The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, June 6, 1930


Dublin-De Leon Golf Club Names New Officials

            At a business meeting of the Dublin-De Leon Country Club held at the club house last Wednesday night, Walter HAMILTON was re-elected president and Dr. W.W. SNIDER re-elected secretary-treasurer.

            The board of directors consists of J.R. BRAGG, D.R. FRANKS, W.H. WILLIAMS, W.H. SMITH and J.D. TATE.  The Club discussed the summer golf tournament which will be held in July and a committee consisting of W.H. SMITH, Ben WHITEHEAD and F.F. CHRISTIE was named to work out plans for the event.

Butler & Morton Establish Sales Depot For Model T

            Friends of Orb KENNEDY will be pleased to learn that he has been made manager of De Leon’s newest business enterprise, a “Model T. Sales Depot.”  The business is located in the old Masonic Hall.  The cars will be displayed on the first floor, and it is being rumored that Kennedy will have a suite of offices with blonde stenographers ‘neverything on the second floor.  Talk of elevator service is going around inasmuch as the stairway at present leads up from the outside, making the second floor a little inaccessible.

            Just how extensively KENNEDY will develop the new enterprise remains to be seen.  At any rate, the newly organized property will net BUTLER & MORTON floor space for about twenty-five extra cars, and they were badly in need of the room.

            The mattress factory which formerly occupied this building, has moved to a portion of the Rhoades Feed Mill building.

De Leon Boy Gets Degree from A. & M. to Teach at Post

            Curtis VAN ZANDT is home from A. & M. College, where he graduated last week, receiving his degree.  He majored in Vocational Agriculture.  VAN ZANDT  is leaving soon for Post, Texas, where he has a position teaching agriculture in the Post high school, the position being for a full year, commencing on July 1st.

R.D. Davis to Buy Produce at Rhoades Mill

            In this issue of the Free Press will be found an ad signed by R.D. DAVIS, who is opening a produce house at Rhoades Feed Mill.  The building is amply large for the needs of the mill, and also for a very large produce business, such as Mr. DAVIS may be able to build up.

            Mr. DAVIS will be open for business Saturday and Monday, June 7th and 9th, and he told the Free Press that he will be able to pay a little more than the average market price for all kinds of produce.

            Saturday and Monday are simply opening days, Mr. DAVIS assured the Free Press.  He intends to continue his business through the summer and fall, anticipating a big turkey season next fall.

Two Graduates De Leon School Have Operations

            It was rather an odd incident when two members of the graduating class of De Leon school were stricken with similar illness and each found major operations necessary early this week.

            Miss Ruth HOWE, one of the honor students in the class just graduated from De Leon high school, suffered a stroke of appendicitis and was operated on Tuesday at Gorman Sanitarium.  She is recovering nicely.

            Gentry ALEXANDER, another member of the graduating class, had an operation for appendicitis, at Gorman, on Wednesday this week and is doing nicely.

            Both Miss HOWE and ALEXANDER have experienced trouble with the malady formerly.  Both are members of the Baptist church and are in the same departments in Sunday School and young people’s departments.  The similarity of the cases is remarkable.

Miniature Golf Course To Open Here Next Week

            “Mary Ann Golf Course” is the name of one of De Leon’s newest enterprises.  It is a miniature golf course and is located on the lot adjoining city hall.  H.P. SOUTHERLAND is installing the course and the Free Press understands he will move here.

            Mr. SOUTHERLAND owns similar courses in other towns.  He, like many others, is handicapped because of the lack of equipment.  Hundreds of miniature golf courses have opened up throughout the country, and the demand for “putters” cannot be met at present.

            Mr. SOUTHERLAND purchased 36 putters from Higginbotham’s here.  The order placed with a Dallas jobber was declined.  Their supply was exhausted.  They were forced to send to St. Louis for the wanted irons.

            Miniature golf is played on a very small plot of ground.  It is somewhat similar to croquet, is played out-of-doors and is wholesome and healthful.  Thirty-six players can play at once on a nine-hole course.

De Leon Teacher Had Tonsils Removed

            Woodlie REED, who taught at Roby the past two years, and who goes back for another years work next fall, had an operation for the removal of his tonsils at Blackwell Sanitarium, Gorman, last Wednesday.  Mr. and Mrs. REED are visiting with their parents here.  He is recovering nicely. 

