The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, April 25, 1930


Beloved Woman Found Dead on 90th Birthday

            “God moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform,” and is a mystery to finite minds just why he called Grandma E.C. OWEN, beloved old pioneer, to her eternal reward, on the morning of her ninetieth birthday.  It is believed by those near and dear to her that she died of joy—overjoyed and happy because loved ones had come and were coming—scores of them—to observe her birthday which would mark the days of her pilgrimage “four score years and ten!”

            Grandma OWEN was born hear Birmingham, Ala. April 19, 1840.  She died on April 19, 1930—a life’s span of ninety years.

            She was privileged to attend college when a young lady of 18, and one of her treasured possessions was an autograph album in which were written messages of love from her associates.  Her college was at Aberdeen, Miss.  She taught school in the early sixties, and taught two years following her marriage.

            In 1864 Aunt Betty was married to R.H. OWEN, in Pontotoc county and continued to reside there for almost half a century.  She was mother of six daughters and one son.  Three daughters and a son survive here.  She was converted at about twenty years of age and united with the Methodist church and continued a member until death.  She was a sturdy character, great in industry, lavish in service to others, faithful to the highest ideals, and devoted to the God she served.  Besides her children, thirty grandchildren and sixty-four great grandchildren survive to bless her memory.

            It was joy over her birthday that ushered her immortal spirit into the Great Beyond.  Her human frailties, caused by advanced age, could not withstand the strain.  Such an army of loved ones and friends, showering her with gifts and messages of love, was too much for the weak heart to withstand.  In the dim hours of early morning, probably about three or four o’clock, she passed peacefully away.  No one was in the room.  She had retired in her usual health.  When those who were of her household went to call her at sunrise, they found her peacefully reclining on her pillow—dead.

            Last year relatives and friends sent her 147 gifts.  Two weeks ago she wrote the Free Press and requested that they make it 200 this year, going on to explain that she didn’t want gifts of value, “only to be remembered.”  Quilt scraps were her greatest desire since they furnished her that which would occupy her mind and furnish employment for idle hours.  Last year she gave to each of her thirty grandchildren, a quilt she had pieced, and one extra to a much loved great granddaughter, Mrs. Wayne MULLOY.

            Grandma OWEN had lived the past fifteen and a half years in the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. PATTERSON.  Eight years ago she fell and broke her hip and was subsequently a cripple.  Mr. and Mrs. PATTERSON tenderly cared for her through all these years.  Mrs. Ernest WATTS and Mrs. Whit JERNIGAN both were very near to her and delighted to gratify her every wish.  A week before her death she enjoyed a visit in the home of her grand niece, Mrs. W.J. SCOTT, of whom she was very fond.

            Daughters who have passed away are Mrs. Mollie NOWLIN, Mrs. Anna HODGES and Miss Cora OWEN.  Living children are Mrs. A.J. PATTERSON, De Leon; Mrs. Della FARROW, Clyde; Mrs. Mattie PITTMAN, Gorman, and Robt. OWEN, San Antonio.

            The tired body of Grandma OWEN was carried to the Pentecostal church Sunday afternoon and the funeral service held there.  Rev. PERRAULT, the pastor, and Rev. A.F. NABORS, conducted the service.  The body was laid to rest at De Leon Cemetery.

Holdridge & Sons Moving Store to Streety Building

            Holdridge & Sons grocery and market, after this present week, will be located in the Streety building, formerly occupied by the Garner-Alvis Co.  A force of workmen have been busy during the past week, remodeling the interior of the big building and fitting it up for the needs of a grocery and market.  Much of the space in the rear of the building will be used for feed storage.

            Holdridge & Sons will use the south portion of the building, using the south and east entrances.  The building is both commodious and well located for a business similar to that which the firm will use it.

                        Mrs. Whaley Moving

            Mrs. J.M. WHALEY, who has had quarters in the Free Press building since the first of last December, has leased the north portion of the former Dependable Store, and will use the north entrance to the building.  Her new store will be the same floor space she occupied for so many years as sales lady for the Garner-Alvis Co.  Mrs. WHALEY plans to move to her new store in the near future.

Miss Lester Makes T.C.U. Honor Roll

            Miss Louise LESTER again made the honor roll at Texas Christian University, receiving a letter of commendation from Pres. E.M. WATTS at the close of the past term.  She is doing exceedingly well with her school work and is quite popular at the Ft. Worth school.

