De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, April 26, 1929


Rutledge Bros. Have Charge of Green Lantern

            Three RUTLEDGE brothers, nephews of Fred RUTLEDGE, Sr., have come to De Leon and taken charge of the Green Lantern Café, the place on the Lambert Hotel lot where Blake HEATH has been in business for the past year.  One of the boys comes from Chicago, another from Big Spring, and the third from LaPorte.  Two are experienced café men, the third is a railroad man who is now in the employ of the Katy here.

            The Green Lantern has enjoyed a good patronage in the past, and it will doubtless draw a good trade under the management of the RUTLEDGE brothers.

Heath Brothers Buy York’s Café

            Milton and Blake HEATH are the new owners of York’s Café, purchasing and taking charge of same several days ago.  Both have been in the café business in De Leon before, Milton having sold the City Café to Sid FARROW and Burl TERRY a few weeks ago and Blake sold the Green Lantern to Rutledge Bros. several days ago.  Because of their experience in the business and further that each are popular with the trade, HEATH Brothers should do an excellent business.

            It will seem rather odd and unusual to miss the smiling face of Howard YORK from his accustomed place.  Mr. YORK has been in the café business in De Leon for 19 years and no [one] who has ever conducted a similar business in this city has pleased the people better, nor made a greater success.  Mr. YORK’s health is none too good, and he is retiring for that reason.

Billie Williams to Dallas for Treatment

            W.H. WILLIAMS accompanied his young son, Billie, to Dallas Tuesday where the boy will be treated.  Billie has been ill for the past week with something like pleurisy and it was necessary to take him to Dallas in the ambulance.  He will remain there for some days under the care of Dr. Sam ?EAVER and other specialists.

Father of Local Man Lost Life in Abilene Accident

            Dick HARRIS, manager of the DeLeon A. & P. Store received a message at 7:00 o’clock last Friday evening that his father, R.M. HARRIS, had met accidental death beneath the wheels of a Texas & Pacific freight train in Abilene.  The elder HARRIS was crossing the railroad at the Plum Street crossing when in some manner he was run over and the body severed about the waist line.  No one witnessed the accident and its exact manner, therefore will never be known.

            Mr. HARRIS was owner of two M system stores, one at Moran and another at Anson.  His health was not the best, and he was visiting his son in Abilene, who is manager of the A. & P. Store there.  He had left his son’s store to go to the wholesale house when the accident occurred.  He was 57 years and 11 months of age.

            Mr. HARRIS is survived by his wife, four sons and a daughter.  The daughter teaches at Moran and the youngest son is in school there.  Two sons are managers of the A. & P. stores at De Leon and Abilene and the other resides in Albany.

            The funeral and burial was at the family burying ground at Moran Sunday afternoon, where deceased had lived some thirty years.


            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.  Their many friends here extend congratulations and best wishes.

Had Mastoid Operation at Gorman on Tuesday

            Little Miss Nell NABORS, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John NABORS had an operation for mastoid trouble Tuesday this week and is making rapid recovery.

            Clarence, the 8 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar HOWARD, has been treated at Gorman the past five weeks for mastoid trouble with the hope of avoiding an operation.  He is improved but not quite to the stage of being dismissed by the specialist.

Tea Honors Visitors

            Mrs. L.S. THOMPSON, 5335 Richard avenue, entertained Tuesday with a bridge tea honoring her guest, Miss Love SCOTT of San Angelo.  The reception rooms were decorated with baskets of spring flowers.  The color scheme was green and gold and was carried out in the refreshments.  Favors in the game went to Mrs. William D. REED, Jr. and Mrs. Herman THOMAS.

            The following were guests:  Mrs. Arthur KELSEY, Mrs. C.O. HAMM, Mrs. Fred ATCHISON, Mrs. M.H. CROWE, Mrs. J.H. JUNGE, Mrs. Wm. D. REED, Jr., Mrs. Herman THOMAS, Mrs. C.H. FRANCES, Misses Wilma BOLES, Love SCOTT, Mrs. J.R. CRAWFORD and Mrs. Cleo THOMPSON – Dallas Evening Journal


Miss Ruth HARVEY of Moran spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY.

Mr. and Mrs. R. Dee PRICE, who teach at Compere near Merkel, were Sunday visitors of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie COGBURN.

