The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, November 22, 1929


Self Skating Rink Now Open at Comanche

            The Self Skating Rink, being operated by Autrey SELF and Earl McCLELLAN, was moved this week from Olden to Comanche and is now open for business there.  The rink moved from De Leon to Olden, remaining there about two or three months.  They did quite well in Olden.

            The McCLELLAN and SELF families, and Murray NICHOLS, were all visiting with home folks while the rink was being moved.

Mrs. J.M. Whaley to Open Woman’s Shop on Dec. 1st

            Mrs. J.M. WHALEY will open a Woman’s Shop in a portion of the Free Press building on December 1st.  The new store has been completed and painted attractively, and is ready for the fixtures and merchandise to be opened up.  For the first few weeks her stock will consist mostly of novelty goods for the Christmas trade, the stock of ready-to-wear to be placed on display after the first of the new year.

            “Miss Grace,” as she is called by those who have known her intimately, has been with the Garner-Alvis Co. for a number of years.  Her wide experience in merchandising will enable her to conduct a successful business.

Mrs. Lou Heath, Pioneer Woman, Died Monday

            Mrs. Lou HEATH, wife of the late J.J. HEATH, passed to her eternal reward shortly after nine o’clock p.m. Monday, Nov. 18th, 1929.  She had been carried to Gorman a couple of weeks previous, not suspecting that she had a serious malady.  An operation disclosed the seriousness of her case, an internal disorder that was incurable.  She declined rapidly.  Skilled physicians and sympathetic friends and loved ones watch anxiously over, realizing that the end was near.

            Mrs. HEATH was about 69 and two months of age at death.  She was born in the eastern portion of the state, and came to Comanche county from Cherokee county in a covered wagon in 1875, the family settling on the Onion Valley.  Her father, Wm. LOGSDON, was among the pioneer families settling here.  She lived five or six years in the vicinity of De Leon before the town was founded, and became one of the first settlers in the new town of De Leon almost half a century ago.

            When Miss Lou LOGSDON was a girl of 19 years, Jim HEATH returned from service with the Texas Rangers.  The HEATH family lived on the north side of Onion Valley, the LOGSDONS on the south.  Very soon a friendship sprang up between them which resulted in their marriage a short time later.  When the railroad came through they ran a company commissary a couple of miles east of town.  When the city was founded, they pitched their tent first on the north side of the railroad; they started a business on the south side a short time later.  During most of the intervening half century, Mrs. HEATH has made her home in and around De Leon.

            In early life Mrs. HEATH became a member of the Methodist Church.  She spent many years of loving and devoted service to the cause of the Master and died in a living faith.  She was a member of the Eastern Star, and the sisters and brothers of her Order observed her passing with impressive ceremony.  Rev. S.J. RUCKER spoke comforting words to the bereaved and sorrowing relatives and friends.  RIPPETOE Quartette furnished special music by request.  Her mortal remains were laid to rest beside her husband at De Leon cemetery beneath a heap of gorgeous autumn flowers.


            “Robert Perry JENKINS” is the name of the young son, born into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ross JENKINS here last Monday, Nov. 18.  Mr. JENKINS was at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. JENKINS here.  The “proud father” was down from Trent, meanwhile, W.C. JENKINS went to Trent to take his son’s place as superintendent of the schools.



            On the afternoon of November 16th, Mr. Buck HALBROOK and Miss Ila MEDFORD were united in marriage at the home of Rev. R.H. DAVENPORT, who performed the ceremony.  Mrs. HALBROOK is the charming daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie MEDFORD and Mr. HOLBROOK is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill HALBROOK.  The young couple have a host of friends in the Beattie community where they will make their home.


            It was quite a surprise to their many friends when Miss Mae HAMMON and Mr. Joe ATCHLEY of Hamilton went to the home of Rev. Alf NABORS and were quietly united in the holy bonds of matrimony, Monday evening Nov. 18 at six o’clock.  They were accompanied by the bride’s mother, Mrs. D.A. HAMMON and the groom’s sister, Mrs. Herbert CHILDRE of Woodson.

            Miss HAMMON is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.A. HAMMON and is loved by a host of friends.  Mr. ATCHLEY is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J.N. ATCHLEY of Hamilton.  He has been known in this vicinity for some time and is liked by all who know him.

