The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, November 29, 1929


Former De Leon Boy Registered Pharmacist

            Taft WILSON, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. WILSON, some three weeks ago took examination before the Board of Pharmacy at Dallas and passed the examination successfully.  The Board requires a certain amount of literary work, which young WILSON had, and he has pursued a course of study for some months, enabling him to pass the other requirements.  Mr. WILSON is engaged in the drug business in Sulphur Springs, and Taft has had opportunity to absorb much valuable information along the line while working there.

Old Time Citizen Back from Waco

            Friends of Mr. and Mrs. George CROW will be glad to know that they have returned from Waco, where they resided the past six years, and are at home in the southwest portion of the city.  They will make their home here permanently now, Mr. CROW said.

Sudden Death Comes to T.C. Smith, Katy Man

            The community received a distinct shock Thanksgiving morning when announcement was made of the death of T.C. SMITH, popular Katy engineer.  Mr. SMITH passed away at Stamford, at 12:15 o’clock a.m. Thursday, November 28th.  Death was probably due to acute indigestion, a malady which he had previously been troubled with.

            Mr. SMITH left De Leon on his regular run Wednesday, taking a Katy freight train to Stamford.  Ed POLNAC was fireman, and he states that during the day Mr. SMITH was apparently in his usual health.  He saw him in his hotel room at as late as 8:30 o’clock Wednesday night, and he was not ill at that time.  A little later he became ill and was taken to a hospital at Stamford, dying at 12:15 as stated.  His wife was at Breckenridge, a guest in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Stuart CATE, where she was notified, returning to this city in the early morning hours.  C.H. SHARP went to Stamford, returning here with the remains at noon Thursday.

            Thadeus Charles SMITH was born in Georgia on July 26, 1873, being fifty-six years, four months and two days of age and grew to manhood at Moody, Bell county.  He entered the M-K-T service at Walnut Springs 29 years ago last July, and came to make his home in De Leon 15 years ago, where he has continued to reside.

            He was married to Miss Mary Etta RICHEY, who was reared at Proctor, Texas, in 1897, and to their union was born two children, a son, Austin, and a daughter, Letha.  The son now resides at Stockton, Calif. and with his wife and two small sons, Leslie and Jack, started for Texas upon receipt of the message of his father’s death.  But he is not expected to arrive here until Monday, Dec. 2.  The daughter, Mrs. Stuart CATE, and her husband and infant son, “Tommie Stuart,” were present.

            Besides his immediate family, Mr. SMITH is survived by one brother, R.A. SMITH, of Gustine; sister, Mrs. Alice MANGUM, Olton, Texas and Mrs. Ida HARRIS, who lives in Arkansas.  His father, Wiley SMITH, died in Dublin twenty-five years ago and his mother ten years ago.

            Mr. SMITH had been a faithful and consistent Christian and a member of the Baptist church, since he was 16 years of age.  He was a man loved and respected by his fellows.  He spoke ill of no man.  He radiated cheerfulness and good will wherever he went.  He was a Mason, an Odd-fellow and a Woodman.

Higginbotham’s Comanche Store Burned Monday

            Comanche – The Higginbotham Bros. & Company general store here was destroyed by fire of undetermined origin at 6 o’clock Monday morning, the loss being about $175,000.  The building, belonging to Eugene NEELY of Dallas, was valued at $50,000 and the stock of merchandise at $150,000.  Both were destroyed, only the walls of the building left standing.  The loss is covered by insurance.

            The flames were discovered Monday morning in the furniture department of the store by employees of the Higginbotham lumber yard, adjoining the store.  The lumber yard was not burned.

            Firemen were unable to stop the blaze, though they prevented further spread of the flame.  The fire departments from Brownwood and Dublin assisted in fighting the flames.

