The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, September 12, 1930


Oliver Springs School Opened Recently with Total Enrollment of 55

            Oliver Springs schools is among the most progressive single school districts in this section, having three teachers and a total scholastic enrollment of 69.  The 1930-31 term opened there on September 1, and 55 pupils enrolled, which was only one short of the number in attendance when school closed last May.  Prof. Paul HOLDRIDGE believes that more than 60 will be enrolled soon.  HOLDRIDGE is principal, Mrs. HOLDRIDGE is primary teacher, and L.R. HIGGINBOTHAM, a student of McMurray College, at Abilene, is teaching intermediate department.

            Improvements in the course proposed for this year are courses in Farm Mechanics, which Prof. HOLDRIDGE studied while at John Tarleton College, and Home Economics.  Mrs. HOLDRIDGE had two years high school and two years college work in this course and is well qualified to teach it.  It is also proposed to organize 4-H Club work in the near future.

            The work has started off well. Prof. HOLDRIDGE said to the Free Press reporter, the co-operation being excellent.


Duster School to Open Term on Coming Monday

            The Duster Public Schools will open the 1930-31 term on Monday, September 15.  The session is being opened some weeks earlier than customary because of the shortage of crops and children not being needed at this time in the harvest.

            Duster school is composed of four consolidated districts, Duster, Rock Bluff, Ninevah and Weed Valley, and has about 200 scholastics.  The term will extend over a period of eight months.  A course extending through the tenth grade is offered.

            The faculty is composed of seven members.  Prof. Goss D. COBB, of Blanket, is superintendent.  This will be Mr. COBB’s second year at Duster.  Principal is J.E. LIGHTFOOT, this being Mr. LIGHTFOOT’s fourth year there.  Other faculty members are Miss Ruby HARBIN, Eastland, high school English; Mrs. Lee HOLDRIDGE, De Leon, Home Economics; Miss Fleda TUNNELL, Stephenville, Miss Ira Lee WHATLEY, Duster, Miss Lorene LIGHTFOOT, De Leon.


Mrs. Ewell Duke Died at her Home at Iraan Last Tuesday Night

            Mrs. Dorn Estes DUKE, wife of Ewell DUKE, died at their home in Iraan, Texas, Tuesday night of this week.  Last summer she was carried to Gorman, where an operation was performed which disclosed the hopelessness of her condition.  After the operation she was at the home of her father, J.A. ESTES, here until last Sunday when she felt that her condition was such that she might return to her home.  Two days after arriving at Iraan, death ensued.

            Mrs. DUKE was married first in 1909, and is the mother of three children, Mrs. Opal SHANOR, of Iraan, and Margaret LAVOICE and R.B. IRVIN, both of Stamford.  In 1925 she was remarried to Ewell DUKE.  Her mother, Mrs. J.A. ESTES, died here in July 1928; her sister, Mrs. Annie CLARK, died Feb. 22, 1930.  Her father survives, also several brothers and sisters.

            Two months ago Mrs. DUKE was converted in her father’s home here and spoke with happy assurance of the life beyond.  The funeral and burial was at De Leon cemetery Thursday afternoon.  Sympathy is extended to those whose hearts are made heavy at her passing.


Crawford & Whittle Make Good Team of Automobile Mechanics

            The Free Press has not before mentioned the newly formed partnership between Emmett CRAWFORD and H.E. WHITTLE.  These two mechanics agreed upon a partnership arrangement on about the 15th of August and have since been doing “just a little better” auto repair work.  They are located at Gentry Garage Building.

            Both these boys are well above the average as mechanics.  They specialize in carburetor and ignition, but they do anything to doctor “sick autos.”  And their business has increased considerably since they commenced.  They invite patronage.


Death of Mrs. B.B. Gilder Occurred at Her Home Here Wednesday Morn

            Mrs. Rachel GILDER nee JOHNSON, was born March the 18th, 1868 at Pontatoc, Mississippi.  She was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. A.J.M. JOHNSON.  She was married to B.B. GILDER in the year 1886 and to this union there were born eight children, four boys and four girls, two of them preceding her in death.  Those living are Andrew, John, Virgil and DeVere, and Mrs. Ord DIGGS, Mrs. Peruinue RUFF and Mrs. Gladys BYRD.

