De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, November 9, 1928 


Pioneer Woman Passed To Her Eternal Reward

            Grandmother BIFFLE, an old and honored pioneer of this section, passed to her eternal reward at 7 o’clock a.m. Monday, November 5th, 1928.  She had been ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jess JOHNSON, for many months, in fact, had been bedridden for years.  Her passing away was peaceful and resigned, her mind fixed on things immortal, her faith steadfast in the God in whom she trusted.  Her daughter with whom she lived, watched beside her bed as the tide of life ebbed and flowed away.  Evidently she welcomed the silent boatman who transported her soul beyond the river of Death.  Her work had been done, her task completed, she seemed to await the transition with a faith becoming God’s saints.

            Mary W. BIFFLE was born Sept. 12, 1841, being therefore 87 years and 2 months of age.  She was married when but 15 years of age, being married 72 years of her life.  She reared ten children, eight of whom survive.  Her husband preceded her in death by 16 years and 8 months.  She was converted at the age of 24 and united with the Methodist church, remaining a faithful member throughout her life.

            It was perhaps back in the 70’s when the first Methodist church was organized in De Leon.  The church house stood down on the east side of town, perhaps near where the eastside cemetery is located.  There were seven women of the charter members. Mary BIFFLE was one of the number.  She has continued to reside in and near this city during all the intervening years.  She was one of the few old pioneers who dated back past 1875 as a resident here.

            The living children of Mrs. BIFFLE are: J.W. BIFFLE, Willow, Okla.; Mrs. Emma HUFFMAN, Breckenridge; Mrs. Jess JOHNSON, De Leon; Mrs. Ervin MINTER, Austin; Mrs. Lee McCRARY, Olney; Charlie BIFFLE, address unknown; Marvin BIFFLE, Wichita Falls; Will BIFFLE, Comanche, Ohio.

            The funeral and burial occurred on Tuesday afternoon at De Leon cemetery at 3 o’clock with Rev. W.W. RICHESON in charge of the service, assisted by Rev. G.R. WRIGHT.

Holdridge & Sons Open New Store In Holden Build’g

            The enterprising firm of HOLDRIDGE and Sons has opened another store.  It is in the Holden Garage Building, two blocks west of the “main drag.”  They will do a general feed and filling station business offering the usual line of gas, oils, tires, tubes, etc. car washing and everything that goes with a first class filling station.

            The immense building will also be used for a warehouse for the Holdridge Feed Mill.  A retail feed and flour store will be operated here.  Melvin W. HOLDRIDGE, eldest son of H.B. HOLDRIDGE has charge of the new business, which is already open.

Chas. Carter Recovering From Hazing Injuries

            Charles CARTER, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.E. CARTER, received severe injuries when he was being hazed at A. and M. College some two weeks ago.  His neck and spine were injured and he has been confined at the college hospital with no one but his mother allowed to see him, however, word has been received that he is thought to be improving.

De Leon Girl on College Staff

            Miss Mary Louise GRIZZELLE, who wrote “Mary Louise’s Column” in the Free Press last summer, is doing a similar work on the college paper at Baylor College at Belton.  The paper is known as the Baylor Bells, and is published by the class in journalism.  Miss Annielene NUTT of Lufkin is the editor-in-chief and on the staff are perhaps twenty girls of the department.

Mother of B.F. Cox Died Friday; Aged 91 Years

            A true old pioneer Texas mother died in this city on Friday morning, November 2, 1928.  She was Mrs. Matilda A. COX, mother of B.F. COX.  She has lived with her son here at intervals for about 20 years, living a portion of the time with other of her children at Hico.  She retained her faculties to an extreme old age, and was well along the way to becoming a centenarian, having passed her 91st birthday.  Within recent years she had become blind.  She was resigned to the will of God in whom she had trusted for almost three quarters of a century, waiting with patience the time when He should call her from labor to His eternal rest!

            Mrs. COX saw stirring times in Texas.  She was born near Nashville, Tenn., July 2, 1837, just shortly after the Battle of San Jacinto was fought, and several years before statehood.  She came to Texas at the age of nine, settling with her parents near Hico.  When she grew to womanhood she was married there and reared four children. When the youngest of her children,  B.F. COX,  was only an infant, her husband went out with a party of settlers to a point near where Hamilton is now located and were engaged in rounding up cattle.  A party of Indians swooped down upon them.  COX was riding a mule which was crippled.  He was unable to get away from the Indians and was killed.

            Mrs. COX was converted at about 25 years of age and united with the Christian church in which she lived faithfully for a very long period of years.  Her life’s service was rewarded by the rearing of sons and daughters who have followed her in the path of honor and Christian service.

