The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, August 1, 1930


New Manager at A. & P. Store Now in Charge

            The Free Press has not before mentioned the change in local management of the A. & P. Store.  Mack WILLIAMSON, formerly manager, who lived at Dublin, is no longer with the concern.  The new manager is Mr. A. F. SMITH, late of Cross Plains, who with his wife, moved to this city recently.  Mr. SMITH has been with the A. & P. in Cross Plains.

Two Former De Leon Men Win in Races for Political Jobs

            Edgar NABORS, son of Rev. and Mrs. A.F. NABORS, is the new county attorney in Brown county, being elected by a majority of some 700 votes over T.C. WILKERSON, Jr., who was running for a third term.  Mr. NABORS has practiced law for a number of years, and this is not his first successful venture in politics, having been sent to the legislature from Hamilton County for the 1927-28 term.  He moved to Brownwood before his term expired and formed a law partnership with Judge Frank SWEET, who ran for county judge this year and was defeated.

            E.T. WYATT, another Comanche County man, is in the runoff for the legislature in the district composed of Erath and Hood Counties.  Mr. WYATT was reared around Comanche for the most part, and was a cousin of Jim WYATT, who formerly lived here at De Leon.  He was a school teacher and band instructor, directing a band at Gustine, where he formerly lived.  Mr. WYATT had a considerable lead over his nearest opponent, there being four in the race.

Home of De Leon People Destroyed by Fire Saturday

            Mr. and Mrs. Roy HAMMERS suffered the loss of their home together with practically all its contents by fire early last Saturday evening.  The fire was of unknown origin, apparently starting in the roof, and entire top portion of the building was burned away, the floors not being burned so badly.

            Mr. HAMMERS was out of town.  Mrs. HAMMERS and two young sons were uptown at the election board, having left the house perhaps half an hour before the fire occurred.  The firemen responded quickly after the alarm was turned in.  Some furniture was removed from the burning building.  Most of this was badly broken up in being removed.

            The building was the property of Mrs. R.R. HARVEY and was insured.  Mr. and Mrs. HAMMERS carried about one half coverage on their household effects, he told the Free Press.

Had Operation at Gorman Sanitarium

            Lillie Belle, daughter of O.P. FISHER, had an operation for appendicitis at Gorman last Friday afternoon.  She was taken quite suddenly with the illness and was rushed to Gorman where she is now doing nicely.

Roy Hazelwood Had Appendix Operation

            Appendix trouble usually comes suddenly and is no respecter of persons, as witness the fact that Roy HAZELWOOD was playing golf late Wednesday, and at 9:00 a.m. Thursday he was operated for appendicitis.  He is doing nicely.

Rogers’ Reunion Held Beattie the Past Week

            Mr. and Mrs. R.M. ROGERS of Beattie, were surprised by the arrival of their children and families from different parts of the state the past week.  They remained until Monday, July 21st.

            Besides the children who live at home, were Mrs. ROGERS’ father, Mr. HANCOCK, who makes him home with them; W.R. ROGERS and family of Falfurrias; Mr. and Mrs. John WALL and daughter, of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. Lee DRENNAN and family of Sidney; Mr. and Mrs. Troy ROGERS of Hebronsville, Texas, and Mrs. Bob BINGHAM and daughter, of Knox City, Texas.  Mr. and Mrs. Arthur CLEAR of Comanche, relatives of Mrs. ROGERS, were present also.  Friends of the family present were Mr. and Mrs. W.L. RUSH and family of Sidney and Mrs. L.G. HATHAWAY and children of Knox City.  There were 45 in all present and an enjoyable time was had.

B. T. Higginbotham, Pioneer Merchant, Died Last Friday

            The end of earthly life came to Bolivar T. HIGGINBOTHAM, pioneer De Leon merchant at his home at Alvin, Texas, at 5:15 o’clock p.m. Friday, July 25th, 1930.  He had suffered from a stroke of apoplexy for some fifteen days and succumbed only after the most skilled specialists had worked faithfully for many hours to stem the tide of his malady.  He was a little more than eight-three years of age.

            For days before the end came, relatives had been at his bedside, among these Mrs. R.R. HARVEY, his only daughter of this city.  Mrs. HARVEY stated that her father was stricken at about 11:00 o’clock p.m. Sunday, July 13th.  The family had retired and he had been talking just a moment before with Mrs. HIGGINBOTHAM.  His attack came quite suddenly, the gravity of it being apparent from the first.  He never spoke coherently nor was conscious after the first moment.

            Mr. HIGGINBOTHAM was born at Water Valley, Miss.  He grew to manhood and was married there.  He came to De Leon when the town was founded, about 1881, and became one of the merchants, continuing in the mercantile business here for around thirty years.  During those formative years he was a prominent factor in the upbuilding of the town and community, a citizen standing for the highest ideals, a builder and benefactor.  He had been an active member of the Baptist church many years.  He was successful in business affairs, his name being connected with some of the largest institutions the town has ever known.

