The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, January 3, 1930


Aged Mother, 91, Passed Peacefully To Her Reward

            Grandmother TATE is dead.  The end came to her at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.B. GRAY, a short distance west of De Leon, at 10:15 o’clock a.m. Monday, December 30, 1929.  In her last hours her faculties were normal.  She recognized everyone and sweetly gave her blessing and benediction to each as they came to her bedside.  In a touching manner, characteristic of the gentle spirit within her, she told each goodbye and commended them to the higher and better life.

            Caroline H. TATE was born September 5, 1838, in Troupe county, Ga., and when five years of age moved with her parents to Pontotoc county, Miss.  Here at the age of 19, she was married to John W. TATE, living in Mississippi until 1890, when they moved to De Leon.

            She was mother of five sons and four daughters, three of these having preceded her in death.  The five living were with her in the hour of death.  There are twenty-six grandchildren and it is a coincidence that all of these were present when she died except two.  There were fourteen great grandchildren.  Besides these, Grandmother TATE is survived by one brother, C.G. HAMPTON, and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Ann GILMORE, both of this city.

            Grandmother TATE had been a child of God since her youth but did not unite with the church until 1908, at which time she united with the Primitive Baptist church at De Leon and was baptized by Eld. S.A. PAYNE, who passed to his reward.  It was a son of the beloved minister, Eld. Arson PAYNE, who came from Dallas to conduct the funeral of this old “mother of Israel.”

            Living children surviving are:  Jeff W. TATE, John W. TATE, Mrs. Mollie R. COUNTS, Mrs. Anna MORROW, Mrs. Charlie GRAY and Mrs. Etta GRAY, all of De Leon vicinity.

            The funeral was held at De Leon Missionary Baptist church, at 2:00 o’clock p.m. Tuesday and burial followed at De Leon Cemetery.

Mrs. J.H. Lowery Died on Dec. 18th

            The death of Mrs. Tallie LOWERY, wife of the late J.H. LOWERY, occurred at her home six miles north of De Leon, in the Robinson Springs community, at 8:00 o’clock p.m. Wednesday, December 18.  The funeral was held the day following, at the family residence, Rev. BARRETT, of Breckenridge, her pastor, conducting the service.

            Mrs. LOWERY had been in ill health for several years, and was confined to her bed for about three months.  She realized that death was approaching, and was resigned to the Lord’s will, never complaining of her lot.  She had been a consistent Christian and a member of the Primitive Baptist church for many years and lived her religion daily.  Her Godly example remains as a blessed benediction upon her sorrowing loved ones.

            Mrs. LOWERY was born in Madison county, Ala., Nov. 23, 1867, being sixty-two years of age.  She grew to womanhood in Alabama and Tennessee, coming to Johnson county, Texas when a girl of 19, where she was married to J.H. LOWERY.  They moved from Cleburne to Erath county and finally settled in the Robinson Springs community 27 years ago.

            Five children were born, one dying in infancy.  Those living are Carl LOWERY, Colorado, Texas; Mrs. Linnie SHANKLES, Texon; Earl LOWERY and Mrs. Cora PARK, De Leon.  There are six grand children.

            Her body was laid to rest in Victor cemetery beside her husband who preceded her to the better world by eight years.

Leland Nabors Slowly Improving of Injury

            Leland NABORS, who has been in the hospital at Gorman for many weeks, is reported to be slowly improving.  NABORS sent word to the Free Press to express for him his grateful appreciation to the members of the Bearcats squad, the team of ’27, and to the many friends, who remembered him so handsomely at Christmas, the proceeds of a class football game, amounting to about $100.00 being presented him.  NABORS was captain of the Bearcats this year.  Recently, the Gorman Panthers exhibited a fine brand of sportsmanship when they presented NABORS with a gold football.

Mose Strickland Was Moved to Dallas For Treatment Wednesday

            G.M. (Mose) STRICKLAND, who has been under treatment of a physician at Comanche for the past several weeks for kidney trouble, was carried to Dallas Wednesday to go under the treatment of a specialist there, making the trip in Higginbotham’s ambulance under the care of C.H. SHARP.  The big machine made the trip easy for the sick man, who was in the Baptist Sanitarium in Dallas in a very few house [Sic] after leaving.  When attendants returned here, Mr. STRICKLAND had not completed his trip through the clinic, and no report of the findings was available.  His many friends hope for his speedy recovery.   

De Leon Man and Wife Kill Two Deer in Kerr Co.

