De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, March 8, 1929


De Leon Woman Seriously Hurt in Auto Accident

            When Mrs. C.G. HAMPTON, 60, started to walk across the street from her home to the home of her son, C.C. HAMPTON, shortly after seven o’clock last Monday evening, she was struck by an automobile and seriously injured.  A number of people were nearby when the accident occurred and the injured woman was quickly picked up and rushed to Gorman where her injuries were treated.  It was found that she sustained a broken left arm and her right shoulder was broken, the ball and socket joint being broken apart.  Her right knee was crushed, a part of the knee cap being broken off.  It was thought her injuries would prove fatal, but as this is being written (Thursday) she is able to take a little nourishment and is believed slightly improved.

            Tommie LAWLESS, about 25 years of age, married, and who resides at the Lester MORTON place a mile east of town, was driving the Chevrolet coach which struck the unfortunate woman.  LAWLESS, according to those who saw the mishap, was not driving more than 25 or 30 miles per hour.  He applied his brakes, exerting every effort to avoid striking the woman who was crossing ahead of him, but was unable to do so.  He rendered every possible assistance after the mishap.  Higginbotham’s ambulance was called and carried her to Gorman. 

            Dr. HAMPTON, a son of the injured woman, was notified and drove from Dallas in four hours.  Mrs. HAMPTON’s daughter, Mrs. W. A. RAWLINGS of Big Spring, and brother, Rob HUCKABEE of Munday, are also at her bedside.

R.H. McPHAIL, Duster Man, Died on Feb. 27

            The death of R.H. McPHAIL, son of R.W. McPHAIL, occurred at the home of his father at 11:40 o’clock p.m. Wednesday, February 27, 1929.  He had been ill for some months, returning here from El Paso where he went for the benefit of his health.  Not being benefitted by the change in climate, he had come home where everything possible was done for him, but to no avail. 

            R.H. McPHAIL was born in Limestone County, Texas, on April 11, 1901, and moved with his parents to Comanche County when about 18 months of age.  His childhood and early manhood was spent in the Duster community where his parents continued to reside.  He received his education in the schools of the county and some five or six years ago accepted a position with the Sweetwater Cotton Oil Company in the clerical department, where he remained three years, being transferred to Dallas where he did work for a year and a half.  It was here that his health failed and he resigned to seek recovery in El Paso.

            He was married on January 31, 1926 to Miss Creola BRYAN of Waco.  He is survived by his wife, also his parents and two sisters of the Duster community.  Some five years ago he was converted and became a member of the Church of Christ.  His life was exemplary and he was loved and honored by all who knew him.  His mortal remains were laid to rest in De Leon cemetery Thursday afternoon, February 28, 1929.

Death of Mrs. J.L. Pittman at Abilene Occurred Feb. 22

            Mrs. J.L. PITTMAN, former De Leon woman, died at her home in Abilene on Thursday, February 22, after a week’s severe illness of complications following influenza.  The funeral service was conducted Saturday afternoon by a minister from Simmons University and her body laid to rest in Abilene cemetery.  Mrs. PITTMAN was a sister-in-law of B.J. PITTMAN of this city and Mr. PITTMAN and his wife attended the funeral service.

            Mrs. PITTMAN was mother of nine children.  All are living and were present at the funeral.  All her children are married but one.  The family lived in De Leon for many years, leaving here some fifteen or twenty years ago and they have lived in Ranger, Dallas and Abilene in the intervening years.

Sister of De Leon Man Died in Mississippi

            W.S. MORELAND, Katy employee, received a message last week from his parents in Tula, La Fayette county, Miss., stating that his sister, Miss Joyce MORELAND, aged 25 years, had died there on February 21st.  Miss MORELAND had been practically an invalid all her life.  Her death, it seems, was not unexpected.  Free Press is sure the many friends of Mrs. MORELAND feel a deep sympathy for him in his sorrow and loss.


