The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, April 10, 1931


Bread Now 8˘; Egbert Is City’s Only Baker

            A loaf of bread can now be bought in De Leon for 8˘ – and worth it!  When a general cut in bread prices swept over this section, a bread wagon which had been “bootlegging” bakery products out of Ft. Worth, quit business so far as this city is concerned.  Now Egbert’s Bakery Products alone supply the need.

            Mr. EGBERT is an experienced baker.  He has catered to the trade in much larger centers than De Leon and can supply every need in the bakery line.  No one need look for better bread.  The quality of his white and Graham breads cannot be excelled.  And his line of pastries, on sale at De Leon grocery stores and at the bakery, is very high class.

            De Leon is just the right size to support a home-town bakery the size of Egbert’s.  Free Press is gratified to see the unfair competition from the big city vanish.



            Mordecai POWELL was born March 31, 1896 in Union Co., Miss., and died at 3:00 p.m. April the 26th, 1931 at Iraan, Texas, having been ill only one week with pneumonia.

            He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William POWELL, deceased, and was reared near here.  He professed faith in Christ in 1921 and united with the Missionary Baptist Church at St. Joe, in which he lived a Christian life.  He was a good neighbor and an upright citizen.  He was never married.  He and his brother, Jim POWELL, resided together at Iraan.

            The surviving brothers and sisters who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Ike POWELL, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan POWELL, Jim POWELL, Mrs. Canzadie PILCHER and children.  Rev. Walter MARTIN spoke the words of consolation after which his remains were laid away in the De Leon cemetery.



            Our school and community is grief stricken over the loss of our dear friend and pupil, Viola GILCHREST, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marlin GILCHREST.  After a lingering illness of complicated diseases, death came April 2, 1931, bearing her away from this life of burdens and strife to a land where there is no pain and sorrow.

            She was born June 7, 1918, being twelve years, nine months and twenty-five days of age.

            God saw fit to come to earth and take this tender bud which he transplanted in the heavenly garden to make it more beautiful.  Her many friends who were made sad over the loss of this dear girl will always remember her as being as pure as the dew and as sweet as the flowers that bloom in the Springtime.

            She is survived by her parents, three sisters, and three brothers.  To these who are broken hearted may God bless and comfort them.  Funeral services were held at the home, Brother Willie SKAGGS conducting the service.  Then the remains were carried to De Leon Cemetery and there laid to rest.


De Leon Boy Wins Scholarship at Tarleton Contest

            Last Saturday, March 4, the DeLeon Agriculture Club attended the Seventh Annual Tarleton Contest, in which Noble LESLEY was high man in the terracing contest of which one hundred and fifty boys participated.


“New Pastor” at Methodist Church is Rev. S.J. Rucker

            Rev. and Mrs. S.J. RUCKER are not to leave De Leon.  Some two weeks ago Rev. RUCKER was transferred to the Santa Anna charge by the order of the Bishop, and was making preparations to go to his work.  Everything was packed up and a truck arrived Thursday morning to load their household effects.  Just then a telephone message came bringing word that Bishop HAY had changed the plan in his case, and he was to remain here.

            Rev. W.T. GRAY, who was slated for the pastorate of the De Leon church, goes to Santa Anna instead of Rev. RUCKER.

            It was somewhat of a hardship on the pastor and his good wife to re-assemble their household effects, but since the contemplated move was not of their choosing, they were  quite willing to remain here.  Free Press believes a very large majority of the congregation will hear of the change in plan with satisfaction as the Rev. and Mrs. RUCKER are much loved here.

            Services will be conducted at both hours Sunday with the “new pastor” in charge.



            The many friends of Mrs. Verna KAY, formerly of De Leon, will be surprised to hear of her marriage recently to Mr. F.A. NAKES of Corsicana.  Mr. and Mrs. NAKES have a host of friends who wish them happiness and success.  They will be at home to their friends  at Mildred, Texas, where Mr. NAKES holds a responsible position with the HUMBLE Oil Company.


Sloan & Shook Newest Business Organized Here

            Mr. and Mrs. Wesley SHOOK are again at home in this city, having returned the first of the week from Rising Star where they have resided the past year, Mr. SHOOK having been employed by the Higginbotham store as manager of their hardware department.

            Mr. SHOOK and Alf SLOAN have formed a partnership in the grocery and feed business and for the present will “carry on” at the Sloan stand, where Mr. SLOAN has conducted a successful grocery business in the past.  The increasing business of this popular store necessitated some sort of change, and Free Press believes Mr. SLOAN could not have made a better choice in the selection of a partner.  Mr. SHOOK has good business ability plus many years of experience and almost a life-time acquaintanceship in the De Leon territory.  His many friends welcome him and his good family back home.


