De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, October 12, 1928 


Two Fire Alarms During the Week; No Damage Done

            De Leon firemen have been called out to fight two fires during the week, neither of which was of any consequence.  Wednesday morning a grass fire occurred at the home of Mr. And Mrs. Homer MARSHBANKS, starting from burning trash.  The fire threatened a barn.  The fire was extinguished without damage being done.

            Another alarm was turned in on Monday night about 3:30.  A Katy engineer discovered what he thought was a house on fire and gave the alarm, with his whistle.  The fire bell responded and the truck went to the north side to the home of Joe RICH.

Former De Leon Woman Died at Madisonville

            Miss Ellen BLACK, who resided in De Leon with her sister Miss Lee BLACK, the past year or more, died at the old family home in Madisonville on Sept. 20th.  Cause of her death was goiter, she having suffered from the malady for some years.  The Misses BLACK lived in the old J.B. HILLIARD place during their residence in De Leon.  They left here about August first this year.

C.C. Hampton is at Home for Brief Visit

            C.C. HAMPTON, who has been confined for some time in a sanitarium at San Angelo, is at home for a short visit before entering the State Tubercular Sanitarium at Carlsbad.  Mr. HAMPTON could not get in at the State institution when he applied there some weeks ago and has spent the time under the treatment of Dr. CORMICK.  He expects to be admitted at Carlsbad early next week.

Dangerous Bull Attacks, Injures His Second Man

            Free Press just learned this week of injuries A.C. HUMPHREY suffered from a vicious Jersey bull at his home in Humphrey Addition some time last week..  Mr. HUMPHREY went into the enclosure where the bull was kept and was attacked and knocked down.   He was severely bruised by the short nubs of horns the animal wore, the bruises being principally about his back, he being knocked face downward.  It was several minutes before Mr. HUMPHREY was able to roll his body beneath a trough and escape the enraged animal.  The bull continued to horn the trough until he had almost torn it to pieces.

            Several men at Holdridge store heard the noise and went hurriedly to Mr. HUMPHREY’S assistance, arriving upon the scene, however, after he had climbed safely upon the fence.  Mr. HUMPHREY’s eyes were swelled closed for a few days, but he is now recovered except for his bruises.

            This is the same bull that was once owned by Alvin STRINGFELLOW, and the same one that so severely injured former Commissioner Nath NABORS.  He is registered and a very fine animal, valued at approximately $250.

Rook Club

            One of the prettiest parties of the season occurred when Mesdames Paul MORGAN and Mrs. C.E. BASS were the hostesses to the Rook Club and a number of invited guests last Thursday p.m. at the home of Mrs. BASS.

            The home with its Halloween decorations and softly shaded lights


Mr. and Mrs. C.E. GEORGE drove to Marlin Sunday where Mrs. GEORGE is remaining some time for treatment.  Reports from there later in the week indicate that she is doing nicely.  Miss Opal TIMMONS accompanied them and will remain with Mrs. GEORGE.


©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.