De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, May 3, 1929


De Leon Man Got Good Job With Dallas Concern

            George REED, who for the past several years has operated the big Best caterpillar tractor for the road district has, by virtue of his knowledge of these immense powerful machines, obtained an excellent place with the R.B. George Co., of Dallas, southwestern distributors for the Best Manufacturing Co., makers of these tractors.  Mr. REED moved to Dallas some weeks ago and is working as a demonstrator of the machines.  It is understood his position carries with it a nice salary.  Mr. REED is a very steady, dependable character and will make his company an efficient and capable demonstrator and salesman.

Opens New Light Lunch Counter

            Narry & Northcutt have opened for business in the new building Mr. NARRY has had constructed on the corner of Texas avenue and Market street.  They will conduct a light lunch counter, confectionery and candy kitchen.  Mr. NARRY has been for many years an expert candy maker and both he and Mr. NORTHCUTT have had former café experience.  They should do a good business in this splendid location.

Nance Poultry House Sold; Will Be Much Enlarged

            A deal was in the process of being made this week in which the ownership of the Central Texas Produce Co. passed into other hands.  Free Press understands that Messrs. NANCE of De Leon, WHITE of Abilene and ABLON of Dallas, owners sold the plant to a big concern, name of which cannot be announced just at this time.  All the details of the deal had not been completed Thursday when this paper went to press.

            It is understood that the new concern will begin almost immediately to dismantle the old plant and will install machinery to enlarge and improve the plant.

            It is also understood that Mr. NANCE is to remain with the new firm as resident manager.  Free Press hopes to present full details of the sale, as well as the enlargement program, next week.

Brick Work is Going Up on New Church of Christ

            Rapid progress is being made on the construction of the new Church of Christ, which is being built on the corner immediately opposite the post office and across the street west from the Christian Church.  At first it was planned to build a church of native rock, but it was found that approximately $500.00 could be saved by building a brick veneer, and this type of building was adopted by the congregation.

            As this is being written, the brick work is near the top of the windows, and by the end of the present week should be completed.  Work on the interior finishing should go forward without delay since this will not be hampered by weather conditions.  It is expected that the building will be completed by the end of the present month.

Howard York is Back Home from Marlin

            G.H. YORK, who gave up his café business here some weeks ago, selling same to Heath Bros., has been spending some time at the Marlin resort, taking treatment.  He came home on Thursday night and is feeling much better, he said.

Foreman Ford Shop Had an Operation

            Roy SMITH is in a sanitarium at Dallas recuperating from an operation which he had there some days ago.  SMITH is head mechanic at the Reid Auto Supply Co. here.

Three Home Ec. Girls Leave to Attend Contest

            Misses Madge IRVIN, Blanche HANSFORD and Ruth HAYNES, winners in the clothing contest at the high school, accompanied by their teacher, Miss Paralee BROCK, left Thursday morning to remain until Saturday in attendance at the State Clothing Contest of Home Economic students being held at Dallas.  A dress made by Miss Alta RICHEY is also entered in the contest, but Miss RICHEY did not make the trip.

Fine Registered Jerseys Bought by Taylor Dabney

            Taylor DABNEY recently purchased three fine Jerseys from the Lassater herd at Falfurrias, Texas.  The animals cost $200 each, being one male and two springer heifers.  Besides the $600 purchase price, young DABNEY will pay express on the three animals which will be a considerable item.

            The cattle are expected to reach here at any time.  DABNEY is a senior in De Leon high school this year, and has made quite a nice record in Vocational Agriculture judging contests.  The animals will be kept on the DABNEY farm, just northeast of town.

Tarleton Honor Roll Names De Leon Students

            Carl BRUMBELOW, De Leon Rt. 3, and C.M. CARAWAY, Jr., Comyn student, were named on the John Tarleton College honor roll, reported from the registrar’s office this week, indicating that the student had at least a grade of B on every subject, and less than two-thirds of his limit of demerits.

            Miss Opal THOMAS, a former student in De Leon High School and graduate in the class of ’28, was also named on the roll of honor.  Her residence is Stephenville.  Miss Beryl JOHNSON, also a former De Leon high student, attained the coveted honor.

Football Team is Banqueted Last Monday

            The football team was banqueted at the Home Economics cottage Monday evening this week, at which time Leland NABORS succeeded Paul HOLLEMAN as president of the Bearcats.  The banquet was scheduled to have been given around Christmas but an epidemic of influenza prevented.  The Bearcats reviewed a very successful season’s playing.  Capt. NABORS looks forward with confidence to the coming season.

            The following were present:  Paul HOLLEMAN, Tom NANCE, Mr. COMPTON, Henry Grady SHARP, Leland NABORS, Murray NICHOLS, Paul PEARSON, Paul CAMPBELL, Clarence LIGHTFOOT, Jack DONOHUE, Cecil POLNAC, Merton BELL, Adrain GRIZZELLE, Pete McCLELLAN, Jack PEARSON, Grace SHORT (yell leader), Evelyn GOLIGHTLY (pianist), Dwight BOSWELL, Robert TERRILL, Lorane WOODS.

Mrs. Eugene Gillock Died Last Wednesday

            Death came to relieve the long sufferings of Mrs. Eugene GILLOCK, aged about 40, who has been ill for a long time.  Mrs. GILLOCK was buried at De Leon cemetery Thursday as this paper went to press, therefore no details could be learned.  The story of her passing will be told in a later issue.