Smith-Heath Post Sent Sick ‘Buddy’ to Gov’t Hospital

            Mutual helpfulness is one of the phases of American Legion work, and this fact was demonstrated last week in the case of H.G. KELLY, ex-soldier residing just west of town, who is suffering from Sciatic rheumatism and other major ailments.  Officials HOWELL and NORTON, post commander and adjutant, respectively of Smith-Heath Post, applied for hospitalization for KELLY and got it.  The government paid the sick man’s transportation from De Leon to Alexander, La., and also paid the way of a man to accompany him.  E.M. WATTS made the trip with KELLY.

            KELLY’s illness is quite serious and it is expected that he will remain three months or more in the Government Hospital No. 27, at Alexander, where he will have the best of attention.


Mrs. J. Doss Miller Recovering from Illness

            Mrs. J. Doss MILLER has been quite ill at her home here the past week or ten days, and because her children were uncertain as to the severity of her illness, all came and were at her bedside for a few days.  She was able to sit up a bit in Sunday past, and continues to improve.  Mrs. J.B. POOL of Hico, Mrs. J.E. WILLIAMSON of San Antonio and Mr. and Mrs. S.O. RIDENHOWER of Junction were here for several days.


Henry Grady Sharp and Miss Thelma Newton are Married

            A pretty home wedding was solemnized at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. NEWTON, in “Humbletown,” Cisco, on Thursday of last week when their daughter, Thelma, became the bride of Henry Grady SHARP.  The home was made more attractive with cut flowers and greenery.  Only a few close friends of the bride were present to witness the ceremony, together with the parents of both the contracting parties.  Rev. Montie A. DAVIS, pastor of De Leon Baptist Church, spoke the words of the wedding ceremony and heard their vows.

            Mrs. SHARP was, until recently, a student at Cisco high school where she had many friends.  She was also quite popular in the younger social set of Cisco where she has resided for a number of years.  Mr. SHARP, second son of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. SHARP grew to manhood here, finished DeLeon high school and attended North Texas Teachers College at Denton.  For almost a year he has been employed by the Humble Co., and at present the young couple will make their home at McCamey, leaving for that place last Sunday.

            Mrs. SHARP is a niece of W.C. NEWTON of this city.

            The Free Press joins their friends in wishing them a long and happy married life.


Trinity Honor Roll

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

Second Grade:  Wayne SMITH and Madge NOWLIN.

Third Grade:  Martha ADAIR.

Fourth Grade:  Sara ADAIR and James MERWORTH.

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

Seventh Grade:  Mattie MERWORTH, and Thurman SWINNEY.

Eighth Grade:  Ottis PARKER


Birthday Party

            Mrs. Lon OTWELL, who resides with her son, Ruff OTWELL, on Route one, was given a pleasant surprise Wednesday, April the 8th, when her daughter arrived at the home with a huge cake decorated with 75 candles in honor of her 75th birthday, and many other good eats.  Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Ruff OTWELL, Mrs. E.W. SHORT, Mrs. J.C. PIERCE and children, Mrs. Clyde NABORS and baby, Fred ADCOCK and Mr. and Mrs. J.Q. CHATHAM.

            Mrs. OTWELL’s many friends wish for her many more happy birthdays.


Card of Thanks

            We take this means of expressing our thanks and appreciation to our friends and those who assisted in any way during the recent illness and death of our dear brother and loved one.  Especially do we thank those who contributed the beautiful floral offerings.

            We also thank and appreciate the tender care of our Iraan friends, physicians and nurses.

Mr. Jim POWELL, Mr. and Mrs. I.N. POWELL and family, Mr. and Mrs. B.R. KIDD and family, Mrs. L.C. PILCHER and family, Mr. and Mrs. L.R. WEEDEN and family.



Uncle Bob GREGORY who has been in poor health throughout the winter, has improved some and is able to do some work.

C.M. MIEARS has recently purchased a car having had the misfortune to have had his other car burned up some time ago.

Mrs. W.A. LANE and daughter, Miss Evelyn, visited with Mrs. W.E. LANE of Desdemona this week.

Wayland SEALS, a student of this high school, has been assigned regular hours for broadcasting in a musical program from KFPL.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. LINDLEY of Eastland visited with his son, W.A. LINDLEY and family this week.

