The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, December 6, 1929


Two DeLeon Boys Are Hurt In Car Wreck

            When Fred HOWE and Harold GRAY were enroute from this city to Brownwood late last Sunday afternoon, an accident happened at about 6:30 o’clock, injuring both seriously, and almost demolishing the car.

            HOWE was at the wheel, and while attempting to pass one car, met another, and being blinded by the lights, crashed into a concrete culvert, the car climbing onto the concrete pillar, a mass of wreckage.

            The other cars stopped to render aid.  HOWE said his first impulse was to reach and cut off the switch.  While feeling around in the dark for the switch he was running his hand over the back seat, the impact having thrown both boys over the back seat into the rear.  Both were stunned.  The doors were opened from the outside and the boys helped out and rushed to Brownwood where they received medical attention at a hospital.

            HOWE had two front teeth knocked out and was cut and bruised about the face and chest.  He was able to return home after twenty-four hours in the hospital.  GRAY was the more seriously injured, receiving a deep cut on the neck, requiring many stitches to close and he was otherwise cut and bruised.  Fortunately neither had any bones broken.

            The machine was a Chevrolet coach and belonged to Tommie MOHON.  It is a mass of wreckage.

Mrs. J.M. Whaley Has Opened Novelty Store This Week

            In keeping with announcement made in the Free Press last week, Mrs. J.M. WHALEY, popular sales woman for the Garner-Alvis Co. for a number of years, opened her own Woman’s Shop and novelty store in the Free Press building on December 1st.

            During the early part of the week Mrs. WHALEY was quite busy getting her stock opened up, much of the merchandise arriving being holiday goods.  She has quite an attractive holiday store and is now ready for customers.  Everything is absolutely new and reasonably priced.  Besides a general line of gift goods, Mrs. WHALEY will offer a line of ladies’ ready-to-wear after the first of the year.  However, at the present, she is featuring Christmas gift goods.  She extends an invitation to the public to call and inspect her new store and merchandise.

A & P Store Manager Resigns, Dublin Man Here

            Dick HARRIS, for several months manager of the A. & P. Store in this city, has resigned his position and returned to Moran for the present where he will look after business matters arising following the death of his father several weeks ago.  Mr. HARRIS has proved a most popular manager, has made many friends during his stay in De Leon, and everyone regrets that he is leaving.

            Mack WILLIAMSON, who has been with the A. & P. at Dublin, and who has lived in that city for a number of years, is in charge of the store.  Mr. WILLIAMSON and his wife are already here to make their home.

Mrs. W.S. Black Painfully Injured

            Mrs. W.S. BLACK was painfully injured last Thursday when Mr. BLACK struck a concrete dip on the highway, some 12 miles from Cleburne.  He was driving about 25 miles an hour.  Mrs. BLACK was thrown from the seat against the top of the car.  Miss FERN was also slightly injured.  Mr. and Mrs. BLACK and daughters, Misses Fern and Chelsea DELL had attended the funeral of Mr. BLACK’s aunt, Mrs. Mattie OLIVE at Itasca.

Aged Gorman Man Cremated in Home There Wednesday

            An early morning fire at Gorman Wednesday resulted in the death of an aged man and the destruction of his home.  A.T. BELYEU, better known as “Uncle Berry BELYEU,” was the victim.  He lived alone.  He was 71 years of age, celebrating his 71st birthday about a week before the tragic incident of his death.

            Neighbors were awakened at about 4:30 Wednesday morning by an explosion.  Looking out they saw “Uncle” Berry’s home on fire.  When they came near they saw and heard the aged man lying groaning on the bed amid the flames.  Someone rushed into the flames and grasped the bed covering.  The old man’s body was rolled from the bed into a corner.  The would be rescuers were driven out by the terrific heat.  Firemen soon arrived and subdued the flames.  The body was found crouched in the corner, lifeless.

            “Uncle Berry” had lived in Gorman for many years.  He was a prominent Mason, and his Masonic brethren laid his body away at Gorman Cemetery Wednesday afternoon.

            HERE’S A WARNING.  DON’T CUT YOUR GAS OFF AT THE STOVE.  Always turn the gas off at the wall.  It is presumed this was what caused the death of the aged Gorman man.  He probably struck a match to see what was wrong.

            A gasket blew out some days ago at the regulator station at Gorman, it is reported, thus throwing all the pressure of the well on the mains.  Many rubber home connections were blown from the cocks, it is said.

            There is only nine ounces pressure on the De Leon mains.  Should something occur to throw several pounds pressure on suddenly, one can easily see what the result would be.

Mrs. Thiebaud

            Mrs. H.E. THIEBAUD, Sr., who has resided in the Highland community for many years, died Nov. 18, 1929, at her old home place.

