The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, June 20, 1930


Downing Boy Has Flesh Torn From Little Finger

            Rector Evans, 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Claton EVANS, near Downing, happened to a very painful accident last Thursday afternoon.  Almost all the flesh was torn from the little finger of his right hand.  A wagon and team, driven by his 13-year-old sister, went too close to a post and caught the child’s finger between the fence post and the wagon.

De Leon Physician is Attending Clinic at Fort Worth

            Dr. J.T. PLEMMONS left Wednesday for Fort Worth, where he will spend the remainder of the week attending lectures at a clinic, which is being sponsored by the physicians and surgeons and Fort Worth.  Dr. PLEMMONS is using this means of keeping up with the times in his profession, and finds the periodical lecture courses beneficial.

Two Are Burned in Gas Explosion Tuesday at Noon

            A near serious accident occurred just before noon Tuesday, when gas blowing from an unjointed main was ignited from an unknown cause, painfully burning two and scorching an onlooker.  Paul FILES of Itasca, and Charles MOORE, of Dublin, who have been stationed here the past few weeks by the Southwest Gas Company, were nearest to the combustion and received burns about the face and shoulders.  Roy BURKS, of Itasca, also an employee, was not near enough for the flames to reach.  C.L. HUDDLESTON, who was watching the boys, received minor burns.

            FILES rolled to safety at once but MOORE had difficulty in getting away and received more serious burns about the neck and back.  Both youths were fortunate in not being more hurt, owing it to the fact that they were working with their shirts off.

            The accident occurred on the north side of town, about one block from the home of C.L. HUDDLESTON.

Miss Lela Vaughn in Iowa School

            Free Press is in receipt of a letter from Miss Lela VAUGHN, instructing that her Free Press be sent to Ames, Iowa, for the summer.  She is there attending summer school at Iowa State College.  Miss VAUGHN teaches home economics at John Tarleton College, a position she has held for a number of years.

Rucker – Overbaugh

            The marriage of Miss Stella RUCKER, daughter of Reverend and Mrs. S.J. RUCKER, and Mr. Walter Vincent OVERBAUGH, Philadelphia, Pa., took place Saturday, at noon, June 14, at the First Methodist Church, De Leon, with the father of the bride officiating.

            The music was by Mrs. John A. MOHON, of Comanche, formerly of De Leon, she playing “At Dawning” as a pre-nuptial piece, the Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin as the bridal “March” as a recessional.

            Miss Mab Lynn HILL, of Abilene, attended as maid of honor.  The bridesmaids were Miss Thelma COLVIN of Ennis, and Miss Jamie GREENWALDT, De Leon.  The ushers were Messrs. Lee and Paul HOLDRIDGE, and the best man was Foster RUCKER, brother of the bride.

            The church was decorated with pink bows and blue larkspur, with ferns forming a bank of greenery at the alter.

            The bride wore a gown of pink and blue georgette.  Her hat was pink hair-braid with drooping brim, lined with powder-blue georgette.  She work pink kid slippers, and carried a shower bouquet of pink rosebuds.

            The maid of honor wore a chiffon dress of pink, with blond kid slippers and had a shoulder bouquet of blue cornflowers and sweet peas.  The bridesmaids’ dresses were pink and powder blue chiffons, with hairbraid hats of same shades.  Each carried a colonial bouquet of sweet peas.

            Immediately following the ceremony, a buffet luncheon was served to the wedding party and out-of-town guests at the home of the bride’s parents.

            Mrs. OVERBAUGH is a graduate of Texas Woman’s College, Fort Worth, and for the past two years she has taught biology in the High School of Port Arthur.  Mr. OVERBAUGH is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.  He is a chemist in the laboratories of the Texas Company, at Port Arthur.

            Following a short honeymoon, Mr. and Mrs. OVERBAUGH will be at home at 3035 Fifth Street, Port Arthur, Texas.

            Among the out-of-town guests were:  Mr. and Mrs. Harry OVERBAUGH, of Philadelphia, Pa.; Mrs. Frank CARTER, Miss Eloise CARTER, Miss Nona AKARD, and Mr. Fred LUKE of Weatherford, Texas; Mrs. Neal TURNER, Mrs. Joe WILSON, and daughters, Misses Laura Faye and Eileen, of Cisco; and Misses Ruth MITCHELL and Mary Sue RUMPH, of Eastland.

