The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, November 8, 1929


Roberts Opens New Rawleigh Store and Café

            S.W. ROBERTS and sons have this week opened a Rawleigh store and lunch place in the building next door to the Western Union Telegraph Co.  Mr. ROBERTS will handle a full line of Rawleigh medicines and merchandise, and the two sons, Jack and Tiny, will operate a lunch place, serving chili and hamburgers, hot coffee, pie, etc.

            During the week the place has been thoroughly cleaned and renovated, partitions put in, tables arranged for serving, and everything made ready for business.  This new business place invites your patronage, especially to try their old-time Mexican Chili.

De Leon Girl Honored by Baylor Society

            Miss Roger Mae SMITH was initiated into membership in the Baylor College chapter of the “Scholarship Societies of the South” on Nov. 5th.  About twenty-five young ladies, Seniors and Juniors this year, and graduate members from 1929, were included in the initiation, Miss SMITH being one of the latter.

            Miss SMITH, now a member of the faculty of De Leon schools, won many scholarship honors during her college career at “Baylor-Belton.”

Improvement is Noted in Humphrey Addn. Buildings

            L.G. MILLER and Bud GLOVER are now housed in a nice new brick garage building immediately across the street from Holdridge’s suburban store, Humphrey Addition, where they will do automobile and general repair work on cars.  Their building was only recently completed and is quite nice and well equipped for a workshop.

            A new brick building is being erected on the lot north from Holdridge mill building.  This will be the new business home of S.W. SHORT and S.N. WILKERSON who will engage in the blacksmithing business there.  The foundation of concrete is completed.  The building will be size 36 x 90 feet.  Messrs. SHORT and WILKERSON have purchased the blacksmithing equipment of the Holdridge organization.

            Add these two new bricks to the nice brick buildings already owned by Holdridge & Sons at that corner, and one will find quite a busy suburban business section here.

Dry Goods Man Moves to Snyder

            J.Q. BARNES of De Leon, who is taking charge of the dry goods department of the Bryant-Link co. Friday, has moved with his wife and two children to make Snyder his permanent home.

            At De Leon, Mr. BARNES was manager of the Garner-Alvis store, one of Central Texas’ leading dry goods store chains.  He has had extensive experience in the selling end of the business.

            Friends and patrons of the store are invited to get acquainted with the new dry goods department manager. –Snyder News

These Firms to Close Stores on Armistice Day

            We, the undersigned, agree to close our places of business all day Armistice Day, Monday, November 11th.

De Leon Free Press

Christie & Co.

Kinchen Tailor Shop

Grisham Barber Shop

Holdridge & Sons

Higginbotham Bros. & Co.

Terrill Grocery Co.

H. Hampton

T.P. Weaver & Son

A.M. Allen

Plemmons Drug Co.

Security State Bank

E.E. Dabney Hardware

Bibby’s Variety Store

C.G. Foust Lumber

Garner-Alvis Co.  

W.E. Howell Sr. 

M. Livingston

W.L. Blair

Walker Garage

Bell Barber Shop

J.W. Haynes


F.L. Kemp

J.W. Howard

Morton & Sikes

Estes Barber Shop

W.H. Smith Stores

City Meat Market

Nance Radio Shop

Owl Confectionery

C.M. Waltrip

L.L. Miller

C.F. Cathey

Strickland & Terrill

Polnac Welding Co.

Butler & Morton

F. & M. National Bank

A.A. Hansford

J.T. Edmondson

A. & P. Tea Co.

Helen Smallwood

            Helen, aged 3, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Karl SMALLWOOD, who reside in the northwest portion of the city, died at their home Thursday, October 31.  There had been scarlet fever in the home, and little Helen had been vaccinated, dying of complications.  Her tiny body was laid to rest at De Leon cemetery Friday, Rev. Montie A. DAVIS speaking words of sympathy and hope at the graveside.  Mr. SMALLWOOD has been in the employ of the Katy in De Leon for the past three years.

Lewis Brumbelow Died Wednesday

            Lewis BRUMBELOW is dead.  Death came suddenly at noon Wednesday, November 6th, 1929.  While he had been in failing health of late months, his death was not expected.  He had been squirrel hunting during the morning.  A mist came up and he returned to his home shortly before noon.  Two cars were standing out.  He ran one into the garage and attempted to crank another.  Failing, he went into the house, came out shortly afterwards and he and his wife attempted to move the car.  Failing again, they returned to the house where he was shortly stricken down.

            Just what caused his death is not known.  A month ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis.  In times past he had been subject to acute indigestion.  Probably one of those maladies took him away.  He lived but a short time after being stricken.  A De Leon physician arrived a few moments before he expired but to no avail.

