The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, March 13, 1931


Group of Rural School Children Visit Free Press

            A group of children from New Hope school visited the Free Press last Friday morning and were initiated into the mystery of printing, being explained the operation of a linotype machine, printing press, folding press, folding machine, the mailing system, etc.  Prof. John LIGHTFOOT is principal of New Hope school and the children were members of his advanced classes.  They were Nathlee BOYD, Therone KENNEDY, Revalee THORNTON, L.G. TERRY, Wade NABORS and Jim Ed LIGHTFOOT.

            The group also visited the D. & C. Hatchery, the railroad shops, Central Texas Produce Co., and the ice factory while in town, being shown the workings of each industry.


Mrs. Thurman Cogburn Continues Desperately Ill at Sanitarium

            Mrs. Thurman COGBURN, formerly Miss Ava NABORS, a daughter of John NABORS, was carried to Gorman Sanitarium this week suffering from diabetes and mastoid trouble.  Her condition was so serious that her life was despaired of, however, reports from the sanitarium Thursday indicate an improvement in the mastoid trouble, but not in the other.  She continued desperately ill at the last report.

            Mr. and Mrs. COGBURN have lived in Dallas since their marriage more than a year ago and were just on the eve of moving to some point in the East Texas new oil district.


George Vaughn Loses Car by Theft and Smashup in Missouri

            Mr. and Mrs. P. SHAVER of this city have received a clipping from a Racine, Mo. Newspaper telling of the theft of George VAUGHN’s automobile there recently.  Three young men took the car from his garage at the Humble Pipe Line Construction Co., where VAUGHN is employed, went for a joy ride, crashed into another machine, wrecking both, then the three took to their heels across a pasture.  However, they were caught after a chase of several miles and landed in jail.

            Mr. and Mrs. VAUGHN left De Leon some months ago for Missouri where he has a good position.  The car was insured.


Miss Ruth Harper Presenting Pupils in Sun. Broadcast

            Next Sunday afternoon at 1:30 to 2:30 o’clock Miss Ruth HARPER, teacher of piano and expression in this city, will present her pupils in radio broadcast over Station KFPL, Dublin.  Appearing on the program will be a group of “tiny tots” as well as some of her more advanced pupils, giving readings and piano numbers.  Among the very small people to appear on the program are Joan SMITH, John L. WARE, Mary Jo IRVIN, Gene BLITCH, and Freda Lou SCHNARE.  Others more advanced are Billie Fae LONDON, Eugena GENTRY, Howard BIBBY, Elizabeth MORELAND and Bertie SIMS.  Friends are invited to tune in at 1:30.


Mrs. Ben Nabors is Home from Operation at Gorman Sanitarium

            Mrs. Ben NABORS was carried to Blackwell Sanitarium at Gorman on Saturday night two weeks ago for a hurried double operation, the promptness of which doubtless saved her life.  She is making satisfactory recovery and has been brought back to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. POLNAC here.


Miss Launa Fretwell on T.C. U. Honor Roll

            Miss Launa FRETWELL of De Leon, is listed on the Honor Roll for the fall semester at Texas Christian University, announced this week by Registrar E.R. TUCKER.  An average grade of B is required for listing on the Honor Roll.


Wood – Bell

            Mr. Earl WOOD and Miss Velma BELL were secretly married September the 11th at Durant, Oklahoma.

            Mrs. WOOD is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon BELL, and has a position in the Hawley school as teacher in the elementary grades.  Mrs. WOOD was reared here and is an accomplished young lady with a large circle of friends.

            Mr. WOOD is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E.H. WOOD of Gorman, and is a young man of sterling worth.  Their many friends wish them much success and happiness. – Contributed


Mrs. Burl Heath Begins New Home in Rising Star

            Workmen the past week began work on the handsome new rock home to be erected for Mrs. Burl HEATH on the lot just east of the Frank ROBERTSON home and in the southeast part of the city.  The residence will consist of 7 rooms and will be modern throughout.  Construction is to be of native stone and will be one of the most attractive homes in the city when completed. – Rising Star Record.


Trinity Honor Roll For Fifth Month

First Grade:  Tilman BROWN, June Lee CLEMENTS, Virginia SMITH and Glen NOWLIN.

Second Grade:  Madge NOWLIN, Wayne SMITH, and Frank NOWLIN.

Third Grade:  Norman LEDFORD.

Fourth Grade:  James Merworth, Ileta EADS, and Sara ADAIR.

Sixth Grade:  Hubert MERWORTH, Doris BINGHAM and Revis SMITH.

Seventh Grade:  Mattie MERWORTH.

Eight Grade:  Ottis PARKER and Opal MARTIN.


Quimby Nabors, 53, Died March 6th at His Home in Chattanooga

            Quimby NABORS, a brother of the late John NABORS and uncle of R.T. and Grady NABORS, died at his home in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Friday, March 6th.  The cause of his death was paralysis.  He was ill only a few days.  Deceased was also an uncle of W.B. RAY of this place and Mr. RAY received the news of the death early this week. 