            Mr. and Mrs. GILDER moved to De Leon in 1902, where they have resided continuously since.  There are ten grandchildren and a brother, James A. JOHNSON of Comanche, two sisters, Mrs. W.F. WAGNER at Springfield, Colorado, and Mrs. Sarah J. DYSON at Monroe, La.

            Mrs. GILDER gave her heart to the Lord at the age of 18 and united with the Missionary Baptist Church in which she lived a devout Christian life.  She was an affectionate wife, and a kind and loving mother, a good neighbor and a friend to all.  All of her children, grandchildren and brother and sister, Mrs. DYSON, were present for the funeral, which was conducted by Rev. W.L. SKAGGS and Rev. M.A. DAVIS at the Baptist Church Thursday.  Burial was at De Leon Cemetery. – Contributed.


Volley Loudermilk’s Residence Burned in the Suez Community

            Fire which probably caught from a cook stove destroyed the home of Volley LOUDERMILK, who resides one-half mile southwest of Suez, on Friday night, August 29th.  The house was built in 1915 and was of six rooms in size.  Nothing was saved.

            Mr. LOUDERMILK was at home alone and cooked supper about an hour by sun.  After supper he went to the home of his brother-in-law, Richard OTWELL, a mile or so away and while there saw the fire.  A large number of people were on the scene when Mr. LOUDERMILK returned, but nothing could be done.  Insurance in the amount of $1,400.00 was carried.  The loss is estimated at $2300.00.

            Mr. LOUDERMILK asked the Free Press to extend his sincere thanks to the many neighbors and friends who came to his assistance in the unfortunate incident.


Nabors – Beavens

            Miss Gladys NABORS, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nath NABORS, was married on Sunday evening, September 7th, 1930, to Mr. Richard BEAVENS.  The vows were taken before Rev. Robt. DAVENPORT, at his home in this city at 6:30 o’clock.  Following the ceremony the young people went to the home of her parents and remained until Thursday this week when they left for Temple to visit in the home of his brother, a practicing physician in that city, after which they will go to Austin, where they will be at home at 3408 Speedway St.

            Miss NABORS was a Junior in De Leon high school, having attended school here for a number of years.  She has scores of friends and admirers.  Mr. BEAVENS is a graduate of State University in the department of Engineering and is employed by the State department of engineering as a civil engineer.

            Mr. and Mrs. BEAVENS have the best wishes of many friends as they start life together.


Garrison – McKelvey

            A wedding of interest the past week was that of Miss Loraine GARRISON, of near Victor, to Mr. Virgil McKELVEY, of this place.  They surprised their friends on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 4th at four o’clock when they drove to the home of the minister, Rev. A.F. NABORS, and took the sacred vows.

            Miss GARRISON has resided with her parents near Victor for a number of years and is quite popular among her many friends and acquaintances.  She is a young woman of many graces.  Mr. McKELVEY is a son of J.F. McKELVEY and was reared to manhood in the St. Joe community, near De Leon.  He is a young man of excellent character and ability, and friends are predicting for this newly wedded couple much success.  Mr. McKELVEY is with the Magnolia Petroleum Co. at Olden, where they will reside.


Emmett Howard Home from Europe; Visited in Ten Countries

            Covering a distance of more than 15,000 miles in a little less than three months, Emmett Lee HOWARD, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. HOWARD, is home from Europe.  HOWARD visited in ten foreign countries, was in all the principal European capitals, and saw many things of interest.

            Among the points of greatest interest was Oberammergau, Monte Carlo, Venice, Rome, Paris, London, the battle fields, Holland, Berlin, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and many famous art galleries and historic cathedrals.

            HOWARD remained overseas after the Cowboy Band, of which he was a member, had returned, another member of the band remaining with him.  They had opportunity to see points of interest in a more leisurely fashion when unhampered by the restrictions of membership in the band.  HOWARD thoroughly enjoyed his trip, he said.


Former De Leon Boy League Official in Oak Cliff Church

            Free Press has received a copy of the Oak Cliff Methodist Church Bulletin, Dr. S.A. BARNES, pastor, where Mr. and Mrs. D. TOMLIN and children, D. OTIS and O’Rene, have their membership.  On the bulletin the name of D. Otis TOMLIN is given as president of the Epworth Hi League.

