De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, May 31, 1929


Party Honoring Mrs. Bob Steakley

            Mrs. Hiram SMITH entertained on Wednesday afternoon from 3 to 5, honoring Mrs. R.W. STEAKLEY of Denison.  Six tables were arranged for forty-two, the diversion of the afternoon, in which Mrs. J.H. GRIZZELLE made high score.

Comyn School Closed Successful Year’s Work

            The Senior Commencement Exercise on Monday night, May 27, marked the closing of the 1928-29 term of the Comyn School.

            On the preceding Monday night, the Senior Class assisted by others, presented a musical comedy, “In Hot Tamale Land.”  Many words of praise were given the players by those present.

            The following Wednesday, the Seventh Grade Commencement was given.  Eighteen boys and girls received their diplomas.  Rev. GOSS, pastor of the Baptist Church of Dublin, addressed the class.  Dirk DOGGETT was Salutatorian and Frankie BARKER, valedictorian of the class.  Other numbers were rendered by Estelle DICKEY, Leon LOWE, Lucille EASLEY.  After the class song, Principal A.B. EMMONS presented the diplomas to this splendid class.

            The Baccalaureate sermon on Sunday, May 26, was very ably rendered by Rev. Gordon BARRETT, pastor of the Baptist Church of Comanche.

            The graduating exercise of the Senior Class was as follows:

Invocation, Dean J. Thomas DAVIS.

Salutation, Elzie KINNARD.

Class Prophecy, Alice MOORE

Solo, Elzie KINNARD

Valedictory, Pauline GARNER.

Address, Dean J. Thomas DAVIS.

            Presentation of Diplomas by Supt. W.R. HEIZER.

            The seven graduates were Alice MOORE, Pauline GARNER, Elzie KINNARD, Lorene CROCKETT, Hollis COX, and Maurice DRY

Senior Class De Leon High School

[Transcriber’s note: Very nice photos of each student accompany this article in the newspaper.]

Senior Class Officers:

Paul HOLLEMAN, President

Murray NICHOLS, Vice-President

Macie DOSWELL, Secretary-Treasurer

Senior Class:  Florence PILCHER, Henry G. SHARP, R.V. SINGLETON, Vivian ROACH, Billie WILLIAMS, Florine SADBERRY, Mildred GOOCH, Taylor DABNEY, Mary A. GREENWALDT, Bob GLOVER, Dale HEATHINGTON, Garlon BELL, Nerine DONOHUE, Vergil CLAYTON, Billye ELLIOT, Roger CHAMBERS, Vera MAHAN, Tom NANCE, Addie Gayle MIXON, Paul PEARSON, Waynie McCHAREN, Frances SMITH, Buna SIMPSON, Grace SHORT, Annie Mae TATE, Allene WEAVER, Christine AYERS, Inez BOSWELL, Macie BOSWELL, Beth DANIELS, Merton BELL, Orville BOYD, Dale HOWARD, Blanche HANSFORD, Ray HARVEY, Paul HOLLEMAN, Ruth HAYNES, Mae Dell HAMILTON, Opal HOWARD, Frances HARVEY, W.C. HOLDRIDGE, W.H. JETTON.

V.L. Morris and Family in New Home

            Mr. and Mrs. V.L. MORRIS and son recently completed a modern new home on the lot in the northeast portion of the city, where they have resided for the past 17 years.  The place is immediately across the street north from the W.S. BLACK home, near the Gardner Filling Station.

            The new home is modern in every respect, being within the range of all city conveniences.  It consists of six rooms and bath, and is one-story.  Four brick columns at the front add to the appearance.  L.D. MERRITT did the brick work and Jess DYER was the contractor erecting the job.

Former De Leon Young Man Gets Coveted Honor - John D. HARVEY

            In spite of the fact that John D. HARVEY told the Star Telegram reporter that he lived in “Sherman” the home folks are determined to overlook the fact and all will be glad to know that John D. was recently elected president of the Class of 1930 at Simmons University.  He was president of the senior class in 1926 when he finished high school at De Leon where he was born and reared.

            As a student HARVEY has made a very excellent record, both during his high school years and at college.  As a football player on the De Leon team he was a “Bearcat” and he has maintained his record by lettering, the Free Press understands, on the Simmons U. team.

Bad Weather Hindered Grammar Commencement

            Grammar school closing exercises were held at the Methodist church on Wednesday evening with Rev. S.J. RUCKER as commencement speaker.  Rain hindered the attendance, but in spite of the downpour, a goodly number was present for the exercises.

