De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, July 12, 1929


Child Severely Burned When Hot Coffee is Upset

            Nell, the 12-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John NABORS, received painful and serious burns early Tuesday when a percolator, full of steaming hot coffee, was overturned by her at the breakfast table.  The child came to the table wearing a kimono.  In some manner she came in contact with the steaming pot and its contents was emptied against her abdomen, running down upon one of her lower limbs.  The child bears the marks of infantile paralysis in one hand, having been so afflicted since babyhood.  Perhaps the affliction had something to do with the mishap.

            Mr. NABORS grasped her clothing instantly, holding it away from her body and tearing it away as rapidly as he could.  In so doing he burned the skin from the back of his own hands and his injuries also quite painful.

            The child had only recently had an operation from which she was recovering.  The new injury is of a very serious nature.

Came From Atlanta Ga. On Motor Lines

            Mrs. O. CROCKETT of Atlanta, Ga., sister of Mrs. R.L. JACKSON, has been here some two weeks visiting in the home of her sister and family.  Mrs. CROCKETT made the entire trip from Atlanta to De Leon on motor busses.  It is her first visit to Texas and she seems favorably impressed with the town and the people here.

Chester Conlee

            The death of Chester CONLEE occurred at his home near the North Ward school on last Sunday and the funeral service was held at the Baptist church Monday afternoon at four o’clock.  Mr. CONLEE fell a victim to that dread scourge, tuberculosis, his case being of many years standing.

            Although being personally acquainted with Mr. CONLEE for many years, the writer knows but little of the details of his private life.  A source depended upon for information failed, delaying any lengthy account of the life and death of this good man until the coming week’s issue.

Baby Arrived

            Gordon Mays McCLATCHY arrived in the home of Mr. and Mrs. M.A. McCLATCHY at Celeste, Texas, on July 2.  Mrs. McCLATCHY was formerly Miss Pauline BAKER and resided in this city.

A Birthday Celebration

            Friends of Rev. U.J. MORTON will be interested to know that on June 21st he celebrated his 83rd birthday.  He, together with seven of his ten children, 17 grand-children and three great-grand-children, gathered under the spreading trees just back of the McCHAREN home and there spent a most delightful day.  The sumptuous spread equaled those of former years and more.  The one large pink candle on the beautifully trimmed birthday cake represented the century toward which Brother MORTON is climbing.  His wish when he blew out the candle was that each member who gathered about the table would live to see a like occasion one year hence.

            Those present were Mr. and Mrs. E. W.  MORTON, Mr. and Mrs. L.B. MORTON, Mr. and Mrs. George MORGAN, Mr. and Mrs. N.W. POUNDS, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. GREENWALDT, Mr. and Mrs. Perry St. CLAIR, and families, all of De Leon; Mrs. Alva FRAZIER and daughters of Dublin; Rev. C.N. MORTON and family of Strawn and Mrs. Herbert KRATON of Big Spring, also R.S. McCHAREN, Mrs. McCHAREN and children.

Baby Died in Beattie Community Sunday

            Bryan Kelsay CHANEY, son of Mrs. Irea CHANEY, aged two years, died at the home of Mrs. CHANEY’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.T. JAMAR, near Beattie at 11:50 o’clock p.m. Sunday night June 30 and was buried at Concord cemetery, south of Beattie on Monday following.  Rev. J.M. STRICKLAND conducted the funeral service.

Two Weddings

            Rev. W.L. SKAGGS of the Rock Bluff community long ago acquired right to the title, the “marrying parson.”  Scores of young people have sought his services when they wished to take the important vows.

            On June 25th, Mr. Aubra MANEY and Miss Lula Merle GRISHAM of the Rucker community were united in marriage by Rev. SKAGGS.  They were accompanied by friends.  Mr. MANEY is a son of John MANEY and the bride a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jodie GRISHAM, both of Rucker community.

            On June 29th, Mr. Altus BUTLER and Miss Ina GILMORE came to the SKAGGS home and were married, being accompanied by Mr. LANE and another Miss GILMORE.  Mr. BUTLER is a son of Jim BUTLER of the Willow Branch community and Miss GILLMORE a daughter of Seavil GILMORE of the L?n community.

            Best wishes are extended these two couples.

