The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, November 1, 1929


H.C. Kennedy in Charge of De Leon Service Station

            The Free Press has not before mentioned the fact that H.C. KENNEDY has taken charge of the De Leon Service Station, across the street south from Egbert’s Bakery, and is giving the best of service to his many friends there.  KENNEDY is continuing to sell Texas Co. gasoline and motor oil and he also has a line of tires and tubes.  He invites your patronage.

Bob Warren and Family Move Back from Stamford

            Mr. and Mrs. Bob WARREN and children are moving back this week from Stamford where they resided for the past several years, having purchased the old WARREN homestead five miles south of town.  Their friends will be glad of their return.


            Twin girls were born to Mr. and Mrs. Rufus OTWELL, Thursday, October 24.  They lived only a short time.  Mr. and Mrs. OTWELL have the sympathy of their many friends in their loss.

Strickland Continues Ill

            G.M. STRICKLAND continues ill at his home in Heath Addition.  Mr. STRICKLAND has been confined to his room for the past three weeks with a kidney malady which it is hoped will be only temporary.  He is some better now than when first taken ill.

Death Came to Will Thomas, 60

            Will E. THOMAS, 60, prominent farmer of this section for perhaps twenty-five years, died at his home near Duster Thursday last week and his mortal remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Victor the following day.  THOMAS was a son of the late J.W. THOMAS and wife of Victor.  His father has been dead for a number of years.  His mother survives.

            Will THOMAS led an active and useful life, rearing a family of four sons and one daughter, who survive him, and was counted an honest and honorable man.  He was of the Missionary Baptist faith, and his pastor, Rev. W.L. SKAGGS, spoke at length of his life and works at the graveside where his remains were laid to rest.  Sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.

Pioneer Downing Woman is Dead

            Death came to relieve the suffering of Mrs. Susannah KELLY, aged 82 years, 10 months and 28 days, at Downing last Friday, October 25th.  Her remains were carried to the Zion Hill cemetery where the funeral and burial took place Saturday following.  Mrs. KELLY had lived in Comanche county for perhaps half a century.  She had three daughters living in the Downing section.  They are Mesdames Ben SCOTT, Dave WILSON and John WILSON.  Free Press regrets that we do not have other particulars.


            While W.M. RIPPETOE and his wife were on a visit with their son, W.T. RIPPETOE at Westbrook, Mr. RIPPETOE had a sudden attack of acute indigestion.  A physician was called and Mr. RIPPETOE got better.  On the following morning he got up and thought he was better.  The men went to work and at 1:30p.m. while lying across a bed, he raised up to take a dose of medicine and did.  He laid back down and suddenly gasped for breath, and his spirit went back to God who gave it.

            He was prepared and brought back to the home he had shortly left, hale and hearty.  On Sunday evening, Oct. 20 at 5 o’clock, he was laid to rest in Round Grove cemetery.  Rev. SMALLWOOD, his pastor and Uncle George ROSS conducted the funeral services.  The singing was directed by Homer HAFFORD and Dean GARDNER.

            C.H. SHARP and Vance SINGLETON of De Leon were the undertakers in charge, who did all they could do, with the many flowers presented by friends, to leave the memory of the last resting place, as a beautiful mound of green grass and beautiful flowers.

            W.M. RIPPETOE was born January 15, 1847 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  He was married to Sarah Addie Belle MANCHESTER, in September 1867.  To this union were born 12 children, 6 boys and 6 girls, ten of whom are now living.  They are: Ed and J.H. RIPPETOE, of Dublin Rt. 3; Mrs. R.L. BLACK and Mrs. Tilmon DYSON of Desdemona; Mrs. Whipple JONES, Olden; Mrs. Bruce CLIFF, Haskell; Mrs. Josephine SAMPSON, Long Beach, Calif; R.L. RIPPETOE, Mercury; Sam RIPPETOE, Breckenridge; W.T. RIPPETOE, Westbrook.  All were present at the funeral except Mrs. CLIFF and Mrs. SAMPSON.

            He trusted Christ as his personal Savior and together with his wife, joined the Missionary Baptist church in 1883.  In 1895, he left Arkansas with his family and moved to Erath County, Texas where he has lived ever since with the exception of two years in Comanche County.

            He was the oldest charter member of the Highland Baptist church.  He loved his Lord and Master and the work with the church.  The doctrine of the Bible he held very dear in his heart, and talked it out to the world whether at home or abroad, which was one of his greatest loves.  Work nor pleasures of the world did not seem to tempt him to stay away from his church.  He was one of the most faithful members in attendance.  Jesus said, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant, thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things, enter into the joy of the Lord.” –Matt 25-29.

