De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, September 20, 1929


Court House News

From the County Clerk’s Office

Marriage Licenses

Frank RHYMES, Sipe Springs, and Miss Vera FORD, Sipe Springs.

C.M. GOATS, Gorman, and Miss Claudie LOGSDON, De Leon.

Lloyd HALBROOKS, Comanche, and Miss Emily HUDDLESTON, Gorman.

Real Estate Transfers

G.T. SLONE and wife, to J.N. HURST.  E ½ of the NE ¼ of Section 2, Blk. 2, H&TC Ry. Co. Survey, $2000.00.

E.D. ROGERS, to J.A. ROGERS, 49.8 acres, Lampasas County Three League Survey, and 19.1 acres Singleton THOMPSON Survey.  $500.00.

Charles SMITH and wife to Mrs. J.C. (Lula) McGINNIS, 22 acres Section 7 Block 1, Patent No. 401, Volume 18.  $879.84.

Mrs. M.M. COLLINS to H.L. STEWART, certain lot in city of Comanche, $10.

Mrs. Lottie M. HUTTO and husband to H.L. STEWART, a certain lot in city of Comanche, $5.00.

Jerome P. KEARBY and wife to Ira B. CLEMONS, S1/2 of Block `02, WRIGHT addition to Comanche.  $3750.00.

Mrs. Ocle C. COTTRELL to J.W. ROBERTSON, 77 acres M. CILBA survey, $1600.00.

R.H. RUSH and wife to W.B. McCAIN, part of Lot 1 Block XXXVII De Leon.  $1.00

Pioneer Preacher Married Couple Here Fifty Years Ago

            Rev. J.M. STRICKLAND of this city, performed the marriage ceremony for Mr. Dave KISER and Miss McDONALD, on the CULBERSON farm, eight miles southwest of De Leon, on the 14th day of September, 1879—just fifty years ago last Saturday.  He was living in a tent at the time, while a log cabin was in course of construction and the young couple, accompanied by friends, came and asked him to say the ceremony.  Last week Mr. and Mrs. KISER, who now live in Mason county, sent word to Rev. STRICKLAND, desiring that he would visit them in their home on their Golden Anniversary date, which was Saturday last week.  The illness of his wife prevented him doing so.

            As Rev. STRICKLAND sat at his home on Saturday evening, thinking back over the fifty year period, a knock was heard on the door and another young couple came, desiring to be united in the holy bonds.  They were married in the quiet of his home, just fifty years after the KISERs had been wed.  The young couple, of course, did not know of the former incident.  They were Mr. Lloyd HALBROOKS of Beattie and Miss HUDDLESTON of the Duster community.



            Miss Finis COOK, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.T. COOK, was married to Mr. Roy C. LINDLEY, at the home of her parents, at 4:00 o’clock p.m. September 14, 1929.  Young LINDLEY is a grandson of Rev. W.M. LINDLEY of Breckenridge, and Rev. LINDLEY came here to perform the wedding ceremony.  Mrs. Lindley formerly taught at Trinity, near De Leon.  She studied the past summer at Texas Technological College, where LINDLEY was also a student.  Immediately after her marriage, Mrs. LINDLEY resigned her position at Trinity and, together with her husband, will study at Texas Tech this winter, the two to finish their course together there.             

            Miss COOK was reared near De Leon, educated in the county schools, and is a cultured and lovable girl.  Mr. LINDLEY is related to the LINDLEY families living about Oliver Springs for many years, and while he is personally unknown to the writer, he comes from folks who are as “the salt of the earth.”  May the best of good fortune always attend them is the wish of their multitude of friends.


            The marriage of Miss Delia LAWLESS to J.P. HOWELL occurred in Oklahoma Sunday, September 15, 1929.  Miss LAWLESS accompanied her cousins, Mrs. Alma and Miss Ethel LAWLESS back to Oklahoma after they had been there for a visit, HOWELL going along.  Whether the wedding occurred at Hugo, or Antlers, where their hostesses reside, the Free Press was unable to learn.  At any rate, they are reported to have been united in the holy bonds at 1:30 o’clock last Sunday afternoon and returned here late Tuesday.

            Miss LAWLESS, a daughter of Mrs. A.C. LAWLESS, is a very excellent young lady, quiet, modest and unassuming.  J.P. HOWELL, a De Leon product, is associated with his father in the men’s clothing business.  He has wide acquaintance with the De Leon public and is making good in his business relations.  Both have scores of friends who wish for them the best that life may hold.


