The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, January 2, 1931


 Miss Alice Terry Had Operation Recently

            Miss Alice Terry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar TERRY, is recovering from a serious operation which she underwent at Gorman on Thursday before Christmas.


Mrs. S.S. Smith Recovering From Minor Operation

            Mrs. Simon SMITH of this city was recently carried to Blackwell Sanitarium at Gorman for a minor operation.  She is at home now and is recovering rapidly.


Mrs. C.C. Morris Slowly Improving

            Mrs. C.C. MORRIS suffered a stroke of paralysis at her home here some two weeks ago and at times has been critically ill.  However, at this time she is somewhat improved and was resting nicely as this paper went to press.  Mrs. Curt MORRIS is also doing nicely after a recent illness.


Thieves Steal Durant Coach and Destroy by Fire

            A Durant Coach, ’28 model, property of Horace IRVIN, was stolen from his residence here on Christmas night.  The car was taken in the early part of the night, and about 10:00 o’clock the same night, was found deserted on the highway about 50 or 100 yds. East of Jones Crossing bridge some two miles south of Comyn, some boys of the community making the discovery.  The car was on fire when found and was too far gone to save.  It was almost totally destroyed. Mr. IRVIN carried only a small amount of insurance on the machine and his loss will be considerable.


Class of 26 Hold Annual Banquet Christmas Night

            The Class of ’26 of De Leon High School held their annual banquet on Christmas night, 1930, at the Travelers Hotel.  Due to various prevailing circumstances, only about one-fourth of the class were present along with a number of invited guests.

            John D. HARVEY, class president, occupied the head of the table which signified that he was the toastmaster.  Embarrassing each person present in turn, he called for very brief addresses, concerning biographical events of the past and present.  Between Soup and pudding the following responded to his request:  Miss Bernice INZER, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin PITTMAN, Miss Doris AYERS, Mr. and Mrs. John BURLESON, Miss Roger Mae SMITH, Mr. and Mrs. Fred NABORS, Mrs. Georgia HOUK, Sherrod STOVER, Miss Modelle TATE and Lewis EASTERLING. After the banquet, Bridge and “42” were indulged in until a late hour when the class adjourned for a year’s recess.


Double Wedding

            A double wedding of interest to many of our readers occurred at Marietta, Okla., in “Love County,” on Saturday, December 20th.  The contracting parties were Mr. Gordon GRISHAM and Miss Dorothy Bee GEORGE, and Mr. Reeves PITTMAN and Miss Tennie VINSON.  Both couples were united by a single ceremony.  County Judge WARDEN of Love county performed the ceremony.

            These two couples drove to Oklahoma and were married, returning as far as Fort Worth the same night.  So far as Mr. GRISHAM and Miss GEORGE knew, the other couple was merely accompanying them as witnesses.  In fact, it was the plan of Mr. PITTMAN and Miss VINSON to procure a license and take the vows without the knowledge of the other couple.  But GRISHAM and Miss GEORGE became suspicious and spoiled the plan.  The double wedding then followed.

            All these are among the community’s choicest young people, all from our best families, and each of them popular and deserving.  Their many friends wish them happiness and success.


Rhodes – Jenkins

            Mr. Homer RHODES and Miss Leila JENKINS were united in marriage Saturday, December 20th at six o’clock p.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. BURGESS at Abilene.  Judge OXFORD officiated with the ring ceremony.

            The house was beautifully decorated with ferns and cut flowers.  The alter was created of fern and chrysanthemums.

            Miss Naoma BURGESS was maid of honor and the best man, Ross B. JENKINS, brother of the bride.

            Mrs. RHODES is a popular and talented young woman and grew to womanhood in this city.  She is now teaching in the Gorman schools.  Mr. RHODES has a responsible position with the Magnolia Petroleum Co., having been located at De Leon for some four years, having many friends here.

            Those present at the wedding ceremony were Mr. and Mrs. W.L. BURGESS and Miss Naoma, Mr. and Mrs. Ross B. JENKINS and son of Trent, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie BURGESS and Billie, McCamey.