            The TOMLIN children were small when they left De Leon some five years ago.  Now they are quite grown up.  Free Press editor extends congratulation to D. OTIS upon the recognition he has received at this splendid church.



W.W. (Bill) HILTON, who has resided at Yuma, Ariz., for the past six years, is here for a visit with home folks, including his sister, Miss Joe HILTON, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. CLARK and Mrs. A.E. HAMPTON.  Mr. HILTON is accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. S.R. COFFEY, who also lives at Yuma.

Misses Grace SHORT and Blanche HANSFORD are leaving the latter part of the week for Denton, where they will study this year at C. I. A.

Mr. and Mrs. Y.L. DABNEY, accompanied by Roy HAZELWOOD, went to Mineral Wells Sunday to visit the John Tarleton College Encampment, where Taylor DABNEY is with the cadets, the occasion being parents’ day.

 Mrs. H.E. HORTON and children of Colorado, are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam NOEL.

Mr. and Mrs. George WOFFORD and his mother, Mrs. J. B. WOFFORD, left Tuesday for Seattle, Washington, to make their home.

Mr. and Mrs. S.Z. CARNES and daughter, Leola, have moved to Hico.

Miss Doris AYERS left Sunday for Dallas, where she will attend school at Metropolitan Business College.

Merton BELL left Monday for Austin, where he will take a pre-med course at State University.

Mr. and Mrs. C.A. FITZGERALD of Denton spent the past week-end with his mother, Mrs. T.I. FITZGERALD.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl SANDERS of Dublin were week-end guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.L. HAMILTON.

Little Miss Miriam Gerald LOTHRINGER of San Antonio is visiting her grandmother, Mrs. T. I. FITZGERALD.

Mrs. O. THURMAN of Ft. Worth is guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Webb TOLAND.

Willie SCOTT has gone to Oklahoma where he has accepted a position with the Lone Star Gas Company.

Mr. and Mrs. A.C. YOUNG of Desdemona were guests Sunday of their daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. A. TOLAR.

Mrs. G.W. TERRY and daughter, Miss Ruth of San Angelo, are visiting her mother, Mrs. Jim OTWELL and other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Finis BELL and son of Hawley are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee IRVIN and Mr. and Mrs. Vernon BELL.

Mr. and Mrs. J.A. SMALLWOOD and son, J.M., and Mr. and Mrs. O.L. SMALLWOOD of Dublin, were guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Karl SMALLWOOD.


Desdemona News

Max WILLIAMS, who has been in Kansas City for the past year, has recently moved to Hobbs, N.M., and is now visiting with his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. M.P. WILLIAMS.

Mrs. M.C. WILLIAMS and little son, Bobby, are spending several days in Ranger visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob PATTERSON.

Henry BURROW, foreman of Skelley Oil Co. here was seriously injured Wednesday of last week by the explosion of a gun.  For some time it was feared that it would be necessary to amputate his leg, but later reports are that his leg may be saved.

Mr. and Mrs. McCOY of Corsicana, Texas, are here to be with Mr. BURROW in his illness.

Mrs. Clyde WYNN was in Gorman Monday to see Mrs. Velma MORRISON, who is in the sanitarium there.

Mrs. SNODGRASS, who was very ill some time ago, is much improved.  She is able to be out driving this week.

Several old business houses on Main street are being torn down this week.

Ralph BURROWS and wife of Electra are here at the bedside of Henry BURROWS.

Aubrey WYNN drove over to the sanitarium Monday to see Mr. BURROWS.

Mr. and Mrs. Wade SALYER of Hamlin are here visiting his mother and family and Mrs. SALYER’s mother.

Mrs. Jesse L. HUGHES, who has been seriously ill for some time, is much improved.



Mrs. J.O. McKINNEY and children of Frankell spent last week visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.O. McKINNEY.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph BURROUGHS of Electra are visiting this week with Mrs. BURROUGH’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS.  Mrs. BURROUGHS, who was formerly Miss Odell ROBBINS, visited the school, where she taught last year.  The children were delighted to see their former teacher.

Mrs. G.A. CLARK, who has been dangerously ill for so long, is not recovering fast, yet her condition is thought to be improved.

