  Friends are glad the little girl will not have to undergo the severe treatment for this dread malady.

Mrs. W.S. Snead Has An Operation

            Mrs. W.S. SNEED is home from Waco where she had a major operation at the Baptist Sanitarium some weeks ago.  Mrs. SNEED stood the operation well and is now recovering nicely.

De Leon Folks Finish at Randolph College

            The graduating class of Randolph College, Cisco, was announced several days ago and out of the list of twelve, three are De Leon or former De Leon folks.  They are Rev. H.E. CRONE, pastor of the local Christian church; Mrs. Autrey SELF and Miss Kayutah BRADY.


            Miss Lillie REID and Mr. Will DENDY were happily united in the holy bonds of matrimony, April 17th at Hamilton.  Mrs. DENDY is the daughter of Mrs. John Henry REID and was reared here.  She has many friends. Mr. DENDY is the oldest son of Mrs. W. DENDY and is a noble young man. Their many friends wish them much happiness.

Rook Club Met With Mrs. Gregory Friday

            The Rook Club met with Mrs. W.W. GREGORY on Friday afternoon.  Mrs. John WEAVER won high score after many interesting games had been played.

            Lovely refreshments were served to the members and the following guests: Mrs. J.A. MOHON, Mrs. Alf SLOAN, Mrs. John WEAVER, Mrs. Sam SELF, Mrs. M.D. STEWART, Mrs. MARSHBANKS and Mrs. BASS.

            The next meeting of the club will be with Mrs. Clyde GEORGE on May twenty-fifth.


            Mrs. Jesse BARNES very nearly escaped serious injury last Saturday night.  She and Mr. BARNES had gone to call upon Mr. and Mrs. Ves SPRUILL and the accident occurred just as they were getting ready to start home.  Coming from the lighted room into the darkness of the night, so blinded her that she could not see well and she walked directly into an open cellar door, falling with her baby in her arms.  The baby was not injured but Mrs. BARNES has been suffering with a badly sprained foot.

Birthday Party

            Mrs. J.E. STEELE entertained with a birthday party Tuesday afternoon from 3:30 to 6 o'clock in honor of her daughter, Lanette.  Many little friends and classmates came and spent a happy time, in various games and plays.

            Delicious ice cream and cake was served to the following guests:  Mary LAYSE, Vancile and Baby Clair ALSTON, Christine, Paul and Ruth PAINTER, Pauline SLAUGHTER, Inez, Edna, Leota and Horace LITTLE, Dixie and Troy HANSON, Maxine PULLEY, Jaunita FLOYD, Beatrice DICKEY, Hazel and S.F. KINNARD, Miss Jewell GRISHAM, Mesdames ALSTON, LONGSETH and PAINTER.


Mr. and Mrs. Paul NEAL and baby daughter are here this week for a visit in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. STREETY.  Paul, who is in the U.S. army, has been stationed the past 3 years at Corozal, Canal Zone.  He is now on four months leave of absence.

Iral INZER, now of Hamlin, was here Sunday for a visit with relatives and friends.

E.W. OWEN returned Thursday from Athens where he spent several days visiting with his aged father and with other relatives and friends.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Mike ROACH, of near Roach school house, a 11 pound baby boy on Saturday, May 12.  The next oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. ROACH is 15 years of age.  All are doing nicely.

Grandmother WOODARD is in Putnam this week visiting Mr. and Mrs. Ira GLASPELL.

Miss Ellen BLACK, who with her sister, Miss Lee BLACK, resides at the J. B. HILLIARD place, is critically ill of heart trouble.  Relatives from distant points are at her bedside.

Mrs. J.J. HEATH left Thursday for a month's visit with relatives at Cement, Chickasha and Norge, Okla.

Miss Katherine HARVEY, now of San Angelo, was visiting homefolks this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry FLOYD have received word that their son, Amos and wife of Ballinger, are the parents of an 11 pound baby girl.

Miss Lola HARVEY from Abilene was a Sunday visitor with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY.

Mrs. Bob DSYSON was operated on last Friday at Gorman.  She is recovering nicely.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer TATE, at Gonzales, a 10 pound girl.

Miss Mamie HARGROVE from Colorado is here, guest with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.M. NORTHCUTT.

Comyn News

Luther MOONEY of Birmingham, Ala., is visiting his uncle, T.J. MOONEY and family.

Mrs. S.C. JERMSTED, who has been visiting her sister and family, Mr. and Mrs. O.A. TERGERSON, left Sunday for her home in Cransfill Gap.

Miss Iva JONES went to Granbury Friday afternoon to spend the weekend with her sister, Miss Betty Sue, who is a member of the graduating class of Granbury high.

New Hope News

Mr. and Mrs. B.C. CHAMBERS and children of Robinson Springs community visited Uncle Joe and Aunt Carrie CHAMBERS Sunday.

Miss Erma Lee POWELL of St. Joe spent the week end with Miss Odette GILLOCK.

Frankie MORRIS and family of the Duuster community visited his sister, Mrs. Cleburne DAWKINS, the latter part of the week.

Mr. and Mrs. S.N. WILKERSON received news Tuesday from Oklahoma that a child of her brother was critically ill and was expected to live only a few hours.  They left immediately for Oklahoma, accompanied by Mrs. SOLLEY of De Leon.

Jakehamon News

Frank HOWZE and wife and Miss Bennie HOWZE of Dallas, have returned home after a week's visit with J.R. KING and family and at the homes of C.W. and W.A. KING.

Mr. DAVIS spent the weekend with his sister, Mrs. Wade SALYER of near Desdemona.

Roy OSBORN, who was painfully injured by the accidental discharge of his gun, is improving nicely and was able to visit the school this week.


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.