            Funeral services were conducted at the residence at 2 o’clock p.m. by Rev. HEARN, pastor of the Christian church of Comanche following which the body was laid to rest in De Leon cemetery.

De Leon Girl Assistant Teacher at College

            Canyon – Miss Gertrude SHORT of De Leon is student assistant in the department of Commerce of the West Texas Teachers College this year.  She is associated with W.E. LOCKHART, head of the department and Herschell JENNINGS, first assistant.  This department of Commerce is one of the largest in the state, having 250 enrolled in its courses.  Student assistants at the Teachers College are chosen for their excellence in the work to be taught and for their ability to help younger students.


Gaston GRISHAM, who has been for some months with the J.C. Penny Co. at Los Angeles, has been transferred by his company to Texas.  He is visiting here for awhile before locating.

A deal was made recently in which Joe UNDERHILL purchased the interest of one of his partners, John GILDER, in the Hi-way Filling Station.  The Hi-way is now run as a garage and filling station by UNDERHILL & HATFIELD, UNDERHILL owning the filling station and Mr. HATFIELD the garage.

Mr. and Mrs. Jess SPRING, late of Abilene, are here.  Mr. SPRING being book-keeper for the Central Texas Produce Company.

Mrs. R.L. HALL has been substitute teacher in the second grade at South Ward this week while Miss MOHON, the regular teacher, has been ill.

Mrs. Ira MERRICK and little daughter, of Lubbock, accompanied by Messrs. BUFORD, Joe and Charles SCOTT of Nugent, came Wednesday afternoon for a short visit with their sister, Mrs. C.E. GEORGE and family.

Miss Frances ANDERSON of Stephensville was a weekend visitor of her aunt, Mrs. W.C. STREETY.

Mt. Pleasant

Mr. and Mrs. George PENSON’s home was saddened by the death angel taking away the girl twins which were born into their home.  Our sympathy goes out to this family in their dark hours of sadness.

The Blue Bonnet Sewing Club organized among the Junior Girls of Mt. Pleasant school is a great success.  They meet each Wednesday afternoon and sew.  At our first meeting the following officers were elected:  Anice BOSWELL, president; Claudie BROWNLEE, secretary and Mrs. VAN ZANDT, sponsor.


Mr. and Mrs. O.A. TERGERSON and children visited relatives at Cransfil Gap from Thursday until Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. W.P. PULLEY, sons Ray and Claud, and grand-daughter, Lois PULLEY of Cisco, spent the week-end with their relatives, W.E. PULLEY and family.

Miss Iva JONES attended the Home Economics conference at Abilene on last Friday and Saturday.

A family gathering was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.S. NANCE last Sunday.  Those attending besides the immediate family were Mr. and Mrs. Ben WARREN and children and Mrs. Rosie FIANT of Fayetteville, Ark.

Mr. and Mrs. Hardy HAZZARD, W.T. HAZZARD and daughter Devota, returned Tuesday from a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Rouble HAZZARD at Skidmore.

Jakehamon News

Mrs. B.F. STALEY and two daughters, of Brownwood, has been visiting for the past two weeks in the home of J.L. HUGHES.  They will return to Brownwood this week.

Miss Lucille RILEY of Stephenville, was spending a few days with home folks this week.

D.Y. THORNTON and children have been visiting with friends here for a few days.  They are removing to South Texas where Mr. THORNTON will engage in farming.

Earl NABORS of Comanche is doing the carpenter work for W.A. KING in the additions he is making to his home.

Jim KOONCE and Milton KING have recently finished painting the new home of W.A. LINDLEY.

Uncle Bob GUTHERIE, brother of J.E. GUTHERIE of this place, was here several days last week.

Little Martha Nell MAYIARS had the misfortune to meet with a painful accident Monday morning.  In assisting with the stock she accidentally ran  into wire in such a way as to cut her neck in a painful way.


            This community has been saddened by the death of one of its most highly esteemed citizens. W.M. BRAZELL passed away Saturday morning after a brief illness.  Few men have lived a more upright life than had this good man.  He had been a prosperous and useful citizen of this community of St. Joe to this place, having lived there and at this place for 31 years.  He was a native of Alabama and was 70 years of age.  He is survived by his wife and six children, four boys and two girls, all of which were with him in his illness and death.  The deceased and his wife have been members of the Baptist church for many years.

            W.M. BRAZELL lived at peace with all mankind.  He lived that quiet Christian life that after all is said to be worthwhile…..

            The funeral was at Oliver Springs cemetery where a great number gathered to pay their last respects to a departed friend.  The services were conducted by Rev. G.A. HENDON, former pastor of the deceased, assisted by Rev. Wm. LINDLEY, an intimate friend of the deceased for more than a quarter of a century.


©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.