The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, February 6, 1931


“The Narrows” Nature’s Beauty Spot Near De Leon is Open to Visitors

            G.D. FRALEY, who resides on the W.D. HORTON place, embracing “The Narrows”, 12 miles west of De Leon asked the Free Press to announce that he had leased the canyon, and will charge 25 cents per car for admission.  The Narrows is a place of scenic beauty scarcely equaled in this section.  It is a canyon with many caves and gigantic boulders and clear, cool springs of running brooks.  The place is reached by traveling west from De Leon on the Beattie road, passing Trinity school house, crossing the Copperas at a point a mile west of Trinity school.  Mr. FRALEY has up a sign on the road two miles west of Copperas bridge where one enters his place.


She’s Read Free Press Since Its Founding

            Mrs. J.B. JOHNSON who resides some six miles south west of this city, was in town early in the week and renewed their subscription to the paper for 1931.  Mrs. JOHNSON stated that she has been a reader of the Free Press since the paper was established in 1889.  Her father, whom the writer remembers as “Grandpa BIFFLE”, commenced taking the paper when it was founded, and after the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. JOHNSON, 33 years ago they had it come to their home and have continued to do so through the years.

            The present editor has been connected with the Free Press for more than 20 years and greatly appreciates these good friends who have stood by the paper through good times and bad.  It is a pleasure to be of service to such people.


Bluebonnet Nut Co. Has Modern Candy Factory

            Curt MORRIS has purchased the machinery and fixtures of the Bluebonnet Nut Co., formerly owned by John SWAGERTY, and has moved the same to the building adjoining the Western Union Telegraph Co.  [He] moved to the new location about a week ago, and has been busy getting his fixtures arranged for business.

            Besides roasting a very superior grade of salted peanuts, which MORRIS jobs over a large territory, he is also manufacturing and jobbing candy.  Young Mr. KENNEDY, an experienced candy maker is employed.  Half a dozen different kinds of candy are being made at this time, best known perhaps being a very fine grade of peanut brittle made of De Leon peanuts and which is strictly a De Leon product.  Other candy bars are:  Fudge bars, Texas brittle, Blue Bonnet Squares, Penny Brittle, P. & C. Bars and 43 others, and salted peanuts.

            Curt MORRIS lives right here in De Leon, buys groceries, shoes, drygoods, drugs, and hardware from our stores and helps support our churches and lodges, and pays taxes to support our city and schools.  This industry will grow just to the extent that it is patronized.  When you buy candy ask for De Leon candy.


Local Happenings

Rev. and Mrs. M.A. DAVIS, K.M. VAN ZANDT, H.E. NEWTON, Mesdames J.H. GRIZZELLE, W.S. SNEAD, Archie LEE, C.L. KINCHEN, and perhaps others from De Leon attended the Baptist Workers Meeting at the Baptist Church of Comanche last Tuesday.  A most excellent program was carried out.

Miss Adelaide SENNING, of Spur, was here early in the week visiting in the home of her sister, Mrs. G.D. COBB, Miss Ruth MAPLES, a friend, of Spur, was also visiting in the COBB home this week.

W.W. NANCE, Jr., who spent a very uncomfortable week last week in a Fort Worth hospital, is at home recuperating from his illness.  He expects to be able to return to work by the end of the present week.  He has been employed by the Fort Worth Poultry & Egg Co. since January 1st.  Tom NANCE has also secured a place with the same firm, and his wife joined him there Friday of last week.

Taylor DABNEY of Stephenville visited his parents last week-end.

Mr. and Mrs. George CARAWAY and children of Eldorada were guests last week of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bud CARAWAY and Mr. and Mrs. STRONG.

Mr. and Mrs. Ira HARVEY and children of Goldthwaite and Otis HARVEY of Grand Prairie were here last week and attending the bedside of Mr. John WOOD.

Mr. and Mrs. R.L. WILSON and children were guests Sunday of her mother, Mrs. Emma COONER.

Ray HARVEY of Dallas was a weekend guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY.

Miss Crysteen AYERS of Stephenville was guest Sunday of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.W. AYERS.

Dale HOWARD of Stephenville was guest Friday of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar HOWARD.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred ECHOLS and family have moved on their farm near Stephenville.

Irl BIBBY of Colorado was guest Sunday of his brother, A.H. BIBBY and family. 

