The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, May 16, 1930

Higginbotham’s Drygoods Dept. Is Being Overhauled

            Higginbotham Bros. & Co. drygoods department is undergoing a complete overhauling.  A small army of carpenters, plasterers, painters and decorators are rushing the job through as rapidly as possible in order to get the store back in perfect order again.  The change is being made in order to modernize the store along the most approved lines.  The shelving and high counters have all been eliminated.  Long rows of neat display counters extend from front to back of the store upon which merchandise of every kind is displayed to advantage.

            The shoe department, at the rear of the store, has also been completely changed.  Neat cabinets of shelves, just deep enough to accommodate a box of shoes, surround the allotted space.  Mirrors are set in the end of counters to give one a “foot view” when purchasing shoes.

            The color scheme of the interior will probably be changed from white to cream.  It will require several days to complete the modernizing program mapped out, according to W.H. WILLIAMS, general manager.

W.F. Blanton Happens to Painful Accident Wed.

            W.F. BLANTON happened to a painful misfortune Wednesday morning, May 14th, of breaking an arm between the elbow and wrist, while cranking a Ford car.  He was immediately attended by a local physician, after which he was taken to Gorman, where his arm was X-rayed.

Chief of Police Nabors Resigned Effective June 1

            The resignation of Chief of Police John NABORS was handed to the City Commission a few days ago, to become effective at the Commission’s pleasure, or not later than June 1st.  Mr. NABORS has business connections which he said might make it necessary for him to quit the post before June 1st, but he said he would not leave the place until the Commission had time to exercise due deliberation in choosing his successor.  There are perhaps a dozen applicants.

            Mr. NABORS has adequately filled the position of chief policing officer in De Leon for years.  He was appointed during the administration of W.E. LOWE, and has continued during the eight years of the administration of N. T. HASKINS.  He has so conducted himself in office that he believes he leaves the post with “as many friends as he had when he entered,” he told the Free Press.  He has proven himself diplomatic in the handling of different situations, and has industriously and efficiently served the city in every manner.

            Mr. NABORS has made a business connection which will require his entire time immediately.  He will continue to make De Leon his home, a fact at which his many friends are gratified.

Mrs. Duncan and Miss Mohon to Teach, Liberty

            Mrs. Clista Mohon DUNCAN and Miss Amizone MOHON have been elected to teach the Liberty school next term.  Mrs. DUNCAN is an experienced teacher and goes to that school highly recommended.  Miss MOHON is fortunate in getting a position with Mrs. DUNCAN, her sister.

            Mrs. DUNCAN will be principal and Miss Amizone, her assistant.  The trustees and Liberty community are to be congratulated on securing these ladies as teachers.

Honor Graduates Announced in High School Class

            Miss Geneva COLEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.M. COLEY, is honor graduate at De Leon high school this year, her grade being ninety-five and three tenths.  She will be awarded a scholarship in her choice of a number of Texas universities and colleges.

            Miss Ruth HOWE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B.E. HOWE, won second honor and is class Salutatorian.  She was a very strong contender for first place, her grade being ninety-four and nine-tenths.

            Honorable mention is made of three other girls, all of whose grades were above ninety.  In their order they are Misses Lucile BAKER, Lorene RAY and C.G. TATE.

            Frederick SCHMIDT made the highest grade among the boys of the class.

These Two Also are Graduates

            Last week in presenting the names of those who were graduating at De Leon high school, two names were omitted.  They are Miss Merle ROBINETT, and Billie WILLIAMS.  It happened this way.  The Free Press copied the list of graduates from the high school annual, just published.  For some reason, one of these names did not appear in the annual list, and the other was unintentionally admitted.  We apologize. -Editor

Former De Leon Attorney Here in Interest Mrs. Lee

            Ghent SANDERFORD, Eastland attorney, who formerly practiced law in this city, was here Tuesday working in the interest of Mrs. LEE for Congress.  SANDERFORD left De Leon to go to Austin where he was secretary to Gov. Miriam FERGUSON.  He has practiced law in Cisco and Eastland for a number of years.

