The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, August 29, 1930


Doyle Lightfoot, Victim of Typhoid, Died Friday, 22nd

            Doyle Lee LIGHTFOOT, aged 16 years, 7 months and three days, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde L. LIGHTFOOT, at 4:29 o’clock a.m. Friday, August 22, 1930.  The cause of his death was typhoid.  He contracted the disease about the first of August, was ill several days and his malady was diagnosed as typhoid on August 4th.  Eighteen days later he was dead.  Just how and where he contracted the disease is a mystery.

            Young LIGHTFOOT was born near New Hope on January 19, 1914, being one of a family of seven children.

            Three brothers and three sisters, together with the parents, survive.  Before reaching school age he moved with his parents to this city.  He passed through the elementary school and was a Freshman in high school last year.  He was a popular student and will be missed in his circle of young friends.  The funeral was at the Methodist church Friday afternoon with Rev. S.J. RUCKER in charge, assisted by Revs. NABORS and DAVENPORT.

            Madge, young daughter of the LIGHTFOOTS, who is the only other member of the family to contract the disease, continues ill, although she is improving.  She has not yet been told of her brother’s death.

Won 1st Prize on Herd Bull at Sedalia, Mo.

            C.M. CARAWAY & Sons started off their “streak of luck” with first prize on their herd bull, Dreadnaught Chancellor, showing against six other herds of Shorthorns.  Other animals in the herd won eight places, two of them seconds, one third, two fourths and three fifths.  The awards run into a nice sum.

            This week the herd is being shown at Des Moines, Iowa, where prizes are larger, however, competition will be much stiffer.

            The CARAWAY cow and calf entry won second at Sedalia, the cow being 12 years old and the calf eight months, weighing 850 pounds.

New Hope School Will Open Autumn Term Next Monday

            New Hope School, of which John LIGHTFOOT is principal, will open fall term Monday, September 1st.  Assistant teacher this year will be Miss Marion SHORT.  Eight grades are taught at New Hope.  The trustees are John DUPRIEST, Gilder CHUPP and S.N. WILKERSON.  A full nine months school term is provided for.  The school will probably be let out a couple of weeks a little later during harvest time.

            John LIGHTFOOT has an unusual record at New Hope, probably near a county one, having taught thirteen and is entering upon his fourteenth year as principal there.

Mayor Steakley Resigned His Post Effective at Once

            Mayor W.L. STEAKLEY of this city placed his resignation before the commission here last Monday.  The paper stated that Mr. STEAKLEY wished his resignation to be immediately effective.  He gave no detailed reasons to the Free Press other than to say that his physician had cautioned him against participating in any activity that would prove irritating.  The editor of this paper observes that filling the office of mayor is an irritating job.

            When this paper went to press the City Commission had not acted upon the mayor’s resignation.

Hardware Man for Higginbotham Bros. Goes to Rising Star Store

            Wesley SHOOK, for many years with Higginbotham Bros. & Co. as hardware salesman, for the past two years in charge of implements and heavy hardware, has been transferred from De Leon to Rising Star, where he will continue as manager of the hardware department of the Higginbotham store.  Mr. and Mrs. SHOOK are moving this week.  Their friends here regret that they are moving away but wish them success in their new location.

Eleven of Twelve Cogburn Children Home Sunday

            Mr. and Mrs. N.J. COGBURN, whose ages are 75 and 72, respectively, celebrated an enjoyable occasion Sunday by having present eleven of their twelve children.  Mr. and Mrs. COGBURN reside six miles northwest of De Leon and have lived on the same farm for forty-two years.  Mrs. Zona LANGSTER of Big Spring, could not be present on account of illness.  The children present, who live at other towns are:  Fayette COGBURN and family, Littlefield; Nute COGBURN and family of Lubbock; Mrs. Carrie LACY, San Antonio; Mrs. Audy KINNEY, Mrs. Robert COONER and Mrs. Herman FOSTER, Gorman; Charley, Walter, Buford and Ernest COGBURN, Rt. 1 near their parents.  There are sixty-one grandchildren and twenty-eight great grandchildren.  Mr. and Mrs. Henry KINNEY and Mr. and Mrs. Odie KINNEY, of Stamford, grandchildren, were also present.

Comyn Schools to Open Fall Term Monday

            The opening date for Comyn schools has been set for Monday, Sept. 1st.  Truck drivers will make their usual routes and children will be given transportation to and from the school.  All parents are urged to be present on the opening morning.  The Superintendent and faculty wish to meet the patrons of the school and to outline the school policies and aims for 1930-31.  Rev. S.B. CULPEPPER, pastor First Baptist Church, Cleburne, will make an address at the opening program, which will be held at the school auditorium beginning at 9:15 a.m.