            Mr. NABORS lived here at De Leon for around half a year back in 1909.  He was born and reared in Alabama but had made his home in Chattanooga where he worked on a newspaper.  He is survived by his wife.


Miss Boswell Undergoes Major Operation

            Miss Inez BOSWELL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.V. BOSWELL, who is a student at John Tarleton College in Stephenville, came home for a visit with her parents for the weekend, and was taken suddenly ill with appendicitis.  She was taken to Gorman and operated on Sunday night.  Her condition is serious.


Class Organized

            Glad Girls class of the De Leon First Baptist Church organized their class last Sunday.  The following officers were elected:  President, Bertie SIMS, 1st. vice President, ElDora COONER, 2nd Vice President, Alma Nell TATE, 3rd  Vice President, Ruth HOWE, Secretary, Frances HARVEY.

            Our new teacher is Mrs. Faye LAWLESS.  Our aim is to be a standard class.  All members be there Sunday and make 100 per cent. -Reporter


Local Happenings

Neil SPICER of Lingleville and Mrs. HOBBS of Mingus and Mrs. Dora SPICER of Dublin are at the bedside of their sister, Mrs. J.W. LOVELESS, who is very ill with pneumonia.

Mrs. Mina FROSSARD has returned to her home at Sulphur, Okla., after a visit in the home of her daughter, Mrs. T.H. WILLIAMS.

Mr. and Mrs. H.E. WALKER of Fort Sheridan are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. K.M. VAN ZANDT.

Lafayette RIDER from Liberty, Tex. is visiting in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.B. RIDER.

G.W. ROLLINS has returned from Olney where he was employed by the Humble Co.

Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN have gone to Arkansas, Louisiana, and other points east.

Miss Gladys SHORT of Breckenridge was guest last week of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam SHORT.

Mr. and Mrs. J.P. RAYMOND and sister, Miss Madge PERRY, have returned from the bedside of his father who is ill at Altus, Arkansas.

Miss Bulah BROWN of Stephenville is guest this week of her parents, Mr. Monroe BROWN.

Mr. and Mrs. T.D. WEBB are here from Pampa to make their future home.

Mrs. Odell GRIMSHAW was week-end guest of her children and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob HATTOX at Stephenville.

Roger and Wayne CHAMBERS of Brownwood were week-end guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.C. CHAMBERS.

Miss Bertie SIMMS was operated on Monday for appendicitis at Gorman.  She is recovering nicely.

Miss Alta RICHEY, of Denver, Colorado, is the guest of her aunt, Mrs. T.C. SMITH.

Donald Lee is the name of a son who arrived at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Carl STEWART at Olney, March 16.

Mrs. Ora BROWNLEE is guest of her daughter, Mrs. Carl STEWART at Olney.

Bascum BIBBY of Electra was here Tuesday guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.B. BIBBY.

Vance SINGLETON visited his sisters, Misses Lillie and Lora SINGLETON at Rule Sunday.  He was accompanied home by his wife and sister.

Mrs. Goss COBB has returned from Spur where she visited the past two weeks with relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray McKELVEY are visiting his father, J.F. McKELVEY and family.

Mrs. Clarence PITTMAN of Iraan is guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. BOYD.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin DYSON and children of Iraan are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob DYSON.

Claude McKELVEY of Denton was visiting with his father, J.F. McKELVEY and family Sunday.



Misses Ollie LEWIS and Treadwell WADDELL of Hamilton, visited on Thursday with Mr. and Mrs. D.S. LEWIS.

Mrs. H.B. PAINTER and sons, B.L. and Ernest, were called to Avoca on Friday on account of the serious illness of Mrs. PAINTER’s mother, Mrs. WHITE, who died late Friday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon PAINTER and Mrs. Ernest PAINTER went to Avoca Saturday to attend the funeral.

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie ROLLINS and baby went to Stamford last Wednesday to attend the funeral of Mr. ROLLIN’s uncle.

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse BARNES are the parents of a baby boy born March 9.

Mr. and Mrs. H.B. PAINTER received a message Friday that their grandson, Chester McCOUN of Skidmore, was in the hospital at Beeville seriously ill with pneumonia.

J.R. SWANNER fell from a bluff while playing on the creek bank Tuesday afternoon and broke his left arm.

James MYERS, who has been quite ill from flu for some time, was taken to the Blackwell sanitarium last week for treatment.  At present he is reported as slightly improved.


Robinson Springs

Brother CARTER of Comanche filled his regular appointments at this place Saturday and Sunday.  A good number attended each service.  Brother CARTER’s wife accompanied him for the Saturday service.  His step-daughter, Mildred BOOKER, came with him Sunday.

Little Wilma SPRUILL is recovering from a light attack of diphtheria.

Mrs. S.C. COWAN and little son, of Dallas, visited homefolks, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. MACON and family from Saturday till Monday.

Mr. H.C. STEWART and wife of Downing were guests of Mr. and Mrs. A.C. STEWART and family Sunday

Myrtle Mae LOWRANCE is back in school after a two weeks illness from chickenpox.  Myrtle Mae was sick at her home in Hico.

