The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, November 28, 1930


Jokkie W. Burks, Former Resident, Dies of Poison

            Jokkie W. BURKS, former comptroller’s department employee, died at a hospital at Austin Monday night, November 17th.

            He was found lying under a stairway in the capitol building late Monday afternoon and was removed to the hospital critically ill.  Hospital attendants said BURKS showed evidence of poisoning and Rex FOWLER, city detective reported finding an empty bottle that apparently had contained poison lying near him.

            BURKS was a candidate for state land commissioner last summer.  He served as head of the tax redemption division of the comptroller’s office for a year until he resigned to make the campaign race. – Waco Times Herald.

            Mr. BURKS, who was a native of Comanche county, was born near Shiloh, was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jesse BURKS.  He grew to manhood in that community where he was married to Emma HAMMOCK, who, with three daughters and three sons, survive him.  After reaching maturity, Mr. BURKS was in the mercantile business at Gustine.  He was elected county treasurer and served two terms and later worked for the Meadows Grocery Company at Comanche and Waco before going to Austin about five years ago where he was employed in the Comptrollers Department until he resigned last summer.

            He is also survived by a brother, Joe BURKS of Dallas and three sisters, Mrs. John RIORDAN and Mrs. Geo. MASTERS of Comanche and Mrs. O.A. THOMPSON of Dublin. –Comanche Chief


De Leon Young Man Radio Announcer at Station KRLD

            The Free Press has just learned that John Carl HASKINS has been placed on the staff of announcers at Station KRLD, Dallas, and is attending to duties incident to his new work in addition to carrying a full course at Southern Methodist University.  HASKINS was chosen out of a group of scores of student aspirants, his deep resonant voice, quick wit and personal aptitude winning for him the assignment.

            John Carl may be heard announcing on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30a.m., and on Tuesdays and Fridays at 2:30 p.m.  He is always the announcer at S.M.U.’s “College of the Air” programs.  And he is often heard evenings at this station.


Rev. U.J. Morton is Improving After Illness

“Uncle Jack” MORTON, as his friends familiarly call him, has been ill for some time at his home in the Walter GREENWALDT residence, and the Free Press has learned that he has now begun to improve.  Uncle Jack, while well advanced in years, has a very strong constitution, and will doubtless soon be about as usual, which is the earnest wish of his many friends.


Card of Thanks

            We wish to express to our many friends and especially those who reside at Duster, our appreciation for the loving care and kindness during the illness and death of our mother, Mrs. Fannie WARE.  May God’s richest blessings rest on each one.

            Mr. and Mrs. Jim WARE, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. WARE and children, Mrs. John WARE and John L.


Card of Thanks

            We wish to take this method of thanking our friends and neighbors for every word and deed of kindness during the recent death of our dear husband and father.  This kind of ill fortune is painful but we can look through the clouds and see the sun shining.  We cannot find words to express our appreciation for kind deeds and floral offerings that our friends gave us.  May God’s richest blessings be upon each of you.

            Mrs. H.O. GEORGE, Mr. and Mrs. Rush GEORGE, Velma, Wade, Faye and Fausteen GEORGE


M.P. Davenport Passed to Reward Recently

            The death angel has called M.P. DAVENPORT to his eternal reward.  The news of his death was received with sincere sadness in this community last Thursday.  Jakehamon had been his home for nearly forty years.  Here he had reared his family.  Not many men were more widely known or had a greater circle of friends than this good man had.  He lived at peace with all mankind and was noted for his quiet life and manifestations of friendship.

            M.P. DAVENPORT was born in Georgia July 26, 1852 and was past his 78th birthday when he was called from this life.  He married Miss HONEYCUT and to this union were born nine children, four of which are now living to mourn the death of their faithful father, their mother having passed to her reward some twenty years ago.  The surviving children are Mrs. J.J. HOLLEMAN, De Leon; Jim DAVENPORT, Brownsfield; Mrs. Sam HINTON, Arizona, and Mrs. John TURNER, Brownfield.  He is also survived by the wife of his second marriage.

            Eighteen years ago the deceased made a profession of faith and joined the Missionary Baptist Church and has lived an exemplary and faithful Christian life.

            He was a pioneer citizen of this place and had made this his home until about ten years ago when failing health overtook him and he gave up active work and retired, living at Goree during this time.

            The esteem in which this good man was held is attested by the attendance of his old neighbors at his funeral and burial. 


Local Happenings

Those from out of town attending the funeral of M.P. DAVENPORT last week were:  Walter THORNTON and daughter, Miss Dessa; Mr. and Mrs. Gus BROWN and Miss Goldie DAVENPORT of Goree; Jim DAVENPORT of Littlefield; Rev. Henry LINDLEY, Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer NABORS and Miss Ruby Earl NABORS of Eastland, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert PALMER of Stephenville.

Mrs. Abbie ATLEE and little grandson, Jack EVERSOLE, of Linda, Ky., are spending several days visiting her father, Rev. U.J. MORTON, and sister, Mesdames W.R. GREENWALDT and N.J. POUNDS.

Mrs. John DYSON and son, Robbie, of Rankin, were guests last week of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry FREEMAN.

Mr. and Mrs. Thurman ILES of Kansas were visitors last week with his grandfather, J.A. GILLOCK and other relatives.

Miss Lorene RAY has gone to Dallas to visit her uncle, Dr. Henry RAY.

Mr. and Mrs. J.A. MORGAN left this week for Colorado, Texas, where he has a position with the Col-Tex Refining Co.  Mr. MORGAN formerly worked for these people for a period of three years but has been here for the past two years.

Mrs. Bob GILLOCK of Iraan is here visiting her sister, Mrs. Roe BUTLER.