De Leon Boy to Sail for Europe After Graduation

            Emmett Lee HOWARD, student for the past three years at Simmons University, Abilene, received his Bachelor’s degree at Commencement Exercises there Wednesday.  His scholarship record has been exceptionally good, and he will be eligible to receive his Master degree at the end of about three months more of work.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. HOWARD of this city were present for the Baccalaureate sermon last Sunday and also Commencement exercises.

            HOWARD is to leave Abilene today, Friday, on the first leg of a several thousand mile tour, to Europe, going with the Cowboy Band.  He will sail from New York on Wednesday, June 11th.  The trip will require about three months.

Comanche County Census Figures Show Big Drop

            Preliminary announcement of the census figures for Comanche county has been given out from the office of District Supervisor T.J. BURDETTE, at Hillsboro.  Comanche county now has a population of 18,437 people, against 25,748 in 1920.  This shows a decrease of 7,311 in the ten-year period.

            Justice precinct No. 1 dropped from 7,311 to 5,399.  Justice precinct No. 5 dropped from 9,350 to 6,263.  Justice precinct No. 6 decreased from 2,559 to 1567.

Rock Bluff Man Loses Home in Fire Saturday

            Mr. and Mrs. Jeff COLLINS, who reside on the STOKES farm near Rock Bluff, suffered the misfortune of losing their home and its contents by fire last Saturday afternoon.  Mrs. COLLINS was at home with only small children.  She built a fire to iron and it is presumed sparks from the kitchen fire fell on the roof.  Mr. COLLINS was at work in a field some distance from the house.  The roof was falling in when he arrived.  Only one feather bed was saved.  Neighbors arrived in time to assist Mr. COLLINS in saving his garage.  The barn, located some distance from the house, was not damaged.  Mr. COLLINS’ loss will run into several hundred dollars.  He carried no insurance.

De Leon Now Has Two Gulf Service Stations Going

            Two Gulf Service Stations are now in operation in De Leon, the first time any company has found it necessary to install two stations in the city.  Gentry’s Service Station, opposite the post office, has been doing business at that location for a number of years, and is continuing to sell “that good Gulf gas.”

            The new station is the former Texas station, across the street from Egbert Bakery, technically located at the corner of Bivar and Texas streets.  O.M. BUCHAN is the new Gulf operator and Mr. BUCHAN invites his friends to come down and fill with this superior brand of gasoline.  He has a line of automobile accessories, besides the Gulf line, he stated.

Clark – Robbins

            Friends of Miss Mozelle CLARK were taken by surprise when it was announced that preparations were being made to solemnize the matrimonial rites in which Miss CLARK was to be the bride.  Miss CLARK had only graduated from Desdemona High School and was popular in school circles as well as the social affairs in which she took a leading part.  Mr. Ras ROBBINS of McCamey and Miss CLARK were married in Oklahoma, making the journey there by automobile, from which place they went to McCamey where Mr. ROBBINS held a position of responsibility with the Humble Oil Company.  Miss CLARK is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.B. CLARK of Robinson Springs community.  She is a young lady of a cheerful and pleasing personality and of outstanding accomplishments in education and music and numbers her friends by the hundreds.  Mr. ROBBINS is a brother of O.S. ROBBINS of this community at which place he made his home from childhood.  Mr. ROBBINS, though a young man, has been successful in his chosen line of work and holds a permanent and responsible position in the oil company.  These young people go into life with best prospects and their many friends extend them their best wishes for every success and happiness.

Burroughs – Robbins

            Friends of Miss Odell ROBBINS were very much surprised recently when her approaching marriage was announced.  Her marriage to Mr. Ralph BURROUGHS was solemnized in the state of Oklahoma last week, they together with a number of friends having made the trip by automobile.  Mr. BURROUGHS is a young man occupying an excellent position with one of the major oil companies and is a young man of good address and outstanding accomplishments.  He will have charge of the company’s properties at Electra where Mr. and Mrs. BURROUGHS will make their home.  Miss ROBBINS is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS of this community and has grown to womanhood here, completely a course here, Desdemona and Tarleton College, where she made a splendid record.  Then Miss ROBBINS returned to her home school as a teacher of Home Economics where she made an outstanding success.  Miss ROBBINS will be missed from the school, in her social circles where she was at all times a leader.  Her hundreds of friends wish for her every success and happiness.

