De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, May 17, 1929


Shakespeare Club Held Final Meeting

            The Club year for the Shakespeare Club came to a close with the meeting held Wednesday last week at the home of Mrs. J.A. MOHON and with it expired the very successful two-year term of Mrs. W.E. LOWE as president.  During her term of office the affairs of the club have gone forward in a very satisfactory manner, and she is to be congratulated for much of the substantial results accomplished during her term of office.

            A business session was held in which Mrs. S.G. PARKS was elected to the presidency, succeeding Mrs. M.H. HANCOCK, who resigned.  Mrs. D.M. RUSSELL was elected corresponding secretary to succeed Mrs. PARKS.  The Club will resume regular meetings in September.

            Club Sponsors Library

            The club voted to sponsor De Leon Public Library, accepting the very generous offer of Mesdames LOWE and PARKS to turn over the library to their care.

            The Club was favored with readings by little Misses Mary Alice ROLLINS and Lady Grace WHALEY, and little Miss Eugena GENTRY gave a piano selection.

            Mrs. May WHALEY discussed the Book of Esther and Miss Bertha ROSS, the Book of Ruth.

Duster Girl Won Scholarship Honor Is Valedictorian

            Miss Dale HEATHINGTON is highest ranking student in scholarship honors at De Leon high school this year and is Valedictorian, her average grade being 92.65.  Miss HEATHINGTON comes to De Leon schools from Duster consolidated schools.  Her work has been thorough and most commendable.

            Miss Allene WEAVER made a grade of 92.425 which is about one-fourth of a point below the high mark and she is the class Salutatorian.

            It is a remarkable fact that eight girls of the class of almost half a hundred, made grades so close as to make it uncertain until nearly the last which would win the coveted honors.  There were scarcely three points difference in the grades of eight, as follows:

Dale HEATHINGTON, 92.65 (Scholarship); Allene WEAVER, 92.425; Nerine DONOHUE, 92.0625; Dorothy WILSON, 90; Frances HARVEY, 89.975; Billie ELLIOT, 89.975; Grace SHORT, 89.8025; Macie BOSWELL, 89.05.

            Ray HARVEY made the highest grade among the boys of the class, his grade being 88.9375.  The highest ranking boy and girl are awarded scholarships in some of the higher institutions of learning.  These go to HARVEY and to Miss HEATHINGTON.

            The school year closes May 31.

Lloyd Hampton Sold Stamford Chevrolet Station

            Information comes from Stamford that Lloyd HAMPTON recently sold the Chevrolet business there to CARTER, BAGWELL & HORN, and the new firm is in charge.  All the principals in the deal are former De Leon men, the purchasers being in the same business at Breckenridge.

            Mr. and Mrs. HAMPTON were recently severely injured in an auto mishap at Stamford and it is probably due to this in a measure that Mr. HAMPTON sold.  It will be many weeks before they are fully recovered, especially Mrs. HAMPTON, who was the most severely injured of the two.

            Free Press has not learned what Mr. and Mrs. HAMPTON will do but their many friends trust they may come “back home.”

Mr. and Mrs. Worthy Erecting Nice Home

            Mr. and Mrs. Riley WORTHY will soon occupy a new six-room residence which is being erected for them on a lot adjoining the residence of Mrs. A.K. BENDER.  The house plan selected by them is a very attractive one.  The building will be completed with the month, probably.


            Recently the marriage of Miss Clara Belle FUNDERBURGH to Mr. A.P. MURRAY, was announced.  Both of these young people lived in Eastland for the past several years, and both have many friends there.

            Miss Clara Belle is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. FUNDERBURGH and was reared in this city.  She has many friends here among the young people, as well as the older ones, she being quite popular in school and in church circles.

            Mr. MURRAY is employed by one of the larger oil concerns.  Last week he was transferred from Eastland to Seminole, Okla., and the happy young couple are now at home in Seminole.


