The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, March 21, 1930


De Leon Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Attend Grand Lodge Convention

            A Comanche county man was elected State Warden and a former De Leon man State Treasurer of the Odd Fellows of Texas, at the recent Grand Lodge meeting held at Abilene.  They are W.D. CARROLL, Comanche and Jno. A. KEE, Ft. Worth, respectively.  F.M. COMPTON of Waco was elected Grand Master.

            De Leon Odd Fellows degree team competed for one of the awards offered.  There were nine teams competing.  De Leon team finished in fifth place.  The De Leon degree team was composed of the following:


            Others attending the meeting from here were Mrs. Eula WEAVER, representing the De Leon Rebekah lodge; Mrs. Eula GILLOCK and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN.  The total attendance was around 3,000.

Social is Given at Pastor’s Home of Assembly Church

            Last Monday evening Rev. and Mrs. W.L. PERRAULT, new pastor and wife of the Assembly of God church, gave a social which some twenty-five of their members and friends were invited.  Supper was served the guests, following which Misses CORBELL gave several musical numbers, Mrs. PERRAULT sang a solo and Rev. PERRAULT rendered a violin solo.  Games were interspersed with the musical numbers.  The evening was a most enjoyable one for the following guests:

            Mr. and Mrs. Basil BROWNLEE, Mr. and Mrs. Jack OTWELL, Mrs. H.W. CORBELL, Miss Bertha CORBELL, Miss Tempa CORBELL, Miss Nettie CORBELL, Miss Hazel BIBBY, Mrs. Walter BROWNLEE, Mr. and Mrs. Roe BUTLER, Mrs. R. FRANKS, Mrs. Jeff BROWNLEE, Mr. and Mrs. Cleburn BROWNLEE, Mrs. Sid YALE, Mr. and Mrs. Pat CARNES, Mrs. M.B. BIBBY, Mr. Romer BROWNLEE, Mrs. Ora BROWNLEE, Miss Claudie Fae BROWNLEE and Mrs. L. BROWN.

Mrs. T.J. Russell Died at Her Home in Laredo

            Mrs. T.J. RUSSELL died at her home in Laredo February 27.  She had been a patient sufferer with paralysis for a number of years.  Mr. and Mrs. RUSSELL and family moved from here to that place five years ago.

Bond of Friendship Lasting 53 Years is Broken By Death

            The Free Press is in receipt of a letter from our honored friend, L.B. RUSSELL, of Comanche, who renewed his subscription to the paper and enclosed a few words of comment on the passing of the late Rev. George ROSS.  “Mighty sorry to lose George ROSS,” Mr. RUSSELL wrote.  “He was only seven months older than I am.  We had been friends for more than 50 years…53, in fact.  However, he is ‘not lost,’ but gone before.”

            Mr. RUSSELL is one of the school of Comanche County’s true pioneers, a public character for half a century.  His newspaper service helped to mold sentiment for the upbuilding of the section in which he labored.  It is a fact worthy of note that such characters as George ROSS and L.B. RUSSELL and a host of others, fought side by side for those things that make Texas great today!

De Leon Girl Listed on T.C.U. Committee for Collegiate Circus

            Miss Louise LESTER of De Leon will be one of the committee in charge of the stunts for the All-Collegiate Circus to be given by the Woman’s Athletic Association of Texas Christian University soon.  About 1000 girls will take part in the affair.  The program will include such events as a big parade, clown acts, tumbling and sport take-offs.

Rook Club     

Members of the Rook Club and guests were delightfully entertained by Mrs. W.C. LEIGON, Thursday, March 13.  A number of blooming pot plants added their fragrance to the attractive home.  Seven tables were arranged for Rook, each with table favor of candied mints.  After six games were won and lost, refreshments, consisting of white brick ice cream with a shamrock center and angel food cake were served to the following:


Mrs. Sharp won high score.  Mrs. LIGHTFOOT will be hostess to the Club Thursday, March 27. 


            Foster F. HARRIS and Miss Clara DANNER were married Thursday, Mar. 13th at Stephenville.  Miss DANNER is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. DANNER, prominent family of the north part of Erath County, the Liberty community.  She has completed her college work at John Tarleton and was attending business college at Abilene at the time of her marriage.

            Foster HARRIS is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. HARRIS of the Robinson Springs community and is now employed by the Phillips Petroleum Co. of Borger, Texas, as welder foreman.

            Both have a host of friends who wish them much success and happiness. 

Mrs. R.L. WHALEY Entertains at Bridge

Mrs. R.L. WHALEY entertained at bridge last Friday evening, with four tables accommodating sixteen guests.  The evening was pleasantly spent with high score for ladies going to Mrs. W.H. SMITH and for men to R.L. SCOTT.  The hostess served refreshments at the conclusion of the playing to Messrs. And Mesdames W.H. SMITH, S.A. DUKE, H.H. CARLILE, D. DANIELLE, R.N. HILL, R.L. SCOTT and R.L. WHALEY and Mr. Joe ASHBY and Miss Mary KIMBLE. 


Mrs. A.E. BEATY of Loraine is here visiting her daughters, Mrs. Leo SMITH and Mrs. Mentle YOUNG.

R.L. GARY, who has been working in Alabama, has returned to his home in this community.

Elda GOODSON spent part of last weekend with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.V. GOODSON of Lingleville.

Welton KEITH of this community is now in New Mexico.