Little – Clark

            It came as a distinct surprise to the many friends of the contracting parties when news reached here of the marriage of Miss Afton CLARK and Prof. LITTLE, both of Robinson Springs.  Miss CLARK is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.B. CLARK and has lived in this section since childhood.  She has attained distinction in the study of Art and at the time of her marriage was employed at Albany.  She will be missed from the social circle of which she has been a popular leader.  Prof. LITTLE is a young man of culture and educational attainment, having been a successful teacher in Robinson Springs consolidated school this year, to which position he has been re-elected with a substantial increase in salary which gives concrete evidence of his success in his chosen line.  Mr. LITTLE is a graduate of John Tarleton College and will attend school at State University this summer while the young bride will continue in her employment at Albany.  These young people have a host of friends who wish for them every success in their new relationship.


            Funeral services were held for Mrs. Sally STRONG, at the Ranger Cemetery Saturday afternoon.  She died at 2:00 a.m. May 30th.  Rev. JOHNSTON and Rev. STEPHENS of Ranger and Rev. CARAWAY of Carbon officiated.

            Mrs. STRONG had been an invalid some two years.  She was formerly Miss Sally THOMPSON, only sister of B.C. THOMPSON, who resides in Oliver Springs community near De Leon.

            Sally THOMPSON, with her parents, came from her birth place in Alabama to Texas in early childhood and later she became a member of the Baptist church.  She died a faithful member of her church.

            In later years she married C.A. STRONG and to this union was born three children, all of whom survive her.  Mrs. STRONG was a member of the Rebekah Lodge of Ranger and was placed in her last resting place by the hands of her sisters in the lodge.

            Having been born March 16, 1886, she was forty-four years, two months and 14 days of age at death.  She leaves to mourn her death a husband, two daughters and one son, Theola, Tommie and Doris STRONG, also her two brothers, A.O. THOMPSON of Dublin and B.C. THOMPSON of De Leon.

Short – McFarland

            On Sunday morning, June 1, 1930, at ten o’clock in the home of Mr. and Mrs. S.W. SHORT, Miss Phyllis SHORT was happily married to Mr. James Dorr McFARLAND of Austin, Texas.

            The home was beautifully decorated with tapers and ferns arranged for the altar where Elder W.L. BARRETT, Breckenridge, waited for the couple.  Miss Josie Beth ALLEN sang, “At Dawning,” while Misses Virginia Grace WESSON and Mary Alice SHORT played the accompaniment on piano and violin.  Following the song, Schubert’s Serenade was played softly while the attendants, Misses Gladys SHORT, bridesmaid, and Jamie GREENWALDT, maid of honor, and Messrs. Byron SHORT and Clarence McFARLAND, best man, marched in.  Then the bride and groom entered taking their places, awaiting the solemnizing of the wedding ceremony.

            The bride was becomingly dressed in a blue georgette dress and carried a shower bouquet of pink roses.  Her going away dress was a tan ensemble with all accessories to match.

            After the ceremony, amid showers of rice, the happy couple left for Austin, where Mr. McFARLAND will resume his teaching in the electrical engineering department of the University of Texas.  They will make their home in Austin at 1908 Speedway after June tenth.

            A host of friends join a wish for all happiness due for such a deserving young couple.  Mrs. McFARLAND will be missed by all De Leon and especially the school children who have learned to love and appreciate her.

            Those present at the wedding were:  Mr. and Mrs. S.W. SHORT, Misses Gladys, Marion, Grace and Gertrude SHORT, Mr. and Mrs. McFARLAND, Miss Lora McFARLAND, Mrs. A.M. ALLEN, and young Mr. BARRETT of Breckenridge.


R.R. HARVEY and daughter, Miss Frances, and Miss Evelyn GOLIGHTLY, have gone to Dallas.  Ray HARVEY will accompany them home.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank LANCASTER, Mr. and Mrs. Audie LANCASTER, Alfred OWEN and Robert HOWARD have gone to Dallas where they have employment.

Pupils of St. Joe school, sponsored by Mrs. Jesse MORRIS, gave their former teacher, J.D. PALMER, a miscellaneous shower.  Mr. PALMER recently married Miss Alene MOORMAN of Gorman 

Mr. and Mrs. G.E. HOOKER were in the city the first of the week.  They are moving from Breckenridge to Tyler where Mr. HOOKER and John HORN are engaged in the Chevrolet business.