Find Lost Groceries

            Mr. and Mrs. J.C. TURPEN, who had their car stolen here some two weeks ago, which contained chicken feed and groceries, found the groceries a few days ago in a pasture about three miles southwest of De Leon near the Sabano river.  No trace of the car was found.


            The marriage of H.C. STEWART and Miss Agnes JOHNSTON occurred in the home of Rev. EVANS of Desdemona May 8, at 4:00 p.m.  The ceremony was witnessed by Mrs. EVANS.

            Mr. and Mrs. STEWART are excellent young people and each has a host of friends.  Mr. STEWART was reared in the Robinson Springs community.  He has a position of high esteem among all who know him.  Mrs. STEWART is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B.M. JOHNSTON of Gorman.  Mr. STEWART has lived in Pampas, Texas for the past two years and will return there with his bride to make their home.

C.M. Medford Dead

            Funeral services for Samuel A. MEDFORD, 61, who died Thursday morning, May 8th, at his home in Howard community, were held Friday afternoon at the community church.  Rev. WALTON and Rev. HAMMERS officiated.  Mr. MEDFORD had been in poor health for some time.  He was a resident of Rusk, Cherokee County in the early days, where at the age of seventeen, he became a member of Methodist Church.  He lived a true Christian life and was loved by all who knew him.  He moved to De Leon in 1890 and married Emma ANDRUSS in 1891.  To this union seven children were born.

            He is survived by his wife, four sons, Eugene, Carl, Leslie, Thurman MEDFORD and three daughters, Mrs. H. TSUJI of Stamford, Mrs. Earl BELL of Big Spring and Opal Pearl MEDFORD.  He is also survived by five brothers, J.H. MEDFORD, Oceola; Jack MEDFORD, G.S. MEDFORD, R.L. MEDFORD, Haskell and C.M. MEDFORD, De Leon and two sisters, Mrs. C.I. CAVITT, Rochester and Mrs. John HOWARD of Haskell.  They were all present at the funeral.

Birthday Party

            Ethel GUY gave a delightful party Saturday afternoon a 2:30 o’clock at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. WHEAT, her sixth birthday.  Those present were:  Durwood NABORS, Chas. NABORS, Rudolph DUKE, Vernon DUKE, Jackie DUKE, Bobby Joe and Louise HOLLEMAN, Norma Eugene JONES, Velma, Lela, Lillie Mae and Buster DENDY, Louis, Willie Mae and Ada WISDOM, Clyde E. HAMMERS, Annie Ruth and Nadrian STONE, Dorothy HOLMES, Charles and Allen ANDERSON, Dimple COATES, Rachel LANCASTER, Mary Frances OWENS, Junior CADELL, George KREPP, Onita POPE, Ora Faye FRANK, John R. ADCOCK, Ester DOLENSON, Willie and Velma PHARR, Jack WHEAT, Thomas GUY, and Wadell LOVIS.

Rook Club

Last Thursday, May 8th, Mrs. C.C. NICHOLS entertained the Rook Club.  There were four tables of Rook played after which a delicious salad course was served to the following:  Mesdames J.H. GRIZZELLE, W.P. WEAVER, J.T. ROSS, McIVER, D.M. RUSSELL, A.M. ALLEN, W.T. JETTON, Joe ASHBY, B.J. PITTMAN, W.C. LEIGON, GREGORY, DONOHOE, O.M. BUCHAN, Frank SNEAD and Miss Doris AYERS.

Quilting Party

            Mrs. A. WARREN was hostess at an old fashioned quilting party, Wednesday afternoon.  The evening was well spent and enjoyed by all, some five or six quilts being made.  Cake and lemonade was served to Mmes. PERRY, MORRIS and HOLDRIDGE of St. Joe; C. SETZLER, GREGORY, W. PARKS, F. PARKS, WALL, NABORS, REED, C.T. NABORS of Jakehamon; W. DUKE, C. KUKE, OTWELL, HILL, SCOTT and HOLLEMAN of De Leon; VAUGHN, TILLEY, ECHOLS and Misses Delia WALL, Irene DUKE, Gladys NABORS, Eltie OTWELL and Lela ECHOLS.

