De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, January 11, 1929


W.L. Steakley is Victim of an Auto Mishap-Granbury

            W.L. STEAKLEY was injured in an automobile mishap about four blocks west of the public square in Granbury last Friday.  He was driving along the street on his own side, in perfectly orderly fashion, when another man cut his car directly in front of the machine Mr. STEAKLEY was driving.  As the two machines crashed, Mr. STEAKLEY was thrown violently against the windshield which shattered under the impact.  He sustained severe cuts on his head.

            Momentarily Mr. STEAKLEY was stunned, but only for a moment.  He was taken from his wrecked machine and carried to the office of a physician where his wounds were dressed.

            Mr. STEAKLEY’s car was considerably wrecked.  He feels in no way responsible for the accident and is thankful to have escaped with no greater injury.

Thomas B. Lowe Died Recently at Comyn Home

            Thomas B. LOWE, brother of W.E. LOWE, died on December 28th, 1928, at his home five miles east of De Leon.  His death was not expected although he had been ill with influenza for the month prior to his death.  An attack of pneumonia developed which took him away in two days.

            Mr. LOWE lived in Comanche and Erath county for more than fifty years.  He spent 27 years on the farm where his death occurred.  He was born in Mississippi a little more than 71 years ago.  He came to this section while still a young man and his life was largely spent in the environs of Dublin and De Leon.

            Mr. LOWE was a very modest, unpretentious man, quiet and unassuming in his nature, yet a substantial and useful citizen.  He was a member of no church or lodge.  His habits were always exemplary, his character without a blemish.

            Mr. LOWE is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.  The daughters are Mrs. Herman BAKER and Mrs. Roy TATE.

            Funeral and burial was at the Cow Creek cemetery on December 29th, his body being laid to rest beside others of his family who preceded him in death.  Friends extend sympathy to the bereaved family in their great loss.

Home From Sanitarium and is Much Improved

            Little Miss Owassa WHITLOW, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.P. WHITLOW, was brought home from Blackwell Sanitarium last Monday and is steadily improving.  Miss WHITLOW had a most sever illness but is now out of danger.

Returns to Ship

            Lois NOWLIN, former De Leon young man, who has spent the past several years in the U.S. Navy, came home several weeks before Christmas on a six weeks furlough and during the time developed a case of “Flu” and had his furlough extended until Jan. 6th.  He returned to San Diego, Cal., on that date in response to a message that his ship, the S.S. MacConden would sail on Jan. 15th.  He did not know her destination.  NOWLIN is fireman and has worked himself up to a good position with excellent salary.

R.R. Harvey Has Enviable Record as Supt. Sun. School

            Just twenty-four years ago R.R. HARVEY took a situation in the Farmers & Merchants Bank. A few weeks longer than twenty-four years ago he was married, and it was twenty-four years ago that he became superintendent of the De Leon Baptist Sunday school.

            Just before the holidays, Mr. HARVEY resigned as superintendent of the Sunday school.  His resignation is to be acted upon this coming Sunday.  He insists upon its acceptance.  In view of the splendid work he has done in building the local school to a Standard School, his church accepts his resignation with extreme regrets.  This splendid school aspires to the Advanced Standard, of which there is but one in the state and only three in the Southern Baptist Convention.

            Few men can lay claim to a record that will compare favorably with that Mr. HARVEY has made.  During the twenty-four he can recall but eleven Sundays he has been absent.  One Sunday he was ill; two Sundays he was absent because of family illness; one time he was away at Washington, D.C.  attending the convention of his church.  Other times he has been on programs at other points necessitating his absence.  He recalls being tardy one time in the entire twenty-four years.

            Mr. HARVEY is just as punctual in his business affairs.  Last week the Free Press carried a story regarding the Farmers & Merchants National Bank, of which he is active vice-president, in which the information was given out that the bank averaged paying 20 per cent in annual dividends over a period of twenty-four years.

            A successor to Mr. HARVEY will be elected by the church at an early date, it is understood.

Six O’Clock Dinner

            Mrs. J.N. CAMPBELL was hostess to Group One of the B.Y.P.U. at her home on Thursday evening, January 3rd.  The social event was very much enjoyed by those present as follows:  Misses Chrysteen AYERS, Ruby VAN ZANDT and Opal HOWARD; Messrs. Murray NICHOLS, Bob GLOVER, Roger CHAMBERS, Paul and Rev. J.N. CAMPBELL.


J.M. THOMPSON returned several days ago from Tucson, Ariz., having gone there to spend Christmas with his family, who are living there.  He was there ten days from December 23rd and during the time several members of the family had the “Flu”.  Mr. THOMPSON said the city of Tucson is growing by leaps and bounds.

Rev. A.T. UNDERHILL and two children moved here during Christmas week from their former home, Denton, and will make their home in this city.  Mr. UNDERHILL, who formerly lived here, has been ill since his return.


©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.