Mother of Mrs. D.P. Lloyd Died at Comanche

            The death of Mrs. A.H. BEENE, pioneer Comanche county woman, occurred at 4:15 o’clock Tuesday morning, April 22, and her body was laid to rest at Comanche cemetery following.  Mrs. BEENE had lived in Comanche for about sixty years and was among the old and honored pioneers of this section of Texas.  She was the mother of Mrs. D.P. LLOYD of this city, and of Will BEENE, former business man here.

            Attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Bill STEPHENS of Waco and Mr. and Mrs. C.E. COONER of Fort Worth.

Had Second Appendix Operation in Six Years

            Roy BUTLER, son of W.E. BUTLER, went to the operating table the second time for an appendix operation last Tuesday morning, his first similar ordeal having been six years ago.  At the former operation it was found that the appendix had ruptured, and it was thought for several weeks BUTLER would die.  His appendix at that time was not removed.

            Constant irritation from a wound that never healed and being troubled again with a repetition of his malady, BUTLER went back Tuesday to let surgeons complete the job.

Col. Shaw Sent to Hospital in Serious Condition

            Col. Tom SHAW, who was interested in the development of certain oil projects about De Leon within the past half years [sic], and who has been living at the Lester Hotel, was discovered in a critical condition in his room there on Tuesday last week.  Mr. SHAW was apparently suffering from a stroke of some nature, and soon thereafter was unconscious.

            Two sons of the aged man were notified, Allen SHAW of Bartlesville, Okla. And Ralph SHAW of Dallas, both lawyers in the employ of major oil companies.  The brothers came immediately to De Leon and took their father to Gorman Sanitarium where attending surgeons pronounced his case creeping paralysis.  His malady is perhaps affecting his brain.

            SHAW formerly lived at Denver where his wife died some six years ago.  Since then he has lived at various places, having been here for at least six months.

Former De Leon Girl Winner in Arizona

            Miss Lillian PITTMAN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.L. PITTMAN, entered the preliminaries in oratorical contest held in the state of Arizona, winning in her home school at Yuma.  She next goes to Phoenix for a second preliminary and from there will go up for the finals, to be held at Arizona State University at Tuscon.

            Miss PITTMAN won several times in Interscholastic League contests before leaving De Leon school, and her friends will be glad to know that she continues her successes in Arizona.

Sunday School Class Had Enjoyable Outing

            A.C. POLNAC recently took his Sunday School class for a picnic and boat ride on the Leon, being assisted in entertaining by Mrs. POLNAC, Mrs. M.A. DAVIS, Mozelle WALDROP and Cecil POLNAC.  The day was most pleasantly spent by the following:

            Misses Buel SNEAD, Marjorie MORRIS, Jeannette EGBERT, Olive Winters BUCHAN, Dorothy Nell EASTERLING, Pansy MULLOY, Louise JONES, Wenonah HUMPHREY, Fern BLACK and Ima HARDIN and Theron BUCHAN, Anthon LEIGON, Sam GLOVER, Billie SNEAD, Dean CHAMBERS, Bernard VAN ZANDT, Jack HUMPHREY, Joe BLITCH, Jr., L.D. MERRITT, Montie DAVIS, Jr., John Archie DAVIS and Harry DAVIS.


Relatives out of town who attended the funeral of Mrs. E.C. OWEN were R.M. OWEN, San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. D.A. FARROW, Clyde; Mr. and Mrs. Henry PITTMAN, Gorman; Mr. and Mrs. Ivis FARROW and children, Baird; Mr. and Mrs. Chester NOWLIN and children, Ranger; Mr. and Mrs. Clinton WATTS and children of Hylon; Mrs. Oma BELL and daughter, Mullen; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne MULLOY, Colorado and Harvey NOWLIN, Abilene.

Elmer STOVER, who is employed by the Dallas Linotyping Company, was here for a brief visit early in the week.  STOVER worked for the Free Press as linotype operator in 1922, and went from his position with this paper to the position which he has held in Dallas for eight years.

Mr. and Mrs. A.M. PATE and their daughter, Miss Will S., and Miss Mary DUPUY, all of San Antonio, were Easter Sunday guests of Mrs. W.C. STREETY and Mrs. May WHALEY.  The Misses PATE and DUPUY are students at Westmoreland College at San Antonio.