            They will make their home in Hamilton after a brief honeymoon. Their many friends wish them the best of success as they journey through life together.

Errors Just ‘Will’ Occur in Newspapers

            A recent issue of the Free Press stated that S.W. ROBERTS and his two “sons”, Jack and Tiny, would operate a Café and Rawleigh store next to Western Union.  The statement was all right with Jack, but “Miss Tiny” objected.  We don’t blame her.  The Free Press didn’t know the difference.  The statement was handed to us that “Jack and Tiny” would run the place.  Free Press editor supposed both were boys.  We apologize.

            Meanwhile “Jack’s Place” continues to serve that good red-hot Mexican Chili.


Mr. R.V. LESLIE, who is attending school at John Tarleton, spent the weekend with home folks.

A large crowd attended the Box Supper at the school house Saturday night.  A cake for the most beautiful girl was voted to Miss LaVelle BRINSON of this community.  A nice sum of money was realized which will go for school equipment.

Oliver Springs

Mr. and Mrs. A.B. HAMPTON and family were in Cisco visiting Monday.  A new tomb stone was purchased and will be erected soon to mark the resting place of their son, Alba, who died some three years ago.


Mr. and Mrs. Charlie ROLLINS and baby of Stamford spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.H. COX.

Mrs. D.S. LEWIS and children of Hamilton visited last week with her son, Harvey LEWIS.

Mr. and Mrs. Buddy HUDSON of Comanche spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse BARNES.

Rufus McCAULEY of Oglesby is visiting his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. J.N. BOYKIN.

Miss L.O.E. SWEEDEN of Tarleton College, Stephenville, spent the weekend with her sister, Mrs. Alfred THOMAS.

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon PAINTER are spending this week at the Humble Booster Station where Mr. PAINTER was sent to work during the absence of an employee.

Mrs. Effie BARNES and son, Thurman, went to Waco last week to visit with Mrs. BARNES’ sister, Mrs. J.M. BALDWIN.

Mrs. Walker LITTLE and baby are in Ranger this week with her mother, Mrs. BRAMBLE, who is ill.

Miss Lela VAUGHAN of Tarleton College, Stephenville, spent the weekend visiting her father, J.H. VAUGHN.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed HALL visited his sister, Mrs. MILLER and family of Alexander last Sunday.

Mrs. Autrey CARAWAY and baby, Mrs. C.A. JONES, Mrs. Bud KIRKLEN, and Glen JONES, visited Mrs. JONES’ daughter, Mrs. Lee HUMPHREYS of Rule last weekend.

Mr. and Mrs. W.R. HEIZER of Throckmorton, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. WATSON.  Mrs. WATSON returned to Throckmorton with them early Monday morning for a few days’ visit.

Mrs. Van DODGEN, who has been visiting with her daughter, Mrs. M.D. PITTMAN of Dallas, came home last week.

A.H. THOMAS left Sunday for Big Lake where he has employment.

Mr. and Mrs. C.S. CAPPS and family are moving this week to Electra.

C.M. CARAWAY Sr. and son, A.H., came in this week from San Antonio, where they made their last livestock exhibit for the fair season.  The CARAWAY Shorthorn herd has been very successful this season.  Many handsome premiums and blue ribbons have been won in the various fairs where the herd has been on exhibition.

R.A. UNDERHILL and family, who have been living in Comyn for the past two months, moved to De Leon Wednesday.


Jack GARY was absent from school part of last week on account of illness. 

Mr. Clifford PARKER and family are moving to De Leon this week.

Miss Dessie LUCAS of Huckaby, has been spending the past two weeks with her sister, Miss Bertha LUCAS, the primary teacher and has been visiting school here.

Mrs. F.C. MOORE and children, who have been in West Texas the past month, have returned to their home in this community.  Misses Molena and LaVerne have entered school here.

Mrs. Frank SMITH has been ill the past few weeks but is improving now.


Dorris HUGHES should have been included in the Honor Roll of the high school last week.  Dorris is in the graduating class and has made an excellent record in his school work.

Thomas ROBBINS of McCamey is spending several days visiting with his brother O.S. ROBBINS and family.

