The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, July 4, 1930


Cars Crash on Gorman Highway Early Sunday

            When O.E. PLEMMONS, local druggist, came down to his store to open up at about 6:30 o’clock Sunday morning, he decided to drive out on the highway toward Rucker to enjoy the early morning air before doing so.  When he reached a point near the McCARROLL home, two miles out, his car and another machine crashed head-on with the result that both machines were almost totally wrecked, and three people were injured.

            Ralph BENDER and Johnnie WALKER were returning here from some point west.  They were in a Ford with a delivery body, the car being the property of Bill WALKER.  Johnnie WALKER was sound asleep.  When the two machines were about 75 feet apart, BENDER, who was at the wheel, also went to sleep, his car heading across the highway toward PLEMMONS’ machine in such a manner that made it impossible for Mr. PLEMMONS to avoid being struck.

            The cars crashed left front fenders, the WALKER car turning completely over, then righting itself.  Both machines changed ends, stopping on the roadway facing in opposite directions to that in which they were travelling.

            All three of the men were injured, PLEMMONS least of the trio.  He received only sight cuts and bruises.  BENDER received severe cuts about the head and “seve” [ere? eral?] bruises.  WALKER was also injured most severely about the head.  None of the injuries are serious.

            D.D. McCARROLL, near whose home the accident occurred, heard the crash and came down in his car, bringing the injured men into town where medical attention was given them.

Uncle John Owen Not Doing So Well

            Friends of Uncle John OWEN will regret to know that he is not doing well lately.  The extreme hot weather is perhaps responsible for his weakened condition.  He is well up in the 80s and his advanced age has begun to show in his power of resistance.  There is no outstanding cause of illness, just a general weakening of his physical frame which has “borne the heat and burden of life’s day.”  His many friends are hopeful for his recovery.

Groom 83; Bride 62, Married Here Saturday P.M.

            A wedding of unusual importance occurred at the bride’s home in this city last Saturday afternoon at five o’clock.  A.E. (Uncle Dock) MORRISON and Mrs. E.F. HIGGINBOTHAM were united in the holy bonds by Rev. J.M. STRICKLAND.  Uncle Dock was eighty-three years, one month and 8 days of age, and Mrs. HIGGINBOTHAM sixty-two years, ten months and six days of age at the time of the wedding.

            A group of relatives and friends of both the contracting parties were present to witness the ceremony.  These were Mr. and Mrs. A.B. ALLDREDGE and Mr. and Mrs. L. W. ALDREDGE; Mrs. J.W. HAYNES; Mrs. DICKINSON; Mrs. Cynthia POWELL; Mr. and Mrs. Payne SLAUGHTER; Mr. and Mrs. Joe UNDERHILL; J.W. HOLMES; Mrs. G.W. JONES; Mr. and Mrs. J.W. BRASWELL; Mrs. H.C. MORRISON; Mrs. Lloyd BOYETT, J.R. PETERS.

            There were no frills and furbelows to this wedding.  It was a case of two elderly people, deprived of a life’s companion, seeking a way to banish loneliness from their lives.  Sometimes when old people marry there are those who object.  Not so in this case.  It was a happy occasion, the couple receiving the hearty congratulations of all who were present.

            Immediately following the wedding, Mr. and Mrs. MORRISON left her comfortable little home located a block east of the Cager MOHON residence, and went to his farm home, a mile north of Downing.  They are comfortably situated there and their many friends wish for them happiness and contentment during their remaining days and that life’s sun during the twilight period may paint golden pictures for them as they approach the western horizon together.


            A wedding that was impressive in its simplicity, was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. GREGORY here last Sunday morning at 9:00 o’clock, when Miss Juanita Margaret WILSON became the bride of Mr. J.J. LAWSON.  Both the bride and groom live at Cross Plains.  Miss WILSON is the youngest sister of Mrs. GREGORY and is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.E. WILSON, formerly of this place.

            The bridal couple took their places beneath an archway in the pretty GREGORY home, and Rev. S.J. RUCKER, using the impressive ring ceremony, united them.  The soft strains of “Romance in A” by Lieurance, was played by Miss Gussie INSALL as a violin solo during the ceremony, Mrs. J.A. MOHON having played Mendelssohn’s wedding march as the bridal couple approached the altar.  Previously Miss INSALL had played Cadman’s “At Dawning,” Mrs. MOHON at the piano.

            The bride was beautifully gowned in beige georgette with accessories to match and she carried a shower bouquet of gladiola.  Little Wilson Reginald GREGORY, aged two, dressed in white satin, preceded the wedding party, bearing the ring in the heart of a white rose.  Little Misses Marjorie HESTER of Vernon, and Frances GREGORY, nieces of the bride, prettily clad in pink georgette and orchid taffeta, were attendants to the bride.

            Following the ceremony the happy couple left for a three weeks honeymoon trip which may take them to San Antonio, Houston, Galveston and other South Texas points, thence to Denver, Colo. Before returning to their home at Cross Plains.

Van Zandt – Culpepper

            Rodney and Ruby got married. 

            That’s about all this paper knows.  They said they were married, at any rate, phoned relatives – then left town.  It is presumed they went to Mississippi to visit his relatives.

            Miss VAN ZANDT is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. K.M. VAN ZANDT.  CULPEPPER is employed by the Magnolia Co.

            When they come back, presuming that they are coming back, this paper will attempt to give a dignified and accurate account of the wedding.  They are nice young people and deserve it.


Miss Mildred MILLER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. MILLER went to Gorman to have her tonsils removed Monday.

Mrs. Geo. ROSS of Round Grove is spending a week in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. WILSON.  Mrs. WILSON is nursing a badly bruised hand.