            Some twenty years ago Mr. HIGGINBOTHAM left De Leon to make his home at Alvin, a small town near Houston.  He has been largely in retirement, however, developing citrus groves on a small scale.  His health was good practically all his life, even up to the day of his attack.

            Six children were born into his home, Mrs. HARVEY and Taylor HIGGINBOTHAM, and one which died in infancy in Mississippi.  Of the three born during his second marriage, Mack of Dallas and Robert Louis of Houston survive, one child dying in early childhood.

            Friends and neighbors gathered at the family home in Alvin Saturday afternoon and Dr. WOLFE, pastor of the First Baptist Church at Houston, conducted a service there.  The body was then brought to De Leon and friends of other years gathered at the First Baptist Church here Sunday afternoon to pay their last respects.  Revs. Montie A. DAVIS, pastor, and J.M. STRICKLAND, his friend, spoke words of consolation to the stricken family.  His remains were laid to rest at De Leon cemetery.

Mrs. O.M. Buchan Hostess to Clubs July 27th

            Mrs. O.M. BUCHAN was hostess to the Rook and Forty-two Clubs Thursday, July 24th.  Both of the popular games were enjoyed, high score of the three Rook tables going to Miss Gussie INSALL, while Mrs. Jack PRICE captured high score among the three tables playing forty-two.  Fruit punch was served during the games.  Refreshments consisted of frozen salad with sandwiches.

            The guest personnel was as follows:  Mmes. ALLEN, DONOHUE, HALL, SHARP, NICHOLS, MORRIS, BARTON, CULWELL, ALSTON, SKIPPER, EASTERLING, CASSE, HAMMER, HAMPTON, J.H. BUCHAN, W.B. BLAIR, C.E. NEWMAN, Jack PRICE and Misses Roger Mae SMITH, Willie Mae JETTON, Doris AYERS, and Gussie INSALL.

Pastor and Wife Going to Colorado on their Vacation

            Rev. and Mrs. S.J. RUCKER are leaving Monday next week, accompanied by their son, Foster, of Dallas, to spend two weeks in Denver, where their eldest son and family reside.  Rev. RUCKER will return here in time to preach on Sunday, August 17th.  They will perhaps visit at McKinney after returning from Denver, before coming home.

New Sand Greens Being Built at Buck Golf Course

            Work was in progress during the week to re-sand the greens at the Buck Golf Course where H.P. SOUTHERLAND is striving to give the people a nice play-ground.  The Buck has been in operation for a couple of months, and hundreds of people have been playing the course for pleasant, healthful exercise.  The hazards have been changed from time to time, in order to offer a greater challenge to the players’ skill.

            Mr. SOUTHERLAND has set apart each Tuesday night as “ladies night” and any lady with a male escort plays free on that night.  The Buck has proved particularly attractive to children, and some of the very low scores have been registered by young boys and girls.

De Leon Party Had Enjoyable Outing

            Mr. and Mrs. George VAUGHN and children and Mrs. Pete SHAVER, and Rev. and Mrs. W.B. VAUGHN of Spur, have just returned from a trip to Colorado Springs and Pike’s Peak.  They made the trip up the famous mountain in their own cars, having a most enjoyable outing.


Mrs. G.A. CLARK has been seriously ill for more than a week and at time hope for her recovery has been given up.  Several weeks ago Mrs. CLARK was injured in an automobile collision that injured and shocked her so that owing to her advanced age and feeble health she has been confined to her bed since.  A trained nurse is kept with her at all hours and everything possible is being done by loved ones to carry her through the crises of this illness.

W.A. LINDLEY and family were visiting his father, W.M. LINDLEY and family at Eastland Sunday, where a number of the elder LINDLEY’s children had gathered.  The coming together was something of a reunion and an enjoyable day was spent by those present.

John CLARK of Albany is spending the week in this community at the bedside of his mother.  Maynard CLARK is also here from McCamey.

Raymond and Fred JOINER of Duster spent last week visiting their brother, Elmer JOINER and family.  They are ball players and while here played on the local team.

Mrs. Vena RILEY and daughter, Ila Maurine, of McCamey, are visiting this week with G.E. RILEY and family and E.W. SHORT and family.

Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS, who has been in poor health for several weeks, is not doing well at this time.

G.E. RILEY has been on the sick list for the past week.

E.W. LAMINACK was in Dublin Sunday, where he took a part in broadcasting a program from the radio station at that place.  Mr. LAMINACK is a singer of fine ability and is called upon many times to take part in programs.

Joyce BRAZELL was ill last week.  For several days she required the care of physicians but at present she is much improved.

Price BRAZELL and family of Eric, Okla., are visiting with friends and relatives in this community this week.

Miss Lounette LINDER has been suffering from the effects of an irritation caused from a nail being stuck in her foot.

Perry MORING and O.H. MOORE were elected as delegates to the County Democratic Convention at Comanche next Saturday.

O.S. ROBBINS who had the misfortune to lose his house and its contents by fire has moved into the McGuire place temporarily.


Miss Windola PRICE of this community left Monday to visit her sister, Mrs. Archie RILEY of BEAUMONT.

