The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, January 30, 1931


Efforts Being Made to Get Day Passenger Service

            Agent C.C. MALONE of the M-K-T Railroad at De Leon, told the Free Press this week that an effort is being made to get daylight passenger service established between Waco and Stamford, operating trains at seasonable hours, instead of in the “graveyard watch”, as has been done in the past.  Mr. MALONE expressed his belief that this change will be put into effect almost immediately.


J.D. Narry has New Grocery Store Open for Business

            J.D. NARRY has leased his café, located on the corner of Market Street, to his brother, late of Missouri, and has opened a grocery store on the lot north of the café.  Mr. NARRY has had the building renovated and made attractive, and has a nice new stock of groceries, flour, food, etc.  He will also specialize in the sale of plants, which he grows himself, and garden and field seed.  He invites your patronage.


South Ward Honor Roll for Third Six Weeks

Seventh Grade:  Christelle HOLLEMAN, Lillie Marie UNDERHILL.  Honorable Mention: Treasure RUSSELL.

Sixth Grade:  Eugena GENTRY, Bobbie Jean STRINGFELLOW.  Honorable Mention: Mary Dolph BOSWELL, Virginia SCOTT, Denton JENKINS.

Fifth Grade:  Fracis HALL, Dora Laura PEEVY.  Honorable Mention: Delta Ree HOLDRIDGE, Flora JONES, Aubry SLAUGHTER.

Fourth Grade:  Jessie Beth ALLEN, Talma RICE, Catherine SNEED, Elaine SCOTT, Helen WALL, Iona Mae BAGWELL, Gayle NANCE, Henry Grady TERRILL, Jr.  Honorable Mention:  Nina HOLLAND, Dorothy SHAVER, Royce STRINGFELLOW, Ruby Lee PELL.

Third Grade:  Helen HALL, Edith Mae ROGAN, Elaine HAMPTON, June TERRILL, Darleen VAN ZANDT, Mary SAULTER, Robert COOK, Clark DUKE, Montie DAVIS.  Honorable Mention:  Joe Ed BOSWELL, Ina Louise MILLER.

Second Grade:  Mary Frances ELLIS, Irene SLAUGHTER, Frances HAMPTON, Dorwin HAMILTON, Bruce TERRILL.

First Grade:  Ruth Elaine BOSWELL, Sarah Jo MORRISON, Mary Jack RICE.  Honorable Mention:  Harold CLARK, Peggy Jean COUNTS, Donna Fae WALL, Bettye Jeanne NABORS.


F. & M. National Bank Builds Vault

            Dow MERRITT has the contract for building an extension to the customers vault at the Farmers & Merchants National Bank.  The facilities were too small after the merger of the two banks last week.  The capacity is being doubled, or more, and when finished will provide safe, strong boxes for valuable papers, etc. for the many who will patronize De Leon’s one bank.


Happy Birthday Party

            Last Friday, January 23, was quite a happy day for Mrs. Harve SMITH.  As she went about her daily tasks thinking nothing about what day it was, about ten o’clock her four sons with their families all drove up to the gate and began greeting their mother with “Happy birthday.”  Not until then did she realize what day it was.

            After a very bountiful dinner was served, several games of “42” were played.  The whole day was spent in having a jolly time together.

            Mrs. SMITH is the mother of five children.  One daughter and four sons, all present at the birthday dinner.  She also has six grandsons.  Late in the afternoon the children all bade their mother good-bye, wishing her many more just such happy birthdays.  –Contributed



            Mr. A.J. CHAMPION and Miss Madell HAMILTON announced recently their secret marriage which occurred December 17th at Marietta, Oklahoma.  Mrs. CHAMPION is the accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George HAMILTON who reside here.  She was a member of De Leon high school graduation class in 1929 and attended John Tarleton College at Stephenville during 1929-1930, where she was very popular.

            Mr. CHAMPION lives at Proctor where he has many friends.  Mrs. CHAMPION’s friends here wish them much happiness.  –Contributed.



            Sunday  afternoon, Jan. 25, Mr. Grady NANCE and Miss Morene CAFFEY were married at the home of Rev. NABORS in De Leon.

            Mrs. NANCE is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.W. CAFFEY and was reared in Comyn Community.  She finished high school with the class of 1930. Mr. NANCE is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.S. NANCE.  He is employed as one of the school bus drivers during the school term. Mr. and Mrs. NANCE will make their home on their farm in the Ebenezer district of Comyn community.

