The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, November 15, 1929


Former De Leon People Get Thrill in Car Smashup

            While Mr. and Mrs. C.J.  THOMPSON and small daughter, Ruth Ann, of Wichita Falls, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack PRICE of Lawton, Okla., were en route to De Leon late Saturday night, they had a mishap which furnished plenty of thrill and might easily have resulted seriously.

            Mr. THOMPSON was driving the car and as he rounded a sharp curve near Graham, a large bull suddenly attempted to cross the road, coming into view too late for Mr. THOMPSON to avoid a crash.  The machine struck the animal broadside, resulting in a badly damaged fender and radiator.  Fortunately, no one was hurt, and after some repairs were made on the machine the party resumed their journey, arriving here at 4:00 a.m. Sunday.

            Mrs. THOMPSON was formerly Miss Alice HOWE, and Mrs. PRICE, Miss Virginia SHARP.  They spent Sunday and Armistice Day with home folks.

Beautiful House to be Sold Soon

            The elaborately beautiful house belonging to Riley WORTHY, situated in the east portion of the city, will be sold at auction, to the highest bidder, on Tuesday, December 3rd, 1929, the sale to be conducted before the Court House door in the city of Comanche, between the hours of ten a.m. and four p.m.  The property is newly furnished and will make a very attractive home for anyone interested.

Mrs. John Mowell Passed to Reward

            Mrs. John MOWELL was born in LaFayette county, Miss., July 16, 1842, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C.L. SHORT of near Rucker, at 7:45p.m. Thursday, November 7th, 1929, being eighty-seven years of age when death came.

            Mrs. MOWELL came with her husband to Comanche county from Coryell county in 1898, having come directly there from Mississippi.  Her husband passed away 19 years ago.  There are two living children:  J. Matt MOWELL, Rule; and Mrs. SHORT of Rucker.  There are six grand children and 11 great grand children.

            Mrs. MOWELL had been a faithful and devout member of the Methodist church for 73 years, rearing her children in a living faith, and dying a death triumphant.  Many friends came to pay their last respects when her body was laid to rest beside her husband at Oliver Springs cemetery, Rev. W.L. SKAGGS officiating.

Mrs. Nellie Gregory Passed Away

            Mrs. Nellie GREGORY, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.A. CLARK, answered the call of the death angel after a long period of suffering and pain from which, were it not for those who are left behind to mourn her loss, the peacefulness and sleep of death would be a relief.  Medical science and tender care of loved ones did what they could to stay the hand of death and ministered unto her throughout the long days of her suffering.

            Mrs. GREGORY grew to womanhood in the Robinson Springs community.  She was beloved by all who knew her.  Few persons had a larger number of close friends than this good woman.  Her kind disposition and Christian character endeared her to all with whom she came in contact.  Her immediate family relied upon her counsel and helpfulness.  In the social circle in which she moved as a young woman, she was regarded as a leader.

            The deceased was born Nov. 11, 1885, and was 43 years, 11 months and 11 days old at the time of death.  She was married to L.D. GREGORY in 1907 and is survived by her husband and four children who reside at Albany, having moved to that place from De Leon several years ago.  Also her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. G.A. CLARK, her brothers, G.B., J.A., T.M., and C.M. and her sisters, Mrs. Thelma GUTHERY of Jakehamon community, Mrs. Nora MANNING of Waco, Mrs. L.C. BODINE of McCamey, Mrs. Francis WRIGHT and Miss Opal CLARK are left to mourn the loss and feel the sorrow of a broken family.  Most of her family were with her in the last hours of her earthly life.

            Mrs. GREGORY accepted Christ at Robinson Springs in 1919 and until death called her away she lived a life of noble usefulness and Christian beauty.  She was devoted to her family and home and by precept and example she sought to teach her children to walk in the path of righteousness.  To have lived a Christian life is worthwhile.  This good woman had lived such a life and in the hour of death was not afraid.

            The deceased was brought to the home of her brother, G.B. CLARK, where the friends of the family gathered in obedience to the call of that fast friendship to these good people they came to pay the respects to the dead and offer condolences to the bereaved.  The profusion of floral offering brought in by neighbors and friends was such as to attest the regard and esteem in which the deceased was held by friends and acquaintances.

            The funeral procession was made up at Mr. CLARK’s and burial was at Oliver Springs cemetery where Rev. SKAGGS spoke words of comfort.

Card of Thanks

            We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for the untiring loyalty of our friends throughout our mother and grandmother’s illness and death.  We also wish to include the beautiful floral offerings as well.  May God be with each and every one of you and reward you for your thoughtfulness.

