The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, January 17, 1930


Brother-in-Law of Tom Connollee Died Here Jan. 13

            The death of C.M. CLEMENTS, brother-in-law of U.S. Senator Tom CONNOLLEE, occurred at his home on De Leon Rt. 2, at 3 o’clock p.m., Monday, January 13th.  He had been ill for a period of several days.  He had lived at this place for about 20 years.

            C.H. SHARP with Higginbotham Bros. & Co. Undertaking department, took the body to Eddy, the CONNOLLEE home, Tuesday and burial took place at the Eddy cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.  Deceased was 69 years of age on Christmas Day.

            Mrs. CLEMENTS, a sister of the Senator, will continue to make her home on De Leon, Rt. 2.

De Leon Boy is Asst. Manager of Dallas Theatre

            Boyd SHARP, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. SHARP, was made assistant manager of the Palace Theatre in Dallas last week.  Young SHARP arrived in Dallas from New York and took up his duties immediately.

            The Palace is owned by the Publix chain of theatres, and young SHARP has been employed by them in New York, going there as an usher some two years ago.  His rapid advancement speaks well of his ability.  He was offered managership of a Brooklyn, N.Y., theatre by his company, it is said, and refused, preferring to return to Texas.

            SHARP finished school in Arizona at the State University, Tucson, and has spent some two years in New York.

G.M. Strickland to Have Major Operation

            G.M. (Mose) STRICKLAND, who was carried to the Baptist Sanitarium at Dallas a week ago for treatment for kidney trouble, is much improved.  He had a minor operation, and has run no temperature for two weeks Sunday, and is gaining strength.  He is preparing for a major operation for the removal of gall stones and other kidney disorders.  The major operation will be performed one day the coming week according to his wife, who returned from Dallas Tuesday.

Former De Leon Boy Won Second in Natl. Contest

            Percy DAVENPORT, who formerly lived between De Leon and Desdemona, was honored guest at a banquet given Thursday night this week at Dallas, in recognition of his winning salesmanship honors.  DAVENPORT sold more Edison Mazda Lamps than any other Edison salesman in the United States, with one exception, with a thousand salesmen competing.  He was first in Texas and Oklahoma.  The only man who sold more than he did lived up in the East.  The sales contest embraced all the United States.

            DAVENPORT is employed by the Miller Electric Co. at Ft. Worth, a wholesale electrical concern, and has all Texas territory west of Ft. Worth which he travels constantly.  He was in the Free Press office Thursday morning and told of his good fortune.

Vess Nabors’ Son Shot in Leg

            The dailies of Thursday told of the accidental shooting of Tom NABORS, 15 year old son of Vess NABORS, at Cisco.  A pump gun in the hands of Troy POWELL failed to work.  When he tried to fix it, the gun was discharged, the 12-gauge load striking the boy half-way between the knee and ankle.  He may lose his leg.

Bell Turned Car Over On Highway after Sleet Storm

            Last Thursday afternoon R.W. BELL decided to drive to Stamford, sleet or no sleet.  His young daughter accompanied him.  The earth was coated with a glistening armour of sleet upon which a mist had fallen and frozen, making the ground just about as slick as possible to imagine.

            Mr. BELL and daughter left town shortly after noon.  They were driving at a very moderate speed and had reached a point near Willow Branch seven or eight miles from town, when their car, a Chevrolet Sedan, began sliding, turned sidewise, and turned over.

            Fortunately, they were not hurt and the machine was not badly damaged.  It was righted, with assistance, and they drove back home, not caring to take further risk of life and limb on an icy pavement.

E.E. Akers Store Destroyed by Fire at Munday Tuesday.

            E.E. AKERS, former drygoodsman of this city, who moved to Munday, Texas, and engaged in a similar business two or three years ago, lost his stock of merchandise by fire last Tuesday night.  Mr. AKERS had one of the best stores in Munday, having an excellent stock of goods and a beautiful store.  The front was modernized last year.  It was 75 feet in width, with two entrances and modern show windows.

            Just how the fire originated no one knows.  It evidently started in the ceiling, according to reports.  The weather was bitterly cold.  Firemen could make but little headway fighting the flames.  The stock and building were a total loss.  Several other buildings were destroyed also before the fire could be brought under control.

Former De Leon Man Died in Fort Worth

            The information has been received at the Free Press office of the death of Ellis HARRIS, brother of Mrs. J.B. BUCHAN, who passed away at his home in Ft. Worth on Sunday night a week ago.  Mr. HARRIS lived in De Leon for many years, his parents being pioneer citizens of this county and well remembered by the old time citizens about De Leon.  His father was “Uncle Cage” HARRIS, well known pioneer citizen of the De Leon section who died about eight years ago.

