De Leon Free Press


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


Death of Father and Daughter in Family in Week

            Seldom is it the experience of the writer to record the death of two members of the same family in one issue of the paper.  But the sad story of such an occurrence must be here recorded.  Uncle Henry WARREN and his daughter, Beulah, who was Mrs. A.E. HARRIS, are dead.  Both succumbed to the same malady, pneumonia.  He died at 1:00 o’clock p.m. Wednesday, December 19.  She died Wednesday, December 26, at 1:20 p.m. – just one week and half an hour between their deaths.

            “Uncle Henry” came down with pneumonia on Monday, December 17, and lived only two days.  He was 81 years of age and had grieved much because of the loss of his wife only a few weeks ago.  They had tread the path of life together for more than 60 years having observed their 60th wedding anniversary on January 2, 1928.  They lived on a farm six miles south of DeLeon since 1888.  They had lived in Bell county 10 years or since 1878, coming there from Mississippi, Pontotoc county, where both of them were born and reared.  Their living children are “Blind Tom” WARREN and H. B. WARREN of Seminole, Okla.

            “Uncle Henry” died at the home of his only daughter, Mrs. HARRIS, seven miles west of DeLeon and on Thursday last week his remains were laid to rest in DeLeon cemetery.

            The passing of this good man is an occasion of sadness as death always is.  But there is a difference in his going away and that of his daughter.  He was a “sheaf, ripe unto the harvest” and longed for the day when God should call him home.  She was a young mother with three small children, ages from about 3 to 8, who will sadly miss her love and motherly care.  “God moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform.”  It is hard for mere mortals to understand why this should be, but “He doeth all things well” and we can but bow to his will.

            Mrs. HARRIS was about 38 or 40 years of age.  She had been ill a week or ten days of pneumonia and was unable to attend the funeral of her father a week prior to her death.  As her condition grew worse she was taken to Gorman to the sanitarium, she died there.  Her funeral and burial occurred at DeLeon cemetery Thursday afternoon.  The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the stricken husband and three small children, as well as to the other relatives and friends in their hour of deep sadness.

Class of 1926 Hold Their Annual Banquet Tuesday

            The  Senior Class of 1926 of De Leon high school held their annual banquet Christmas evening at Travelers Hotel.  This is the third banquet in as many years for this class and is a mark of distinction for this is the only class to carry out the alumni idea.  Due to illness and other unavoidables, many of the members were not present; let it be said that they missed an excellent time and a wonderful turkey dinner.  Between courses, a roll call of the class was called and all the absent were accounted for.  The class president and toastmaster then called for a speech from each member present, also from the husbands and wives of some.  Starting at Mr. John D. HARVEY’s right and continuing around the table, the following made speeches:  Miss Velma BELL, Miss Rozelle SMITH, Miss Doris AYERS, Lewis EASTERLING, Miss Oleta STEVENS, Mrs. Marvin HOLDRIDGE, Marvin HOLDRIDGE, Miss RogerMae SMITH, “Dub” NANCE, Mrs. Georgia HOUK, Mr. Elmer HOUK, Mrs. Fred NABORS and Mr. Fred NABORS.

            It was suggested that a bigger banquet be held on Christmas evening, 1929 and all members be present and this is to be carried out.

            After singing Osk-e-Wow-Wow De Leon and other school songs the meeting was drawn to a close.

Young Girl Had Serious Operation

            Miss Owassa WHITLOW, 15, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.P. WHITLOW of this city, had a serious operation at Gorman Sanitarium last Saturday and her condition is critical.  The operation was for the removal of the appendix after the case had reached an advanced stage.

            Later in the week it was reported that she had developed influenza with a decided trend toward pneumonia.  Grave apprehension is felt for her.  Young Miss WHITLOW is the third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. WHITLOW and is in high school here.  The sympathy of many friends is extended to them in their hour of anxiety.

Mrs. J.W. KENNEDY Died Thursday A.M.

            The death of Mrs. J.W. KENNEDY occurred at the family home in Heath Addition 15 2 o’clock a.m. Thursday.  Mrs. KENNEDY had been ill for some two weeks and her children from distant points had been called to her bedside.  The funeral service is being held this afternoon, too late for this paper to be able to present particulars.  A more detailed statement will appear in next issue.

Earl Lightfoot is Injured When Cars Crash on Highway

            When Rev. Earl LIGHTFOOT and family were enroute to DeLeon from their home at Coleman on Christmas night a “Ford wreck” running without any lights on the Comanche-Brownwood highway, crashed into the side of their car, a Buick sedan, and seriously injured Mr. LIGHTFOOT, besides slightly injuring members of his family, and doing damage estimated at $500 to his car.  Mr. LIGHTFOOT’s left knee cap was shattered and his wrist sprained.  Mrs. LIGHTFOOT and children received less serious cuts and bruises, their injuries being reported as of a minor nature.

