The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, June 13, 1930


J.L. Lightfoot to Open Golf Course at Rucker Camp

            J.L. LIGHTFOOT, owner of the Lightfoot Filling Station and Tourist Camp at Rucker, was in town Wednesday with the announcement that he is installing a miniature golf course at his place of business, five miles west of De Leon, on the Gorman highway.

            His course will consist of eighteen holes and will be built along the newest, which is the most hazardous, lines for the small courses.  Mr. LIGHTFOOT was unable to say when he would open the course, but it is understood to be very soon.

            “No admission whatever will be charged,” Mr. LIGHTFOOT stated.  He will furnish clubs and balls.  He explained that he is making the move in order to make his place of business a popular one for his old customers and to make new ones.

Comyn Prepares for Successful School Term; To Have Five Busses

            Comyn is preparing for an increased attendance at their school next term.  Many transfers from districts near Comyn are reported.  Next year should be one of the most successful years enjoyed by the excellent school.

            Rich COWAN of that place is now overhauling the school buses, totaling four.  Four has been a sufficient number in years past but now with the coming of the transfers, Comyn School Board has found it necessary to purchase another one.  It will be bought sometime this summer.

Eight De Leon Boys Go to San Antonio for Camp

            Boys from all over Texas are in attendance at Citizens Military Training Camp at Camp Bullis, San Antonio.  Among the vast throng are eight De Leon boys, Frederick SCHMIDT, Jack DONOHUE, Adrian GRIZZELLE, W.S. SNEAD, Harold GRAY, Jack PEARSON, Clayton ELLIFF, and Johnny SWEENEY.

            The summer camp had its beginning yesterday, June 12th and adjourns a month hence, July 12th.  Train fair to and from, with meals included is paid by the government.  It is thus a very worthwhile undertaking.  Boys untutored in military knowledge are taught what it is all about.

            Camp Bullis is equipped with all modern living facilities.  This fact with that it is located in historic old San Antonio holds interest enough to draw the boys, in itself.  But there are other things, too……[What follows is a longer description of Camp Bullis]

Child Shot in Arm in Strange Way; Merely Scratched

            A very peculiar accident occurred Tuesday morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Will CLARK.  Freddie RUTLEDGE, aged 5, and Billie CLARK, 8-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. CLARK, were playing in the yard with a cartridge.  Young RUTLEDGE struck a match and held it to the bullet, causing it to explode.  Billie CLARK was lying on the ground and the lead struck him between the shoulder and elbow.

            The bullet just grazed the [?], barely breaking the skin.

Miniature Golf Course Opened Here This Week

            The miniature golf course on the lot adjoining the City Hall, held its gala opening Thursday evening.  A large crowd was present.  There was much merriment at the attempts, some very crude, to make hazards.  Speaking of hazards, Mr. SOUTHERLAND, the owner of the course, certainly believes in them.  “They are what makes miniature golf the game it is,” he stated.  The first of the 18 holes is a rather simple matter; No. 2 is somewhat more complicated; No. 3 is worse, etc.  There are chutes to mount, holes to penetrate, bank shots to make, inclines to coast around and one hole even has a contraption that resembles a cow-catcher to go through.

            The course is well lighted and should afford much merriment these sultry summer afternoons and evenings.  The place would accommodate 72 people at once, considering four to a group for each of the 18 holes, but Mr. SOUTHERLAND has been able to get only fifty putters, and had difficulty in procuring those, due to the unusually large demand for the clubs over the county.

            Last week the Free Press quoted the name of the course as “Mary Ann.”  The name, however, is “Buck.” 

            H.S. SOUTHERLAND, the owner and operator has similar attractions at Wink and Pecos.  He is moving to this city from Wicket, Texas.  His son and daughter are moving with him.

            The miniature golf course is a worthwhile addition to De Leon, the recreation being wholesome as well as beautiful.

Miss Gussie Insall Is Presented in Recital by Mrs. Dragoo Caton

            Mrs. Wilda Dragoo CATON, violin instructor of Eastland, Texas, presented Miss Gussie INSALL, violinist in recital, Thursday evening, June 5th, at the Baptist Church. A large attendance was present.  A storm coming up just before 8:00 o’clock, the hour of the recital, lessened the crowd somewhat.  Miss INSALL was assisted by the Dragoo Octette, which interspersed the program.

