De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, August 10, 1928 


Pastor of Rising Star Church Dead

            Pastor BOWMAN of the Rising Star Methodist church died at his home there after an illness of several months.  His death occurred last Friday afternoon and the funeral occurred at his church at 11 o’clock a.m. last Sunday.  He leaves a family.

Teachers Assigned Places for Coming Term by Russell

            Supt. D.M. RUSSELL of De Leon Public Schools, this week for the first time made public the assignment of places of teachers for the coming school year.  The announcement was made at the regular meeting of the board of trustees held at the city hall on Monday evening.  The assignments are as follows:

High School

D.M. RUSSELL, supt., vocational agriculture.

W.Z. COMPTON, principal commercial department.

Mrs. J.N. CAMPBELL, English.

Miss Jamie GREENWALDT, History.

Miss Virginia Grace WESSON, Freshman English and Spanish.

Miss Bertha ROSS, Mathematics.

Miss Paralee BROCK, Home Economics and General Science.

South Ward

Miss Della WALL, principal, 5-6-7 departmental work.

Mrs. S.A. DUKE, Fourth Grade.

(Third Grade not provided for)

Miss Iris MOHON, Second Grade.

Mrs. D.M. RUSSELL, First Grade.

North Ward

Paul MORGAN, principal, 5-6-7, departmental work.

Mrs. Edgar SHORT, 5-6-7 departmental work.

Miss Lillian MOHON, Fourth-Third Grade.

Miss Edna MERRITT, Third-Second Grade.

Miss Bernice KIKER, First Grade.

Gene Pettitt Killed in Auto Accident at Ranger

            As we go to press today (Thursday) the news of the death of Gene PETTITT, former De Leon young man who was killed in an automobile accident at Ranger Wednesday afternoon when the car in which he was riding was struck by another car at the post office corner in Ranger, was received here.

            The accident happened about 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon and he died in a Ranger hospital at 8:10 that evening.

            Funeral and burial services were held at De Leon cemetery Thursday afternoon at four o’clock.

            Free Press will carry a detailed account of this young man’s life in our next issue.

Lawless – Wilcox

            Mr. George LAWLESS and Miss Faye WILCOX surprised quite a number of their relatives and friends Sunday when they announced their marriage on May the 6th, 1928, at Eastland.

            They were accompanied to Eastland by Mr. J.P. HOWELL and Miss Delia [illegible] witnessed the marriage ceremony.

            Miss WILCOX is a daughter of Mrs. L.D. MERRIT and is loved and admired by everyone.  She finished high school at De Leon two years ago and has a position with Bibby’s Variety at present.

            Mr. LAWLESS is a son of Mrs. LAWLESS of De Leon and is highly respected by all who know him and has held a position with Higginbotham Company at De Leon for a number of years.

            All wish for this young couple many years of happiness and prosperity.

            Mr. and Mrs. LAWLESS will make their home in De Leon. - Contributed

Gentry – Inzer

            The wedding of Tom C. GENTRY, son of Mrs. Ida GENTRY, 2737 Alaska Ave., Dallas, and Dr. Patti Faye INZER, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. H.H. INZER, of De Leon, took place at the home of the bride’s parents Tuesday evening, August 7, 1928 at 8 o’clock, Rev. J.N. CAMPBELL officiating.

            A prenuptial song, “I Love You Truly” was sung by John Carl HASKINS, accompanied by Miss Bernice INZER, sister of the bride, as pianist, who also played the processional and recessional.  During the ceremony Miss INZER softly played “Songs of Love.”

            The spacious home was lavishly decorated with ferns, garden and field flowers, floor baskets and vases of cut flowers.  The mantle in the living room, in front of which the ceremony was read, was banked with green ferns sprinkled with white star like periwinkles.  On the mantle in a bower of green was a silver candelabra in which were tall white tapers.

            The bride wore a beautiful dark blue velvet dress trimmed with rhinestone buckles.  All accessories were in dark blue.

            At the reception after the marriage service, punch was served to the guests by Misses Christine AYERS and Bertice McDANIELL.

            Immediately after the ceremony the bridal couple left for an extended trip to the Ozark mountains.  After the first of September they will be at home at 2737 Alaska Ave., Dallas, where Dr. Patti Faye will continue her work in the medical profession.

            Mr. GENTRY will resume his studies at Baylor Medical College where he will receive his M.D. degree in the spring.

