The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, April 11, 1930


Two Fire Alarms During Past Week; Damage Not Great

            Last Friday morning the fire alarm sounded, calling out the department to fight a blazing Ford car on the corner near the Travelers Hotel.  Ellis COZBY was driving that way when his motor was suddenly enveloped in flames.  The fire was extinguished with little or no damage.

            Wednesday morning fire originated in a wash house at the home of Ben FURNACE.  The wash house was destroyed along with all equipment of a home laundry.  But for the timely arrival of the fire department, the residence would have quickly burned.

            Mrs. DONAHUE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. FURNACE, requested the Free Press to express her most sincere appreciation to the volunteer firemen who extinguished the blaze.

Let’s All Remember Aunt Betty Owen’s Ninetieth Birthday

            One of the most lovable old ladies in De Leon is Aunt Bettie OWEN, mother of Mrs. Jack PATTERSON.  Aunt Betty will be 90 years “young” on April 19th, and, like all old people, she values the attention and thoughtfulness of friends.

            Last year Aunt Betty received 147 cards and letters on her 89th birthday.  In her letter to the Free Press this week she said “I would love to get 200 this year!”  Continuing, Aunt Betty said: “I do not want costly gifts – just so you remember me.  My greatest desire is quilt scraps.  I have to have some work, and I will be 90 years old if I live to see that day.”

            Free Press believes Aunt Betty’s friends will see that the desire of her heart is fulfilled.

Birthday Dinner

            Tuesday, April 7th, when C.H. SHARP returned home for lunch, he found, to his surprise, that Mrs. SHARP had prepared a table, laden with many good things to eat in honor of his birthday.  Invited guests were Mr. and Mrs. John WOOD and E.A. TERRILL.

Closing Restaurant Business This Week

            Jack ROBERTS, who has operated a lunch counter and confectionery in the building adjoining the telegraph office during the past winter, closed the place on Thursday this week, and will go to Crockett, Texas, where he will be employed at a filling station.  ROBERTS has done a satisfactory business during the winter, he stated, but feels that he can do better this summer in other lines.

Hill Top Service Station Open for Business Saturday

            “Hill Top Service Station” will open for business Saturday this week.  The location is on top of the hill, on Highway 67, a mile northwest of town.  The location is excellent, commanding a good view of the town and countryside.

            C.D. BLANTON is the proprietor.  Mr. BLANTON has been in the employ of the Katy, as shopman, here for a good many years.

            Cager MOHON will be associated with Mr. BLANTON at Hill Top Station.  They will have a tourist park with cottages and will sell cold drinks and a line of confections.  They have the Transcontinental line of gas and oil.  It’s only a step to Hill Top Station.  “Walk a Block and Save a Dollar” may be adopted as a slogan.

Mrs. Gentry Opens New Beauty Shop at Smith Drygoods

            “Gentry’s Beauty Shop” is the name of De Leon’s newest business enterprise.  Mrs. Blanche GENTRY returned last week from Ft. Worth where she spent some months taking a course at the Sellers school, the largest and best equipped school of beauty culture in the South.  Mrs. GENTRY received a diploma upon completion of the course which will be recognized at any place she may desire to practice her profession in the United States.

            Mrs. GENTRY has a very pretty work shop at Smith’s Drygoods.  And besides this being attractive, she has purchased some of the most modern and up-to-date equipment obtainable.  She extends to her friends and the public generally a most cordial invitation to make appointments any day in the week.


Mr. and Mrs. L.J. STARKEY of Pampa, Mrs. M.E. BLITCH and Mr. and Mrs. J.F. BLITCH, parents of M.E. BLITCH, are here at bedside of Mrs. BLITCH, who has been very ill with pneumonia.

Mmes. Lois TANKSLEY of El Paso and Ava COLLINGS and small daughter, Edith Ray, of Midland, and Mr. and Mrs. Woodley BUTLER and children of Grand Prairie, were guests the past week with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. BUTLER.


Mr. and Mrs. Clifford PARKER of De Leon have moved to the M.M. DIXON farm.

Joe Edwin is the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. F.P. DIXON of Lafayette, Tennessee.  Mrs. DIXON was formerly Miss Velma STEWART, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.W. STEWART, formerly of this place.

Downing News

Mr. and Mrs. L.N. GRISSOM and family spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Houston GRISSOM of New Hope.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred NABORS of De Leon visited her parents the past week, Mr. and Mrs. J.N. BOWEN.


Mr. and Mrs. Buford McSHAN are the proud parents of a baby girl, born April 5.  The little lady’s name is Peggy Jo.


©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.