The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, July 11, 1930


Death of Uncle John Owen End of Sixty-Four Years Wedded Life

            “Until death do us part” formed a sentence in the marriage vows of John OWEN and Miss Analiza GOWDY, back in Tippah County, Mississippi on Nov. 2, 1866, just as it has on similar occasions for thousands.  Little did they dream that God would so favor them that sixty-four years should pass by before “Death,” the only existing means that could separate, should come into their lives and that they would have the remarkable distinction of being one couple in perhaps ten thousand to travel so far the way of life together!

            Now Uncle John is dead!  The end came at his home at 10:20 July 8th.  For more than four score years he lived.  He would have been eighty-six had he lived until Nov. 2nd.  He did not sicken and die.  There was no illness that one could name.  He simply came to the end of a normal life and passed away.  He was confined to his bed for perhaps a couple of weeks.  He was unconscious for seven days.  He apparently suffered no pain.  He had tarried long beyond the allotted “three score years and ten,” and spoke of his demise and translation into the Heavenly kingdom as one speaks of going on an earthly journey.  Great was his faith in a living God!

            Uncle John was born on November 2nd, 1844, in Mississippi.  Growing to manhood there, he reached his majority during the dark days of the Civil War.  He joined the 7th Mississippi Cavalry in the early 60s and was later with the 23rd Miss. Regiment in Company E.  He was in many engagements in the war, but came through without a scratch.  He was taken prisoner at Selma, Ala., and released at Tuskegee ten days later, the war ending.

            When about thirty years of age, Uncle John was converted and united with the Missionary Baptist church.  For fifty-five years he was faithful to his church vows, a record few men may ever hope to equal.

            “The hills and valleys and the world of nature remains the same, but during my life-time all else has changed,” said Mr. OWEN to the Free Press editor in an interview several years ago.  His keen, alert mind grasped the deep and noble things about him.  His was an active and useful life.

            The funeral, according to his wish, was conducted as simply as possible.  Friends came to the little home and heaped a tribute of beautiful and fragrant flowers about his casket.  Rev. Montie DAVIS, his pastor, brought a beautiful and simple message.  Rev. J.M. STRICKLAND and Rev. L.B. OWEN, the latter a brother of the deceased man, spoke of his life and extended loving sympathy to those whose hearts were made heavy with sorrow.  The body was laid to rest at DeLeon cemetery.

            Surviving are his faithful companion, now past eighty-six years of age; five daughters, Mrs. A.E. WESSON, Miss Bertha OWEN, Mrs. W.A. NUNNELLEY, Mrs. George CROW and Mrs. Joe CADENHEAD, all of De Leon except the last  named, whose home is Comanche.  A son, Dick, died in young manhood.  There are six grand children and three great grand children.  Brothers and sister surviving are:  Dr. L.B. OWEN, Iowa Park; J.S. OWEN and S. Joe OWEN, the latter for 25 years a member of the Mississippi legislature, both of New Albany, Miss. and Mrs. W.O. REYNOLDS, of Waco.

Harmon Drug Co. City’s Newest Business Concern

            Harmon Drug Co., on the corner south of Higginbothams, is now open for business.  Mr. HARMON moved in his fixtures last month, and few drug stores in this section have nicer furnishings.  Thursday a brand new electrically equipped fountain was being connected up.  Permanent connections are being made as Mr. HARMON assured the Free Press he “has come to stay.”

            Mr. and Mrs. HARMON will not be new to the trade in De Leon, having followed this business here in days gone by.  They have been conducting a drug business in Waxahachie the past several years.

            Mr. HARMON will fill prescriptions, as he formerly did.  His friends knew him to be a careful and dependable prescription druggist.  He will carry a full stock of drug store merchandise.

W.W. Nance is in Fort Worth Hospital

            Friends of W.W. NANCE will regret to learn that he has suffered a return of his old trouble, and has been carried to a hospital at Ft. Worth for treatment.  Mr. NANCE developed a serious kidney malady ten years ago.  He was successfully treated and regained his normal health.  This week he suffered a renewed attack.  It is hoped that specialists may be able to arrest his ailment, as on the former occasion.

