The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, January 31, 1930


Vess Nabors Son Lost His Leg in Cisco Accident

            Tom NABORS, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Vess NABORS, at Cisco, had his right leg amputated three inches below the knee, at a Cisco hospital Sunday, January 19.  The young man was accidentally shot in the leg, half-way between the knee and ankle, on Wednesday prior to that date.  The small bone was shot away, and the blood vessels severed.  The young man almost lost his life.  He is now recovering rapidly.

            Young NABORS and his cousin, Troy POWELL, 20, were hunting three miles south of Cisco when the accident occurred.  POWELL’s 12 gauge pump gun hung.  He turned it away from his companion and was trying to fix it.  NABORS, unknown to POWELL, walked around his companion and in front of the gun, just in time to receive the unfortunate shot.


            Mr. Dan FRAZIER and Miss Nora SOLOMON were happily married last Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, at the home of Rev. W.L. SKAGGS, who pronounced the magic ceremony which united them in the holy bonds.  A brother of Miss SOLOMON was present to witness the ceremony.

            These two young people lived in the Duster or Harmony communities, and are well known and highly respected there where they have lived for a number of years.  Many friends wish them a full measure of happiness and success as they journey through life together.


            The marriage of Miss Lavell BRINSON, of Proctor, to Mr. J.L. PARKER, occurred at the home of Rev. and Mrs. A.F. NABORS, on Tuesday evening, January 18, 1930, at 8:00 o’clock.  Rev. NABORS officiated.

            The young couple was accompanied by a party of relatives and friends who came to witness the marriage ceremony.

            Young Mr. and Mrs. PARKER are among the county’s most excellent young people.  Both were reared in the county and are from the old pioneer families.  Young PARKER is a son of Mr. and Mrs. O.L. PARKER and was reared near Downing, having considerable interests in farming and livestock industry.  He is making a success in his chose profession.  Mrs. PARKER is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. BRINSON, long time residents of Proctor and among that community’s most highly respected people.  Their many friends wish this popular young couple much happiness.

Card of Thanks

            We wish to extend to the good people of De Leon our sincerest thanks for the many acts of kindness and words of love and comfort extended us in our recent great bereavement in the loss of husband and father.  May God in his boundless goodness abundantly reward each of you, is our prayer.


Mr. and Mrs. W.S. SNEAD, De Leon

Earl BARNES and family, Aspermont

Lucius LILES and family, Merkel

Elber LILES and family, Cisco

Mr. and Mrs. B.H. BOGGS, Cisco

Mr. and Mrs. M.D. JONES, Dallas

Mr. J.M. JONES, De Leon

Mrs. D.V. Chandler Passed Away Wednesday

            Mrs. Mary J. CHANDLER, wife of D.V. CHANDLER, died at their home in the southwest portion of this city, at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 29, 1930, at the age of seventy-two years.  She had been an invalid for more than five years, being completely helpless.  She had been desperately ill for several days prior to her going away.  Mesdames H.A. HANSEN, Sherman, and G.B. YOUNG, Inez, Texas, her two daughters, were with the husband at her bedside when the end came.  Her son, G.A. WALRAVEN from Van Alstyne, came following her death and was present at the funeral service.  Another son, H.F. EVANS, lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

            Mrs. CHANDLER was a patient sufferer.  She realized the hopelessness of her condition, and while resigned to the Father’s will, wished for the day when she would be translated [sic] into the heavenly kingdom above.  Death brought relief from much suffering.  While yet a young woman, her life had been pledged to the higher and better way.  She trusted a living God, and lived to serve Him.  Her death was triumphant in the faith that was hers.

            Mrs. CHANDLER was born in Tennessee, living there until about six years of age, moving to Alabama, where she resided until she was sixteen.  She then moved to Texas, and for many years lived in Collin and Grayson county.  She was living in Durant, Okla. when married to Mr. CHANDLER, and they made their home in Waco some sixteen years prior to coming to De Leon last July.  Mr. CHANDLER is in the employ of the M.K.T. Ry.

            The funeral service was conducted at the family residence at 3:00 o’clock Thursday afternoon by Rev. RICHARDSON, pastor of the Christian Church at Stephenville, and the body laid to rest at De Leon cemetery following.

Chiropractor of Comanche to Practice Here

            E.R. GREEN, D.C., who has practiced as a Chiropractor in Comanche the past four years, has decided to open an office in De Leon, and was here Thursday this week for that purpose.  Dr. GREEN engaged offices over Terrill Grocery store, the same that were occupied by Dr. BRUN, the last Chiropractor to locate here.

            Just at present Dr. GREEN will practice here only the mornings of Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week, continuing his practice at Comanche also.  He was a pleasant caller at the Free Press office, making an announcement in this issue.

Surprise Birthday Party Given for Grandmother Denman

            Mrs. J.A. DENMAN was given a surprise birthday dinner at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H.H. ALEXANDER, in this city Thursday, January 23rd.  Mrs. CHERRY, a neighbor, assisted in “keeping the honoree in the dark” until dinner was prepared, and it was a happy group that assembled around the festive board when all was in readiness.  This was Grandmother DENMAN’s 79th birthday.  No birthday celebration given for her in the past has been so complete a surprise and none a more happy occasion.

