The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, December 27, 1929


Fire Alarm for Blaze at Home of Oscar Howard

            Last Friday afternoon the fire alarm was turned in for a blaze at the Oscar HOWARD home.  The fire originated from sparks falling on a dry roof.  A considerable portion of shingles were burned from the housetop when neighbor men came and subdued the flames before great damage was done.  The house is beyond the fire limits.

Garner-Alvis Co. Closed Doors in De Leon Dec. 24th

            When business hours were over at the Garner-Alvis Co. store in DeLeon Tuesday, December 24th, the doors were finally closed and the concern was out of business after having operated here for more than ten years.  The business was discontinued because of a policy of the firm to concentrate their efforts at larger points.  A number of other Garner-Alvis stores were closed simultaneously with this one, the company retaining their stores in towns the size of Brownwood, Cisco, Gatesville, and other similar points.

            Garner-Alvis Co. proved to be a community asset.  They operated a high class institution.  No cheap and shoddy merchandise was offered.  They conducted the business on a high plane, standing behind every article sold and insuring satisfaction.  In the community life, they carried their part.  The local managers, there being three or four of them during the store’s period of operation, were citizens of the highest type.

            Thursday the former sales-force was busy packing up the merchandise which will be invoiced and transferred to other stores.  The Free Press and, in fact, the entire citizenship, regret to lose such an enterprising and progressive business institution from our city.

Mrs. R.L. Jackson Died at Weatherford

            The Free Press has received the following communication from Weatherford regarding the death of Mrs. R.L. JACKSON, on December 21.  Mrs. JACKSON left De Leon only a few months ago to make her home in Weatherford, after having lived here for many years.  Her many friends will regret to learn of her passing.  The letter follows:

            Mrs. Ada M. JACKSON, aged 58 years and eight months, died Saturday, December 21, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E.N. McCLELLAN, at Weatherford, Texas.  Mrs. JACKSON, wife of R.L. JACKSON, has been a resident for fifteen years in this community.

            Mrs. JACKSON was born in Alabama, but has lived in Texas for more than 25 years.  She was a member of the first Baptist church of this city.  She is survived by the following:  R.L. JACKSON, husband, Rev. B.M. JACKSON, I.L. JACKSON, Andrew JACKSON, Mrs. E.N. McCLELLAN, Mrs. Varna HAILE and Miss Edna JACKSON.

            Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J.W. HICKERSON, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Weatherford, Texas, Sunday afternoon at 2:30.  Burial took place in City Oakland cemetery.

Mrs. John Nabors Passed to her Eternal Reward

            Mrs. Sarah Ann NABORS, wife of John NABORS, long time resident of this city, passed peacefully away at the family residence at 8:30 o’clock a.m. Sunday, December 22nd.  She had been ill for the past twelve years but had been confined to her bed only a few months.  Her condition had been critical for many days and her death was not unexpected.  Hands of love and sympathy administered to her during her long illness and friends and loved ones were by her side as she came to the brink of the river of death, doing everything humanly possible to alleviate her suffering and stay the hand of death.

            Sarah Ann WILSON was born on January 24, 1875.  She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vol WILSON of the Downing community.  She spent her entire life in the county in which she was born.  Her earthly life numbered fifty-four years, ten months and twenty-eight days.  She was married on August 12, 1894 to John NABORS.  Nine children were born into the home.  The husband and six of these survive.  There are three grandchildren surviving.

            The funeral service was held at the family residence in this city at 2:00 o’clock p.m. Monday, December 23, Eld. WALKER, of Stephenville, being in charge.  The service was concluded at the Downing cemetery after which the body was laid to rest beside the three infant babies buried there.  The pall bearers were City officials, N.T. HASKINS, Mayor; J.D. TATE, C.T. MORRIS, W.P. WEAVER, Commissioners, Emmett SMITH, city employee, and W.C. MIXON.

            During the week following her marriage to Mr. NABORS in 1894, Mrs. NABORS became a Christian, uniting with the Church of Christ.  Through the long span of years following she kept true to her faith, rearing her children to love and reverence the Infinite.  She died in a triumphant and living faith in God.  Her gentle spirit’s influence abides as a blessed benediction upon those whom she loved, to guide and comfort them as they follow the way she would have them go.

