The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, February 20, 1931


Pool Hall Closed and Leaves City; Opens in Coleman

            The pool hall which opened in the A. & P. building some weeks ago, closed its doors a week or ten days ago and the fixtures were moved to Coleman, Free Press has been informed.


C.E. Bass is Station Agent at Sedwick

            Following out the policy of cutting expenses, the Katy has reduced the force at the local station to three men:  Agent C.C. MALONE being in charge in the day-time, and H.H. CARLILE at night.  Fred RUTLEDGE, Jr. is clerk and call boy.  Mr. O’NEAL and son keep the freight and Express offices.  These constitute the “force”.

            C.E. BASS, formerly night man, has been made station agent at Sedwick, near Albany.  Mr. BASS will leave his family here until school is out, he stated.  He will be at home on Sundays and holidays, as a rule he said.


Holleman Joins Butler & Harvey Chevrolet Firm

            Another De Leon man has gone into the Chevrolet business.  This time W.J. HOLLEMAN has joined forces with Butler & Harvey, and the new firm has entered business at Eastland.  Butler & Harvey have been at Grand Prairie for some years, formerly being engaged in the same business at Sherman.

            Mr. HOLLEMAN will continue to live here for the present at least, but will spend most of his time at Eastland.  Otis HARVEY and Woodlie BUTLER have been living in Eastland for some time, the Free Press understands.

            If the Free Press has the count correctly, Mr. HOLLEMAN makes the 21st business man who has left De Leon to enter the Chevrolet business.  He was formerly a stockholder and director in the Security State Bank.


Mrs. V.V. Bell Will Open Store Saturd’y

            Mrs. V.V. BELL will open her store in the newly completed building adjoining the V.V. BELL Barber Shop on Saturday of this week.  The building has recently been enlarged and a scheme of interior decoration makes it very attractive.  She will carry piece goods, dresses, men’s shirts, hose, house shoes and a nice line of novelty goods.

            Mrs. BELL asked the Free Press to say she will have “all new goods”, and invites her friends to call.


W.E. Howell to Occupy Security Bank Building

            W.E. HOWELL, Sr. has taken a lease on the building recently vacated by the Security State Bank, and will move his stock and fixtures there on March 1st.  The building is now being renovated and re-arranged for the new coat of paint and wall finish makes the building quite ideal for a store.  The location is one of the best in town.

            Mr. HOWELL, assisted by his son, J.P. HOWELL, have built up quite a nice business.  They deal in men’s clothing, know the wants of the local field and cater to it.  The Free Press predicts even larger success for this progressive firm.


Card of Thanks

            We wish to thank our many friends for their kindness and helpfulness during the recent serious illness which visited our home.  The good neighbors and friends showed a marked spirit of helpfulness for which we wish to extend our most grateful thanks. –Mr. and Mrs. C.L. PAIR.


Birthday Party

            Virginia EASTERLING, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.W. EASTERLING, celebrated her eighth birthday last week with a party at her home.  A large birthday cake was cut and served with refreshments to a number of her little friends.  Those present were: Mary Frances ELLIS, Zelda BUCHAN, Mary Jean NEWTON, Betty Jean VAN ZANDT, Alvenia BARTON, Olive Jean LEIGON, Catherine and Gene MORTON, and Irene SLAUGHTER.


L.W. EASTERLING to Operate Hill-Top Service Station

            L.W. EASTERLING has taken a lease on the Hilltop Gasoline Station, located half a mile west of town on Highway 67, where he will be open to the trade day and night.  This station is owned by W.W. WALKER.  It is in a good location, and Mr. EASTERLING should be able to make a success of it, especially during the tourist season this summer.  He invites his friends to give him a share of their patronage.


Husband of Former De Leon Woman Died at San Antonio

            E.R. ANDERSON, 42, San Antonio man, died at his home there at 10:00 o’clock a.m. Tuesday, February 17, and the funeral service was from the Putnam Funeral Home on Wednesday the 18th.  A telegram to relatives here gave little further details than the above.

            ANDERSON married Miss Vernor NABORS, a sister of R.T. and Tim NABORS some eight years ago and they have made their home at San Antonio.  He never lived at De Leon, and was therefore unknown here.  Mrs. ANDERSON, a daughter of the late John NABORS, was reared near Harmony, a short distance west of this city.  R.T. and Tim NABORS went to San Antonio is response to the message to be present at the funeral.



Fred SHELTO is busy assessing taxes over the line in Erath County.

R.P. LEWIS has been busy this week shipping fine Minorca chickens to various places in Texas from which he had received orders.  Mr. LEWIS has done well with this breed of chicken and will increase his flock next year.

Mrs. W.L. MOORE has improved some from her continued illness.

Neighbors and friends gathered at Uncle Bob GREGORY’s this week and cut up several loads of wood for him.  Uncle Bob has been confined to his bed for some time.  The next day a number gathered at the home of G.A. CLARK and cut up enough wood to last him through the winter.  Mrs. CLARKS’ continued illness has kept Mr. CLARK by her bedside for nearly a month.  The neighborliness and thoughtfulness of those who rendered this assistance is to be commended.

O.S. ROBBINS has been painting his new home and doing other improvements at his place.

Luther YOUNG and family of De Leon visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. YOUNG Sunday.

W.A. LINDLEY and family visited his brother, Chas. T. LINDLEY and family of Desdemona Sunday.

Ray ROBBINS, son of Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS, was injured in the course of his work at Santa Fe, N.M.  His many friends here hope his injuries are not serious.

Mrs. Z.L. KOONCE’s Sunday School class gave an entertainment and shower for Miss Lounette LINDER, who has been in ill health many months caused from stepping on a nail.  The entertainment was at the home of Miss Bartene MOORE.  Music was furnished by Messrs. Elmer ABERNATHY and Wayland SEALS.