Mrs. W.N. KOONCE and Mrs. B.O. KOONCE gave the little folks an Easter outing and Egg hunt in the afternoon near their home.  Many of the children gathered and a most enjoyable time was had.

Luther LINDLEY of Stephens county was in this community this week visiting with W.A. LINDLEY and family.

W.A. RILEY and wife returned to Kansas where Mr. RILEY has regular work with an oil company.

Mrs. Docie LEWIS of Lamesa has moved out to the D.D. LEWIS ranch and has placed her children in school at this place.

W.A. LINDLEY has recently purchased out of the W.N. KOONCE herd a choice registered short horn bull and will probably enter the short horn business.

George HUGHES has returned this week from an extensive journey through Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana.  He reports bad conditions in places and other places not so bad.

Miss Delia WALL was unable to be at her work last Monday on account of illness, Mrs. Z.L. KOONCE teaching in her place.



The school children went to Stephenville again Friday night and Saturday.  We are proud to say we won first place in several events.  Aniwah SMITH won first place in senior declamation, and Mildred SITTON won third place in junior declamation.  Omar MOORE won first in essay writing and the choral club won first in singing.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe FAIR are the proud parents of a baby boy, born April 3.  All doing nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. Carrol YOUNG of the Bays community visited with G.W. YOUNG Sunday.

The trustee election was held Saturday.  Mr. Bud McGRAFF was elected to fill C.D. GARY’s place and T.C. PATTERSON was re-elected.

Mrs. W.T. DAY is visiting her daughter, Mrs. L. MARTIN of Cisco this week.

Mrs. Hurvey GARY and son, Joe, left Wednesday for El Paso to join Mr. GARY who is working there.

An Easter egg hunt was given for the primary folks Friday afternoon.  The eggs were hid on the school ground.  Baxton SITTON found the prize egg.  Weldon SMITH got the prize for finding the most eggs.  An Easter program was also given for the primary folks in the afternoon.



D.L. MARTIN of Lowel visited his grandmother, Mrs. G.L. BRUMBELOW Sunday.

Little Ruth MOHON, who accidently got her eye burned last week, is doing fine and didn’t lose her eye as was feared.

Mrs. Jim DYSON has returned home from her daughter’s, Mrs. Floyd MOORE of Desdemona.  Mrs. MOORE and children have been very ill with scarlet fever.  They are all better now.


Oliver Springs

L.C. COZART and family spent Sunday with Hurley COZART and family of St. Joe.

Mrs. Homer MILLER of Gorman is staying a few days with Mr. Gordon MILLER’s family.  Mr. and Mrs. MILLER have been sick a long time but are improving.

Miss Connie JOHNSTON spent Sunday with her sister, Mrs. Henry STEWART, at Downing.



Mr. and Mrs. W.R. HEIZER of Breckenridge spent the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. WATSON.

Miss Mara Glenn DONALDSON spent the week-end in Fort Worth with her home folks.

H.A. WATSON was carried to the Blackwell Sanitarium at Gorman where he underwent an operation.  At present he is reported as improving nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. W.H. CAFFEY are the parents of a baby girl, born Friday, April 3.  Mary Evelyn has been chosen as her name.

Miss Julia HAVIS is visiting her sister, Mrs. Calvin CARAWAY at Big Lake.

Supt. and Mrs. S.B. CULPEPPER spent Sunday in Cleburne visiting his parents, Rev. and Mrs. S.B. CULPEPPER and other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Conway THOMPSON and children of Hawley recently visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.R. THOMPSON.



A fine baby boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John WEAVER Monday, April 6th.       

Mark JOHNSON of Brownwood, was the guest Sunday of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. JOHNSON.

Dwight BOSWELL, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dolph BOSWELL, is recovering nicely from an appendicitis operation which was performed at Gorman last week.

Miss Louise LESTER of Ft. Worth is the guest of her mother, Mrs. Lettie LESTER.

Mrs. J.H. GRIZZELLE was the weekend guest of her son, Edmond, in San Antonio.

Foster RUCKER was home over Easter visiting friends and relatives.  He is a senior at S.M.U.

Miss Willie Mae JETTON, C.I.A. student, was spending the Easter holiday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. JETTON.

Murray NICHOLS, who is a student of Tech. College at Lubbock, was a recent visitor with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clark NICHOLS.

Coale NANCE was here Sunday visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.H. NANCE.  He is a student at S.M.U.

Miss Geneva NASH of Denton was a week-end guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. NASH.



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