            On Friday evening, May 10th, Miss Edna MERRITT was honored with a miscellaneous shower given by Mrs. J.A. MOHON, W.A. CRAWFORD and W.W. BELL.

            The shower was given in the Rebecca Hall.  At eight o’clock the guests began to arrive and were served punch by Misses Lucy Mae MERRITT and Myrtle UPSHAW.  Then each guest registered in the bride’s book.  Three very appropriate readings for the bride-to-be were given by Lady Grace WHALEY, Billie Faye LONDON and Mary Alice ROLLINS.  A pretty vocal number was rendered by Miss Bernice KIKER.  Several interesting contests were held, Miss MERRITT being the lucky contestant, receiving a huge basket of lovely gifts.

            There were seventy-five or more ladies present.  On leaving, each assured the hostesses that they had had a delightful evening. 

Jeff Brownlee Long Time Citizen Died Last Friday

            The death of Jeff BROWNLEE, for many years a citizen of this community, occurred at his home here last Friday.  He had been in failing health for the past year.  Death was probably caused from cancer of the stomach.

            Mr. BROWNLEE practiced Veterinary Surgery in this section for ten or fifteen years.  He was faithful in the discharge of his duties as a practitioner, and had a wide acquaintance among stockmen throughout this section of the state.

            Born in Mississippi, Mr. BROWNLEE came to Texas in early manhood.  He was fifty-nine years of age on March 10, past.  He was one of the sons of the late John BROWNLEE, who lived here for many years.  He is survived by his wife and eleven children, one child having preceded him in death.  All his children were present at the funeral service, which was conducted at the De Leon cemetery Saturday afternoon by Rev. DAVENPORT, pastor of the De Leon Methodist circuit, assisted by Rev. ANDERSON of the Assembly of God Church.  Burial was at the De Leon cemetery.

Mrs. Maurine Thomson Hinton Died Wednesday

            The community was made sad on Thursday morning when the announcement was made that Mrs. C.H. HINTON, formerly Miss Maurine THOMSON, had died at their home in San Antonio at 6 o’clock on Wednesday evening.  Mr. and Mrs. HINTON had only lived in San Antonio about two months, leaving this city to make their home there.  They were married on January 2, 1929.

            Mrs. HINTON was ill about a week with pleurisy, which developed into pneumonia.  It was not thought she was so seriously ill until death was near.

            Mrs. HINTON was quite well known and universally liked by De Leon people, serving as manager of the local telephone exchange for a number of years.  She was courteous and obliging to the public and because of her considerate disposition was popular with both the company and public.

            Born in Collin county on May 14, 1898, Maurine resided with her parents there until 1914, when she moved to De Leon.  Had she lived two days longer she would have been 31 years of age.  She was a member of the Church of Christ since childhood and was faithful and devout.

            She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.L. THOMSON and two sisters, Mrs. C.H. HARDIN and Miss Edras THOMSON and one brother, O.L. THOMSON, Jr.  The funeral will be held this afternoon at the residence of her parents, burial will be at De Leon.

Had Operation

            Free Press heard early in the week that the 14-year-old son of Ben HANEY residing near Oliver Springs, was to have an operation for appendicitis at Gorman.  The boy had a rather sudden attack.


Dick WEAVER, student at State U., Austin, was spending Mother’s Day with home folks.

Clifford ALLEN was home from Southwestern University at Georgetown for Mother’s Day.

Mr. and Mrs. R.L. SCOTT and two little daughters spent Mother’s Day at San Angelo visiting his mother and three sisters who reside there.

Mrs. Jack HAYNES has been spending the past month with her daughter.

Mr. and Mrs. Leon PEARSLEY, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey PEARSLEY and Miss Velma HUMLETON, of Haskell, visited Mr. and Mrs. W.P. RUFF Sunday.  Mr. RUFF has been very ill for the past three weeks.

Rev. J.N. CAMPBELL went to Lamesa Sunday and preached for the church at that place.  He resigned the pastorate of the church here some time ago and has not served the church since the first of May.

