The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, August 8, 1930


Big Tri-Family Reunion Held Aug. 1st Draws Throng

            More than three hundred people attended the third annual FISHER-STRICKLAN D-NELSON reunion, held in a beautiful pecan grove in Copperas Creek bottoms, on Friday, August 1st.  No more beautiful setting for a picnic could be found in many miles of this place.  Great towering pecan trees, some of them with a spread of perhaps a hundred feet, cast a friendly shade over the picnic ground.  Off to one side a number of open kettles, stewed tender, juicy young veal, pots of coffee bubbled away, sending its aroma out over the picnic ground at noon-time.  A great table extended beneath the sheltering branches and this was loaded down with the most choice foods the thrifty housewives of these three old pioneer families know how to prepare.

            At ten o’clock a program was rendered, this being carried out in detail about as announced in the Free Press of last week.  Rev. J.M. STRICKLAND preached a brief sermon between the hours of 11:00 and 12:00 o’clock.  This elderly pioneer minister holds a place of veneration and love in the hearts not only of his sons and daughters and near relatives, but of all that great throng of people who shared with him the hardships of these years in Texas, and of those younger men and women who have grown up since.  He has endeared himself to them in many ways, burying their dead, performing their marriage ceremonies and receiving them into the church.

            And in these families is not only the name of the one mentioned above held in honor and high esteem.

            There is A.I. FISHER, staunch pioneer citizen, who resided in that same community for many years, rearing his family of sons and daughters to be citizens of which any community might be justly proud.  And the wives of both these mentioned, lovable characters, staunch and dependable, both were present at the picnic given in their honor.  Mrs. Sarah NELSON, another of the heads of the three families, now lives at Trent.  Ill health prevented her attendance.

            The list of those attending the picnic is too long to publish.  The Free Press gives only those who are related to the three families as follows:

            J.M. STRICKLAND and wife, De Leon; A.L. FISHER and wife, Comanche; Rev. W.A. STRICKLAND and daughter, Chapman Ranch; G.M. STRICKLAND and family, De Leon; R.R. STRICKLAND and family, Abilene; H.T. STRICKLAND and family, Alvin;  S.L. NELSON and family, Beattie; Misses Fay and Oleta NELSON, Abilene; O.P. FISHER and children, De Leon; W.C. FISHER and family, Ranger; L.R. WILLIAMS and children, Beattie; Mr. and Mrs. Coy NELSON and son, Beattie; Mr. and Mrs. Will YOUNG, Abilene; S.C. CARTER and family, Comanche; J.A. LAND and family, Beattie; Miss Tresie JOHNSON, Hardesty, Oklahoma; Tony WARREN and family, Newberg.

            Bobbie Travis NELSON, aged 3, bears a unique distinction.  He is a great grandson of Rev. and Mrs. J.M. STRICKLAND; Mr. and Mrs. A.L. FISHER, and Mrs. Sarah NELSON, the living heads of the three families for whom the picnic is held.  Bobbie Travis received a full share of recognition at the picnic this year, being elected mascot of the organization.

            The three families wish to extend their most cordial thanks to Higginbotham Bros. and Co. and the Farmers and Merchants Natl. Bank for ice and lemonade furnished, and also to J.W. HOWARD for coffee for the picnic.

Women Meet In Miniature Golf Match Last Week

            Match play at the Buck Golf Course Friday and Saturday evenings last week resulted in the best two out of three games being won by Mrs. J.O. STONE of this city, over Miss Odessa WILHITE, whose home is at the Dublin-De Leon Golf Course.

            The first game was played Friday evening, resulting in a score of 66 for Mrs. STONE and 68 for Miss WILHITE.  Saturday evening two games were played.  In the first, Mrs. STONE shot a 61 and Miss WILHITE a 68.  The match would have ended with the third game had not Miss WILHITE come back at her opponent strong, scoring a 59 to Mrs. STONE’s 68 and evening points for the three games.  Manager SOUTHERLAND arranged for another match to play off the tie on Wednesday evening this week.

Loss of Many Melons Cause of Shooting Sunday

            Last Sunday at about noon, W.H. STRINGFELLOW came upon three men in his watermelon patch and called upon them to stop when they ran.  When they failed to stop he fired three times with a pump-gun.  It is presumed that the intruders were hit although no positive evidence is to be had.