            Billie VAN, a friend and business associate of Tate COUNTS, and Miss Lenora KIELBURG, of Wichita Falls, were married at Vernon, Texas, last Monday, and came to De Leon for a Christmas visit with COUNTS and family, Dr. R.H. BURTON and wife of Ft. Worth accompanying them.  Nick HIGGINBOTHAM and Miss Bessie SLOAN, of Stephenville, also joined the Christmas party at the COUNTS home.


Warren – Hammond

            Bernice WARREN and Miss Alene HAMMOND were happily married December 20th at 3:00 o’clock p.m. at Gorman, Texas, the Justice of the Peace officiating.

            Mrs. WARREN is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel HAMMOND, and Mr. WARREN is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob WARREN.  These young people were reared in the Suez community and have many friends who wish for them much happiness.


Waldrep – Nance

            Driving to Walters, Okla., opposite Wichita Falls and Burkburnett, on Friday, December 19, Mr. Tom NANCE and Miss Mozelle WALTREP were united in marriage there.  Walters was not particularly the town they had in mind as their destination, but it was the first town they came to in Oklahoma with a court house, they stated.  Huron POLNAC accompanied them.  They made the trip of 440 miles, to Walters and return, in a little more than eleven hours.

            After procuring the license to wed, the happy young couple called at the home of the Methodist pastor, Rev. GRAHAM, and took the solemn vows before him, POLNAC witnessing the ceremony.

            Mrs. NANCE is a daughter of E.S. WALTREP, who is employed in the Katy train service.  She resided in De Leon when a small child, then moved with her parents to Stamford where she grew to womanhood, graduating from Stamford high school in the class of ’29.  She is a young woman of many graces.  Tom is the third son of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. NANCE, was in the class of ’28 at De Leon high school and for the past two years has held a responsible position with Armour & Co., working at Lampasas and Georgetown.  Both are popular and their friends wish for them much happiness.


Tarrance – Hooper

            Mr. C.L. TARRANCE and Miss Linnie May HOOPER were married Sunday, December 21st at Desdemona by Rev. CARTER.  Mrs. TARRANCE is the popular daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will HOOPER of Desdemona and has many friends there.

            Mr. TARRANCE resides in the Robinson Springs community and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fleet TARRANCE, being a popular young man of sterling character.  Mr. and Mrs. TARRANCE have the good wishes of their many friends.


Scott – Loudermilk

            John SCOTT and Miss Katheryn LOUDERMILK, both of Downing, were married in Comanche Monday afternoon at five o’clock, the ceremony being performed by Clarence BRYANT at the residence of Dr. and Mrs. E.R. GREEN.

            Mrs. SCOTT is the daughter of the late Hardy and Mrs. LOUDERMILK and Mr. SCOTT is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben SCOTT.  Both young people were reared in the Downing community.


Chupp – Solomon

            Mr. J.R. SOLOMON and Miss Lillie CHUPP were united in the holy bonds of wedlock at 2:00 o’clock Sunday afternoon, December 28th, at the home of Rev. Frank SKAGGS near Rock Bluff.

            The happy couple were accompanied by friends and relatives, Miss Lela CLEMENTS, Mr. and Mrs. Dan FRAZIER, Jack SOLOMON and Miss Lucile COAN.

            The bride was the daughter of J.M. CHUPP of the New Hope community.  Mr. SOLOMON is a prosperous young man of the Sand Hill community.

            The happy couple are now spending a few days in Cisco and expect to make their home near Sand Hill.

            They have many friends who wish for them much happiness as they travel life’s pathway together. –Contributed.


Fire Destroys House Belonging to Jesse Stone

            At about nine o’clock last Saturday night, fire of undetermined origin destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse M. STONE.  The place was located on the bluff in the north portion of the city, being somewhat isolated from other property.  Mr. and Mrs. STONE and children were away from home at the time, and the fire was discovered by neighbors only after it had gained too much headway to be put out.

            The volunteer department went out to the scene, but the house was outside the fire limits.  Nothing was saved.  Mr. STONE is said to have carried $900.00 insurance on the property.


