De Leon Free Press

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


Former De Leon Man Dropped Dead of Heart Failure

            Charley Taylor, former citizen of De Leon and vicinity for perhaps 20 years, who has been living in the Lower Rio Grande Valley the past three years, dropped dead from heart failure there Monday afternoon.  A message came Tuesday apprising G.H. YORK and Mrs. J.T. BOSWELL of the sad occurrence.   It is presumed his funeral and burial took place at McAllen, where he was living.

            Mr. TAYLOR was born in Chanute, Kansas, and came to De Leon almost 30 years ago and married a daughter of the late James TERRY.  His first wife died and he was re-married to Miss Pinson NABORS, who survives him.  Their only daughter is aged 19.  Two children are dead.

            Mr. TAYLOR and family lived at Portales, N.M., where he operated a bus line for almost ten years.  He returned to Kansas after disposing of his business and remained for a few months, going from that place to McAllen, where he purchased an orange grove.  Some time ago he disposed of the grove at a good profit.  At the time of his death he was working at the carpenter trade.  Mr. TAYLOR was perhaps 45 or 50 years of age.

Mrs. R.B. Kee Hurt in Auto Accident

            Word has come to De Leon relatives that Mrs. R.B. KEE, mother of Mrs. Jeff SMITH, was injured in an automobile mishap near Alvarado last Sunday.  Mrs. KEE was visiting her son, John KEE, at Fort Worth.  Mr. KEE and wife and his mother were driving to Hillsboro when a rain came up when they were near Alvarado.  The car, a Chandler “8”, skidded on the wet pavement and went into the ditch.

            Grandmother KEE sustained a broken collar bone, a fractured rib and a severe cut above her eye.  Mrs. John KEE suffered a broken collar bone and was hardly bruised.  Mr. KEE escaped uninjured.  The two women are in a Fort Worth hospital.

Child Has Operation

            Fred RUTLEDGE, Jr. , grandson of W.W. Nance, has established a record for operations.  The tiny chap is only three years and five months of age, yet he had an operation for the removal of his appendix at a Gorman sanitarium last Sunday.  His operation is reported as very satisfactory.


In memory of Henry Thomas LINDLEY who was born in Randolph county, Ala., Sept. 28, 1856.  Departed from this life June 29, 1928.  He was married Feb. 15, 1877 to Miss Sarah MIZE.  To this union there was born 7 boys and 6 girls, 4 boys and 1 girl preceded him to The Better Land.

            Mr. LINDLEY gave his heart to the Lord and united with the Methodist church in 1881 in which he lived a faithful consecrated Christian life.

            In 1886 he joined the Masons at Wedowee, Ala., and was ever faithful to his lodge.

            In 1892 he and his family came to De Leon and made their home here.

            He was a kind and loving companion, a good father and his friends are numbered by all who knew him.  He was president of the First National Bank in Gorman for about 18 years  and was a prominent man in business affairs always taking a stand for what he thought was right.  He was a patient sufferer for several years and the past two years he was helpless, until God said “Well done thou good and faithful one, enter into thy rest.”

            He was laid away by the Masonic order July first in the De Leon cemetery amid a host of sorrowing relatives and friends.

Card of Thanks

            We take this method of thanking our many friends and neighbors for their kindness through sickness and death of our dear husband and father.  May the Lord bless you all is our prayer.

            Mrs. H.T. LINDLEY, D.D. LINDLEY, G.D. LINDLEY, R.D. LINDLEY, Mrs. Ola McCATHERN, Ballinger; Mrs. W.T. AYERS, Heflin, Ala.; Mrs. T.L. WORTHAM, Wedowee, Ala.; Miss N.E. LINDLEY, Mrs. W.O. RUSSELL.

Card of Thanks

            Dear friends, we take this means of thanking each and every one of you for your kind and loving help and sympathy in the illness and death of our dearly beloved wife and mother.  We wish to especially thank Mother MOHON and Mrs. HOLMES.  They gave our loved one many pleasant moments in the past.    

            May God’s richest blessings rest upon each of you.