Mrs. A. A. Hansford Suffered Sudden Attack

            Last Tuesday afternoon, Mrs. A.A. HANSFORD suffered a sudden attack of appendicitis and local physicians in attendance immediately carried her to Gorman where an operation was performed.  Mr. HANSFORD was away on a fishing trip and could not be reached before the operation was necessary.  He returned Wednesday.  Mrs. HANSFORD is recovering nicely.

Mrs. Ewell Duke of Iraan is Seriously Ill

            Mr. and Mrs. Ewell DUKE of Iraan are here and Mrs. DUKE is very ill at the home of her brother, Johnnie ESTES.  Mrs. Lawrence SHANOR of Iraan and R.B. and Margaret IRVIN of Stamford, Homer ESTES of Pettus, Mrs. Barney RODGERS of Breckenridge and C.M. CLARK of Iraan are here at her bedside.

T.W. Phillips is Killed in Oklahoma

            News of the death of T.W. PHILLIPS, which occurred at Wewoka, Okla. Friday was received at Uvalde, and the family left immediately for that place.

            Mr. PHILLIPS had been pastor of the Church of Christ at Wewoka for the past five years.  He recently bought property at Uvalde and his family moved some two weeks ago.  Mr. PHILLIPS expected to come to Uvalde within a few days or as soon as he had completed a revival meeting which he was conducting near Wewoka.

            According to information received here, Mr. PHILLIPS was sitting in front of a Holdenville, Okla., hotel, conversing with Finas WAGNER, blind Holdenville magazine salesman, when a taxicab driven by Ernest ROBINSON became unmanageable and ran up on the curb, crashing into the two men.  The minister was taken to the Wewoka hospital, and ROBINSON was lodged in the Hughes County jail.

            Mr. PHILLIPS was widely known in Oklahoma and Texas where he had engaged in evangelistic work for many years.  The family has the sincere sympathy of a large number of friends and acquaintances in their bereavement. – Uvalde Leader.

            Eld. T.W. PHILLIPS is a cousin of the editor of the Free Press.  He married the eldest daughter of T.J. NABORS, pioneer merchant of De Leon, and once lived here.  As an evangelist, he has held many meetings in Comanche county, some of these at Sidney.  If Free Press editor remembers correctly, he preached his first sermon near De Leon, perhaps thirty years ago.


            Mr. J.M. JONES and Mrs. Nellie COOK were united in matrimony on Thursday, July 3rd.  Rev. ALEXANDER, who has just closed the Christian meeting was the officiating minister.  Mr. and Mrs. JONES have each resided here a number of years and have a large circle of friends who wish them much happiness.


Rev. and Mrs. W.L. PERRAULT attended a rally of the Assembly of Christ Ambassadors at Marlin July Fourth.  They were accompanied home by Bill RAMBOU, who will visit here for the week.

Relatives from out of town who attended the funeral of Uncle John OWEN were Rev. L.B. OWEN of Iowa Park, Mr. and Mrs. Jack CAULEY and son, Jack Jr. of Comanche, Mr. and Mrs. Joe CADENHEAD of Comanche, Mr. and Mrs. Sam HOWELL of Comanche, Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe OWEN of Eastland, Mrs. AKARD of Rising Star, Mr. and Mrs. O.C. THOMPSON of Gorman.

Miss Florence PILCHER of Abilene was week-end guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. PILCHER.

Mr. and Mrs. Easter LEDBETTER of El Paso are here for an extended visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. ALLGOOD on Rt. 1.  Mmes. LEDBETTER and ALLGOOD have gone to Altus, Okla. for a few days’ visit with Dr. and Mrs. Milton ALLGOOD.

Mrs. Ora BROWNLEE and son, J.B. CRANE, were in Olney Sunday visiting her daughter and husband, Rev. and Mrs. Carl STEWARD.  They were accompanied home by Miss Ora CRANE and Stephen BROWNLEE.

Uncle Dock SINGLETON and daughter, Mrs. A.C. HUMPHREY, Miss Lillie SINGLETON and Lon SLEDGE left Monday for a three week’s visit with relatives at Oxford, Mississippi.  Uncle DOCK will visit his sister, Mrs. HALL, whom he has not seen in 35 years.

