The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, August 15, 1930


John Grisham Ill and Confined to Bed Past Week

            John GRISHAM, who has practiced the barber trade in De Leon longer than any other man, has had to drop out temporarily, having a breakdown in health.  A couple of weeks ago Mr. GRISHAM suffered an attack of something like acute indigestion.  He rallied and continued his work.  But soon after again he was stricken.  He was taken to Gorman for consultation with specialists who advised that he should rest at least six weeks.  His condition this week has been such that he may even be forced to rest for a longer period.  He is confined to his bed, it is stated.

            Mr. GRISHAM has worked at the barber trade in De Leon for between thirty and forty years.  His friends deeply regret his unfortunate illness.

Appleby Reunion Attended by 92 Direct Descendents

            Mr. and Mrs. A.A. APPLEBY, their daughters, Mesdames Lorena MORRISON and Mrs. J.E. McCAIN and family, from Comanche, attended the annual reunion of the APPLEBY family at Iredell on the past Sunday.  The parents of the APPLEBY family are dead and there were four brothers and one sister living, one brother who resides in California not being able to attend.

            A total of 175 people were present at the reunion, and of these 92 have borne the name of APPLEBY.  Some of those attending were from distant states, among them Arkansas, Arizona and Louisiana.

Final Golf Match Won by Miss Wilhite at the Buck Course

            Miss Odessa WILHITE finally won out over Mrs. J.O. STONE in a hard fought game of golf, four games being required to decide the championship.  In the final matched play at the course last Wednesday evening, Miss WILHITE shot a score of 66 to Mrs. STONE’s 68 – mighty close, but it placed her two points in the lead.  Large numbers of people witnessed these match games with great interest, both of the ladies being excellent players.

Former De Leon Man Killed in Shamrock Mishap

            Ernest MORRIS, about 40 years of age, a brother of J.K. (Kit) MORRIS of the Duster community, was killed at Shamrock Tuesday afternoon of this week.  MORRIS, with a number of other men, was working at an oil well near Shamrock.  He was a tool dresser, a trade which he had followed for about fifteen years.

            Kit MORRIS heard of the accident at 7:00 o’clock Tuesday evening, the accident causing the death having occurred at 1:00 o’clock that afternoon.  Death ensued at 10:00 o’clock the same evening.

            Exact details of how the accident occurred are meager, however, a string of casing was on the cable which parted, and the derrick collapsed.  MORRIS was crushed beneath the falling timbers.  He died without regaining consciousness.  The funeral and burial was at Shamrock Wednesday afternoon.

            MORRIS lived at De Leon for a period of five years.  He made his home with his brother while in the latter teen age, and is well known to many De Leon people.  He left De Leon about twenty years ago and made his home in Oklahoma, coming thence to Rising Star where he worked as a tool dresser, later making his home at Shamrock.  He leaves a wife and five children.

Bride is Honoree at Pretty Shower

            Mrs. Roy NABORS, who was formerly Miss Ada SMITH before her recent marriage, was guest of honor at a miscellaneous shower given Monday evening, August 4th, by Mrs. W.E. LONDON, Mrs. C.D. JENKINS and Mrs. J.W. LOUDERMILK, at the home of Mrs. LONDON.

            The lovely home was decorated throughout with cut flowers.  As the guests arrived, they were asked to register in the Bride’s Book, after which they were entertained with a musical program and contests.  During the ensuing of the contests, the bride was presented with a basket of lovely gifts.

            Punch and sandwiches were served to the fifty guests present.

Bridge Club Entertained by Mrs. Leigon

            A most enjoyable party was given Wednesday morning, the 6th of Aug. at the charming home of Mrs. C.W. LEIGON to the members of the Bridge Club, Mrs. CHANEY, nee Miss Fay RASBERRY, being guest of honor.

            After several rounds of bridge were played a delicious two course luncheon was served to the following:  Mesdames E.E. DABNEY, CHANEY, H. CARLILE, Joe ASHBY, Fort Keith, H. Hampton, Curtis GREGORY, S.G. PARKS, A.P. SCHMIDT, G.H. TERRILL, Bob WHALEY, Wilbur WRIGHT, W. CLARK, and Misses Doris AYERS and Minnie MERRICK.

            Mrs. S.G. PARKS won high score.  The club will meet next with Mrs. Will CLARK.

C.C. Hampton Has Taken Charge of Steakley Station

            Free Press overlooked an important news item last week, the change in management of the Steakley Filling Station.  C.C. HAMPTON is the new man in charge, succeeding A.C. SCHUMAN, who had the management of the place temporarily after W.W. WALKER relinquished his lease some weeks ago.  Mr. SCHUMAN took charge to protect his agency for T.P. products.

            Mr. HAMPTON will continue to operate his poultry farm, doing so with help which he is able to employ.  He contemplated returning to the practice of law.  However, his health demanded outdoor employment.  The business opportunity of the city’s largest service station appealed to him, hence the completion of the transaction.

