The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, February 28, 1930


Firemen Enjoy Annual Banquet at Travelers

            DeLeon Volunteer firemen met at Travelers Hotel at 7:30 Tuesday evening and in a short business session, re-elected W.H. WILLIAMS fire chief.  E.J. WISDOM was elected assistant chief, Joe SMITH, chief of hook and ladder company, and Jeff TATE, secretary and treasurer.

            The Firemen were treated to a sumptuous banquet, a feast consisting of young fried chicken, cream gravy and those feather-weight hot biscuits for which the Travelers is becoming famous, not to mention a lot of other delectable and enticing dishes, many of which the hungry firemen were never able to get around to.

            Chief WILLIAMS was toastmaster and introduced Fire Marshal John NABORS and Chief L.D. STEWART of Gorman fire department for short addresses.  Others present and making short talks were E.J. WISDOM, John WEAVER, Jeff TATE, A.W. McIVER, O.M. BUCHAN, Emett SMITH, Orb KENNEDY, Tommie and Tassie MOHON, R.L. SCOTT, Whaley SMITH and D.C. NORTON.

District W.O.W. Field Man Out on Field Trip

            E.S. MERRICK, who was recently appointed a special representative of the Woodman Lodge, in charge of some ten or fifteen counties in Central Texas, left early this week to visit lodges at Waco, Marlin, Meridian, Clifton and intermediate points.

Mrs. C.M. Clark Died at San Angelo

            The death of Mrs. C.M. CLARK, formerly of this city, occurred at a hospital in San Angelo, at 5:40 o’clock p.m., last Saturday where she had been brought from her home at Iraan the afternoon before.  Mrs. CLARK had been ill for a week and died from infection.  She had been ill a week before being brought to the hospital.

            Mr. and Mrs. CLARK had lived at Iraan three years, he being employed by Mid-Kansas and Shell Petroleum Co.  On the first of the present year he engaged in the grocery business.

            Annie ESTES, daughter of J.A. ESTES, was born in De Leon on Nov. 8, 1904 and was reared here and educated in De Leon schools.  She was a member of De Leon Baptist church at the time of her death, having united with the church in 1918.  On Dec. 1920 she was married to C.M. CLARK.  To them were born three children, Charles Jr. 8, Mary Ellen, 6 and John Milton, 3.  These with the husband, survive.  She is also survived by her father, J.A. ESTES, now of Iraan, and several brothers, one of whom, Johnnie ESTES, resides in this city.  The funeral and burial was at De Leon cemetery at 3:30 o’clock Sunday, Rev. M.A. DAVIS conducting.

Teacher Resigns Because of Family Illness

            Mrs. H.A. PERRY, intermediate teacher at Oliver Springs school, has resigned her position because of the recent death of her mother, Mrs. SHOEMAKER, at Eastland, and also on account of the illness of her sister, whom she will care for.

            Miss Audie HULSEY, Downing young woman, took Mrs. PERRY’s position, commencing last Monday.


A baby girl, “Melba Louise”, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred RUTLEDGE February 14.

Baby “James Everett” arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S.R. UPSHAW, Tuesday, February 25th.  All doing nicely.

“Helen Louise” is the name of a tiny baby girl, who arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.L. OWEN February 28.

A baby girl was born recently to Mr. and Mrs. Fred NABORS, who have been making their home at Dublin for several months.

“Betty Jean,” The tiny baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Blake HEATH, arrived at their home Thursday morning, February 27.  The little one weighed ten pounds and is quite husky.  All doing nicely.

De Leon People Move This Week to Floydada

            Mr. and Mrs. Fred ADCOCK left this week to make their home in Floydada where Fred has a position with the Consumers Gas Co., working in a station requiring the services of six men.  Their friends regret that they are leaving.

Miss Nell Nabors Back in Hospital

            Little Miss Nell NABORS, daughter of John NABORS, was carried back to Dallas Sunday to have the plaster casts removed from her limbs, and to remain for a couple of weeks under the observation of surgeons.  She recently had her arm and one lower limb operated upon to correct certain defects.  Her condition shows marked improvement.

De Leon Pastor Resigns; Accepts Call to Yoakum

            Rev. H.D. ANDERSON, for the past almost two years, pastor of the Assembly of God church in this city, has resigned his pastorate and accepted a call to pastor the church of his denomination at Yoakum, Texas.  His two years work here has been fruitful for his church, the membership being considerably strengthened, the community thoroughly evangelized, and the young people’s work, called “Christ’s Ambassadors,” organized and greatly enlarged.

            Next Sunday the pastor will conduct his farewell service, to which everyone is cordially invited.  Near the middle of the week following the family will leave for their new home.

