De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, December 7, 1928


H.D. Pearson Is Called By Death in Denison, Sunday

            A message came early Sunday from Denison bringing sad news to relatives and friends of the death of H.D. PEARSON, M-K-T engineer of this city.  Death occurred at the Katy Hospital there where he had gone for treatment.  He formerly had been treated at Colgin Sanitarium, Waco, after which he came home for several months.  When he seemed to be growing gradually worse, he left about Nov. 21st to enter the railroad’s men’s hospital at Denison.

            Mr. PEARSON suffered a stroke of paralysis while attending a meeting of the Brotherhoods at San Francisco last June.  He felt the first suggestion of a breakdown while he was crossing the continental divide, but continued on to San Francisco and attended several sessions of the national convention of his craft before he fell a victim of high blood pressure.  The Brotherhoods sent him back to San Antonio in charge of a special doctor and nurse; in fact, he had the best medical attention obtainable since the day of his breakdown.

            Last Friday a message came apprising relatives here of the fact that he had taken a turn for the worse.  Mrs. PEARSON went immediately to Denison, arriving Saturday.  His condition was such that he never recognized her and died without regaining consciousness.  Death came at 7 a.m. Sunday, December 2nd, 1928.  The remains were brought back to De Leon Sunday by A.C. POLNAC and H.E. NEWTON, who had gone to Denison also upon receiving the news of the approaching end.

            Harvey Dillard PEARSON was born on August 15, 1880, in Jackson, Tenn., and during his young manhood moved to Walnut Springs, Tex. Where he married on August 15th, 1909, to Miss Irene PHILLIPS.  Into their home were born four children, three sons and one daughter.  One little son, a mere baby, met tragic death in an accident some three years ago.  Paul, Jack and Harry and the little daughter, Jane, together with the faithful wife and mother, survive him.

            Some twenty years ago when a great railroad evangelist of Houston was holding a revival at Walnut Springs, Harve PEARSON was converted, committing his life to God.  He united with the Methodist church and during the intervening years has been faithful to his church and his profession.  In recent years he served faithfully on the board of Stewards of the De Leon Methodist church.

            Friends and loved ones gathered at the Methodist church at 3:30 Monday afternoon to pay their last tribute while Revs. S.J. RUCKER and S. KIRKPATRICK spoke words of comfort and consolation to the stricken family.  Banks of beautiful flowers attested to the esteem in which he was held by his friends in De Leon and elsewhere , and by the Brotherhood of which he has been an honored member for many years.  Burial was at De Leon cemetery.

            Out of town relatives and friends in attendance at the funeral were:  H.M. WILSON and family, Ft. Worth; W.B. PEARSON and Miss Ann PEARSON, Waxahachie; Mrs. J.T. TANNER, Dallas; Mrs. W.B. PHILLIPS and family, Cleburne; W.W. PHILLIPS and son, Iredell and Mrs. Jack BLAKELY and little son, Billy, Iredell.


            Mr. Frank PARK and Miss Nettie REID were happily married on November 24th, Rev. J.N. CAMPBELL officiating.  Frank is the son of Mrs. Will PARK and Mrs. PARK is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. REID.  Both of these popular young people live in the Oliver Springs community and have a host of friends who wish them much happiness.

Mrs. H.G. Gillock to Open Beauty Shop

            Mrs. H.G. GILLOCK received the necessary equipment this week for opening a beauty shop.  She purchased one of the latest model Shelton Simplicity Permanent Waving machines, the same as was used by Mrs. Emma VAN BURKELO, state demonstrator, who visited this city recently and whose work met with such universal satisfaction.

            Mrs. GILLOCK will open her shop in a downtown location in the very near future, and as a special introductory feature will give permanents through the month of December at $5.  Watch for further announcement of permanent location, and in the meantime see her for work at her residence, phone No. 81.

Mrs. W.W. Nance Continues Ill in Gorman Sanitarium

            Mrs. W.W. NANCE has been in Blackwell Sanitarium at Gorman for the past three weeks, taking treatment for rheumatism, and early this week was reported as making progress toward recovery.  Friends who have visited her find her hopeful in view of her improved condition.  She is expected home before a great while now.


Floyd DIXON, who is attending school at John TARLETON, spent Thanksgiving day with his parents.

Mrs. M.B. HART is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Duree PAIR, of Cohoma.

Mrs. Zenia BROWN has been very ill for the last week, but is now improving.

Mr. and Mrs. Dewey GOODSON of Olden visited G.W. GOODSON and family Sunday.

