De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, May 24, 1929


E.F. Higginbotham Died Here Recently

            The Free Press has not before mentioned the death of E.F. (Uncle Nute) HIGGINBOTHAM, which occurred at his home in this city on Monday, April 22.  He had been critically ill and bedfast for many years, and death came as a blessed relief from much suffering.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. E. HIGGINBOTHAM.

            Uncle Nute was born in Harris county, near Houston, May 23, 1856, and was almost 73 years of age.  He was married to Mrs. N.J. JOHNSON in 1909.  He had resided here for more than a quarter of a century.  Burial was at De Leon cemetery.

High School Annual The “De Leonian” is Now Off the Press

            The seventh edition of the “De Leonian” high school annual, is off the press.  Delivery will be made as soon as the book comes from the bindery which will be very shortly after this paper goes to press.  The “De Leonian” was produced in the Free Press office and is a job the printers and pupils may justly feel proud of.

            The staff members are as follows:

Pete McCLELLAN, editor in chief; Murray NICHOLS, Assistant Editor; Paul PEARSON, Business Manager; Adrian GRIZZELLE, Asst. Bus. Mgr.; H.G. SHARP, Sport Editor; Jack PEARSON and Julia FARMER, Snapshots; Modelle IRVIN and Dale HOWARD, Cartoonists; W.H. JETTON, Bookkeeper; Geneva COLEY, Literary Editor; Frances HARVEY, Society Editor; Ray HARVEY, Joke Editor.

Had Operation

            Wade, the nine-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. S.S. SMITH, suffered his third attack of appendicitis last Sunday and was operated upon at Gorman sanitarium, result being that he is doing nicely.  He will be home on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

Gorman Woman Manager Travelers Hotel Dining Room

            Mrs. J.C. DONICA of Gorman, is here and in charge of the dining room at the Travelers Hotel.  She is not a stranger in this section, having resided at Gorman the past 30 years where she was manager of the Commercial Hotel for many years; her mother is still operating that hotel.

            Mrs. DONICA told the Free Press that the policy of operating the place would be strictly along business lines, that “Service First” would be the motto and she offers every assurance that her efforts will be exerted toward pleasing the public.  Sunday dinners will be a specialty and the home folks have their attention particularly called to this fact.  She invites your patronage.

Arthur Moore, Former De Leon Boy Secures Promotion in U.S. Navy

            A.E. MOORE, known to his many friends in former years as “Chub” MOORE, enlisted in the Navy some 16 or 18 years ago from De Leon.  He has seen continuous service in that department and has had promotion from time to time but at the first of the last month he received word from Washington of a promotion that means much to him.  He was advanced to the position of Chief Csd.  With this advancement Mr. MOORE becomes a uniformed officer and has been assigned to the battleship Decatur, flag ship for the Pacific Division of the U.S. Navy.  The official position to which Mr. MOORE has been promoted is the highest an enlisted man can reach, other officers coming from the Naval Academies.  His many friends in this section are glad to know he has done well in the line he has chosen.

In Memory

            Mrs. Josie GILLOCK was born May 24, 1889 and departed this life May 1, 1929.  She was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve BLOYD.  She was married to Eugene GILLOCK in November 1906.

            At the age of 17 she trusted Jesus as her Savior and united with the Missionary Baptist church at St. Joe, where she was a faithful member, always she attended Sunday school and church when not providentially hindered.  She was organist for many years.  As a schoolmate she was dependable and always thought of others first.  She was a kind and affectionate mother.

            Mrs. GILLOCK was a patient sufferer for many years.  Loved ones don’t weep for her because she has gone to her Heavenly home and is waiting for you on the golden shore where there will be no sickness or heartaches nor death but all is joy and peace.

            She leaves to mourn for her three children, Clifton GILLOCK and wife of San Saba, Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUKE and Miss Odette GILLOCK.  One sister, Mrs. Claude OTWELL and three brothers, John BLOYD, Lubbock; Clark and Otho BLOYD and a large number of relatives and friends.

Awards Made to North Ward Pupils in Writing Tests

            Students Certificates and writing pens were given as awards in the Writing Contest conducted throughout the Ward school recently.  In De Leon North Ward the following pupils were declared winners, the papers having been graded in Austin:

North Ward 7th Grade

Students Certificates - S.L. WALKER, Katherine WHEAT, Mary Ella BIBBY, Valda ROCK, Mildred LAWLESS, Ava DUKE, Vay WALTERS.

     Writing Pens – Vay WALTERS, Valda ROACH, Katherine WHEAT, Mildred LAWLESS, Ava DUKE, Anita RAY, Lillie Marie UNDERHILL, Ruby Lee TAYLOR, Chrystelle HOLLEMAN, Oneta POPE.

Rook Club

            Mrs. C.N. LEIGON was hostess in entertaining Thursday afternoon, May 16, the Rook club.