            The following persons attended the wedding: Mrs. J.A. OTWELL, Mr. and Mrs. E.W. SHORT, Mr. and Mrs. Rufus OTWELL and family, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. PIERCE and family, Mr. and Mrs. C.T. ABORS and family, Mrs. S.D. WEST and boys, Frank OTWELL, Lue Willie MAY, Louie and Susie, Maud Mildred CAFFEY, Odell OTWELL, Eltie OTWELL, Lillie OTWELL.

            They received a number of pretty and useful gifts.


Former De Leon Girl and Abilene Man Marry

            Mrs. H.P. EVANS of this city has received the announcement of the marriage of her sister, who was formerly Miss Irma Lee GRAHAM and until last year made her home in this city, to John Lloyd MATTHEWS of Abilene.  The following excerpt from the society columns of the Abilene Reporter gives details of the affair.

            “Mr. and Mrs. John Lloyd MATTHEWS, who were married on Thursday, January first, at Walters, Oklahoma, are to leave Monday for Amarillo where they will make their home.  Mrs. MATTHEWS is the former Miss Irma Lee GRAHAM who has been associated with the Holly Electric Company for the past year.  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Newton GRAHAM of Comanche and before coming to Abilene she lived in Brownwood.

            “Mr. MATTHEWS, who has headquarters here as a Chevrolet representative for General Motors Corporation, has been transferred to Amarillo.  The couple was accompanied to Walters by Mrs. A.M. WILSON of this city.”  Brownwood Bulletin


Local Happenings

Mrs. S.C. COWAN and little son, Sammie, also Miss Mable MACON, all of Dallas, were visiting Friday and Saturday last week in the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lem MACON on Rt. 3.

Dr. and Mrs. Archie HAMPTON, of Dallas, were here the past weekend, guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.G. HAMPTON, and brother C.C. HAMPTON and family.

Information has come from Fort Worth that W.W. NANCE, Jr., who is now employed by Armour & Co. there, is in the hospital and his brother, Tom NANCE, is substituting for him at the Armour plant during his illness. 

Miss FUQUA of Wichita Falls is guest of her aunt, Mrs. S.E. IVERSON. 

Mrs. Morris PITTMAN and daughter, of Dallas, are guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. V.D. DOGGER at Comyn.

Mr. and Mrs. Autry SELF of Iraan are guests of his parents, Dr. and Mrs. J.E. SELF.

Escar, Jr. three-month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Escar SINGLETON, who live on Route 1, is recovering from a serious attack of pneumonia.

A.C. DODSON of Corpus Christi was week-end guest of his mother, Mrs. Mary DODSON.

Mrs. Lee IRVIN of Abilene was week-end guest of her husband, and mother, Mrs. Alice TERRY.

Mrs. Bessie WHITE and small daughter, Burlene, have returned to their home at Rosco after visiting the past month with her sister, Mrs. Adrion BALLARD.

Mr. J.S. WAKEFIELD and daughter, Miss Eva and Pat MILLER of Uvalde, were guests last week of Mr. and Mrs. Bill MYERS.  Mr. WAKEFIELD and Mrs. MYERS are brother and sister.

Mrs. Ray FLETCHER of Abilene was week-end guest of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. SALTER.  She was accompanied by Mrs. FLETCHER, who has visited this winter with her daughter, Mrs. SALTER.

Rev. STRAWN, a Baptist minister who was a pioneer citizen of this county and lived in the Robinson Springs Community, died last week at his home in Estancia, New Mexico.


Robinson Springs

Mrs. J.F. DYSON, a local leader, entertained the 4-H Club Friday night with a “wienie” roast.  A clever way was arranged for partners after which all hiked down in the pasture to an open hill top and built a big bon-fire and played games till a late hour, then parched peanuts and “wienies” were served.  A great time was reported by all. Other guests present were:  Misses Pauline RAY of De Leon, Mable MACON of Dallas, Modess WEST and Thessel ALLEN.  Messrs. Carl MACON, Perry MORING and Mrs. MORING.

Mrs. Coy COWAN and Sister, Mable MACON of Dallas, visited homefolks, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. MACON and family last week end.

Friends of this place congratulate Mr. and Mrs. James L. LITTLE of Old Glory, who are now the proud parents of a baby boy named Joel Ballard in memory of both his grandfathers.  Mr. LITTLE was a teacher at this place last year.