Wayne L. Mulloy Met Tragic Death From Gas Fumes

            The untimely death of Wayne L. MULLOY occurred at Colorado, Texas, at 2:30 o’clock a.m. on Friday, December 26th.  His death was caused by poison gas at the California Company’s refinery where he was employed.

            MULLOY met his death while engaged in fighting poison gas fumes which were rising from an underground tank on the Company’s property.  A crew of men had been engaged for several hours in pumping a chemical into the tank, the poison gas having settled on the ground in a strata perhaps two feet deep.  As long as the men stood upright, they were not endangered.  But to be overcome and fall into the poison fumes was certain and quick death. 

            While the men were engaged in the darkness, I.A. JORMAN was partially overcome.  The crew took him in charge and revived him.  While they were working with JORMAN, MULLOY, who was a short distance away, was overcome and fell.  His comrades missed him and began a search, soon finding his lifeless body.

            Wayne Leland MULLOY was born August 30, 1908, being a little more than 22 years of age at death.  Four years ago he was married to Miss Dahlia WEATHERFORD.  They had lived in Colorado the past year.  MULLOY was graduated from De Leon high school in the class of ’26.  He was a popular student and athlete.  A few days before Christmas his picture was printed on advertising matter for the “Exes” football game, he being a prospective player.  But his duties prevented his coming home Christmas.

            The body was brought to De Leon and a great throng of sorrowing relatives and friends gathered at the Baptist church Saturday afternoon where the funeral service was held by Rev. Montie A. DAVIS.  His remains were laid to rest at De Leon cemetery.

            Friends of MULLOY from Colorado, most of them fellow employees, who attended the funeral were Messrs. L.A. JORMAN, G.O. HUDSON, L.S. JACKSON, Henry BRYANT, Ell MAY, HARDENTLE and M.V. PARKS.  Active pall bearers former school mates: Paul HOLDRIDGE, Roy GREENWALDT, Tom NANCE, Cecil SHORT and Henry BRYANT and G.O. HUDSON from Colorado.  Honorary pall-bearers were I.A. JORMAN of Colorado and three former classmates:  W.W. NANCE, Jr., Lewis EASTERLING and John D. HARVEY.


Liberty Honor Roll

            Honor Roll for Liberty School for the third month of school carried the names of Addie Sue PITMAN and Durward HAZZARD.  The Free Press congratulates them.



Mr. and Mrs. Claude SIDES and two daughters of Dalhart, spent Christmas week visiting Mrs. SIDES’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.E. CLARK and other relatives.  They left Friday for their home.

Mesdames W.C. STREETY and May S. WHALEY had as their Christmas guests, Mr. and Mrs. A.M. PATE and daughter, Will S., of San Antonio, and Mrs. H.P. RUSH and little Miss Jean, of San Angelo.

Mark JOHNSON, who has a position with Walker-Smith at Brownwood was spending the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. JOHNSON and family.

Joe HOLLERMAN of Denton is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will HOLLEMAN.

Miss Dovie Mae WOOD, sister of Mrs. Enoch WISDOM, has been guest in their home this week.

Misses Wilma Wayne and Jimmie Laura YOUNG have returned from Amarillo.

J.E. SPENCER and family of Cisco visited his mother, Mrs. G.W. SPENCER Sunday.

Merton BELL, Texas University student, spent the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. V.V. BELL.

Miss Bernice INZER of Kennedy was guest last week of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. H.H. INZER.

Emmett HOWARD of Sweetwater was week-end guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. HOWARD.

Miss Ruth HARPER was guest last week of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. HARPER of Abilene.

Mrs. Thurman SMITH of Ft. Worth, has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.M. REED, over the holidays.

Miss Vera SPENCER of Ft. Worth spent Christmas with her mother, Mrs. G.W. SPENCER.

Miss Jane PASS has returned from Moran, where she visited her grandmother, Mrs. S.T. TAYLOR the past week.

Mr. and Mrs. George ELLIS were guests during the holidays with her parents, Rev. and Mrs. Walter MARTIN at Purvis.