Mesdames Alf SLOAN and Johnnie NUNNELLEY and Miss Lillian MOHON visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. F. MADDOX at Coleman.  Mrs. SLOAN and Mrs. MADDOX are sisters.

A fishing party to the Colorado this week reports plenty of fish and a pleasant outing, one of the party catching a 11 ½ lb. cat fish, but this was Joe SMITH and no one else would expect such luck.  Others in the party were S.S. and W.H. SMITH, F.O. JAYE, E.E. GENTRY and R.N. HILL.

“Gary Bob” is the name of the tiny young son who arrived on April 16th, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.G. CAYCE.  Mrs. CAYCE was formerly Miss Madge YOUNG.

Mrs. Henry Moore EVANS of Wichita Falls is here for a visit in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN.

Mr. and Mrs. Columbus SHORT, who recently moved from Ranger to Marfa, were here this week on a visit with relatives.

Cecil SPENCER, employed by Radford Grocery Co., at Abilene, was visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. SPENCER here the past weekend.

Mr. and Mrs. John T. WADE, of Garland, Texas, were guests in the home of her sister, Mrs. A.W. SPENCER and family here the past weekend.

Mr. and Mrs. J.M. TINDALL, of Knoxville, Tenn., are here for a visit in the home of her brother, C.H. SHARP.  They were only recently married.  Mrs. TINDALL, formerly Miss Rosa SHARP, visited her brother here several years ago.

Mrs. G.E. HOOKER, now of Tyler, was here the past week visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.G. KIMBLE.

Earl HOWELL of Dallas was here the past week-end for a visit in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HOWELL, Sr.

Miss Bess SLOAN has returned to Stephenville after spending some time here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. SLOAN.

Mrs. DAWSON of Ft. Worth is here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. GRAHAM.

Mrs. D.C. LOTHRINGER and daughter, Miriam GERALD, of San Antonio, are visiting her mother, Mrs. Addie FITZGERALD.


Mr. and Mrs. Jim DAVIS and children went to Snyder last Thursday, where Mr. DAVIS has employment.

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver BYERLY and children of Sudan are spending the week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.L. DOGGETT.

R.N. CHANCELLOR of Archer City, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H.J. MOORE on Monday night, April 14.  Mr. CHANCELLOR’s death was sudden and came as a shock to his friends, he having been ill only a short time.  The funeral was held at the Newburg church and the remains laid to rest in the Newburg Cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. C.M. CARAWAY, Mrs. A.H. CARAWAY and baby, Miss Julia HAVIS, Mrs. Sam CHATHAM and Miss Naomi CARAWAY, attended the District Interscholastic Meet at Brownwood last Friday.  Miss Naomi CARAWAY won sixth place in the declamation at the district meet.

Rufus WHITE and daughter of Iraan visited this week with his sister, Mrs. M.B. PAINTER.


Abb WILSON is suffering from a spider bite.

Mrs. C.C. MILLER gave a joint birthday dinner honoring her daughter, Charlotte, and her mother, Mrs. W.J. WILSON.


Mr. and Mrs. E.S. HUFFMAN and children of Carlton, visited her mother, Mrs. W.T. DAY of this community, last Sunday.

A tacky party was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hurvey GARY last Saturday evening.  A large crowd was present.  Vernon GOODSON won the prize.  Everyone reported a fine time and many good laughs.

Vernon GOODSON of Strawn, spent the latter part of last week with Elda GOODSON.


Mrs. S.W. LAMINACK is visiting in Dallas, with her daughter who has undergone an operation.

Mrs. J.H. ADAMS, who has been seriously ill for the past two weeks is now improving and her friends hope that she may be well again soon.

Robinson Springs

The larger school girls and Miss Bess UNDERWOOD gave Mrs. P. MORING handkerchief and bouquet shower on last Tuesday, her birthday.  She received 36 handkerchiefs.

Elaine BARKER, who has been absent from school with a severe cold, returned Friday.

Miss ALLEN, Miss UNDERWOOD and Mr. LITTLE gave their pupils an Easter egg hunt Friday.  Marie ELY, Josie BLOYD and Ellaphair DECKER found the most eggs.

Miss ALLEN, primary teacher, is preparing a Tom Thumb Wedding for the last of school.


©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.