            Miss INSALL rendered her numbers beautifully, displaying talent and skill, obtained by practice.  Her playing was a direct compliment to herself and her instructor, Mrs. CATON.

            In appreciation for the willingness Miss INSALL has always shown for supplying entertainment at their meetings from time to time, the Lions Club of this city presented Miss INSALL with a beautiful fountain pen.  It was a token of respect as well as of appreciation.

Upshaw – Locke

            Rev. Montie A. DAVIS, pastor of the Baptist Church, performed the marriage last Sunday of Miss Myrtle UPSHAW, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.R. UPSHAW of this city, and Mr. Emmett LOCKE, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.H. LOCKE, also of this city.  The ring ceremony was read at 9 o’clock. 

            The bride wore a model of orchid chiffon with matching accessories.

            After the wedding an informal reception was held for the members of the two families.  The wedding cake adorned the lovely dining table and punch was served.

            Mr. and Mrs. LOCKE left for a week’s honeymoon trip to Waco, Dallas, Ft. Worth and Mineral Wells.  The bride traveled in a blue ensemble worn with white accessories.

            The bride is a graduate of De Leon High School and attended T.C.U.  The bridegroom is also a graduate of De Leon High School and has been an employee in the Post Office here for four years.

            The guests at the ceremony included:  Mr. and Mrs. S.R. UPSHAW and family, Mr. and Mrs. T.H. LOCKE and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne BELL, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. LOCKE of Cisco and Miss Marjorie SWAGERTY.

Bride-Elect is Honored with Miscellaneous Shower Monday, June 9

            Miss Stella RUCKER, bride elect, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. S.J. RUCKER, was complimented Monday afternoon when the Woman’s Missionary Society and Senior Epworth League entertained with a miscellaneous shower in the parlors of the Methodist Church.

            The rooms were decorated with a profusion of greenery and masses of summer flowers in shades of red, yellow, pink and white.

            Mrs. W.C. LIGHTFOOT greeted the guests at the door.  In the receiving line with the president of the Society, Mrs. JETTON and league president, Miss Jamie GREENWALDT, were the honoree, her mother, Mrs. Paul HOLDRIDGE, Mrs. W.M. GUYGER, Misses Willie Mae JETTON, Allene WEAVER, Macie BOSWELL and Maydell HAMILTON.

            Mrs. May S. WHALEY graciously guided the guests to the prettily appointed punch table, presided over by Misses Eloise NANCE and Evelyn GOLIGHTLY.  Mrs. J.N. JOINER saw that all registered in the Bride’s Book, in the care of Mrs. A.M. ALLEN.

            While the guests were assembling, Mrs. Marvin HOLDRIDGE, Misses Evelyn GOLIGHTLY and Martha Frances RUSSELL entertained with piano selections, and a reading by Miss Josie Beth ALLEN was greatly enjoyed.

            After all guests had arrived, charades of the months was begun for amusement.  Mrs. A.P. SCHMIDT was at the piano playing music typical of the month represented by characters, typifying the different months of the year.

            June, the month of Brides came last and was represented by a miniature wedding which was beautiful.  After the ceremony, the dining room was visited and the wedding gifts displayed, but the little bride, deciding that as yet she was only a schoolgirl, said she would give the gifts to someone who could really use them.  Miss Stella RUCKER was chosen and responded very beautifully.

            After viewing the gifts, angel food squares and iced punch were served to some eighty guests present, out of town guests being Mrs. T. Edgar NEAL and daughter, Miss Kathleen, of Cisco and Mrs. J.H. ROUNTREE of Whitney.

Mrs. E.L. Locke is Complimented with Pretty Shower Friday

            Mrs. O.M. TERRILL and Mrs. Bonner NABORS were hostesses Friday, June 6, of a shower complimenting Mrs. E.L. LOCKE, formerly Miss Myrtle UPSHAW, at the home of Mrs. TERRILL.