Robinson Springs

Miss Jewell SPRUILL has returned home after a week’s visit with her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Roy SPRUILL and family near Comanche and other relatives in Comanche.



Mr. Leo SMITH was on the sick list last week.

Mrs. Durel PAIR and little son, Ronald, from Jefferson City, Mo., are here visiting her mother, Mrs. M. B. HART and family.

Several of the young people of this community attended the party at Clyde WYNN’s of Desdemona Saturday evening.

Mr. Welton KIETH spent the weekend with his uncle, Roy KELLEY and family.

Mrs. Alvin CLEMENTS of Big Springs is here visiting her sister, Mrs. Fred NEWTON.

Mrs. D. PAIR and son spent the week-end with Claude PAIR and family of the Rucker community.

Mr. and Mrs. WALLACE of Waco spent part of last week with Mr. and Mrs. J.W. WALLACE.

Mr. and Mrs. Buck SHELTON of Desdemona, spent last week with Mr. SHELTON’s sister, Mrs. Harve SMITH.

A basket ball game will be played here Friday afternoon.  The married women of High Land and married women of Victor.  Everyone come and enjoy the fun.


Oliver Springs

Mrs. Gordon MILLER, also John REED, have been ill the past week.

Vaughn PANGLE, who recently moved to Eastland was visiting relatives here Sunday.



Miss Bean BRUMBELOW is visiting her brother, Carl, and Miss Grace in Ranger this week.

Mr. and Mrs. C. CLINTON have returned to their home at Baird.

Roy McADAMS happened to a painful accident by stepping on a nail and is unable to attend school this week.

Mrs. Lewis BRUMBELOW and daughter, Hulet, and grandson, Alton, are visiting her sons, John and Bill BRUMBELOW and families in Eliasville.



Rosa FISHER, sponsor of the sophomore class, entertained the class at her home Friday night.  It being a Valentine party.  After games were played fruit punch was served and cookies.  All reported a nice time. 

Mr. Roy KELLEY and family of Killeen are visiting both her and his parents, Mr. J.W. KELLEY and Mr. G.H. MOORE of this community.

Saturday night was Community Meet Night, and a very large crowd was present to hear the debate.  The subject was resolved “That a substitute for trial by jury should be adopted.”  The debaters were affirmative, Lona UNDERWOOD and Sarah DRENNON.  Negative, Paul FISHER and Ardis WILLIAMS.

The people of this community have a Literary Society.  Tuesday night of every week they meet having some kind of entertainment.  The Tuesday night of this week they are planning on having an old time spelling match out of the old Blue Back Speller.  Everyone is invited to meet with us.

Miss Jewel HOLBROOKS and Ophelia RANDOLPH, who are attending John Tarleton College, spent last week-end with home folks.

Mr. and Mrs. Nile JAYNESS of Wichita Falls, spent last week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.R. AUVENSHIRE.

Mr. and Mrs. Author ADAMS of Comanche have moved to this place where they are going to make their home the following year.



Rev. Harley HUGHES of Levelland and Mr. and Mrs. O.F. WATSON of Lubbock, were visiting here last week visiting Mr. and Mrs. H.A. WATSON.

Mr. and Mrs. Buddy HUDSON of Comanche, spent the week-end here with her parents.

Miss Mara Glynn DONALDSON spent the week-end in Rising Star visiting her relatives Supt. and Mrs. E.T.  DAWSON.

Mr. and Mrs. H.J. MOORE and children visited Mr. and Mrs. B.E. MOORE of Alvarado during the week-end.  Their daughter, Miss Alice, who had been visiting her uncle’s family, returned with them.

Mrs. L. LITTLE and baby of Old Glory are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.B. CLARK.

Mrs. LYLES, who has been here some time visiting her daughter, Mrs. F.G. GILCHREST and family, left Sunday for Desdemona to visit with other relatives.


Local Happenings

Odwin SCOTT and Kellum PETERS left Tuesday for Alexander City, La.

Richard KEE has gone to Mineral Wells.

Mr. and Mrs. W.L. STEAKLEY are in Marlin where he is being treated for rheumatism.

Miss Inez BOSWELL of Stephenville, was guest Sunday of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.V. BOSWELL.

A baby boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh SINGLETON Feb. 10.  All are doing nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. C.D. ROSS of Abilene were guests Sunday of his mother, Mrs. J. Matt ROSS.

Leon CORBELL of Ft. Worth was a guest Sunday of his mother, Mrs. W.H. CORBELL.

Jane PASS was a week-end guest of her grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.T. TAYLOR at Cisco.

Miss Mary Louise GRIZZELLE of Comanche, was a guest Sunday of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. GRIZZELLE.

Mrs. Fred RUTLEDGE and children are visiting in the home of Fred RUTLEDGE, Sr. at Cisco this week.

Mr. and Mrs. L.B. CULPEPPER and children have returned from Loraine where they spent the past three months.

Mrs. R.W. GRAY and son, Billie, of Dallas, were spending the past week end with NANCE and KINCHEN relatives here.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom NANCE, W.W., Jr. of Fort Worth, and Miss Carmen SHELTON, of Hico, were visiting in the W.W. NANCE home last Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. M.D. STEWART are visiting his mother, Mrs. STEWART, at Hattisberg, Miss., and they will attend the Mardigrass [sic] at New Orleans next week.

Cecil NELSON, of Waco, is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.B. NELSON.  He is recuperating from a recent illness.

Mr. and Mrs. J.L. LLOYD, Mr. and Mrs. Erkle LLOYD of Hamilton and Mrs. E.A. DRAPER and children, Bettye Joe and Dan LLOYD of Breckenridge and Buford ODELL of Throckmorton, were guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Will ROBINETT.


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