De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, January 25, 1929


Former De Leon Girl is “Flying High”

            Miss Retha McCULLOH, step-sister of Mrs. Oscar HOWARD, writes from Beaumont that she has taken up aviation, and has a good many hours of solo flying to her credit.  She plans to leave her work of teaching and engage in selling airplanes.  She has taught in Beaumont school recently.

            Miss McCULLOH was a student in De Leon school in about the year 1920.  She is 23 years of age.

Jackson Family Back From Weatherford

            R.L. JACKSON has advised the Free Press to send their copy of the paper each week to “De Leon” and not to Weatherford.  They moved to the famous watermelon city last fall, but are now home again in De Leon.  Friends welcome them back.

A.M. Northcutt, Old Pioneer, Died at De Leon Home

            A.M. NORTHCUTT, father of R.L. NORTHCUTT of this city, died at his home near the North Ward school at 7:30 o’clock p.m. on Wednesday, January 16th, 1929.  Death came as a result of a stroke of paralysis suffered three days previously.  While he had not been ill prior to that time, he had been practically blind for seventeen years.  He is survived by his wife and eight sons and daughters and two brothers.

            A.M. NORTHCUTT had every right to the title of “pioneer.”  He was born  in Tallapoosa county, Ala., and moved from there when quite young to Georgia.  In the year 1870 his father, Rev. NORTHCUTT, joined an overland party composed of the families of CARRUTH, NUNNELLEY, POUNDS, BARKER, NORTHCUTT, and perhaps others, coming to Texas in wagons.  On the way, young NORTHCUTT became ill in Louisiana and his father remained with him expecting him to die while the wagon train came on to Texas.  He recovered and while in Louisiana was converted and some time later became a member of the Missionary Baptist church, living a devoted, consecrated Christian life.  He was a deacon in his church for almost half a century.

            The family first settled on the “Big Bend” of the Brazos not far from Granbury.  After three years they came to the Liveoak community, six or seven miles east of DeLeon and made their home, the Rev. NORTHCUTT preaching in the pioneer churches, his several sons doing their part toward carving out of the wilderness a home that would be worthy of their efforts civilizing and Christianizing the community.

            Twenty-four years ago Mr. NORTHCUTT moved with his family to Mitchell county and continued to reside there until two years ago when he returned to make his home in DeLeon.

            As an evidence of the richness of this good man’s life, many people came when it was known that he was no more and asked the privilege of helping to dig his grave.

Mrs. Gillock Opens Nice Beauty Shop

            Mrs. H.G. GILLOCK has opened a very attractive Beauty Shop in rooms at Higginbothams.  The space is commodious, there being a compartment where work is done and a comfortable waiting room.  Mrs. GILLOCK is giving permanent waves, facials and other forms of beauty work.

Garner and Alvis Owners Store Here On Business Visit

            Messrs. John GARNER of Dallas and C.E. ALVIS of Gatesville, were both in De Leon on business early in the week, conferring with John A. MOHON and their sales force, who are carrying on the affairs of the De Leon store since the resignation of E.W. OWEN.  The GARNER-ALVIS Co. has a very attractive store in De Leon and do a very fine business.  Just at present, much new merchandise is being shown.

L.L. Lightfoot Hardware Closed

            L.L. LIGHTFOOT has closed his hardware store and will not again operate.  He has not filed petition in bankruptcy, as some have reported.  Adjustment is in process of being made which it is believed can be made satisfactory to all parties without bankruptcy proceedings.

Man Dies Few Hours of Wife

            The Death Angel visited the same home in Comanche twice Tuesday when at ten o’clock in the morning Mrs. John B. EDWARDS died from influenza and just before midnight the same day her husband answered the call.  Both Mr. and Mrs. EDWARDS have been in poor health for some time and during Christmas week, while visiting at the daughter’s, Mrs. Jodie SMITH, they were taken and were never able to return home.

            Their bodies were taken to the family residence at 3 o’clock Wednesday where funeral services were conducted by Rev. S.D. LINDSEY.

J.B. Edwards

            J.B. EDWARDS was born in Tennessee Feb. 9, 1851.  When a boy he moved to Kentucky with his parents where he grew to manhood.  In 1878 he moved to Hearne, Texas, and a year later moved to Parker County.  It was here he met and married Rosetta KIDWELL.  He later moved to Red River County and from there moved to Comanche County in 1901 where he has lived since.

            He had been a member of the Baptist church 33 years at the time of his death.

Mrs. J.B. Edwards

            Rosetta KIDWELL was born in Parker County near Mil Sap in 1865.  Here she grew to womanhood and at the age of 15 was married to John B. EDWARDS.