Most all the young people and some older ones, went to the ice cream supper at Silver KEITH’s of the Bays community Saturday night.

Paul CROW was seriously injured when he fell from a tree last week, although no bones were broken.

Mrs. B.W. MILLER and little grandson, Harry, have gone to Ft. Worth to visit her daughter, Mrs. Irene CARTER.

Misses Inez and Johnnie B. HART, Mrs. Duree PAIR and Bud McGRAFT, all of this community, and Mr. and Mrs. Claud PAIR of St. Joe, all enjoyed a fishing trip on Clear Fork last Thursday.


George HUGHES received a message from his brother, Dorris, last week to come to Alpine and take charge of a long distance bus drive.  Dorris has been in the employ of the company for nearly a year and has been promoted to a position for a young man.  Both are to be congratulated.

Mrs. MORMAN of Ft. Worth, who was reared on the HUGHES farm spent a day with Mr. and Mrs. HUGHES this week.

Homer ABERNATHY was in this community this week looking after business for Butler & Morton of De Leon.

Milton KING and family have recently moved to Oklahoma, where he will be employed in oil field work.

Lawrence HUGHES is spending a few days at home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse L. HUGHES.

W.N. KOONCE is having his residence repainted this week, the work being done by Jim KOONCE of Desdemona.

W.A. LINDLEY and B.O. KOONCE are having some paint work done at their residences this week.

The community picnic at the bridge on the Desdemona-De Leon road has become an annual affair where a large number of friends and acquaintances meet together and spread dinner, drink lemonade, etc. and talk.  This gathering will be held this year as usual.

Little Doyle HUGHES has been on the sick list this week.

A summer meeting will begin Sunday night at this place by Rev. Gordon BARRETT of Comanche.  Preparations are being made to have a convenient and comfortable seating arrangement.  The night services will be held on the outside and the day services on the inside.  Everybody, young and old, and all alike are invited and urged to take a part in this meeting.  It is fine to have such a man as Rev. Gordon BARRETT with us for a week’s meeting.  Neighboring communities are invited to join with us and hear Bro. BARRETT.  It is urged that all take part in the singing.

Mr. HAZZARD at the Trans-Continental Camp had the misfortune to get his foot crushed in the course of his work.  He is now able to be up and will soon be at his work again.

Mrs. Owen RILEY and Mrs. OSBORN of Coleman are spending this week visiting with G.E. RILEY and other relatives here this week.

The trustees of this place have employed Prof. Carl BRUMBELOW and his sister to teach a singing school at this place.  These teachers both hold state certificates to teach both literary school or singing school and they will be paid from public school funds.  Mr. BRUMBELOW teaches singing and public school music in the Ranger schools and is a trained and experienced teacher in this new branch that most progressive schools are offering.


Mrs. W.R. WARE and children have gone to Colorado for a month’s visit.

Autry HAVIS has returned from Hobbs, New Mexico.

Mrs. S. MORRISON of Tyler, is guest of her sister, Mrs. Karl SMALLWOOD.

Mr. and Mrs. W.L. STEAKLEY are in Tennessee visiting relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. E.A. FLETCHER have gone to Arkansas to make their home.

Mrs. Mollie BARNES has returned from a visit with her brother, S.R. CARRUTH, at Meridian.

Mr. and Mrs. Boyd SHARP of Dallas are guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. SHARP.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie GRIFFITH of Forsan, are here visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd GRIFFITH.

Miss Della WALL of Brownwood was week-end guest of her mother, Mrs. R.L. WALL.

Mrs. N.L. PERKINS is in Holdenville, Okla. visiting her brother, Jot. A. MILLER.

Ray HARVEY is recovering from an appendicitis operation, which was performed last Tuesday at Gorman.

J.J. HOLLEMAN underwent an operation Tuesday at Gorman and is recovering nicely.

Fred HOWE of Iraan visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.E. HOWE last week-end.

Sam WHEAT of Hobbs, N.M., is visiting his cousin, Don WHEAT, and family.

Mrs. Gus LUTHEY of Coleman was a visitor Thursday with her mother, Mrs. JAMES.

Rev. M.A. DAVIS received a telegram from his mother at McComb, Miss., stating that she had lost her home by fire.

Mr. and Mrs. Otho BELL and Mr. and Mrs. Vernon BELL and son, Edward, were in Dallas Monday visiting C.S. BELL and family.

Mrs. Ava COLLINGS and daughter, Edith Ray, of Midland, are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. BUTLER.

C.A. PARSONS and family left on Tuesday morning for Birmingham, Ala. to visit with his son, Burke PARSONS.

Mr. and Mrs. George MARTIN and children of McCamey are guests of her sister, Mrs. C.L. KINCHEN and family.

Mr. and Mrs. H.E. WHITTLE and children, Buster and Bettie Alice, enjoyed a visit to San Antonio last week, visiting in the home of Mr. WHITTLE’s sister.

Mr. and Mrs. J.H. GRIZZELLE and Mr. and Mrs. W.S. SNEAD were in San Antonio Thursday visiting their sons, Adrian and W.S., Jr., who are in C.M.T.C.

B.J. PITTMAN had a telegram from New Orleans Thursday telling of the death of his niece, Miss Prohaska PITTMAN, 18, daughter of O.H. PITTMAN.  The young woman died following an operation.

Tom NANCE, who has been absent for several months, at Georgetown and Lampasas, is expected to spend the Fourth with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. NANCE.  He is employed by Armour & Co. at Lampasas now.

Mrs. S.R. MORRISON returned this week to her home at Tyler after visiting for some time in the home of her sister, Mrs. Karl SMALLWOOD.  Both Mmes. SMALLWOOD and MORRISON are daughters of Will TAYLOR.



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