Mrs. Ashby is Given a Shower

            Mrs. J.H. GRIZZELLE and Mrs. W.T. JETTON gave a pretty shower Thursday last week, honoring Mrs. Joe ASHBY, the affair being at the home of Mrs. JETTON, where lavish floral decorations lent their beauty and fragrance throughout the house.  The afternoon was spent at playing rook, ten tables having been arranged.  Mrs. Harold WILLIAMS won high score and was presented with a large package of lovely gifts which she in turn presented to the bride.  Each of the guests registered in the bride’s book, after which a salad course was served to the following:


Proprietor of Smith Stores Has a Birthday

            Birthdays are not commonly considered of great importance unless they are observed in an outstanding manner, and that’s just what Mrs. J.O. STONE, assisted by Mesdames Dewey DANIELL, Joe SMITH, Whale SMITH, and Wayne BELL, did for Hiram SMITH’s birthday last Monday afternoon.  They gave him a surprise party at the store at five o’clock p.m. inviting a dozen or so business friends to participate.  When the party began to gather, SMITH grew suspicious, especially when he couldn’t sell them anything.  He soon slipped out the back door for a time was “out of pocket” later returning, however, with a big box of cigars and “ran the gauntlet” where the guests had appropriated a quantity of leather belts taken from a rack in the store.

            The ladies served hot coffee and delicious cake, and a lot of gifts including socks and golf balls, ties, etc. were opened and exhibited by the “proprietor.” Fred JAYE made the speech of presentation.  Those present were B.J. PITTMAN, J.D. TATE, J.O. STONE, S.S. SMITH, F.O. JAYE, R.L. SCOTT, Gaston GRISHAM, W.E. HOWELL, L.B. MORTON, Whaley SMITH, W.L. STEAKLEY, Emmett LOCKE, Wayne BELL, Dee BELL, Dewey DANIELL, Bill STACY.

42 Party Honored Mrs. Stuart Cate

            Mrs. T.C. SMITH entertained the “42” club Saturday afternoon of last week, the guest of honor being her daughter, Mrs. Stuart CATE, of Breckenridge.  The club has not met regularly for some months, but it is now revived and will meet twice monthly, the coming meeting to be with Mrs. A.M. ALLEN on Saturday afternoon, May 11th.  The hostess arranged for eight tables having 32 invited guests, and the afternoon was delightfully spent at the ever popular game of “42.”  The pretty house was made more beautiful still by the season’s gorgeous roses and ferns.  Dainty favors, score pads and table decorations matched and at the close of the hour’s playing, each guest was handed a delicious refreshment plate.

            Guests for the occasion were: Mesdames S.G. PARKS, A.C. SCHUMAN, May WHALEY, C.L. KINCHEN, O.L. THOMSON, E.R. McCLELLAN, W.T. JETTON, F.R. CARTER, L.W. EASTERLING, J.P. TODD, C.B. GREGORY, C.H. SHARP, S.A. DUKE, R.L. SCOTT, DONAHUE, O.M. BUCHAN, J.H. GRIZZELLE, A.M. ALLEN, Loy HILL, W.E. LOWE, W.H. CLARK, W.C. LIGHTFOOT, W.H. SMITH, Roy HAMMERS, Misses Bernice KIKER, Bertha ROSS and Paralee BROCK and the honoree, Mrs. Stuart CATE and the hostess, Mrs. T.C. SMITH.


Mrs. Birdie FRENCH of Hico has been in the city the past week, guest of the family of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. SMITH.  Mr. SMITH is the express agent here.

Mr. and Mrs. M.S. SELLERS and their daughter, Frances, who since her marriage is Mrs. J.B. JOHNSTON, also Mrs. Leo JOHNS, of Floresville, were visiting with relatives and friends here this week.  The SELLERS live at Corpus Christi.  Mrs. JOHNS was formerly Mrs. Cora AYERS.  They had been to Stamford at the bedside of Mrs. Lloyd HAMPTON.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy W. NANCE of Eldorado, Texas, are the proud parents of a 10 pound baby boy, born to them at Dublin where the mother was at the home of her parents temporarily.  The baby is of more than passing importance inasmuch as it is the first grand child of Mr. and Mrs. T.H. NANCE.  Mr. NANCE declares that he does not feel any older.

Mrs. W.M. REED returned Thursday this week from the Gorman sanitarium where she had been for several days under treatment.  She is much improved.

Miss Vivian BOSWELL has gone to Cisco to take a position in a café.  She has worked recently in the Western Union Telegraph Co. office here, and may re-enter this work.

C.L. GRAY of Dallas was here the past weekend for a brief visit with Mrs. GRAY and the two young sons.

Mrs. H.B. FUNKHOUSER of Ft. Worth, formerly Miss Pearl NANCE, was here from Ft. Worth Sunday to visit home folks and to see her baby nephew, infant son of Roy NANCE, at Dublin.

Clarence, small son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar HOWARD, was operated on for mastoid trouble Tuesday at the Gorman sanitarium.  He is recovering nicely.

Mrs. Thurman SMITH is here from Fort Worth attending the bedside of her mother, Mrs. B. REID, who spent the past week in Gorman sanitarium for treatment.


©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.