Mr. and Mrs. H.D. SHAHAN of Breckenridge spent Sunday visiting with S.O. McKINNEY and family.  Mrs. SHAHAN was formerly Miss Opal McKINNEY.

Dood RILEY of Colorado is visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.E. RILEY of this place.

Miss Erma THORNTON, formerly of this place but now living at George WEST, has married.  Her many friends at this place extend their congratulations and best wishes.

The primary room in which Miss Lucile RILEY is teacher has been furnished a new Phonic Chart.  This makes the primary equipment complete.

Milton KING has recently had a new well put down at his place.

Mr. Zollie KOONCE has been appointed as a committeeman representing this community in a county wide committee to work in conjunction with the county agent in the various agricultural undertaking.  He has built a modern and commodious home and had his farm correctly terraced.  He is grazing out the underbrush in his pasture with goats and has registered hogs that yield him a nice income.  By having his land terraced and by the use of commercial fertilizer, he doubled the average yield of peanuts this year.  Mr. KOONCE will make a valuable addition to this committee.

Douglas PARTAIN, nephew of Mrs. M.J. KEITH, will undergo an operation for ear trouble.

E.F. JOINER has recently purchased a new car, it being a Ford Coupe.

Mrs. HEATH is in Gorman this week visiting with Mrs. J.J. HEATH who is seriously ill at the Sanitarium at that place.  Mrs. HEATH is an aunt of Mrs. LINDLEY.

Mr. Boyd HAZZARD, employee at the Trans-Continental Camp was taken to Eastland Sanitarium Saturday for an operation for appendicitis.  The condition of Mr. HAZZARD is considered grave.  His many friends about this place hope for his speedy recovery.


L.G. MAINE of Dallas was a Sunday visitor with his mother, Mrs. Janie MAINE.

Mrs. H.M. FUEL of Iredell is here visiting her son, J.W. FUEL and family.

Mr. and Mrs. A.N. BUTLER of Hasse were week-end guests of their son, Vilgil [sic] BUTLER and family.

Miss Leila JENKINS of Trent was a weekend guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. JENKINS.

Miss Gladys SHORT of Breckenridge visited Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam SHORT.

Earl BELL of Big Spring visited Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. V.V. BELL.

Mr. and Mrs. LYLE of Carbon are here to spend the winter with their daughter, Mrs. W.S. SNEAD. 

Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell TATE and children of Proctor were Sunday visitors with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.G. TATE.

Mrs. NOEL of Dublin was a weekend guest of her daughter, Mrs. A.J. WOODARD.

Mrs. J.H. LOWRY of Route 3, has returned from Gorman Sanitarium but continues seriously ill.

Mr. and Mrs. H.M. GRAY of Arlington were here Monday visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. GRAY.

Emmett HOWARD of Abilene was here Sunday, guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. HOWARD.

Mrs. Hubert COUCH and small daughter, Dolores, have returned from Marshall after an extended visit with relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. M.E. DAVIS of Stamford were here last week visiting their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John WARE.

Lonnie SMITH, who lives in the Duster community, was operated on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Gorman Sanitarium for appendicitis.  He is recovering nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilburne BROWNLEE and small daughter, Wilma Christine, of Las Cruces, N.M., are here visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will BARKER and Mr. and Mrs. Jasper BROWNLEE.

Mr. and Mrs. Emmett CRAWFORD and small son, Wallace, spent last weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. CRAWFORD in Terrill.  They were accompanied home by his brother, Aaron, who will spend some two weeks here.

Mr. and Mrs. W.J. ROBINETT went to Dallas Friday for the purpose of cataract removal from his eye.  The operation was successfully performed Monday.

Lester MORGAN was granted a divorce in district court in Comanche, October 16, 1929.

W.T. JETTON returned the first of the week from a trip to Dallas and Denton, visiting his son, W.H., at Southern Methodist University, and his daughter, Miss Willie Mae, at College of Industrial Arts, Denton.

Mrs. J.B. WILLIAMS, who has been living in Santa Rita, N. Mex., the past summer, returned here this week and moved her household goods to Cross Plains, where she will reside in the future.  Mr. WILLIAMS has a railroad job in New Mexico.


©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.