The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, May 22, 1931


Dr. O.R. Houghton, Former De Leon Man, Died on May 11th

            Dr. O.R. HOUGHTON, for many years a resident of this city, died at a Dallas sanitarium Monday night of last week following an extended illness.  He had lived at Abilene for a number of years, and his remains were returned to that city for burial late last week.

            Dr. HOUGHTON was a practicing dentist in De Leon during his residence here.  He married Miss Ella ALLEN, a sister of Dr. A.M. ALLEN, who taught in De Leon schools in years past.  One child was born to them, a son, Donald, who is now teaching in El Paso.  His wife also survives, besides many other relatives.  Dr. and Mrs. ALLEN and children attended the funeral service at Abilene.

            Born in Falls county, Texas, at Marlin, September 5, 1869, Dr. HOUGHTON was 61 years at death.  He was reared at Marlin and came to Comanche county about thirty-five years ago, living both at De Leon and Comanche, where he practiced his profession.  The have lived in Abilene since 1919.


Uncle Jack Patterson Attended Big Birthday Dinner at Hamilton

            Last Sunday, Van HYDE was going to Coryell county to bring home his mother, who had been visiting there, and took along Uncle Jack PATTERSON as far as Hamilton where he expected to visit in the home of his brother-in-law, J.L. GARDNER, until HYDE returned.  All unknown to Uncle Jack, he “stumbled” into a big birthday dinner, given honoring Mr. and Mrs. R.L. BUSBY, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. GARDNER and Mrs. F.G. GARDNER, at which upwards of half a hundred people were present.  A splendid birthday dinner was being served, which Uncle Jack enjoyed with them.  Practically everybody present was in some manner related to him, Uncle Jack said.


Throngs Heard Rev. M.A. Davis’ Address to Class

            Rev. Montie A. DAVIS delivered the Baccalaureate sermon before the graduating class, and a vast audience of people, at the Baptist church last Sunday morning.  Twenty-nine members of the class filed in and took their places as Miss Virginia Grace WESSON played a march, after which the choir sang an appropriate hymn and Dwight BOSWELL a member of the class, sang a solo.  Invocation was by Rev. RUCKER, pastor of the Methodist church, the benediction by Rev. Bedford SMITH, pastor of the Christian church.

            Rev. DAVIS brought an inspirational message which held the interest of his hearers from the beginning.  He discussed “four doors to shun, and four doors to enter,” making the path of duty seem the marked and shining path to young men and women who are just stepping out of school days into the larger affairs of life.  His address was interesting and inspirational.

High School Graduates

            The following list of pupils made up the graduating class:

Chrystelle NELSON





Christine NARRY



Eloise NANCE







Alma Nell TATE









Perfect Attendance

Freshman Girls        






Jessie Miller POOL



Frances COLEY




Chrystelle NELSON



Thirty Grammar School Pupils Get Diplomas Monday

            Monday evening, May 18, Rev. S.J. RUCKER likened the sport of fishing to the great game of life in his address before the grammar school graduating class, saying that if one would catch fish they must have proper equipment, such as lines, poles, hooks and bait.  Likewise, if one would catch big fish in the great pool of life’s success they must have the right equipment, a trained mind, right attitudes, healthy bodies, etc.  His address was well received by all.  Rev. H.D. ANDERSON pronounced the invocation.

            Supt. D.M. RUSSELL was the master of ceremonies, being assisted by Miss Della WALL in presenting quite a large number of awards, in addition to the diplomas.  The class occupied seats of honor and sang a number of songs.

            Miss Lillie Marie UNDERHILL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. UNDERHILL, was valedictorian, Miss Christelle HOLLEMAN, salutatorian, and Miss Treasure RUSSELL, class historian.

            The various awards and the names of the children receiving them, are as follows:

Sam PEAK, Lois WATSON, Wilfred BAGWELL, Willis LIGHTFOOT, Spencer LIGHTFOOT, Ray LIGHTFOOT, Maurice WALTRIP, Kenneth STEGALL, O.E. TAYLOR, Carroll HOWARD, Wesley ELIFF, Roy Norman HAMMERS, James EDMONSON, Frank HOLLAND, Feryn BLACK, Olive Winters BUCHAN, John Marie CAMPBELL, Dorine PARSONS, Ona Faye FRANKS, Oneta POPE, Ada WISDOM, Treasure Louise RUSSELL, Lillie Marie UNDERHILL, Chrystelle HOLLEMAN, Marynell MAHON, Mary Alice ROLLINS, Edna JETTON, Katherine DUNNAHO, Cloyce TOLAR.