Mrs. J.S. Singleton Died Xmas Day

            Mrs. Sarah Josephine SINGLETON, wife of J.S. (Uncle Dock) SINGLETON, died at their home in Humphrey Addition, Wednesday morning, December 25, Christmas Day.  Her death was immediately traceable to an injury received on Sunday morning three days prior, when she fell at her home and broke her hip.  However, she had been ill for two or three years, and in her frailty, was unable to withstand the intense suffering caused by her injury.

            Sarah Josephine SIMMONS was born in LaFayette county, Miss., on October 16th, 1858, being therefore seventy-six years, two months and nine days of age at death.  She was married to J.S. SINGLETON on December 23, 1875, making their married life a span of fifty-four years and two days.

            This good family moved to Texas, to Fannin county, in 1894, thence back to Mississippi for a year, and in 1896 they came to De Leon where they have made their home since. 

            To this union were born eight children, one dying in infancy and one son, Melvin, preceding her to the better world by a little more than five years, dying in 1924, at the age of 39.  Three sons and three daughters survive:  Frank SINGLETON, Wellman, Tex.; Oscar SINGLETON, Lamesa; and Thomas SINGLETON, De Leon; Mrs. Ladelle HUMPHREY, De Leon; Mrs. Elvie FIELDS, Paducah; and Mrs. Alice WARREN, Stamford, all being present at the funeral.  One brother and one sister survive, the sister, Mrs. Millie FLORENCE, Rule, Texas, being present at the funeral.  The brother, Lee SIMMONS, Oxford, Miss. could not be present because of his advanced age.  There are 33 grand children and 19 great grand children left to mourn the loss of a loving grandmother.

            Mrs. SINGLETON was converted and joined the Baptist church when she was sixteen years of age and has led a devoted Christian life, always finding joy and comfort in serving her Master and her life has blessed many.  To know her was to love her, and this gentle disposition enabled her to count her friends by scores and hundreds.  These attested to their love when they came to follow her bier to its last resting place in De Leon cemetery where Revs. W.L. SKAGGS and J.M. STRICKLAND spoke comforting words to the bereaved ones Thursday afternoon.


            Roy PARK and Miss Stella Mae COGBURN, two excellent young people of the Oliver Springs community, were happily married at the home of Rev. and Mrs. A.F. NABORS at 2:00 o’clock p.m. December 24th, Christmas Eve, Rev. NABORS saying the magic words uniting them.  They were accompanied by relatives.

            Mr. PARK now makes his home in Dallas, and the Free Press presumes that that city will be their future home.  Best wishes are extended to them.



            At three o’clock last Sunday afternoon, Rev. A.F. NABORS was the officiating minister at a wedding in which Miss Lucy SCOTT of Downing community, and Mr. L.L. SIDES, a son of Whit SIDES, were united in the holy bonds.  Both of these excellent young people were reared in the environs of De Leon and are popular in a large circle of friends.  Congratulations and best wishes are being showered upon them by many friends and well wishers.


            Cecil TARRANCE and Miss Fannie OTWELL were united in the holy bonds of matrimony at the home of the bride Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Rev. DAVENPORT, pastor of the Methodist church at Ross Chapel officiated.  Many relatives and friends were present.  The bride was showered with beautiful and useful gifts.  The happy couple expect to make their home near Downing.

            The bride is the lovely daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.M. OTWELL.  She is loved by all who know her and has a position of high standing among her friends.  Mr. TARRANCE is the son of Mr. and Mrs. F.G. TARRANCE of Robinson Springs.  The best wishes of friends are extended this happy couple as they embark on the eventful journey.


            Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Carter LOWRY announce the marriage of Mrs. LOWRY’s sister, Miss Johnnie GILDER, of Holly Springs, to Alfred Onan LAWSON, on October 26, at Tupelo, Miss., by Rev. H.L. HOLCOMB in the parsonage.

            The bridegroom holds a responsible position in the office of the Austin Road Machine Co., in Jackson, Miss., and he will come here Saturday to take his bride to their future home in Jackson.  The bride is well known and popular here and her many friends extend to the young couple the best wishes for a happy life. – Exchange.


