The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, October 31, 1930


Theo Bell is not Married as Reported, He Declares

            Last week the Free Press ran a story telling of the marriage of Theo BELL of this city.  As a matter of fact Theo called at the Free Press and said he is NOT married and will make an affidavit of the fact to anyone interested.

            The Free Press editor regrets the error and offers sincere apology.


Comanche County Students Organize Club at Tarleton

            The Tarleton students of Comanche County met October 18, 1930 and organized a Comanche County Club.  The following officers were elected:

President – Dale E. HOWARD

Vice-President – Paul HOLLEMAN

Treasurer – Dick LANE

Reporter – Geneva COLEY

            The following students are members of the Comanche county Indian Tribe:  Oeuda BAGGETT, Oma HUMPHREY, J.K. BAGGETT, Irby ADAMS, Doyle BURT, Mackie JOHNSON, Gustine.  Betty BUKE, Golda EVANS, Nellie Mae KILLIAN, Dick LANE, “Pig” WETZEL, Fane WALTRIP, Comanche.  I.F. BAY, Arlena JONES, Dale FARROW, Mildred MILLER, Inez BOSWELL, Nina Beth TERRILL, Berlyn GOOCH, Mary Alice GREENWALDT, Opal Mae FRANKS, Geneva COLEY, Waynie McCHAREN, Ruth HOWE, Dale HOWARD, Paul HOLLEMAN, De Leon.  Mildred FOSTER, Thomas JACKSON, Sipe Springs. Lena BOYDSTON, Energy.   Robert TAYLOR, Will H. JONES, Billy FERILL, Fay HILLIN, Margaret LACEY, Sidney.  Lillian WEST, May.  Ophelia RANDOLPH, Beattie.


Joe Holleman

            Information comes from Denton to the effect that Joe HOLLEMAN, who recently had an operation for appendicitis, is again able to be up and resume his studies.  HOLLEMAN left the Sanitarium in just seven days, but has been taking it easy at the College hospital until such time as he was able to resume classes.


Rhoades Feed Mill Purchased by C.C. Hampton this Week

            C.C. HAMPTON and M.E. RHOADES closed a deal this week whereby Mr. HAMPTON becomes owner of Rhoades Feed Mill.  Mr. RHOADES established the business last winter and has succeeded in building up a nice trade, which Mr. HAMPTON will continue.


Court House News


Born to Mr. and Mrs. W.D. COZBY, Comanche, Route 6, Oct. 10, a son.

To Mr. and Mrs. Burton PARKMAN, Comanche Route 5, September 28, a son, Melvin La Verne.

To Mr. and Mrs. Cevil Calvert LaGRONE, Comanche, Route 1, October 10, a son, Jerry Neal.

To Mr. and Mrs. J.B. LACY, Sidney, Oct. 9, a son.

To Mr. and MRs. J.L. NORTHCUTT, Comanche Route 1, Oct. 7, a daughter.



            Galeon Wayne SMITH, year old son of Mr. and Mrs. F.P. SMITH of the Indian Creek community, died October 8 and was buried the same day at the Indian Creek Cemetery.  He was born July 9, 1929.


Deeds Recorded

            J.E. DURHAM and wife to Lee A. ANDERSON, 75 acres of land out of section No. 32,  block 3, of the East Texas Rail Road Survey.  Valuable consideration.

            W.R. FLEMING and wife to Mrs. S.G. PARKS, east one-half of the E.S. CORBITT Survey, consideration $1,000.

            H.T. STRICKLAND and wife to Mrs. Ella TROUT, 100 acres out of the Enos COOPER Survey, consideration $1125.

            M.J. SPARKS and wife to J.C. WEST 1 ˝ acres Out of the F.W.T. HARRISON Survey in the town of Gustine, consideration $1250.00.


Gentle Spirit of “Mother” Powell Passed Away

            The gentle motherly spirit of Mrs. Lydia POWELL, wife of C.B. POWELL, Sr., passed from its earthly form into celestial glory on Monday, the twenty-seventh day of October, 1930.  She had been a patient sufferer since the past January from a malady for which medical science has found no cure.  Facing her translation into the heavenly world, she constantly rejoiced and praised God.  So steadfast was her faith that those near her could all but catch a glimpse of the glory that she sensed from behind the veil!