Mr. and Mrs. A.J. KAY and family of Breckenridge visited home folks Mr. and Mrs. John KAY and family and Mr. and Mrs. BARKER and family Thursday and Friday of last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry STEWART who have been living in Pampa have recently moved to Downing.

T.R. BLASSINGAME of Pampa is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. BLASSINGAME.

S.C. BLOYD and family visited O.T. BLOYD and family of St. Joe Sunday.



The continued warm weather has delayed much hog killing in this community.

Mr. and Mrs. Ferrell LEWIS of Ranger visited with Mr. R.P. LEWIS Sunday.

Miss Evylyn LANE spent the week end with Mr. and Mrs. W.E. LANE of Desdemona.

Mr. and Mrs. L. N. LANE of Gorman, spent the week end with Mrs. W.A. LANE.

Mrs. S.O. McKINNEY spent Thursday with her son, Mr. J.C. McKINNEY of Frankell.

Misses Delia and Cora WALL, teachers in this school, spent the week end visiting friends in Fort Worth.

Little Billie Paul LEWIS, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.P. LEWIS, has been on the sick list this week.

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

S.A. JOHNSON and family of Rising Star attended the singing at this place Sunday.  They formerly lived here and their many friends are always glad to have them come back.

Lawrence HUGHES, who has been working in Brownwood for the past several months, is visiting with home folks.

George HUGHES is out of school for a few days while he is engaged in laying a pipe line.



Rev. N.T. CARTER preached here Sunday and at the conclusion of the service the church disbanded to consolidate with the Robinson Springs Baptist church.  The Sunday School also will be consolidated with Robinson Springs.

Mr. and Mrs. C.C. MILLER visited in the home of their daughter, Mrs. Virgil BATTERSHELL, at Fairy, last Thursday.

Miss Janice BRUMBELOW was injured painfully some days ago, cutting her knee on a piece of iron.  Because of the injury she has been unable to attend school.

Miss Laura ELY is visiting in the home of her uncle, Jim THOMAS, at Dublin, this week.

Mrs. MAY, whose home is in the state of Kansas, was here last week visiting in the home of her brother, R.L. PAIR.



Mr. and Mrs. J.G. BELYEU have been visiting with daughters Mrs. J.A. COAN of New Hope and Mrs. R.D. WHALEY of Duster.

Mr. and Mrs. J.R. EVANS and daughter, Golda, of Comanche, spent Sunday with J.C. EVANS and family.

Honor Roll for the third month: First Grade:  Bonnie Bell COLLINS, Bernice COAN, Pauline BROOKS; Second Grade:  Darline JOHNSON, J.F. BIGGS; Third Grade:  Mamie Joe BROOKS; Fourth Grade:  D. BAUGH; Sixth Grade:  J.D. BAUGH; Eighth Grade:  Jaunita Evans, Lily BAUGH, and La Verne HANSON; Ninth Grade:  Olene BRINSON, Alma Ruth BELYEU.



Homer BARNES of Big Lake was here during the week-end visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse BARNES.

Mr. and Mrs. J.N. BOYKIN and children spent Saturday in Hamilton with Mrs. BOYKIN’s brother, Oscar BANKHEAD and family.

Mr. and Mrs. A.B. EMMONS of Whitesboro visited last week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse BARNES.

Mr. and Mrs. C.R. CARGILE and children of Oklahoma City, were here last week visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. CHANDLER and other relatives.

Alvin BOYKIN of Oglesby is visiting with his brother, J.M. BOYKIN and family.

Rev. and Mrs. CULPEPPER of Cleburne, were here Monday visiting their children, Supt. And Mrs. S.B. CULPEPPER.



A dinner was given by Misses Belva and Mollie GRAY Sunday in honor of Miss Nellie GOODSON’s birthday.  Misses Grace DIXON, Cliftine GOODSON, Irene CLINE, Ahniwa SMITH, and Mr. Elda GOODSON and Otis CLINE were present.  The afternoon was spent at the home of the Misses GARY, and then all attended the singing at Robinson Springs Sunday night.  All reported a nice time.

Mr. Tom SPARGER has purchased a new Chevrolet Coupe.

A birthday dinner was given Mrs. Harve SMITH last Friday.  All of her children were present and an enjoyable time was reported by all who attended.


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