Mr. and Mrs. Ross B. JENKINS were spending Saturday and Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. JENKINS.

Mrs. J.D. HERENE and children from Mineral Wells were here the past week, guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. CULPEPPER.

Mrs. N.T. HASKINS spent a few days the past week visiting her son, John Carl, and friends in Dallas.

Mrs. G.W. WILHELM and grandson, Bonnie V. NABORS, spent the weekend in Brownwood visiting her daughter, Mrs. Nat LOUDERMILK and attending the meeting.

Lowell ROBINETTE of Decatur was a Saturday and Sunday visitor of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will ROBINETTE.

Miss Leila JENKINS is at home from an extended visit with her brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Ross B. JENKINS, near Trent and with her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie BURGESS of McCamey.  While in the west, Miss JENKINS was elected as a seventh grade teacher in the Trent school and Mr. JENKINS was elected as superintendent of the same school.


Regie ROBBINS, who has been away for some months, is at home now for a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS.

Clyde McKINNEY, who was injured in a car wreck two months ago, is recovering and it is hoped he will be at home within a few days.

Archie RILEY and Miss Lucille RILEY and Miss Wilma PRICE spent Sunday with Owen RILEY and family at Coleman.

Comyn News

Ray HEATH of Jacksonville visited in the home of his relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Whit SIDES on last Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. A.H. GRISSOM had as their guest last week Mrs. GRISSOM’s mother, brother and sister, Mrs. COOK, Roy and Miss Jimmie, of Fort Worth.

Mr. and Mrs. D.S. FLOYD and children have just recently moved to the new Humble station which is located near Beattie.

Walter HANSON of Dallas visited last week with his brother, O.J. HANSON and family.

Miss Iva JONES spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse JONES, near Granbury.

An elimination contest to determine the girls eligible to attend the State Clothing Contest at Dallas was held last Friday afternoon in the Home Economics room.  Miss Lela VAUGHN of Tarleton College judged the girls work.  The winners were Earline WILLIS, first place; Neva DAVIS, second and Jewell SPRUILL third on tailored wash dress.  Faye KINNARD won first place on the traveling costume.  Several visitors were present and exhibited much interest in the girls work.

Rev. HOLLIS of Carbon, who has been pastor of the Comyn Baptist church since last October, tendered his resignation on the first Sunday of this month.  He left an appointment for the first Sunday in May when he expects to deliver his farewell sermon to this church.  We regret to lose Rev. HOLLIS but extend to him our best wishes in his new field of work.


Mr. H.C. JAMES was taken suddenly ill with appendicitis Monday afternoon.  His daughter, Mrs. Skeet WADE has been with him during his illness.

Mr. John BRUMBELOW was taken to the Blackwell Sanitarium in Gorman last Tuesday to be operated on.  He is doing nicely and will be able to come home in a few days.

Rev. DANIELS, our newly elected pastor, will preach at this place Saturday night, April 27th and Sunday 28th


W.T. WILSON is on the sick list this week, ill with bronchitis.

Mrs. M.B. WILLIAMS of Waco was visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. JOHNSON Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. O’BRIEN and Vivian of Cisco visited Mr. and Mrs. J.E. WILSON the last weekend.  Mr. W.H. CURRON of Wichita Falls were visiting with them also.  T.J. WILSON and family of Ranger spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. J.E. WILSON.

New Hope News

Alonzo and Lucille LEE and Mrs. H. DEAN with Miss Gertie and Hezzie DEAN, attended the big State Singing Convention on last Saturday and Saturday night.  Some of the others of this community attending were Mr. J. BOYD and family, Mr. Dave SLAUGHTER and family.

Mr. Dyson SOLLEY and family are moving this week from this community into the Downing section.

Mrs. Maggie MORGAN of De Leon was with her sister, Mrs. Jonah BOYET all last week.

Oliver Springs

Mrs. J.N. COGBURN has had another attack of appendicitis lately although hardly as bad as before.

Mrs. Jack MUSGROVE, formerly of Sweetwater is visiting her parents, W.T. TAYLOR.  In about two weeks she will move to Oklahoma where they expect to remain for several years.

Miss Bernice CHATHAM spent the weekend with her parents. 


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