De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, April 5, 1929


Woodlie Butler Had Serious Operation at Dallas

            Mr. and Mrs. W.L. STEAKLEY are home from a visit with their sons at Denison, and while returning visited Woodlie BUTLER, who had a very serious operation at Dallas last Friday.  BUTLER’s friends will be glad to know that he passed through the ordeal successfully and is well on the road to recovery.

Tate and Morris Are Newly Elected City Commissioners

            In the election held at the city hall last Tuesday for two commissioners to serve two years each, Jeff D. TATE and Curt MORRIS were elected.  Mr. TATE received 60 votes and Mr. MORRIS 58.

            The city commission now consists of N.T. HASKINS, mayor; W.P. WEAVER and Messrs. TATE and MORRIS.  A total of 94 votes were cast in the election.  Eight votes were mutilated and not counted.

Telephone Office to Move to Bldg. By Travelers

            The residence across the street just south from the Travelers Hotel is soon to be the home of the Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., in De Leon.  Some necessary changes and improvements have been made and the move will take place about April 15th.

            Miss Edras THOMSON, local manager, together with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.L. THOMSON, will make their home in the newly acquired building.  Living quarters will be arranged as well as office for the transaction of company business.

The building is very convenient to the business section and is fairly well located for the convenience of the general public.  The lease is said to cover a period of ten years.  The new arrangement groups the offices of the various utilities, the gas and electric offices being now located in the Travelers Hotel and the city office is just across the street in the city hall.

F.O. Jaye Buys Home of Hampton East Part of Town

            C.C. HAMPTON this week sold his residence in the east portion of the city to F.O. JAYE, attorney, who recently moved here from San Antonio.  Mr. HAMPTON plans to build a new home which he will occupy on his poultry farm property in the extreme southeast portion of the city.  The change will take place as soon as Mrs. C.G. HAMPTON has sufficiently recovered for Mr. HAMPTON to be away.

Easter Singing at Sand Hill Was Largely Attended

            Hundreds of folks attended the all-day Easter singing which was held at Sand Hill, about eight miles west of this city.  A.N. BINGHAM has been honored by his home folks with the position of life time manager of the Easter singing, which is held at that place every year.  Mr. BINGHAM had many “lieutenants” who assisted in the various phases of entertainment.

            The thing of first importance, of course, was the enjoyable singing thru out the day.  Singing classes and singers from all this section were in attendance and joined their voices in melody.  The singing was excellent, say all those who were fortunate enough to be present.

            The opening song was led by G.M. STRICKLAND of De Leon.  The next was by Uncle Tom EDWARDS of Comanche, singing that grand old hymn “How Firm a Foundation.”  Other leaders were A.N. BINGHAM, L.R. WILLIAMS, J.D. HOLMES, L. R. MIERS  and B.R. HOLLINSWORTH of Turnerville, Coryell county; E.C. FISHER, B.O. NELSON, W.L. SKAGGS; Mr. BRUMMIT of Ranger; Mrs. SMITH of Eastland; G.H. HART of Beattie; H.H. HAFFORD, De Leon; C.M. HUMPHREY, Paint Rock; W.E. BUTLER, De Leon; Nugent HAYNES, Duster; Mrs. H.S. FREEMAN, De Leon; Larkin JONES, Gorman; J.W. JONES, De Leon; Cliff LOCKE, De Leon; Mr. STEPHENS, Rising Star; Mr. ECHOLS, Duster and Pearl HART, Ranger.

            Special quartette, etc. were given by the following: Quartette arranged by E.C. FISHER and wife, Eastland; Song led by Barney SMITH, aged eight years of Eastland; Quartette arranged by E.L. BRUMMET, Ranger; Song by Ed FOOT, wife and daughter, Duster.

            Readings were given by: Lula Mae SMITH, Eastland; Arnold HARDIN, aged 7, “The Child’s World”; Odell BUTLER, aged 4; Wade BUTLER, aged 6; Little Miss SMITH of Eastland; Miss Hilma ROGERS.

            Something quite unusual in modern days was a big dinner-on-the-ground.  Joe CLEMMENTS saw to the water supply.  John DAWKINS and S.E. LEDFORD presided over the washpot of coffee.  J.M. NASH, Pink SCOTT, Lon SMITH and Chas. ROE looked after a big pot of stew.  Lon WINKLES was responsible for making a 100-foot long table.  Chas. NASH made a fine pot of chili.