            Neighbors and friends assisting Mrs. ALEXANDER in preparing and serving the meal were Mesdames: H.N. ALEXANDER, W.M. COLEY, W.S. BLACK, Carl SMALLWOOD, A.J. PATTERSON, Cherry, Jno. MINTER, M.Z. STOVALL, Lee MORRIS and Gladys BENTLY.

Mrs. Odessa Lee

            Mrs. Electra Odessa LEE was born in Tallapoosa County, Ala., near Alexander City, March 29, 1869, and lived there until she had reached the age of womanhood.  She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John LOCKE, both deceased, and who formerly lived in the New Hope community.

            When she was sixteen years of age she was married to G.L. LEE, also of Tallapoosa county, and to their union were born eleven children, seven girls and four boys.  Three girls and two boys have preceded her in death.  The living are Mrs. W.W. HODGES, De Leon; Mrs. John DUPRIEST, De Leon; Lloyd LEE, Slocum; Mrs. B.L. CARLILE, Snyder, Texas; Miss Lucile LEE, De Leon, and Alonzo LEE, Big Spring, Texas.

            There are twelve grandchildren to mourn the loss of a loving and kindly grandmother.

            Mrs. LEE saw much of sorrow during her span of three score years.  She reared three daughters to the full estate of womanhood, only to see them fall victims to the great White plague, of which she also died.  Two years ago last June her faithful husband came to the end of life’s course and was laid to rest at De Leon cemetery.  To all her loved ones she was faithful and self sacrificing, giving that which only a mother and wife may give to those she loves.  She drank deep of the cup of sorrow, and never faltered or hesitated until she could give no more.  Only the great Father of us all can know of her great sacrifice, and only God can mete out a fitting and just reward.

            Mrs. LEE was a devout Christian.  She united with the Church of Christ when a young woman.  She lived a life consistent with the faith that was within her, and passed over the river of death, steadfast in that faith and with a trust in God that comforted and sustained her through her life and in the hour of death.  Friends and loved ones sorrow in her passing but rejoice in the assurance of her abundant entry into the Father’s Kingdom above!


Miss Bess SLOAN of Stephenville was a visitor Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. SLOAN.

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

Mrs. Buck WILLIAMSON and children left Saturday night for Midland, La. to make their home, Mr. WILLIAMSON having gone there two months ago.

Mrs. W.B. NANCE returned a few days ago from a visit in the home of her brother and family, at Whitney.

Mrs. Houston PATTERSON and son, Hoyt, of Sweetwater are guests of her mother, Mrs. Joe DUKE.

Mrs. J.J. MILLS, sister of S.R. UPSHAW, was here this week for a visit in the home of her brother.  Mrs. MILLS’ home is at Mission.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer TATE and daughter, Dorothy Pearl of Brownwood, have moved here to make their home.

W.J. HOLLEMAN went to Lampasas Monday to close up a deal wherein he sold his Coryell county farm.  The tract was 100 acres, and was situated a short distance north of Gatesville.

Robert Lovell, a nine pound boy, was born to Mr. and Mrs. R.L. WILSON at Cisco, January 24.  Mrs. WILSON was formerly Miss Charlotte COONER.

Harold, aged two, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey JOHNSON of De Leon, Rt. 2, was brought to the office of a local physician this week to have a splinter removed from his leg which his parents could not remove.  The little fellow was walking about the streets a few minutes later with an ice cream cone, seemingly little the worse for his painful experience.

Mr. and Mrs. B.L. CARLILE and baby are returning this week to their home at Snyder, after attending the funeral of Mrs. CARLILE’s mother, Mrs. G.L. LEE, here last Thursday.  They were accompanied home by Miss Lucile LEE, who will spend a while as a guest in their home.

Mr. and Mrs. Ross B. JENKINS and son and Miss Leila JENKINS of Trent, were here last weekend, visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. JENKINS.

Miss Virginia HOWARD was guest of her sister, Miss Opal HOWARD in Stephenville last weekend.


Mr. and Mrs. J.T. DECKER are the proud parents of a baby boy.

Miss LaVoyce SECHRIST, who has been absent from school the past month, is back now.

Mr. and Mrs. Odis BROWN of Dublin, visited Mr. and Mrs. Ernest BROWN part of last week.

R.W. KELLY of Ardmore, Okla, is visiting Roy KELLY and family.


Mr. and Mrs. A.R. THOMPSON and son have returned to make their home in Comyn after living in the Robinson Springs community for the past two years.

Mrs. Rich COWAN, who has been ill for some time, is slowly recovering.

Weldon GILDER, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Dalt GILDER, is quite ill with pneumonia at this time.

Aubrey HOOD, who has had employment in another state during the past year, is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom HOOD.

Ruth PAINTER, who was quite ill on Sunday, was able to return to school on Tuesday.