Writing Pens

Dorine PARSONS, Elizabeth WILLIAMS, Lillie Marie UNDERHILL, Katherine DUNNAHO, Christelle HOLLEMAN, Ada WISDOM, Kenneth STEGAL, Ova Faye FRANK, Treasure Louise RUSSELL, Oneta POPE, Cloyce TOYLAR, John Marie CAMPBELL, Feryne BLACK, Wilfred BAGWELL, Lois WATSON, Charlene SMITH, Frances HALL, Wynell SALTER, Roy Norman HAMMERS, James EDMONSON, Flora JONES, Ruth COOK, Madge LIGHTFOOT, Marynell MAHON, Edna JETTON, Minnie Lou ELLIS, Claunise GLAZIER, Dorothy COOK, Ruth AYERS, Eugena GENTRY, Maxine SIKES, Mary Dolph BOSWELL, Paul COZBY, Wade SMITH, Fred HOLDRIDGE, Jack HUMPHREY, Billy GREENWALDT, Bobby Jean STRINGFELLOW, Denton JENKINS, Orville MILLER.

North Ward Writing Pens

Fifth Grade: Byrum HUDDLESTON, Brooks RIPPETOE, Jack WHEAT, Bennie STEPHENS, Verna Fae GORMAN

Sixth Grade:  C.L. MOHON, Billy COLEY, Vance ROCH, Allene HARRIS, Opal Mae TATE.

Writing Certificates

Ada WISDOM, Doreen PARSONS, Oneta POPE, Ora Fae FRANK, Chrystelle HOLLEMAN, Katherine DUNNAHO, Treasure RUSSELL, Kenneth SETGALL, Edna JETTON, Cloyce TOLAR, Marynell MAHON, Delta Rhea HOLDRIDGE, John Marie CAMPBELL, Lillie Marie UNDERHILL, Olive Winters BUCHAN.

Reading Certificates

Eston STONE, Ada WISDOM, Mary Dolph BOSWELL, Mary Alice ROLLINS, Wilfred BAGWELL, Katherine DONOHUE, Cale SINGLETON, M.B. NELSON, Olive Winters BUCHAN, James EDMONSON, Feryn BLACK, Frances HALL, Lillie Marie UNDERHILL, Joseph BLITCH, Ray LIGHTFOOT, Sam PEAK, Wesley ELIFF, Buster WHITTLE, Roy Norman HAMMERS, Orville MILLER, Charles LEIGON, Treasure RUSSELL and Willie LIGHTFOOT.

North Ward Reading Certificates

First Grade:  Buster DENDY, Jack HARRIS, Valton LEWALLEN, Derwin NABORS, Herbert RAMPLEY, Edward UNDERHILL.

Second Grade:  Jerry PIERCE, Lela DENDY, Ardel UNDERHILL.

Third Grade:  Custar RAMPLEY, Dimple COATS.

Fourth Grade:  Louise PIERCE

Sixth Grade:  C.L. MOHON, Billy COLEY.

Perfect Attendance


Good Citizen Certificates

Christelle HOLLEMAN, Derrel HAFFORD, Frances HALL, Ruth AYERS, Delta Rhea HOLDRIDGE.


Sloan & Shook Grocery Moving to Hatchery Bldg.

            The D. & C. Hatchery building, next door south from the Free Press and R.D. BELL’s Store, is hereafter to be the business home of Sloan & Shook Grocery.  These enterprising grocers will move from the location adjoining Holdridge & Sons next Monday, May 25, and invite their friends to visit them at the new location.


Dale Howard Elected to Teach at Oliver Springs; Has Good College Record

            Dale HOWARD, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar HOWARD, who graduates this June from John Tarleton College, was elected to teach at Oliver Springs at a recent meeting of the school board there.  HOWARD was chosen from a group of thirty applicants, a fact of which he may feel justly proud.  He has planned to remain in school for post graduate work at Tarleton the coming summer.

            HOWARD was a good student through high school here, and since going to John Tarleton College has continued his good record.  He has been prominent in student activities, being a member of the J.T.C. Band, and he also holds membership in the Old Gray Mare Band at Brownwood.  He was a member of the Glee Club, a De Molay, and was president of the Comanche County Club.  Needless to say, this gives him a full program.


Wife of Former M.E. Pastor Ill at Ballinger

            BALLINGER, May 19, - Mrs. W.H. DOSS, pioneer Runnels county resident, is gravely ill at her home here and relatives have been called to her bedside.  Her husband, the Rev. Mr. DOSS, was called from his post as chaplain of the senate at Austin two weeks ago.

            A daughter, Mrs. B.B. RUFFIN of Nashville, Tennessee, and a son, A.K. DOSS, Abilene attorney, and his family are here.  A third child, Miss Louise DOSS, resides here with her parents.  Two brothers of Mrs. DOSS, Sam A. PORTER of Clarksville, and G.A. PORTER of McKinney, are also attending the bedside.

