The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, February 13, 1931


Dee Bell Now Sole Owner of Bell Store

            Dee BELL this week closed a deal with his father, R.W. BELL, for the latter’s interest in the new Bell store, located in the Free Press building.  Dee is now sole owner, proprietor and manager.  The store has had a very nice business during its first month of operation.

            BELL & Son bought a stock of goods at Seymour originally, moving some to this place.  The stock consisted of some dry goods, drugs, notions and hardware.  Young BELL will close out the hardware and drug line, offering goods in these departments at near half price.  It is his intention to engage in drygoods, notions and shoes as soon as the odd lots can be worked off.

            “Dee Bell” will be the new store name.  See his ad in this issue.


B.J. Pittman has Office at Holdridge Store Building

            B.J. PITTMAN has secured desk space at the Holdridge & Sons downtown store, where he may be seen by anyone having business to transact with him.  Mr. PITTMAN has his Notary sign displayed.  He has considerable business details to complete, he stated.

            Mr. PITTMAN also asked the Free Press to request the party who borrowed a farm level from the Bank to return same.


De Leon Couple Have Second Fire Which Destroyed Home

            Mr. and Mrs. Roy NELSON have had the unhappy experience of having the fire department visit their home, the second time on last Thursday evening when their residence, just southwest of the north ward school was destroyed.  The fire was of unknown origin.  Little was saved.

            A year or so ago the NELSONs lost an automobile, which burned up while standing in front of their home, or was practically destroyed.


Crawford & Norton New Mgrs. Of Steakley Gas Sta.

            The Magnolia Petroleum Co. has taken a lease on the Steakley Filling Station, and Walter CRAWFORD and J. S. NORTON have taken a contract to operate the place, commencing about a week ago.  The new operators invite their friends to drive in when in need of any automobile supplies or service.  The station is a good property, well located, and the congenial nature of the two new managers assures a liberal patronage.


Goldthwaite Man is New Owner of Cathey’s Café

            Charley CATHEY has sold his “King Chile” Café, on Postoffice street, to F.W. BYRD, late of Goldthwaite.  Mr. BYRD took charge the first of the week, and met a “surprisingly large number of Cathey’s “Regulars” on Second Monday.  Mr. BYRD has spent 15 years in the restaurant business, and knows his stuff.

            Dave FINKLESTINE has been assisting Mr. BYRD to get started off, doing some interior decorating.  The new coat of paint is attractive, and the tables for ladies are inviting.  Mr. BYRD invites your patronage.


Miss Della Wall Entertains

            Miss Della WALL was hostess to the “42” Club Saturday Jan. 31 at her home on the Desdemona road.  After a number of interesting games Mesdames ALLEN and DONAHO tied for high score.  Delightful refreshments consisting of pecan pie topped with whipped cream and punch were served to club members and the following guests:  Mrs. T.G. ADCOCK, Misses Nita HODGES, Irene DUKE, Bernice McKELVEY, Delia and Cora WALL and Miss FUQUA of Wichita Falls.  The Club will meet February 14 with Mrs. Lee BARTON.  –Contributed.


Bridge Club

            On Tuesday afternoon Mrs. Goss COBB very delightfully entertained the Bridge Club.  The Valentine scheme was carried out throughout the party.

            After several games at bridge, a delicious plate of date-nut salad, tuna fish and red butter sandwiches, Angel food cake, hot tea, and green and red mints was served to the following:  Mrs. W. WRIGHT, E.E. DABNEY, S.G. PARKS, A.C. SCHUMAN, W.H. CLARK, H.H. CARLILE, Herbert WEAVER, and Miss Adelaide SENNING, sister of Mrs. COBB from Spur, Mrs. Fort KEITH, Mrs. R.N. HILL and Mrs. M.D. STEWART.

            Mrs. S.G. PARKS won high honor.  In the business meeting that followed Mrs. CARLILE was re-elected president.  Mrs. Herbert WEAVER was elected reporter.


Jackson McKeever

            Jackson Nathaniel McKEEVER died at his home on the Desdemona highway last Friday, Feb. 6.  Mr. McKEEVER was born at Russellville, Ark. April 9, 18869, and came to Texas at the age of 18.  He was converted at the age of 20, and joined the Christian Church at Palmer, Texas.  He married Miss Katie LATHAM of Baird, Texas, Feb. 12, 1908.  To this union were born two boys and two girls, one girl died in infancy.

            Mr. McKEEVER was humble, and self-sacrificing for others.  Those who knew him best spoke of his Christian integrity in terms of praise.  The funeral was held at Oliver Springs Church last Saturday at 2:30 p.m.  Rev. Montie A. DAVIS, pastor of De Leon Baptist Church, officiating.