            The marriage of Mr. Jim WARE, son of Mrs. Fannie WARE, of the Duster community, and Miss Bertha HARGROVE of Gorman, occurred at the home of Rev. W.L. SKAGGS at 5:00 o’clock p.m. Thursday, December 19, Mr. SKAGGS performing the ceremony.  The groom was reared in the Duster community.  Miss HARGROVE was reared near Gorman.  Their many friends wish for them greatest happiness and success as they journey through life together.

Ward Principal Had Tonsils Out

            Miss Della WALL had her tonsils removed at Gorman Sanitarium on Friday before Christmas, and is recovering nicely.  She will be able to resume her school work next Monday, doubtless.

School Board Visited Member Ill at Comanche

            Five members of De Leon School Board drove over to Comanche last Thursday evening and spent an hour visiting with G.M. (Mose) STRICKLAND who is ill and taking treatment under a specialist there.  They found Mr. STRICKLAND somewhat improved.  He has been critically ill lately of kidney disorder.  Mr. STRICKLAND is president of the Board.  The members in the party were J.W. HOWARD, L.B. MORTON, C.H. SHARP, A.H. BIBBY and R.L. SCOTT.


Mrs. C.W. PATTERSON was surrounded in her home on Christmas by all her children:  Mrs. R.P. MAYHUGH and children, Plainview; Mr. and Mrs. Evan BARKER and daughter, Baird; Mr. and Mrs. W.C. BAGWELL and children, Breckenridge; Rev. and Mrs. Joseph PATTERSON and son, Santa Anna; Mr. and Mrs. Russell RICE and children of this city, and Robert PATTERSON, who is with the McMann Oil Co. in the Seminole field in Oklahoma.

Mr. and Mrs. J.M.W. ALEXANDER, now of Hereford, Texas, were spending Christmas with her mother, Mrs. J.H. STRUBE, and in the homes of other relatives here.

Mrs. J.V. WHITE was called Tuesday to Breckenridge by the serious illness of her sister, Mrs. G.A. LORHABAY. 

Elbert LAWLESS and daughter, Miss Ola May and son Elbert Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Garlan LAWLESS, are here from Watonga, Okla., visiting their mother, Mrs. Ellen LAWLESS.

Mr. and Mrs. L.D. PARKS and children, Barbara and Lawrence, were Christmas guests of his mother, Mrs. S.G. PARKS, and of the Free Press editor and family.

Mr. and Mrs. E.E. DABNEY and A.C. MARTIN had as Christmas guests, Mr. and Mrs. V.G. LOCKE and son from Cisco, and Mr. and Mrs. Clay DABNEY and baby of Ft. Worth.

J.F. McKELVEY had two sons and a daughter home for the holidays, Ray of Dallas and Claude of Denton, and Miss Adelle, who is studying at C.L.A.

Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HOWELL’s holiday guests were Mr. and Mrs. Will and Harry HOWELL, of Cleburne and Earl of Dallas, and Russell of State University.  Harry is at New Orleans and did not get home, and Mrs. CLARK spent Christmas in the home of her husband’s parents at Denison.

Mrs. C.L. GRAY and children, of Dallas, were holiday guests of NANCE and KINCHEN relatives.

Miss Virginia and Walter LOWE, of Austin, spent Christmas with home folks, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. LOWE.

Mr. and Mrs. Brown SHAVER of Luling were here for Christmas with her mother, Mrs. A.E. HAMPTON.

John D. HARVEY has been spending Christmas with WOOD and HARVEY relatives in the city.

Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN, Jr., now of Waco, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Morre EVANS of Wichita Falls, and Ralph PITTMAN, recently returned from New York, were holiday guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN.

Mr. and Mrs. Leslie BURGESS and son, Billie, of McCamey, are here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. JENKINS.

Miss Julia HAVIS and Mrs. J.C. CARAWAY of McCamey are here visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.(?) HAVIS.

Mr. and Mrs. T.H. NANCE had the pleasure of having all their children at home with them during the Christmas holidays.  Mr. and Mrs. H.B. FUNKHOUSER, Ft. Worth; Mr. and Mrs. Roy NANCE and baby, El Dorado; and Cole and Miss Stella, from Dallas, all were present to gladden their parents’ Christmas Day.

Miss Mary SIKES of Stephenville was guest of the week in the home of her brother, J.C. SIKES, here.

Miss Florence PILCHER and Miss Nerine DONOHUE of Abilene are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. PILCHER and Mr. and Mrs. J.F. DONOHUE.