            Miss Rena DENDY and Mr. Lee BRYANT were happily married Thursday, September 12, in Eastland by Rev. TURNER, pastor of the First Baptist Church.

            Mrs. BRYANT is the eldest daughter of Mrs. W. DENDY and is a fine young lady with many friends.  Mr. BRYANT is employed by the Central Texas Produce Company.  He has lived in De Leon for the past year.  A full measure of happiness is extended them.


            Miss Emily HUDDLESTON, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will HUDDLESTON of Duster and Mr. Lloyd HALBROOKS of Beattie, motored to DeLeon Saturday evening, September fourteenth and were happily united in the holy bonds of matrimony.  Rev. STRICKLAND officiated the ceremony.

            Only a few immediate friends accompanied the couple returning to the home of the bride where all enjoyed a wedding supper.

            Mr. HALBROOKS is a promising young student of John Tarleton college of Stephenville where he and his bride will reside.

            Mr. and Mrs. HALBROOKS have a host of friends here and elsewhere who regret to see them leave yet wish for them happiness throughout life.  –Contributed.


            The marriage of Miss Lee JOHNSON of the Rucker community, to Mr. J.H. LESLIE, occurred at 7:00 o’clock p.m. Saturday, September 14th.  The ceremony was said by Justice of the Peace H.C. HEATH, at his residence, in the presence of a friend and members of Mr. HEATH’s family.

            Miss JOHNSON is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.K. JOHNSON, and Mr. LESLIE resides at Baird.  The best wishes of many friends and acquaintances attend them as they assume the sacred relationship.

Underhill Back at Hiway

            Highway Filling Station, which was for the past summer operated by Tonk HULSEY, is again under the management of Joe UNDERHILL.  The Pierce Oil Co. owns the station, UNDERHILL operated it on a salary basis.  UNDERHILL owned the business, operating same for a period of several months on his own account.  His friends will be glad he is back at his old post.

New Hope News

Miss Clara WILKERSON visited several days this week with her sister, Mrs. Jewel BURROW of near Ranger.

Mr. Walton LOCK and family of Harmony visited Sunday with his sister, Mrs. G.L. LEE.


W.N. KOONCE has  been in poor health for the past few weeks but is up again and about his regular business.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin COX of Stephenville were Sunday visitors with G.E. RILEY and family.  Mr. COX formerly lived in this community and has many friends who are always glad to see him.

Jim KOONCE and Miss Ila ROBBINS took their friends by surprise last week and married.  Mr. KOONCE and Miss ROBBINS have both been reared in this community and are loved by all who know them.  They have been leaders in their social circle.  Mr. KOONCE is a son of W.N. KOONCE who has lived in this community many years and is highly respected.  Mrs. KOONCE is a daughter of O.S. ROBBINS, a substantial and highly respected citizen of this place.  These young people go into life with the best prospects for both have attained a good education and young Mr. KOONCE is especially fortunate in financial matters.  The best wishes go with these young people.

Student Body Organizes

            Last Friday morning the Student body of the High School organized and the following officers were elected:

President, Jack PEARSON

Vice-president, Adrian GRIZZELLE

Sec.-Treas., Geneva COLEY.

Reporter, Frances HARVEY.

Yell Leader, Ada SMITH

Assistant Yell Leaders, Conner JETON and Opal Mae FRANK.

Pianist, Evelyn GOLIGHTLY 

Senior Class

            The Senior class met Thursday, September 12 and organized.  The officers are:

President, Opal Mae FRANK.

Vice-Pres., Adrian GRIZZELLE.

Secretary-Treas., Geneva COLEY.

Reporter, Frances HARVEY.

            The colors are green and white, and the flower is a white rose.  The motto will be selected at a future date.  We intend to do all that we can to help the school, and under the competent leadership of our sponsor, Miss COLEY, we feel that a great deal is possible.

Bell Hops Organize

            The “Bell Hops,” an organization that has existed for three years in D.H.S., met again last Friday afternoon and reorganized.  We elected Blanche HANSFORD our president and Frances HARVEY for our secretary and treasurer.  Our members are:  Misses Blanche HANSFORD, Frances HARVEY, Evelyn GOLIGHTLY, Grace SHORT, Evelyn KINCHEN, Christeen AYERS, Eloise NANCE, Lois BELL and El Dora COONER.