            The home was beautifully decorated with wild flowers and Japanese parasols were hanging from each door, leading into the spacious living room.

            Misses Juanita UPSHAW, Mozelle HENDRICK and Marjorie SWAGERTY served delicious punch and sandwiches after the arrival of the guests.

            Misses Gussie INSALL, Marjorie SWAGERTY and June TERRILL entertained with musical numbers.

            At the conclusion of a contest, the honoree was seated beneath a parasol and was showered with many beautiful and useful gifts.

            About fifty attended the affair which was one of the prettiest of the entire season.

Bridge Club

            Mrs. Grady TERRILL won high score at the bridge party given Tuesday afternoon by Mrs. Fort KEITH.

            A lovely salad course was served to the following members and guests:  Mrs. S.G. PARKS, Mrs. E.E. DABNEY, Mrs. C.W. LEIGON, Mrs. Grady TERRILL, Miss Doris AYERS, Mrs. R. HILL, Mrs. Dewey DANIEL, Mrs. G.D. COBB, Mrs. Mack WILLIAMSON, Mrs. W.P. WEAVER, Mrs. Riley WORTHY, and Mrs. Ben CADDELL of Gorman.

            Mrs. S.G. PARKS will entertain the club on Tuesday, June 24th.


Mrs. T.C. SMITH OF De Leon was visiting with her sister, Mrs. S.O. McKINNEY Sunday.

Miss PAUL of Dallas, daughter of Mrs. S.W. LAMINACK is visiting this week with Mr. and Mrs. S.W. LAMINACK.

Some effort has been made to arrange for a singing school at this place for this summer.  A successful singing school was taught here last year and the start given the young folks would be doubly beneficial by having another taught this year.

Some effort has been made to form a canning club among the ladies here.  Some work along that lie has been done and such activities are always encouraged by the Home Economic  work and County demonstration work.

Mrs. R.P. LEWIS, accompanied by Mrs. R.S. CARR, is at Glen Rose for treatment this week.

Mrs. STURDIVANT of Comyn, mother of W.H. STURDIVANT, is visiting with Mr. and Mrs. STURDIVANT this week.

Mrs. Arthur BRAZELL of Coleman spent the week-end visiting with her father, W.N. KOONCE and family.

Mrs. Owen RILEY and sons, and Mrs. Freddie OSBORN of Coleman, spent part of the week visiting with Mr. and Mrs. C.E. RILEY and other relatives of this community.


Mr. and Mrs. Horace MORRISON, who have lived near Dublin for several years, have moved into our community.  We are glad to welcome these people.

Elda GOODSON visited his grandparents, J.V. GOODSON of Lingleville Saturday.


Mrs. M.S. CARTER and daughter, Elizabeth, have returned from a visit in Hillsboro.

A new assistant cashier was born into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe ASHBY, June 10th at 7:20a.m.  The little one has been named Joe Ben.  Upon his arrival he weighed nine and one-half pounds.

Miss Etta Belle WALL and son, Billie, of Stamford, are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. CULPEPPER.

Mr. and Mrs. A.J. PATTERSON received a message from Whit JERNIGAN at Okmulgee, Okla. Recently, stating that his wife, their daughter, had undergone a major operation recently, and is recovering slowly.

Mr. and Mrs. C.J. THOMPSON and small daughter, Ruth Anne of Wichita Falls, are guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.E. HOWE.

Mrs. A.W. MOORE of Fort Worth has returned home after spending the past week visiting in the home of her aunt, Mrs. A.E. HAMPTON and other relatives.

Autrey SELF of Olden, Texas, was here Monday visiting his parents, Dr. and Mrs. J.E. SELF.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard DIGGS and son, Gilder Bee, of Hillsboro, were week-end guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bee GILDER.

A ten-pound baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry PATE June 7th.

Mr. and Mrs. W.S. FOSTER have gone to Gorman to spend this month with their son, Silas FOSTER and family.

Mrs. Lon GREGORY has returned to her home at Deming, New Mexico, after a visit with Mrs. C.A. PARSONS and other relatives.

Little Miss Mary Nell MAHON of Dallas is here, spending the summer with Mr. and Mrs. Bill MAHON.

