De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, July 27, 1928 


Three are Jailed, Accused of Rape; Young Girl Victim

            Three young men living in the environs of De Leon are accused of taking a young girl out on the Gorman road last Saturday night and by main force perpetrated an unspeakable crime upon her.  After the first assault, they are accused of bringing her back toward De Leon and at an isolated spot, assaulting her a second time.  When the girl was returned to her home at a late hour she was in a serious physical condition.  A physician was summoned.  Her physical suffering was added to by mental anguish.

            The young men were named HAZZARD, HOLLAND, and PIERCE.  The young lady’s name is BANKHEAD.  The BANKHEAD family are tenant farmers on the J. Doss MILLER, Sr. farm.  They are spoken of as being quiet, unassuming people.  The girl is described as modest and refined.  She is 19 years of age.

            HAZZARD is accused of driving away from the Holiness church with the girl after having attended service with her there.  He drove west to the Lightfoot Filling Station where his two companions were waiting.  When the car came up they sprang on the running board and they disappeared into the night.

            Another girl is accused in the case.  Her name is GAMMAGE.  She is held as an accomplice in the crime.  The three boys and the GAMMAGE girl are in jail at Comanche awaiting the action of the grand jury.

Mrs. R. L. Jackson is Critically Ill

            Friends of Mrs. R.L. JACKSON will regret to know that she is not improved from an illness that has confined her to her bed since April.  She has been examined at Dallas and also at Glen Rose, without relief.

            Prof. L.L. JACKSON and family, of Merkel, are here at the bedside of his mother.

Many Changes Take Place Katy Circles

            Station Agent C.C. MALONE and wife are away at Galveston on a two weeks vacation.  In his absence, third trick operator, C.E. BASS, is relief agent.

            Mr. and Mrs. H.H. CARLILE have returned from Royston where he was agent for the past several months.  Mr. CARLILE displaced J.J. CRAWFORD as second trick operator.

            In his turn, Mr. CRAWFORD displaced Mr. C.H. HINTON as cashier.  Mr. HINTON and daughter are leaving this week for Houston.  He will work at various points as relief agent on the Katy system this summer, it is stated.

            Fred RUTLEDGE has displaced Mr. HARPER as yard clerk.  Mr. HARPER only recently moved here from some point near Smithville.

            Operator MILLER from Smithville is filling the place as third trick operator here while C.E. BASS is relief agent for Mr. MALONE.

            Brakemen WILLIAMSON of Iredell and NORWOOD of De Leon have been moved up from the emergency to the regular board as brakemen.

            Engineers J.B. WILLIAMS and KISE have been recalled because of increased business.  Mr. WILLIAMS has been working in California for several months.

            The Katy is handling a great deal of oil now from the West Texas oil fields, same being received from the T. & P. at Cisco and carried to tidewater over the Katy lines.

Crow – Thompson

            Bonnie Jean CROW became the bride of Otis THOMPSON of Gorman before an improvised altar of palms, ferns, and baskets of stately gladioli at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. CROW, 609 North 18th street, with Rev. Ross E. SMITH, the celebrant.  A ring ceremony was read.

            The bride, who entered with her father, G.W. CROW, was becomingly gowned in blue crepe romaine, with shell pink Neapolitan braid hat, trimmed in blue velvet ribbon.  She carried a wedding bouquet of roses, lilies of the valley and ferns.

            The maid of honor, Miss Virginia Grace WESSON of De Leon, was gowned in pink georgette, with picture hat of the same shade.  She carried an arm cluster of pink gladioli.  The bridesmaid, Miss Verna BLACK of Desdemona, was charmingly gowned in orchid georgette crepe, with a picture hat of the same subtle tones.  Her flowers were gladioli in which orchid and pink predominated.

            Miss Edith GRAY, who sang the wedding song “At Dawning” and “I Love You Truly” was clad in yellow and Mrs. Dunker HUDSON, who played her accompaniments wore a rose frock with hat to harmonize.

            The groom was accompanied by John KIMBLE of Gorman as best man and Carlton SMITH of Waco as groomsman.

