The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, October 17, 1930


De Leon Car is Stolen While Its Owner Sees Show

            Lewis EASTERLING is minus one Chevrolet Coach, having the misfortune to get the car stolen last Friday evening.  EASTERLING, with friends, was attending a theatre at Cisco.  He parked the car not far from the show and locked it securely as he believed.  But it evidently was not as secure as he believed, for, when he came out of the show in about an hour and a half, the machine was gone.

            EASTERLING and his attendants noticed a party dressed in rough khaki standing nearby when they parked.  He looked like a typical hitch-hiker.  They believe he was the party taking the car.  Other than this, no clew is had.

            The car was a 1928 model Chevrolet Coach and was valued at $450.  EASTERLING carried less than half that amount in insurance.


Calvin Hooker is Victim of Heart Attack

            James Calvin HOOKER is dead.  The end came at 10:12 o’clock p.m. on Sunday, October 12th, 1930.  Death was rather sudden, however, he had been ill of heart leakage for several years and grew worse some time before the final summons came.  He died at his home in Comanche.

            Mr. and Mrs. HOOKER have been living in Comanche, with or near their daughter, Mrs. W.H. CARPENTER, for the past two years, leaving the farm home which they had occupied for so long, near here.  His health did not improve and those near him were always apprehensive.  The skill of the best specialists could avail nothing to prolong his years of earthly life.

            Mr. HOOKER was born at Thaxton, Miss., December 28, 1861, being thus about 69 years of age.  He grew to manhood there and married Miss Pamelia Ann PATTERSON, partially rearing their family there amid the scenes of their childhood.  Seven children were born to them.  Two of those are dead.  Toy HOOKER died in Texas at the age of 31.  Maud, a tiny girl, died in Mississippi at the age of 3.

            Coming to Texas in 1896, Mr. HOOKER moved with his family to the N.J. COGBURN place, northwest of De Leon, residing there only one year.  He then purchased the farm five miles west of De Leon upon which he resided continuously until two years ago.  He was successful in his business affairs and became a leader because of his progressive and constructive ideals.  The measure of a man’s success, however, is not told in accumulated wealth but in terms of sons and daughters who follow after to reflect honor upon his name.  In this respect he is thrice blessed since his children were not only the pride of himself and his good wife, but such as the community in which they grew to manhood and womanhood, delights to honor.

            The funeral service was held at the First Baptist church in this city at 3:00 o’clock on Tuesday, October 14th, and great throngs of people came to pay their last respects, both from Comanche and from this city and surroundings.  Rev. Gordon BARRETT of Comanche delivered the funeral address, assisted by Rev. Montie A. DAVIS, pastor.  His remains were laid to rest at De Leon cemetery.

            Surviving are his wife and the following children:  G.E. HOOKER, Tyler; Mrs. Cecil GRAY, Coleman; Mrs. W.H. CARPENTER, Comanche; Mrs. Morgan MOORE, Houston, and Southern P. HOOKER, Waco.  There are seven grand children.  A brother and sister also survive:  John Allen HOOKER, Pontotoc, Miss., and Mrs. Rebekah PATTERSON, De Leon.


Heavy Rains Continue to Drench Texas

            Almost eight inches of rain has fallen at De Leon since the 28th of September, the total lacking only about a quarter of an inch of that amount.  The past three Sundays have witnessed downpours.  On October 4th and 5th this section had 4.56.  On Sept. 28 the rainfall was 2.25.  Last Sunday, October 12, the gauge measured another .88, making a total of 7.69 in less than twenty days.


Auto and Horses Collide on Road; Two Horses Dead

            In the early part of the night last Monday, Dr. J.E. SELF was returning from the Gorman Sanitarium when a most unusual mishap occurred.  The Doctor’s car collided with a pair of loose horses on the highway about half a mile east of Gorman, killing both the animals and considerably damaging the Chevrolet coupe in which he was riding.