Former De Leon Boy Back From Chicago

            Alfred McAFEE, son of Mrs. Callie McAFEE of Cisco, has returned from Chicago where he has been in the employ of the War Department for the past seven years.  In the meantime he has married and has two small children.  His brother, Cecil, is employed by Armour & Co. in Chicago.  Alfred has come back to Texas to stay, he told Free Press editor, when he visited here this week.

Pittman Brothers Both Make Changes

            Both B.J. and Ralph PITTMAN have changed their place of residence within recent weeks.  B.J. and wife have moved from Dallas to Waco, where he will have charge of a branch office of the Texas Employers Liability Association, a firm he has been with in Dallas for the six year period since he left college.  B.J. has a splendid opportunity for establishing an old and strong concern in a new field.

            Ralph PITTMAN, who has practiced law in Wichita Falls for some three or four years, has gone with the Fidelity & Casualty Bonding Co. and was sent by his firm to New York  where he has been since September.  Ralph took his law degree at Baylor University, and the experience gained in practice at Wichita Falls, will make his service the more valuable in the legal department of the big concern employing him.

Dr. Allen Ill at His Home Past Week

            Dr. A.M. ALLEN has been quite ill at his home in the southeast portion of the city, since Wednesday last week, being confined to his bed under care of a physician.  Late in the week he was able to return to his office.

G.M. Strickland is Improved from Illness

            G.M. STRICKLAND has been confined to his room for about a month with a serious illness, spending a portion of this time in a hospital at Comanche.  The past week he was able to come down to his office for short periods, and is gradually gaining strength.  His friends hope for his complete recovery soon.

Card of Thanks

            We wish to thank our many friends and especially the Eastern Star for their kindness to our beloved sister, Mrs. Lou HEATH.  May God’s richest blessing be with you all.

Mrs. Mollie BLEIGH, Norman, Okla.

Mrs. Belle JONES, Clinton, Okla.

Mrs. Laura JONES, Trinidad, Colo.

Mrs. Florence JONES, Cement, Okla.

Mrs. Ella CROFFORD, Shamrock, Tex.

J.H. LOGSDON, De Leon, Texas.

Tom LOGSDON, Munday, Texas.

Jett LOGSDON, De Leon, Texas.

De Leon Boy is on J.T.C. Football Team

            Roy NABORS of De Leon has been one of the Tarleton Plowboys’ main back field men this season.  He has proven to be one of the best defensive backs in the entire conference and a pass receiver of exceptional ability.  When not hindered too much by his lame hip, NABORS’ punts have been the talk of the conference.  He will manage the back position when the Plowboys meet the Randolph Badgers here for the Turkey Day round, which is a championship tilt.


Mrs. S.G. UNDERWOOD, now of Floydada, was here this week visiting with friends, coming at this time to be present at the marriage of her niece, Miss Elizabeth MOORE of Dublin, the wedding occurring at the MOORE home at Dublin Wednesday evening.

Mrs. W.C. JENKINS and son, Ross, went to McCamey Saturday night in response to a message stating that Billie, 15-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Les BURGESS was seriously ill with diphtheria.  A later message from there reports that Billie’s condition is much improved.  Mrs. BURGESS is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. JENKINS.

Mrs. A.L. UPSHAW, of Houston, returned to her home after a week’s visit in the home of Mr. and Mrs. S.R. UPSHAW.

Mr. and Mrs. E.M. SLAUGHTER and son of Ft. Worth were here Thursday, guest of her mother, Mrs. A. HYDE.

Autry SELF went to Abilene Tuesday to visit his wife who is at the bedside of her sister, Miss Grace BARTON, who is convalescing after an operation which was performed in Ft. Worth some ten days ago.

Miss Gladys SHORT was here for Thanksgiving Day with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam SHORT.

Rev. and Mrs. W.B. VAUGHN and young sons of Spur, were Thanksgiving visitors in the home of their son, George VAUGHN and family.

Russell HOWELL, Dick WEAVER and Walter LOWE, students at State University, were spending Thanksgiving with home folks.