W.Z. COMPTON has gone to A. & M. College for three months of summer work leading to his degree.

Conner JETTON went to Waco Tuesday to meet his sister, Miss Willie Mae, who was returning home from school at C.L.A.

Mr. and Mrs. J.S. STEVENSON of Coleman are visiting her mother, Mrs. JAMES.

Mrs. NOEL of Dublin, has returned home after spending the week with her daughter, Mrs. Jack WOODWARD.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam NOEL are in Breckenridge visiting their daughter, Mrs. Robert FRIERSON.

Mrs. C.T. COGBURN and baby daughter, Sarah Ann, of Dallas, are home for a visit with her father, John NABORS and family.

Mrs. E.C. DODSON has returned from Corpus Christi, where she visited her son, Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey DODSON and her sister, Mr. and Mrs. Newell JERNIGAN at Raymondville and with relatives in San Antonio.

Clemen STACY has gone to College Station, where he is taking a business course.


Miss Faye FINCANNON of Desdemona spent the week-end with her sister, Mrs. G.W. GOODSON.

W.L. GARY and wife of Seagraves are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.D. GARY.

Wanda THOMAS is ill this week.

Mr. and Mrs. E.S. STEWART and children attended the cemetery working Friday.  Mr. STEWART lived in our community for several years.  He is now a prosperous farmer near Stephenville.

Cliftine GOODSON spent last week with her grandparents, J.A. FINCANNON, near Desdemona.

Mack BLAIR and wife and son from Arizona visited Mrs. J.B. SMITH last week.  Mr. BLAIR is a brother of Mrs. SMITH.  He lived here some thirty years ago.  Mr. BLAIR returned to his home in Arizona Sunday.

Lois BEATY of Loraine is spending this week with her sister, Mrs. Leo SMITH.

Mrs. J.B. SMITH, Tex SMITH and Mack BLAIR visited Mrs. SMITH’s sister, Mrs. Nan DUNN, at Sipe Springs Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. WILCOX of Hamilton are visiting Mrs. WILCOX’s mother, Mrs. F.C. MOORE.

Lloyd DIXON spent Friday with home folks.  He has attended college at Stephenville for the past 2 years.  He expects to leave for Colorado soon with the National Guards.


Mr. and Mrs. R.C. KOONCE were called to Rotan again Saturday night because of the serious illness of Miss Tommie WEIR, sister of Mrs. KOONCE.

Miss Inez WILLIAMS of Gatesville is spending this week visiting with Miss Tressie HALE.  Miss WILLIAMS formerly lived here and was a popular pupil in the high school at this place and her many friends are glad to have her visit them.

W.F. HALE and family spent Sunday visiting with Mr. WILLIAMS and family of Gatesville.  Mr. WILLIAMS formerly lived in this community and was employed by the Trans-Continental Oil Co. for a period of twelve years and he and his family have a multitude of friends here who would be glad to have them return to this place.

E. H. REDWINE, who has been on the sick list the past week, is up again.

Miss Cora WALL of St. Joe has been employed by the school board at this place for the position formerly held by Miss Odell ROBBINS who recently married.

Mrs. FUQUA, of Girard, sister of W.N. KOONCE, and daughter, Miss Maudine, are spending this week visiting with W.N. KOONCE and family and other relatives.


Charlie BLASSINGAME and family have returned home from Arizona.

Carl BRUMBELOW and Miss Bess and Grace are home from school in Denton and Ranger.

Mr. and Mrs. J.L. BRUMBELOW of Eliasville visited relatives her Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. J.F. DYSON received a message Sunday morning stating the arrival of Floyd WEAVER, tiny son of Mr. and Mrs. F.L. MOORE of Desdemona.

Oliver Springs

Mrs. R.M. BREEDLOVE and daughter, Louise, of Comanche spent the past week visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.S. ECHOLS.

Mr. and Mrs. McCLELLAN, formerly of Lubbock are here on an indefinite visit with their daughter, Mrs. R.B. BURLESON.

Noah ATCHLEY and family have moved to Oklahoma.  Mr. and Mrs. D.D. ECHOLS are living in their former home.


©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.