An Appreciation

            We wish to express our thanks to our friends and neighbors for the kindness shown us in their work.  May this be a year of happiness and prosperity for each one of them.  Those who helped us are:


            Mr. and Mrs. G.R. DANIELL

Mrs. H.H. Carlile Gives Dinner Monday, Feb. 17th

            Mrs. H.H. CARLILE entertained Monday, February 17, with a six o’clock turkey dinner in honor of her husband’s birthday, after which Bridge was played.

            Those present were Messrs. And Mesdames A.C. SCHUMAN, S.A. DUKE, R.L. WHALEY, Joe ASHBY, Hiram SMITH, C.S. ROSS, Miss Mary KIMBLE, Mesdames Ola GOLIGHTLY, S.G. PARKS.

            Mr. SHUMAN won high score for the men and Mrs. WHALEY won high score for the ladies.

Bridge Party Saturday at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Duke

            Mr. and Mrs. S.A. DUKE entertained Saturday evening with a Bridge Party.  The house was beautifully decorated carrying out the motif of Washington’s birthday.  There were six tables.  Delicious refreshments of cherry punch, tuna fish sandwiches, potato chips and olives were served to Messrs. and Mesdames R.N. HILL, A.C. SCHUMAN, Grady TERRILL, Dewey DANIELL, R.L. WHALEY, W.P. WEAVER, Joe ASHBY, H.H. CARLILE, C.S. ROSS, Miss Bertha ROSS and Mesdames Brown SHAVER and Hiram SMITH.

Mrs. Nell Cook Has Dinner in Honor of Mother

            Sunday, February 23rd, Mrs. Nell COOK entertained with a dinner in honor of her mother, Mrs. E.C. WOODARD, who was 79 years old.  The table was covered with many good eats and the day was enjoyed very much by Messrs. and Mesdames Mitchell BAILEY and B.C. WOODARD of Desdemona.  Mr. and Mrs. Arlie COOK of Breckenridge, Mr. and Mrs. Jack WOODARD and daughter, Miss Nami and Bun WOODARD.

Six O’Clock Dinner

            Friday, February 14th, Miss Elizabeth WILLIAMS entertained with a 6 o’clock dinner in honor of her cousin, Miss Harriet FRANKS, of Dublin.  The evening was very much enjoyed, “42” and bridge being played.  Those present were Misses Phyllis SHORT, Christine AYERS, Treasure and Martha Frances RUSSELL.

Music Club Entertained

            Misses Gladys COOK and Hortense GLAZIER entertained the Music Club at the home of Mrs. T.J. COOK Friday night from 7 o’clock until 9 o’clock.  Many interesting games were played, after which banana ice cream was served to Misses Roger Mae SMITH, Phyllis SHORT, Oleta ASHWORTH, Ima HARDIN, Azalee CLARK, Dorothy Nell EASTERLING, Pansy MULLEY, Olive Winters BUCHAN, Estelle PLEMMONS, Virginia HOWARD, Cecil COOK and W.F. GLAZIER.

Bridge Club

            Mrs. Hiram SMITH entertained the Bridge Club Saturday, February 22.  The house was beautifully decorated in harmony with Washington’s birthday.  There were four tables and Mrs. Dewey DANIELL won high score.

            Delicious refreshments consisting of cherry pie, whipped cream and coffee were served to the following:


Shakespeare Club

            On Wednesday afternoon, February 12, the Shakespeare Club met with Mrs. Bonner NABORS for a very interesting program on Lincoln.  The following program was rendered:

Lincoln’s Boyhood and Early Manhood – Mrs. Bonner NABORS.

Lincoln, the Lover – Mrs. J.N. JOINER

Lincoln’s Married Life and Family – Mrs. M.H. HANCOCK.

Lincoln, the President – Mrs. D.M. RUSSELL.

            The club will meet next with Mrs. G.W. ROLLINS, Feb. 26, at four o’clock.

Card of Thanks

            We wish to extend to the good people of our community and other places, our sincerest thanks for the many acts and words of love that comforted us in the recent death of our dear husband and father.  May God’s richest blessings rest upon all of you.

            Mrs. D.L. MALONE and children.

Card of Thanks

            We wish to sincerely thank all the good friends for their kindness and expressions of sympathy during our recent great bereavement in the death of wife and mother.  We thank all who sent flowers, in fact for every word and deed.  We are deeply grateful and pray that you may be spared a like sorrow.

            C.M. CLARK and children.


Miss Minnie Lee HEFLIN has returned from visiting with relatives in California and Arizona.

Mrs. E.E. DABNEY and daughter, Mrs. V.G. LOCKE of Cisco, were visiting Clay DABNEY and family at Fort Worth the past week.

