The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, October 25, 1929



            Alvie Walter BROWNLEE was born February 16, 1877 in Benton County, Mississippi and departed this life Oct. 15, 1929, at 11:00 p.m.

            He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. BROWNLEE.  With his parents he moved to Titus County when he was eighteen years old and at the age of twenty he was married to Miss Della BROWNLEE and to this union two boys and three girls were born.  They were all present when the end came.  The children are Cleburne and M.T. and Mrs. Erma Lee HUDDLESTON, Mrs. Inez STACY and two grandchildren, Nella V. STACY and two grandchildren, Nella V. BROWNLEE and Billie LaRue HUDDLESTON.  The family moved to De Leon in 1904 where they have continually resided.

            Mr. BROWNLEE gave his heart to the Lord when a young man and united with the Methodist church in which he lived a true Christian life.  He was an honest and upright citizen, a true neighbor, and a kind and devoted husband and father.  He had many relatives and friends who mourn his going as he was loved by all who knew him but we will patiently wait to meet him on the golden shore where we know he is watching and waiting for our coming.

            The funeral was conducted on Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. by Rev. Harvey ANDERSON and Rev. A.F. NABERS, after which the body was laid away amid many beautiful floral offerings in the presence of a large congregation of relatives and friends. –Contributed.

Howell Family Reunion

            Last Sunday Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HOWELL, Sr. had as their guests, all of their children except the two youngest sons.  Will HOWELL and wife were present from Cleburne; Earl HOWELL from Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. W.R. CLARK and children from Ranger, and Mr. and Mrs. J.P. HOWELL, De Leon.  Paul, one of the younger sons, is in New Orleans with the Johns-Marisville Co., and Russell is taking his last years work at State University.


            The marriage of Mr. J.D. STRUBE to Miss Mildred WALTRIP, occurred at the home of Rev. and Mrs. J.M. STRICKLAND at 7:30 o’clock p.m. Thursday, October 17, Rev. STRICKLAND officiating.  The young couple were accompanied by Calvin WALTRIP and Miss Era MOHAN.  The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.M. WALTRIP, the groom a son of Mr. and Mrs. Harve STRUBE.  Both are most excellent young people, well known and well liked by many friends in and around De Leon.  Best wishes go with them as they start life together.

Baby Died

            A fine baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Dale BOSWELL, October 16 and lived a few short minutes.  She was only a little rose, budded on earth to bloom in Heaven.  She is beckoning to you to come, dear parents.

            Jesus said, “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” –Contributed.

Card of Thanks

            We wish to thank each and every one for their kindness and the many beautiful flowers and nice meals furnished by loving friends, when we lost by death our dear husband and father, Walter BROWNLEE. May God’s richest blessings rest on each of you is our prayer.


Mr. and Mrs. Cleburne BROWNLEE

Mr. and Mrs. I.C. STACY

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence HUDDLESTON

Mrs. Richeson Ill

            Friends of Mrs. W.W. RICHESON will regret to know that she became ill and had an operation at King Daughters Hospital at Temple last Saturday.  She rallied nicely Sunday,  Rev. RICHESON said, and gives every promise of speedy recovery.  She is in Room 309 Kings Daughters Hospital, Temple.

North Ward Honor Roll

First Grade:  Jimmy SMALLWOOD, Esther ANDERSON, Willie Mae WISDOM, Irene SLAUGHTER, Elizabeth MORELAND, Lela DENDY, Billie Faye BROWNLEE, Herbert DAVENPORT.

Second Grade:  Rosa Lee McCURDY.

Third Grade:  Syble ANDERSON, Lavois CHERRY, Louise PIERCE.

Fourth Grade:  Atlas CHARLES.

Sixth Grade: Lillie Marie UNDERHILL.

Produce Man Attending Ft. Worth Convention

            Colonel William Walter NANCE, general manager of Central Texas Produce Co. at this place, has gone to Ft. Worth to attend the convention of the Southwestern Poultry Association.  He was accompanied to Ft. Worth by his son, W.W. Jr., who went to Dallas to attend the Fair.