            She was born August 5, 1856, thus being 73 years old at her death.  She had been in failing health for several months but death was not expected so soon.  She took her bed only three days before her death.  At 5:30 p.m., Nov. 18, without a struggle, the spirit went back to God who gave it.

            On the following day at 2:00 p.m. the funeral services were held at the home by Rev. Walter MARTIN, while a host of relatives and friends gathered around her flower-decked casket.  Immediately after the service, a long train of cars followed the hearse which carried her mortal remains to Lingleville where she was laid away beside her husband to await the resurrection morning.

            A double monument had been erected for some time to mark their last resting place.

            She came to Texas in an early day, about 1872 and was married to Jas. W. BEECHER, August 4, 1875.  He died Jan. 30, 1884.  To this union were born four children.  Only one, Everett BEECHER of Munday survives.

            James BEECHER Jr., who accidentally killed himself while hunting near Lingleville in 1906, was of this union.  He was the father of Mrs. Alvin STRINGFELLOW of De Leon and Glen BEECHER of Chicago.

            She was married to H.E. THIEBAUD Sr. Sept. 8, 1885.  To this union were born seven children, four are living:  H.E. Jr., John L. and Garland THIEBAUD and Mrs. Walter RIPPETOE.  She also helped to rear a stepson, Willis THIEBAUD, all living in the Highland community.

            She is also survived by two brothers and two sisters:  R.L. CLIFTON, Victor; Jno. CLIFTON, Middlewater; Mrs. S.M. REED, Pueblo, Colo.; Mrs. Fanie STEWART.  All the children, sisters and brothers were present except Mrs. REED.

            She was a kind, loving mother, neighbor and friend.  One of her greatest desires was to rear her children to be good neighbors and law-abiding citizens.  In this, she was successful, therefore giving to the world some of our best citizens, in her children and grandchildren.

            The wise man, Solomon said: “A good name is better than riches and loving favor rather than silver and gold.” –Contributed.


            The Free Press has received the following announcement:  Mrs. E. FORD announces the marriage of her daughter Azlee to Mr. Eugene K. HENDERSON Thursday morning, November twenty-eighth nineteen hundred twenty nine.  Cisco, Texas.

            Miss FORD, a young daughter of Mrs. Elisha FORD, formerly lived a couple of miles north of De Leon but has lived in Cisco for a number of years.  She is a cousin of the editor of this paper.


            Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 2:30 o’clock p.m., Thelbert OWENS and Miss Elsie ROSS were happily united in marriage at Dublin.  Rev. Walter MARTIN was the officiating minister.  Mrs. OWENS is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank ROSS and Mr. OWENS is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim OWENS.

            They are excellent young people and have a host of friends who wish for them a full measure of happiness.


W.W. GREGORY and Spencer LIGHTFOOT were spending Thanksgiving Day at Mineola with Mr. GREGORY’s father and sister, who live there.

Mr. and Mrs. H.B. FUNKHOUSER of Ft. Worth, and Miss Stella and Cole NANCE, of Dallas, were Thanksgiving Day guests in the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.H. NANCE.

Rev. and Mrs. B.L. NANCE of Plainview were Thanksgiving Day visitors of his sister, Mrs. W.L. GREER and the NANCE brothers.

Out of town friends and relatives attending the funeral of T.C. SMITH here last week were: R.A. SMITH and family, Gustine; Matt RICHEY and family, Roscoe; John RICHEY and family, Deming, N.M.; Mr. and Mrs. J.B. CATE, Cisco; Mr. and Mrs. R.L. PONSLER, Cisco; Mr. and Mrs. W.J. PALK, Breckenridge; J.D. CLAY, Forney FRY, D.E. MARSDEN, A.M. RAY, J.H. GRAHAM and W.A. SAINT, all of Breckenridge.

Mrs. Chas. O. GASKIN of Joliet, Ill., who has been visiting her relatives, O.E. CLARK and family, left Wednesday for San Antonio for a short stay before returning home.

Thos. N. CLARK and family gave his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.E. CLARK, a delightful surprise Wednesday evening by coming for Thanksgiving.  They returned Sunday to their home at Lockney.

Mr. and Mrs. Finis BELL and son of Abilene were Thanksgiving visitors with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. V.V. BELL.

Mr. and Mrs. L.D. MERRITT and son, L.D. Jr., and daughters, Mrs. George LAWLESS and Mr. and Mrs. Bonner NABORS, spent Thanksgiving in Fort Worth visiting daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Fred BOWDEN and Miss Lucy Mae MERRITT.  Mr. and Mrs. MERRITT remained over the weekend.

Mrs. R.L. MORELAND went to Snyder and Tahoka last week to spend Thanksgiving Day with her children, Mrs. Tate LOCKHART and Lane MORELAND.  Mr. and Mrs. Elliott WILKERSON and little daughter, Frankie Jane, of Ft. Worth, accompanied her.

