The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, May 9, 1930


W.L. Steakley, M.Z. Stovall New City Officials

            In the City Election held here Tuesday, May 6th, 483 votes were cast, resulting in the election of W.L. STEAKLEY as mayor, and M.Z. STOVALL as commissioner.  The vote was tabulated as follows:

N.T. HASKINS, 187; W.L. STEAKLEY, 280.

W.P. WEAVER, 175; M.Z. STOVALL, 286.

Husband of Former De Leon Girl Died at Brownwood

            Being awakened by her husband falling out of bed at midnight, Thursday, May 1, Mrs. J.J. PRESTON, 1505 Fourth street, Brownwood, found him in a dying condition.  Turning on the light, Mrs. PRESTON said he opened his eyes and looked up into her face for a moment but was unable to speak.  Attending physician said PRESTON died of a heart attack.

            Mrs. PRESTON was formerly Miss Sallie HAYNES and is the eldest daughter of Jack HAYNES of this city.  She has been married for about sixteen years.  They have one daughter, Willie Julia, aged about 15 years.  They have lived in Brownwood most of their married life.

            PRESTON has been employed by Walker-Smith Wholesale Grocers since 1911 and has traveled for the firm since 1918.  His territory was about Coleman and south.  He was a member of the Methodist church and active in church work.  Jack HAYNES and wife from this city attended the funeral as did also Mrs. Maggie WALKER of Waco.  Luther HAYNES, brother of Mrs. PRESTON, lives in Brownwood.

Aged Pioneer Died Near Here Sunday

            Mr. Sam BAYS, who resided some twelve miles northeast of here, died Sunday, May 4th.  Mr. BAYS is the father of Rev. J.A. BAYS, and was one of the oldest pioneer citizens of this section of the country.  He and Mrs. BAYS came here in wagons nearly fifty years ago.  At his death he owned much land.  He was a patient sufferer with paralysis for several months preceding his death.

Joint Social at Golf Club Enjoyable Affair

            Members of the De Leon-Dublin Golf Club, together with a number of invited guests, enjoyed an 84 party at the Club House on Friday evening last week.  A dollar a couple was charged, the fund going to purchase furniture for the Club House.  So successful was the affair that another social event will be held soon, at which both 84 and Bridge will be played.

            About 100 people were present and a fund of $71.00 was realized.  A large group of Dublin people were present, and the following from this city.  Mr. and Mrs. W.H. WILLIAMS, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. SMITH, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff TATE, Mr. and Mrs. W.P. WEAVER, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. LIGHTFOOT, Misses AYERS, KINCHEN, JETTON, MORTON and KIKER, W.H. JETTON and Billie WILLIAMS.

Membership of Graduating Class Numbers 32

            The Senior class at De Leon high school this year numbers thirty-two.  There are twenty girls and an even dozen boys.  The class is the smallest to graduate here in recent years, the largest class being last year when forty-seven boys and girls finished the prescribed course.  In another recent year, twenty-one boys and twenty-one girls finished.

            The class this year is composed of a representative group of young people, and their scholarship attainment is well up to the average, according to Supt. D.M. RUSSELL.  All the normal activities of the school have been carried on by a senior group that exhibited all the enthusiasm and aggressiveness necessary to putting their projects over.

            The graduation exercises will be held next week, detailed announcement of Commencement Week being found elsewhere in this paper.  The Class Roll is as follows:


            Francis HARVEY, Modet FARROW, Lavelle STRICKLAND, Vera ROBISON, Nina Beth TERRILL, Mildred MILLER, Benjamin Ruth HOWE, Lettie Lucile BAKER, Laverne STRICKLAND, Artie Lee SINGLETON, C.G. TATE, Rena Arlena JONES, Opal Mae FRANK, Alta Lorene RAY, Mildred GARDNER, Geneva COLEY, Chrysteen AYERS, Merlyn GOOCH, Mary Alice SHORT and Winnis Zelle HOLLEMAN.


            Alton QUINN, Paul JOHNSON, Gentry ALEXANDER, Jewell HOLLEMAN, K.M. VAN ZANDT, Jr., Elvin WALKER, B.J. McCLELLAN, Merton BELL, Lavealle FERRELL, James Grady PARSONS, H.W. CORBELL and Frederick SCHMIDT.

Miss Iris Mohon Honoree at Shower

            Friday evening, May 2nd, Mesdames S.A. DUKE and R.L. HALL entertained in the parlors of the Baptist church with a miscellaneous shower, honoring Miss Iris MOHON, who is to be married soon.

            Many beautiful gifts were presented to the bride-to-be.  The entertainment of the evening was rendered by Miss Bernice KIKER, little Miss Elaine SCOTT, soloists; Miss Gussie INSALL, violinist; Mrs. A.P. SCHMIDT, pianist; little Misses Josie Beth ALLEN and Virginia SCOTT, readers.  Mrs. Jno. A. MOHON was the accompanist for the evening. Refreshments were served to about fifty guests.


            Sunday, April 20, Miss Claudia Fay BROWNLEE and Mr. Frank LANCASTER were happily married at Walter, Oklahoma.  They were accompanied by his sister, Mrs. Robert HOWARD.  Mrs. LANCASTER is the youngest daughter of Mrs. Walter BROWNLEE and is a lovable young lady.  Mr. LANCASTER is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom LANCASTER.  Their many friends wish for them a full measure of happiness.

Mrs. Ewell Duke Had Operation

            Mrs. Ewell DUKE of Iraan, returned here and to Gorman this week where she underwent a major operation on Thursday.  Her condition is serious.  Mr. and Mrs. DUKE have been living in Iraan for several years where they were prospering.  Her serious illness is unfortunate.


Mrs. Buell VAN ZANDT and little son, Bille Jack, of Denton, are here this week visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. K.M. VAN ZANDT.

Miss Janice KEE has returned from Anson where she taught last school year.

Mrs. Dora SPICER of Dublin is guest of her sister, Mrs. H.E. HUDSON.

Mrs. F.E. CARTER of Ft. Worth was guest Sunday of her sister, Mrs. W.C. STREETY.

Miss Mary KIMBLE was guest of Mr. and Mrs. G.E. HOOKER in Breckenridge Sunday.  She was accompanied here by her sister, Mrs. HOOKER, who will visit here this week.

George REID of Dallas was a weekend visitor with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. REED on Route 1.

Mrs. Leona SPICER was guest last week of her brother and family, Mr. Jeff NORTHCUTT at Desdemona.

Roger and Wayne CHAMBERS of Brownwood were week-end visitors with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.C. CHAMBERS.  They were accompanied home by their friend, Dennis WINFREY of Coleman, who is also attending Howard Payne College.

Miss Opal THOMAS was recently elected to the position of Home Economics and primary teacher at Trinity for next year.

Mrs. Henry Moore EVANS has returned to her home at Wichita Falls after a visit in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN.

Mr. and Mrs. W.L. FINCHER returned home Monday from Moran where they attended a reunion of the FINCHER relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl McCLELLAN and daughter of Iraan, were week-end guests of their parents, Dr. and Mrs. J.E. SELF and Mr. and Mrs. T.J. McCLELLAN.

Henry Grady SHARP underwent a major operation at the Gorman Sanitarium Monday, May 5, and is recovering.

Ike BRUMBELOW went to Brownwood Wednesday to meet his sister, Miss HULETT, who was returning from Freona.


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