De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, July 19, 1929


Court House News

                Notice of Intention to Marry

Joe SANDERS, Kerens, Texas and Miss Gladys PARKER, Kerens, Texas.

Dallas Donald DANIEL, Carleton, Texas and Miss Linnie Alma STEPHENS, Carlton, Texas.

                Marriage Licenses

H.E. SHELTON, Gorman, Texas, and Miss Oran GRAHAM, Sidney, Texas.

Willard HURST, Gorman, Texas and Miss Edith HALE, Gorman, Texas.

Howard GARY, Cottonwood, Texas, and Miss Werdna LYON, Valley Mills, Texas.

Paul HOLDRIDGE, De Leon, and Miss Ersel COLEY, De Leon.

Alfred PYBURN, Comanche, Texas, and Miss Edith SLEDGE, Comanche, Texas.

                Real Estate Transfers

R.H. ISHAM and wife to M.O. COKER, part of Block 34, city of Comanche, $1000 and other valuable considerations.

J.J. WILLIAMS to Mrs. Flora THOMPSON, one acre James WALKER survey, $100 consideration.

C.C. COKER and wife to R.H. ISHAM, part of block 34, city of Comanche, certain valuable considerations.

S.L. CANTWELL and wife to W.H. RAY, 101.13 acres, 3 tracts, $10,000.00 consideration.

J.L. HILL and wife to First State Bank, 813 acres in 3 tracts, certain valuable considerations.

H.S. McCRUM and others to F.W. McCRUM, 83 acres in 2 tracts, $2000.00 consideration.

Mrs. Ellen POWER to R.P. MOORE, lots 9 and 10 Franklin additions, city of Comanche, $300 consideration.

W.M. THORNTON and wife to M. AUTRY 368.9 acres in 2 tracts, $12,810.00 consideration.

Young Husband and Father is Dead

            Dewey BURLESON, about 25 or 30 years of age, died at his home in the Leon community, midway between Gorman and Desdemona at 10:00 o’clock last Monday morning.  The cause of his death was cancer, a malady from which he had suffered for some months.  The funeral service was at Oakland cemetery, south of Gorman, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.  Revs. W. SKAGGS and Seba KIRKPATRICK conducted the funeral services.  Deceased was a member of no church.  He was married and is survived by his wife and two small children.  Sympathy is extended to the bereaved ones.

Change is Made at the Electric Office

            Miss Evelyn COX has resigned as clerk and book-keeper for the Texas Electric Service Co., effective July 20th.  Miss COX has proved a courteous employee and the public will miss her from her accustomed place.  She will be succeeded by Miss Ruby VAN ZANDT.

Doyle Holland Bought De Leon Service Station

            A deal was completed Friday of last week in which Doyle HOLLAND, local filling station man, purchased from Tonk HULSEY, the equipment and business of De Leon Service Station.  HOLLAND took charge immediately.  The business is on a good location, just across the street from EGBERT’s Bakery and not only the local trade, but the tourist traffic should insure a good business there.  HOLLAND says, “We Fix Flats.”

Nell Nabors Improving from Recent Burns

            Friends of little Nell NABORS will be glad to know that she is improving nicely from injuries sustained when she upset a percolator of boiling coffee at the breakfast table some ten or fifteen days ago.  Her burns are healing nicely and she is now able to sit up.

Wayman Harvey Bitten by a Mad Dog

            Wayman HARVEY was bitten on the hand by a dog, which gave evidence of being mad.  The young man is taking the anti rabies treatment, the serum being administered by a local physician.  HARVEY is the son of Ira HARVEY of Goldthwaite and was visiting here when the animal attacked him.


            Miss Ersel COLEY and Paul HOLDRIDGE sprang a surprise on their friends last Monday evening when they were married.  The ceremony was said at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.M. COLEY, at six o’clock.  Only a few friends and relatives of the couple were present to witness the impressive ceremony.

            Immediately following the ceremony, young Mr. and Mrs. HOLDRIDGE left in their car for points unknown, accompanied by a party of friends who gave every evidence of an intention to accompany them on their honeymoon.  It is understood the young couple will visit Houston, Galveston and San Antonio while away.

            Miss COLEY is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.M. COLEY of this city, and is a most admirable and lovable young girl.  She finished De Leon high school and attended Texas Womans College at Fort Worth two years.  She applied herself studiously to her school work and is quite cultured.  Combined with her educational attainments, she has many graces that will fit her for an ideal homemaker and companion.

            Paul, one of the younger sons of H.B. HOLDRIDGE and wife, is a young man of sterling worth.  He, too, finished De Leon high school and later completed a course at John Tarleton College and for the past two years has taught the school at Leon, midway between Desdemona and Gorman.  He is studious and industrious and his career promises much.  The very best wishes of many friends go with these excellent young people as they start on the eventful journey together.