Mrs. H.J. STOCKMAN, formerly Miss Willie Vei HAM, who with her three little sons, has visited her mother since last June, has returned to her home at Akron, Ohio.

Mr. and Mrs. Troy CHARLES and children were visitors in Walnut Springs last week.  They were accompanied home by Mrs. Joe POLNAC, a sister of Mrs. CHARLES.

J.J. BAILEY returned a few days ago from Los Angeles where he spent three weeks visiting.  Lester PURDUE and John CHEATHAM of Sidney accompanied him on the trip.  Mr. BAILEY visited with Mrs. Sallie BAILEY, his aunt, whom he had not seen for almost 58 years.  She formerly lived at Sterling City.

Mr. and Mrs. C.E. MILLER of this place are the proud [parents] of a baby girl, born to them on Nov. 30th at Gorman Sanitarium.  J.S. NANCE told the Free Press about the occurrence, he becoming grandfather in the deal.  Mrs. MILLER is recovering nicely, and the little one is doing well.

Miss Lois PILCHER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl PILCHER on Rt. 2, was operated on for appendicitis at Gorman Friday, Nov. 29.  Miss PILCHER is recovering nicely.

Burrus JONES of Putnam visited Sunday with his father, Monroe JONES.

Mr. and Mrs. H.B. BOSWELL of Harrold were Thanksgiving visitors with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.V. BOSWELL.

Mrs. MAHAN has returned to her home in Dallas after an extended visit with her daughter, Mrs. Bill MEYERS and family.

Mr. and Mrs. M.O. PITTMAN of Anson, Ray HARVEY of Dallas and Miss Ruth HARVEY of Moran were Thanksgiving visitors with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence PITTMAN of Iraan are here visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. BOYD and Mr. and Mrs. Will PITTMAN.

Roger and Wayne CHAMBER of Brownwood were weekend guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.C. CHAMBERS.

Mrs. HARLOWE and son, Morgan, of Cross Plains are visiting her sister Mrs. W.F. GLAZIER and family.

Mr. and Mrs. J.A. COLLINGS of Abilene were Sunday visitors with her father, E.E. MULLOY and children.

Mrs. W.E. BUTLER is at Midland visiting her daughter, Mrs. Ava COLLINGS.

Mary Ellen is the name of a six pound baby girl who came to make her home with Mr. and Mrs. Fred SHAVER, December 1.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph BENDER of McCamey were here last weekend visiting his mother, Mrs. A.K. BENDER.

Miss Merle LIGHTFOOT of Dallas was weekend guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.L. LIGHTFOOT.

Mr. and Mrs. Austin SMITH and children of Stockton, Calif., are here for an indefinite visit with his mother, Mrs. T.C. SMITH.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde NEWTON and small son of Sipe Springs, have moved back to De Leon.

Miss Addie Gayle MIXON of Denton was a weekend guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will MIXON.

C.Y. MORRIS of Rule visited last weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther MORRIS on Route 1.  He was accompanied by J.T. SPIRLEN, also of Rule.

Mrs. J.C. MILLER and daughter, Miss Elbertine of Stephenville, spent Thanksgiving with Mr. and Mrs. R. VAN  ZANDT.  Mrs. Miller is Mrs. VAN ZANDT’s mother.

Mr. and Mrs. O.A. RIDDLE and family of Rochester visited Thanksgiving with her sister, Mrs. CHATHAM and family.

Mrs. Vernon DOSS and small son of Matador were here last week visiting her father, George MOHON and other relatives.


Mr. C. NICHOLS and family are moving to the Highland community and Fred NEWTON and family of the Victor community are moving to the NICHOLS’s farm.

Lois MOORE of Desdemona is spending the week with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. DYSON.

Little Martine PAIR, who has been very sick, is better.

Mr. W.C. GROGAN will move to his farm near Victor and Mr. George YOUNG will move to his place.

Oliver Springs

Mrs. G. MILLER, 76, fell and broke her hip Friday and is in a critical condition.

Lee NABORS and family and Mrs. Mollie PITTMAN were guests of N. NABORS Sunday.

G.H. BAIRD is on the sick list this week.

Clyde BETHANY, son of G. BETHANY, formerly of Roscoe, Texas, with his family, has moved into the community.  Mr. BETHANY reports that crops are better in some places than here.

The small son of Mr. and Mrs. Jno. ASH was laid to rest at the Oliver Springs cemetery last Monday.  The little one was born Dec. 1st and living only a short while, passed to the other world Sunday afternoon.  Rev. CUNNINGHAM, Baptist of Desdemona, spoke words of comfort and conducted funeral services.  Mr. and Mrs. ASH’s home is in Desdemona.


Mr. and Mrs. PARTAIN are rejoicing over the arrival of an eight-pound boy, born Nov. 18.

Miss Alma GREGORY visited her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. NABORS of Desdemona Thanksgiving.