            Mr. BRUMBELOW was born in Arkansas on April 13, 1867 and came to Texas with his parents when but four years of age.  He spent fifty-eight years as a resident of Comanche county.  On Dec. 29, 1889 he was married to Miss Lou HARRELL.  Thirteen children were born to them.  All but one son, Blair, survive him.  They are Mrs. Fannie SOUTHALL, Fryonna, Texas; Mrs. Inez MARTIN, Desdemona; and Misses Annie, Hulet, Merle B. Bean B. and Grace B., the latter two being students at College of Industrial Arts at Denton.  Sons are Sid, Bill, John, Ike and Carl.

            Accepting Christ as his personal Savior, Lewis BRUMBELOW united with the Missionary Baptist church on Oct. 7, 1892 and during the intervening years lived an active and consistent Christian life.  In his passing, the church of which he was a member has lost a staunch adviser and supporter and his community a solid and substantial citizen, the home a loving and provident husband and father.  He was successful in financial affairs, having shown wisdom in the handling of funds to the extent that he had considerable interests beyond his land holdings.

            The funeral service and burial was at the family burying ground at Victor cemetery Thursday afternoon, a very large number of sorrowing friends being present to mingle their tears with those of the sorrowing family.  Rev. R.L. SMALLWOOD of Stephenville conducted the service.

Mrs. V.T. Ash Died in N. Mex.

            For the first time in their lives all the eight children of Mrs. V.T. ASH, of Clovis, N. Mex., were together at the graveside when their mother was laid to rest last Saturday morning.  Her eldest son was 19 years of age and gone from home when the youngest was born, and it so happened that all were never together at any one time.

            W.B. ASH of this city received a message Thursday last week that his mother was dying at Clovis.  Mr. ASH, accompanied by his daughter, Miss Velma, started out in their car immediately and in eleven hours had made the distance of 381 miles, arriving at Clovis at 4:00a.m. Friday, four hours after his mother had passed away.  The long night drive was not accomplished with out some difficulty, snow and ice being encountered in the panhandle country.  The body was shipped back to the old home in Williamson county to Round Rock, where the family had lived for perhaps 80 years, and burial took place at Merrilltown cemetery, the old family burying ground Sunday, Nov. 2nd.

            This was the first natural death in the immediate family for 51 years, Miss Velma ASH told the Free Press.  Her grandfather was shot to death in Williamson county 37 years ago, and her sister, a small child, was crushed to death by caving earth while playing in a gravel pit at Snyder 19 years ago.  Other than these, death had not invaded the family circle.

            Mrs. ASH is survived by a sister who lives at Sweetwater, 3 daughters at Round Rock, Clovis and Tucson; five sons, three at El Paso, one at Douglas, Ariz and W.B. ASH of De Leon.  There were 25 grand children and 9 great grand children.  She was 74 years of age.  She had been a member of the Methodist church since about 15 years ago.

Mrs. R. Brashear Died in Uvalde

            Mrs. Josephine (OWENS) BRASHEAR was born in Pensacola, Florida, Oct. 29, 1850 and died at the home of her son, Chris BRASHEAR in Bluett, Uvalde County, Texas, October 31, 1929. 

            When a child seven years of age, she moved with her parents to Horton County, Texas, where she was reared.  She was married to Richard R. BRASHEAR in 1869.  To this union were born ten children, only seven of whom survive.  They are Mrs. Anne GALLOWAY, Coleman; Mrs. Belle BURLESON, Prague, Oklahoma; Chris BRASHEAR, Bluett; Richard and Will BRASHEAR of Hico; Garland BRASHEAR, Gorman; Mrs. Nellie BROWN.  There are 40 grandchildren and 45 great grand children.

            Mr. and Mrs. BRASHEAR have resided here for 23 years.  Mr. BRASHEAR preceded her to the better world by only twenty days, dying here on Oct. 11.

            Mrs. BRASHEAR was a member of the Christian Church for forty years and died in a triumphant faith, having bade each of her children good-bye, saying she was ready to go, and asking them to meet her in Heaven.  -Contributed

Bridge Club

            The Bridge Club met Tuesday afternoon with Mrs. Joe ASHBY as hostess.  There were three tables of bridge.  Mrs. Bob HALEY won high score.  A salad course was served to members present and the following guests:  Mesdames R.L. SCOTT, F.E. KEITH, John WEAVER, H.E. WHITTLE, and Miss Mary Louise GRIZZELLE.