Tom SPARGER of this place has been in Dublin with his sister, Mrs. Ed CALLAWAY for the last three weeks where he has been taking treatment.  Mr. SPARGER had been making preparations to visit his sister in Rotan and went by way of Dublin to visit his sister there before leaving when he was taken suddenly ill and has been there ever since.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph BROWN and little son, of Breckenridge, were visiting friends here Thanksgiving day.

Miss Hazel HART, who is attending school at Desdemona, spent the weekend at home.

Walter PLEDGER of Olden was thru here a few days ago stopping to see his old friends that he had not seen for twenty years.  Mr. PLEDGER lived here when Victor was at “its best” and ran the first barber shop ever put in here.  He is still in the barber business, having a shop at Olden.

Carl BRUMBELOW of Stephenville, visited his brother, John, last weekend.

W.D. SMITH and family spent Sunday with Mrs. SMITH’s sister, Mrs. E.S. HUFFMAN and her mother, Mrs. W.T. DAY, of Carlton.

New Hope News

Aunt Carrie and Uncle Joe CHAMBERS had a few of their children home with them for Thanksgiving.  They had a big turkey and different kinds of other good eats and all enjoyed the day splendidly.

Dr. Allen LIGHTFOOT of Abilene was visiting with his brothers, Ed and John LIGHTFOOT and his sister, Mrs. DANIELS, all of this community, on Thanksgiving day.

Mr. and Mrs. F.M. CHAMPION of Ranger, and Mr. and Mrs. Hubert SIMPSON of De Leon were visiting over Sunday in the home of R.C. McCHAREN.

Comyn News

Mr. and Mrs. Warren SPENCER and Mayme Katherine spent Sunday in Abilene visiting their son, Cecil, who is assistant manager of the Radford Wholesale Grocery Co.

Mrs. W.O. JAY and son, Hugh, returned Tuesday from a visit to their friends, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. LYONS at Clifton.

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. HOOVER and children spent Sunday in Desdemona visiting with Mr. and Mrs. E.D. HENSON.  Mr. HOOVER’s cousin, little James NELSON, returned with them for an extended visit.

Mr. and Mrs. Whit SIDES and children spent the week-end in Stamford visiting their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. N.R. HOLLAND.

Mr. and Mrs. Cecil CARAWAY and baby, who were here for the funeral of their niece, Eva DAVIS, remained with relatives until last Thursday before returning to their home at Tahoka.


Mr. and Mrs. Finis BELL and Miss Velma BELL, of Hawley, were at home over the weekend visiting their parents.

Howard and Miss Zora BAKER of Stephenville spent the weekend with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam BAKER.

Mr. and Mrs. W.T. JETTON and family met with their daughter, Miss Willie Mae, and spent Thanksgiving in Ft. Worth.

Gayle TOLAND, of Brownwood, was a week-end visitor of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Web TOLAND.

Mr. and Mrs. Autry SELF, of Camp Springs, were at home over the weekend visiting his parents, Dr. and Mrs. J.E. SELF.

Miss Mary Louise GRIZZELLE of Belton was at home for Thanksgiving.

Miss Louise LESTER, who is attending school at T.C.U. at Ft. Worth, was at home over the weekend.

Miss Julia HAVIS, who is attending school at John TARLETON, was at home for Thanksgiving with her parents.

 John Carl HAKINS was home spending the weekend with his parents.

Roy NABORS spent Thanksgiving with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. NABORS.

Ruel LOCKE, who is attending school in Stephenville, spent the weekend with his parents here.

Joe HOLLEMAN, a student of John Tarleton, was spending Thursday and the rest of the week with his parents.

C.L. KINCHEN, who is a student at Simmons University, spent the weekend with his parents.

Emmett Lee HOWARD was home for the weekend from Simmons University.

Miss Amazone MOHON, of John Tarleton, was a weekend visitor with her parents here.

Miss Lorene LIGHTFOOT, a student of John Tarleton, was home for the holiday with her parents.

Mr. and Mrs. A.M. PATE and daughter, Will S., of San Antonio, were visiting Mrs. W.C. STREETY last week.

Mr. and Mrs. PATTERSON of Junction are visiting her father, B. McKEMIE.

D.A. PITTMAN of Paoli, Okla., together with his wife and three daughters and two sons, are here for a visit with his mother, Mrs. Ida PITTMAN, and also Mrs. Lee NABORS, and her brothers J.F. DYSON at Victor and T.L. DYSON at Desdemona, and her sister, Mrs. D.O. ARMSTRONG of Round Grove community.


©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.