De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, October 4, 1929


Angry Bull Tore Tire From Woman’s Car

            A rather peculiar incident occurred to John PARKER last week when an angry bull jumped in his cotton field.  He chased the bull on his horse and the animal jumped onto the highway.  PARKER tried to rope him but failed.  The bull was on the west side of the highway and he was on the east side.  A car came by being driven by a woman from Strawn.  PARKER motioned for the driver to stop but she failed to do so.

            The enraged animal charged against the car, running his horn into the tire on a front wheel, and tearing it completely off.  No one was hurt.  The incident occurred about a mile north of Downing.

Five People are Bitten by Rabid Dogs Here Lately

            Abb VESTAL is just home from the Pasteur Institute at Austin where he took the treatment to prevent rabies after having been bitten by a mad dog.  He acted promptly after being bitten and no ill effects are likely to follow.

            About a week ago someone dropped a box by the roadside, north of town, in which were two bull pups.  Rufus OTWELL found the dogs.  It seems these dogs changed owners two or three times within the next few days, before anyone was found who really wanted them.  One found a home at Marvin OTWELL’s and in a day or two Mrs. OTWELL, their daughter, Miss Elta, and young son, Milton, had been bitten.  Mr. OTWELL had been assisting Clyde NABORS in harvesting peanuts, the dog being carried along to the NABORS’ home.  The NABORS’ year old baby was bitten.  Then the dog showed signs of rabies.

            The OTWELL and NABORS families started Sunday for Austin carrying the dog along.  They arrived there late Sunday, and during the night the pup died in the box.  However, when examined next morning it was found to be unmistakably rabid.  And so the four victims are being treated.

            Cager MOHON got one of the pups, and as soon as he learned that the other was mad, he had his killed.  So far as known it bit no one as it had been kept tied up.


Mrs. M.A. COLLINS of Ballinger, mother of Mrs. C.E. BASS, is here for an extended visit in the home of her daughter.  She may spend a good portion of the winter here, Mrs. BASS said.

Mr. and Mrs. W.L. STEAKLEY are home from Temple where they attended the funeral of R. DUNCAN, a brother of Mrs. STEAKLEY.  Mr. DUNCAN died Monday and was buried Tuesday this week.  He had lived in Temple for forty years.

Mr. and Mrs. I.D. HEARNE and children from Mineral Wells were here Sunday visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. CULPEPPER.  Mrs. HEARNE was accompanied home by her mother who will visit there a month.

Tate COUNTS, who has been at Kansas City the past few months working with an organization in putting out Worth Auto Cleaner, is at home for a few days with his family.

Misses Macie BOSWELL and May Dell HAMILTON from Stephenville were here last week end, guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. BOSWELL and Mr. and Mrs. W. HAMILTON.

J. Doss MILLER, Sr. is somewhat improved after a severe attack of illness at his home within the past few days.  His friends will be glad to know that he is better.

Friends of J.M. WHALEY have missed him from the street during the past few weeks.  He has been confined to his room, or at least has not been able to be in town for six or seven weeks.  He is gradually regaining his strength and it is hoped will be out in a few days.

Downing News

Miss Buna SIMPSON and Mr. R.V. LESLIE, who are attending school at Stephenville, spent the week end with home folks here.

Mrs. A.L. PIPER returned from the sanitarium at Stephenville Friday night.  She is doing well.

Mr. and Mrs. A.J. CHAMPION spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Ross BOYD of this place.  Mr. BOYD is on the sick list.

Uncle Dock MORRISON, who has been on the sick list for a week, is improving.


Miss Myrtle STEPHENS of Dublin is visiting her sister, Mrs. Wade COWAN.

The representatives of the Comyn Sunday School who attended the B.Y.P.U. Convention at Comanche last Sunday afternoon were Messrs. Tom HAZZARD, W.J. PRESTON, Mr. and Mrs. Jim CHANDLER, Mrs. Wade COWAN, Mrs. Rich COWAN and baby, Mrs. B.L. PAINTER and children and Misses Anabelle COWAN and Myrtle STEPHENS.

Mr. and Mrs. S.W. LAMINACK had as their guests last week Mrs. LAMINACK’s brother, J.A. VANCE and family of Ranger and her daughter, Miss Barbara DEAN of Dallas.  Miss DEAN accompanied the VANCE family on their return to Ranger where she will visit for a few days.

Mrs. M.E. PARKER of Leuders is here visiting her sons, A.V. and Dave FLOYD and families.

Willis DICKEY and family were moved to Hawley last Friday by B.L. PAINTER.  Mr. DICKEY, who has been a Humble Oil Co. employee of this place for several years was transferred to their station at Hawley.

General BUSBY of Desdemona visited during the latter part of the week with his relatives, C.S. DRY and family.

Mr. and Mrs. OWENS of De Leon visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.W. DICKEY during the week end.

Mrs. Ermine POWELL began her work Monday as principal of the Liberty School.  This is Miss POWELL’s second term at that place.


School began Monday with a good attendance.  Mr. A.L. ALLISON is the principal, and Miss Bertha LUCAS is the primary teacher.  Both are from Huckaby.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin CLEMENTS from Big Spring are visiting Mrs. CLEMENTS sister, Mrs. Fred NEWTON of this community and also relatives of Jakehamon.

Mrs. F.C. MOORE and family, who have been off picking cotton for the past month, returned to their home in this community last Sunday.

Watt GOODSON and family have been visiting in Desdemona this week.  Mrs. GOODSON’s brother, H.M. FINCANNON happened to a serious accident Sunday and she has been staying at Gorman with him.


©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.