Mrs. Willie HANCOCK and daughter, Helen Joyce of Houston, were guests last week of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. HANCOCK.

Miss Nerine DONOHUE, who has a position in Kingsville, is spending the holidays gas uest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. DONOHUE.

Miss Willie Mae JETTON, C.I.A. student of Denton, spent Christmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. JETTON.

A.F. HARDIN of Sweetwater is here for an extended visit with his daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. WARE.

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

Mr. and Mrs. Benny BLUE and children of Wingate are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. YOUNG and family.

Freddie HARMON, Texas University student of Austin, spent the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy HARMON.

Grover MORRIS of Cisco has been here recently visiting in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. MORRIS, during the illness of his mother.

W.D. McCOUN and family, of Skidmore, were guests last week of Mrs. McCOUN’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.B. PAINTER.

Miss Geneva NASH, who is employed at Denton, was home for Christmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. NASH.

Miss Stella and Coale NANCE of Dallas were Christmas guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.H. NANCE.

Mr. and Mrs. Will WHALEY and daughter, Dorothy Nell, of Blackwell, Okla., were here during Christmas with his brother and family, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. WHALEY.

Mr. and Mrs. L.D. PARKS and children, of Ft. Worth, were week-end guests in the home of Free Press editor and family, Mrs. S.G. PARKS returning with them after a two weeks’ visit.

Rev. and Mrs. S.J. RUCKER  and son, Foster, left Monday for a Christmas visit with their daughter and sister at Port Arthur.  She will return with them late this week for a visit here.

The following were home from Tarleton College for the holidays:  Misses Inez BOSWELL, Christine AYERS, Arlena JONES, Opal Mae FRANK, Nina Beth TERRILL, Ruth HOWE, Geneva COLEY, Mary Alice GREENWALDT, Mildred MILLER, Mary Alice SHORT, Waynie McCHAREN and Merlin GOOCH; and Messrs. Bob GLOVER, Taylor DABNEY, Paul HOLLEMAN, Dale FARROW and Dale HOWARD.

Miss Macie BOSWELL of Kokomo is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dolph BOSWELL.

Murray NICHOLS was at home last week from Lubbock visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clark NICHOLS.

Miss Grace SHORT and Blanche HANSFORD of Denton were visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam SHORT and Mr. and Mrs. A. HANSFORD this week.



Relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Frank DYSON of Rotan, received a message recently of Mrs. DYSON getting serious burned by a steam canner.

Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Charles TURNER of Gustine, will regret to hear of the death of their small son.

George YOUNG is suffering from rheumatism and is unable to walk without using crutches.


Comyn News

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. ALSTON and children spent Christmas with Mrs. ALSTON’s mother, Mrs. J.M. ST. CLAIR of Decatur.

Mr. and Mrs. A.B. EMMONS of Whitesboro, spent Christmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jess BARNES.

Mr. and Mrs. B.G. BOYKIN and family of Oglesby spent the holidays here with their son, J.N. BOYKIN and family.

Mr. and Mrs. O. M. SKIPPER and son spent the past week-end in Groesbock visiting with Mrs. SKIPPER’s parents.

Miss Alice MOORE is visiting in the home of her uncle, B.E. MOORE of El Dorado.

Mrs. Nettie BRAMBLE of Ranger spent the week-end with her daughter, Mrs. T.W. LITTLE and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Kirby BARNES and family of Ranger visited with his brother, Jess BARNES, and family on Christmas Day.  They were accompanied home by their nephew, A.R. BARNES.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard MAYES and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer MAYES and children were here during the holidays visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. EASLEY.

Mr. and Mrs. D.R. McCOUN and children of Skidmore are here to visit Mrs. McCOUN’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.B. PAINTER and other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. V.O. GODDARD and baby of Hearne are visiting Mrs. GODDARD’s mother, Mrs. Effie BARNES and family.

E.D. NICHOLS and family have recently moved here from Rochester and are living on his mother’s farm near Comyn.