Mr. and Mrs. W.A. POWELL of Santa Anna were visiting Mrs. L.N. POWELL Tuesday.

Mrs. R.H. HAMILTON and little son, Bobbie, of Waco, are visiting in the home of her sister, Mrs. M.H. HANCOCK.

Poodle LESTER was here from Fort Worth Tuesday visiting in the home of his mother, Mrs. L.L. LESTER.

Mr. and Mrs. Autrey SELF have returned home from near Snyder where they taught school last year, the session having closed Friday.

Mrs. S.J. RUCKER, wife of the Methodist pastor, returned home the past week from a couple of months spent with her son and family in Denver.

Mr. and Mrs. George REED, now of Dallas, were here last week at the bedside of Mrs. REED’s sister, Mrs. Coy LOVE who is critically ill.

Mrs. T.B. SMITH of Fort Worth has been here the past two weeks visiting her mother, Mrs. W.M. REED, who has been ill.

Mrs. Ola GOLIGHTLY, who is studying in Ft. Worth, spent Mother’s Day with her parents, Dr. and Mrs. J.T. PLEMMONS in this city.

Mrs. F.W. JERNIGAN and little daughters, Billie Ruth and Joy Lynn and young son Pat, are here from Okmulgee, Okla., for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. PATTERSON.

Mr. and Mrs. Ross B. JENKINS and his sister, who have been teaching near Trent, are home, their school having closed.  Next year they will teach in Trent, Mrs. JENKINS stated.


Rev. B.L. BOWEN of Comanche will preach at eleven Sunday at the Concord church.  Everyone is cordially invited to come and hear him.

Myrtle LAWRENCE is at Hice visiting her grandfather, A.J. CUMMINS.

Mrs. Lillie Mae WILKINS and daughter, Claudia, are at Gorman visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray SHOEMAKER.

Oliver Springs

Mr. and Mrs. Joe CROUCH and Mrs. G.W. REED, all of Dallas have been here this week to see their sister, Mrs. Coy LOVE who is very ill.  Mrs. LOVE is now in the Blackwell Sanitarium at Gorman.  She was brought from Pampa last week to take treatments.

Raymond CANTWELL has returned to his home after a term of school at Abilene.

Many young people of the community attended the singing at Liberty Sunday.  Those who went were:  Mr. Roy PARKS, Stella Mae COGBURN, B. and Otho WAREN, Misses Doyle REED also Misses and Verdie CANTWELL.

Others who attended singing at Liberty were: Messrs. Cecil and C.L. TARRANCE, Misses Eltie and Fannie OTWELL, Misses Mary and Gladys HOOPER, Miss Tommie BAIRD, Misses Connie and Agnes JOHNSTON and Mr. Wade DULAN of Eastland.


A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. M.J. KEITH last week.

G.B. WILLIAMS, who has been chief pumper for the Transcontinental Oil Company here for seven years has resigned his position and will move away.  We regret very much to lose this excellent family from among us and especially to lose the children from the school.

Roy OSBORN who has been away working on a ranch is back home recuperating from an illness contracted while away.

Avie KEITH had the misfortune to step on a turned up nail and such injury resulted that she has been out of school for more than a week.

New Hope News

Doc SIDES, who has worked the last two or three seasons for the De Leon Ice Co., has accepted a position with an oil concern in Dallas.  He formerly worked for the same people there.

Mr. and Mrs. Murray SIDES and children visited relatives at Round Grove Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond RAGLAND visited her mother, Mrs. ROGAN, at Dublin, last Sunday.

Miss Addie WELCH, English teacher at Comyn school, visited over the past weekend with Mr. and Mrs. J.S. NANCE and daughters.

J.M. CHUPP and daughter, Lille, visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. D. NEWLIN of Sand Hill community.

Oscar NABORS attended the funeral of his uncle, Pearce KING, at Comanche, last week.


©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.