            The faculty includes four former members, Miss Ollie SLOAN, Miss Pearl SLOAN, Miss Mollie GRISHAM and Miss Jewell GRISHAM.  Five new members have been added to the high school faculty:  S.B. CULPEPPER, Jr., Supt. W. Boyle Graves, Principal and Vocational Agriculture, Mrs. Charlie ROSS, English, Miss Glynn DONALSON, Home Economics, Mrs. CULPEPPER, 7th grade.

Huestis – Watkins

            Mr. Arthur HUESTIS and Mrs. Annie WATKINS were united in matrimony August second at eight-thirty a.m., Justice of the Peace, Frank H. RIHEAD officiating, at Carlsbad, New Mexico.

            Mrs. HUESTIS resided here nine years and has many friends, who wish for them a full measure of happiness.  Mr. HUESTIS is a mechanic with the Atlantic Oil Company.  After a bridal tour in New Mexico, they will be at home in Odessa.


Mr. and Mrs. L.H. ELY have moved to Waco.

Mrs. K. CARSON of Abilene visited her father, A.J. CUMMINS this weekend, bringing Sam CUMMINS for a visit in the home of his father.

Alton BRUMBELOW visited his uncle, Bill BRUMBELOW and family at Frankell this week.

Arthur MAHAN left Sunday for Oklahoma.


H.A. GREGORY is in George West this week, assisting his brother in harvesting his cotton crop.  Cotton is good at that place.

Chess VARNER of Coleman is visiting with his brother, J.T. VARNER, this week and will go on to Ft. Worth where he will be employed for several weeks.

Ila and E.H. REDWINE are at Wier this week picking cotton.  They report a good crop at that place.

Mrs. R.P. LEWIS is in the sanitarium at Gorman this week where she is recovering from a serious operation.

Mrs. Jesse L. HUGHES is seriously ill this week.  For a time it was thought that her recovery would be doubtful but she seems to have passed the crisis and it is hoped that she will soon be up again.

Doris HUGHES of Alpine is at home this week at the bedside of this mother, who has been ill for several weeks.  Also George and Lawrence HUGHES of Hamlin are at home this week. 

Mrs. G.A. CLARK, who has been seriously sick for more than a month has improved some during the last few days.

Mr. and Mrs. Wade SALYER and daughter, Dorothy Jean, of Hamlin, are visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. HUGHES this week.


Hildon COLLINS of Gatesville, visited friends in this community part of last week.  Mr. COLLINS formerly lived here and his many friends were glad to see him back.

Vernon GOODSON, who has spent the summer in this community and Lingleville left Sunday for his home in Strawn.

Mr. and Mrs. Clayton CROW and Mrs. Hurvey GARY left last week for Missouri, where Mr. GARY is working.  Mr. CROW will also be employed there.

Ted HAY and Ernest YOUNG, have gone to Georgetown, where they will work.

Mrs. Earl HAUFFMAN of Carlton, visited last week with her mother, Mrs. W.T. DAY.

Mr. WALLACE, principal of the school at this place, has moved into our community.

Silver KEITH and son, Leon, have returned from an extended visit in Hobbs, N.M.

Desdemona News

Mrs. SNODGRASS, who has been very ill for some time, is improving.  Mrs. SNODGRASS is a pioneer of this place and is the widow of the late Dr. SNODGRASS.

Dr. KUYKENDALL, who has been here for the past ten years, has moved to Ranger, Dr. WRIGHT of Stephenville having taken over his practice here.

Mrs. “Skeet” WADE, who has been on the sick list for some time, is improving.

Miss Roberta PATTERSON of Ranger has been visiting her sister here, Mrs. Thelma WILLIAMS.

Woodrow PATTERSON, who has been managing a miniature golf course at this place, has returned to his home at Ranger.  Mr. Marion WILLIAMS is now owner and manager of the course.

Mr. and Mrs. M.C. WILLIAMS and Mr. and Mrs. Fred NABORS and Mr. Cecil WILLIAMS took a number of our youngsters for an all night fishing trip last week.  They caught no fish but had lots of fun.

Emil YOUNG and Max WILLIAMS are working in New Mexico.

Eldon WYNN, who has been in Hobbs, N.M., has returned to his home here.  He reports employment very hard to obtain in the west.

Mrs. Lucile YOUNG and baby are visiting her aunt, Mrs. Frank KAY.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. BROWNING have moved to some place in the west, T. SPICER having taken over the BROWNING crop to gather.

Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Davis visited their daughter, Mrs. Marguerite HENSLEY of Hobbs, N.M. last week.

Ned NORTHCUTT has obtained work with Lone Star Oil and Gas Co. at Breckenridge.

Miss Winnie POTTER of Anson has been visiting her cousin, Miss Robbie D. POTTER.

Mr. and Mrs. Bunk ARTHUR are the proud parents of a fine baby girl.

Mrs. Bob PATTERSON and children of Ranger visited her daughter, Mrs. Marion WILLIAMS last Sunday.