Mr. and Mrs. C.L. SHORT and family

Mr. and Mrs. J.M. MOWELL and family

Card of Thanks

            We wish to thank our friends for their acts of kindness, words of condolence and the beautiful floral offerings at the death of our loving husband, father, brother and uncle.  We also thank Mr. RIPPETOE and Miss CORBELL for the beautiful music.  We feel sure that each of you will be rewarded.

Mrs. Lewis BRUMBELOW and children

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis STEWART


Mr. and Mrs. J.L. RUCKER


Miss Lockie DYER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.F. DYER of this city, was married to Mr. Ben BEACH at 8:00 o’clock p.m. Tuesday, November 5th, 1929.  Rev. FOSTER, a San Angelo minister, united them in the holy bonds at his residence, where the young couple, accompanied by Miss Marie DYER, a sister of the bride, and Mr. Saunders TATE of San Angelo.

            Miss DYER has been working in San Angelo the past two years for the Maurice Dry Goods Co.  Mr. BEACH is manager of the Jones Grocery Co.  Both are excellent young people and many friends wish for them a full measure of the good things of life.

Mrs. Heath Reported Somewhat Improved

            Mrs. J.J. HEATH had an operation for stomach trouble, at Gorman Wednesday last week, and for several days it was not thought she would recover.  However, reports coming from the sanitarium late this week indicate that her condition seems improved and now hope for her recovery is entertained.  Her many friends sincerely trust that she may continue to improve.

Birthday Party

            Mrs. M.E. BLITCH gave a party Nov. 9 from 3:30 to 5:00 o’clock in honor of her daughter, Miss Dorothy’s sixth birthday.  Many pretty gifts were received and several interesting games played, after which refreshments, consisting of cake and punch were served to the following:

            Barneal and Arlen LARSEN, Billie and Clark CLARK, Raymond and Mary Elizabeth CARTER, Johnnie NORWOOD, Mary Jean and Helen NEWTON, Harold and Billie SMITH, Mary Frances FUEL, Kenneth and Charles BASS, A.B. VESTAL, Jr., Dorothy Mae BLITCH, Jimmie SCHMIDT, and Nancy D. ROSS.

Mrs. Archie Lee Entertains the 42 Club

            Mrs. Archie LEE entertained the 42 Club, Saturday, Nov. 9, at the home of Mrs. Johnnie NUNNELLY.  The house was beautifully decorated in autumn leaves, red berries and flowers.  There were six tables.

            Mrs. Jno. A. MOHON played many pretty piano selections while refreshments, consisting of a salad course were served by Mesdames LEE and F. TERRILL to the members and the following guests:

            Mesdames Grady TERRILL, H. SMITH, W.C. LIGHTFOOT, H.H. CARLYLE, C.H. SHARP, Pete SHAVER, George VAUGHN, A.C. SHUMAN, B.J. PITTMAN, Rollie HILL, R.L. HALL, Frank SNEAD, B.W. AYERS, Harold WILLIAMS, W.Z. COMPTON and Miss Evelyn COX.

Mrs. Clark Entertains Bridge and Rook Clubs

            Mrs. W.H. CLALRK was the hostess to the Bridge and Rook Clubs last Tuesday.  There were six tables, high score going to Mrs. Bob WHALEY in Bridge and Mrs. W.C. LIGHTFOOT in Rook.  Refreshments were served to the members and following guests:

            Mesdames T.C. SMITH, W.E. LOWE, May WHALEY, J.C. POPE, A.F. KEITH, A.C. SCHUMAN, R.L. SCOTT and Miss Mary Louise GRIZZELLE.

            The Bridge Club meets next with Mrs. E.E. DABNEY on Tuesday, November 26 and the Rook Club meets on Thursday, November 21.


Clifford ALLEN, who teaches at Gustine, was at home last weekend.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Finis BELL at Abilene, Nov. 12, a baby boy.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry HUDSON and children were in Walnut Springs last week, guest of Mrs. G.R. HUDSON.

Mr. and Mrs. J.A. CULPEPPER have gone to Roscoe for a ten days’ visit with their son, Jim CULPEPPER.

Mrs. T.C. SMITH spent last weekend in Breckenridge, guest of her daughter, Mrs. Stuart CATE.

J.B. WILSON  from Sulphur Springs is here visiting his sisters, Mesdames J.M. WHALEY and S.S. SMITH.

Miss Alpha MOORE of Ranger was a weekend visitor with her parents, Dr. and Mrs. A.L. MOORE.

Mrs. S. MORRISON of Tyler is here at the bedside of her sister, Mrs. Karl SMALLWOOD, who has been seriously ill but is recovering nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. H.G. GILLOCK and Miss Odette GILLOCK spent Armistice Day in Baird, guest of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton GILLOCK.

Roger and Wayne CHAMBERS from Brownwood were Sunday visitors with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.C. CHAMBERS.