            The writer knew this good woman intimately for many years.  True devotion was the ruling passion of her life.  She was not schooled in the things of the world, but she had a spiritual experience that convinced one that she was wise in the ways of righteous living.  She was a Christian of a type that is being termed the “old school.”  She was powerful in prayer, convincing in extortion, self-sacrificing in a world of need and suffering, gentle, loving and motherly in the home.  Of all the women of earth, the writer has known none who has led a life of truer devotion to Christian ideals!

            Lydia PITTMAN POWELL was born on November 6th, 1861, being sixty-nine years, eleven months and twenty-one days of age at death.  She was born in Arkansas and was married to C.B. POWELL there.  In the year 1893 she moved from her native state to De Leon, residing on a farm a few miles west of this city for many years.  Leaving here about twenty years ago, she has since lived at Gorman, Beeville, Sinton and Freeport, her death occurring at the latter place.

            Eleven children were born into the home, three little girls dying at the ages of 2, 3 and 11.  Surviving sons and daughters are W.H. POWELL, Freeport; Mrs. George NEIL, Brownfield; C.B. POWELL, Jr., Cisco; Mrs. L.M. ELDRIDGE, Gulf, Texas; Mrs. Charles JOYNER, Wellington; Mrs. Herman THOMPSON, Beeville; Evan POWELL, Beeville and Burt POWELL, Freeport.

            The faithful husband, now four score years of age, survives his wife and companion.  Five brothers and two sisters also survive.  They are T.S. PITTMAN, Ft. Worth; J.L. PITTMAN, Lubbock; B.J. PITTMAN, De Leon; F.D. PITTMAN, McAllister, Okla.; and O.H. PITTMAN, New Orleans; Mesdames A.R. JOHNSON, Shreveport, La.; and J.M. POWELL, Prescott, Arkansas.

            There are twenty-eight grandchildren left to mourn the passing of a loving grandmother, and two great grandchildren.  ………

            Rev. J.O. JOLLY, pastor of the Freeport Baptist church, of which Mrs. POWELL was a member, came to this city and conducted the funeral services at 10:00 o’clock a.m. Wednesday.  Rev. Montie A. DAVIS, local pastor and Rev. Chas. JOYNER, of Wellington, spoke words of sympathy and consolation to the bereaved.  The body was laid to rest at De Leon cemetery besides the graves of the three little daughters who had slept there for these many years.


Mrs. Fannie Ware Dies October 28th at Home, Duster

            Mrs. Fannie Josephine WARE, nee PIRTLE, was born November 19th, 1853, in Mississippi.  She was married to W.R. WARE, now deceased.  She departed from this life Oct. 28, 1930 at Duster, Texas, where she, with her family, had resided continuously for the past twenty years.

            She was the mother of five children, two dying in infancy and John L. WARE died December 7th, 1929.  Those who survive are W.R. and Jim WARE.

            There are four grand-children living, Weldon, Stanley, Hazel and John L. WARE.  One sister also survives, Mrs. Mollie DANIELS of Cisco and one brother, Robert PIRTLE at Post City.

            Mrs. WARE had been a patient sufferer for a number of years having been confined to her room for the last twenty months.  She was ready to go and often told her loved ones she was anxiously waiting for her summons from on high that she might be reunited with her loved ones.  The funeral was conducted at 2:30 o’clock p.m. at the home of W.R. WARE at De Leon in the presence of a large circle of friends and relatives.  Rev. Willie SKAGGS and Rev. M.A. DAVIS spoke the words of consolation, after which the remains were laid away amid many pretty floral offerings at Weaver Cemetery, south of Gorman.  –Contributed.



Mrs. GRYDER spent last week with her grand-daughter, Mrs. G.W. GOODSON, returning to Desdemona Saturday.

Mrs. Frank SMITH, who has been very ill, is greatly improved.

Little Donald THOMAS has been very ill this past week.

Watt GOODSON and family visited his father, J.V. GOODSON of Lingleville Sunday.

School was dismissed this week for peanut-shaking.  The peanut yield will be very light through this section.



Mrs. B.M. CARSON of Abilene visited her father, A.J. CUMMINS, Saturday.

Miss Mildred MILLER of Stephenville was visiting at home last week-end.


Robinson Springs

Mr. and Mrs. Perry MORING and family were called to Huckabay Wednesday of last week to attend the funeral of Mr. MORING’s grandmother.  Miss Idelle MORING, who is teaching school at Idalou and Mr. Ben MORING of Hale Center, returned home with them Wednesday afternoon.  Mr. MORING took them to Eastland that night to meet the 12:35 train going west.