            Their honeymoon will be spent in San Antonio, Austin, and places across the border in Old Mexico.  The bride was a graduate in music from Baylor university department of fine arts.  The groom is a graduate of Simmons college.  He is chief chemist for a well known petroleum company at Gorman.  

Patterson Family Having a Reunion

            Mrs. C.W. PATTERSON has as her guests this week, all of her children, except the youngest son, Robert, who is with an oil company in Southwest Texas.

            Mr. and Mrs. R.P. MAYHUGH and children, of Plainview, have been here for several days.

            Mr. and Mrs. W.C. BAGWELL and children of Breckenridge came down to join in the festivities.

            Rev. and Mrs. Joseph PATTERSON and young son, of Corsicana, were here until Friday, having remained for several days.

Family of Ross Celebrate Fourth Family Reunion

            It was suggested at the ROSS family reunion held in the basement of the Methodist church here Tuesday, that they hold their reunions in June because it is evident that the event “brings rain.”  Out of the four reunions held since its organization, three have been accompanied by rain.

            Thursday morning the clouds were “weeping” but a few members of the families of ROSS, GREENWALDT, CARRUTH, ROBINSON and MULL, gathered in the basement of the Methodist church and spent several hours in enjoyable social intermingling.  At the noon hour a repast fit for kings was spread on a table in the dining room of the church and some 40 people enjoyed the sumptuous meal together.  There were a few visitors.

            The reunion was scheduled to have been held at McCharen’s lake where it was held last year, but the weather prevented.  Ordinarily several hundred people attend the ROSS family reunion.

Mrs. R.L. Scott Meets Mrs. R.L. Scott

            Some time ago when in Ft. Worth, Free Press editor chanced to meet in a prominent store, an old acquaintance, formerly Miss Katherine WYATT of this city.  When the editor introduced the former Miss WYATT to his wife, he asked her what was her name since her marriage.  She replied “Mrs. R.L. SCOTT.”  So Editor R.L. SCOTT introduced Mrs. R.L. SCOTT to Mrs. R.L. SCOTT.

            Tuesday afternoon last week the Ft. Worth Mrs. R.L. SCOTT, accompanied by her 16-year-old son, came to make a brief visit, taking her son out to see the old WYATT homestead where De Leon Hatchery is now located.  Her husband is one of the firm of Scott Brothers Grain Co., makers of Cackelo Poultry Feeds.

R.C. Carter Move Into a New Location, Aug. 1

            R.C. CARTER will move his produce house from its present location just west of the Dependable Store, to the building across the street, formerly occupied by R.D. DAVIS.  The change will take place August 1st.  Mr. CARTER will retain the building he now occupies for storage.

            Mr. CARTER has been in the produce business here for several years, and has built up quite a large business by fair dealing and strict attention to business here for several years, and buyers of cream in this section.


Mr. and Mrs. G.A. CLARK are home from McCamey where they have resided for the past several months.

J.M. STEWART of Kaufman, brother of M.D. STEWART, was visiting with his brother here this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde RICE of Kaufman were guests this week of Mr. and Mrs. M.D. STEWART.

Mr. and Mrs. J.L. HOUK of San Bernardino, Calif., are here for a visit in the home of relatives.  Mrs. HOUK is a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J.T. PLEMMONS.

Mr. and Mrs. Lon GREGORY of Deming, N.M., arrived several days ago and are visiting in the home of his father, Uncle Bob GREGORY near Jakehamon.  Lon has been in the irrigated valley in that section of the country for about 17 years and has done quite well there.

Paul HEFLIN, son of Mrs. M.A. HEFLIN, returned a few days ago from Ft. Worth where he visited with relatives.

Miss Bonnie Belle CONNER has returned from a fortnight’s visit in Waco.  Mrs. Joe BARTOS, formerly Miss Dixie NORMAN of this city, returned home with her.

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie MORRIS and family, who live on Route 3, have gone to Lubbock and other points in the West on a pleasure trip.