This Fish Story is a True One

            Mr. and Mrs. F.L. RANDALL are home from a two weeks vacation trip to Corpus Christi.  While there, Mr. RANDALL was successful in landing a six-foot tarpon and has pictures to back up the story.  Besides the tarpon they also caught a couple of hammer head sharks and an abundance of speckled trout.  Mr. RANDALL is an oiler for the Humble at Comyn.

De Leon Boy Gets Honor at Simmons

            Emmett L. HOWARD, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. HOWARD of this city, has recently elected as associate editor of the Simmons Brand, weekly newspaper of Simmons University. 

            Howard has already enough college credit to take his AB degree; however he plans to continue his work and take both an AB and an MA degree at the commencement in June.

            Emmett has made a splendid record in Simmons besides being connected with the campus publication.  He has been very active in all collegiate activities, being a member of the Cowboy Band, secretary of the John Tarleton Club, and a member of several of the major committees of the senior class.

Miscellaneous Local News

W.B. RAY and daughter, Miss Lorene, were in Dallas last week-end visiting his brother, Dr. Henry RAY and family and attending the Dallas Fair.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. HOWARD and Mr. and Mrs. C.L. KINCHEN and daughter, Miss Evelyn, were visitors Sunday in Abilene.

Mrs. Carl DUKE from Iraan was here last week-end guest of her sister, Miss Odette GILLOCK and other relatives.

Mrs. Cecil COONER from Ft. Worth was a week-end guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.P. LLOYD.

Miss Alma Nell TATE was a weekend visitor in Stephenville with her sister, Miss Anna Mae TATE.

Misses Lillie and Lora SINGLETON left this week for Old Glory, near Rule, where they will teach again this winter.

Mrs. Joe BLITCH and children were guests in Cisco Wednesday, guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. BLITCH.

Miss Ruth HARVEY from Moran was a week-end guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY.

Mrs. Buck WILLIAMSON and children are home from El Dorado, Ark. where they have lived the past several months.

Mrs. A.P. SCHMIDT and family and Miss Gussie INSALL were in Eastland Saturday.  Misses Susan SCHMIDT and Miss Gussie INSALL are studying violin under Mrs. Wildo Dragoo CATEN who has recently returned from Europe where she studied violin.

Mrs. Orlena SMITH has returned from Sulphur Springs where she spent the last two months visiting her father, J.W. JONES.

Mrs. W.J. PHELPS spent the weekend with her niece, Mrs. Lillian BURNS of Desdemona.


Mr. and Mrs. S.R. MAYES of Grisham spent the week-end in the home of Mrs. MAYES’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. EASLEY.

Mrs. M. B. TEAGUE and children spent the week-end in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie FLOYD.

T.P. PATTERSON left Monday for an extended visit with his son, Burt PATTERSON and family of Munday.

Mr. and Mrs. Whit SIDES have as their guests this week their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Jim DAVIS and children of Snyder.

Miss Velma GEORGE spent last week with her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. A.E. THOMAS of Ft. Worth.

J.G. WALDEN left last week, going to his home at Megargle.  Mrs. Henry WALDEN and her nephew, Conner STEELE, accompanied him home for a few days’ visit.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul DAVIS of Stephenville visited her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H.C. SPENCER last Sunday.

Mrs. Hardy HAZZARD is visiting her sister, Mrs. THORNTON of Stephenville.

Mr. and Mrs. W.R. HEIZER of Throckmorton spent the week-end visiting in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. WATSON.

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale BOSWELL who died at the home of Mrs. BOSWELL’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. WATSON was buried Wednesday afternoon in the Comyn cemetery.

W.M. RIPPETOE of the Highland community died at the home of his son, Tom RIPPETOE of Colorado Saturday.  The body was returned here early Sunday morning and the funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the Round Grove Church.  Rev. SMALLWOOD of the Highland church assisted by Rev. Geo. ROSS conducted the funeral services.  Mr. RIPPETOE was the grandfather of Ernest, Walter and Emmett RIPPETOE and Mrs. Herman GILDER of the Round Grove Community.


©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.