Alexander – Short

            Miss Lavern ALEXANDER and Mr. Cecil SHORT were united in marriage June 15th, 1929 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and one year later, Sunday June 15, 1930, announced their marriage.  Their families and most intimate friends were not aware of the fact.

            Mrs. SHORT is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer ALEXANDER and grew to young womanhood here.  She is a graduate of De Leon High School, finishing in 1927.  Mr. SHORT is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard SHORT, and was reared here.  He also graduated here in 1927.  These popular young people have many friends who wish for them much happiness.

            Mr. and Mrs. SHORT left Sunday morning for San Antonio to make their home.


            Mrs. Ara HAMILTON was born at Pontotoc, Mississippi, June 1st, 1881.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Newton ROGERS, deceased.  She departed this life June the 14th at 8:05 a.m. at the home of her son, Leonard HOLLAND, at Comyn, her age being 49 years and 14 days.  Mrs. HAMILTON moved from Pontotoc to De Leon with her parents in her childhood, and resided here most of her life.  She was married to Henry HOLLAND September 1st, 1901.  To this union there were born three children, Leonard, and L.G. HOLLAND and Mrs. Jess HOLDRIDGE.  Mr. HOLLAND died in Dec. 1911, and in 1914 she was married to G.L. HAMILTON of Gorman.  To this union there were born two children, Gayle and Claudie Faye.  Mr. HAMILTON lived only a few years, and she again resided near De Leon until her death.  She was converted and united with the Missionary Baptist Church in 1913 and lived a faithful, consistent Christian life.  She was kind and good, a loving mother and step-mother.

            In complying with her request, a quartet was sung by Mesdames H.S. FREEMAN and Vance SINGLETON, and Mr. C.H. SHARP and Mr. G.M. STRICKLAND.

            Sunday, June 15th her remains were brought to the De Leon Baptist Church where Rev. M.A. DVIS and R.W. RODN [sic] of Gorman spoke words of comfort to a large congregation of sorrowing relatives and friends.  After the services at the church her remains were laid away in De Leon cemetery amid many beautiful floral offerings.

            Her children were all present when death came.  Mr. and Mrs. Leonard HOLLAND and three children, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse HOLDRIDGE and two sons, Mr. and Mrs. L.G.  HOLLAND and three children, Gayle and Claudie HAMILTON, and four step-sons and one step-daughter and her sister, Mrs. Craig SMITH and brother, Don DOGERS of Gorman.

Miss Louise Greenwaldt Entertains S.S. Club

            Miss Louise GREENWALDT was hostess last Wednesday to the S.S. Club.  A picnic lunch was served to the following members:  Misses Doris MORTON, Lois UPSHAW, Lady Grave WHALEY, and Virginia HOWARD.


Mose BLITCH has gone to Hobbs, New Mexico.

Mr. and Mrs. Ocle BIBBY of Dublin and Mr. and Mrs. Allen BIBBY and son, Howard, went to Abilene Sunday, where their brother, Irl BIBBY and family, of Colorado, and sister, Mrs. E.E. YATES and family of Stamford met them and they all spent the day together.

Miss Belle MAY was guest last week of her aunt, Mrs. Lonie PARK in Cisco.

Mr. and Mrs. E.D. DAVID of Gorman were guests Sunday of her aunt, Mrs. Joe SMITH and family.

Cecil POLNAC has returned from Tyler, where he visited his sister, Mrs. Ben NABORS and family.

Mrs. WALTRIP of Walnut Springs, is guest of her son, Zeke WALTRIP and family.

Miss Buel SNEAD has gone to Sweetwater for a month’s visit with her sister, Mrs. Lucille PARKER.

Miss Tempa CORBELL and brother, H.W., left Monday for Ft. Worth, where he will enter Brantley-Draughan Business College. 

Mr. and Mrs. Archie LEE and Mr. and Mrs. F.W. CULWELL have gone to California on their vacation.

Bonnie NABORS left Thursday for Fort Worth, where he will make his home with his mother, Mrs. Chester HAYNES.