            Mr. STRINGFELLOW told the Free Press his patience had been exhausted in the matter.  Twenty-seven large melons, some of them weighing 50 to 60 pounds, had been cut open and left uneaten.  He said he was confident that out of the 27 melons slashed, not more than two were eaten.

            Mr. STRINGFELLOW said he did not wish to hurt anyone, but anyone desiring a melon to eat will find it safer to come by the house and get permission.


            The marriage of Miss Rudelle DYSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. DYSON of De Leon Rt. 3, occurred at Abilene on Saturday July 26th.  Miss Rudelle has been working in Abilene for several months and there met the man to whom she has been united in marriage.  Mr. ROGERS is a young business man of Abilene.  They will make their home there.  Friends of Mrs. ROGERS here wish her much happiness.  The Free Press regrets that we do not have further particulars of the wedding.

Hazzard Family Enjoyed Reunion at Comyn July 26

            An enjoyable family reunion was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. HAZZARD, three miles southeast of De Leon, on Sunday, July 27th, at which were present all the brothers and sisters of Mr. HAZZARD save one, Dick HAZZARD.  There were also a number of friends present to enjoy the hospitality of the home on the occasion.  A sumptuous dinner was served and all enjoyed the good fellowship immensely.

            There were fifty-six persons present, as follows:  Mr. and Mrs. W.T. HAZZARD and children, De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. A.D. HAZZARD and children, Rucker; Mr. and Mrs. Harry RUCKER and children, De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. Jese BARNES and children, Comyn; Mr. and Mrs. O.O. BLANTON, Dublin; Mr. and Mrs. J.V. SPRUILL and family, De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. W.H. SPENCER and children, Comyn; Mrs. J.D. HELMS, Bellefountaine, Miss.  Mrs. HELMS was the honoree of the occasion.  She formerly lived here and was on a visit with her brothers and sisters from Mississippi.  Other relatives and friends were Mr. and Mrs. Hardy HAZZARD and baby, De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin FERRIS, Dublin; Mr. and Mrs. Buddie HUDSON, Comanche; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth SPENCER, Comyn; Miss Naomi CARAWAY, Comyn; Clyde THOMPSON, Comyn.

Naming of Allen Completed Faculty De Leon Schools

            De Leon School Board, in called session several days ago unanimously elected Clifford ALLEN to teach Spanish for the coming school year in the De Leon schools.  The naming of ALLEN completed the faculty for the coming year.  ALLEN taught English and Spanish in the Gustine school last year, and he had taught a year formerly.  He has his degree from Southwestern University, and meets the requirements of the Board in other respects.

            The faculty for the coming year will be as follows:

                                     High School

D.M. RUSSELL, Superintendant

W.Z. COMPTON, Principal high school

Miss Virginia Grace WESSON, English

Miss Jamie GREENWALDT, History

Clifford ALLEN, Spanish

Miss Artie COLEY, Home Economics

                                    South Ward

Miss Della WALL, Principal

Miss Roger Mae SMITH

Miss Janice KEE

Mrs. Leonard CLEGHORN

Miss Lillian MOHON

Mrs. R.L. HALL

Mrs. S.A. DUKE

                                    North Ward

F.E. STEGALL, Principal


Miss Lucile VAUGHN

Miss Bernice KIKER



            Mr. Roy NABORS and Miss Ada SMITH were secretly united in marriage at Marietta, Okla. July 2nd at ten a.m.  T.R. THOMPSON, Justice of the Peace married them.  They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Cecil SHORT.  Mr. and Mrs. NABORS announced their marriage July 30th.

            Mrs. NABORS is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy SMITH and is a popular young lady.  Mr. NABORS is the son of Mr. and Mrs. N. NABORS and was a graduate of De Leon school in the class of 1928.  He attended John Tarleton College the last two years and won many honors in football, both here and at college.  Their many friends wish for them a full measure of happiness.


            J.P. ENGLISH was born at Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 13, 1855 and died August 3rd at 5 p.m. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Maud CLARK at De Leon after many months suffering with cancer.  He was married in 1878 to Miss Sarah Helen PETERS who has passed on.  To this union there were born ten children, only five are living.  They are: Mrs. Maud CLARK of De Leon; Mrs. Mabel WRIGHT of Eddy; Tom ENGLISH , Old Mexico; Mrs. W.F. JACKSON, Seagraves, and J.M. ENGLISH of Hearne.  There are two brothers living, W.B. ENGLISH and R.E. ENGLISH of Chilton.  There are 21 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.  Those who were at his bedside when the end came were Mrs. Maud CLARK and children, and a grandson, D. WRIGHT of Hearne.  Those from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. J.M. ENGLISH and children of Hearne, Mrs. Frank HARDCASTLE and Frank WRIGHT of Chilton.  Rev. William SHORT spoke the words of consolation.  After this the remains were laid away in Oliver Springs cemetery.