Honor Student

            Wayne L. MULLOY of De Leon made the honor roll for the spring term at Texas Tech College with an average grade of B on 15 term hours of work, according to report from the registrar’s office.

Old Settlers

            The Old Settlers’ Association, now chartered as the Comanche Pioneers and Veterans Association, will have its annual reunion at Indian Creek church, four miles east of Comanche on Friday, August 23, 1929.  It will be purely a basket dinner and everybody is invited to bring enough for their friends.

                        W.D. JENKINS, President

                        D.E. NABORS, Secretary

“42 Party”

            Honoring her sister-in-law, Mrs. C.S. BLACK of Waco, Mrs. Roy HAMMERS entertained the regular session of the 42 Club Saturday, June 29th.

            The house was beautifully decorated with bowls of honey suckle, marigolds and verbenas.

            The guests arrived in time and the play began promptly at three.  Mrs. C.B. GREGORY won high score.

            At six o’clock delightful refreshments in colors pale green and yellow consisting of sandwiches, lemonade, jello, whipped cream and cake were served to the following members and guests:  Mesdames SELF, GRIZZELLE, LAMBERT, LIGHTFOOT, JETTON, LEIGON, MORRIS, GREGORY, ALLEN, MOHON, BUCHAN, HAMPTON, WORTHY, DONOHUE, BENDER, CARLILE, POPE, SHARP, ASHBY, LEE, Miss Myrtle UPSHAW and Mrs. BASEL of Arizona, Mrs. W. A. PRICE of Oklahoma and the honoree, Mrs. C.S. BLACK of Waco.

Oliver Springs

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest COGBURN are the proud parents of a new 8 ½ pound boy.  The little one arrived June 25th.  Both are doing nicely.

Mrs. G.H. BAIRD is visiting with her sister, Mrs. Jose K. NIX of Eastland, this week.

Mrs. R.M. BREEDLOVE and daughter, Louise, returned home Wednesday from a lengthy visit with her parents, H.S. ECHOLS and family.


Janice KEE is visiting relatives at McAllen.

Mrs. Floyd MOORE and children from Desdemona visited her parents, Jim DYSON, Sunday.

Sam CUMMINS of Abilene is visiting his father, A.J. CUMMINS.

T. THOMSON from Hawley visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. THOMSON the weekend.

Beulah WILLIAMS and children from Desdemona was visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John KAY, last Sunday.

Mrs. Carroll Miller has been very sick the past week but she is much better.

Laverne MORLAND from Hawley spent the past week with her mother, Mrs. Carroll MILLER.

Charlotte MILLER spent the weekend in De Leon with her sister, Mrs. D. GARDNER


Miss Ressie HALE has been attending the College Summer School at Tarleton this summer.

Miss Lucile RILEY and Miss Odell ROBBINS were home from the College summer school visiting with friends Sunday.

Captain TIMMONS was thought to have been bitten by a poisonous snake several days ago.  He has recovered now.

W.N. KOONCE and family along with Bob KOONCE and wife have returned from an extended visit with relatives and friends in western counties.  They spent some time at Goree in Knox County where Mr. KOONCE has a daughter living.  They report a need of rain in much of the country visited and in some places early food stuff has failed.

Doyle GUTHERY and family have moved to Abilene where Mr. GUTHERY will be engaged in his line of work throughout the summer and the coming winter.

Miss Ila ROBBINS is away at Abilene attending an Art School and visiting with her sister at that place.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. HILL of Carlton are visiting with their daughter, Mrs. O.H. MOORE and family of this place.  Mr. HILL has not been in good health for some time but he is improving.

R.C. (Bob) KOONCE has purchased a part of the Peak ranch getting that part that lies along Hog Creek and Leon river.  This makes Mr. KOONCE’s ranch comprise several hundred acres of land being a combination of farm and pasture land.


Misses Doris and Margurite WEBSTER, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. G.C. WEBSTER of El Paso, are here for several weeks visit in the home of their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.G. KIMBLE.  Miss Mary KIMBLE of Breckenridge, also has been at home with her parents frequently of late.

Mrs. A.W. SPENCER was in Abilene Sunday visiting her son, Cecil.

Miss Fairest BLANKENSHIP from Rotan is here guest of her mother, Mrs. Jim BLANKENSHIP.

Frank CULPEPPER from Dallas was here last week visiting his aunt, Mrs. Jim RAGLAND.