            Ellis HARRIS was about 60 years of age.  His wife and two grown sons survive him, all living in Ft. Worth.  He is also survived by one brother, who lives in California, three sisters, Mrs. J.G. MAINE, Iredell; Mrs. J.H. BUCHAN, De Leon; and Mrs. Charley CARMACK, O’Donnell.  He was buried in Greenwood cemetery at Ft. Worth.

            Mrs. BUCHAN was at Itasca visiting in the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.B. BLAIR, when her brother became ill.  She was called to his bedside and was there when he died.

Card of Thanks

            We wish to express in a small way our heartfelt gratitude to those who came and ministered to our dear mother and sister during her last long illness.

            To those both in De Leon and in the New Hope community who by word or deed helped to make the burden less hard for her, may God bless each of you.

            We wish to express our thanks to those who gave the beautiful flowers and spoke kind words of sympathy.  May God comfort each of you in your hour of sorrow.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul MORGAN

Mr. and Mrs. J.L. BOYETT

Mr. and Mrs. G.H. YORK

Mr. and Mrs. C.L. LIGHTFOOT

Mr. and Mrs. H.C. HEATH

Mr. and Mrs. Schillor BALLARD

Katy Road Master Back from Waco

E.H. ROGERS, Katy Road Master, who lived in De Leon for a number of years and was transferred back to Waco and the main line several months ago, has again been sent to De Leon.  He is as yet uncertain whether or not he will be here permanently, in which case he will move his family back.


Our community was made sad Sunday morning by a message from Dublin stating that Mrs. FULFORD, formerly Miss Inez DIXON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Monroe DIXON of Dublin, was dead.

Mr. and Mrs. J.F. DYSON and family visited Mr. and Mrs. Tilmon DYSON in Desdemona Wednesday evening.

Bonnie Fay CUMMINS is on the sick list this week.

Downing News (from Last Week)

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. PORTER of Roscoe moved on Mr. R.N. BOYD’s place last week.

Garland HOBSON of Wingate moved in A.L. PIPER’s rent house last week.

Following is the honor roll for the Downing school:

   First Grade:  Ennis LOUDERMILK, Dorthy Lee COTTRELL, Curn WATSON, Glen Dale  MORRISON, John Doyle HULSEY.

   Second: Josie Bell HORNSBY, Obe LOUDERMILK.

   Third: Ina Pearl SHUPP

   Fourth: Helen GRISSOM.

   Fifth: Ruby BISHOP, Edith LOUDERMILK.

   Seventh: Lawrence SHUPP.

Mr. and Mrs. Orel COTTRELL were visiting her parents this past week.

E.N. PITTS of this community is very ill.

Mr. and Mrs. L.B. CHAMPION and baby were visiting his parents Sunday.

Lofton BISHOP of Brownwood spent the weekend with his parents.

Mr. and Mrs. H.W. SHUPP and family visited their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey LEWIS of Duster.

New Hope News (From Last Week)

Arthur HOLDRIDGE and family moved last week into a community near Comanche.

George DANIELS has been seriously ill the past week but he is some better at this writing.  All of Mr. DANIELS’ brothers and sisters were visiting him last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest HOLDRIDGE of St. Joe and Mrs. Willie HOLDRIDGE and son of De Leon visited Mr. and Mrs. Curtis HOLDRIDGE on Wednesday of last week.  Mesdames Ernest Curtis and Willie HOLDRIDGE and son also visited Lucile LEE and mother in the afternoon.

Miss Adell MILLER of Docum spent Friday of last week with her grandmother, Mrs. G.L. LEE.

Mrs. SOLLY of De Leon visited several days last week with her daughter, Mrs. S.N. WILKINS.

Gilder CHUPP happened to a painful accident Monday when he and his father were in the woods cutting trees.  While trying to push over a tree he fell on his axe and cut his knee.  He was carried to De Leon for first aid, then rushed on to Gorman.

This community regrets the passing of Mrs. Maggie MORGAN very much.

(This Week)

Gilder CHUPP, who has been badly hurt and contracted pneumonia is reported some better.

Miss Zadie McCHAREN, who has been out of school for several weeks on account of her health, is better and has started back to school.

Lee FULLER and family have been here the past week visiting in the home of Walt HOLLAND and other relatives.