Robinson Springs

Mrs. J.V. SPRUILL and sisters were called together at Comyn last week to a surprise family reunion.  Mrs. SPRUILL met with a sister from Mississippi whom she had not seen for sixteen years.

The Sunshine club met last Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 to 6:30p.m. at Mrs. MORING’s home and finished projects and tacked a “friendship” quilt for Hazel MILLER.  After all articles were completed and packed, the club went together to the home of Mr. Edd MILLER.  There the chest containing the various gifts were presented to Hazel by a member.  The chest contained the following articles:  A scrapbook containing poems, pictures, and various things to interest the looker, three pairs of pillowcases, three sheets, one apron, two tray sets, two bath clothes, one negligee, two caps, six teen handkerchiefs, vase and flowers, a magazine, some Chinese fruit, and a friendship quilt.  All articles were made by the club members.  Hazel, who is fourteen years of age, has been bedfast for several months.  Although the hot weather seems so disagreeable to most of us, Hazel is all smiles and never complains.

In the same sweet mood she received the gifts from the seventeen schoolmates and Mrs. MORING.

The members of the club are:  Lucile KEE, Adina KIMMELL, Myrtle WEST, LaJoyce MACON, Cass DYSON, Vertna WEST, Hollis DYSON, Ruth CLARK, La Veda MACON, Marie ELY, Aline KIMMELL, Jewell SPRUILL, Dorris MACON, and Mrs. Perry MORING.  Miss Adelle MILLER will meet with us at the next meeting to be initiated as a new member.  The above work finished is the nature and purpose of the Sunshine Club.

Bunn FLEMING, who has been ill for some time, is better.


Mrs. G.A. CLARK is still critically ill.  At times in the past week her condition has improved to the extent that hope was held out for her.

A well constructed and commodious building has been built on the school grounds for the shop and agriculture work.  Jim KOONCE is finishing the paint job this week.  The school board is making an effort to have a model school work shop in connection with the school.

Jim BROWN of De Leon has the contract for the construction of the Home Economics room.  A rearrangement of the interior of the school building is providing an excellent situation for this work.

Ferrill and R.D. LEWIS, sons of R.P. LEWIS have recently returned from south Texas where they had expected to pick cotton.  They report labor conditions unfavorable and crop conditions poor.

Miss Lounette LINDER has not improved as much as had been hoped for.  For several weeks she has suffered from the effects of stepping on a nail.

S.W. LAMINACK has recently returned from Wood County where he was called in the serious illness and death of his mother.


Our sincere sympathy is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Horace MORRISON who recently lost an infant daughter.

The Baptist meeting started at this place last Friday evening.  There has been large attendance at both morning and evening service.  The singing conducted by Mr. Will FINCANNON has been a great success.  Everyone is invited to attend the remainder of the week.

Mr. and Mrs. Mentel YOUNG and daughter, Bonnie Faye, left this week to visit Mrs. YOUNG’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. BEATY of Loraine.  Miss Omia BEATY, who has been visiting here, returned to her home with them.


Sid BRUMBELOW, who has been doing some improving for his aunt, Miss Beane BRUMBELOW, at Round Grove, has completed the work.  The principal improvement was a new barn.

Miss Geraldine DYSON of Desdemona was a guest in the home of Miss L.C. DYSON last Sunday, the two attending church services at Highland.

Miss Hazel MILLER, a “shut-in” was made happy Thursday evening when she received many gifts from the Sunshine Club.

Mrs. R.B. KEE of De Leon was visiting in the home of her son, Dick KEE, last week.

Connie MILLER, who now makes his home at some point in Oklahoma was visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. MILLER the past week-end.


Mr. Z.Z. McKINNON and family and Miss Lanette STEELE attended church at St. Joe Sunday and spent the afternoon with Mrs. McKINNON’s sister, Mrs. C.D. LeWALER and family.