Mr. J.C. WILLIAMS is having practically all his land in cultivation terraced with the county road grader.  Mr. WILLIAMS is to be commended for this modern improvement.  Nearly every farmer is having some of his land, or his entire farm, terraced in this community.  The manual training class is doing a great deal of it.

The industrial class and Mr. MORING purchased several pecan trees from Mr. Ike BRUMBELOW and have transplanted them on the school campus.  They also had planted a lot of pecans last fall which they took up and transplanted around the school ground and teacherage.

Mr. and Mrs. MORING and little son, Bobbie, also Mr. MORING’s brother, visited in Stephenville and Huckaby Sunday.

Miss Loraine CROCKETT of Comyn visited Mr. and Mrs. S.W. CROCKETT and family last week.


Robinson Springs (from last week)

Mr. and Mrs. A.E. THOMAS and children and Mr. and Mrs. E.G. THOMAS of Everman, were here last week visiting their relatives, Mrs. H.O. GEORGE and family and Mr. and Mrs. Ed THOMAS and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Grady MOHON of Comyn and Mrs. MOHON and Miss Merl MOHON of De Leon were Mineral Wells visitors on Thursday.

Mrs. Wade COWAN of Brownfield is here visiting with her son, Rich COWAN and family.

Mrs. M.E. RACKLEY of Hamilton is visiting in the home of her daughter, Mrs. T.W. DICKEY and family.

Miss Mara Glenn DONALDSON had as her guests on Sunday her two sisters, Misses Annie Catherine and Rita Donaldson, Misses Eddie Jo and Mary Emma SIMMONS of Fort Worth, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. DYER of Handley and Miss Opal BRATTON of Granbury.

Mrs. Neta WILLIS returned to Eldorado Saturday after visiting several days with her sister, Mrs. W.E. PULLEY and family.

Mr. PELL, one of the school bus drivers, has been unable to be on his work since last Thursday.  While feeding his team he sustained a very painful injury from being kicked on the ankle by one of the mules.



A boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. W.C. CUMMINS the 17, and lived for only a short time.  Rev. W. MARTIN, pastor of the Victor Baptist church, visited in the home Sunday and conducted the funeral service at Victor cemetery.

Mr. George YOUNG, who has been down so long with rheumatism, is able to be going without his crutches now.

Mr. Wess NEWTON and Miss Stella PAIR attended the musical entertainment Monday night at Mr. Clide HARRISON’s.

Miss Martine PAIR is spending the week with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. PAIR and is very ill with Chicken Pox.

Several children of this community are missing school this week on account of a spread of Chicken Pox.

Mr. John and Frank KAY received a message from their sister, Mrs. Charles NELSON, of Georgia, stating the serious illness of her and their mother, Mrs. KAF.  Friends of theirs hope for her speedy recovery.

Mrs. Worthy BRUNLY has returned home after a brief visit in Stephenville.

Miss Myrtle LAWRENCE of Hico has returned to her grandparents home here and will attend school after a ten days at home in Hico.

Friends of Mrs. Willie CUMMINS will be glad to learn that she is doing well at this writing.

Mrs. G.J. BRUMBELOW had the misfortune of loosing [sic] a milk cow last week.

Mr. J.C. KIMMELL, Joe FARE and Luther DIXON, had the misfortune of loosing [sic] a working horse last week.


Oliver Springs

March has borrowed January weather and some of the fruit has been killed.

J.B. WALLACE of San Angelo, is visiting his aunt, Mrs. Arthur WARREN and family.

Tom LINDLEY and Tommie BAIRD surprised their friends by motoring to Eastland Sunday evening and being married by Elder LINDLEY, going from there to the Fat Stock Show at Fort Worth.

Mrs. Lonnie COZART has received word that her father, Mr. EZDELL of Desdemona, has injured his foot by stepping on a nail and is unable to walk.

Mrs. Thurman COGBURN is reported seriously ill this week and is in the Sanitarium.



Mr. and Mrs. Hugh BAILEY of Kaufman County are the proud parents of a nine-pound boy named J.L.  Mr. and Mrs. BAILEY formerly lived here.

Mr. and Mrs. John FAIR of Desdemona spent part of last week visiting their son, Joe FAIR.

A birthday dinner was given at the home of G.W. GOODSON Sunday in honor of Mrs. GOODSON’s birthday.  Those present to enjoy the occasion were:  Mr. and Mrs. J.A. FINCANNON and daughter, Faye, of Desdemona, Mr. and Mrs. J.V. GOODSON and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd KIRKLAND and children of Lingleville, Mr. and Mrs. Dalt GILDER and children of Round Grove, Mr. and Mrs. Walter SITTON and children, Misses Marie MOORE, and Grace DIXON of this community, and Mrs. Claud McGRIFF of Lingleville.

Mrs. W.B. MILLER is visiting her daughter, Irene, at Dublin this week.

Clarence BAILEY, who lives in Arizona, visited his grandmother, Mrs. SMITH last week.  Mr. BAILEY was reared in this community.

Mrs. A. CLEMENTS and children, who are staying at Lingleville, spent the week-end with her sister, Mrs. Fred NEWTON.



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