Mr. and Mrs. Claud KINCHEN and children, Miss Mary Louise GRIZZELLE, Mr. and Mrs. Earl McCLELLAN and children were Sunday visitors in Glen Rose.

Misses Leila JENKINS and Noma BURGESS and W.J. FAKES and T.F. DUPRESS from Abilene were here Sunday, guest of Mr. and Mrs. Les BURGESS.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. VAUGHN, formerly of this city, are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Pete SHAVER.  They are now living at Hawley.

Mr. and Mrs. R.L. McKELVEY of Malvern, Ar., arrived several days ago for a visit with his father, J.F. McKELVEY on De Leon, Route 1.  They will also visit at Weatherford where Mrs. McKELVEY’s parents live.

Mrs. Ava BUTLER COLLING from Abilene was a Sunday visitor with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed BUTLER.

Mrs. Estelle GREGORY LANGFORD of San Angelo, is here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest GREGORY.

Miss Vinita SNEED of Sweetwater is the guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. SNEAD.

Mrs. E.E. GENTRY went to Itasca last week to visit her sister, Mrs. W.B. BLAIR and to bring Little Miss Eugena home who had been there for some time.

Miss Lillian HANSFORD, who has been taking treatment in Waco, has returned to her home.

Miss Louise SMITH is here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.F. SMITH.  Miss SMITH is employed at Cisco.

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon BELL were called to Dallas last week on account of the illness of her sister.

Mrs. Lucy COLLIER and children of Troup, are here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther MORRIS.

Mrs. Thurman COGBURN is here from Dallas for a visit in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John NABORS.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. J.E. BACHMAN of Downing, a fine 12 pound boy.  All reported doing nicely.

J.P. McIVER and two daughters, Misses Amnie and Ethel, father and sisters of A.W. McIVER, left Thursday to return to their home at Hope, Arkansas after visiting a week here.  They took with them Walter and Dorothy McIVER, who will visit there until August 15th when Mr. and Mrs. McIVER will go up for a visit and to bring their children home.

Jakehamon News

Mr. and Mrs. W.A. GREGORY are rejoicing over the arrival at their home of a fine baby boy.

J.M. WHALEY and family of De Leon visited O.S. ROBBINS and family last Sunday.

Raymond ROBBINS and family of Ft. Worth was spending a part of last week with his brother, O.S. ROBBINS and family.

G.E. RILEY and two sons, Dood and Jack, went to the San Saba last week on a fishing trip.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. HONEYCUTT have born to them a baby girl.

Mrs. Lena FULTON of Duffau  is visiting her sister, Mrs. J.W. HONEYCUTT.

Miss Odell ROBBINS and Miss Lucile RILEY of this community will attend John Tarleton College this fall.

W.A. LINDLEY and family visited relatives and friends in the New Hope community last week.

(From Last Week)

W.A. LINDLEY and G.H. MOORE were in Comanche last week on business pertaining to the school.

Mr. and Mrs. S.E. GOLDEN have a new baby girl at their house.

Mr. and Mrs. STOCKBRIDGE from the oil fields of West Texas are visiting with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.L. OSBORN.

Mrs. C.W. KING is moving to Oklahoma with her son this week.

Mrs. Ila REDWINE is visiting with her relatives in this community.

W.C. McGUIRE and family attended the Methodist revival meeting at Victor last Sunday night.

J.L. HUGHES, who has been in poor health for the past two years, is improving at a satisfactory rate in a sanitarium at Glen Rose.  His many friends hope that his recovery may be complete and that he will soon be back home.

Floyd BURTON and family have gone on a vacation trip to visit with Mrs. BURTON’s parents at Waco.

New Hope News

S.N. WILKERSON and family left last week to visit relatives at Lubbock.

Will LINDLEY and family of Jakehamon community visited her brother Walt HOLLAND last Sunday.

Adell and Roy MILLER of Duckum community visited their grandmother, Mrs. G.L. LEE the latter part of last week.

Miss Susie HOLLAND, who has been sick for some time, can be up now and seems to be improving nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. H.M. JOHNSON visited his sick brother, Bill JOHNSON of Harmony, last Sunday.



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