Hugo WYNN of this school visited his grandmother, Mrs. WYNN, of the Victor community Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. J.H. ADAMS and children spent Thanksgiving with Mrs. ADAMS’ mother of Staff.

Mr. and Mrs. V.C. WAYLAND and children visited with Mrs. WAYLAND’s sister, Mrs. Kate RALLS, Thanksgiving.

R.D. HOOD has been very sick a part of the time this week but is reported better at this time.

Mrs. W.A. KING, who has been ill in the past week, is reported better.

Mr. and Mrs. Dessie MARTIN have a new arrival at their home.

Friends of Mr. and Mrs. S.O. McKINNEY extend to them their sympathy in the loss of their brother, T.C. SMITH of De Leon.

The Honor Roll for this school for November follows:

First Grade:  Allen GREGORY, Roy MIEARS, Curtis REDWINE, Pauline HALE, Felton BRAZZELL, Alvin McANNALLY.

Second Grade:  Raymond HUGHES.

Third Grade:  Lee Bernell McKINNEY, Maurine MOORE, A.V. GUTHERY, Gwendolyn ROBBINS.

Fourth Grade: Maxine HALE, George BRAZELL.

Fifth Grade:  Nellie LOHMAN, Glenville HALE, T.P. JOHNSON; Emogene ADAMS, Mildred McKINNEY.

Sixth Grade:  Robbie Lea ADAMS, Estelle ROBBINS, Madge McKINNEY.

Eighth Grade: Rudolph LEWIS, Bartene MOORE.

Ninth Grade:  Raymond LINDLEY, Lillian ROBBINS,  Dorris HUGHES, and Novis LINDLEY.


H.M. FINCANNON of Desdemona, visited his sister, Mrs. Watt GOODSON, last week.

Mr. I.H. CROW, who has been in New Mexico the past three months has returned to his home in this community.

We are glad to report that Mrs. Frank SMITH, who has been seriously ill for the past month, is now improving very rapidly. 

Miss Inez DECKER got her right arm broken last week.

George CROW of Waco has been visiting his brother, I.H. CROW and family of this community the past 2 weeks and has been building a new house on his farm here.

Mr. Wes NEWTON has purchased 25 head of sheep.  Mr. NEWTON has been in the cattle and hog business for the past year.


Mr. and Mrs. A.H. GRISSOM had as their guest during the Thanksgiving holidays, Mrs. GRISSOM’s brother, Mrs. COOK, Mr. and Mrs. Willard FRIEND, and Mr. and Mrs. Charley COOK and family of Ft. Worth. 

Misses Elzie KINNARD and L.O.E. SWEEDEN of Tarleton College spent Thanksgiving with Miss KINNARD’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.F. KINNARD.

Miss Pauline GARNER, who is a student this year in Baylor College at Belton, visited with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dave GARNER, during the holidays.

Dane COOK of Big Lake spent Thanksgiving with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.T. COOK.

Mr. and Mrs. J.N. BOYKIN and children spent Thanksgiving in Ogles by visiting with their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. R.O. BANKHEAD.

W.C. WHITTINGTON of Lamesa spent the weekend with his mother, Mrs. Lela WHITTINGTON.

Mr. and Mrs. A.H. THOMAS moved their household goods to Big Lake last week.  Mr. THOMAS, who had gone to Big Lake a few days before to secure employment, returned on Saturday, bringing with him Mrs. THOMAS’ mother, Mrs. N.E. SWEEDEN and J.B. HOOVER, who assisted him in making preparations to move.

Weldon HAZZARD of Comyn and Miss Mary WALKER of De Leon were married in Oklahoma on Saturday, November 23.  They will make their home in Comyn where Mr. HAZZARD is employed as one of the school bus drivers this school term.

A barn and feed of considerable value on the HASKINS farm burned one day last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Luther MALONE and children of Carthage are visiting Mrs. MALONE’s sister and family, Mr. and Mrs. G.R. SWANNER.

Miss Oleta TRICE and Odis COMPTON of Bunyan are spending the week with their aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Sam CHATHAM.

Little Ada Lee TREADWAY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. TREADWAY, was stricken with diphtheria on Thanksgiving day.  At this time, the little patient is recovering nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde HODGES are the parents of a baby boy, born Saturday, November 23.  The little fellow has been named Bobby Whit.

Dave FLOYD suffered a painful but not serious injury a few days ago while working with an engine at the Humble Station.  Some part of the machinery came loose and a lever struck him cutting an ugly gash on the lower part of his face.

Mr. and Mrs. N.H. FLOYD had as their guest last week, Mr. FLOYD’s brother, George FLOYD of Dallas.

Mr. and Mrs. George PINSON are the parents of a new baby girl born December 2.

A little baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. J.E. MILLER Sunday, Dec. 1.


©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.