            Mr. and Mrs. W. EGBERT had better luck than they counted on when they went to Kerr county deer hunting on Monday this week.  They had their hunt on the ranch of a friend, arriving there Monday night.  They spent the entire day Tuesday hunting and were about ready to give up in despair when just before sunset Mrs. EGBERT, who had become separated a short distance from her husband, spied a fine nine-point buck.  She is an excellent shot, and a moment later her rifle had done the trick and the game was hers.

            Elated with her success, she called to her husband who was a few hundred yards away.  A report from his gun was the answer.  Within two minutes after she had brought down her deer, he had killed an eight-point buck, also.

            Wednesday they brought their kill home and displayed the two fine animals to friends, hanging them up for inspection in front of the bakery, of which Mr. EGBERT is proprietor.  (The editor of this paper acknowledges with thanks a sample of the venison, which was as tender and juicy as milk-fed veal.

Hazzard Refuses His Liberty in Jail Delivery

            Dick HAZZARD remained in Hamilton county jail for a period of perhaps fourteen hours, alone, with a hole in the wall through which all the other prisoners are reported to have escaped according to information given this paper by W.T. HAZZARD, brother of the condemned man.  The jail break is reported to have occurred late in the afternoon of Christmas Eve and it was some time up in the morning of Christmas morning when HAZZARD is reported to have called the sheriff to “come up and stop up the hole to keep out the cold.”  He was alone in the jail, it is said.

            The hole in the wall was of such nature that it was necessary to remove HAZZARD back to the Comanche county jail, where he is at this time.  The death sentence, given him by a Comanche county jury, was modified by the jury at Hamilton in his last trial in which he got ninety-nine years.  His case is now on appeal before the higher court at Austin and is about due to come up for hearing there.

Variety Store Owner Buying in Dallas Market

            A.H. BIBBY commenced immediately after Christmas to remove and store decoration, and before the New Year completely transformed his store.  Early this week he went to Dallas where he spent several days buying new spring stock, which will begin to arrive and be placed on sale immediately.

R.M. Boyd Honored by Christmas Day Dinner

            On Christmas Day the children and relatives of R.M. BOYD assembled at his home near Downing for a big birthday and Christmas dinner.  The BOYD children were all present and each presented him with some gift.  He was presented with a cake which had sixty-eight candles.

            The children present were: Mrs. R.H. BASSETT of Ranger; Mrs. R.F. STEPHENS of Comanche; W.J. BOYD of De Leon; Z.L. BOYD of Grow; W.P. BOYD of Downing; H.L. BOYD of Graham; V.C. BOYD of Abilene; and Mrs. Ross McGUIRE of Downing.  There were nineteen grandchildren present.

            Everyone enjoyed the turkey and ham and other delicious things prepared by the several women present.  There were 53 people present.

            Among the visitors and relatives of those who have married into the family were: Mr. and Mrs. Walker MATHIS and children and Mrs. McCAMIE, father of Mrs. MATHIS and Mrs. McGUIRE, mother of Ross McGUIRE.

            After the good dinner everyone enjoyed the afternoon by making pictures and a general good time.  Then came the time for parting.  Everyone bade each other a loving goodbye and wished each other a prosperous 1930 and the dear father and grandfather a happy New Year.

Christmas Dinner Held Honoring Mrs. L.P. Beaty

            Forty-two children, relatives and friends assembled at the home of Mrs. L.P. BEATY near Downing to enjoy a wonderful dinner last Thursday, Dec. 26.

            Children present were: Mrs. J.J. COLLINS of Stephenville; Mrs. J.K. MORRIS of Duster; Mrs. R.O. ANDERSON of Downing; Mrs. W.J. BOYD of De Leon and Mrs. D.M. BEATY of Downing.  There were twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren present.

            Mrs. H.W. SCOTT, sister of Mrs. I.P. BEATY, was present, with three children and seven grandchildren.

            Mr. and Mrs. LINDSEY and Miss Cordie, father, mother, and sister of Mrs. D.M. BEATY were there from Comanche.

            Everyone enjoyed this dinner and the good time and went home bidding each other a happy, and prosperous New Year.

Jakehamon Man to Build Brick Residence

            J.W. HONEYCUTT, who owns the old John MOHON tract in the Jakehamon townsite, is having 70,000 brick hauled out to his farm and will immediately commence building himself a new brick residence, all outhouses to be also of brick.

            Mr. HONEYCUTT was at Jakehamon when the townsite was located and has been there continuously since.  A new road has recently been surveyed north and south along the west side of the school campus at Jakehamon, and Mr. HONEYCUTT’s new home will be on the roads north and south of the townsite.  He stated that all oil field debris has been removed now and the locality has a much neater appearance.