            The animals were the property of Louis ANDREWS, Gorman stockman and trader, and ANDREWS was returning to Gorman from this city, having been here for the regular monthly Trades Day.  He was driving about twenty head of horses, loose, along the highway.  He had just passed the Creamer stage and as the lead horse passed the stage, being probably blinded by the lights, they turned again into the roadway, just in time to be struck by Dr. SELF’s machine.  One horse was run over the car and was killed by a crushed or fractured skull.  The other reared up over the light and left fender, striking his head against the sun visor and breaking his neck.  The lights, fenders and glass in the front of the car were badly smashed.

            Dr. SELF escaped with only slight injuries.


Mrs. M.D. Wheat Had Operation Monday

            Mrs. M.D. WHEAT was carried to the Gorman sanitarium on Monday of this week and had an operation for the removal of varicose veins in her legs.  The operation was the third she has had for similar cause.  Although painful, the operation was not serious and she will doubtless be home in a few days.


Two War Vets Met First Time in 12 Years Near Here

            Capt. TIMMONS of Desdemona, who has been for several years in the employ of an oil company there, was out a short distance west of this city one day the past week on a visit to Roy BOWEN.  TIMMONS was Captain of the 315th Engineers, Co. B, 90th division, during the World War, and BOWEN was a private in the same outfit.  Capt. TIMMONS had heard of BOWEN’s whereabouts through Dennis NORTON some time ago and not being able to make connection with him otherwise, drove out for a visit.

            It had been eleven years since the 90th division returned from overseas and was discharged.  In the meantime Capt. TIMMONS and BOWEN had not seen each other.  They spent a most enjoyable afternoon talking over the old days when they were engaged in building barbed-wire entanglements, railroads, highways, and hospital building in the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne sectors, going over on the 13th of June, 1918 and returning to the United States on June 14th, 1919.  BOWEN is a member of the Smith-Heath Post, American Legion here at De Leon.


Holleman-Scott Realty Company Being Revived

            A number of years ago Holleman-Scott Realty Co. was successful in handling a good deal of real estate in and around De Leon.  This year, when a number of people have indicated their desire to sell, the business will be revived.  W.J. HOLLEMAN will be in charge.  R.L. SCOTT will list and advertise property and attend to correspondence, etc.

            Anyone having farms or other property they wish to dispose of may list same and have it advertised free of cost.  A commission of 5 per cent will be charged where sale is made, or where the advertising or efforts of either member of the firm can be shown to have affected the deal.

            The first place listed is as follows:

            72 acres land, good house, fairly good outbuildings, good well of water, windmill, good fences, 62 acres in cultivation, 10 acres in pasture, some timber, soil from tight to sandy, terraced, small orchard.  Located 2 miles north of De Leon on De Leon-Desdemona road, ¼ mile church and school.  Price $20.00 per acre.  Terms.


Joe Holleman Had Appendix Operation

            Joe HOLLEMAN, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. HOLLEMAN, a student this year at North Texas State Teachers College at Denton, suffered a sudden attack of appendicitis there last Monday night, and was operated for the illness at a Denton hospital Tuesday morning.  Mr. HOLLEMAN left Tuesday afternoon to be with his son.  As this was written no further report as to his condition had been received.


De Leon Couple is Delightfully Employed High Up in Colorado

            Mrs. Finis COOK LINDLEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.T. COOK of De Leon, Rt. 5, writes the Free Press from Pagosa Springs, Colo., enclosing a check to pay for having the Free Press sent to her address for one year.  Mr. and Mrs. LINDLEY are employed as teachers in the public school system of Pagosa Springs, she stated.  The altitude of their home is 7095 feet and already snow has capped the San Juan Mountains, a spur of the Rockies.

            Mrs. LINDLEY spoke of the bounties of the surrounding mountains but even amid such scenes of grandeur, she expressed an “almost impatient” longing for news from back home.


Former De Leon Girl Hurt in Accident

            Miss Amber Ruth KEMP, who has just completed a business course in Dallas, was in an automobile wreck there recently.  Her body was bruised and an arm broken.  She left at once for San Rita, New Mexico, where her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe KEMP reside.



Little Miss Mary Frances DUNCAN has been very ill for several days.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude PAIR visited relatives in Docum community last week-end.

Mr. and Mrs. Milton GRISHAM and Mr. and Mrs. Armour WALLACE visited Mr. and Mrs. Charlie MORRIS Sunday.