            On the program, Miss Martha Frances RUSSELL appeared as valedictorian.  There was a fraction of a point between young Miss RUSSELL and Jim NANCE for this honor, both having a grade around 93, which is excellent.  The salutatorian was from the North Ward, Miss Ava DUKE, with a grade slightly below 90.

            The program rendered as follows:  Invocation, Dr. H.H. INZER.  Chorus, Class.  Salutatory, Ava DUKE.  Address, Rev. S.J. RUCKER. Violin Solo, Susan SCHMIDT. Valedictory, Martha Frances RUSSELL.  Presentation of Certificates and diplomas, Supt. D.M. RUSSELL.  Benediction.

W.W. Gregory Returned from Dallas Hospital

            W.W. GREGORY returned a few days ago from Dallas where he has been for the past month taking treatment for ear trouble under a specialist.  Mr. GREGORY is much improved and has resumed his occupation as a plumber with headquarters at Higginbotham’s Hardware.

Grisham Barber Shop is Greatly Improved

            With the co-operation of his son, Winston, who has been barbering in California for the past few years, John GRISHAM has greatly improved the interior of his place of business.  Paint, a new partition, new lighting arrangement, etc., have added much to the appearance of this popular barber shop.  The interior has been painted pale green and this color was not only applied to the walls, but to the furniture, barber chairs and all fixtures.

            And besides the good looks of the place, one gets good barber work there, which is building the business.        

Dr. Patti Faye Inzer Will Practice Here During Month of June

            Dr. Pattie Faye INZER GENTRY who has been in Dallas the past year, will be in De Leon through the month of June and will do surgical work at the office of her father, Dr. H.H. INZER, for anyone desiring same.

Oliver Springs

It has been reported that Dewey BURLESON is gradually growing worse.  He has several severe spells each day.


Mrs. J.W. THOMAS has returned from Dublin where she had been visiting her son, Jim THOMAS and family.  She is visiting with Mrs. Sid BRUMBELOW at present.

Thelma MILLER has the measles.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. E.T. MILLER, a boy, Sunday.


Ila REDWINE has moved to the John MOHON place but will continue his work on the railroad yards at this place.

J.W. HONEYCUTT has sold one of his farms to Mr. McGUIRE of Desdemona who will move on the place at once.

Comyn News

Mr. and Mrs. C.S. DRY had as their guest during the weekend, Mrs. DRY’s sister, Mrs. Ellen TRUITT and Mr. and Mrs. VERNON and baby of Abilene.

Mr. and Mrs. E.G. THOMAS and Mr. and Mrs. A.E. THOMAS and children of Everman are visiting with their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Ed THOMAS and Mr. and Mrs. H.O. GEORGE.

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. McKEMIE and baby of Cleburne are visiting with their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. MATHIS.

Miss Doris DOGGETT, who has been teaching during the past term in Littlefield, came in Sunday to spend the vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.L. DOGGETT.

R.L. PAINTER made a trip to Granbury Saturday afternoon, moving Miss JONES’ household goods for her. 

Mrs. Ernest DISHMAR and children of Ranger are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. CHANDLER.


Miss KING, of Comanche, was here Sunday to see her cousin, Miss Mary Alice GREENWALDT, graduate.

Miss Willie Maud GREENWALDT, who taught last school year at Proctor, returned home last week.

Mr. and Mrs. John WOOD of Sherman were weekend guest with her brother, R.R. HARVEY and family.

Mr. and Mrs. J.H. McKEMIE of Cleburne were recent guests of his father, Uncle Bill McKEMIE.

Mr. and Mrs. C.R. REDDEN will go to College Station early next week to be present at the graduation exercises in which their son, C.R. Jr. is taking his degree at A. & M. College.

Mrs. John C. SPRADLEY and little son now making their home at Weoka, Okla., are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.T. STOVER at Desdemona.  Mr. SPRADLEY has been working near San Antonio lately and they have been there with him, Mrs. STOVER stated.

Mr. and Mrs. Finis BELL are home from Hawley where they taught last year.  A new high school building will be erected there this year.  They plan to teach there the coming school year.

Ralph PITTMAN and his sister, Mrs. H.M. EVAN, have returned to their home at Wichita Falls after a visit with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN.

Mr. and Mrs. W.R. POOL, who have been living in Amarillo, returned to this city last week and will remain here for a while, trying to dispose of their property in the city meanwhile.

A.L. ANDERSON of Dallas came in Wednesday evening for a short visit in the home of his sister, Mrs. W.C. STREETY.

Perry FARROW is here from Long Beach, Calif. For a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sid FARROW and other relatives.

Mrs. Bennett GRIFFITH and son of Rising Star were weekend visitors of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. McCURDY.


©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.