            Mr. HONEYCUTT said he is the last business man in business in Jakehamon.  He is in the junk iron business and continues to ship junk from the Jakehamon switch.


Bonnie NABORS visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chester HAYNES of Ft. Worth during the Christmas holidays.

Miss Sallie Mae GUNN, who is employed by the Universal Manufacturing Co. as forewoman in their packing plant at Abilene, was visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe GUNN, near Downing last week.  She was formerly employed by Beck-Scott Co. here and moved to Abilene when the plant was sold and transferred there.

Mr. and Mrs. Monroe ROBBINS and children, of Dallas, were visiting with his brother, Oliver ROBBINS and family, near Jakehamon, one day recently while enroute to their former home, Austin, to look after business interests.

E.B. RIDER had as his guest for Christmas his son, Lafayette RIDER from Liberty, Mrs. A.C. WATERS of Lubbock, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. McKINNEY of Jakehamon and Miss Oma RIDER of Merkel.

Mrs. Oscar HOWARD and daughter, Miss Virginia, attended a business meeting of Coleman Insurance Co. at Coleman Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Pat CARNES left this week for McCamey where they will remain for several weeks, both Mr. CARNES’ children, Cager, and Mrs. W.C. COCHRAN, living there.

Mrs. J.E. WILLIAMSON and little daughter returned to their home in San Antonio Wednesday after spending a month in the home of her mother, Mrs. J. Doss MILLER.

Mr. and Mrs. W.E. LOWE were called to Haskell Tuesday night to attend their daughter, Mrs. French ROBERTSON, who was reported ill.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack SPENCER, of San Antonio, were recent visitors in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George SPENCER and other relatives here.

Mr. and Mrs. Bob COLEY and Mr. and Mrs. Gideon COLEY and baby, all of San Antonio, were Christmas guests of their mother, Mrs. J.W. COLEY and daughter, Miss Artie, returning to their home Sunday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. W.W. GREGORY went to Dallas Wednesday where Mrs. GREGORY will take treatments, having developed an illness early in the week which may necessitate an operation.

Fred W. TINDALL, from Aetna, Kansas, has been visiting his sister, Mrs. W.W. WALKER during the holidays.

New Hope News

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd LEE of Slocum and Mr. and Mrs. B.L. CARLILE and little son and Miss Pearl CLARK of Snider, all spent the holidays with Mrs. G.L. and Lucille LEE.

Mrs. Arthur HOLDRIDGE and children visited with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. DEATON of Rucker community last Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis HOLDRIDGE entertained with a party for the young people at their home last Saturday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Ross DUPRIEST and children, of Las Cruces, N.M., visited with Mr. and Mrs. John DUPRIEST last week.

Bill SIDES spent Monday night with his sister, Mrs. Clyde HODGES of Round Grove.

Mr. and Mrs. Whit SIDES and children spent Sunday with Murray SIDES and family.

J.C. LOCK spent Christmas night with his brother, Walton LOCK, of Harmony.


Miss Fairest BLANKENSHIP is home from Rotan.

Misses Bean and Grace BRUMBELOW are home from Denton for the holidays.

Mr. Dick KEE and children spent Christmas with Rex KEE and family in Breckenridge.

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie TURNER are moving to Gustine.

Robinson Springs

We have had several new students to enter our school recently.  Our enrollment at present is ninety.

Mr. LITTLE, who was visiting relatives in New Mexico during the Christmas holidays, failed to get home in time to teach school Monday.  Mrs. MORING taught in his place.


Mrs. M.E. RACKLEY of Coleman is visiting her daughter, Mrs. T.W. DICKEY and family.

Mr. and Mrs. J.N. BOYKIN and children spent part of the Christmas holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. BOYKIN of Oglesby.

Mr. and Mrs. S.E. HARIS and baby of Borger spent Christmas with Mrs. HARIS’ sister and family, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. GEORGE.

Mr. and Mrs. W.R. HEIZER of Throckmorton visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. WATSON last week.

Dayne COOK of Big Lake is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.T. COOK.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy LINDLEY, who are students in Texas Tech at Lubbock, spent the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.T. COOK.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. ALSTON and children spent Christmas in Decatur visiting with her mother, Mrs. J.M. ST. CLAIR.

Bob GUTHERIE of Breckenridge visited during the holidays with his relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Whit SIDES and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard MAYES of Graham are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. EASLEY.

Cecil SPENCER of Abilene visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren SPENCER during the holidays.

Mrs. Allen WHITTINGTON and son, of Lubbock, spent Christmas with their relatives, L.G. and C.M. CARAWAY and families.