School dismissed the 15th to harvest the peanut crop.


Comyn News

Mr. and Mrs. Richard MAYES of Murray spent last week here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. EASLEY.

Ernest PAINTER is visiting with his relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey McCOUN at Skidmore.

Mrs. Doyle GRAVES went to Bluff Dale Tuesday to visit his parents.

Rev. T.N. CARTER preached at the Baptist church Sunday at eleven and Sunday night.

Rich COWAN has been suffering this week from the effects of a drop of gasoline having fallen into one of his ears.  The accident occurred while he was working under a school bus.  Although it seems a slight thing to complain of, it has proven quite painful and Mr. COWAN warns all mechanics to guard their ears while under a gasoline tank.

Mrs. Dutch CULWELL entertained the De Leon 42 Club at her home on last Saturday afternoon.

The Agriculture class for this school term numbers twenty-two and is well organized and wide awake.  Sometime earlier in the year, the class organized the Future Farmers of Texas and at present all are members of the association.  Officers selected for this year are Moody HAZZARD, president; Clyde THOMPSON, vice-president; Kermit BARNES, sec.-treas.; Talmage GAMMAGE, reporter, and W. Doyle GRAVES, instructor and advisor.  Mr. GRAVES and the entire class are planning to attend the State Fair on the date set for Future Farmers to attend.

A.H. CARAWAY was here last week visiting with homefolks.  His father, C.M. CARAWAY accompanied him on his return to Dallas to attend the State Fair.  The Caraway Shorthorn herd, which has traveled extensively this fall, has come back to Texas for its share of honor.



Mrs. Rufus HIGGS of Stephenville, wife of Editor HIGGS of the Stephenville Tribune, was here Tuesday afternoon attending the HOOKER funeral.

Arl LIGHTFOOT of Arkansas City, Kansas, is here for a two weeks’ visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.L. LIGHTFOOT.

J.D. SHAW of Cisco, who is professor of mathematics at Randolph College at Cisco, was guest of his niece, Mrs. J.D. NARRY and family Thursday.

Guy ROACH was here last week from Hobbs, New Mexico, visiting his mother, Mrs. J.D. ROACH and family.  He has gone to Houston for a vacation.

Mrs. Robert UNDERHILL has returned from Carlsbad, where she spent the past two months.

Heatherly ECHOLS of Carbon, was guest last week-end of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred ECHOLS.

Mr. and Mrs. Sidney KING of San Pedro, California, are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John KING.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond VAN ZANDT were week-end guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. MILLER at Stephenville.

Miss Gladys SHORT of Breckenridge was a week-end guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam SHORT.

Mr. and Mrs. Cecil NELSON of Waco were guests Sunday of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.B. NELSON.

K.M. VAN ZANDT spent Thursday night with his son, Curtis, who has a position in the Post schools.

Mrs. T.C. SMITH is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Stuart CATE at Breckenridge.

Mrs. D.C. LOTHRINGER and daughter, Miriam Gerald of San Antonio, are visiting her mother, Mrs. T.I. FITZGERALD.

Colquitt FITZGERALD is back from San Antonio, where he has been working.

Mrs. E.C. WOODARD is guest of her daughter, Mrs. Minnie BAILEY, at Desdemona.

Mrs. Robert FRIERSON of Breckenridge, was week-end guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.K. NOEL.

W.B. RAY has returned from a visit with his brother, Dr. Henry RAY and family at Dallas.


Robinson Springs

All four of the teachers of this school attended institute at Comanche Saturday, but only three went Friday as Mr. MORING was called to Huckabay to the bed of his grandmother, who is very ill.

Mr. R.L. HACON and family, who have been residing in Dallas, have moved back to Robinson Springs.

R.A. KEE and family have moved to De Leon.  The children will attend school at that place.  We regret the loss of this good family, as they meant much to the school and community.

Mrs. Jim WEST is slowly improving from a long and severe illness.

Roggers and Wayne CHAMBERS, Doyce SHORT, and Carl MACON, attending school in Brownwood, were at home last week-end.


From Last Week

Due to the continuous rainfall for three days and nights over this vicinity, news is scarce for this week.