Miss Zora BAKER returned from Blackwell Sanitarium, Gorman, Monday.

Mrs. Waren SPENCER and daughter, Mamye Katherene, Mrs. B.L. PAINTER and children, Chrysteen, Paul and Ruth, Miss Iva Wayne STURDIVANT and brother, Edgar, and Galord HAMILTON attended singing at Jakehamon Sunday.

Miss Annabell COWAN returned from Blackwell Sanitarium, Gorman, Sunday.

The Willing Helpers Club met at Miss Iva Wayne STURDIVANT’s home on last Friday afternoon.  Refreshments of ice cream, cake and watermelons were served.  They will meet at Miss Chrystine PAINTERS home next Thursday.

Oliver Springs

Rev. HENDON of Gorman, Rev. SKAGGS of Rock Bluff and Rev. OWEN attended the meeting here which closed at the eleven o’clock service Sunday conducted by Rev. EVANS.

Duane PANGLE, 12 year old son of J.N. PANGLE, is suffering from a very painful accident occurring some two weeks ago.  While driving some mules from water he was kicked and his leg was broken.  He is recovering gradually.

Mr. and Mrs. A.M. BREEDLOVE and daughter Violet Louise, are visiting in the home of H.S. ECHOLS, her parents. 

Mr. B.C. THOMPSON has returned from a health resort at Corpus Christie, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. J.M. BLACKWELL and family, Mr. and Mrs. E.B. BLACKWELL and L.B. DOSSETT of Gorman, Mr. and Mrs. D.D. ECHOLS of Comanche were guests of H.S. ECHOLS and family Friday.

Mrs. H.H. ECHOLS and son Hyson spent a part of last week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.M. JOHNSTON and family of Gorman.

Mrs. Lena SMITH received a message recently stating that her aged father of Sulphur Springs was dead.


Jack SPENCER and small daughter Bettie Lou of Dallas, and Miss Vera of Ft. Worth, are visiting their mother, Mrs. G.W. SPENCER.

Mrs. Henry MOORE EVANS of Wichita Falls, is visiting her parents.

Miss Josie CUMMINS has gone to Madill, Oklahoma, to visit with relatives.

Mrs. James ROSS and son, Charles, have gone to Austin to visit with Miss Bertha ROSS.

Miss Margaret JAY, of Comyn, left Friday for Sheffield for a visit with her brother, Hugh JAY.

Miss Mildred TRENT of Waco is the guest of her aunt, Mrs. J.H. GRIZZELLE.

Miss Frances GREGORY is spending this month with her aunt, Mrs. Guy HESTER at Vernon.

Mrs. T.J. WILKERSON and sister, Miss Ellen, were guests Tuesday of Mr. and Mrs. Joe WILKERSON.

Mr. and Mrs. W.H. WILLIAMS and children have returned from a 10 days vacation at Roswell and Carlsbad Cavern and other points west.

Mrs. S.R. CURRY and son, Ford, and daughter have returned to their home at Ennis after visiting her sister, Mrs. Clark NICHELS.

Mr. and Mrs. C.M. ADAMS and children, of Durant, Okla. were here the past week visiting for a few days.  Mr. ADAMS is manager of the De Leon Peanut plant located there.

Mr. and Mrs. Manley STONE and children moved from this city to Dublin Wednesday this week.  Mr. STONE is to be block foreman at the Dublin Compres this fall.

Z.W. McCLELLAN, who has lived at Moran for a number of years, was here this week visiting in the homes of his daughters, Mrs. C.C. HOLDRIDGE and Mrs. H.L. LOCK.

Mrs. G.C. WEBSTER and daughters of El Paso, have been visiting for some days in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.G. KIMBLE.

Rufus MAHAN, brother of Mrs. R.L. WALL, and Mr. and Mrs. Harry WILKERSON and children, all of Johnson, Ark. Were here the past week visiting in the WALL home.

Odwin SCOTT, who has a position with the Lone Star Gas Co. at Petrolia, was here last week visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.J. SCOTT.

Miss Modell TATE, of Stephenville, was a guest Tuesday of Mr. and Mrs. C.G. TATE, and left Wednesday for Tyler for a visit with her sister, Miss Pearl TATE.

Mr. and Mrs. F.H. YOUNG of San Angelo and Mr. and Mrs. M.O. PITTMAN of Anson, were guests last week of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY.


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