De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, June 22, 1928 


De Leon Bakery is Sold by Shiro to Brownwood Man

            A business deal was made this week between P.B. SHIRO and W. EGBERT in which Mr. SHIRO sold to Mr. EGBERT the De Leon Bakery.  Mr. EGBERT arrived immediately and has been in charge of the bakery since Monday.  Mr. and Mrs. SHIRO have gone to Glen Rose for three or four weeks and will later go to Dallas, whence they came to De Leon.  They will again make their home in Dallas.

            Mr. SHIRO is disposing of the De Leon property after having been here three and a half years.  He has made a success of the business and has pleased his customers.  Both Mr. and Mrs. SHIRO spoke of their regret at leaving their many friends.  Mr. SHIRO’s health has broken somewhat and he will rest for awhile, it was stated.

            Mr. EGBERT has eighteen years experience at baking.  He once lived at Comanche.  He has lived at Brownwood for a number of years, coming to De Leon from that place.  He has a family and they are already at home in De Leon.  Mr. EGBERT stated that he would do well to maintain the high standard and prestige set by his predecessor, but it will be his aim and effort to try to improve the service.  Mr. EGBERT’s mainstay is bread; he will strive to give De Leon housewives the best but he will also make pastries.

Shiros Express Appreciation for Many Courtesies of De Leon People

            We wish to express to our patrons and friends our sincerest thanks for the good patronage we have enjoyed since we have been engaged in business in De Leon.  We have greatly enjoyed our business and social relationship with the DeLeon  people, and it is with real regret that we are leaving.  The state of Mr. SHIRO’s health is the only reason we are leaving De Leon.

            We are selling out to good people, and we trust that De Leon people will be as loyal to the new owner and manager as they have been to us.

                  Mr. and Mrs. P.B. SHIRO

G.L. Lee, Long Time Resident, Died Thursday

            Just before going to press, Free Press editor learned of the death of G.L. LEE of the New Hope community, his death having occurred at about noon Thursday.  Mr. LEE was ill for several months with heart leakage and other troubles.  He has been confined to his bed a portion of the time, but was not violently ill immediately prior to his death.  It is reported that he died quite suddenly.  He was about 65 years of age.

            At this hour it is impossible for this paper to give anything like an  accurate account of his life, or details of his passing away.  Funeral and burial arrangements have not been announced.  A detailed story of the life of this good man will appear in a subsequent issue.

Car Caught Fire on Dublin Highway

            While returning from Dublin last Monday afternoon, a Ford touring car, driven by Mrs. Bryant HOWELL caught fire from some cause, probably a short in the wiring and was blazing briskly about the engine when discovered.  Several persons were in the car with Mrs. HOWELL.  All sprang out and upon removing the hood, sand was poured on the engine and the flames were quickly under control.  Little damage was done.

            In the excitement of the incident, Mrs. HOWELL lost her purse containing valuable receipts, her railroad pass and other items.  She is offering a reward for its return.

Daughter of J.F. Clopp Buried Here

            A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. CLOPP died Wednesday at Breckenridge and her remains were laid to rest at De Leon cemetery Thursday afternoon.  She was about 25 years of age and had suffered a mental infirmity for many years.  Death came as a blessed relief to much suffering.  Friends sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. CLOPP in their sorrow.

Laffalot Club Has Party

            The Laffalot Club gave a surprise farewell party at the home of Ruby VAN ZANDT for Ethel COZBY who is moving to Dallas this week.  There were four tables of “42” played after which Ethel was presented with a nice memory book from the club.

            A delicious refreshment was served to:  Ethel COZBY, Lucy Mae MERRITT, Hazel HUDDLESTON, Willie Mae JETTON, Allene WEAVER, Ruby Mae and Ethel HOPE of Waco, Zoe SCOTT, Ruth FARROW, Marjorie SWAGERTY, Bonnie Bell COONER, Violet TODD, Ruby VAN ZANDT, Joe HOLLEMAN, O.L. THOMSON, Charles MORELAND, W.C. GRAY and Buster CAMERON of Comanche.

“42” Club Entertained

            The “42” club was entertained on Friday, June 15, by Mrs. J.H. GRIZZELLE.  The house was beautifully decorated in sweet peas and gladiolas.

            A refreshing salad course was served.  In a short business meeting it was decided that an effort would be made to reorganize the club and that it would not disband during the summer.


New Hope News

Miss Enola McCHAREN, who is attending summer school at Tarleton, Stephenville, was spending the past weekend with home folks.

Mr. and Mrs. John DUPRIEST and children visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Houston GRISHAM in Bowman community last Sunday.

J.T. WILKERSON was visiting with relatives in De Leon Saturday night and Sunday.


Rev. and Mrs. W.W. RICHESON have had as their guests this week, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. COMER and mother of Windsor, Mo., and Mr. and Mrs. A.T. GEORGE of Paris, Texas.  Mrs. COMER senior, is Mrs. RICHESON’s mother, Mr. COMER and Mrs. GEORGE her brother and sister.

Mr. and Mrs. C.O. BRAGG are in Lubbock attending Texas Tech college.

Mrs. A.E. HAMPTON, Mrs. Brown SHAVER and daughter, Dorothy, have returned from a visit in Plainview.

Mr. and Mrs. R.W. STEAKLEY and family of Dennison, made a short visit here last week.

Misses Bonnie Bell CONNER and Ruth FARROW spent the weekend in Cisco with Mrs. Charlotte BOND.

Mrs. E.R. CRONE is here from Winsboro, guest of her son, Rev. H.E. CRONE and family.

Guy SMITH is at home from Fort Worth where he has been working for several months.

Earl BIBBY from Cleburne is here for a visit with his brother, A.H. BIBBY, and other relatives.