A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charlie PARKS last Tuesday afternoon, October 21.

Miss Myrtle Mae LOWRANCE is visiting homefolks in Hico this week.

Miss Bess UNDERWOOD and Mr. FERGUSON, teachers at this place are visiting with folks in Dublin and Lingleville respectively, during the peanut harvesting.

Mrs. Jim WEST is still on the sick list but is reported to be somewhat better at this writing.

J.V. SPRUILL and family have moved from the WILLIAMS homestead to Mr. WILLIAMS rent house, where Frank JASPER lived.  Mr. JASPER has moved up near Wichita Falls.

Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMS, who moved to the Rio Grande Valley last fall have moved back to this place.  Also Mr. and Mrs. Merrit HARRIS have returned from the Rio Grande.  Both families made good crops in the Rio Grande, but due to failing health from change of climate, they thought it advisable to come back to respective homes here.

Jim WEST has a very sick registered cow.



A heavy rain fell in this community last week, which further delayed the peanut harvest.

W.A. LINDLEY and family were called to Goree last week because of the serious illness of Mr. DAVENPORT.  His condition is serious and his family and friends earnestly hope for his recovery.  Mr. DAVENPORT, familiarly known as “Uncle Dick,” lived in this community many years and was held in the highest esteem by all who know him.

Mrs. Lizzie WINNEGAR and children visited her sister, Mrs. J.D. WHITE at Salem Sunday.

Ferrill and R.D. LEWIS, sons of R.P. LEWIS, have recently returned from an extended visit in New Mexico and other points.  While away they visited with their uncle, Albert LEWIS, and family of New Mexico and they report good crops in the various places they were in.

Willie GROGAN and family visited in Dublin last week.  They are moving this week to the G.E. RILEY farm where they will make their home.

Mr. and Mrs. D.E. GUTHERY and daughter, of Abilene, spent the weekend visiting with Mrs. GUTHERY’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS.

The Farm Shop boys as a lesson in carpentry, re-shingled the front porch of the teacherage last week, doing a neat job of the work.


Oliver Springs

After a two weeks’ dismissal for peanut harvest, we expect to begin school again Monday with a greater interest manifested than before.

Mr. and Mrs. Dewey LINDLEY have been away several weeks in the harvest at Levelland.

Mr. and Mrs. R.M. BREEDLOVE of Priddy, formerly of this community, are the proud parents of Nina Anne, a new daughter.

B.C. THOMPSON is recovering from his illness slowly.


Comyn News

Mr. and Mrs. E.G. THOMAS and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur THOMAS and children of Everman, visited during the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. H.O. GEORGE and Mr. and Mrs. Ed THOMAS.

Mrs. F.E. COWAN of Alexander is visiting her daughter, Mrs. W.F. HARVEY.


Local Happenings

Miss Ruth HOWE of Stephenville was week-end guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.E. HOWE.

Miss Lillian HANSFORD, who teaches piano at Moran this year, spent the past week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.A. HANSFORD.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude FITZGERALD and sister of Mrs. FITZGERALD, Mary Ruth of Denton, spent last week-end with his mother, Mrs. T.I. FITZGERALD.

Jim PARSONS, Clyde NEWTON, George ROLLINS, Mose BLITCH, Luther EASTERLING, Shorty LANGLEY and Brooks WHEAT left Monday morning for Amarillo, where they have employment with Humble Oil Co.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. MONK at Abilene, October 9th, a baby girl whose name is Billie Gene.  Mrs. MONK was formerly Miss Alene MULLOY.

Mrs. T.L. FITZGERALD received a message from Rhine, Okla. Last Monday stating that Mrs. Mary McINROE was dead.  Mrs. McINROW was a sister of Mr. FITZGERALD.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack PRICE from NACOGDOCHES, are here for a brief visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. SHARP.

Mrs. Ben NABORS and little daughter of Tyler have been visiting the past two weeks in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. POLNAC.

Rev. R.L. SMITH, wife and two small children, were week-end visitors in the home of Rev. and Mrs. Montie A. DAVIS.  The two families are old Mississippi friends.  Revs. DAVIS and SMITH were college classmates and were licensed to preach the same day.  The SMITHs are now students in the Baptist Seminary at Ft. Worth.



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