Dinner in Honor of Aunt Fanny Brown

            Sunday, October 27, Mrs. WHEAT gave a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, pies, cakes, salads, snap beans, cream peas, candied potatoes, celery, lettuce in honor of the birthday of her mother, Aunt Fannie BROWN who was 80 years old.  Those present were:

            Mr. and Mrs. WHEAT and children, Mrs. D. GUY and children, Mrs. SIBLEY and children of Ft. Worth, Mr. and Mrs. Harry McFADDEN and children of Arlington, Alvin WALKER, Mrs. WHITE and daughter, Mother CURRY of Ft. Worth, Mrs. John REID, Mr. and Mrs. Manley STONE, Mrs. Monia ANDERSON and children, Mrs. Polly STONE, Mrs. HAYES, Johnnie HAYNES, Mrs. Rider, Mrs. DENDY, Mr. and Mrs. Joe RICH, Noley GRAY, Mr. and Mrs. M. LOGAN, Ada and Joe WISDOM, Mrs. MATHIS and children, Greenville and Mrs. Lena MOHON.

            Aunt Fannie’s many friends wish for her many more happy birthdays.

Former De Leon Girl Married at Lubbock

            Miss Edna Earl PATTERSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.L. PATTERSON, and grand daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. GREER and Mr. and Mrs. A.J. PATTERSON, all of this city, was married in Lubbock on Wednesday, October 23rd, 1929 at 9:00 o’clock a.m. to Mr. Bob WAYLAND of Plainview.  The marriage was solemnized at the home of the bride’s parents, the pastor of a Lubbock Baptist church officiating.

            Following the ceremony the young couple went to San Antonio on a honeymoon trip and while returning from there came to De Leon for a brief visit with relatives while returning to the west.  The many friends who knew Miss Edna EARL when she lived here will be interested to know of her marriage and with the writer extend to the young couple best wishes.


            On Monday, October 28, Mr. Wilbur FOWLER and Miss Rema EZZELL, both of Desdemona, surprised their many friends by motoring to Stephenville where they were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony by the Justice of the Peace of that city.

            The bride is the charming and lovable daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. EZZELL, who for a number of years lived here, moving away some few months ago.  She is the center of a wide circle of admiring friends.  She is one whose amiability will make her a most pleasant companion.

            Mr. FOWLER was reared to manhood at Desdemona and is a man of exemplary character, well liked and highly respected in his community.  He has been employed by the Humble Oil Co. for some six years.

            These young people will make their home in Desdemona.  Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. FOWLER as they start wedded life together!  -Contributed.


“Billie Ruth” is the name of the tiny baby girl which came into the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. POPE at Llano on August 9th.  Mrs. POPE was Miss Ruth FARROW.  Free Press only heard of her arrival a few days ago.

Mr. and Mrs. Glen Edgar MERTEN were the parents of a baby boy, born into their home recently.  The mother and little one are doing nicely.


            A miscellaneous shower was given in honor of Mrs. B.L. GILBERT, formerly Miss Modelle IRVIN of this city, by Mrs. Joe BLITCH, assisted by Mrs. Jack LONDON and Vera MAHAN, Wednesday, October 30th, at the home of Mrs. BLITCH.

            As the guests arrived they were requested to register in the bride’s book.

            Several contests were then held, Mrs. R.L. WHALEY winning first prize and Mrs. W.H. SMITH the second.  The prizes were afterwards presented to the bride.

            Refreshments were then served to the following:

            Mrs. C.C. NICHOLS, Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN, Mrs. Roy HAMMERS, Miss Opal THOMAS, Mrs. W.H. SMITH, Mrs. J.W. HAYNES, Miss Erah MAHAN, Mrs. R.L. WHALEY, Mrs. J.A. MOHON, Mrs. A.C. POLNAC, Mrs. J.G. CAYCE, Mrs. Jeff PEAK, Mrs. Joe ASHBY, Mrs. O.M. BUCHAN, Mrs. J.H. GRIZZELLE, Mrs. C.H. SHARP, Mrs. M.E. BLITCH, Mrs. A.M. ALLEN, Mrs. H.E. IRVIN, Miss Blanche HANFORD, Miss Grace SHORT, Miss Eloise NANCE, Miss ElDora COONER, Miss Lola BELL, Miss Merle TODD, Mrs. Sam SELF, Miss Vera MAHAN, Mrs. W.E. LONDON, and the hostess, Mrs. J.F. BLITCH.


Mr. and Mrs. A.W. SALYER and baby from Hamlin are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse L. HUGHES and his mother, Mrs. A.W. SALYER of Desdemona.

Miss Bartene MOORE was out of school one day last week, being ill with tonsillitis.

Tom ROBBINS of Big Lake is visiting with his brother, O.S. ROBBINS and family this week.