Mrs. Ben NABORS and little daughter, Betty Jean, are here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. POLNAC.

Mrs. A.H. RUCKER and daughter, Miss FAYE, are in Desdemona this week for a visit with her sister, Mrs. SPICER.

Misses Ruby Mae and Ethel HOPE, formerly of this city, are visiting with friends here.  Their home is now in Waco.

Miss Jessie Lee McCARTY from Ft. Worth is here for a visit with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John MAXWELL.

Mrs. Pete SHAVER and Mrs. SWEARINGEN made a short visit to Waco last Tuesday.  Mrs. SWEARINGEN is the mother of Mrs. Curt MORRIS.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond VAN ZANDT from Stephenville were Sunday visitors with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. K.M. VAN ZANDT.

Mrs. Tom WOODARD and children of Albuquerque, N.M. is here for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jake SMITH and other relatives.

Edmund GRIZZELLE and Cecil POLNAC left Friday for Clarendon, where they have obtained work during the harvest season.

Misses Mary Elizabeth JOINER and Addie O’HARA, of Groesbeck, are the house guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jim JOINER.

Dr. and Mrs. J.E. SELF and daughter Miss Urselle, Mr. and Mrs. Autry SELF, Pete McCLELLAN and Miss Mary Alice ROLLINS are in Colorado Springs.

Mrs. W.W. DENDY is t home from Levelland where she was called to the bedside of her mother, Mrs. THOMAS, who suffered a stroke of paralysis.  Mrs. THOMAS is recovering.

Mr. and Mrs. Felix MORRIS and sons, Stanley and Taylor, and Mrs. Dee PATE and small daughter, visited their sister and family, Mr. and Mrs. Benny BELYEU in Wingate last weekend.

Mr. and Mrs. H.H. FINE of Dublin were weekend visitors in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. HANCOCK.

Miss Martha DUNCAN, recent graduate of De Leon high school, has gone to Dallas where she has obtained employment.

Mrs. Paul DUDLEY and little son, Dan Richard, of Waco, are guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill STEPHENS.  Mrs. DUDLEY was formerly Miss Odell HOPE of this city.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond TERRY are here this week.  They taught at Huckaby last year, Mr. TERRY teaching vocational agriculture.  Mrs. TERRY, formerly lived at Alexander.  They were married at Dallas last Christmas day.

Mrs. B.F. SHORT of McCauley, Texas, is here for a visit in the home of her mother, Mrs. W.T. DAY, visiting also with her sister at Carlton.

Kee, Pauline and Sarah Jenet PATTERSON, formerly of this city, visited friends and relatives here Wednesday.  They were returning from Fort Worth where their brother, Estel, has been with the Cowboy Band from Simmons U.  The Patterson’s live in Rotan now.

Miss Lillian HANSFORD is in Waco where she is taking treatment from a specialist.

Mr. and Mrs. C.C. BUSBY of the Texas Panhandle are here for a visit in the home of her mother, Mrs. R.P. HENDRIX.

Mrs. Fred NABORS returned from Gorman sanitarium a few days ago, where she went for an operation.  She is improving nicely.

Mrs. James MOHON has returned to her home in Dallas after a weeks visit with her son, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. MOHON.

Boyd SHARP has returned to Tucson, Arizona, after a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. SHARP.


Mr. and Mrs. O.A. TERGERSON and children spent the weekend with relatives and friends in the old home at Cranfills Gap.

Mr. and Mrs. J.E. STEELE are at home from their vacation.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. ALSTON and children started on their vacation Friday.  They will go to Mineral Wells and from there to Decatur to visit Mrs. ALSTON’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. ST. CLAIR.

Mr. and Mrs. J.V. SPRUILL are the parents of a nine and a half pound baby girl, born June 15.

Mrs. Mertie HUGHES is visiting her father, H.A. WATSON, this week.

Mr. and Mrs. W.R. HEIZER are now at home in the superintendent home on the school campus.

Grandma SPENCER happened to a very painful accident when a gate blew in on her foot Tuesday morning.

Miss Finis COOK gave Mrs. Essie Mae Watson HEIZER a shower Wednesday, the 18th.  Most of the afternoon was spent in quilting a quilt for the Orphans Home.  When all was finished, Mrs. HEIZER was led into the dining room where she found a table loaded with beautiful gifts from her many friends.  Delicious refreshments of sandwiches, ice tea and cookies were served.  Those present were Mesdames C.M. CARAWAY, N.H. FLOYD, K.N. SPENCER, Warren SPENCER, Harley HUGHES, H.A. WATSON, Matthis, HAZZARD, A.H. CARAWAY and Tom COOK.  Misses Pauline GARNER, Doris DAGGETT, Mattie Sue SLAUGHTER, Eva and Neva DAVIS, Elzie KINNARD, Mamie SPENCER and Mozelle WATSON.

Jakehammon News

Last week while working in their field, G.E. RILEY, his son Jack, and daughter Ruth and Miss Lola MAGEE were severely shocked by lightning.  The two girls were hoeing and Mr. RILEY and Jack were plowing nearby when the lightning struck within 100 yards of them, knocking the girls down and shocked Mr. RILEY and Jack in a near serious manner.

W.A. KING and family along with Herschel MOORE attended the old settlers reunion at Van Dyke last week.

Mrs. Albert PIPER of Downing visited her mother and other relatives in this community last Sunday.  While here Mrs. PIPER and children accompanied by Grandmother KING, visited the LIGHTFOOTs at Desdemona.

Ras ROBBINS, who has been visiting his brother, O.S. ROBBINS, has returned to his work with the oil people at McCamey.

Ralph and Miss Odell ROBBINS have been very sick for the past several days.  Ralph is up again and Odell is much improved.


©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.