J.R. FLETCHER of Abilene, brother of Mrs. W.L. SALTER, was visiting in the SALTER home the last of the week.

Curtis VAN ZANDT was home from A. & M. College for the holidays.

Mr. and Mrs. W.R. HEIZER of Throckmorton were here last weekend visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. WATSON.

Mr. and Mrs. Otho BELL of Fabens are spending the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon BELL.

Mr. and Mrs. S. HORTON and children of Colorado are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.K. NOEL.

Mr. and Mrs. Nando ROBBINS of Lubbock have returned home after a visit with his brother, Oliver ROBBINS and family.

Mr. and Mrs. H.B. BOSWELL of Harold, Texas, are guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.V. BOSWELL.

Misses Lillie and Lora SINGLETON of Rule were here for the holidays, visiting Mr. and Mrs. Vance SINGLETON.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy NELSON of Hamlin are here, guests of Mr. and Mrs. Earl NELSON.

Mrs. C.C. JONES of Marks, Miss., is guest in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.V. WHITE.  Mrs. JONES is an aunt of Mrs. WHITE.

Mrs. T.I. FITZGERALD and children spent Christmas visiting in the home of her daughter, Mrs. D.C. LOTHRINGER and family of San Antonio.

Mrs. And Mrs. Alton COZBY and baby of Dallas, were here for the holiday celebration with her mother, Mrs. Emma COONER.

Carl BRUMBELOW of Ranger spent Christmas with his mother, Mrs. L. BRUMBELOW.

Miss Hattie Belle MYERS was a visitor Tuesday with her aunt, Mrs. Floyd CARPENTER in Comanche.

Mr. and Mrs. John DYSON and son of Big Lake are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.S. FREEMAN  and Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DYSON.

Sarah Elizabeth is the name of a tiny baby girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse WETZEL of Winters, who formerly lived here.

Mr. and Mrs. Pete CAMPBELL of Texon and Mr. and Mrs. Martin DYSON of McCAMEY are here visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DYSON.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUKE of Avondale, Arizona, are here visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William DUKE and other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. S.Z. CARNES and daughter, Miss Leola, were here spending the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. CULPEPPER.

Mr. and Mrs. C.J. THOMPSON and daughter, little Miss Ruth Ann, of Wichita Falls are here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben HOWE.

Oliver Springs

Mr. and Mrs. C.C. SETZLER are all smiles over the arrival of their new son, born Dec. 16.

Mrs. J.N. COGBURN is on the sick list this week.

S.L. CANTWELL and son have returned from Austin.


Mrs. STURDIVANT and children of Comyn visited her son, Dick STURDIVANT, during the holidays.

A first aid treatment has been provided at school by Miss Lucile RILEY and Miss Odell ROBBINS.

Aubrey WYNN has been ill the past several days.  His condition has been such as to cause his family and his friends much uneasiness. 

 \Mr. JOHNSON of Wayland, brother of S.A. JOHNSON of this community, spent Sunday in this community and attending the singing at this place.

Nando ROBBINS of Lubbock spent the holidays visiting with his brother, O.S. ROBBINS and family of this place.

Dood RILEY, who recently moved to Oklahoma, spent the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.E. RILEY.

Mrs. Carl RILEY is spending the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.W. SHORT and Mr. RILEY’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.E. RILEY.

Robinson Springs

Mrs. John LOWERY, who has been suffering for some time, passed to her heavenly home last Wednesday night at 8:00 o’clock.  The community loses a true Christian, a friend, and a good neighbor, We regret our loss but rejoice in her gain.  We know that she is at rest now with all suffering ended.

Mr. REYNOLDS and daughter from near Ranger were at singing Sunday night.  Mr. REYNOLDS is an ex-teacher of this community and we are very glad to have him visit us.

Miss Modess WEST, who has been taking a business course at Eastland, has returned home.

Miss Bess UNDERWOOD is spending the holidays with her parents in Dublin.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl RILEY are spending the Christmas holidays with her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer SHORT of this place.

Misses Bernice and Lillie Mae CHATHAM of Desdemona are spending the Christmas holidays with their parents of this place.  Lillie Mae is a Senior in the Desdemona school and Miss Bernice is teaching in the elementary grades. 


©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.