Mrs. J.S. KELLY and daughters, Misses Frances and Elva, have returned to their home at Bassett, Nebraska, after a month’s visit with their daughter and sister, Mrs. Ross B. JENKINS and family.  Mrs. JENKINS and son accompanied them home, where they will spend the summer.

Miss Sallie Mae GUNN, who is employed as foreman of women by the Universal Manufacturing Co. at Abilene, is spending the week with her parents, Joe GUNN and family at Downing.

Mrs. W.S. SNEAD and J.H. GRIZZELLE and daughter, Miss Mary Louise, returned this week from San Antonio.  Mmes. SNEAD and GRIZZELLE visited their sons at C.M.T.C. and were delighted with the camp.

Mr. and Mrs. R. Dee PRICE have gone to Throckmorton, where he has accepted a position as vocational agriculture teacher in Throckmorton school.  PRICE was one of the four students that lead in honor points this year at A. & M. College.  Of the four high point men, he was the only one to receive a perfect card.

Rev. Joseph PATTERSON of Santa Anna was here Monday.  He was accompanied by his mother, Mrs. C.W. PATTERSON and sister, Mrs. Russell RICE  and children.

Mr. and Mrs. M.D. STEWART have returned from Dallas, where Mrs. STEWART underwent an operation for appendicitis recently.  She is rapidly recovering.

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon ASH of San Angelo, and Mr. and Mrs. O.C. ASH of Crane, were visiting in the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. ASH here this week.  Mrs. ASH and children accompanied the four to the Old Settlers Reunion at Round Rock this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Elzie WISDOM of Cisco were week-end visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Enoch WISDOM.

Jimmie, the small son of Mr. and Mrs. O.M. SKIPPER, underwent a tonsil operation at Gorman Monday.  He is recovering rapidly.

Roy GREENWALD of Burnett was a guest last week of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. GREENWALDT.

Mrs. Leona SPICER has gone to McCamie for a visit with her daughter, Mrs. Jim POYNER.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert FRIARSON of Breckenridge spent July Fourth with her sister, Miss Winnie NOEL.

Earl HOWELL of Dallas was here the past week-end visiting in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HOWELL, Sr.

Mrs. George BROWNLEE of Iraan is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Roe BUTLER.

Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN were in Wichita Falls Sunday visiting their daughter, Mrs. Henry Moore EVANS.

Alvin STRINGFELLOW has gone to Wichita Falls, where he is in the employ of the Denver Railroad.

Miss Clara HARPER of Abilene was a week-end guest of her sisters, Miss Ruth HARPER and Mrs. Joe WILKERSON.

Mrs. G.W. SPENCER has returned home after visiting her son, J.E. SPENCER of Cisco.

J.D. NARRY was in Thorpe Springs Wednesday visiting his father, T.P. NARRY and other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. A.L. WHITLOCK have moved to Ft. Worth where he is employed with the Ft. Worth Poultry and Egg Co.

Donald and Worth HOWE have returned from Spending the week-end with their sister, Mrs. C.J. THOMPSON in Wichita Falls.

Mr. and Mrs. D. STEPHENS, of San Diego, Calif., are here for a visit in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. MIXON.  Mrs. STEPHENS is a niece of Mrs. MIXON.

Mrs. W.W. GREGORY has just returned from a month’s visit with her sister, Miss Vera SPENCER of Fort Worth.

Mrs. O.M. KUHN and children, Norma Lee and Harold, have returned to their home at Graham after a month’s visit in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.I. GRISHAM.

Mr. and Mrs. George REED of Dallas are here visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. REED and her mother, Mrs. Will PARK.

William WHITE, now with the Associated Press at Houston, is spending a few days this week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.V. WHITE.

Oliver Springs

Mr. and Mrs. H.C. STEWART of Judkin, Texas, made a short visit with friends and relatives here last week, returning Sunday.  They were accompanied by her brother, Pat JOHNSON of Comanche.

E.B. MAUNEY has gone to Goldthwaite to take charge of a filling station.  Mrs. MAUNEY expects to follow soon and they expect to make their home there for an indefinite period.