Emil YOUNG and Eldon WYNN are home from an extended tour of Oklahoma.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry WILLIAMS and son of Cisco visited with his sister, Mrs. J.C. PEAK and family Sunday.

Cagie KEITH has been absent from school helping with the peanut harvest at Victor the past week.

Miss Madge McKINNEY is spending this week visiting her sister, Mrs. Opal SHAHAN at Breckenridge.

John CLARK and family of McCamey visited with G.B. CLARK and other relatives in this community last week.

The Honor Roll for the school for October by grades is as follows:

First: Alvin JOHNSON, Allen GREGORY, Roy MIEARS, Alvin McANALLY and Pauline HALE.

Second:  Raymond HUGHES

Third:  Lee Burnell McKINNEY, Maurine MOORE, Gwendolyn ROBBINS.

Fourth: Maxine HALE

Fifth: Weldo BYRD, Mildred McKINNEY, Emogene ADAMS and Glenville HALE.

Sixth: Alma GREGORY and Macie JOHNSON.

Seventh:  Jack KOONCE, Robbie Les ADAMS.

Eighth: Bartene MOORE

Ninth: Raymond LINDLEY, Novis LINDLEY.

Downing News

Miss Audie HULSIE, who is attending school at John TARLETON, spent Sunday with her aunt, Mrs. GOOCH of this place.

Prof. DOWDEY, Arl HATLEY, J.N. BOWEN, Harry ROGERS, David REEVES, J.L. PETERS and R.I. LAUDERMILK attended the Future Farmer’s Convention the last two days of the Dallas Fair.

The Honor roll for the first month of the Downing School is as follows:  First: Ennis LOUDERMILK, Lockie Mae GUNN, Gleen Dale MORRISON.  Second Grade: Ralph PETERS.  Third Grade: Eddie Myrl GUNN.  Fourth Grade: Bernice CARROL, Ninth Grade: Carl WATSON. Tenth Grade: Arl HATTLEY.

Murry LOUDERMILK of Brownwood visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. LAUDERMILK of this place Sunday.

Mr. Chas. SMITH has been laid up with an injured knee for the past two weeks.  We hoe to see him out soon.

Mr. and Mrs. Vester BOYD and family of Abilene spent the week end with Mr. and Mrs. Walker BOYD.

[The following is transcribed exactly as it appears in the paper.]  Mr. Bill GRIFFITH of the Van Dyke of this place were quietly married last Community and Miss Susie WHITLOCK week.  The writer wishes them a long and happy married life.

Mrs. Tressie WILSON and little daughter, Bernice, of Hattiesburg, Miss. Is visiting Mrs. WILSON’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.J. LASSETER.


Mr. and Mrs. A.M. JOHNSTON gave a turkey dinner at their home last Saturday evening observing the birthdays of Mrs. JOHNSTON and her son, A.O., also the birthday of Betty Margurite, small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.C. JOHNSTON of Madisonville.

A birthday dinner was given Sunday honoring Miss Halice DYSON at which roast turkey and many other good things to eat were served.  All present reported an enjoyable occasion.

C.C. MILLER went to Ft. Worth Monday, carrying a truck load of hogs to market.

New Hope News

School work has been hampered somewhat by a few of the children being out to assist in the peanut harvest.  It is hoped they may soon all be back.

George KING, uncle of Oscar NABORS, was visiting in the NABORS home the past week.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley MORELAND Nov. 4, an eight-pound boy.

Mrs. Carl DUKE has gone to Phoenix, Arizona where her husband is at work.

Bun WOODARD from Colorado was here Sunday visiting his mother, Mrs. E.C. WOODARD.

Mrs. Lois TREADWAY from Brownwood was a week end visitor of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. MULL.

Miss Mary KIMBLE was in Breckenridge Sunday visiting her sister, Mrs. G.E. HOOKER.

Miss Bess SLOAN of Stephenville was a Sunday guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. SLOAN.

Mr. and Mrs. N.T. HASKINS were week-end visitors with their son, Joe Carl, in Dallas.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh SINGLETON have just built a new modern home in the west part of town.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack WOODARD and daughter, Miss Naomi, were in Dublin Saturday night, visiting her mother, Mrs. NOEL.

I.F. BAY was in Killeen last week visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. I.W. BAY.  He also visited friends in Lampasas.

Mrs. V.G. LOCKE and little son of Cisco are spending the week in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. DABNEY.

Mrs. A.B. CAMPBELL and two children, Willie Faye and George Owen, of Temple, are here for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George COZBY.

A baby boy was born Nov. 1, to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd HAMPTON in Sayre, Okla.  The baby lived only a short time.  Mrs. HAMPTON is reported as doing 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.