            Ladies donating hens for the dinner were Mrs. Joe CLEMENTS, Mrs. Henry PARKER, Mrs. T.M. JENKINS, Mrs. J.H. DAWKINS, Mrs. J.M. NASH, Mrs. CROWNOVER, Mrs. Verne HODGES, Mrs. Willie LEDFORD, Mrs. Sol LEDFORD, Mrs. W.J. HALBROOKS, Mrs. N.J. PITTS.

Former De Leon Couple Pinned Under Wrecked Car

            Mr. and Mrs. Thurman COGBURN, formerly of this city, now making their home in Dallas, happened to a serious accident three miles west of Dublin when they were coming here for a visit with home folks last Saturday night.  They were traveling in a Buick sport model roadster and picked up a nail in a rear tire while traveling at a pretty lively pace.  The car turned completely over and pinned them underneath.  They were unable to extricate themselves until passersby, some twenty or thirty minutes later liberated them.  The car turned over in a ditch, else they might have been crushed.

            It seemed miraculous that they were no more seriously injured.  Mrs. COGBURN, who is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John NABORS of this city, suffered a slight cut on her knee and was considerably bruised.  COGBURN’s injuries were slight.  The car was damaged to the extent of about $150, mostly to top, glass and lights.  They drove it back to Dallas the next day.


            Miss Katherine HARVEY and Mr. Leroy WREN were happily married at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY in this city on Saturday afternoon, April 20th, 1929, at 4:00 o’clock.  Mrs. HARVEY went to San Angelo on Wednesday prior to the wedding and returned here with the young people on Friday afternoon.  Rev. MOORE, pastor of the Church of Christ at Rising Star, came to De Leon and said the ceremony uniting them in the holy bonds.  Immediately following their wedding the young couple left for Brownwood and on the following day returned to San Angelo.

            Miss HARVEY is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY of this city and grew to young womanhood here.  She was educated in the city schools, and later attended John Tarleton College and Simmons University.  For a little more than a year she has lived in San Angelo where she held a position.

            Mr. WREN formerly lived at Rising Star, being a son of Mr. and Mrs. R.L. WREN of that city.  He received his education there, also at John Tarleton College and at San Marcos.  Formerly he held a position with the Ed. S. Hughes Hardware Co., at Abilene, and a little more than a year ago he was transferred to San Angelo as manager of the company’s branch house in that city.

            Mr. and Mrs. WREN are at home in San Angelo at 511 North Adams St.

John Moore, Former Resident Here, Dead

            John MOORE, father of W.L. MOORE of De Leon, Route 1, died at the home of his son, Clarence MOORE, at Grand Saline, Texas, at 10:10 o’clock last Saturday night.  Deceased was 84 years and 6 months of age and had lived in Texas for about 25 years, coming to Comanche county in about 1905 and residing here about fifteen years.  Kidney trouble was the cause of his death.

            Mr. MOORE and his good wife, who died in September 1927, reared a family of six, all of whom were boys.  One son, Lem MOORE, died in France during the late war.  Two others are dead.  Mr. MOORE had made his home with his son, Clarence, since the death of his wife.  He was almost a life-long member of the Methodist church.  Funeral and burial was at Grand Saline last Sunday afternoon.  His son, W.L. MOORE, from this place, attended.  Sympathy is extended the three surviving sons in their loss.


Cecil NELSON, of Waco, was a Sunday visitor with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.B. NELSON.

J.M. ELY and family of Quanah, Texas, were here last week for a visit in the home of Mrs. ELY’s mother, Mrs. George ROSS.  Mr. ELY has lived in the Quanah country for some time and is well pleased there.

Mr. and Mrs. S.E. GOLDEN drove in their car to Rotan and Post last week visiting their children and other relatives and friends in the west.  They report much rain throughout the west and farmers jubilant over prospects.

Mrs. Mina FROSSARD, of Sulphur, Okla., mother of Mrs. Harold WILLIAMS, has been here for two weeks, guest in the home of her daughter.

Mrs. A.O. JAYE, mother of F.O. JAYE, returned the first of the week from San Antonio where she had been for some time.

Mr. and Mrs. Lyman E. FORREST and daughter of Thurber, were visiting with home folks over Easter.

Mrs. George VAUGHN and children have been here some time, guests in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pete SHAVER.

Winston GRISHAM returned this week from Los Angeles where he has [been] for the past two years, working at the barber’s trade.  He expects to remain here for the present, probably permanently, and may be found on the front chair in his father’s shop.

Miss Lelia JENKINS is visiting her brother and wife, Ross B. JENKINS of Merkel.

Mr. and Mrs. Cecil COONER were here the past week and spent several days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.P. LLOYD.

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. POOLE and children of Hico recently visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Doss MILLER.