            J.A. ESTES and children and grandchildren.

Aunt Carrie Chambers Aged 81 At Home From a Four Hundred Mile Trip

            Aunt Carrie CHAMBERS has just returned from a 400 mile trip.  She was accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. Era BARNES and Mr. and Mrs. Perry MILLER from Abilene.

            She visited her brother, Rev. James BLACK at Marshall and attended a family reunion.  There were about 100 in attendance.

            Aunt Carrie also visited the asylum at Terrill, Buckner Orphan Home in Dallas, Grand Saline Salt Works and spent a few days in Roseburg Springs, a health resort some fifty miles from Marshall and she also attended the chamber of commerce meeting at Ft. Worth and many other places of interest.

Bibby’s Variety to Have Entire New Store Front

            Workmen are busy tearing away the entire front of Bibby’s Variety Store, and three modern show windows will be built.  The front will be finished in tile, new brick and plate glass, as modern as the most up-to-date store front in the city.

            The interior of the store, also, is to be remodeled.  The walls are to be paneled , all shelving removed, and modern display counters with plate glass bins are to be installed throughout.  There will not remain one foot of shelving in the building.  The fixtures are to be finished in mahogany, the walls in ivory and buff, the ceiling in white.

Ben Franklin Chain

            Mr. BIBBY, several months ago, became a member of the Ben Franklin Chain Stores.  His number is 2250.  The immense chain of which he has become a member has gigantic connections.  A buying office is maintained on Fifth Ave., New York and others are throughout this country.  Foreign buyers are stationed in China, Germany, France and England.  The chain is similar to the Kress, Grant and Woolworth  stores.

            Mr. BIBBY’s stock is to be practically doubled.  He is taking in that portion of the building now occupied by Huddleston Studio.  Mr. K.P. JONES, of the Ben Franklin organization, is spending a few weeks in De Leon in connection with the program of expansion.  An opening date will be announced before many weeks.

Walker’s Garage Adds New Air and Other Machines

            Believing that the people of De Leon section appreciate the best in service and equipment, W.W. WALKER has recently installed at his place some of the most modern machinery and fixtures.  Among the things added are:

            An Eco Automatic air station.  This machine has a dial and when set for a certain amount of air, it puts in that much and no more, doing away with the necessity for air gauges.

            A big “6” Nash wrecker.  This machine will haul in the worst wreck and do it quickly.  Bill says, “You wreck ‘em and we’ll haul ‘em in.”

            A new valve grinding machine.

            A new cylinder hone.

            New air compressor equipment.

            A new paint gun.

            WALKER has built up quite a business with good service.  He is the local Chrysler agent and sells Good Year tires.

Skating Party

            Mrs. Jno. A. MOHON had a skating party Thursday of last week, honoring all her piano pupils.  Of the 28 girls in her class, about 25 were present.  The party was greatly enjoyed by the girls. 


Mr. and  Mrs. Joe KEMP and children went to Walnut Springs Sunday to attend the burial of his mother, Mrs. KEMP.

Mr. and Mrs. J.F. DONOHUE, John WOOD, Rev. JONES and Rev. CRONE, attended the funeral of Mrs. KEMP at Walnut Springs Sunday.

Mrs. Delia BAKER and children, Mr. and Mrs. Ed FORD from Cisco visited with their sister, Mrs. H.O. GEORGE and family Sunday.

J.R. HUCKABEE of Snyder was visiting Charlie HAMPTON and family and other relatives this week.

Charles WOOD and sister, Miss Vivian, of Abilene, were visiting with Mr. and Mrs. C.E. GEORGE a few days this week.

Mrs. Frank SNEED and children of Fort Worth are here for a visit in the homes of relatives and friends.

Mrs. Delia BAKER and children, Mr. and Mrs. Ed FORD from Cisco visited with their sister, Mrs. H.O. GEORGE and family Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim CULPEPPER and small son, Perry Dale, from Roscoe, were here the past week for a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. CULPEPPER.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. HOWARD and son, Emmett, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. J. NEWSOME of Hico have gone to the Davis Mountains for a ten day vacation.