Mrs. Bryan LIVINGSTON and small son of Fort Worth and Mrs. Mary HAWKINS of Desdemona visited their aunt, Mrs. B. OWEN, here last week.

Among those attending the funeral of G.L. BRUMBELOW were:  Mr. and Mrs. J.M. MAUNEY, Gorman; Mr. and Mrs. J.L. RUCKER, Stamford; Mr. and Mrs. Edd DIXON, Ranger; Mrs. Bob CARNES, Comanche; Mr. and Mrs. A.N. NEWELL, Ranger; Mr. and Mrs. S. RIPPETOE, Caddo; Mrs. MASON, Comanche, and Mr. J.V. HARRELL and children of Ranger.

Mr. and Mrs. O.L. THOMPSON and daughter, Miss Edras, and Mrs. Celeste HARDING and children spent Armistice Day with their son and brother, O.L. Jr., at Midland.

Mrs. Martha CARNES, mother of S.Z. CARNES, who formerly lived here, died at the home of her son, Forrest CARNES, in Coffeyville, Kan., Nov. 2.  She was buried at Rotan.

Rodney CULPEPPER and Miss Evelyn KINCHEN went to Ft. Worth Monday to meet his mother, Mrs. LYONS from Beyola, Miss., who will visit here for some time.

Mr. and Mrs. Thurman COGBURN of Dallas were here last week visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. John NABORS and Mr. and Mrs. Charles COGBURN.

Pollie B. and Grace BRUMBELOW returned to Denton Monday, having been called home by the death of their father, G.L. BRUMBELOW.

“Marvell” is the name of the tiny baby girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. HANCOCK of this city Sunday, November 10th, at a Waco sanitarium.  All are doing nicely, say reports coming from there.

Mr. and Mrs. John GRISHAM and son, Winston and daughter, Margie, spent Sunday and Armistice Day visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Orville KUHN, at Graham.  Gaston GRISHAM was visiting with friends at Weatherford at the same time.

Mr. and Mrs. C.U. CORNELIUS left Tuesday for Hamilton where they will make their home.  Mr. CORNELIUS, who was salesman for the Maytag Co. has been promoted to District Manager of the Company.

Rev. M.A. DAVIS received a message last Wednesday stating that his mother, Mrs. Mary DAVIS of McComb, Miss. was seriously ill, but later a message indicated that she is recovering slowly.

Carl PETERS, who has a position as lineman with the Magnolia Co., is here visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jonah PETERS.

W.H. JETTON was here from Dallas, guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. JETTON on Armistice Day.

Mr. and Mrs. Cecil NELSON of Waco were here last weekend visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.B. NELSON.

C.L. KINCHEN, Jr., of Abilene was a weekend guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. KINCHEN.

Mrs. F.E. POOL of Lindale is here for a visit in the home of her brother, B.T. SIMMONS, and with her father and other relatives and friends.

Tom NANCE and Huron POLNAC have gone to Cisco where they have positions with a produce company.

Miss Violet TODD of Comanche was a guest Sunday of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.P. TODD.

Paul HOLLEMAN of Stephenville was here last week-end visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will HOLLEMAN.

Mr. and Mrs. T.F. BUTLER of Birmingham, Alabama, are here, guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Len MAY.

Misses Nerine DONOHUE and Florence PILCHER of Abilene were Sunday visitors with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.F. DONOHUE and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis PILCHER.

Dale and Miss Opal HOWARD of Stephenville were weekend guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar HOWARD.

Miss Lillie TODD, who is Supt. of the Plainview Sanitarium, was a weekend guest of her aunt, Mrs. S.F. HAMPTON.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl McCLELLAN and children and Mr. and Mrs. Autrey SELF were Sunday visitors with their parents, Dr. and Mrs. J.E. SELF.

Mr. and Mrs. Bascum BIBBY of Olney were weekend guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.B. BIBBY and Mrs. Ora CRANE.

Mr. and Mrs. W.P. WEAVER were in Austin last weekend visiting their children, Dick and Miss Allene.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond VAN ZANDT, who teach at Bowman, entertained Thursday, Oct. 31, 8 until 10:00 o’clock with a Hallowe’en party.  Big spooks and middle sized spooks were present, black cats also added to the effect of the room.  After many interesting games, delicious refreshments were served to the following:  Misses Lottie and Mable ROBINETT, Inez BOSWELL, Nell BOSWELL, Anice BOSWELL, Chrystelle NELSON, Morene MULL, Ava BOWMAN, Agnes and Dorothy McGINIS and Messrs. Willard ROBINETT, Lavelle FERRELL, Virgil CLAYTON, R.V. SINGLETON, Gaston SANDERS, Joe McGINIS, W.C. HOLDRIDGE, Emmett MORGAN, and G. CARTER.