            The mishap occurred at a point about a mile from the “Gap Curio Shop” near the Frisco railroad crossing.  A passerby took Mr. LIGHTFOOT and family in his car and brought them to Comanche where he was given first aid, then carried to the Gorman sanitarium.  There is a possibility that he may sustain a stiff knee joint because of the accident.


            A wedding in which a De Leon girl and a Gorman young man were principals occurred at Comanche Saturday before Christmas, same being on December 23rd.  Miss Ruth FARROW was married to Mr. Clyde POPE.  The wedding ceremony was performed by County Judge LUKER, at his Comanche residence.  The hour was 7 o’clock p.m.

            Accompanying the young couple to Comanche and who were witnesses of the ceremony, were Mr. and Mrs. Geo. SLOAN, friends of the contracting parties, of Gorman.

            Miss FARROW is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sid FARROW of this city and is a much admired young woman.  She grew up in De Leon, attended the high school here where she finished with the class of 1927.

            Mr. POPE grew to manhood in Gorman, his mother residing there for many years.  He is a printer and linotype operator and has been employed at the Gorman Progress office.

            The many friends of this popular young couple wish them greatest happiness in their married life.


            Mr. Alfemus OWEN and Miss Jennie DICKEY were married on Sunday, Dec. 23rd, at the home of Rev. and Mrs. J.N. CAMPBELL, the Rev. CAMPBELL performing the ceremony.  Young Mr. OWEN is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. OWEN who reside a short distance north of town.  Miss DICKEY is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom DICKEY of Comyn where she has a host of friends.  Congratulations and best wishes are extended them as they start on the eventful journey.


            Mr. Ernest HOLDRIDGE and Miss Flora MORRIS were united in marriage on Saturday, December 22nd.  The marriage ceremony was said by Rev. ANDERSON, pastor of the Pentecostal church.  Mr. HOLDRIDGE is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur HOLDRIDGE of the New Hope community.  Mrs. HOLDRIDGE is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom MORRIS of near St. Joe.  Their many friends wish for them a full measure of happiness and success.

Mrs. C.E. George Continues Very Ill

            The condition of Mrs. C.E. GEORGE, who has been desperately ill for several weeks, is not improved.  Her principal complaint is heart leakage which malady has induced other serious organic troubles.  Everything possible for her comfort is being done.  Friends hope for her ultimate recovery.

Child of J.V. White Had Appendix Operation

            Little Miss Doris WHITE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.V. WHITE, spent a very unpleasant Christmas, having had an attack of appendicitis necessitating an operation.  She was carried to Gorman and following the operation she is reported recovering nicely and will soon be at home again.

Retired Soldier is on Extended Visit with Relatives

            Mrs. W.S. NANCE and Mrs. L.C. BILLS were made happy this Christmas by the arrival of their son and brother, Olen SPEAGLE, of Seattle, Wash., who is spending Christmas and some time following with them.  Mr. SPEAGLE has just finished an enlistment in the U.S. Army of 27 years and has earned his retirement with Uncle Sam, paying him his salary for the balance of his life.  He is retired with the rank of warrant officer which is the clerical or business side of the army, in which he was engaged.

            Mr. SPEAGLE did his foreign service in the Philippines and Hawaiian Islands, remaining for a period of years in Manila where he had an interesting experience.  First and last he has seen much of the world, but the greater portion of the period of his enlistment has been spent on the Pacific coast.


Miss Lilla SHORT, who teaches in the public schools at Estaline was spending Christmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. SHORT.

Mr. and Mrs. H.S. McCRUM of Brownwood have been out at the home of her parents near Victor recently while he recuperated from an illness.  He had a case of diphtheria , he stated.  He has been confined to his bed for about two or three weeks.  Mr. McCRUM is manager of the A. & P. Store at Brownwood.

Mrs. C.M. ALLEN and Mr. and [sic] Roy HARKINS and little daughter, all from Dallas, were here visiting HARVEY and WOOD relatives from Sunday to Christmas.  Mr. and Mrs. Ira HARVEY and children of Goldthwaite were also here Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Columbus SHORT of Ranger were Christmas visitors with relatives here.

Mr. and Mrs. W.E. JENKINS and children left Saturday for Levelland, where they will make their home.  “Dock” has heard stories of how they go west and grow up with the “country” and he decided to try it.  Friends here wish them much success.