            At a private wedding at the Baptist church, Monday, March 4, at high noon, Miss Mary Louise, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. LOWE, became the bride of Mr. French Martel ROBERTSON of Haskell.  Rev. J.N. CAMPBELL performed the ceremony in the presence of a few relatives and friends.  The entire proceedings were marked with simplicity.  A background of ferns before the altar was the only decorative material.  Bride and groom approached the altar unattended, meeting the minister who performed the ring ceremony.

            Before the bridal couple appeared, Miss Susan Frances SCHMIDT gave a violin number, “The End of a Perfect Day” with her mother, Mrs. A.P. SCHMIDT, at the piano.  Mrs. SCHMIDT played Mendelssohn’s wedding march as the couple came to the altar, the soft strains of “The Flower Song” being played during the ceremony.  Mendelssohn’s march was again played as a recessional.

            The bride’s costume was of beautiful Suntan Georgette with accessories to match and she wore a corsage bouquet of sweet peas and rosebuds.  The groom wore a suit of gray.

            At the home following the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom received the congratulations of friends assembled.  The bride cut a large wedding cake which was centered with Easter lilies and pink rosebuds, the table being beautiful in its decorations of roses, orchid sweet peas and ferns, following which the happy young couple left in their car amid a shower of rice, for points in South Texas and to New Orleans for a two-weeks honeymoon.

            After the departure of the bridal pair, Mrs. LOWE served a buffet luncheon to the assembled guests.

            Miss Mary Louise chose as her wedding day, the wedding anniversary of her parents.  The wedding occurred also at exactly the hour scheduled for the inauguration of President HOOVER at Washington.

            Young Mr. and Mrs. ROBERTSON are commencing their married life under most happy and favorable circumstances.  He finished the law school at Austin and last year was elected as county attorney of Haskell county, where he is popular in professional circles and with the citizenship, as evidenced by his election.  Mrs. ROBERTSON also studied at State and was elected one of the “Cactus” Beauties in 1928.  She also studied at Daniel Baker College at Brownwood.

            Out of town guests attending the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. John W. ROBERTSON of Clyde, parents of the groom, also his sister Miss Hazel and his brother, Sam ROBERTSON of Putnam; Mr. and Mrs. L.A. DELANEY, Rising Star; Mr. and Mrs. Evan BARKER, Baird; Walter LOWE, Jr., Austin; and Mr. and Mrs. Henry ATKINSON, Haskell.


            Mr. Chas. O. CLINTON and Miss Winnie KAY were united in the holy bonds of matrimony by Bro. Cal C. WRIGHT, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Baird, at the home of Mrs. HOUGHTON, Saturday evening, February 16, 1929.

            Miss Kay is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. KAY of De Leon.  She is now in the employ of Wristen and Son of Baird, and was formerly in the employ of Higginbotham Bros. And Company of De Leon.

            Mr. CLINTON is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. CLINTON of Baird.  He is employed by the Rover Drilling Corporation of Cisco.

            Mr. and Mrs. CLINTON will make their home in Baird.  Their many friends wish for them a long, prosperous and happy life.

Mrs. A.P. Schmidt Gave Recital Sunday

            Last Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Mrs. A.P. SCHMIDT presented her piano pupils in recital at the Methodist church.  The program was principally made of piano numbers, but the little folks gave some readings and variety was provided by several violin numbers.  The various numbers were quite well rendered, the pupils showing evidence of the splendid training Mrs. SCHMIDT is giving them.

Gorman Man New Owner-Manager of Liberty Theatre

            People visiting the Liberty Theatre this week are finding a new face at the ticket window.  The theatre has changed hands.  Mr. D. STEWART sold the show to E.F. KEITH.  The deal was effective March first.  Mr. and Mrs. KEITH have already moved to DeLeon and have rooms at the residence of Mrs. A.K. BENDER.