            Rev. DOSS was pastor of De Leon Methodist church about fifteen years ago.  He has been chaplain of the Texas State Senate for some years.  De Leon friends will regret to hear of Mrs. DOSS’ serious illness.


Rev. Anglin Dead

            The death angel visited our home and took our father, Rev. H.S. ANGLIN, May 12, 1931.  He was buried May the 13th.

            He was born in Mississippi Jan. 14, 1848 and moved to Lamar Co., Texas, with his parents in 1851.  His father died and left a large family of children.  He was the oldest child and assumed the responsibility of the family.

            He was married to Miss Sarah WEAVER Sept. 20, 1876.  To this union were born 12 children, eight boys and four girls.  Three boys died in infancy.  Mother ANGLIN died three years ago.

            His health has been very poor for the past six months.  His last illness was only ten days long.  Eight of his children were with him to the end.  The youngest son, J.B., of El Paso was not present as his health would not permit.  He was laid to rest in Oakland Cemetery May 13 beneath a bank of flowers to await the resurrection morn.

            Funeral services were conducted by Rev. S.J. JONES of Dublin and Rev. ANDERSON of Gorman.  He leaves nine children, fifty-four grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren.  A host of other relatives and friends mourn his loss.

            May God’s blessings be upon all who ministered so faithfully, and spoke words of kindness in his last hours.

            The Masons of Gorman had charge of the funeral service at the grave. 

            Rev. ANGLIN was a Methodist preacher for fifty years, and his influence for good will live for many years.


Built Nice Residence Near North Ward School

            O.L. THOMSON is having constructed a neat six-room residence on the lot adjoining the home of his mother, Mrs. E.C. THOMSON, a block east of the North Ward school, and about June 1st will occupy same.  The THOMSON family has lived the past two or three years in the residence immediately south of the Travelers hotel in which the telephone office is located, and they are not pleased to live thus crowded.  Their new home is quite nice and they are to be congratulated.


Card of Thanks

            I wish to thank my many neighbors and friends for their kindness in caring for me during my recent illness from pneumonia and flu, and also for coming and working out my crop.  I want to thank Dr. PLEMMONS for his service and skill shown through my illness.  Your every act will be most gratefully remembered. –G.A. CLARK



            Miss Gladys REED and Mr. L.G. NORWOOD were happily married Monday, May 4th, at Throkmorton.  Mrs. NORWOOD is the daughter of Mrs. John Henry REED and grew to young womanhood here.  Mr. NORWOOD lives at Dublin and has a position with a truck line.  The many friends of Mrs. NORWOOD here wish for them much happiness.  They are at home in Dublin.



            The Free Press has learned of the marriage of Mrs. Sarah PARKMAN to Mr. Chas. BLANTON, which occurred on Wednesday.  Mr. BLANTON has been for a number of years connected with the Katy here as shopman, and Mrs. PARKMAN has been engaged for a time as proprietor of a popular café.  This paper has not been furnished with further details of the wedding.  The Free Press joins their friends in wishing for them much happiness and success.


W.W. Nance and Family Moved to Oak Cliff Today

            Hereafter, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. NANCE and family will be at home in Oak Cliff, Dallas, where they moved today.  Mr. NANCE has been there for some days making arrangements to move.  His business connection has not been made known to Free Press.  However, all who know him know that he is likely to be engaged in some line of produce.  Friends here regret to lose this good family from our midst and the best wishes of all go with them.



Mrs. W.W. TAUNER and Mrs. Noah STAGGS and daughter, Miss Justine of Weatherford, were guests the first of the week of their daughter and sister, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. NARRY and family, and attending the graduation service.

?. C. MACON and Miss Pauline RAY went to Brownwood Wednesday night to attend the graduation exercises at Howard Payne College, where Mr. MACON’s son Carl is to receive his B.A. degree.

Mrs. S.H. GRIZZELLE of Waco is the guest of her son, J.H. GRIZZELLE and family.

Albert LASWELL of Stamford was the guest Sunday of his grandmother BALLARD.

Mr. and Mrs. Cecil NELSON and Mrs. J.H. HARDY of Waco were guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. M.B. NELSON.

Mrs. Ada SMITH of Dallas is here at the bedside of her mother, Mrs. M.A. DUKE, who is ill.

The T.N. MOHON residence is now for rent to the right party. –Geo. MOHON

Mr. and Mrs. L. McCHAREN, Cisco, were attending graduation exercises here Sunday.  Mrs. McCHAREN’s sister, Miss Meta, being a member of the graduating class.

Cager MOHON, who has been visiting his mother and many friends here this week, has returned to McCamey where he has a good position.