Card of Thanks

We, the members of the Assembly of God Church, Pastor and Mrs. H.D. ANDERSON and daughter Esther, take this means to express our sincere thanks and appreciation of the splendid service rendered by the Firemen of our city and all others who participated on the night of Feb. 4th in protecting our parsonage against fire. – H.D. ANDERSON, Pastor


Local Happenings

W.C. GRAY of Hobbs, N.M. is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.C. GRAY.

Miss Esther Dee GRAY has returned to her home at Goldthwaite after visiting her sister, Mrs. Jim MERRITT.

Pete KNOWLES was guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. KNOWLES at Stamford.

Clay MORRIS and wife were here last week visiting in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will MORRIS.

Miss Ruth HARPER and Miss Hazel HUDDLESTON were guests of Mr. and Mrs. W.G. HARPER at Abilene last week-end.

Miss Zilpah ALLEN of Fort Worth, sister of Dr. A.M. ALLEN, was guest in the home of her brother and family here the past week.

Edward TERRY, who has been living at Gonzales for several months, working in a dry goods store, was here visiting home folks last week, being accompanied by J.T. COTTON, also of Gonzales.



Mrs. I.T. PARKER of Lueders is visiting her sons, D.S. and A.V. FLOYD and families.

Mr. and Mrs. D.E. PARSLEY are the parents of a baby girl born Friday, February 6.

Mrs. G.B. CLARK and little daughter Naoma Lee, left Sunday for Old Glory to visit with their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. L. LITTLE.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth SPENCER are the parents of a baby born February 5th.  Kenneth BURNELL has been chosen as his name.

Kirby BARNES of Ranger was here Sunday visiting his brother, Jesse BARNES and family.

While riding into the pasture to look after some cattle during the rain last Saturday, G.B. CLARK’s horse slipped and fell.  Mr. CLARK was thrown to the ground in such a manner that he sustained a badly sprained ankle and at present he is still unable to walk about.

Mr. and Mrs. E.E. EASLEY and children are visiting Mrs. EASLEY’s parents in Eldorado, Okla.

C.M. CARAWAY, Jr. and a classmate, Clyde WILSON, both students of A. & M. College, recently visited CARAWAY’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. CARAWAY.

Miss Mara Glynn DONALDSON spent the week-end in Fort Worth with homefolks.

Cecil SPENCER of Abilene visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. SPENCER on last Sunday and with them attended a surprise birthday dinner at Dublin.  The dinner was given in honor of his grandmother, Mrs. W.H. ARMSTRONG.

Mr. and Mrs. Bart MASSINGILL and children of Venus have recently moved into our community.

G.P. ALSTON of Dublin spent the week-end visiting his son, J.W. ALSTON and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Buddy HURSON of Comanche spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse BARNES.



Mrs. Nate JAHN, who formerly lived in this community, is reported in a serious condition from an operation in an Arkansas sanitarium.  Her many friends here hope for her recovery.

Mr. and Mrs. C.W. McKINNEY of this community visited with Mr. and Mrs. J.C. McKINNEY of Frankell Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. W.E. LANE and children of Gorman visited with Mrs. W. A. LANE Sunday.

E.H. REDWINE and family have sold their farm and moved to Salem where he will engage in farming this year.

Miss Lounette LINDER has a seriously infected foot caused by stepping on a nail some seven months ago.  She has not been able to walk for that length of time.

Mrs. Jesse L. HUGHES has been on the sick list this week.

Curley LOHMAN and family have moved to the TERRY farm where they will make their home.  Their children will continue in school at this place.

Clyde MOORE of Grand Saline is visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. MOORE this week.

Wayland SEALS, a student in the high school of this place, played a number of guitar solos and sang at the Monday morning exercises.

G.E. RILEY had the misfortune to lose two very fine sheep this week.  They were injured by stray dogs and could not be saved.

A party of special interest was given Friday night by Miss Lucile RILEY at her home, honoring Mrs. Lee LEWIS with a shower.  After playing many games the young folks were entertained with a “wishing well” improvised by Miss RILEY.  From this well, each one drew a prize.  By an ingenious arrangement not understood by the folk, Mrs. LEWIS drew from the well many useful and expensive gifts collected from her many friends and former classmates.  Mr. and Mrs. LEWIS have a host of friends here who wish for them every success and happiness that can come their way.  After a service of hot chocolate and cookies, the party broke up with the young folks expressing their thanks to Miss RILEY for the evening of entertainment provided for them.

W.R. GREGORY has been confined to his bed several days with an illness that has caused his friends some anxiety.

Mrs. W.L. MOORE, who has been seriously ill for the past week, has improved and her friends hope for her full recovery soon.



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