Mrs. H.P. FUNKHOUSER of Fort Worth was visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.H. NANCE last week-end.

Bill INZER, who attended school the past two years at the University of Mississippi, is visiting with friends here.  Bill has one more year at old Miss.  He is majoring in law.

Mr. and Mrs. G.W. WILHELM received word recently from their daughter, Mrs. Chester HAYNES, formerly Mrs. Elia NABORS of Ft. Worth, of the death of her sister-in-law, Miss Bethel HAYNES, who had been in the hospital there for some time.  Mr. and Mrs. Chester HAYNES, accompanied by Mr. HAYNES’ father, have gone to Birmingham, Alabama, where the funeral and burial will be held.  Sympathy is extended to the bereaved ones.

Odwin SCOTT has gone to Petrolia where he has accepted a position with the Lone Star Gas Co.

Mrs. S.W. SWEARENGEN has returned from Alexander, where she visited relatives.

Grover MORRIS of Cisco, was guest Sunday of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. MORRIS.

Mrs. Clarence SANDY and small daughter, Bobby Joe, of Texon, are guests of her sister, Mrs. C.A. PARSONS.

Billie Irene is the name of a tiny girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Delph SMITH at Gorman Saturday, June 7th.

Mrs. A. WARREN and daughter, Glonda [sic] Fay, has returned from Hillsboro, where she spent the past week visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Perry GRANT.  A fine baby boy, Jewel Kenneth, is being entertained in the GRANT home.  Mrs. GRANT was formerly Miss Gladys ASTON.

Mrs. French ROBERTSON of Haskell was a guest the past week of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. LOWE.

Miss Virginia LOWE and Walter LOWE, Jr. of Austin, were home last week-end.  Walter will remain here for the summer while Miss Virginia returned to Austin Monday.

Mrs. J.S. KELLY and daughters, Misses Elva and Frances of Bassett, Nebraska, are here for a month’s visit with their daughters and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Ross B. JENKINS at the home of W.C. JENKINS.  They were accompanied by Mrs. W.E. PREBBLE, who has gone to Los Angeles for an extended visit.

Paul PEARSON, who studied at North Texas State Teachers College, Denton, last year, is spending vacation with his mother, Mrs. Harve PEARSON.

Buel VAN ZANDT, who has been working at Denton is visiting a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. K.M. VAN ZANDT.

L.W. EASTERLING is at home after a ten days’ stay in Colgin Hospital at Waco.

Mrs. C.C. NICHOLS and son, Ralph, visited with her mother, Mrs. T.J. FORD at Morgan last week.

Clifton THOMAS is visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. THOMAS.  He has been teaching in Fisher County and will teach next year near Rotan.

Miss Lois SHORT, who has been teaching at Liberty, Texas, near Houston, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.W. SHORT.

Mrs. M.O. PITTMAN of Anson was visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY, the first of the week.

Miss Margery SWAGERTY of Randolph College, Cisco, is home for the summer.

John Richard and Mary Joe McFARLAND of Tulsa, Okla., children of Mrs. Grace Spence McFARLAND, are visiting their grand-parents, G.W. JONES and wife.

Vernon GILMORE, son of Bob GILMORE, who lived here 25 years ago, was visiting here this week.  He has been in California for some years.

Mrs. Katie KUHN of Graham was in town this week, guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John GRISHAM.

Those from De Leon attending summer school at John TARLETON College in Stephenville are Ross B. JENKINS, Jewell HOLLEMAN, Dale and Miss Opal HOWARD, Hezzie and Miss Gertie DEAN.

Mr. and Mrs. S.Z. CARNES and daughter, little Miss Leola, have moved here from Hico.

Mr. and Mrs. W.S. GROVER and daughters, Dorothy Gene and Marjorie Nell, were in Comanche Sunday visiting Mrs. NANCE, who is critically ill.  Mrs. NANCE was formerly Mrs. Glover DAVIS, who resided here some 25 years ago.  Her brother, Joe PALMER of Missssippi and her daughter, Mrs. Allen GLOVER of California are at her bedside.


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