Mrs. TALLEY and mother, Mrs. A.J. HANCOCK, have gone to Houston for a visit in the homes of W.T. and Sannie HANCOCK.

Mrs. Earl McCLELLAN and children, Pete and Nell Edward, are here visiting in the home of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. J.E. SELF.

Mrs. H.P. RUSH and little daughter, Jean, of San Angelo, were here the past week visiting in the home of her mother, Mrs. W.C. STREETY.

Misses Mary Louise GRIZZELLE and Gene ROPE and Darrell WOODARD and Tom PULLIAM of Comanche were here Sunday attending the Commencement service and visiting Mr. and Mrs. J.H. GRIZZELLE.

Mr. and Mrs. Orel COTTRELL, accompanied by Mrs. M.J. FAULK, returned to their home in Los Angeles, California, after having spent the past month with Mrs. COTTRELL’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ollie LOUDERMILK of Downing.



Mr. Tom SPARGER went to Rotan Saturday to attend the funeral of his nephew, who was accidentally killed while working at an oil well.

H.M. FINCANNON of Desdemona spent part of last week with his sister, Mrs. G.W. GOODSON.

Mr. J.W. WALLACE and Miss Irene BROWN have been re-elected as teachers of our school for the coming year.

Mrs. G.W. GOODSON and children spent Friday wither her mother, Mrs. J.E. FINCANNON of Desdemona.

We are sorry to report that Mr. W.R. MILLER is not improving.  He has been at the hospital some four weeks.


Oliver Springs

Abb WATTERS and Ben HANEY were visiting relatives here this week and were accompanied back by Mrs. Henry FOSTER for an extended visit.

A new boy by the name of Bobby Russel has arrived at the home of W.R. BURLESON.

Mrs. H.S. ECHOLS has returned from visiting her son and daughter at Comanche.

Andy KINNEY and wife of Gorman spent Sunday evening with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. COGBURN.



Miss Lucile RILEY accompanied by Misses Ruthel RILEY and Bartene MOORE spent the weekend visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Fred OSBORN of Gustine.

In the news from this place last week an error was made in regard to the recognition given the oldest mother.  Mrs. W.R. GREGORY was the oldest mother present at the Mothers Day program and was given a bouquet as such and Mrs. GREGORY attended a Mothers Day program at the Baptist Church that night and was given a bouquet as the oldest mother.  Mrs. GREGORY has lived in this community many years and is loved and revered as a good Christian mother and wishes to express her appreciation to those who gave the flowers.  Mrs. O.H. MOORE was given a bouquet as the “mother of the Sunday School.”  Mrs. MOORE had been superintendent of the Sunday School for a year and has been faithful to her work and this recognition of her services was appreciated by her.

Miss Alma OSBORN, who formerly lived in this community, is spending the week visiting with Miss Ruthel RILEY and other friends from here this week.

There were six in the graduating class this year.  They were: Jack RILEY, George HUGHES, Raymond LINDLEY, Wayland SEALS, Lillian ROBBINS and Novis LINDLEY.  Mr. WALKER delivered their diplomas.

The following were given Certificates of Awards for having made an average grade of 90 or above.  These are those who made the honor roll through the school year:  Bryal McKINNEY, Robert GROGAN, Felton BRAZELL, Lucile PAYNE, Allen GREGORY, Ilamae KOONCE, Gwendolin ROBBINS, Madge McKINNEY, Estelle ROBBINS, Ruthel RILEY, Sarah HUGHES, Bartene MOORE, Rudolph LEWIS, Lillian ROBBINS, Novis LINDLEY and Raymond LINDLEY.

Mrs. Emil YOUNG has been on the sick list this week but is improving.

G.A. CLARK, who has been sick for some time is able to be up.



Miss Forest BLANKENSHIP was home Sunday from De Leon.  She is employed at the Travelers Hotel.

Grandma PERKINS is visiting her son, Ed MILLER, this week.


Robinson Springs

Mr. MORING and Miss UNDERWOOD took the sixth and seventh grades on a theatre party Wednesday night last week.  Cimarron was being shown.

Mrs. S.C. COWAN and little son, also Miss Mabel MACON of Dallas, visited Mr. and Mrs. R.L. MACON and family last weekend.

Uncle Burgoyne ELY and wife of Fort Worth, who are 90 and 89 years old respectively, and who have been united in marriage 70 years, are visiting Mrs. J.M. KAY and family, also other relatives of this community.

Mr. FERGUSON and Miss UNDERWOOD took their respective rooms to Bay’s tank at Bays, Monday on a picnic.  Each teacher is trying to give their pupils some kind of a picnic this week as school will close this week and vacation time will be long before all can be together again.



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