Miss Lorene LIGHTFOOT of Stephenville spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.L. LIGHTFOOT. 

Miss Amizone MOHON of Stephenville was a Saturday visitor with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. MOHON.

Miss Louise LESTER of T.C.U. at Fort Worth is visiting her mother, Mrs. L.L. LESTER this week. 

Miss Ruth HARVEY of Moran was a Sunday visitor of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY.

Baynard FRETWELL, who has been working at Wink and Odessa, is home. 

Miss Georgie Nell WILLIAMS of Ft. Worth is visiting her grandmother, Mrs. Lettie LESTER.

Miss Julia HAVIS of Stephenville spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. HAVIS. 

Mrs. S.J. RUCKER, wife of the Methodist pastor, left Thursday morning for Denver in response to a message of the serious illness of her daughter-in-law.  She will perhaps be there for some time.

Miss Mary Louise GRIZZELLE of Belton is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. GRIZZELLE. 

Miss Ersel COLEY of T.W.C. at Ft. Worth, was visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will COLEY, over Easter.

Mrs. W.T. JETTON WENT TO Waco Friday to meet her daughter, Miss Willie Mae, who came home from school at C.I.A. for the Easter holiday.  Miss Willie Mae returned to Denton Wednesday. 

C.E. GEORGE and daughter, Mary, spent Sunday with relatives at Nugent.  Monty Joe GEORGE returned with them for a short visit here.

Ruel LOCKE of Stephenville spent Saturday and Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.H. LOCKE. 


Mr. and Mrs. S. FARRIS, who are moving from Hico to Hamlin, stopped by to visit Mrs. FARRIS’ mother, Mrs. W.T. NEWTON of this community.

Comyn News

Mr. and Mrs. W.E. PULLEY and children spent the weekend in Cisco visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.P. PULLEY. 

Mr. and Mrs. Kirby BARNES and children of Ranger and Mr. and Mrs. GRIFFIN of Desdemona spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Jessie BARNES.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer MAYES and little son, Billie Ray, of Graham are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. EASLEY. 

Mrs. SPICER of Desdemona is visiting in the home of her sister, Mrs. Steve GEORGE.

J.L. GEORGE of Abilene spent last week with his brother, H.O. GEORGE and family. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ed FORD and children of Cisco visited during the week-end with their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. H.O. GEORGE.

Rush GEORGE of Abilene Christian College spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.O. GEORGE. 

New Hope News

Mr. and Mrs. F.M. CHAMPION were visiting her mother, Mrs. R.S. McCHAREN last Sunday.

Miss Ina Vae HODGES of Round Grove spent the weekend with her grandmother, Mrs. G.L. LEE. 

Woodrow and Frank HOLLAND of De Leon spent the weekend with their grandmother, Mrs. Fred HOLLAND.

Mr. Will COLEY and family of De Leon visited Mrs. COLEY’s brother, Mr. Oscar NABORS last Sunday.

Miss Virgie MUNN of De Leon visited last week with her sister, Mrs. Edd LIGHTFOOT.


Mrs. W.N. KOONCE gave the small children an Easter party.  The party consisted of an egg hunt in which a large number of children participated.

Mr. and Mrs. R.C. KOONCE gave the young people a party last Saturday night.  Games were played on the spacious lawn of the KOONCE home and the young folks went away expressing their appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. KOONCE.

G.B. CLARK, who has been away for some time at McCamey, has returned home.

Miss Anna Belle DUNLOP of Gorman spent the past week with her sister, Mrs. J.W. HONEYCUTT.

Oliver Springs

Mr. B.C. THOMPSON, gravely injured in a car wreck three weeks ago, continues to improve but is still confined in a sanitarium.  He has been removed to the R.R. Hospital at Wichita Falls.  His friends here hope he will soon be back home.

Mr. and Mrs. R.P. LEWIS gave the children of that part of the community an Easter-egg hunt.  A large number of small children along with their parents enjoyed the afternoon’s Easter activities.

Miss Tommy BAIRD is spending the week at Eastland with her sister, Mrs. Dow BAGGETT.

H.S. ECHOLS’ family and his father attended singing at Sand Hill Sunday near where their old home once was.  Mr. J.W. ECHOLS reported that he enjoyed the singing very much and more so the meeting of old acquaintances whom he had not seen for over twenty-five years.

Miss Ila Mae HANEY has just recovered from an attack of supposed appendicitis.

Others of this community who attended singing at Sand Hill Sunday were Russell BURLESON, Mr. and Mrs. J. CANTWELL, Mr. CECIL and C.L. TARRANCE and Misses Fannie and Eltie OTWELL.


©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.