Mr. and Mrs. E.E. GENTRY were in Itasca Sunday, guest of her sister and family, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. BLAIR, and were accompanied home by Mrs. J.H. BUCHAN and Eugena GENTRY.

Mrs. C.L. PITTMAN and children of Tucson, Ariz. Are guests of her mother, Mrs. J. Doss MILLER.

Mr. and Mrs. Tip ROSS and Mrs. MAYO of Gorman, were here Sunday attending the funeral of Mrs. Arah HAMILTON.

Miss Tot GRIMSHAW of Elida, New Mexico, is guest of her sister, Mesdames Willie CARRUTH and Henry JOHNSON and brother, Robert GRIMSHAW.

Miss Willie O’SHIELDS of Grand Saline, was guest the past week of her sister, Mrs. J.D. WATSON.

Mrs. E.E. MERRELL and children, Joan and Nancy EARL, of Dallas, were guests last week of her mother, Mrs. Walter EGBERT.

George and Ben ELLIS, Charley LAWLESS, Chester and Dennis NORTON, have all gone to Hobbs, New Mexico.

Mrs. Howard McCLELLAN and son, of Iraan, are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. BOYD and other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam JOHNSON have returned to their home at San Antonio and were accompanied by her sister, Miss Nell NABORS.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee JONES and small son, James, of Waco, were guests last week of her uncle, Dr. J.E. SELF and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Charley RUFF and children of Dalhart are guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.A. RUFF.

Miss Bonnie ADAMS of Abilene is guest of her grandmother, Mrs. J.W. WOZENCRAFT.

Mrs. Pauline MORELAND LOCKHART and son are here, visiting her mother, Mrs. R.L. MORELAND and Charles.

Mrs. J.M. ASHBY is here from Merkle visiting in the home of her son and family, Mr. and Mrs. Joe ASHBY.  She is helping to entertain Joe Ben, Jr.

J.M. JONES and Mrs. Nell COOK were guests Tuesday of Mr. and Mrs. Arlie COOK who are rejoicing over the arrival of an eight pound boy.

Mrs. Lona MERLE, of Crane, Texas, was here last week visiting her father, J.M. JONES.

Mr. and Mrs. F.W. DAWKINS of Ft. Worth were week-end visitors with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. GROHAM.S

Oliver Springs

Mrs. H. REED is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. FRITZ and other relatives in Murlow, Okla.

Mr. and Mrs. R.D. PRICE of College Station and Mrs. Thursman COGBURN and daughter, Sarah Ann, of Dallas, are visiting with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. COGBURN.  Mrs. PRICE is recovering from a recent tonsil operation.

Mrs. Lena SMITH is suffering from an attack of rheumatism.

L.B. DOSSETT is just recovering from a dangerous illness in the home of his daughter, Mrs. H.S. ECHOLS.


A.J. CUMMINS and grand daughter, Bonnie, are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Ed LAWRENCE near Hico.

Misses Lois and Doris MOORE of Desdemona are visiting in the home of their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. DYSON.

John BLANKENSHIP is visiting in Roswell, New Mexico.


Mr. and Mrs. A.V. BOUNDS of Graham, visited friends and relatives at this place part of last week.  Mrs. BOUNDS was formerly Miss Juanita SMITH.  She lived in our community before her marriage.

Horace MORRISON, Hurvey GARY, and Clayton CROW, took a load of cattle to Ft. Worth last Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. A.H. BEATY and family of Lorraine spent the week-end with their daughter, Mrs. Leo SMITH and Mentel YOUNG.


Miss Iva Wayne STURDIVANT of Comyn is visiting her brother, W.H. STURDIVANT and family this week.

Mrs. R.P. LEWIS, who has been taking treatment at Glen Rose, has returned home and is much improved by the special treatment taken.

A large number of the young folks of this community gathered at the school house and went in a body to the singing at Oliver Springs.

Misses Madge and Mildred McKINNEY have returned from an extended visit with relatives and friends at Breckenridge.

Mrs. Z.L. KOONCE was away this week visiting her grandparents in Oklahoma.  Three cars of relatives and friends went together along with Mrs. KOONCE and they will visit several points in Texas and Oklahoma while away.



©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.