Mr. and Mrs. D.R. McCOUN and children, who spent the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.B. PAINTER, left Tuesday for their home at Skidmore.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd NOEL of Rotan visited her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.P. THOMPSON last week.

Mr. and Mrs. B.O. BYERLY and children of Sudan and Mrs. BYERLY’s sister, Kirk DOGGETT, spent Christmas in Beaumont with Mr. BYERLY’s parents.  They returned here on Friday to spend a few days with Mrs. BYERLY’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.L. DOGGETT before going to their home.

Miss Lela VAUGHAN of Stephenville spent the holidays with her father, J.H. VAUGHAN.

After visiting for several weeks with his grandfather, J.H. VAUGHAN and other relatives, Brooks VAUGHAN left Sunday for his home near Anson.

Mr. and Mrs. C.A. REES and family moved this week into the residence on the BARNES’ farm which has recently been vacated by S.W. LAMINSACK and family, who moved to a farm near Desdemona.

Miss L.O.E. SWEEDEN spent the holidays in Big Lake visiting her mother, Mrs. N.E. SWEEDEN and family.

Mrs. Calvin CARAWAY and baby, who spent Christmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. HAVIS, returned to Big Lake on Thursday.

C.R. TIMMONS and children went to San Angelo last week to bring his daughter, Enola, home.  She had been staying during the past three months with her grandmother, Mrs. Fannie SELF, that she might have the advantage of eye treatment under a specialist there.

Mrs. C.M. CARAWAY, C.M., Jr., Naomi and Mrs. N.H. FLOYD visited Mrs. FLOYD’s sister, Mrs. O.A. BRONSTAD at Cooledge during the holidays.

Autrey HAVIS of Big Lake spent Christmas day with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. HAVIS. 

Mr. and Mrs. Wade COWAN and family have moved into the residence recently visited by Hardy HAZZARD, who moved to De Leon.


Odis CLINE has returned to Crane City after a month’s visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.R. CLINE.

M.M. DECKER is reported seriously ill this week.

Miss Nellie GOODSON spent last weekend visiting her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. FINCANNON of Desdemona.

Bill and Joe KELLEY, from Oklahoma, visited Roy KELLEY during the holidays.

Miss Lavoyce SECHRIST spent part of last week with her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde WYNN of Desdemona.

Vernon GOODSON of McCamey spent Christmas with his cousin, Elda GOODSON.

Miss Inez HART of this community spent part of last week visiting her sister, Mrs. Ellis ROUSE of Desdemona.

H.C. JAMES, who has been away since summer, has returned to his home in this community.

Mr. and Mrs. W.W. WILCOX of Hamilton are here visiting with Mrs. WILCOX’s mother, Mrs. F.C. MOORE.  Mrs. WILCOX was formerly Miss Hazel REEVES. 

Tom JAMES of Ranger visited last week with Raymond JAMES.

Mr. and Mrs. D.D. UPSHAW, who lives in New Mexico visited Mrs. UPSHAW’s mother, Mrs. R.L. CLIFTON last week.

Mr. and Mrs. A.H. BEATY of Lorraine spent part of last week visiting their daughters, Mrs. Leo SMITH and Mrs. Mentle YOUNG.

Sam PRICE, who has been living in Desdemona, is moving to this community.

Gerald STURDIVANT is a new pupil in school at this place.

Dood RILEY has returned to Bellview after spending the holidays with his parents here.

Aubrey WYNN, who has been sick for the past several days, is reported improved.

Ralph ROBBINS has gone with his brother, where they will be employed as welders in pipe line work.  Ragie ROBBINS, who is an expert welder is foreman of the welding crew in which Ralph will work.

Weldon BYRD visited with his grandmother, Mrs. N.S. PARTAIN of Dublin, Christmas.

Emogene ADAMS visited with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. GRIFFITH of Staff during the holidays.

Frank PENDLETON will move to De Leon this week where he will be employed in a shop as mechanic.


Douglas STEPHENSON of Coleman and little daughter, Norma, of Breckenridge visited in the home of his parents Christmas.

John STEPHENSON of Dallas also visited with his parents.

Mrs. Ina MEADFORD of Haskell spent Christmas week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John ANDRESS. 

Sid MEADFORD of Haskell came in for a short stay in the neighborhood.

Sid FERGUSON and family of Knox are visiting in the home of her father, Mr. KELLY.

Miss Cora WALL of De Leon has returned to fill her place in the school after spending the holidays at home.

Miss Ara HUSKEY of Comanche is also back to assume the care of little folks of the school. 

John LAND, of Knox, visited Uncle Joe LAND, his father, through the holidays.


©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.