The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, February 27, 1931


Brother of W.L. Greer Died at Ft. Worth, Buried Here

            Sid GREER, brother of W.L. GREER, died at his home in Ft. Worth last Saturday evening at 8 o’clock, following a stroke of paralysis some four hours earlier in the afternoon.  He was 63 years of age and formerly lived on the O.L. PARKER place, near Downing, where his wife died some 25 years ago.  Rev. Neal GREER, pastor of the Baptist church at Rising Star, is a son of the dead man, and he went immediately to Ft. Worth upon receipt of the news of his father’s death and carried the body to Rising Star where the funeral service was held Sunday shortly after noon.  The body was then brought to De Leon and buried beside his wife in De Leon cemetery.  A number of De Leon people were in attendance.

            GREER was an uncle of Calvin GREER of this place and of Allen GREER of Gorman.  He was also related to F.T. DANIELL of this city.  Besides W.L. GREER, here, deceased also had two other brothers, J.L. and B.H. GREER of Prescott, Ark.


Card of Thanks

            We wish to express to our friends our gratitude for their kindness to us during the illness and death of our husband and father, for their expression of sympathy.

            They were ready at all times to do every thing that could be done, and the sorrow in our loss is lessened by your words and deeds of comfort which fill our hearts with gratitude to you all.





Death of C.E. Sexton

            The death Angel visited our home and bore away to his reward our husband and father.

            Mr. SEXTON was born in Mississippi, November 12, 1850 and died February 21, 1931, being 80 years, 3 months and 9 days of age.  He came to Texas when a young man.  He married Miss TUCKER of Brownwood, his second wife.  By his first wife there were 11 children, of which 8 are living, on account of the distance and condition of the roads, there were only two of the children present, Homer SEXTON of Sour Lake and Mrs. A.B. ALDRIDGE of Duster.

            He was laid to rest in the Oakland cemetery.


Miss Lottie Paine and John Nabors Wed

            On Friday evening, February 20th, 1931, at 7:30 o’clock, Miss Lottie PAINE of this city became the bride of John NABORS.  The couple went to the home of Rev. and Mrs. S.J. RUCKER, accompanied by Miss Dollie PAINE, who with Mrs. RUCKER witnessed the ceremony.

            Both the contracting parties enjoy the highest esteem and admiration of many friends in this city where they have lived for many years.  Mrs. NABORS came to De Leon from Comanche a number of year4s ago, having been reared in that city.  She has many friends in Comanche as well as in De Leon where she has served for some years as city secretary.  The nature of her employment has brought her into contact with the people and her courteous manner has won for her the admiration of all.

            Mr. NABORS also has served in public capacity, as chief policing officer and fire marshal for the past ten years, and he has been connected with De Leon Peanut Co. also as buyer for a number of years.  He is likable, courteous and efficient and as a result has many friends.

            Mr. and Mrs. NABORS went to Dallas Saturday, remaining there for several days.  They are now at home to their friends in this city.  Their friends extend heartiest best wishes.


Lawless – Eitel

            Charlie LAWLESS and Miss Opal EITEL of Sentinel, Oklahoma, were married Sunday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m., Rev. A.F. NABORS officiating.

            They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. J.P. HOWELL.  Mrs. HOWELL is a sister of the groom.  Mr. and Mrs. LAWLESS were sweethearts since their first year in school.  The LAWLESS family formerly lived in Sentinel.  Mrs. LAWLESS is the accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.L. EITEL and has many friends in her home town.  Mr. LAWLESS is the youngest son of Mrs. Ellen LAWLESS.  He is an ambitious and worthy young man and he has a large circle of friends here who wish them much happiness.  They will be at home in De Leon where he has a position with O.M. TERRILL.


Miss Sloan, Bride-Elect, Honored with Party

            Miss Bess SLOAN, bride-elect of Nick HIGGINBOTHAM, was complimented with a bridge party Wednesday evening at the home of Mrs. W. B. SANSING with Miss Thelma SHADDOX hostess at the prettily arranged affair.

            Following the games delicious refreshments of cheese and pear salad butter wafers, olives, tuna fish sandwiches, and hot tea were served.  Favors were awarded Miss Eloise JONES and Mr. T.C. GRANBERRY, winners of high scores in bridge, and a lovely gift was presented the guest of honor.  Miss JONES also presented Miss SLOAN with the gift awarded her as winner of high score.