N.D. STRONG of New Mexico, who formerly lived in this community was back visiting friends in this and adjoining communities.  Mr. STRONG improved two farms while living here and was otherwise a progressive and useful citizen and his many friends were glad to see him again.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim KOONCE have moved into Desdemona and will make their home there until Mr. KOONCE begins farming in the spring.

W.F. HALE, Supt. Of the Transcontinental Oil interest at this place came near meeting with a serious accident when his car got out of control and turned over.  While the car was pretty badly broken up, Mr. HALE was not seriously hurt.

Bruce LAMINACK has enrolled in school at this place and will be in the high school department.

Mrs. Lizzie MOORE spent the past week visiting with O.H. MOORE and family.

Highland (From Last Week)

Mrs. Tilman DYSON and children of Desdemona visited her mother of the community last Sunday.

Mrs. S.A. RIPPETOE is visiting her daughter at Desdemona this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl TOMLINSON of Roby returned home after a two weeks’ visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. RIPPETOE.

Mr. and Mrs. Dean RIPPETOE of Brownwood visited his father, Ed RIPPETOE of this community last Sunday.

Miss Louise THIEBAUD, who has been visiting with parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil THIEBAUD, left for Austin Saturday night.

Comyn (From Last Week)

I.T. PARKER of Coleman visited his brothers, A.V. and D.S. FLOYD last Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. F.G. GILCHREST and family went to Waxahachie Friday to attend the funeral of Mrs. GILCHREST’s nephew, Walter LYLES.

Mr. and Mrs. E.M. PAINTER have moved into their new residence which has recently been completed.

Miss Julia HAVIS, who spent the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. HAVIS, left Monday for Texon where she will resume her work.

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

Autrey HAVIS of Big Lake is spending the week with his parents.

Misses Faye KINNARD and Jewell SPRUILL spent the weekend visiting with JEWELL’s parents in the Robinson Springs community.

A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Rich COWAN on January 2.  The little life was only spared a few days to gladden the hearts of its parents when death came.  The funeral was held at the Comyn cemetery Sunday afternoon.

F.G. BELL and family have just recently moved from Colorado City to Comyn and they are now located on the Dick BELL farm.


M.L. DIXON and Mrs. T.C. PATTERSON received a telegram Sunday, stating that their sister, Mrs. Inez FULFORD, who lived in Gaines County, died Saturday night.  Mrs. FULFORD formerly lived here.

Mrs. C.D. GARY is on the sick list this week.

Oliver Springs

Mr. and Mrs. R.D. BAGGET of Eastland are the proud parents of a little daughter, Willie Frances, born January 10th.

Mr. and Mrs. R.M. BREEDLOVE have been visiting with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.S. ECHOLS the past few days.

Mrs. E.B. MAUNEY of near Gorman visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.B. ATCHISON Sunday.


Miss Bary Louise GRIZZELLE spent last week in Waco, guest of her aunt, Mrs. Tom TRENT.

Miss Grace BOYD has returned from Iraan, where she has been employed in the Iraan Variety Store.

Craig NICHOLS left Monday for Tyler where he will attend Tyler Commercial College.

James GREGORY of Mineola, father of W.W. GREGORY, was here recently for a visit in the home of his son.

Mrs. George CAMP of Marietta, Okla., was here last week, guest of her sister, Mrs. E.F. KEITH.

W.G. KIMBLE and daughter, Miss Mary, went to Glen Rose Wednesday and brought home Mrs. KIMBLE, who has been there for treatment.

Mr. and Mrs. J.D. NARRY and children visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.P. NARRY and other relatives in Weatherford last week.

Mrs. Sallie GILMORE, mother of Mrs. Mary BROUGHTON, is seriously ill with bronchial affection [sic].  Mrs. GILMORE is 89 years of age.  Her many friends are anxious for her immediate recovery.

Mrs. FROZZARD of Sulphur, Okla, is here guest of her daughter, Mrs. Harold WILLIAMS.  Mr. and Mrs. Harold WILLIAMS are entertaining a tiny baby girl, who arrived at their home January 15th.

Mr. and Mrs. A.C. COZBY of Dallas, who formerly lived here, are now making their home at Grand Prairie where Mr. COZBY is bookkeeping for Harvey & Butler Chevrolet Co.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim CULPEPPER of Hamlin and Mr. and Mrs. S.Z. CARNES of Hico were Sunday visitors with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. CULPEPPER.  Mrs. CULPEPPER accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Jim CULPEPPER home for a visit.


©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.