            He was a strong believer in Salvation by grace through faith, and died in a triumphant faith in the promise of his savior in John 3-16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life.”  Being a believer in this Christ, he believed his spirit or soul was born of God, that when he died, his spirit would return back to God and his body back to earth.  “I know my redeemer liveth though skin worms may destroy this body yet in my flesh I shall see God.” –Job. 19-25.

            He believed without a doubt the words of Paul, 1 Cor. 15, that those bodies shall be resurrected, a glorious body of the many good things we might say of him.  We loved him and will miss him so much.  He had rather have the approval of his Lord and Master, even under heavy persecution from his dearest friends, and be one of that blessed number.

            To the many friends who helped administer to him or his loved ones in the hour, gave him water when thirsty, fed him when hungry, visited him while sick, covered his casket and grave with flowers, wept, on the Judgment morning, Jesus will say unto thee, “Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least one of these, my brethren, you have done it unto me.”



            J.N. SANDERS and Mrs. Ilma HARRIS were married at 5:00 o’clock p.m. Saturday, October 26th, 1929, at Waurika, Okla.  The marriage vows were taken before Judge BAKER at his office in Waurika.

            Mrs. HARRIS formerly lived in Ft. Worth, having made her home in that city for twelve years.  She formerly lived in Comanche county, having been reared near Duster where she will be remembered as Miss Ilma BOYKIN.  Her brothers, well known Comanche county men, both died in 1918.

            Mr. and Mrs. SANDERS sprung a complete surprise on their friends here.  He went to Ft. Worth and was joined there by his bride-to-be and they drove into Oklahoma to avoid the Texas marriage law.  (By the way, that law ought to be repealed.  It’s losing Texas too much money.  But that is neither here nor there.)  Mr. and Mrs. SANDERS were married the same day, later visiting in Oklahoma City, then came back for brief visits to friends or relatives at Burkburnet, Graham and Cisco. 

            They are now at home at his comfortable country place, seven miles west of De Leon.  Friends wish for them much happiness.


            Miss Modelle IRVIN and Mr. Billie GILBERT were happily united in marriage October 24 at 11:15 a.m. in Eastland, Rev. W.T. TURNER, pastor of the Baptist Church officiating.

            Mrs. GILBERT is a lovable young woman and was reared in De Leon.  She is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Horace IRVIN.

            Mr. GILBERT was reared in Mineral Wells where his parents now reside.  He is operator for the Humble Co. at Comyn.

            Mr. and Mrs. GILBERT will reside here.  Their many friends wish for them much happiness.

South Ward Honor Roll

First Grade:  Billy PEAK, Johnnie Ronald PEEVY, Bruce TERRILL, Gladys CULPEPPER, Allie Bell HUDSON, Olive Jean LEIGON, Mary Jeanne NEWTON, and Mary Jean VAUGHN.

Second Grade:  Robert COOK, Terrill SHARP, Mary SALTER, Elaine HAMPTON, Darleen VAN ZANDT, Helen HALL, Lorene WALTRIP, and June TERRILL.

Third Grade:  Josie Beth ALLEN, Ruby Lee PELL, Helen WALL, Elaine SCOTT, and Johnnie NORWOOD.

Fourth Grade:  Margaret SHARP and Frances HALL.

Seventh Grade: Pansy MULLOY and Lady Grace WHALEY.

Miscellaneous Local News Items

            Mrs. Laura J. VALENTA, proprietor of the Travelers Hotel, had a glad surprise this week when E.J. and Miss Edna VALENTA, twin son and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. H. KAPLAN, another daughter and her husband, came to visit her.  Miss Edna will remain for a month or more.

Rook Club

            Mrs. Harold WILLIAMS entertained the Rook Club last Thursday with a Hallowe’en party.  There were five tables, high score going to Mrs. C.H. SHARP.  Delicious refreshments were served to the members and the following guests:  Mesdames May WHALEY, Bob WHALEY, D.E. NORTON, B.W. AYERS, C.E. BASS, W.W. GREGORY, J. WEAVER, S.G. PARKS, Paul MORGAN, Marchbanks, and Mrs. Colquitt WILLIAMS and Mrs. EDMONDSON of Comanche.

            The club meets next with Mrs. Joe ASHBY on Friday, November 1.

Mrs. S.A. Duke Entertained the 42 Club Saturday

            Mrs. S.A. DUKE entertained the 42 Club Saturday at 3:00 p.m.  There were three tables.  A delicious salad course was served to the following:

            Mesdames Curt MORRIS, Jno. A. MOHON, J.H. GRIZZELLE, A.M. ALLEN, O.M. BUCHAN, DONOHUE, Archie LEE and Misses Lillian MOHON, Della WALL, Roger Mae SMITH and Mrs. Feltz TERRILL.