            Mr. HAMPTON will have active charge of this business, in fact has been in charge since the first of the month.  He will be glad to have his friends drop around frequently for service.  Under his management the station will maintain the same reputation for prompt service and courtesy former managers have built up.


            Thomas Robert MORELAND was born in Lafayette County, Mississippi, on June 24th, 1870, and died August 11, 1930, at Hawley, Texas.  He was married to Miss Lillie MAY, deceased, and to this union were born seven children, two preceding him in death.

            Those living are Ernest, Guy, Fie and Blon and Mrs. John SLAUGHTER.  There are eleven grandchildren.

            Mr. MORELAND’s health failed in November 1928, at which time he moved to the home of his daughter, Mrs. John SLAUGHTER at Cisco, where she tenderly cared for him until February 1930.  He then went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest MORELAND at Putnam of his son, Blon, at Hawley, where he resided until the death angel came and bore his spirit home to the God “who doeth all things well.”

            Mr. MORELAND was a good man, an honest and upright citizen.  He was of the Primitive Baptist faith and found much comfort in reading the word of God.  His last days were of intense suffering.  His son and wife lovingly cared for him. 

            Rev. Sam SHORT spoke words of consolation to a larger gathering of sorrowing relatives and friends after which his remains were laid away in De Leon Cemetery, the grave being banked with many beautiful flowers, expressing the love of friends.

            All of his children except one were present.  Guy MORELAND and family of Arizona could not come.  Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Ernest MORELAND and family, Big Lake; Mr. and Mrs. John SLAUGHTER and children of Cisco; Fie MORELAND, Crane; Mr. and Mrs. Blon MORELAND and baby, Hawley.  Others from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. SULLIVAN and Mrs. JEFFERY, Pioneer; Mrs. Lonnie PARK, Gorman; Dannie McCARROLL, Cisco, and J.C. HOOKER, Comanche.

Court House News

Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Albert McCLATCHEY, Gustine, June 20, a son.

To Mr. and Mrs. Sebe PAYNE, July 21, Comanche, a daughter, Patsy Ruth.

To Mr. and Mrs. ?. J. STARKS, Comanche, July 20, a daughter, Joyce LaDale.

To Mr. and Mrs. James C. SMART, July 26, Comanche Route 5, a son.

To Mr. and Mrs. Charley Bryson CARTER, July 23, a son, Gary Dalton.

To Mr. and Mrs. Joe Harmon CREEK, Comanche Route 5, a son.


B.W. WILSON and Mary MOORE, Comanche Route 4.

Deeds Recorded

R.L. ROBERTSON and wife to J.M. ROBERTSON, 80 acres of land out of the East Texas Railway Survey, consideration $10.00 and the assumption of certain indebtedness.

Jim W. COLLINS and wife to J.E. CHILTON 63.9 acres out of the Joseph J. BLACKEMORE Survey, consideration $2,500.

J.E. CHILTON to Jim W. COLLINS 171 acres out of the R.C. COKER Survey, consideration $5,000.00.

A.C. HUMPHREY and wife to B.M. GLOVER, tract of land out of the H.T.C. Railway Survey, consideration $37.50.

Jim WILSON to Mrs. T.E. WILSON, lots 9, 10, 11, 12, block 39, Central Addition, Sipe Springs, consideration $10. – Comanche Chief.


Sam FLOYD of Santa Anna is visiting his brother, Mr. and Mrs. N.H. FLOYD this week.

Mr. and Mrs. C.D. LEWALLEN and family of De Leon visited her father, Mr. and Mrs. T.D. CRADDOCK Sunday.

Z.Z. McKINNON and son, Edwin, are visiting friends and relatives at Marlow, Chickasha and Oklahoma City, Okla.

Mrs. C.R. MYERS spent the weekend with her daughter, Mrs. Arthur SIMS and family.

The “Willing Helper” Club met at the home of Miss Annabelle COWAN last Thursday where all had an enjoyable time.  They will meet at Miss Lanette STEELE’s home next Thursday afternoon.

Miss Bennett MYERS spent part of last week with her sister, Mrs. Sam ANDERS, at Dublin.

Oliver Springs

Mr. and Mrs. D.D. ECHOLS of Comanche were guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. TAYLOR and H.S. ECHOLS and family Sunday.  They were accompanied home by R.M. BREEDLOVE.


Miss Lillian ROBBINS was on the sick list last week but is reported as much improved and able to be up.

Mrs. Lizzie MOORE is planning to return soon to California, where she will make her home with her son, A.E. MOORE of San Diego.

Mrs. R.C. KOONCE took her class out Sunday afternoon on a Sunday School picnic.  A very enjoyable afternoon was spent by the children.

Mrs. G.A. CLARK continues critically ill.  Her advanced age together with extremely hot weather has made her recovery difficult.  It is thought she has made some improvement within the last few days.

Charles BROWNING has returned from an extensive tour of south and west Texas where he expects to take up regular work as a rig builder.  He reports all lines of work at nearly a standstill with but few men being put on.