            There were six tables and Mrs. W.S. SNEAD won high score.  The house was beautifully decorated in cut flowers and delicious refreshments were served to the members and the following guests:  Miss Evelyn COX, Mesdames Jack LAMBERT, M.E. HANCOCK, Grady TERRILL, Hiram SMITH, C.C. NICHOLS, JENKINS, R.L. WHALEY, HAMILTON of Waco and C.J. THOMPSON of Wichita Falls.

            The club will meet next with Mrs. Fred NABORS.

Bridge Club

            The Bridge Club met with Mrs. R.L. SCOTT Tuesday afternoon.  Five tables of bridge and one of rook were provided and after six rounds of bridge, high honor was won by Mrs. Joe ASHBY, high honor going to Mrs. J.E. NORWOOD at the Rook table.

            Following the games a musical contest was conducted by little Miss Virginia SCOTT in which Mrs. W.E. LOWE scored the highest number of points.

            The club will meet next with Mrs. E.E. DABNEY.

            Refreshments were served to the following members and guests:  Mesdames Chas. ROSS, SCHMIDT, M.H. HANCOCK, WHITTLE, Y.L. DABNEY, T.C. SMITH, HASKINS, KEITH, LOWE, NORWOOD, NORTON, ASHBY, CARLILE, R.L. WHALEY, Fred NABORS, W.H. CLARK, H.G. TERRILL, W.H. SMITH, E.E. DABNEY, PARKS, YOWELL and CLARK of Waco, Miss Bertha ROSS.


Mr. and Mrs. Robert WEAVER and two children from the Lower Rio Grande Valley are here for a visit in the home of his mother, Mrs. T.F. WEAVER and with other relatives.

Miss Amizone MOHON from Stephenville accompanied by Miss Helen PICKETT, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. MOHON.

W.P. GREER of Globe, Arizona, is here for a visit in the home of his sister, Mrs. S.G. PARKS.

Mr. and Mrs. R.L. WILSON and small daughter were here on Sunday guests of her mother, Mrs. R.L. COONER.

Dr. Milton ALLGOOD and his wife and two children of Oklahoma City, are visiting in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. ALLGOOD at Rucker.  Young Dr. ALLGOOD completed his medical course in Oklahoma last year and will practice at Altus.  He got his high school training in De Leon high school.

Lloyd HAMPTON was here on business early in the week from Stamford.  He has recovered from his recent injuries but his wife remains in the hospital at Stamford and will not be recovered fully for some time.


Lunette LINDER is sick with the measles.  Others of Mr. LINDER’s family are to have them.

Ballard CLARK and Ben KOONCE were out in Shackelford County in a wolf chase last week.  Mr. KOONCE has a line of very fine wolf hounds and he and others with an inclination for hunting have made wolves scarce in these parts.

G.B. WILLIAMS has moved to South Texas where he will engage in farming.

Robinson Springs

Miss Modess WEST gave a birthday dinner Sunday.  There were 40 present.  Everyone had an enjoyable time.

Bro. T.N. CARTER filled his monthly appointment Saturday night, Sunday and Sunday night at this place.

Miss Hollis DYSON spent last week with her sister, Mrs. W.T. MOORE in Desdemona.

Clyde THOMPSON is spending the week with his sister, who lives at Dublin.

Mrs. A.M. DERRICKS from Dublin, visited her parents Sunday.

New Hope News

Rev. DAVENPORT, Methodist pastor, who was to have preached here Sunday, was unable to be present because of the very serious illness of one of his children.  A large crowd was present for Sunday School, and a song service took the place of the preaching service.

Mr. O.M. LOCK and family were in Sunday School again Sunday after an absence of several months caused by illness.

A wedding anniversary dinner, observing the anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Gilder CHUPP and Mr. and Mrs. Doyle NOWLIN, was held at the home of J.M. CHUPP Sunday.  Those attending and enjoying the bountiful feast were:  Mr. and Mrs. R.S. McCHAREN and son; Mr. and Mrs. Gilder CHUPP and children; Mr. and Mrs. Doyle NOWLIN and son; Miss Lillie CHUPP, Lucille LEE and Meta McCHAREN.

John LIGHTFOOT and Miss McCHAREN, who taught at New Hope this year, have been employed to teach again the coming year.

Doc SIDES, who is employed at Dallas, is at home for a few days as the company for which he is working is doing some work at De Leon.


Mrs. C. NICHOLS and son, Jack, were visiting relatives in Dublin last weekend.

Mr. and Mrs. John KAY were visiting Mr. and Mrs. Clayton WILLIAMS in Desdemona Sunday.  Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMS are rejoicing over the arrival of a new girl in their home.

Mr. J.F. DYSON had a misfortune to lose one of his work horses.

A.J. CUMMINS is visiting his children in Abilene, Mr. and Mrs. Kit CARSON.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles BLASSINGAME are home.  They have been visiting Mr. BLASSINGAME’s parents in Oklahoma.


©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.