T.L. JAYE of Gorman spent Sunday with his relatives, Mr. and Mrs. W.O. JAY and family.

O.H. VAUGHN of Everman visited his father, J.H. VAUGHN on last Wednesday.

Esker SPRUILL of Cisco was here last Wednesday to attend the funeral of his brother, Elmer SPRUILL.

Mr. and Mrs. D.R. McCOUN and children returned to their home at Skidmore on Friday.  They were accompanied home by Mrs. McCOUN’s sister, Mrs. Blanche MARTIN.

Mr. and Mrs. N.Y. DEMPSEY and family have recently moved here from Estelline and are living on one of the BARNES’ farms.


G.L. VARNER of Coleman, brother of Mrs. V.C. WAYLAND, is visiting with Mr. and Mrs. WAYLAND this week.

A birthday party was given by Miss Alpha LEWIS Friday night.  A large number of young people attended and an enjoyable time was had by all.  Miss Alpha is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.P. LEWIS and has a host of friends who are drawn to her by her excellent qualities and agreeableness.

W.A. RILEY of Belleview, who has been visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.E. RILEY, has returned to his work at that place.

Ralph ROBBINS, who has been visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS, has returned to his work at Hempstead, where he is engaged in special work with an oil company.

Mrs. Robt. HARLESS gave a party for her little daughter, Ruth, Saturday afternoon.  A large number of little folks gathered and spent an hour of play and merriment together.


Mrs. John KAY is on the sick list.

Mrs. Jim BLANKENSHIP received a message from Mr. and Mrs. P.O. BLANKENSHIP of Munday of the arrival of a seven pound boy in their home.  Mrs. Jim BLANKENSHIP will leave here and spend a week in their home.

C.C. MILLER has built a modern poultry house and yard.  He purchased one hundred and fifty White Leghorn hens.  He will raise turkeys also.  Mr. MILLER says he believes in diversification in poultry and stock as well as farming.

Robinson Springs

Mrs. Perry MORING entertained the faculty members, the home economics girls and Mr. BARTON, with a three course luncheon, Wednesday, January 15.  Mr. BARTON was the honored guest.

Mr. and Mrs. Perry MORING were called to Stephenville, Tuesday, Jan. 21, to the death bed of Mr. HEATH, Mrs. MORING’s father.  Mr. HEATH died January 20 from a long illness of pneumonia.

Miss Jewell SPRUILL, who attended school the first semester at Comyn, has returned home recently to attend school the last semester at Robinson Springs.

Miss Lillie Mae CHATHAM, who graduated from Desdemona High School at mid-term, has returned home.  She is planning on a business course at Abilene.

The 4-H Club met January 15 and elected officers and community leaders for the following year.  The officers are as follows:  Miss Lucile KEY, President; Adina KIMMELL, secretary; Jack BRUMBELOW, Vice-Pres.; Elaine BARKER, Reporter; LaJoyce MACON, Yell leader.  Mr. and Mrs. Perry MORING were elected community leaders for the club.  The program committee for this month are Elaine BARKER, Mattie SPRUILL, LaJoyce MACON.  We are expecting this year’s club work to reap greater success than heretofore.

Miss Ella YOUNG of De Leon spent the weekend with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. LOGSDON of Robinson Springs.

Miss Modess WEST left for Dallas Sunday where she will visit in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Coy COWEN.  While in Dallas, Miss WEST expects to find work as a stenographer.


Mr. and Mrs. Sam RIPPETOE and daughter of Breckenridge visited his mother, Mrs. S.A. RIPPETOE of this community Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Tilman DYSON and family of Desdemona spent Sunday with her mother, Mrs. S.A. RIPPETOE of this community.

Irwin REEVES of this community is suffering a sprained ankle which was injured in a basketball game Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. B. DAVIS and little son of Fort Worth are visiting her father, Ed RIPPETOE of this community.

Downing News

Mr. and Mrs. Pete SIDES of New Hope spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. SCOTT.

Miss Ona WYATT, the primary teacher of our school, spent the weekend with her parents at Stephenville.

Mrs. Myra SCHUMAN of De Leon carried her mother, Mrs. HOLMES of this community to Beaty Sunday to visit her daughter, Mrs. Johnnie COAN and little son, Troy.

Mr. and Mrs. Walton BASSETT of Ranger were visiting his grandfather, R.M. BOYD, Sunday.

Miss Helen NABORS and little daughter, Dorothy, spent two weeks with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. BOWEN.

Oliver Springs

Mrs. Sallie BOUTMAN has been visiting with her daughter, Mrs. A.E. COGBURN the past few days.  She returned to Odum, Texas Sunday to visit her son, Luther BOUTMAN.

Friends here of Mr. and Mrs. Luther FULLER of Rucker were sorry to hear of the illness of their little daughter.

L.B. DOSSETT, who is just recovering from the “flu”, has been visiting with his daughter, Mrs. H.S. ECHOLS.  He returned to his home Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. J.M. BLACKWELL, who have recently moved on the KIRK farm near Gorman.



©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.