Slumber Party

            Saturday evening beginning at 9:00 o’clock, Mrs. Vernon BELL was hostess to a slumber party for her Sunday School Class.  There were many interesting games played and at 12:00 o’clock a delicious lunch consisting of sandwiches, potato chips, cakes and fruit was served to the following:  Misses Pansy MULLOY, Ima HARDIN, Buel SNEAD, Dorothy Nell EASTERLING, Virginia HOWARD, Marjorie MORRIS and Margaret SANDERS.

            Misses Gussie INSALL, Eugena GENTRY and Mary Alice ROLLINS are planning to accompany Mrs. Johnnie MOHON of Comanche to Thurber Thursday, where they will take part in a program given by Mrs. Lyman FORREST.


Mrs. Birdie FRENCH of Hico has been in the city the past week, guest of the family of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. SMITH.  Mr. SMITH is the express agent here.

Mr. and Mrs. M.S. SELLERS and their daughter, Frances, who since her marriage is Mrs. J.B. JOHNSTON, also Mrs. Leo JOHNS, of Floresville, were visiting with relatives and friends here this week.  The SELLERS live at Corpus Christi.  Mrs. JOHNS was formerly Mrs. Cora AYERS.  They had been to Stamford at the bedside of Mrs. Lloyd HAMPTON.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy W. NANCE of Eldorado, Texas, are the proud parents of a 10 pound baby boy, born to them at Dublin where the mother was at the home of her parents temporarily.  The baby is of more than passing importance inasmuch as it is the first grand child of Mr. and Mrs. T.H. NANCE.  Mr. NANCE declares that he does not feel any older.

Mrs. W.M. REED returned Thursday this week from the Gorman sanitarium where she had been for several days under treatment.  She is much improved.

Miss Vivian BOSWELL has gone to Cisco to take a position in a café.  She has worked recently in the Western Union Telegraph Co. office here, and may re-enter this work.

C.L. GRAY of Dallas was here the past weekend for a brief visit with Mrs. GRAY and the two young sons.

Mrs. H.B. FUNKHOUSER of Ft. Worth, formerly Miss Pearl NANCE, was here from Ft. Worth Sunday to visit home folks and to see her baby nephew, infant son of Roy NANCE, at Dublin.

Clarence, small son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar HOWARD, was operated on for mastoid trouble Tuesday at the Gorman sanitarium.  He is recovering nicely.

Mrs. Thurman SMITH is here from Fort Worth attending the bedside of her mother, Mrs. B. REID, who spent the past week in Gorman sanitarium for treatment.

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. POOL of Hico are guests this week of her mother, Mrs. J. Doss MILLER.

Mrs. H.H. CADDELL, assisted by Mesdames Lee NABORS and Fred ADCOCK entertained in honor of George KREPP’s eighth birthday, Wednesday, May 7th.  Delicious cake and punch were served to thirty-four children.

Porter SOUTHALL of Friona is here visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. SOUTHALL.

E.E. MOLLOY and children, Miss Pansy and Horace, were week-end visitors with their daughter and sister, Mr. and Mrs. R.A. COLLINGS in Abilene.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim POYNER and children have returned to their home in McCamey after a visit with her mother, Mrs. Leona SPICER.

Mr. and Mrs. Arlie COOK of Breckenridge, were guests Sunday of his mother, Mrs. Nell COOK.

Mrs. C.E. BASS underwent a major operation at Gorman last Sunday and is recovering satisfactorily.

Mrs. T.F. BUTLER has gone to Rush where she will join her husband, who has employment there.

Mr. and Mrs. S. GRAHAM entertained in their home Sunday their daughters, Mrs. J.C. COPELAND of Electra and niece, Miss Madge RENFRO of Cross Plains.

Uncle Jack HENSON of Proctor was guest last week of his niece, Mrs. J.O. ROACH and family.

Guy ROACH has completely recovered from the injuries he received while employed by the West Texas Electric Co. seven months ago and is now back with the same company and is working at Hobbs, New Mexico.  His brother, Paul, is also working for the same company there.

Mrs. Leo BOONE and little daughter, Ruby Jean, are here this week visiting in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. HANCOCK.

Mr. and Mrs. G.L. TOLAR have returned from Rochester, where they spent the past several months with their daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ira KAY.

Sammie Louise is the name of a tiny girl who arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Self, May 13th.