            Dr. Patti Faye has practiced medicine with her father, Dr. H.H. INZER, since completing her internship at Baptist Hospital, Dallas, and has proved herself an able and understanding physician.  Her many friends give her up with reluctance but send after the two brightest hopes and best wishes for a long and happy wedded life.

            Out of town guests were:  Mrs. Ida GENTRY, Dallas, mother of the groom; Mr. and Mrs. George GENTRY, Big Spring, Brother of the groom; Misses Lella and Bertrice McDANIELL, Rolling Fork, Miss; Mrs. Bob CHANDLER, Oklahoma City; Ira INZER, Cisco, cousins of the bride and Starr INZER, Hamlin, brother of the bride.

Bibby Will Open His New Store on Monday Morning

            A.H. BIBBY, proprietor of the Ben Franklin Chain Store announces the opening of his completely remodeled store on Monday, August 13th at nine a.m.

            A modern front has been installed in the building at a great expense and is one of the best in the country.  The interior of the store has been refinished and Mr. BIBBY now occupies the entire building making his store nearly twice as large as formerly.  A complete new fixture arrangement has been installed, the fixtures are exact duplications of the “city stores” and are standard Ben Franklin Chain Store equipment.

            All of the reconstruction and fixture work has been handled by local contractors and Mr. BIBBY says that he is highly pleased with the class of work that has been done.

            Mr. BIBBY’s store is Number 2250 in the Ben Franklin Chain Store system, an organization of national scope with approximately 3000 such stores stretched from coast to coast giving De Leon a store that has sufficient buying power to meet all competition and of which we can justly be proud.

            Mr. BIBBY wishes to thank his many friends and customers for their loyal patronage of the past and for making this wonderful store possible and invites every one to inspect the new store on opening day, Monday, August 13th.

Jury Decides on Punishment in 15 Minutes

            The jury in the case of the State of Texas vs. Dick HAZZARD charged with criminal assault upon Miss Velma BANKHEAD on the highway between De Leon and Rucker on the night of July 21st, after deliberating fifteen minutes returned a verdict of guilty and assessed the punishment as death late Wednesday afternoon at Comanche where the case has been on trial since Monday morning.

            The jury was given the case at 3:50 p.m. and a few minutes after 4 the foreman notified the clerk of the court that the members were ready to report.

            The jurors were George C. WETZEL, barber; H.M. FOSTER, John W. MOORE, John KEARNEY, J.B. FIELDER, R.E. EASLEY, W.A. MERCER, T.C. FREEMAN, Roy HENSON, A.J. CAMP, Stanley CARUTH and A.C. JONES, farmers.

            Harley HOLLAND, 22, and J.D. PIERCE, 23, held on similar charges in connection with the attack went to trial Thursday morning and as this paper goes to press, the jury was in process of being made with seven of the necessary men having been accepted.

Popular Katy Man Goes to Rotan

            J.J. CRAWFORD, for the past two years in the employ of the M-K-T Ry. as operator, left Tuesday for Rotan to serve as relief operator for a time.  He will not be there more than a few weeks and his next permanent assignment has not been made.  Mr. CRAWFORD has proved to be a most valuable employee, a good operator and during his residence here made a host of friends who wish him the best of success wherever he goes.


Miss Lelah GARRETT was a weekend visitor in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. HAM.

Mrs. A.K. BENDER is spending the week the guest in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lyman E. FORREST and family at Thurber.

Mr. and Mrs. Hallie STEPHENS and Mrs. and Mrs. R.N. HILL were spending Sunday on an outing at Lake Worth.

Mrs. Walter EGBERT and Mrs. Tom BEEBEE spent a few days in Dallas with relatives the past week.

Mrs. R.L. MORELAND has returned from a visit in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Tate LOCKHART, at Snyder.  A baby boy was born into the LOCKHART home on July 23rd.  Mrs. LOCKHART was formerly Miss Pauline MORELAND.

Mr. M.B. ROBERTSON and little daughter of Gorman, her father-in-law, C.H. ROBERTSON of Decatur and Mrs. Otis THOMPSON of Gorman were visiting with relatives and friends in De Leon the last of the week.  Mrs. THOMPSON was formerly Miss Bonnie CROW.

Hershel RICHESON has gone to Southwestern University, Georgetown, where he will study next year.  He has secured employment at Morton Hospital and took up his duties there the first of the week.  His parents, Rev. and Mrs. W.W. RICHESON accompanied him there.


©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.