Mrs. D.T. WILLIAMS left Monday for a visit with her nephew, Rev. Huce WILLIAMS and family at Abilene.

Miss Lynette MACON is here visiting her grandfather, T.J. MOORE, and other relatives.

Miss Ruby Lee REED is here from San Antonio visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George REED.

Mrs. Blanche Taylor BAGGETT from Temple is here, guest of her sister, Mrs. Karl SMALLWOOD.

Mr. and Mrs. H.L. HUDSON and children visited with his mother, Mrs. J.H. HUDSON at Copperal last week.

Marvin WATSON from Del Rio is here visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. WATSON.

Mesdames A.H. MARSHBANKS and Earl DRISKELL of Ennis, and Mr. and Mrs. Ed MARCHBANKS of Denison were recent guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Homer MARCHBANKS of this city.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd HAMPTON are at home from Sarasota, Fla. where they visited her brother, Ed AYERS.

Miss Nettie CORBELL has gone to Abilene to visit her aunt, Mrs. Mary CORBELL.

J.E. SPENCER and Lon WHITE of Cisco were visiting in the G.W. SPENCER home Saturday.

Mrs. J.H. ROUNTREE and daughter, Mrs. D.L. ROBERTS and children, all of Whitney, are guests this week of Mrs. W.B. NANCE and Mrs. L.C. BILLS.  Mrs. NANCE will accompany them home this week for a visit.

Mrs. James H. SNOW and little daughter, Frances, were recent visitors in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. GILMORE.

Mr. and Mrs. W.R. REYNOLDS from Fort Worth are visiting in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.B. RIDER.  Miss Oma RIDER accompanied them from Fort Worth where she has been employed.  Miss Oma will enter John Tarleton for the last six weeks of the present term.

Comyn News

Mrs. H.B. PAINTER and Vernon visited her mother, Mrs. P.M. PAINTER at Avoca Saturday and Sunday.

Mr. HART of Hillsboro spent the weekend with his daughter, Mrs. U.D. DODGEN.

Messrs. R.E. SHORT, Jim CHANDLER, B.L. PAINTER, and W.H. CRADDOCK went to Fort Worth Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Dale BOSWELL of De Leon spent the night Saturday with her sister, Mrs. W.R. HEIZER.

Little Ruth GOOSBY has the scarlet fever.

Mr. and Mrs. J.J. OLIVER and little son, of Westmoreland, Calif., are here for two weeks visit with her mother, Mrs. Effie BARNES.

Mr. and Mrs. Troy CULWELL and children of Big Lake, visited relatives and friends in Comyn last week.

Mrs. M.E. PARKER, who is visiting in the home of her sons, has been suffering with eryciplas.

Mr. and Mrs. Noble TOUCHSTONE of Brownwood visited in the home of his sister, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. PULLEY last week.

Mr. and Mrs. W.H. CRADDOCK and daughter of Dublin, visited in the home of his sister, Mrs. B.L. PAINTER Wednesday.

Mr. H.R. SHORT spent the week-end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.E. SHORT.

Mr. and Mrs. J.M. CHANDLER and children of Roach spent Sunday with their daughter, Mrs. W.J. DICKEY.

Miss L.O.E. SWEEDEN of Big Lake is here visiting her sister, Mrs. J.B. HOOVER and Mrs. A.H. THOMAS.

Mr. and Mrs. Willis TOUCHSTONE of West Virginia is here visiting in the home of his sister, Mrs. W.E. PULLEY.

Mr. and Mrs. W.B. McSHAN went to Ballinger Tuesday.  Mr. McSHAN went on business and they also visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. McSHAN.

New Hope News

Miss Susie HOLLAND, who has been sick, is reported improving.

Mrs. Sarah SCRIVINGS of California is here, guests in the home of her nephew, Ben BURROWS.

Mrs. Cullie GRISSOM and children of Stamford are visiting her parents, R. and Mrs. Boyd, this morning.


©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.