Mr. and Mrs. R.L. CLIFTON have moved from this community to New Mexico.

Miss Grace DIXON was absent from school part of last week on account of illness.

Mr. and Mrs. Clayton CROW are the proud parents of a baby boy.

Oliver Springs

Wade NANCE of Comyn spent Saturday night visiting in the home of his uncle, E.M. OTWELL and family.

Dewey LINDLEY is planning to leave soon for Crane City.


Mr. and Mrs. J.F. DYSON received a message from Desdemona last week stating that their little granddaughter, Dorothy MOORE, had accidentally fallen into a tub of hot water, being seriously burned.

Raymond JAMES, nephew of Mrs. D.L. MALONE of Gorman, had his back broken in a car wreck last week.


Zollie KOONCE, along with others, had the misfortune to be in a car wreck Saturday afternoon.  Mr. KOONCE was only slightly injured while others were worse hurt.  A young Mr. JAMES was the most seriously injured.  Mr. KOONCE was with another party and as they were coming down the incline approaching the Leon bridge, the steering connection went wrong and the driver lost control.

B.O. KOONCE has recently purchased a large tract of river bottom land just below the De Leon-Desdemona bridge and is putting up a good fence and will soon have his pasture stocked. 

Miss Tommie WEIR of Rotan, sister of Mrs. R.C. KOONCE, was visiting with Mr. and Mrs. KOONCE last week, and accompanied them to Ft. Worth.

J.C. LOHMAN has returned from an extended trip in the western counties.

R.S. CARR had the misfortune to lose his truck last week by fire.  He was out on the road and in some manner the gasoline was ignited.       

Mrs. Ella KIETH and Mrs. Vina CARTER visited with Mrs. G.E. RILEY this week.  Mrs. KIETH and Mrs. CARTER are daughters of Uncle Dave SMITH, who lived at this place many years ago.

Mr. and Mrs. J.H. ADAMS and daughters and Mrs. R.F. KELLEY and son were in Olden Sunday visiting with Mrs. ADAMS’ father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. GRIFFIN.

St. Joe

Mr. and Mrs. Ike POWELL gave a tacky party last Friday night.  J.D. PALMER and Mrs. George MORRIS won the prizes for being the tackiest ones present.  Everyone had an enjoyable time.

Monroe MORRIS has gone to Van Zandt county.

Mr. and Mrs. Len MAY spent Sunday with their daughter, Mrs. F. BUTLER of Stephenville.


Earn TERRY, brother of Burl and Oscar TERRY, was here last week from Tahoka, his home, for a visit with his brothers and other relatives and friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry SPINKS of Lamesa were visiting in the homes of Southall and Pat BARKER, their relatives, the past week and incidentally Henry dropped around to have the Free Press sent to their home the coming year.  They formerly lived here.

H.O. GUYTON of Walnut Springs is guest of his sister, Mrs. L.B. CULPEPPER.

Mr. and Mrs. Estel SPENCER of Cisco were guests Sunday of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George SPENCER.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry THOMSON and children, who have made their home in San Diego, Calif., for about ten years, have left that state and returned to Gorman, which is their former home, where Mr. THOMSON will engage in the jewelry and watchmaking business.

Emmett HOWARD of Abilene is guest this week of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. HOWARD.

C.H. McCURDY underwent a major operation at Gorman March 10 and is recovering nicely.

Mrs. Bennett GRIFFITH and children of Rising Star, are here visiting in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. McCURDY.

Mrs. M.S. WHITLOCK was guest of her mother, Mrs. C.J. STOUT in Comanche last week.

Mrs. Audry SPENCER of Ballinger is guest of her father, Geo. MOHON and family.

Mrs. Benton GEORGE has gone to Quanah to visit her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn GRISHAM.

Mrs. C.H. WATKINS and son, Burk COUCH, have returned from Marshall where she spent the winter with relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. R.L. WILSON and children of Cisco, were guests Sunday of her mother, Mrs. R.L. COONER.

 Mrs. Brown SHAVER has returned to her home in Luling after spending some time visiting her mother, Mrs. A.E. HAMPTON and other relatives.

 Miss Laverne ALEXANDER is in Coleman visiting her aunt, Mrs. Lewis PHELPS.

 Mr. and Mrs. N.R. PERRY and daughter, Miss Maldie, of Maytown, were weekend visitors with Mr. and Mrs. J.A. SWAGERTY.  Mrs. PERRY and Mrs. SWAGERTY are sisters.

 Mr. and Mrs. Chester HAYNES, of Fort Worth, were here last Sunday visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. WILHELM, and her son, Bennie NABORS.  Mr. HALYNES is employed by Leonard Bros. at Ft. Worth.

 Born March 12 to Mr. and Mrs. J.C. PIERCE, a 9-lb. boy.

 John S. UNDERHILL, retired U.S. Army captain, cousin of Joe and R.A. UNDERHILL of this city, was here recently for a brief visit.  It had been 32 years since the boys had seen him.  UNDERHILL traveled practically all over the world during his thirty years enlistment.

 Charles WEBB of San Antonio was here Wednesday visiting his mother, Mrs. Tom WEBB.

 Miss Mary McMURRAY, sister of Mrs. Paul MORGAN, has returned to her home at Spearman, Texas, after spending several months with her sister here.


©2004,2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,2009,2010 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.