Vernon and Elda GOODSON of this community spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Wirt GOODSON of Strawn.

Mrs. Duree PAIR and little son, Ronald, left this week to join Mr. PAIR in Tulsa, Okla., where he is employed by the Oklahoma Construction Company.

Mr. and Mrs. G.W. GOODSON and children visited J.V. GOODSON of Lingleville Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest BROWN spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. Otis BROWN of Dublin.


H.O. GEORGE and Herman GEORGE were in Ft. Stockton last week, visiting Mr. and Mrs. Silas GEORGE.

A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. J.A. ROSS Sunday, July 27th.

Miss Mary and Billie RUTLEDGE of Cisco were week-end guests of their brother, Fred RUTLEDGE and family.  They were accompanied home by Miss Eloise NANCE and Freddie RUTLEDGE, Jr.

Mrs. S.R. MORRISON of Tyler was guest last week of her sister, Mrs. Karl SMALLWOOD.

Frank WILHELM, his two daughters and a son, of Hackett, Ark., were here the past week visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. WILHELM.  Frank is railroad station agent at Hackett.

Mrs. Calvin CARAWAY of Big Lake was guest last week of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. HAVIS.

Mr. and Mrs. W.L. CADENHEAD are the proud parents of an 8-pound baby girl, born into their home on July 25th.  The CADENHEADS live west of town.

Dale HOWARD is playing with the Old Gray Mare band at the National Guard Encampment at Palacios this week.  He joined the National Guard while a student at John Tarleton College, joining the De Molays also while there.

Miss Florence PILCHER is recovering nicely from an appendicitis operation, which was performed at Gorman last Wednesday.  Miss PILCHER was taken ill while attending National Business College at Abilene.

George BROWNLEE, who is employed at Iraan, came home several days ago for a visit, his wife having been here for the past two or three weeks.  Mrs. BROWNLEE has been ill and will not be able to return to Iraan before cooler weather.  Mr. BROWNLEE returned Thursday night.

Mrs. Emma GLOVER had as her guests the past week Mrs. W.C. GOENS of Notesulga, Ala., and a brother, W.D. GILMER of St. Louis, Mo., and another sister, Mrs. Henry FLEMING of Pioneer.  This was the first time they had all met in 27 years.

Miss Nell NABORS is in Dallas, visiting her sister, Mrs. Thurman COGBURN.

Mrs. FLETCHER accompanied her daughter, Mrs. W.I. SALTER, home from Corpus Christi.

Mrs. Pollie STONE is at Gilburn, La. Visiting her son, Joe STONE, and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Rush BROWNLEE are the proud parents of a baby boy, born July 25.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack JENKINS returned to Rotan Saturday with their little daughter.  She is recovering nicely from her recent operation at Blackwell Sanitarium.

Mrs. E.E. LAWSON and Mrs. Daisy BLACKBURN and children, of Wichita Falls, were guests in the home of their daughter and sister, Mrs. Abbie JOHNSON, near Harmony, last week.

Mrs. Ophelia ORMSBY and son have gone to Bowie, where she has a position as telephone operator.

A baby girl was born into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Horace MORRISON on July 28th.

Miss Pearl BRYAN of Stephenville, was visiting with her niece, Mrs. Herman RHODES here last week.  Billie Jack, young son of the RHODES, accompanied her home.

Mr. and Mrs. J.A. LEE of Clifton, were visitors last week with their son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Archie LEE.

A fine boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe ATCHLEY at Hamilton, July 25th.  Mrs. ATCHLEY was formerly Miss May HAMMON.

Mark JOHNSON, who is attending business college at Brownwood, was guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. JOHNSON, Tuesday.

Mrs. Ben NABORS and daughter, Bettie Jean, of Tyler, were guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. POLNAC, last week.

Little Miss Caroline CLARK of Ranger is guest of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HOWELL.

W.C. JENKINS has accepted a position as principal of the Chaney school.

Mrs. L.M. SQUYRES of Gatesville, was week-end guest of her daughter, Mrs. Jewell FREEMAN and family.

Mrs. C.A. TALLEY left this week for Marlin where she will spend several days taking the baths.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence FORKER and son, Stanley, of Pampa, were guests the past week of her sister, Mrs. C.L. HUDDLESTON.

Hubert COUCH and children, Dolores and Cameron, left Tuesday night for Shreveport, La., where they will reside in the future.

Mrs. Homer BROOKS of Grenada, Mississippi, is visiting her sisters, Mmes. Sam BAKER and Jasper BROWNLEE.

Miss Thurza CURRIE and daughter, Miss Virginia of Ennis, were guests last week of her sister, Mrs. Clark NICHOLS.

Mr. and Mrs. C.J. THOMPSON and daughter, Ruth Ann, of Wichita Falls, were week-end guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.E. HOWE.  Miss Ruth HOWE accompanied them home.

Mrs. Grover WEBSTER of El Paso is guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.G. KIMBLE.

Mr. and Mrs. G.E. HOOKER of Tyler, were week-end guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.G. KIMBLE.



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