            The guest list included, Misses Odessa ROBERTS, Virginia KEYSER, Bess SLOAN, Christine WALKER, Victoria LOONEY, Eloise JONES, Verma SIMMONS, Roxie PORTER, Mesdames Vera ROTCJEU. Guy FLY, T.C. GRANBERRY, Messrs. T.C. GRANBERRY, T.D. ROBERSON, T.R. MOORE, Dick BALCHER, Nick HIGGINBOTHAM, E.L. FREY, Jack TINDALL, George CHRISTIE, Cratus BRADEN and Jack PRICE.  – Stephenville Tribune


Oliver Springs

            Last Wednesday, February 18, in successful rabbit drive was conducted in Oliver Springs community.  Everyone was notified of the coming event in time to make the necessary preparations.

            The starting point was the school house.  By nine thirty o’clock every one was ready to begin arousing the rabbits from their snug hiding places.

            The women were left at the school house to prepare lunch for all of those who were interested in the drive.  Three big pots were used to prepare the hot lunch.  One for coffee, one for each of two kinds of soup.  As women always do, these women had the lunch ready and waiting when the men returned from the morning drive.  It took a very short time to devour the well prepared lunch, everyone seeming to enjoy it to the fullest extent.

            After lunch was over the men resumed their drive, the women remaining at the school building until the drive should be completed.  The community was pretty well driven the huntsmen by about four o’clock.  The exact number of rabbits killed during the day is not known but estimated at about 125.  Everybody reported an enjoyable day.

            The community wishes to express its sincere thanks to all the business concerns of De Leon who contributed anything toward making the drive a success.  Especially do we appreciate Higginbotham Bros. & Co.’s kindness in furnishing the ammunition.  To all those business concerns who contributed anything, we assure you that you will get a proper portion of our patronage in the future.

            Mr. Hugh REED, brother and others from Hasse, were at the rabbit drive Wednesday.


Mr. and Mrs. Gordon MILLER are both quite ill with la grippe.


Tuesday morning Mr. HOLDRIDGE announced to the school that a family of darkies had moved in to the community and two boys wanted to attend school.  When asked if the pupils were willing, of course every little fellows hand was raised as a darky is a novelty to Comanche Co. children.  Varence COZART and Otho WARREN were in negro costume and made good and amusing darkies, but were a total disappointment to the first and second grades.


Honor Roll for Fifth Month

First Grade:  Roy Hammond HILL, Lela Bell COGBURN, Lena Mae COGBURN, Edna Mae DOMINEY, L.V. MAUNEY, and Wynell BAIRD.

Second Grade:  Maurine ECHOLS and James WARREN.

Fourth Grade:  Willie Velle HILL

Fifth Grade:  L.C. ECHOLS and Kermit PANGLE


Honor Roll for Sixth Month

First Grade:  Roy Hammond HILL, L.V. MAUNEY, Wynelle BAIRD, Lora Mae COGBURN, Lola Bell COGBURN, and Edna Mae DOMINY.

Second Grade:  James WARREN and Maurice ECHOLS.

Fourth Grade: Willie Velle HILL.

Eight Grade:  Carmen BAIRD.



Misses Oma and Ethel BEATY, who are working in De Leon, spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. Leo SMITH.

School is progressing nicely now.  The honor roll for last month was:

First Grade: Allene SITTON, Quida WALLACE.

Second Grade: Braxton JACKS, Wesley JACKS.

Third Grade: Weldon SMITH, Laverne MOORE, Bernice PATTERSON.

Fifth Grade:  Braxton SITTON, J.W. WALLACE, Jr.

Sixth Grade: Mildred SITTON

Seventh Grade:  Gail SMITH

Ninth Grade: Almive SMITH, Nelie GOODSON and Omar MOORE.

Mrs. Duree PAIR and little son, Ronald, left Monday for Ohio where Mr. PAIR is working.

Little Miss Norma Lois MORRISON of Dublin, spent part of last week with her grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank SMITH.



Mr. and Mrs. W.L. WISON are on the sick list.

Mr. Carl BRUMBELOW and sisters Miss Bean and Miss Grace of Ranger visited home folks Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. J.E. WILSON visited their children, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. O’BRIEN in Cisco the week-end.



Colman WIER has returned to this country from south Texas and is engaged by W.N. KOONCE.

West NEWTON of the Victor community was at the W.N. KOONCE ranch weighing cattle and making some sales.  Mr. KOONCE has recently installed at his place a set of platform scales.

Albert VARNER and family of Coleman are visiting this week with his brothers, Chess and J.T. and his sister, Mrs. V.C. WAYLAND.

Mrs. Opal SHAHAN of Breckenridge is visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.O. McKINNEY.

Mrs. F. HOLLAND of De Leon is visiting with her daughter, Mrs. W.A. LINDLEY, this week.