Mrs. C.C. MALONE has returned from San Antonio.

Mrs. Guy HARMON went to Austin Tuesday to bring her son, Fred, home for the Thanksgiving holidays.

Misses Vivian ROACH and Marie DYER have returned from Hobbs, N. Mexico.

B.B. GILDER has gone to Hillsboro to visit his daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Howard DIGGS.

Mrs. Pete CAMPBELL of Texon was visitor with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob DYSON.

Miss Jane PASS was guest Sunday of her aunt, Mrs. Alston BAGGETT at Temple.

Mrs. Brown SHAVER of Luling is visiting her mother, Mrs. A.E. HAMPTON.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl YOUNG of Forsan and Mitchell TATE have gone to Laredo on a deer hunt.

Miss Verna ROACH and Mrs. Jack SPARKS and son have gone to McCamey to visit Mr. SPARKS, who has a position with the Humble Oil Company there. 



Rev. N.T. CARTER filled his appointment here Saturday evening and Sunday.  Many visitors were present at the services.

Mr. and Mrs. Blon MORELAND and baby have returned to their home at Hawley.

 Mrs. D.L. MALONE attended the funeral services of her nephew, Mr. McDONALD at Kokomo Wednesday.

Mrs. Charles BLASSINGAME gave a quilting party for the ladies of this and other communities in honor of her birthday Monday.

Miss Vera MAHAN visited her brother, J.A. MAHAN, and family last weekend.

Mrs. J.E. McCAIN and baby, of Comanche, were week-end guests in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.A. APPLEBY.

Miss Doris AYERS of Dallas is here for the Thanksgiving holidays, visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.W. AYERS.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl YOUNG of Forsan are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. YOUNG and Mr. and Mrs. John TATE.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe MYERS of Cleburne were recent guests in the A.A. Appleby home.  Mrs. MYERS and Mrs. McCAIN, formerly Miss Lucile APPLEBY, were former school mates.

Mrs. Lorena APPLEBY MORRISON, who has a position with Martin Lumber Co. of Ft. Worth, and her friends, Miss Grace and Dutch WHITE, of Ft. Worth, were guests in the APPLEBY home Sunday.


Oliver Springs

The attendance in school this week has not been one hundred per cent due to the fact that many students have been assisting their parents at home.  Nevertheless, the school work has been continuously progressing nicely.  The third month is seemingly having a good beginning.

Mr. and Mrs. Bob HAMMETT, who formerly lived in this community, now reside on Dublin Route 6.

Mr. and Mrs. Monroe BROWN and son Jim, were guests Sunday of their daughters and sisters, the Misses BROWN of Stephenville.



Peanut threshing has been going on in this community at a lively rate the past week.  If the weather stays fair, ten days more will finish this work.  Peanuts are turning out fair for the year.  The hay crop has been saved in good condition and will be of great help to those who have stock.

Mrs. S.O. McKINNEY and daughters, Misses Madgealene and Mildred, and Mrs. J.T. COOPER of Breckenridge visited with Mrs. BUTLER of Hasse Sunday.

W.N. KOONCE and Mr. and Mrs. Jim KOONCE went to Munday and visited with Mr. and Mrs. A.A. BROWN.

O.A. RIDDLE of Rochester accompanied by his daughter, Miss Mattie Ruth and Miss SPECK of that city visited with Mr. and Mrs. O.H. MOORE last week.  Mr. RIDDLE formerly lived in this section and has many friends who are glad to see him.  He left the peanut belt several years ago to try his luck at bottom farming and has done well.

W.R. STURDIVANT will move to the TIMMONS place soon.

Rev. Wm. M. LINDLEY spent a part of last week visiting with his son, W.A. LINDLEY and family.

Singing at this place was especially well attended last Sunday.  Both the old and new books were used.  Many prominent singers were present which added much to the singing.  A number of special songs, quartettes, and the like were sung.  It is hoped to have good attendance at all the singings. 

School turned out and all teachers and many students attended the funeral of M.P. DAVENPORT at Oliver Springs cemetery last Thursday.



Mrs. Alice KNOX, who lives in Arkansas, is visiting her brother, Harve SMITH.

Everyone around here has their peanuts threshed, some making a fair yield.

John DECKER of Lingleville is in this community helping thresh.

We are glad to report that Mrs. Frank SMITH is able to be up and about.

Tom SPARGER and Jess BYNUM are building Mrs. Nell SMITH a barn.

Miss Irene BROWN, primary teacher of this school, visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe BROWN of St. Joe during the week-end.


Robinson Springs

The threshing season is about completed in this district.  Most of the boys are back in school this week and it is hoped that the attendance will be one hundred per cent by next week.  It is a drawback to the teachers and the regular attendance as well as the absentee, and no irregular student can hope to gain as much from a literary standpoint as the regular student does.

Misses Bess UNDERWOOD, Thessel ALLEN, Mattie Mell SPRUILL and Mr. and Mrs. MORING and son attended the play given at De Leon City Hall by the Comyn faculty Friday night.  All reported that it was one of the best royalty plays they had ever seen.

Bun CHAMBERS, Baxter RAY, Misses LaJoyce MACON and Lorene RAY went to Dallas Friday and remained over the week-end.  The girls visited several places of interest such as the Dallas News Office, Fair Park, Magnolia Building and many other places.



Supt. G.D. COBB accompanied the boys basketball team to Downing Friday.  Our team won 34-6.

Mr. and Mrs. L.D. BOZEMAN and J.W. KENNEDY of Cross Plains have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. W.L. BLAIR of Duster.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude CROW have returned from Oklahoma and expect to make their home in this community.

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. PATE spent Sunday with their daughter, Mrs. O.J. McNEILL, who resides at Dublin.



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