Mr. and Mrs. D.D. ECHOLS, who recently have moved to the HELMS’ farm near Comanche, were Sunday guests of their parents here.

Mr. and Mrs. George REED, Jr. of Dallas have been visiting with their parents, Mr. and MRs. G.W. REED, Sr. and other relatives the past week.

Robinson Springs

The Robinson Springs baseball team managed by Mr. STUART, defeated Victor last Monday, but lost to the same team Saturday.  Both games were well played.

The baseball team that Sid BRUMBELOW is managing, defeated Comyn 14-7 last Saturday afternoon.

Mr. SHOEMAKER has been suffering for some time with a broken ankle.

Mrs. Perry MORING has been very ill, but is somewhat better at present.

Mr. and Mrs. James LITTLE have recently returned from West Texas, where he has been working in the harvest fields.  They were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ballard CLARK of this community.

Mrs. Elmer SHORT is visiting her daughter, Mrs. RILEY of Borger this week.

Misses Thesil ALLEN and Bernice CHATHAM spent the week-end with their parents of this place.  Both are attending summer school at Tarleton College.


W.N. KOONCE and W.A. LINDLEY were in Gorman this week visiting at the sanitarium where J.J. HOLLEMAN underwent a serious operation.

Z.L. KOONCE has recently had his well walled and other improvements made.  Several wells in this community have showed signs of weakening because of the continued dry weather.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur BRAZELL and daughter, Joyce, are spending a few days visiting with W.N. KOONCE and other relatives this week.

Mrs. R.P. LEWIS has returned from Glen Rose where she has been taking special treatment for the last several weeks.

Herman COOPER of Houston has been visiting with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S.O. McKINNEY, returning to Houston this week, accompanied by his sister, Miss Maurine COOPER.

Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS was taken to Cisco last week for treatment by a specialist, where it is hoped that she may secure permanent relief from a serious attack of rheumatism.

J.W. HONEYCUTT has recently erected a windmill and pumping system on his farm near the school and contemplates other improvements soon.

Mr. and Mrs. L.R. DAVENPORT, accompanied by their son, P.A. DAVENPORT and his wife and baby, have been visiting with Mr. and Mrs. J.E. GUTHERY and other relatives in this community during the Fourth of July holidays.  Mrs. L.R. DAVENPORT is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. GUTHERY.  Mr. DAVENPORT was a highly respected citizen of this community for more than twenty years.  He opened and improved a very fine farm and by his industry was prosperous.  He was always interested in educational matters, serving as trustee of the local school until his departure from this place.  His only son, Percy, was born and reared and to a large measure, educated at this place, is now profitably employed by the Miller Electrical Co., whose head offices are at Ft. Worth.  Young Mr. DAVENPORT has held a position with this company for several years and has been promoted to a place of responsibility and splendid remuneration.  While only a young man he has charge of the sales division and often within a day, he makes sales totaling several thousand dollars.  His friends in this part feel an interest in his success and appreciate his interest in the affairs of his old community.  Young Mr. DAVENPORT has been awarded two cash prizes, one as being classed second in efficiency in a national contest and the other as a winner of first place in a state contest.

Buffalo News

Mrs. Annie DOWNUM and children, of San Antonio, have returned home after a visit with friends and relatives here.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest GREGORY of De Leon spent Friday with Mr. and Mrs. L.L. BELYEU.

Mr. and Mrs. Dick BROOKS entertained the young folks with a party Friday night.

Mr. and Mrs. J.L. HANSON of Comyn, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. HANSON and children, La Perne and Clifton, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. L. L. BELYEU.


Miss Rudelle DYSON has gone to California for a month’s vacation.

Trustees of Robinson Springs have employed Earnest RIPPETOE to teach a singing school at Robinson Springs beginning July 21st.

Mrs. S.E. KEE of De Leon is visiting R.A. KEE this week.

Friends of Mildred MILLER will be glad to learn that she is home from Gorman Hospital and improving rapidly.

Mrs. J.W. THOMAS has been ill this week.

Mr. and Mrs. John KAY received a message from Mr. and Mrs. Charles CLINTON of Baird of the arrival of a ten-pound boy in their home.


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