De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, September 28, 1928 


Man is Found Dead on Depot Platform Here

            While going to work just before midnight last Tuesday night, Fireman ?. W. NORMAN discovered a man lying in a reclining position against the wheel of an express truck on the delivery platform.  He kicked the soles and told the man to get up.  Receiving no answer he called Engineer T.C. SMITH and they investigated and found that the man was dead.

            Later developments revealed the fact that the man had come into town on the late stage from Comanche and had reached here about nine o’clock.  He ate supper in a local café and while there took a dose of medicine.  Some of those who talked with him believed him to be intoxicated or else under the influence of some sort of medicine.

            After he had finished his supper he was assisted by someone down to the depot, stating that he wanted to go to Cisco.  The man who accompanied him left him sitting by the truck wheel, where he was later found.

            The county sheriff’s department was notified the following morning and by noon had established the man’s identity.  He was George BRANTLEY, and lived at Gustine.  He was 33 years of age and had a wife and three children. 

            It seems a coincidence that this man’s death occurred scarcely a hundred yards from the spot where another man was killed by having his head and body under the wheels of a Katy freight train a few weeks ago.

Coan – Hornsby Families Attend Large Reunion

            The Free Press received a letter from Miss Clyde COAN of Comanche in which she tells of a big family reunion.  Miss COAN, with her father, mother, brother and nephew, visited points in Alabama and Georgia.  While there, the COAN and HORNSBY families held a reunion with about 300 members of the two families present.  This was one of the largest reunions of families ever held in that portion of the state.

            Those attending from this section besides the COANs of Comanche were:  Mrs. Ett HORNSBY and daughter, Mrs. Lula EDWARDS of Blanket; Elazon HORNSBY of Coleman; J.P. COAN of De Leon and L.A. COAN and family of Rotan.

Smith – Crouch

            Mr. Joe CROUCH and Mrs. Lella SMITH were happily married on Sept. 20th at Comanche, Judge R.A. LUKER officiating.  Mrs. CROUCH is the daughter of Mrs. J.W. PARK of the Oliver Spring community.  Mr. CROUCH is the son of Mr. And Mrs. CROUCH of Desdemona.

            These young people have a host of friends who wish them much joy and success. They will make their home in Desdemona.

 Shakespeare Club

            The first meeting of the club was held on Wednesday afternoon at the home of the president, Mrs. W.E. LOWE.  At the close of the following program, refreshments were served.

            Mrs. MARTIN, who is visiting Mrs. Y.L. DABNEY, was the guest of the club. Program: Roll Call, Vacation Reflections. Duet “America the Beautiful, Mrs. ROSS and Mrs. SCHMIDT, accompanied by Mrs. SCOTT. Concerted reading of “The Club Creed.”

Steakley Filling Station Is Leased

            The Steakley Filling Station has been leased for a period of five years and will be known as the Walker Filling Station and with W.W. WALKER as manager.

            I wish to take this opportunity to thank the people of De Leon and surrounding country for their loyal support in making the Steakley Filling Station during the past eight years the success it has been.

            I trust that our friends and customers may continue to give the same good patronage to the new manager, Mr. WALKER, as they have always given me.  The service being given at the station is excellent, in fact it has never been better than now and the public is cordially invited to avail themselves of it.

Jackson Family Located at Weatherford

            The Free Press has received a letter from Mrs. R.L. JACKSON requesting that her paper be sent to Weatherford where the family is now located.  Mrs. JACKSON wishes that sincere appreciation be extended to all her friends and good neighbors who befriended her during her recent illness.  She states that she is still improving.  She also mentioned Dr. PLEMMONS for the faithful service he rendered.

            Friends of the Jacksons have dire regrets that they left.  They were well known here and good will follows them.

Rook Club

            Mrs. Marvin HANCOCK, in her gracious manner, was hostess to the Rook Club last Friday afternoon from three to five o’clock.  The attractive little home was adorned with vases of cut flowers.

            Mrs. CARLISLE won high score at the conclusion of a number of games.  Delightful refreshments were served to the members and the following guests: Mesdames SNEAD, PITTMAN, and BUCHAN.

            The club will meet on October 4th with Mrs. Paul MORGAN.

Comyn News

Mr. and Mrs. S.F. KINNARD and children spent last week end with Mr. KINNARD’s brother, Martin KINNARD and family of Jermyn, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. Amos FLOYD and baby of Ballinger returned home Saturday after a week’s  visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry FLOYD and other relatives.

Henry DICKEY of Big Lake spent his vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.W. DICKEY.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. EASLEY and daughter, Frances, spent last weekend with Mrs. EASLEY’s sister, Mrs. D.A. WILLIAMS at Cisco.

Paul and Lloyd MONTAGUE, who recently had their tonsils removed, are doing nicely and expect to be able to be in school again soon.

Miss Addie WELCH spent last weekend with home folks at Beattie.

Mrs. Kenneth SPENCER and Naomi CARAWAY entered the public speaking contest which was held at Stephenville fair.  Each came out victorious winning places that gave them a valuable prize.

R.D. ROBERTS of Memphis, Tenn. is visiting in the home of his cousin, D. M. SLAUGHTER.

Jakehamon News

J.L. HUGES of this community is in Brownwood this week on business and visiting friends.

A Literary Society has been organized and will give a program soon.  The officers for the first meeting are Miss Ila ROBBINS, president; Jack KOONCE, secretary and a program committee composed of Jack RILEY, Estelle ROBBINS and Maxine HALE.

Friends of D.Y. THORNTON regret to learn that he plans to remain away from this place permanently.  Mr. THORNTON will enter the farming business at Georgewest.

Miss Ona WYATT, teacher in this school, visited home at Stephenville over the weekend.  Miss Eula HULSEY, also a teacher here, visited her home at Downing.

Miss Odell ROBBINS, student at Tarleton, visited home folks Saturday and Sunday.

Ford CARR has been away for a few weeks working in Hamilton county.

Miss Lucile RILEY was home from Tarleton visiting home folks over the weekend.

H. SMITH, living a few miles east of this place, had the misfortune to lose his home and practically all contents by fire Thursday.  Also a Mr. ADAMS of near Desdemona, lost his home by fire a few days ago.  This was the second fire that Mr. ADAMS has had within a year.

Uncle Dick DAVENPORT and wife of GOREE was visiting with W.A. LINDLEY and family Monday.  Uncle Dick was among the early settlers in this community and was a prosperous and useful citizen here for probably 30 years.  He settled and cleared the farm upon which W.A. LINDLEY now lives.  In the last few years his health has failed to some extent and more recently his condition has been such  that he had to have special treatment and is now on his way to Glen Rose to take treatments offered there.  It is hoped by his many friends here that he may recover his health.


Dr. and Mrs. H. H. INZER had as their guests this week, three of Mrs. INZER’s sisters and her brother.  They are Clyde HODGES and Mesdames Earl BARKSDALE and Mona SULLIVAN of Oklahoma and Dr. and Mrs. BARKSDALE from Wilson, Ark.

A.C. DODSON and wife of Cross Plains were here Sunday for a visit to the home of his mother.

Mr. And Mrs. M.P. DAVENPORT of Goree are here visiting their daughter, Mrs. J.J. HOLLEMAN and family.

Emmett HOWARD has gone to Abilene where he will again attend Simmons University.

Mrs. Mattie ABLES and daughter, Madge, are here from Dallas visiting with her sister, Mrs. Tommie SLATER.

J.H. BLACK of Brownfield, Texas, has been visiting in the home of his brother, S.E. BLACK near Duster lately.


©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.