Morris Family Reunion

            Sunday, July 14th, was home coming day for the family of Mr. and Mrs. M.L. MORRIS of St. Joe community.  This happy occasion presents itself annually and July seems to be an ideal time.

            The five MORRIS children were all present, this being the first time in ten or eleven years.  The twelve o’clock hour was indeed a feast.  A spacious table was arranged and filled to capacity with good eats.  The weather was very warm but with plenty of ice everybody felt very comfortable.

            In the late afternoon supper was served after which each returned home feeling that the day had been well spent.

            The following members of the family were present:  Curt MORRIS and family, Haskell, Texas; Mrs. J.D. COLLIER and children of Troup; Lee MORRIS and family, De Leon; Felix and Jesse MORRIS and families of near De Leon.

            We are all looking forward to next July.  –Contributed.

Chester Conlee

            Chester E. CONLEE was born May 14, 1876 in Ponotoc county, Mississippi.  He died July 7, 1929 at his home in De Leon.  He came to Texas in the year 1896 and engaged in farming for several years near De Leon.  He then quit farming and taught school in this section for a number of years, but he had to give up teaching when his health failed.  He was converted about the year 1900 and joined the Missionary Baptist church in which he was an active member.  He taught a Sunday school class for several years and was church clerk until his health prevented him from serving longer.  He was ordained as deacon four years ago and was very faithful to his church.  He was married to Miss Mary BROUGHTON on Dec. 6, 1903.

            He was indeed a kind and affectionate husband and bore his sufferings with much patience.  He was a friend to everyone and could always see the good in every person.  He had great confidence in his fellow man.

            He leaves a wife, six brothers, one sister, and a number of other relatives and friends to mourn his death.

            The brothers are: E.E. CONLEE, of Breckenridge; W.M. CONLEE, Duke, Okla.; Larkin CONLEE; Thaxton CONLEE, Cary CONLEE, Bob DUNCAN (half brother) and his sister, Mittie CONLEE, all of Mississippi.

            The funeral service for Mr. CONLEE was conducted at the First Baptist Church, of which he was a member.  Rev. M.A. DAVIS and Rev. J.M. STRICKLAND, each speaking words of comfort and consolation to the bereaved family.

Oliver Springs

Roy PARKS is at work in Dallas now.  He expects to be there for several weeks.

Raymon CANTWELL and Randa WELCH left for Gunter, Texas, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. C.T. NABORS and family have been visiting relatives in San Angelo.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. ECHOLS, parents of H.S. ECHOLS and J. ECHOLS, a half brother and family of Seymour, came to visit in the home of H.S. ECHOLS on Sunday.  Mr. and Mrs. J.W. ECHOLS expect to make their home here for a time.

Mrs. Herman FOSTER of Gorman was in the home of her parents, J.N. COGBURN, visiting Sunday.

Dewey BURLESON was worse this week than he had been during the many months of his affliction.


R.C. KOONCE is having a new residence constructed, tearing away his old building which has stood for several years and building on the same site a modern bungalow.

M.J. KEITH has been on the sick list for several weeks and is not regaining his strength as fast as has been hoped for.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. HILL of Carlton, have returned to their home after several days visit with Mrs. O.H. MOORE.

Joyce LEWIS met with a painful accident in which she received a broken arm.  While the injury was bad, yet Joyce is up and is recovering fast.

Charlie BROWNING has been rig building in the oil fields the last several days.

Mrs. Fred HOLLAND of De Leon spent a part of last week visiting her daughter, Mrs. W.A. LINDLEY here.

Mr. YORK and wife and Mr. DONCER, accompanied by a sister of Mr. YORK, are visiting with Mr. and Mrs. T.L. OSBORNE.  Mr. YORK is a brother of Mrs. OSBORNE and they had not met in 17 years.

The singing school at this place will begin next Monday morning.  It will be taught by Ernest RIPPETOE and will continue two weeks.  Everyone is invited to attend.

New Hope News

Walton LOCKE of Harmony community visited on Wednesday of last week with his sister, Mrs. G.L. LEE, who is sick.


Mr. and Mrs. C.P. STRICKLAND and children of Alvin, Texas, have been here for some days, visiting in the home of his parent, Rev. and Mrs. J.M. STRICKLAND and with his brother G.M. STRICKLAND and family.  Mr. STRICKLAND is superintendent of schools at Alvin, Texas.

Willie WALKER, his wife and two children, of Westbrook, were here the past week visiting with numerous relatives and friends in the Beattie community.  They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. D.L. HANLON, also of Westbrook.

Gus McCAIN and sister, Miss Ida BELLE, of Yuma, Ariz., who have been visiting here for some time, have gone to Bryan, Galveston and Houston, to continue their visit with Texas friends and relatives.  Their mother, Mrs. W.B. McCAIN, remained here with her sister, Mrs. E.E. DABNEY.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred SHAVER of Big Spring are here for a visit in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pete SHAVER.  Fred has been at Big Spring for almost a year, working as fireman for the Texas & Pacific.


©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.