Mrs. S.E. BALLARD, who has been living at Hamlin for the past several months, is here for a month’s visit in the home of her son, Adrian BALLARD.

F.F. LOFTON of Brookhaven, Miss. Is guest of his sister, Mrs. M.A. DAVIS.

Mr. and Mrs. Ocie BIBBY of Dublin were visitors Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. A.H. BIBBY.

Robinson Springs

Mrs. Fleet TARRANCE accompanied her daughter, Mrs. STEWART, back to Borger to stay a few days.

Miss Afton CLARK of this place has moved her beauty shop from Desdemona to Albany.


G.W. GOODSON and family spent Sunday with J.V. GOODSON of Lingleville.

Odis CLINE, who has been in California, has returned to his home here.

The school board met last week, and elected Mr. Vernon BAYS as principle of the school.  Mr. BAYS has had experience in teaching and has proven successful.  Therefore, we look forward to a successful school year.

Oliver Springs

Several friends and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. J.N. DOMINEY gathered at their home Wednesday and Thursday to assist in building a new porch and to re-shingle a large portion of the roof which was torn off by wind during a storm Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. H.C. STEWART were guests of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. ECHOLS, a sister of Mrs. STEWART.

Mr. and Mrs. R.B. LOVE and daughters, Imogene and Florine, spent the week-end visiting with relatives and friends here.


Mrs. J.M. ST. CLAIR, who visited last week with her daughter, Mrs. J.W. ALSTON and family, left Monday for her home in Decatur.  She was accompanied to Fort Worth by Mr. and Mrs. ALSTON and children.

Alvin BOYKIN of Oglesby is visiting his brother, J.N. BOYKIN, and family.

G.H. GILDER, Herman and B. GILDER, made a business trip to Ft. Worth Wednesday.

Miss Susie May WILLIS of Smithville is visiting her cousin, Earline WILLIS.

D.M. SLAUGHTER of Comyn, W.P. SLAUGHTER of De Leon and J.R. SLAUGHTER of Cisco, went to Ft. Worth Sunday, where they met their brother, J.W. SLAUGHTER of Tulsa, Okla.

Miss Mattie Sue SLAUGHTER is visiting her uncle, J.R. SLAUGHTER and family of Cisco.

Mrs. Warren SPENCER and daughter, Mrs. B.L. PAINTER and Ozella and J.T. McKINNON, attended singing at St. Joe on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. C.D. LEWALLEN of De Leon spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.D. CRADDOCK.

Mr. and Mrs. Ned COURT of Wichita Falls spent the week-end with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. COURT and other relatives.

Mrs. Z.Z. McKINNON and Mrs. B.L. PAINTER visited last Thursday in the home of their brother, T.D. CRADDOCK, Jr. of Lingleville.


Miss Grace LANE is visiting her brother, L.N. LANE and family of Gorman.

Mrs. Eula BRIMBERRY of Ranger spent Friday with her sister, Mrs. Milton KING.

Mr. and Mrs. I. C. REDWINE of Eastland spent Sunday with E.H. REDWINE of this community.

Mrs. Thelma GUTHERY visited with Mrs. Roy GUTHERY of this community Sunday.

The storm of last week did much damage.  A number of small buildings were torn from their foundations.  Dick STURDIVANT had a poultry house blown over.  A building at the rail road section house was blown partly around.  Milton KING’s house was totally wrecked.  No one was hurt.  The sand blowing hurt small plants.  Gardens, peanuts and cotton was injured some.  It is estimated that an inch of rain fell.

Regie ROBBINS, son of Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS, and Miss Ona WYATT, who formerly taught here were married several days ago and have gone to New Mexico to make their home.  Young Mr. ROBBINS has a foremanship with an oil company and is a young man of splendid character.  The bride is a young lady of outstanding accomplishment and educational attainment.  These young people have a host of friends who wish them every success and happiness in their matrimonial adventure.

Mrs. MOORE is about to finish taking the census in the territory assigned her.  Farm values and farm production will not show up well on account of the poor crop conditions of last year.  A courteous attitude has been shown the enumerator by almost every one for which Mrs. MOORE wishes to acknowledge her appreciation.


©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.