J.T. ELY, who has been working in Stamford the past four months, is at home on a visit.  He will return to his work Monday.

Mr. R.C. DENDY, of Stamford, has returned home.  Mr. DENDY has been working on the highway running through Stamford.

Mrs. JERNIGAN, who has been the guest of her daughter, Mrs. L.C. MACON, and family, returned to her home at Okmulgee, Okla. Saturday.

A.C. STEWART has recently purchased a canner.  He is planning to can two baby beeves soon.


Comyn News

Mr. and Mrs. J.R. TREADWAY and children left Sunday for Hobbs, New Mexico, where they will make their home.  Mr. TREADWAY has been employed there for some time, while Mrs. TREADWAY remained here to send the children to school, until arrangements were made for them to move to their new location.

Mrs. B.O. BYERLY of Sudan, were here during the week-end, visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.L. DOGGETT.  They brought Mrs. DOGGETT home from a week’s vacation with them.

Mr. and Mrs. A.H. GRISHAM and baby were business visitors in Fort Worth Wednesday.  While there, Mrs. GRISHAM visited her mother, Mrs. COOK and family.

Mrs. Dollie HUTCHINSON and baby, Peggy Jean, left Thursday for Cement, Okla., where Mrs. HUTCHINSON will work during the winter.

Mr. and Mrs. S.B. CULPEPPER, Jr. spent the week-end with his parents, Rev. and Mrs. S.B. CULPEPPER, of Cleburne.  They were accompanied to Ft. Worth by Miss DONALDSON, who visited with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.D. DONALDSON.

Mildred SLAUGHTER, who was accidentally knocked unconscious with a play ground baseball one day last week, was not seriously hurt and is now able to be in school again.



Miss Mildred MILLER of Stephenville was a week-end guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. MILLER.



Last Saturday the neighbors and friends of G.A. CLARK met at his place and took up his peanuts.  A month before this, his neighbors met and gathered his corn.  The Jakehamon and Robinson Springs communities were well represented and some from Oliver Springs.  This work was organized by Beal SETZLER, and he and those who helped are to be commended for this act of neighborliness.  For more than three months, Mr. CLARK has been kept closely in with his wife lay seriously ill for that time and this coupled with the heavy expenses incident to such long continued misfortune gives a good cause for his friends to lend a helping hand.  Mr. and Mrs. CLARK have lived in this section many years and have reared their family here, and are held in highest esteem by all alike.  Eight teams and thirty-two hands reported for work and the crop was put in the shock by noon.

Clyde WALL has been doing some painting at the teacherage this week.

George HUGHES and Wayland SEALS have entered school at this place, both being tenth grade students.

R.P. LEWIS and family spent the weekend in Ranger visiting his daughter, Mrs. Tad WHITE and family.

Burlie WAYLAND entered school at this place Monday morning.  He has been in west Texas picking cotton.

Miss Guandola BRAZELL spent Sunday visiting her sister, Mrs. Jack OWENS, of Desdemona.

Mrs. Herbert SHAHAN and little daughter, Vina Fae, of Breckenridge, spent a part of last week visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.O. McKINNEY.


Oliver Springs

Progress in the harvesting of the crops here has been almost completely stopped due to continuous rainfall.  Many are planning to gather peanut crops as soon as the weather will permit.  Several have cotton to pick also.

B.C. THOMPSON is under the care of physicians at Gorman Sanitarium, where an operation was performed a week ago, following serious illness.  He, at this writing, is improving and probably will be back in his home at the end of the week.

Mrs. John BURLESON of Grandview, formerly of this community, has been dangerously ill with paralysis, but is recovering.

Misses Iris June and small sister and Phil REED of Desdemona, are visiting with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.H. REED.

Misses Lela and Oleander ECHOLS spent the past week visiting with their aunt, Mrs. J.M. BLACKWELL.



©2004,2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,2009,2010, 2011 Judith Michaels.  This transcription is the generous work of Judy Michaels taken from microfilm held by the Newspaper Collection of the University of Texas at Austin with a microfilm copy at Comanche Public Library.  The information may be used for personal research only and not for commercial purposes without specific permission.