Eloise HODGES had an operation for the removal of her tonsils last week.  She is recovering nicely.

Barksdale MATHIS has been quite ill for the past two weeks.

Allen Z. GAMMAGE underwent a tonsil operation at the Blackwell Sanitarium last Tuesday.  He has recovered sufficiently to return to school.

Gerry SWANNER is moving this week from the Downing community to the SWANNER farm east of Comyn.

Mr. and Mrs. O.C. SMITH have recently moved into our community from Dublin.

While Manton DOGGETT was riding horseback last Friday, his horse became entangled in some loose barbed wire and stumbled, causing Manton to fall into the wire severely cutting one of his lower limbs.  The injury was very painful and is sufficient to cause Manton to be walking about school on crutches this week.



W.R. STURDIVANT is moving this week to the F.L. TIMMONS ranch where he will have a grain crop and assist Mr. TIMMONS with the work.

W.L. MOORE of the Robinson Springs community is moving to his place here this week.  Mr. MOORE will do some improving and will probably work more land than the home place.

Drue SHELTON, formerly a student in the high school at Desdemona, has entered school at this place.

Mr. and Mrs. Ragie ROBBINS spent several days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.E. ROBBINS during the holidays.

Friends of Ferrill LEWIS and Miss Elva SHARP were taken by surprise when they were quietly married at the Baptist parsonage Christmas Eve at 8:00 p.m.  These young people have grown up in this community and are held in the highest esteem by all.  They will live at Ranger where Mr. LEWIS will have charge of the J.R. FA???? farms.  Their multitude of friends wish for them all the success and happiness that may come their way.

W.R. GUTHERY and family is moving to the G.B. CLARK farm this week.  This community regrets to see Mr. GUTHERY and his family leave this community.  Mr. GUTHERY is a trustee of the school of this place and is interested in the welfare and upbuilding of this community.

Miss Robbie Lea ADAMS spent Christmas week visiting her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. GRIFFIN of Olden.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. HUTCHINS have moved to their farm on Armstrong.


Robinson Springs

Mr. and Mrs. MORING were in Stephenville Saturday visiting with Mrs. MORING’s mother and sisters.

Many are wishing Mr. and Mrs. C.L. TARRANCE a happy and prosperous journey of life together.  This very popular young couple married at the bride’s home Sunday afternoon, Dec. 21st at 2:30.  Bro. CARTER of Comanche performed the pretty ring ceremony.  The bride was formerly Miss Mary HOOPER, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will HOOPER of Desdemona.  The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fleet TARRANCE of this place.  The following guests were present:  Mr. and Mrs. Bun CHAMBERS, Mr. and Mrs. THURMAN and family of Desdemona, and Mrs. J.Q. CHATHAM.  Mr. and Mrs. TARRANCE are residing in Robinson Springs near the groom’s parents.

Bobby MORING spent last week with his cousin, Ray HILL, of Huckabay.

Mr. and Mrs. W.L. MOORE and son, W.L. Jr. have moved to Mr. MOORE’s farm at Jakehamon.  Miss Thessel ALLEN, Mrs. MOORE’s daughter, who is teaching here, has moved to the teacherage until the school term is over.

Mr. and Mrs. L.M. MACON are moving to his place formerly occupied by Mr. MOORE.  Mr. MACON is doing some remodeling on the house and farm.

Troy WEST fell on an iron pipe at the school building while at play during the noon period Monday and cut a severe gash in the forehead.

The seventh grade met last week to organize the class.  The following officers were elected:  Thelma BARKER, president; Alvin PRICE, vice-president; Horace SPRUILL, secretary and treasurer; Virginia TOLER, historian; Mary Frances RADENBACH, class prophet.  The class colors are pink and white; the flower is rose.  The class will have a graduating exercise at the close of the school term.

Miss Lillie Mae Chatham, who is in school at Fort Worth, has been home several days visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.Q. CHATHAM. She will return to school this week.



Mr. and Mrs. Coy NELSON left Monday for Amarillo where they will make their home.

Andra JAMAR is back at home now.



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