The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, October 10, 1930


Mrs. John L. Ware Opens Beauty Shop

            Mrs. John L. WARE’s Beauty Shop is now open for business at her home directly east of the North Ward campus.  Mrs. WARE has been studying beauty culture under Mrs. Gertrude KAY at Dublin and recently finished the prescribed course.  She is now fully equipped to carry on all lines of the work.

            As a “Get Started Right” program is in mind, Mrs. WARE is offering $6 permanent waves for $5 or two for $8 to the first twenty customers.  For Saturday only, Mrs. WARE is offering finger waves for 25 cents each.


Error Last Week

            Last week the Free Press erroneously reported E.M. LUSK as manager of the Hiway Filling Station, which was recently purchased by C.C. HAMPTON.  Mr. LUSK, who has been employed at Hampton Poultry Farm, has returned to his former home, Denton, where he and his wife and daughter, Miss Katie Mae, will reside in the future.  Oren MORRIS is the new manager of the Hiway, instead of Mr. LUSK.


“Dad” Williamson Has Been Sick Abed; Up Now

            It is not the rule that these old time Texans get sick as they are usually as tough as a rawhide lariat, but “Dad” WILLIAMSON has been ill during the past week at his home, sick enough to call a doctor, and that is pretty bad off.  However, he is better and up and about town again.  “Dad” is 76 years “young” and was born and reared in Texas, in fact, his parents before him were native Texans.  His boyhood home was about Caldwell, Texas.  He came to Comanche, when there were only a few scattered log huts with trails running through the tall sage grass from one cabin to another, the square being covered with sage grass.  He remembers the live oak tree which stands on the square and believes that it has grown little taller in the past fifty years or more but the body of the tree has grown much thicker.


Bungalow Home Destroyed By Fire Here Last Week

            Mr. and Mrs. J.H. WELCH, who reside in the southwest portion of the city, lost their home by fire shortly after noon Tuesday last week.  Mrs. WELCH had gone to the home of Mrs. C.L. LIGHTFOOT, a neighbor, a short distance away.  Mr. WELCH was up in the field at work not far from the house.  Somewhere about two or three o’clock, smoke was observed by passers who investigated and found the building too far gone to save.  The fire seemed to have originated in the upper portion of the building.  It was not wired for electricity, hence the usual cause of defective wiring cannot be given as the cause.  Mr. WELCH stated that he did not know how the fire could have started.

            The building was located well out in the southwest residence section and could not be reached by the fire hose.  Even if it could have, the fire was too far advanced when discovered to have made fighting it effective.  Insurance on building and household goods in the amount of $1500.00 was carried.  Practically nothing was saved.


Mrs. Betty McCharen Dies in Mississippi

            R.S. McCHAREN received a message this week telling of the death of Mrs. Bettie McCHAREN, wife of R.E. McCHAREN, at her home in northern Mississippi.  Mrs. McCHAREN resided with her husband here for a number of years, living for some time in the Rock Bluff community, later living six years on the R.S. McCHAREN place south of town.

            Mrs. McCHAREN died on Tuesday, October 7th.  Her age was about 80 years.  She left here following the death of her husband in 1916 and has since made her home in Mississippi.  Her friends of former years will hear of her passing with regret.


New Radio Sales Conducted Here by Russell Howell

            Russell HOWELL, who finished his course and received his degree at State University last June, has opened a radio shop at his father’s gents furnishings store.  HOWELL is handling the Atwater Kent line and has received his first shipment, which is displayed in the HOWELL show window.  HOWELL has been interested in electrical lines for a number of years, and will doubtless succeed in this line.  He will do radio repair work, as well as conduct a sales department.

            Paul HOWELL has “hung out his shingle” as a civil engineer and is also making headquarters at the HOWELL store.  He was elected county surveyor in the elections the past summer.


Rook Club

            The Rook Club met with Mrs. Frank DANIELL Thursday, October 2, at 3:00.  High score was won by Mrs. W.T. JETTON.  Cake and cream were served.  Candy mints were distributed during the games.

            Those present besides the regular members were Mmes. H.H. CARLILE, J.H. GRIZZELLE, B.J. PITTMAN, A.P. SCHMIDT, Dave TERRILL, Hiram SMITH and Miss Gussie INSALL.  The club meets next Thursday with Mrs. C.B. GREGORY.



D.C. NORTON, who has been out at Hobbs, N. Mex. for the past two or three months, returned home a week ago and is again in the employ of Higginbotham Bros. & Co. in the hardware department.  He was formerly employed at their lumber yard.  Dennis’ friends are glad to have him at home again.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank LANCASTER have returned from Oklahoma.

Mrs. S.T. TAYLOR of Carbon was a week-end guest of her granddaughter, Miss Jane PASS.

Miss Marguerite STEGALL has gone to Seymour, where she has a position in the public schools.

Mrs. W.H. SEALE, mother of Mrs. Loy HILL, returned to her home at Cleburne Wednesday after a visit here.

Miss Lillian HANSFORD of Moran was guest Saturday of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arch Hansford.

Miss Inez BOSWELL of Stephenville was guest last week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.V. BOSWELL.

Miss Arlena JONES of Stephenville was a week-end guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John W. JONES.

Mrs. Bessie WHITE and daughter, of Roscoe, were recent visitors with her sister, Mrs. Adrian BALLARD.

Mrs. BEAUCHAMP of Stephenville was guest the past week with her daughter, Mrs. J. Edgar SHORT.

Mrs. Henry PARKER and son, Otis, were week-end visitors with their husband and father, Henry PARKER, who is working at Moran.

Margaret Fay is the name of a tiny baby girl who arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis HOLDIDGE September 22nd.

Mr. and Mrs. C.P. NARRY and sons Pat and Charles, of Carrollton, Missouri, have come to De Leon to make their home.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude HUDSON and Miss Minnie HUDSON, have returned from a visit with relatives at Pecos and Portersville.

Miss Opal TIMMONS has gone to Abilene, where she attended the bedside of her sister, Mrs. J.S. RAWSON, who recently underwent a major operation.  Reports are that Mrs. RAWSON is recovering nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry THOMSON and children, who have made their home at Gorman for some months, were here this week visiting in the home of his brother, O.L. THOMSON and family.

Mr. and Mrs. John GRIFFITH and children of Big SPRING, Mr. and Mrs. Woeber GRIFFITH and children of Breckenridge and Mr. and Mrs. Bennett GRIFFITH of Rising Star are here at the bedside of their father, Floyd GRIFFITH, who is critically ill.

Mr. and Mrs. C. SCHNARE and children returned this week from a vacation of two weeks which they spent at Houston and Galveston, having relatives at the latter place.  They also visited Mrs. SCHNARE's sister at Beeville, and at San Antonio.  They were accompanied home by Mrs. Ed BASKIN and little son, James Edward and daughter, Lois, of Beeville.



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