Edith RAY, a tiny baby girl, came to live with Mr. and Mrs. COLLINGS at Midland.  Mrs. COLLINGS was formerly Miss Ava BUTLER.

Mr. and Mrs. Otho BLOYD and Mrs. Roy OGLESBY have gone to Everman to spend Thanksgiving with their uncle, Mr. W. SHAW and family.

Mrs. A.W. MOORE of Ft. Worth was here last weekend, guest of her aunt, Mrs. A.E. HAMPTON, and other relatives.

Rev. and Mrs. B.L. NANCE, whose home is Abilene, were spending Thanksgiving Day with his only sister, Mrs. W.L. GREER, and the NANCE brothers here.

Mr. and Mrs. Vance SINGLETON visited with friends in Breckenridge Sunday.

Miss Ruth HARVEY of Moran was a weekend guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY.

Miss Opal HOWARD of Stephenville spent Thanksgiving with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar HOWARD.

Oliver Springs

Mr. and Mrs. R.B. OTWELL and family, J.C. PIERCE and family and Claude OTWELL and family were visitors in the home of E.M. OTWELL Sunday.

The last crop of peanuts are being threshed this week, Mr. B.C. THOMPSON being the owner.  He has some 120 acres and has estimated the total yield to be between a thousand and 1200 bushels.

J.M. BLACKWELL and son of San Angelo, were weekend visitors with H.S. ECHOLS and family.  Mr. L.B. DOSSETT, aged father of Mrs. ECHOLS, who has been visiting here for the past two weeks, returned with them to Cisco to visit in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rex MOORE.

Mrs. H. FOSTER of Gorman was a visitor in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. COGBURN, Sunday.

Oliver Springs (From Last Week)

Miss Agnes and Connie JOHNSTON of Gorman spent the past week visiting with their sister, Mrs. H.H. ECHOLS.

Mr. B.C. THOMPSON was in Fort Worth Thursday visiting his brother, Ambrose THOMPSON who is in a serious condition, suffering with a carbuncle on the back of his neck.

C.T. NABORS happened to a very painful accident when his hand was caught in a hay bailer.

L.B. DOSSETT with Mr. and Mrs. J.M. BLACKWELL and family of San Angelo visited with Mr. and Mrs. H.S. ECHOLS Thursday.  Mr. DOSSETT remained for a few week’s visit with his daughter, Mrs. ECHOLS, and other relatives and friends.

Downing News

Mr. Geo. HANSON and Lee LOUDERMILK went to Winters to the bedside of little Martin LOUDERMILK, who was reported very low with diphtheria.

Miss Jewell HARDIN, one of the teachers here, spent the weekend at her home at Hasse.

George and Vertree LOUDERMILK and Lee MORRISON have returned from Breckenridge where they have been gathering pecans.

Mr. Oral COTTRELL of Los Angeles, Cal. And Miss Leota LOUDERMILK of this place were quietly married last Wednesday evening.

Mrs. Buena COPERAN has been visiting her mother, Mrs. J.H. McGUIRE.

Mr. L.B. CHAMPION of Comanche visited Mr. and Mrs. A.J. CHAMPION and family Sunday.

Mrs. Ruby SIMPSON of De Leon visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. SMITH, Sunday.

Mr. W.J. LASSETER, who has been on the sick list recently is improving.

The honor roll for the Downing school for the past month is as follows:

First:  Lockie Mae GUNN, Dortha Lee COTTRELL, C. WATSON, John Doyle HULSEY, Glendale MORRISON, Ennis LOUDERMILK.

Second: Jeanette GRISSOM, Ralph PETERS

Third:  Eddie Myrtle GUNN, Ina Pearl SHUPP, Gale McGINNIS.

Fourth:  Helen GRISSOM


Mr. and Mrs. A.A. BEATHY of Coleman spent Sunday with Mrs. BEATY’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.D. GARY.