            Mrs. EDWARDS was converted in early girlhood and united with the Baptist Church, being a member at Mt. Pleasant at the time of her death.

            She and Mr. EDWARDS were survived by the following children: J.R. EDWARDS of Rule; R.O. EDWARDS, J.T. EDWARDS, Mrs. Jodie SMITH, Mrs. Roy RAINES, Mrs. Jake PHIFER and W.A. EDWARDS, all of Comanche.

                                                Comanche Chief.


            A wedding that was a genuine surprise to their families and friends was that of Miss Ona Mae PEAK to Glen Edgar MORTON.  Close friends knew of their attachment for each other but because they are both quite young, no one had guessed that they contemplated marriage.  After procuring a marriage license, they went to the home of Rev. A.F. NABORS where the wedding was solemnized on Tuesday evening this week.

            In order to make the surprise complete, the young people had taken a house, the pretty little A.J. BERTIS bungalow, next door east from the STREETY home and had it practically fitted up before anyone knew of the wedding.

            Mrs. MORTON is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve PEAK and Glen Edgar the only son of Mr. and Mrs. G.E. MORTON.  Both are De Leon reared young folks and each of very excellent character, having hosts of friends who are deeply interested in their welfare.

Much New Concrete Work Being Done at the E.E. Dabney Home

            E.E. DABNEY has had contractors at work at his residence this week laying cement walks from the house to the sidewalk in front of his property, walks around the house, new cement steps and curb and walk in front of his property.  The improvements will run into a considerable figure and will add much to the value of his property.


J.W. KENNEDY, old time citizen of this section, who has been living at Cross Plains with his daughter, Mrs. Lillian BOAZMAN, since the death of his wife here on December 27th, past, is down now for a visit with De Leon relatives and friends.  He is staying this week with Mr. and Mrs. Wesley JONES.  Mr. KENNEDY and Mrs. JONES are brother and sister.

Mrs. B. GILDER is at home after a visit with her daughter, Mrs. Wallace RUFF at Haskell.

Joe HOLLEMAN of  Stephenville spent the week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will HOLLEMAN.

Miss Julia HAVIS, student at John Tarleton, visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. HAVIS, this week.

Mrs. J.H. GRIZZELLE spent Sunday with her daughter, Miss Mary Louise, at Belton.

Mrs. Noah STAGGS and daughter, Miss Justine, of Weatherford are visiting their daughter and sister, Mrs. J.D. NARRY.

Emmett HOWARD of Abilene, spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. HOWARD.

Mr. and Mrs. Ross B. JENKINS and Miss Lelia JENKINS of near Merkel, spent Saturday and Sunday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. JENKINS.

C.L. KINCHEN, Jr. and J.D. FERGUSON of Abilene spent the week-end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. KINCHEN.

Mrs. Jack PRICE (formerly Miss Virginia SHARP) has gone to Ft. Sill, Ok.  And rejoined her husband, who is in the U.S. army there.

Hallie STEPHENS, barber for some years with J.I. GRISHAM, left this week and is seeking a location elsewhere.

Theo. BELL, who has been attending business college in Fort Worth, finished the course and has accepted a position in the railroad office at Midland.

Ellis HARRIS, an old timer in this section, who has made his home at Ft. Worth the past 12 years, was here this week visiting with relatives and friends.

Jim, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. NANCE, was taken to Gorman for an examination and possible operation for appendicitis last Monday.  While he had well developed symptoms of the malady, an operation was not thought necessary.  He is doing better now.

Mr. and Mrs. L. McGLOTHLIN, late of Comanche, have moved to DeLeon and will make their home here.  Mr. McGLOTHLIN has been for a number of years in the employ of the Garner-Alvis Company at Comanche and he comes here to accept a position with the same firm.  Mr. and Mrs. McGLOTHLIN have an apartment at the C.L. GREENWALDT home.


Miss Lucile RILEY of John Tarleton College spent the week end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.E. RILEY.

Thurston CAR, formerly a student at Desdemona High School, has entered school at this place.

Earl REDWINE of the Chaney community has purchased the MOORMAN farm and has moved in placing his children in school.

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. HONEYCUTT was dangerously ill last week but has improved until it is out of danger.


Mrs. Duree PAIR of Coahoma is visiting in the home of her mother, Mrs. M.B. HART, this week.

C.F. NICHOLS has purchased a new Chrysler coupe.

Frank and Gene SHOEMAKER returned from Big Spring last week where they have been working.


©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.