Mr. Bun CHAMBERS made a talk on the importance of Sunday schools in rural communities.  Mr. CHAMBERS is to be commended for his interest in this phase of work.  It is likely that there are few things of more far-reaching importance than a properly conducted Sunday school.

Mr. and Mrs. W.R. STURDIVANT and children who formerly lived in this community visited with Mrs. STURDIVANT’s mother, Mrs. W.J. MOORE Sunday.

Mrs. W.L. MOORE, who has been in poor health for some time, has shown but little improvement lately.

Jean PAYNE of Clarendon visited with Mr. and Mrs. L.C. PAYNE Sunday.



Mr. and Mrs. Kirby BARNES and children of Ranger spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Jesse BARNES and family.

Mrs. A.V. FLOYD and daughter, Mrs. Grady MOHON and daughter, and Girlie STRONG were Stephenville visitors on Saturday.

Oscar BLANKENSHIP of Hamilton spent the week-end with his relatives, Mr. and Mrs. J.N. BOYKIN and family.

Mr. and Mrs. C. I. McMILLAN and family moved this week to their home in the Green’s Creek Community.

Mr. and Mrs. M.L. DOGGETT have received word that they have a new grandson in Hollywood, California.  The little fellow is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Aval THORNTON.  Mrs. THORNTON was Miss Doriss DOGGETT before her marriage.

Mrs. Neta WILLIS of Eldorado is visiting her sister, Mrs. W.E. PULLEY and family.

One of our high school athletes, Sam COWAN, had the misfortune to fracture an ankle while practicing vaulting.  He is able to be in school but finds it necessary to use crutches in order to walk.


Robinson Springs

Misses Modess and Myrtle WEST entertained the young people Friday night with one of the gayest parties of the season.  Cake and lemonade were served to all the guests.

Miss Alma HEATH, who is teaching school in Ranger, was guest of her sister, Mrs. Perry MORING during the week-end.

Miss Bernice CHATHAM, who is teaching in Desdemona, was guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.Q. CHATHAM over the week-end.

Miss Cass DYSON left Sunday for Stamford, where she will be in training for a nurse.

Miss ALLEN spent the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. MOORE of Jakehamon.

A rabbit drive was had in this community Tuesday.  About forty men and boys met at the school building with guns and ammunition furnished by Higginbotham Bros. & Co. and started on the drive about 9:15.  They assembled back of the school building about 12:30 and had dinner served by the ladies and Home economic girls and teacher, Miss UNDERWOOD.  Mrs. EGBERT of De Leon furnished bread and a few businessmen of De Leon furnished the coffee and some corn; to whom we were very grateful for their kindness, also thanks are extended to Higginbotham for the shells and to the surrounding communities in helping in the drive.  There were 110 rabbits killed which will mean a great relief to the farmers.  The drive proved to be a great pleasure resort as well as getting rid of some pests.


Local Happenings

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest RIPPETOE, Miss Tempa CORBELL, W.E. BUTLER, RIPPETOE, and Homer HAFFORD went to Caddo Monday night where they rendered music for a George Washington party given by the Masonic lodge.

Misses Ethel and Oma BEATY spent last week-end with their sister, Mrs. Leo SMITH at Victor.

Mr. and Mrs. George ELLIS were week-end guests of her parents, Rev. and Mrs. Walter PARTIN at Purvis.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert GEORGE and children of Abilene were guests Sunday of her mother, Mrs. WOZENCRAFT.

A nine pound girl arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUKE February 23rd.

Mr. and Mrs. Autry SELF were week-end guests of her sister, Miss Grace BARTON of Abilene.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe ASHBY and son, Joe Ben, spent the week-end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. ASHBY, at Merkle.

A baby boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charley FREEMAN on February 11.  The little one has been named Allen D. Wayne and he and his mother are doing nicely.

Mrs. Earl McCLELLAN and daughter, Nell Edward, of Irann are here, guests of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. J.E. SELF.  Mr. McCLELLAN and Pete returned to Iraan Friday.

Mrs. J.C. PIERCE gave a party Thursday afternoon at 4:30 February 19, honoring her son Jerry on his eighth birthday.  The house decorations were green and yellow.  After many interesting games, cake and hot chocolate, and candy were served to the following guests:  Dorothy Gene GLOVER, Hazel WARE, Jane ROSS, Louell, Louise and Mary Ruth PIERCE, Leo DAVIS and the host and Clara HOWARD.



©2004,2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,2009,2010, 2011 Judith Michaels.  This transcription is the generous work of Judy Michaels taken from microfilm held by the Newspaper Collection of the University of Texas at Austin with a microfilm copy at Comanche Public Library.  The information may be used for personal research only and not for commercial purposes without specific permission.