The people of our community were made very sad by the sudden death of Lewis BRUMBELOW last week.

Mr. R.L. PAIR had the misfortune of breaking his right arm while cranking his car last week.  Mr. PAIR had the same arm broken several years ago while cranking a car.

Mrs. W. NICHOLS of Highland visited in the home of Chas. NICHOLS the past week-end.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim RIPPETOE of Highland visited with Mrs. Lewis BRUMBELOW Monday.

Mesdames D. DILLON, Sid BRUMBELOW and J.E. WILSON went to Victor Monday and did some work in the cemetery.

Mrs. Odell COOK of Abilene returned home after spending a week in the home of her mother, Mrs. Jim BLANKENSHIP.

C.C. MILLER carried a truck load of hogs to Fort Worth Monday.

Oliver Springs

Mr. and Mrs. W.C. RUSSELL are rejoicing over the arrival of a new son, born October 28.

Worthy WILLEFORD is the name of the new son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim CANTWELL.  The little one arrived October 29.

Mrs. D.W. LINDLEY was in Gorman Thursday visiting her sister, Mrs. E.B. MAUNEY who underwent a tonsil operation recently.

Mrs. H. FOSTER of Gorman visited with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.N. COGBURN Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Zollie KOONCE were guests of her parents, Mrs. H.B. REED Sunday.


(From Last Week)

Mr. and Mrs. A.E. THOMAS and children, Mr. and Mrs. E.G. THOMAS and O.H. VAUGHAN of Everman visited during the week-end with their relatives, the H.O. GEORGE and Ed THOMAS families.

D.E. PARSLEY came in Saturday from Houston where he has been employed in the Humble refinery during the summer months.

Mr. and Mrs. A.B. LAMINACK of near Comanche visited Sunday with his brother, S.W. LAMINACK and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Stacy GENTRY and son, S.G. of Abilene spent the week-end with Mrs. GENTRY’s relatives, L.G. and C.M. CARAWAY and families.

Edgar STURDIVANT suffered a painful accident last Thursday afternoon.  While going to the pasture for the cows his saddle girth broke and he fell from his horse.  His left arm was broken just above the wrist.  He is recovering nicely and is able to be in school now.


E.H. REDWINE has been away much of the time doing the baling for a peanut thresher.  He has had a busy Fall’s work but will soon have finished. 

Mr. and Mrs. J.H. ADAMS and children visited her mother, Mrs. R.L. GRIFFIN at Staff Friday night.

Friends of the family of G.A. CLARK were made sad to hear of the death of Mrs. L.D. GREGORY, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. CLARK.  A large number from this community attended the funeral at Oliver Springs Friday afternoon.  The sympathy of their friends is extended to the family.

Miss Madge McKINNEY, who has been visiting at Breckenridge has returned home and is in school at this place.

Mrs. V.C. WAYLAND and children have returned from West Texas where they visited with her brother and helped him gather his cotton.  Mrs. WAYLAND’s brother is Jim VARNER, who resided many years in this part before moving to the west.  Mr. VARNER is situated in the most fortunate part this year and will make fifty bales of cotton.

Mr. GROSS, who formerly lived at Kokomo, has moved into the T.L. MOORE place where Mr. T.L. OSBORN formerly lived.


Mrs. Mattie SAUNDERS went to Comanche on business Saturday.

Aunt Neil McGUIRE of this community has been very ill this week.

Mr. and Mrs. John HANSON and grandmother spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Cal FRITTS at Sidney.


The Funeral service and burial of Mr. Lewis BRUMBELOW was held at this place last Thursday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock.  Every heart was very sad.

Miss Bertha LUCAS spent the weekend visiting home folks at Huckaby.  Her sister, Miss Dessie, returned with her for a week’s visit.

Mr. and Mrs. M.L. DIXON and family visited Lloyd DIXON at Stephenville Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Hurvey GARY and small son, Joe, left Sunday for Seagrave.  He expects to farm near Seagrave this coming year.

Watt GOODSON and family visited J.V. GOODSON at Lingleville Sunday.

Misses Inez and Johnnie B. HART spent Sunday with their sister, Mrs. Ellie ROUSE of Desdemona.

Mr. Frank THOMAS  and family visited H.I. THOMAS of De Leon Sunday.

New Hope News

O.C. and Jim WILKERSON, of Buffalo, were visiting the first of the week in the home of J.T. WILKERSON.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde HODGES and children were guests the past Sunday of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Whit SIDES.

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne BELL of De Leon spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.H. LOCKE.

Downing News

Willard SIMPSON of Gatesville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry SIMPSON of this place, was seriously injured in a car wreck near Cisco Sunday.

Mrs. Neal McGUIRE, who was on the sick list last week, is reported improving.


©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.