Mrs. Smith Gives Tea Honoring Mother

            One of the most enjoyable social events of the season was the reception given by Mrs. Jeff SMITH on Thursday afternoon, from three to five o’clock in honor of her mother, Mrs. R.B. KEE.

            The house was beautifully decorated with autumn leaves and chrysanthemums.  The guests were received by Mrs. SMITH and then passed down the receiving line consisting of Mesdames R.B. KEE, Jno. T. DAY of Hamlin, W.T. PATTERSON of Rotan, J.C. ELLIS, Abilene, John A. KEE, Ft. Worth, Mrs. Garland TOMLIN and grand daughter, Mrs. Jimmy BRITT of Ft. Worth.

            The dining room was attractive with its soft lights and lovely flowers.  Mrs. May WHALEY and Mrs. W.H. WILLIAMS presided at the beautifully appointed table.  They were assisted by the three young grand daughters of Mrs. KEE, Misses Margaret ELLIS, Lucile KEE and Grace SMITH.  Mrs. Clark NICHOLS and Mrs. C.H. SHARP also assisted in serving.

            The Hallowe’en idea was carried out in the dainty refreshments.  The only gentleman present was Mr. John KEE of Ft. Worth.  All of the children of Mrs. KEE were present except two sons, Charley KEE of Bentonville, Ark. and Dick KEE of this city.

            The following ladies called during the afternoon:



W.L. SALTER was called Saturday night to Gainesville to the bedside of his father, who is seriously ill.

Mrs. Stuart CATE and small son of Breckenridge are guests this week of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.C. SMITH.

H.R. GUYTON of Walnut Springs was a week-end guest of his sister, Mrs. L.R. CULPEPPER.

Mr. and Mrs. M.O. PITTMAN of Anson were Sunday guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY.

Mr. and Mrs. Autry SELF, Pete McCLELLAN and Murray NICHOLS of Olden were Saturday visitors with Dr. and Mrs. J.E. SELF and Mr. and Mrs. C. NICHOLS.

Mrs. Lyman E. FORREST of Thurber was here last week, guest of her mother, Mrs. A.K. BENDER.

C.L. KINCHEN, Jr., of Abilene, was here Sunday visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. KINCHEN.

Nath NABORS returned a few days ago from Floydada where he spent a couple of weeks with his daughter, Mrs. Perry HANEY.

F.A. RUFF has gone to Trent to make his home for the present with his daughter, Faye, now Mrs. O.W. HATFIELD, whose husband is employed by the Phillips Petroleum Co. at that place.

Misses May Dell HAMILTON and Macie BOSWELL of Stephenville were here Sunday visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. HAMILTON and Mr. and Mrs. R.C. BOSWELL.

Mr. and Mrs. Bob SCOTT and daughter, Miss Zoe, have moved this week, he going to Santa Anna, and his wife and daughter going to Denison where they formerly lived.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer TATE were here Sunday from Brownwood, guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.G. TATE.

Mrs. A.E. WESSON and daughter, Miss Virginia GRACE, were Sunday visitors with their son and brother, Mr. and Mrs. Richard WESSON of Gainesville.


Mr. G.E. RILEY has had to go to a specialist several times the past few weeks for treatment of his eyes.

Mrs. J.H. ADAMS and Mrs. J.C. PEAK and children went to Gorman Monday afternoon to visit Mrs. PEAK’s niece, Mrs. Ona May MORTON, who is ill at the sanitarium.

Mr. and Mrs. Freddie OSBORN of Big Lake visited with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.L. OSBORN last week.

Elmon WAYLAND, who is at his uncle’s picking cotton, happened to an unusual and near serious accident at a gin near his uncle’s place.  He was at the gin and in some manner stepped from a platform some ten feet high rendering him unconscious for several hours.

G.A. CLARK, while not the youngest man in the community, claims to be the champion peanut shaker.  Mr. CLARK does not only shake peanuts but between time he builds flues, having recently constructed that kind of improvement at his home.

Friends of Uncle Bob GREGORY met in his field and assisted him in his peanut harvest.  This was done as a neighborly act and without pay.  Uncle Bob has resided in this community for nearly half a century and is loved and respected by all.  School dismissed a little early that day and all the teachers and about forty children helped in shaking and shocking the field of peanuts.

Emil YOUNG and Eldon WYNN are on a trip through western Oklahoma where Mr. YOUNG plans to locate in connection with certain gasoline manufacturing plants.


©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.