            We intend to continue our “good times” and also help our school in every way possible.

Oliver Springs

Miss Effie TAYLOR spent the past week in Duster, Texas under employment of Mrs. WARE.

Mr. B.C. THOMPSON has been called to the bedside of one of his brothers, Mr. Ambruce THOMPSON of Dublin, Texas, who is suffering with a carbuncle, also to the bedside of his sister, Mrs. C.D. STRONG of Ranger, Texas.

Misses Versie and Verdie CANTWELL have just returned from a two weeks’ vacation with their aunt of Florence.

A party of young folks visited the Cisco Dam Sunday.  Those included were: Messrs. Debbs ECHOLS and Leonard THOMPSON and Misses Effie and Myrtle TAYLOR.


Mesdames Laura DILLEN, A.M. PAIR, Sid BRUMBELOW, and J.W. THOMAS motored to Victor Saturday and did some work in the cemetery.

R.E. DURHAM, small son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest DURHAM of Dublin, is spending the week in the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. NICHOLS, as his mother is ill in the hospital at Stephenville.

Alvis KIMMELL is visiting relatives near Proctor and is picking cotton.


Graves ROSS is in Dallas under the treatment of a specialist.

Henry HUDSON of Hico spent the weekend with his family here.

Mrs. French ROBERTSON of Haskell is here, guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. LOWE.

Mrs. Robert RIPPETOE from San Saba was here last week, guest of her brother, Frank ROSS and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Ross B. JENKINS are at home after having spent the summer in Nebraska visiting her parents.

Miss Erma Lee POWELL has returned after a several days visit with relatives and friends in Trinity.

Dan FERRELL of San Antonio was here last week, guest of his sister, Mrs. John TATE.

Paul TATE, who has been at Big Lake, has returned home and will enter A. & M. College again this fall.

Mrs. H.A. HANSON of Sherman was a guest the past week in the home of her mother, Mrs. D.V. CHANDLER.

Mr. and Mrs. ADAMS, formerly at Durant, Okla., twin boys [born] on Sept. 18.  Mr. and Mrs. ADAMS formerly lived in this city.

Fred HOWE of Iraan was a weekend guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.E. HOWE.

Mrs. M.E. PARKER of Leuders is here for a visit with her son, Dave FLOYD and family.

Mrs. Homer BAKER and children have returned home after spending the summer in Big Lake.

Miss Naomi WOODARD spent last week end in Dublin visiting her grandmother, Mrs. NOEL.

Mrs. R.L. JACKSON is seriously ill.  Her children, Mrs. Eunice McCLELLAN and Andrew from Weatherford were called to her bedside.

Mr. and Mrs. Arch HANSFORD and family attended the birthday dinner of Mrs. HANSFORD’s mother, Mrs. W.L. BREWER at Comanche Sunday.

Miss Lillian HANSFORD, who teaches music in the Gorman school was weekend visitor with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arch HANSFORD.

Mrs. Bennett GRIFFITH and children of Rising Star were week end visitors with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie McCURDY.

Junior, the small son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis NORTON, had his tonsils removed Monday at Gorman.  The youngster is recovering nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy FLETCHER of Abilene visited Mr. and Mrs. W.L. SALTER the past week and his mother, Mrs. FLETCHER, accompanied them home.

Mrs. A.C. COZBY and small daughter, Eloise, have returned to their home in Dallas after an extended visit with her mother, Mrs. Emma COONER.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl McCLELLAN and children were here Sunday from Olden, guests of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. J.E. SELF.

W.L. SPENCER and Mrs. Homer MARSHBANKS and small daughter, Marilyn, were visitors with their sister and daughter, Mrs. Bib HAYNES in Comanche last week.

W.B. SMITH was here from Lubbock this week, visiting his daughter, Mrs. Oscar HOWARD.  He and Mrs. SMITH were called to Moran Monday to attend the funeral of her brother, Frank GUNN.

Mr. and Mrs. C.G. SMITH and children have gone to Ft. Worth where he has a position in railroad work.  They have lived here for many years and their friends regret that they found it necessary to move away.

S.C. GRAY had his tonsils removed at the Gorman Sanitarium last Sunday morning.  He is taking a short vacation from his position at Dabney Hardware, while his throat heals.  He is recovering nicely.


©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.