Mr. and Mrs. HUGHES, who have been on the sick list for some time, are recovering.

George HUGHES, who has been at home for some time, will leave next week to enter college at Arlington.

On account of other duties, Mrs. DAVIS has resigned as secretary of the Sunday School and Miss Lucile RILEY has been elected for the place.

Miss Guandola BRAZELL spent the week-end visiting with her aunt, Mrs. John WHITE of the Salem community.

Mrs. R.L. GRIFFIN of Olden visited her daughter, Mrs. J.H. ADAMS and family this week-end.


Robinson Springs

The attendance at school is nearing one hundred.

Mrs. B.H. MACON, Carl and Mabel MACON of Dallas, visited L.C. MACON and family Saturday.

Mrs. F.G. TARRENCE is on the sick list at this writing.

C.L. TARRENCE and Ralph STEWART were called home Friday from there Oglesby to attend the funeral of their little niece.  They will return to their work Wednesday.

Mrs. O.C. STEWART, who went to Gorman, Monday to have her tonsils removed, is recovering nicely.

W.L. MOORE, who went to Victor to singing Sunday night, ran into a barbed-wire fence on his way home and received minor scratches.

Mr. FERGUSON of Stephenville and Miss UNDERWOOD of Dublin, teachers at this place, were week-end visitors in their respective homes.

Pitching rings is a very enthusiastic sport at school during the hot days.  A tournament will be held before basketball season to determine the school ring champions.

Mr. MORING and his manual training class, ran three terraces Monday on L.C. MACON‘s farm.  They are going to sink the pipe for the windmill at the teacherage and home economics building this week and build a foundation for the tank platforms.

Tom Ross BLASSINGAME of Pampa, is visiting his family and father, C.W. BLASSINGAME of this district

Mr. and Mrs. H. ROGERS of Abilene visited Mrs. ROGERS’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. DYSON and family this week-end.  Miss Cass DYSON returned home with them.

Mrs. Myrtie MOORE and children of Desdemona visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. DYSON and family Sunday.

Rev. Jim BAYS of Lingleville visited his sister, Mrs. Sam PRICE, and family Monday.

Mrs. Alma BURTON and children of Albany are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. DENDY and family.

R.C. DENDY and son, who have been working in Archer City, returned home last week end.

Miss Bernice CHATHAM left Monday to take up her work as teacher in the grammar school at Desdemona.

Roger and Wayne CHAMBERS and Doyce SHORT left Monday for Brownwood to attend school.

The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.G. TARRANCE and took away little Clodelle STEWART, the only grandchild, and baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar STEWART.  Mr. and Mrs. STEWART, who live at Hobbs, N.M., came to visit their parents, and families, also to place the child under better doctors.  But as a beautiful little bud, Jesus plucked it for the palace of Heaven.  Besides father and mother, relatives present for the funeral, which was held at Oliver Springs, were:  Mr. and Mrs. F.G. TARRANCE and family, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. STEWART and family, Mr. and Mrs. V. STETZLER and family, Mr. and Mrs. C. STETZLER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Garland PERRY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd SETZER and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie CANTWELL and family, Mr. and Mrs. Joe SCOTT, Mr. and Mrs. Henry STEWART, Cecil TARRANCE, Floyd and Modess WEST.



The church met Sunday at eleven.  Rev. N.T. CARTER of Comanche was called as pastor.  Supt. C.C. MULLER was re-elected.  Mr. MILLER has served in this capacity fifteen years in which he has missed but three Sundays.  Lucile KEE was elected Sunday School Secretary.  Teachers are A.F. KAY, Mrs. Frank KAY, Mrs. C.C. MILLER, Mrs. John KAY, Miss Adell MILLER, and Robert KEY.  The church voted unanimously to consolidate with Robinson Springs.  They did not accept us.  We invite everybody to Concord and especially to attend Sunday School.  Also come to singing Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m.

Mr. and Mrs. J.L. BRUMBELOW and children from Eliasville, visited relatives here Sunday.  Mrs. Lewis BRUMBELOW and Miss Annie accompanied them to the home of Mr. and Mrs. SOUTHALL at Friano.

Carl BRUMBELOW has gone to Ranger, where he will teach music this year.


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