Mr. and Mrs. F.C. BOWDEN and Miss Lucy Mae MERRITT, of Ft. Worth, were spending Saturday to Monday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dow MERRITT.

Miss Mattie BLANTON was taken to Gorman Sunday for consultation with specialists at Blackwell Sanitarium.  She has been ill the past week with tonsillitis.

We are glad to report that little Hazle MILLER, who has been ill so long, is improving.

Mildred MILLER, who has been ill with tonsillitis, was unable to return to school Monday.


At the beginning of school the seventh grade organized a club, the name being “Jolly Six.”  Mrs. POWELL is teacher, Willie Mae SINGLETON is president and Fern CLEMENT is secretary.

Miss Bonnie Mae LEWIS and Miss Avis PITTMAN spent Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. Isam PITTMAN.

Mr. and Mrs. J.F. SINGLETON and little daughter, Mozelle of Wilman, Texas, visited Mr. and Mrs. T.A. SINGLETON and family of this community last week.

Mr. Arlen CLEMENT of this place preached at Rock Bluff Sunday morning at 11:00 o’clock.

Mrs. R.G. MERRITT of Waco is guest of her brother, D.V. CHANDLER.


Miss Olga SMITH, who has been visiting her uncle, Mr. Buck SHELDON of Oklahoma, the past three months, has returned to her home in this community.  Mr. and Mrs. SHELDON returned with her for a few days visit.

Mr. and Mrs. K.E. SMITH, Mr. and Mrs. Leo SMITH, Mr. and Mrs. Roy SMITH and Mr. and Mrs. Buck SHELDON spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Harve SMITH.

Mr. and Mrs. J.F. CLOPP and family have moved here from Ranger.

Mrs. SMITH of Canton is guest of her daughter, Mrs. N.T. HASKINS.

W.C. GRAY of Dallas is a guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. GRAY.

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

Mr. and Mrs. Roy PARK of Dallas were guests Sunday of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter COGBURN.

Mrs. Katie KUHN and children of Graham are guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John GRISHAM.

On account of A.L. ALLISON, principal of this school, being ill at his home in Stephenville, his place is being filled by Miss Bertha LUCAS, the primary teacher, while Miss Olga SMITH has charge of the primary room.

Miss STRICKLAND of Chapman ranch was a weekend guest of grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. G.M. STRICKLAND.

Mrs. Ben NABORS and small daughter, Bettie Jean, have returned to their home in Tyler after spending the past week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. POLNAC.

Mr. and Mrs. B. GILBERT have gone to Mineral Wells in response to a message that his sister, Mrs. DAY, is desperately ill.


Mrs. Willie ROSS of De Leon spent the weekend with her son, Frank ROSS.

Mrs. Tilman DYSON of Desdemona attended church at Highland Sunday and took dinner with her mother, Mrs. S.A. RIPPETOE.

Mrs. Cora ROSS of this community, has been ill for the past week but is improving at present.

Mr. D. PAIR of Alabama is visiting his father, Bob PAIR of this community and attended singing at Highland Sunday.

Downing News

High School Honor Roll:

8th grade:  Lizzie PORTER.

9th grade: Carl WATSON and Gaylen HULSEY.

Intermediate Honor Roll:

6th grade:  Louise SHUPP

4th grade: Dorothy Mae BOWEN

Primary Honor Roll:

1st grade: Dorothy Lee COTTRELL, Alton KENNEDY, Glen MORRISON, Ennis LOUDERMILK, John Doyle HULSEY.

2nd grade:  Josie Bell HORNSBY, Jeanette GRISSOM, Ralph PETERS, Abe LOUDERMILK.

3rd grade:  Ina Pearl SHUPP.

Robinson Springs

Miss Afton CLARK, who has been in McCamey for the past three weeks came home Sunday to attend the funeral of Mr. Ballard CLARK’s sister-in-law, Mrs. C.M. CLARK of Iraan, Tex.  The funeral service and burial were held at De Leon Sunday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie DANCE of Dallas visited with Mr. and Mrs. Perry MORING and family Saturday and Sunday.  Mrs. DANCE is a sister of Mr. MORING and Bobbie MORING.

One of the gayest parties of the season was given Saturday evening, Feb. 22 from 7:30 to 9:30, by Misses Jewell SPRUILL and La Veda MACON, at Miss SPRUILL’s home, honoring their sisters, Misses Mattie Mell SPRUILL’s and La Joyce MACON’s birthdays.  The two young ladies honored are good friends and are the same age.

            Many hilarious games were played after which refreshments were served.  The honorees were presented with many pretty gifts.