            Mr. STEWART has been eight years in De Leon, coming here soon after his discharge from the army.  He formerly owned and operated shows at Kaufman and Denton.  He has had wide experience in the amusement business.  He is owner of a skating rink which is at present at some point east of Dallas.  He will continue in the amusement business, probably enlarging his rink holdings and it is possible he may buy other picture houses.  Under his management the Liberty has kept pace with the best in the picture world.  De Leon people have not found it necessary to go away from home to see the most widely advertised productions.  His bookings have pleased theatre goers generally.  And what is more important to him, the show has proved a business success.

            Mr. and Mrs. KEITH seem well impressed with De Leon.  They have made their home at Gorman the past three years and he still owns the only picture house in Gorman.  Just at present he is erecting a new theatre there, his building being partially destroyed by fire some weeks ago.  As he rebuilds he is installing equipment for talking pictures there and Free Press ventures to hope that the same modern improvement may soon be brought to the Liberty.  The show will doubtless continue to draw a profitable patronage under the management of Mr. KEITH as De Leon has the reputation of being a good amusement center.  And friends also hope for Mr. and Mrs. STEWART’s continued success wherever they go.


Z.E. WHITE from Leuders, Texas, is spending the week here, guest in the home of his brother, J.V. WHITE.  Mr. WHITE formerly lived at DeLeon but makes his home with his son at Leuders.

Miss Louise LESTER of T.C.U. at Fort Worth was a weekend visitor of her mother, Mrs. Lettie LESTER.

Mrs. T.C. SMITH spent the past week with her daughter, Mrs. Stuart CATE of Breckenridge.

Carl BRUMBELOW of Stephenville was a weekend visitor of his parents, Mr. and Mrs.G.L. BRUMBELOW.

Miss Bess SLOAN of Comanche was here Sunday visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. SLOAN.

Mr. and Mrs. Ross JENKINS of near Merkel were here Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. JENKINS.

Miss Ruth HARVEY of Moran spent Saturday and Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY.

Jack JENKINS of near Rotan is here visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mancill JENKINS.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe FARMER of Hico attended the funeral of John Ed ROLLINS, Tuesday, February 26.

Mr. and Mrs. Blake NEIL of Ranger were here Tuesday attending the funeral of John Ed. ROLLINS.

Mr. and Mrs. Allan BIBBY and son, Howard, were Sunday visitors with his brother, Irl BIBBY and family in Cleburne.

Mr. and Mrs. A.C. COZBY and little daughter, Eloise, of Dallas, spent Sunday with her mother, Mrs. Emma COONER.

Howard and Miss Zora BAKER of Stephenville were here the past week visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam BAKER.

Edwin BROWN of Breckenridge has returned home after spending a few days with his mother, Mrs. Eddie MILLER.

Mr. and Mrs. J.D. HEARNE of Mineral Wells and Mr. and Mrs. S.Z. CARNES of Walnut Springs were here the past Sunday visiting their parents Mr. and Mrs. J.A. CULPEPPER.

Mrs. S.G. PARKS had an unexpected guest this week, her brother, W.P. GREER from Globe, Ariz.  Mr. GREER had not visited in De Leon for some 12 years.  He has lived in Globe for almost a quarter of a century.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald SORRELL and children will return to De Leon soon to make their home, he being with the Katy.  Mrs. SORRELL was formerly Miss Orbie SMITH, daughter of Rev. R.E. SMITH.

Mrs. Buell VAN ZANDT spent the weekend with her mother, Mrs. J. ROBERTS of Gorman.


Mr. and Mrs. Duree PAIR and little sons of Coahoma are visiting Mrs. PAIR’s mother, Mrs. HART of this community.  Mr. PAIR has left for Houston where he will work.  Mrs. PAIR and son will spend a few weeks in this community.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank THOMAS and children visited Mr. and Mrs. Hurvey GARY at Gorman Sunday.  Mr. GARY, who has been in the sanitarium there for two weeks, is now improving.

Rev. LANDRUM, the Methodist pastor, will fill his regular appointment here next Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.


©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.