Inez DECKER received a broken arm last week, trying to crank a car.

Mr. and Mrs. Ellis ROUSE of Desdemona, visited Mrs. ROUSE’s mother, Mrs. M.B. HART, Sunday.


Miss Adelle MILLER visited her grandmother, Mrs. G.L. LEE at New Hope Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Luther MILLER of De Leon visited Ed MILLER Sunday.

(From Last Week)

Mr. and Mrs. Jack WILLIAMS have purchased a new car.

Mr. and Mrs. Claud MILLER of Hico visited C.C. MILLER and family Sunday.


A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. J.W. HONEYCUTT November 21.

S.O. McKINNEY has been on the sick list the past week being unable to continue his work a part of the time.  He is better now and will be back at his work soon.

Mr. and Mrs. Zollie KOONCE have returned from an extended tour of several western counties.  They visited friends and relatives at Goree and Matador.  They spent several days with Jim KOONCE who formerly lived in this county.

W.A. LINDLEY and family visited with his father, Rev. W.M. LINDLEY at Eastland Sunday.

Mr. Zollie KOONCE visited the school Thursday and made an interesting talk to the class on terracing.

Mr. J.A. NABORS visited his daughter, Mrs. H.A. GREGORY Sunday.

Obra WAYLAND visited his aunt, Mrs. Kate BALL, Sunday.

Mrs. Eula BRIMBERRY of Ranger visited with her sister, Mrs. Milton KING Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. W.A. LINDLEY attended the funeral of Mrs. J.J. HEATH at De Leon Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. McKINNEY and family of Frankell visited with S.O. McKINNEY and family Sunday.

Mr. G.E. RILEY received a message Thursday informing him of the serious illness of his mother, Mrs. A.J. RILEY, whose home is at Paintrock.  Mr. RILEY reached her bedside only a few hours before she passed away.  Mrs. RILEY was a pioneer settler in Comanche and was known for kindness and gentle Christian character.   She had reached the mature age of more than eighty years.  Her husband had preceded her to the other world many years ago.  Burial was at Necessity in Stephens County where the family had lived after leaving here.  G.E. RILEY and family were in attendance.  Friends of Mr. RILEY extend their sympathy to him and his family in their bereavement.

Duster (From Last Week)

Mrs. C.L. FOWLER of Dallas, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. McMULLIN  this week.

A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. L.W. ALDRIDGE, November 6.

The small child of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur ALDRIDGE drank some kerosene last Sunday but was immediately rushed to the Gorman Sanitarium and is now doing nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas GAINES are the proud parents of a baby boy.

New Hope News

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh CHUPP are the proud parents of a baby boy, which arrived at their home last week.

Mrs. Whit SIDES has been spending part of this week with her daughter at Round Grove, Mrs. Clyde HODGES.  A baby boy was born into the HODGES’ home recently.

Walton LOCK of Harmony was visiting his sister, Mrs. G.L. LEE Sunday.

Mrs. Lea COAN and children of near Downing visited with her sister, Mrs. S.N. WILKERSON, the first of the week.

Adelle and Roy MILLER of Docum community visited their grandmother, Mrs. G.L. LEE Sunday.

Murray SIDES and family moved into the Round Grove community last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest HOLDRIDGE of St. Joe community visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur HOLDRIDGE last Friday.  Mrs. Ernest HOLDRIDGE also visited with Miss Lucille LEE and her mother.

Mrs. O.M. LOCK was visiting with her father, W.B. McKEMIE, at De Leon last Saturday.

On Thursday of last week, Mrs. T.H. LOCKE gave a birthday dinner honoring her husband, T.H. LOCKE and daughter, Mrs. Wayne BELL, formerly Miss Thelma LOCK.  Mr. and Mrs. Wayne BELL of De Leon were both present at the dinner.

Alvis LOCK of Harmony spent several days the last of the week with his uncles, Cliff and Olen LOCK.



©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.