Several from our town have called on Mr. and Mrs. Jesse HUGHES of Jakehamon, both of whom are seriously ill.


Robert COOK is recovering nicely from a recent illness.

Rex LIGHTFOOT has returned from Cement, Oklahoma, where he has been the past two months.

Mrs. Whit JERNIGAN and children of Okmulgee, Okla., are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. PATTERSON.

Sunday, August the 10th, a fine boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan LIVINGTON at Ft. Worth.

Misses Gladys and Dorothy COOK have returned from a two weeks visit with relatives in Ft. Worth.

Mrs. Karl SMALLWOOD and children are visiting her sister, Mrs. B. TACKETT at Temple.

Herman Wayne is the name of the son who arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herman BAKER, August 20.

Miss Pauline RAY is in Dallas, guest of her uncle and family, Dr. and Mrs. Henry RAY.

Miss Winnie NOEL has returned from a visit with her sister, Mrs. H.E. HORTON and family.

Miss Naomi WOODWARD spent the past week visiting her grandmother, Mrs. NOEL, at Dublin.

Mr. and Mrs. Leon DUKE of Houston spent last week visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.E. DUKE.

Ralph DUKE of Merkel was a weekend guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert DUKE.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifton GILLOCK of Brownwood, were Sunday guests of Miss Odette GILLOCK.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank LANCASTER have gone to Oklahoma City, where he has employment.

Mrs. John DYSON and son, Bobbie, of Big Lake, are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.S. FREEMAN.

Mrs. Belton DYSON and children of Big Lake, are guests of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. DYSON.

Mrs. J.D. COLLIER and children of Troupe, are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.L. MORRIS.

Mrs. SWAN of Cross Plains is guest of her grandmother, Mrs. E.H. EDWARDS.

Mrs. W.E. LOWE has returned from a visit with her daughter, Mrs. French ROBERTSON at Haskell.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin RAWLINGS and children of Big Spring, are guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.G. HAMPTON.

Mr. and Mrs. H.B. BOSWELL of Harold were here the first of this week visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.V. BOSWELL.

Misses Emma DOYLE and Christine GILDER of Cross Plains are visiting their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. B. GILDER.

Mrs. Carl YOUNG and Frank TATE of Forsan, were week-end guests of Mr. and Mrs. John TATE and Mr. and Mrs. T.J. YOUNG.

Miss Dollie STEPHENS spent the week-end with her aunt, Mrs. D.A. STEPHENS.  Miss Dollie is attending school at San Marcos, Texas 

Mr. and Mrs. Curt MORRIS and family of Rule, were week-end guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.L. MORRIS.

Miss Josephine FORD of Walnut Springs and Miss Virginia CURRY of Ennis, have returned to their homes, after visiting their aunt, Mrs. Clark NICHOLS.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard McCLELLAN and Buster, of Iraan, were weekend guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. BOYD and Mr. and Mrs. T.J. McCLELLAN.

Mr. and Mrs. John WILEY and children of Cleburne were guests last week of their uncle, John NOEL.  This was the first time they had seen each other in forty years.

Mr. and Mrs. Hollie HAFFORD and Mr. and Mrs. Blake HEATH and Miss Florence HEATH were in Rising Star, Sunday, visiting Mrs. Beryl HEATH, whose father, Judge J.M. ROBERTSON, suffered a stroke of paralysis recently and his condition is serious.

Marvin SCOTT, of Milam, Tennessee, is guest of his brother, W.J. SCOTT and sister, Mrs. William DUKE.  Mr. SCOTT is an evangelistic singer and is returning from O’DONNELL, where he assisted in a revival meeting.

Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HOWELL, Sr. and sons, Earl and Russell, are home from a tour through the Ozarks, passing through McAllister, Okla., Fort Smith, Ark. And went as far up as southern Missouri, returning through Little Rock and Hot Springs.

Ross JENKINS has returned from College Station where he attended A & M College this summer.  Friday he was accompanied by parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. JENKINS to Bassett, Nebraska.  They will be accompanied home by Mrs. Ross JENKINS and small son, who have spent the past month visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. KELLY.

Mrs. Harvey GEORGE and son, Wade, and Mr. and Mrs. Ed THOMAS and children, went to Ft. Worth Tuesday, where they attended a birthday dinner at the home of their parents, Rev. and Mrs. E.G. THOMAS.  The dinner was in honor of Ed THOMAS and his father’s birthday.  Rev. THOMAS has lived to see his 74th birthday but his friends will regret to know that his health is not as good now as formerly.

Mr. and Mrs. Bishop CRADDOCK of Red Barn, Texas, are spending their vacation with Mrs. CRADDOCK’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.L. DUKES, at DUSTER.

Miss Bertha ROSS returned Wednesday from Austin, where she spent six weeks in summer school.  Miss ROSS is teacher of mathematics in De Leon high school.


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