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis STEPHENS of Breckenridge were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. H.G. TERRILL this week.  These young people were recently married at Fort Worth.

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar COZBY are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby boy, born into their home on Thursday morning, December 27th.  All are reported doing nicely.

Friends of Uncle Doss MILLER will regret to learn that he continues ill.  He has been in bad physical condition for some weeks.  It is hoped that he may soon pass the crisis and regain his normal good health.

Rev. and Mrs. S.J. RUCKER have as their guest during Christmas, their daughter, Miss RUCKER, who teaches at Port Arthur, and son, a student at Southern Methodist University.  The family spent Wednesday this week visiting in the home of a relative at Brownwood.

Mr. and Mrs. M.O. PITTMAN, of Anson, and Misses Ruth and Kathrine HARVEY from Moran and San Angelo, respectively, were all guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY, this week.

Miss Jennie DAVIS of Waco, cousin of Mrs. J.H. GRIZZELLE, was here for a Christmas visit in the GRIZZELLE home.

Elton BOSWELL, who is employed at Wink, was home for Christmas with his mother, Mrs. Tom BOSWELL.

Miss Ruth STEPHENS of Killeen, sister of Hallie STEPHENS, was here this week for a visit in the home of her brother and wife.

Mr. and Mrs. Terrance CARNES and little son of Durant, Okla., were visiting her mother, Mrs. E.J. WEATHERFORD, briefly during Christmas, returning there on Christmas day.

Ruel LOCK, student at Tarleton, is spending the week at home with his parents.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. ROSS of Roscoe were here this week for a visit in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. ROSS.

Mrs. A.C. COZBY and little daughter, Eloise, are here from Dallas for a Christmas visit in the home of her mother, Mrs. Emma CONNER.

Byron SHORT, an instructor in Engineering at State University, Austin, is spending a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.W. SHORT.

Dr. Sam WEAVER, who has practiced at Dallas for a number of years, is visiting this week in the home of his mother, Mrs. T.P. WEAVER.

Wayne WEAVER, medical student at Baylor University, Dallas, is at home this week.

Mr. and Mrs. H.M. EVANS of Wichita Falls are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMEN.

Hub KENNEDY, telegraph operator at Cisco, was home for Christmas and also because of the critical illness of his mother.

Miss Urselle SELF, Home Economics teacher at Carbon, is here for Xmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. SELF.

Boyd SHARP was home from Tucson, Ariz., for Christmas.

Miss Louise SMITH of Cisco, was here during the week, visiting in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.S. SMITH.

Mrs. W.C. STREETY and daughter, Mrs. May WHALEY, went to San Angelo for Christmas with their daughter and sister, Mrs. H.P. RUSH.

Mr. and Mrs. Evan BARKER and little daughter, Martha Faye, were here from their new home, Baird, for Christmas.

Mr. and Mrs. T.B. SMITH of Fort Worth were visiting in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.M. REED.  Mrs. SMITH was formerly Miss Annie Mae REED.

Cole NANCE and his sister, Miss Stella NANCE, of Dallas, were home with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.H. NANCE, this week.

John J. HORN, Jr., with Higginbotham-Bailey-Logan Co., at Dallas, was home for a brief visit Christmas.  He had not been home in a year, he stated.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill HOWELL were over from Cleburne for Christmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HOWELL.

Mr. and Mrs. Leslie BURGESS and small son, of McCAMEY, were here for the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. JENKINS.

Miss Louise RICH, who had a serious operation at Gorman more than a week ago, is so far recovered as to be well out of danger and is expected to be home soon.

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice PITTMAN of Yuma, Ariz., were here spending Christmas with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Doss MILLER.

Mrs. John ISLES and children from Resin, Ark., were here spending Christmas with her father, J.A. GILLIGAN

Miss Mary KIMBLE was home from Breckenridge visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.G. KIMBLE, this week.

Miss Paralee BROCK, who teaches Home Economics here, went to Grapevine for Xmas with her homefolks.

Miss Adelle McKELVEY, C.L.A. student, is at home for Christmas with her father, J.F. McKELVEY near Ross Chapel.

Ewell DUKE, teacher in Merkel high school, is spending Christmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert DUKE.

Boon BROWN, an old timer here who makes his home at Wichita Falls, was visiting his mother, Aunt Fannie BROWN, and other relatives this week.

S.D. WEST of Route 4, was called to Rockdale on Saturday by the death of his step-mother, Mrs. E.J. WEST, whose funeral was held on Sunday.

Mrs. Ben NABORS and baby, of Hamlin, are Christmas visitors in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. POLNAC.



©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.