Mrs. Tate LOCKHART and little son, Jimmie, of Snyder, are visiting her mother, Mrs. R.L. MORELAND.

Hezzie DEAN, who is principal of Lowell school, was week-end guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry DEAN.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben HANEY and children have moved from the Oliver Springs Community to Abernathy to make their future home.



Last Thursday afternoon the vocational agriculture boys accompanied by Supt. COBB went to the home of Mr. Stanley CARRUTH and laid off terraces for him.

Miss Faye HATTOX spent Saturday night with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.W. HATTOX.

The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd LITTLE was able to return from the hospital at Gorman Sunday.  She was suffering from pneumonia, but is much improved now.

Mr. Austin HOLMES, who is attending school at Cisco, visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. HOLMES last week.

Mrs. L.T. PITTS is spending the week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. DAWKINS.

Mr. (Grandpa) Miles KELLEY is on the sick list now.  We hope that he will soon recover.



C.M. MIEARS and others have been engaged this week taking up a gas line that has recently been sold.

George HUGHES has returned to school after having been out the past week working on a new pipe line.

Gwendolin ROBBINS, who has been sick the past week, is back at school this week.

Miss Captola BROWNING and Mrs. S.E. BROWNING of Desdemona visited Mr. and Mrs. Chas. BROWNING Sunday.

Charlie LINDLEY has purchased the MOORMAN farm and will sometime soon move there.  This farm is conveniently situated and well improved.  Mr. LINDLEY will try out his luck at diversified farming.  Mr. LINDLEY has been engaged in business for several years at Desdemona and will probably continue his business there for a while.  This community welcomes this excellent family.

K.F. JOINER had the misfortune to get his hand badly burned a week ago.  While applying hot tar to the covering of a building he accidently slipped on the roof falling in such a way that his hand was covered with tar.

Mrs. W.L. MOORE, who has been in poor health for some time, was taken to Gorman Saturday for an examination.



Mr. Maurice FERGUSON, teacher at Robinson Springs, spent Sunday with his uncle, Mr. Harve SMITH and family.

Mr. and Mrs. I.H. CROW and children are moving to Fort Worth this week.


Robinson Springs

Mr. Oscar ROE of Snyder, Oklahoma, visited Mr. S.C. PRICE and family last week.  Mr. ROE is a cousin of Mr. PRICE.  They had not seen each other in twenty years.

Mrs. NORWOOD’s niece, Mozelle CARGILE of Clarendon, stayed with Mr. and Mrs. NORWOOD and is attending school at Robinson Springs.

The enrollment in school has now gone to 103.  This is the largest enrollment that Robinson Springs school has ever had.

Mrs. THOMPSON of Rio Grande valley is visiting her sister, Mrs. Joe SCOTT.

The following pupils have read the recquired amount of books and have been presented reading certificates from S.M.N. MARRS, State Superintendent:  Charlotte MILLER, LaBon SPRUILL, Thelma MILLER, Velma MILLER, and Janice BRUMBELOW.  Alice KIMMEL and Mary Frances RADENBACH have read the required amount but have not received their certificates yet.  Several others are trying hard to finish the required number before school is out.  The first five mentioned are also trying to read the limited amount for their second seal.



Mr. Claude PAIR is in the hospital at Gorman.  He is in a very serious condition.

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Marcelle HIGGINBOTHAM is seriously ill with pneumonia.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude PAIR visited his parents of the Victor community last Saturday.

Mrs. Bert WARE and daughter, John L., of De Leon, visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.M. DAVIS Sunday.

C.W. PITTMAN and family visited Mr. and Mrs. Reeves PITTMAN of Oliver Springs Sunday.

Mrs. Clista DUNCAN went to Gorman yesterday to have a head trouble treated.

The Honor Roll for the past month contained the names of Bertha ALLSUP and Fern CLEMENT of the 8th grade. Jack DAVIS and Duard HAZZARD of the 6th grade. Jada DAVIS of the 5th grade. Harold DUNCAN of the 3rd grade. Addie Sue PITTMAN and J.D. GRISHAM of the 2nd grade. Mary Francis DUNCAN of the 1st grade.

Miss Amazon MOHON visited her parents in De Leon last Saturday.

Mr. Lloyd GRISHAM has returned from Mercedes where he has held a good position for some time.


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