B.O. KOONCE and family are away this week on an extensive visit into several west Texas counties, where they will visit with relatives and friends.

Considerable complaint has been made by citizens of this community about a series of petty thefts that have been occurring.  These thefts have been largely confined to chicken stealing.  In the diversified program of farming that has been undertaken, many farmers have stocked up with high priced chickens of the better breeds and to have them taken has caused some determination on the part of the citizens to undertake to apprehend the guilty parties and have them give an account to the law for this offense.  The excellent roads into and in and about this place makes this community accessible and it is thought that this type of pilfering might be done by parties living quite a distance away.

Arthur BRAZELL is away this week looking over the oil fields with a view of moving to some place where work in his line is going on.

G.E. RILEY was on the sick list last week but is up now able to be about his farm.

Friends of A.E. LINDER extend their sympathy in the death of his sister at San Antonio Saturday night.


Foy DYSON is visiting his uncle, W.F. DYSON at Rotan this week.

C.C. MILLER has added a new building in the poultry yard and purchased 50 hens.  His flock now totals 500.

Mr. and Mrs. Lockhart ELY have moved to Desdemona.

Robert and Murray KAY have purchased the filling station formerly owned by Dean GARDNER.

Robinson Springs

Miss Lillie Mae CHATHAM, who is taking a business course in Ft. Worth, is at home this week.  Miss CHATHAM is making a great success in her respective work.

A meeting of the Sunshine Club is called for Friday afternoon at Mrs. MORING’s home from 3:30 until 5:30.  Misses Elaine BARKER and Mattie M. SPRUILL are the refreshment committee for the meeting.

Mr. and Mrs. MORING were in Huckabay Sunday to see Mr. MORING’s grandmother, who was recently stricken with paralysis.


Mr. and Mrs. Ernest WATTS are guests of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton WATTS at Blackwell.

E. DICKINSON, wife and three children, of Oceola, were here last week, guests in the homes of numerous friends, among them the SIDES families.  DICKINSON formerly lived in the Ebenezer community.  He is now in business at Oceola.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard BURT and baby of Cleburne, were guests last week in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.S. McCHAREN.  Mrs. BURT was formerly Miss Motell McCHAREN.

F.J. PERRY and family left Wednesday for Mercedes to make their home there.

Mrs. Houston PATTERSON and son, Hoyt, of Canyon, are guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe DUKE.

Mrs. Robert FRIARSON of Breckenridge, was guest Thursday of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam NOEL.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam ROBINETT and Willard ROBINETT have returned from a visit with relative at Quanah.

Miss Marion BROWNING has returned to her home at Houston after a six weeks visit with her uncle, L.L. LIGHTFOOT and family.

Joe DUKE has returned to Spur after a three weeks visit with his family here.

Mrs. Harvey NOWLIN of Abilene is guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.D. McCARROLL.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. DICKEY on Route One, an eight-pound son.

Emmett MORGAN is recovering from an appendicitis operation which was performed at Gorman Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. C.A. FITZGERALD of Denton were week-end visitors with his mother, Mrs. T.I. FITZGERALD.

J.B. WILSON and children of Sulphur Springs, are visiting his sister, Mrs. J.M. WHALEY and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Dolph SMITH and children of Gorman, were guests Sunday of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.F. BROWNLEE.

Cecil SPENCER, employed by Radford Grocery Co., at Abilene, spent the past week-end visiting in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. SPENCER.

Earl DANIELL is recovering nicely from an appendicitis operation which was performed at Gorman last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Lowell ROBINETT have gone to El Reno, Okla., in response to a message stating that her aunt was killed in a car wreck.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank SINGLETON of Wellman, are visiting his father, J.S. SINGLETON and other relatives.

Mark JOHNSON of Brownwood was a week-end guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. JOHNSON.

Miss Hazel HUDDLESTON of Eastland was a week-end guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. HUDDLESTON.

Miss Irene BROWN has returned from a two weeks’ visit with her aunt and family, Rev. and Mrs. Mitchell JACKSON at Albuquerque, New Mexico and also visited Carlsbad Cavern.

Mrs. Leona SPICER has returned from an extended visit with her daughter, Mrs. Jim POYNER and family at McCamey.

Miss Nadine DILLIN of Comanche, relief operator for Western Union, is here working while Miss Vivian BOSWELL is enjoying a vacation.

Mr. and Mrs. George VINSON and children of Oxford, Miss., were here last week-end visiting the BUTLER and BOSWELL families to whom they are related.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack PRICE have returned to their home at Nacogdoches after a month’s visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. SHARP.

Mrs. RHOADES, sister of Mrs. G.E. MORTON, was here for a recent visit in the home of her sister.

Mr. and Mrs. N.T. HASKINS and Mr. and Mrs. W.H. WILLIAMS, attended the funeral of Mrs. R.W. HIGGINBOTHAM at Dallas Monday.

Mrs. HICKEY of Breckenridge is guest of her daughter, Mrs. Vernon BELL.



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