            The guest list included Mesdames: Johnnie SHOEMAKER, Fay DAYSON, F. WEST, Bonnie SHOEMAKER, Lloyd WEST, W.L. MOORE, Ralph STEWART, Alvis KIMMELL, Perry MORING, Bobibe MORING, Horace SPRUILL, James LITTLE, J. BRUMBELOW, J.T. ELY, Alton BRUMBELOW, Dale KAY, Richard KEE, and Misses Adina KIMMELL, Elaine BARKER, Lucille KEE, LaJoyce MACON, Ina Mae RARRANCE, La Veda MACON, Jewell SPRUILL, Cass DYSON, Mattie Mell SPRUILL, Thesil ALLEN, Bess UNDERWOOD, LaBen SPRUILL, Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie DANCE of Dallas.

St. Joe

Mrs. LeRoy MORRIS spent Tuesday with her mother, Mrs. O.F. BLOYD.

Mr. and Mrs. Hurley COZART are the proud parents of a baby boy.

Roof OTWELL and Clyde NABORS are terracing this week on the OTWELL farm.


The rabbit drive, which took place Friday was a big success.  Everyone reported plenty of fun, rabbits and coffee.  Something over 300 “jacks” were killed.  Johnnie GRAY capped the climax with twenty-three followed by Abb COEN, a close second.  Several De Leon men took part in the event.  Jake HOWELL never fails us.

The mad dog scare is just about over in this community.  Many dogs were killed; cows and hogs vaccinated causing a considerable expense for some members of the community.  Mr. DUKE, who was bitten, has spent the past few days in Austin.


Mr. and Mrs. Z.L. KOONCE were in Santa Anna Thursday to see Arthur BRAZELL, who is recovering from a serious operation.

S.O. McKINNEY has been confined to his bed most of this week with an attack of the flu and does not seem to recover fast.

Two children of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse L. HUGHES have been very ill the past week.

Friends of Maynard CLARK extend to him their sympathy in his bereavement in the loss he has sustained in the death of his wife, who was buried at De Leon Sunday.  Many from this community attended the funeral.

Rev. W.M. LINDLEY and wife of Eastland were visiting with W.A. LINDLEY and family this week.

Raymond HUGHES, who has been ill the past two weeks is reported improved and now out of danger.

Mrs. Frona AMES and family of Ranger, were visiting with her brother, R.P. LEWIS, and family this week.

Miss Edna WADE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.M. WADE was married last week to Mr. Arthur LANSFORD, of Richland, Texas.  Miss Edna has grown up in this community and has a host of friends who wish her the best fortune but will miss her from the social circle of which she has been a leader.  Mr. LANSFORD is not well known here but is reported as a young man of fine character and excellent business ability, being a contractor of some note.  He has recently finished some work at Abilene.  They will be in Houston for a while.

Mrs. Jessie LEWIS is visiting her mother, Mrs. R.S. CARR of Bunyan, this week.

Mr. McGUIRE, an old and highly respected citizen of this community, died last week.  He was buried at Desdemona cemetery, where a large number of friends gathered for the burial.

Oliver Springs

B.G. HANEY has been in the sanitarium since Thursday of last week due to serious illness.  He is improved and will return home soon.

Little Velton Orbadine, infant son of C.C. SETZLER, has been seriously ill but is now well on the road to recovery.

Mr. and Mrs. H.C. COZART are all smiles over their new son, Murdell Lois, born Feb. 18.

Miss Tommie BAIRD is spending the week visiting with her aunt, Mrs. J.K. NIX of Eastland.

Mr. and Mrs. B.C. THOMPSON and family were at the bedside of Mrs. C.D. STRONG Sunday.  Physicians have expressed little hope for her recovery.


Mr. and Mrs. O.F. WATSON of Lubbock and Mrs. W.H. HUGHES OF Levelland, were here on Wednesday of last week visiting with their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. WATSON and Mr. and Mrs. J.J. MONTAGUE.

Miss Edna SPRUILL, one of our high school students, was called home Monday on account of the illness of her mother, Mrs. Arthur SPRUILL of Bunyan.

Miss Ella Clyde BLACK of Ballinger is visiting her sister, Mrs. Buford McSHAN.

Mr. and Mrs. Buddy HUDSON of Comanche, Jesse BARNES and son, Jesse Kermit, spent last Sunday in Ranger visiting their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Kirby BARNES and family.

Mr. and Mrs. H.J. MOORE were called to Dublin Tuesday to be at the bedside of Mr. MOORE’s aged uncle, Ben HOOD, who is seriously ill.  Mr. HOOD is a Civil War veteran.

Mr. and Mrs. W.T. DICKEY are the proud grandparents of a little baby girl which was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse OWENS of near De Leon, on Feb. 20.  Mrs. OWENS was formerly Miss Jennie DICKEY of Comyn.


©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.