Mr. and Mrs. Lem MACON from Ralls, are here visiting his father, T.J. MACON, and other relatives.

A baby girl, Tommie Joe, was born to Mr. and Mrs. W.J. ROSS on Sunday, June 30th.  All doing nicely.

J.E. SPENCER of Cisco was here the past week attending the bedside of his aunt, Mrs. W.L. SPENCER.

B.F. GOODEN was here from Ranger visiting his daughter Mrs. Wade CARROLL the past week.

Mr. and Mrs. H.H. FINE of Dublin were Sunday guests in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. HANCOCK.

W.C. HARVEY and family of Commerce, Texas, were here last week visiting his father, W.F. HARVEY and family on De Leon Rt. 5.

Miss Sam COWAN who was formerly Miss Lynette MACON, was here from Dallas for the weekend visiting her grandfather, T.J. MACON.

Mr. and Mrs. Conlee MURPHEY and children from Hereford were here last week, guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.E. MURPHEY.

John ADAMS of Clarksdale, Miss., arrived Monday to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. W.L. SPENCER.  He will remain several days here.

Mrs. Will BLACK and daughter, Miss Fern, spent the past week in Dallas visiting their daughter and sister, Mrs. Mark E. PHILLIPS.

Mrs. Laura CLEARY and three children of Dallas, were recent visitors in the home of Mrs. O.C. BROWNLEE, her sister.

Baxter RAY has returned home after having accompanied his brother, Dr. Henry RAY of Dallas, on a several days tour to Monterey, Mexico.

Mr. and Mrs. W.P. WEAVER Miss Allene and the two younger sons, have gone to Carlsbad Cavern for a vacation trip and outing.

Mr. and Mrs. J.S. FREEMAN of Cross Plains, were here Sunday, guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.N. JOINER.  Mesdames JOINER and FREEMAN are sisters.

Miss Eudora NOEL, formerly of De Leon but now living in Ralls, passed through here Monday on her way to Lubbock, where she is in summer school at Texas Tech.

Mr. and Mrs. Y.L. DABNEY and son, Taylor, left last Tuesday for Manitou, Colo. Where they will spend the summer at their cottage at the foot of Pikes Peak.

J.J. SWAGERTY and family of Clayton, N.H., nephew to J.A. SWAGERTY and J.F. SWAGERTY of Wellington, his brother, are here for a visit in the homes of De Leon relatives.

Misses Naoma WOODWARD and Winnie NOELL spent several days visiting with Mrs. Robert FRIERSON of Cross Plains and other relatives and friends at Coleman.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. SMITH and daughter, Mildred, accompanied by Miss Clara Daniel MOSELEY, all of Ingram, were spending the past weekend with Mrs. J.B. JEFFREY.

Fred SCHMIDT has gone to Granger to accept a position as a telegraph operator for the M-K-T railroad.  This is Fred’s first job.  He is quite young and is to be commended for his enterprise.

Mr. and Mrs. W.L. STEAKLEY have returned from a visit of a month with relatives and friends in Tennessee, visiting at Sparta, McMinnville and Rock Island and in returning came through the Ozarks.  They were accompanied home by Mrs. COPENHAVER, of Rock Island, wife of Dr. COPENHAVER.

Mrs. C.N. LIGHTHILL returned from Okmulgee, Okla., last week.  She was accompanied home by her daughter, Mrs. THOMAS and children, who will spend a month here.  Her son, Henry BRYANT, is here from Colorado for a few days visit.

Friends of Carl BRUMBELOW will be glad to learn that his wrist is recovering from a sprain he received several weeks ago.  He will be able to play in a few weeks, having already begun slow and gradual practice.   

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond VAN ZANDT, who are attending summer school in Stephenville, were weekend guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. K.M. VAN ZANDT.

Misses Josephine FORD of Walnut Springs; Virginia CURRIE of Ennis; and Modette TENNISON of Clifton, are visiting their aunt, Mrs. C.C. NICHOLS and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Tony PATTERSON and children of Lubbock were visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. GREER, and with Mr. and Mrs. A.J. PATTERSON, their parents, during the past week.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim CULPEPPER returned to their home in Roscoe after several days visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. CULPEPPER.  Their mother accompanied them back to Roscoe for a short visit.


©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.