The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, June 12, 1931


Summer School Opens With Small Enrollments

            Mr. Clifford ALLEN, high school teacher, is in charge of classes at summer school which opened at the high school building Monday morning.  Only six or eight pupils appeared for classes on opening day, but others are expected to come in later.  The school will continue for six weeks.  A tuition is being made.


Opened Bowling Game in Ayers Building

            G.B. WHITTLE and wife arrived from Ranger Tuesday this week and he is having installed equipment for a bowling game, which he will conduct in the Ayers building south from Smith’s dry goods store.  Mr. WHITTLE stated that the game of bowling is for both ladies and gentlemen, and it will be his purpose to conduct a place that will appeal to the best people in town.  The place will be open evenings.


Lester House Changed Hands

            Mr. and Mrs. Momer RHODES have leased the Lester Hotel and took over the same Monday morning.  This week the hotel is undergoing a thorough renovation.  Many changes are being made, new draperies being hung and the linen closet being filled with new linens.  The kitchen is in charge of a lady who has had many years of such experience and real home cooked meals are being served.  Mr. and Mrs. RHODES are cordially inviting their friends to dine with them.  Every Sunday special family dinners will be served.


Former De Leon Girl Gets Good Position in Plainview School

            Free Press has learned that Miss Eudora NOEL has been elected director of physical education in Plainview Senior High School for the coming year.  Miss Eudora is a graduate of De Leon school, and did her college work at Trinity University, Waxahachie, and Texas Technological College, Lubbock.  She taught last year at Matador and was re-elected there.  However, she will take the larger work at Plainview at an excellent salary.

            Mr. and Mrs. Leon NOEL, parents of Miss Eudora, who formerly lived in De Leon, have moved from Ralls to Vernon, where he has a position with the Ford Sales Agency.


De Leon Students Attend Tarleton College

            Lieut. Col. E.W. SCOTT, a representative of John Tarleton Agricultural & Mechanical College at Stephenville was in De Leon Saturday.  SCOTT said that he had talked with quite a number of high school graduates here and several were planning to attend Tarleton next year.

            Those who attended school at John Tarleton this last year from De Leon are Christine AYERS, Inez BOSWELL, Geneva COLEY, W.Z. COMPTON, Taylor DABNEY, Lloyd DIXON, Dale FARROW, Opal Mae FRANK, B.G. GLOVER, Byron GREGORY, Merlin GOOCH, Mary Alice GREENWALDT, Paul HOLLEMAN, Dale HOWARD, Mr. and Mrs. MUSIC, Bertha A. ROSS, Mary Alice SHORT, C.G. TATE, and Nina Beth TERRELL.  In the last few years Tarleton has had one hundred sixty-eight students from De Leon.

            Tarleton promises to have a bigger and better year next year in every respect.  Let’s all boost our home institution.



            H.A. WATSON was born in Webster County, Mississippi, June 25, 1856, and was married to Miss Joannah Ruth CASTELES January 16, 1876.  Ten children were born to this first union, seven of whom are still living.  They are as follows:

            Delia Lanora, born 1877, died in 1878; J.B. WATSON, 1946 Carl Street, Ft. Worth, Texas; Willie Agnes, born 1878 and died in 1890; F.D. WATSON, Stanton, Texas; O.F. WATSON, Levelland, Texas; P.M. WATSON, Pawhuska, Oklahoma; G.C. WATSON, O’Donnell, Texas; (Rev.) Mrs. W.H. HUGHES, Levelland, Texas; Mrs. J.J. MONTAGUE, Rt. 5, De Leon, Texas.

            His first wife died Nov. 8, 1902, and he was married to Mrs. L.A. MORRIS Aug. 16, 1906.  Three children were born to this second union, two of whom are still living.  They are:  Mrs. W.R. HEIZER, 305 Miller Ave., Breckenridge, Texas; Mrs. A.D. BOSWELL, Rt. 1, De Leon, Texas; Daisy Mozelle WATSON born May 3rd, 1913 and died Nov. 23, 1928.

            Mr. WATSON came to Texas in December 1897 and settled at Comyn, where he has lived ever since.  He engaged as ginner, merchant, and farmer.  He has thirty-eight grand-children, thirty-one of whom are still living.

            He was a member of the Comyn Baptist Church since 1898 and was active as a Deacon until his death.  He was a member of the school board for a long period.

            Mr. WATSON died on Wednesday, June 3, 1931, after an illness lasting over several months.  He suffered patiently and his death was triumphant in the faith in which he had lived.


Dead Cisco Pioneer was Related to De Leon People

            James Montgomery HOWARD, another old pioneer of Cisco, passed away Wednesday afternoon at 3:08 o’clock at his home on South D avenue.  He had been in bad health for the past two or three years, and during the past year has had two or three bad spells when his life was in danger.  He had made his home in Cisco for the past 13 years.  He was born near Montgomery Alabama, March 28, 1852.  He moved with his parents to Arkansas, and came to Texas in 1882.  He married Miss Mary Elinor EPPLER at Magazine, Arkansas, December 23, 1877.  Mrs. Howard passed away November 16, 1921.  Mr. HOWARD is survived by five children:  Mrs. J.R. BURNETT and Mrs. Kate RICHARDSON of Cisco; Mrs. J.S. YEAGER, Putnam; Mrs. H.A. McCANLIES of Eastland; Edgar HOWARD of Waco.  All were present at the funeral services.

            Mr. HOWARD became a member of the Baptist church when a boy of 19, and continued a faithful member of that church and a devoted Christian till the death messenger called him away.

            Funeral services were held at the First Baptist church in Cisco at 3:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon, Rev. E.S. JAMES, pastor, conducting.  Special music was furnished in a solo by Mrs. P.L. ULLOM, and a male quartet by Burette PATTERSON, L. BOYD, Ernest HITTSON and W.F. WALKER.

            Interment was made at Oakwood cemetery.  Active pall bearers were:  Jewel POE, Algie SKILES, H.L. KUNKEL, Leonard EPPLER, Oscar EPPLER, E.J. WENDE.  Honorary pall bearers were R.L. POE, J.B. BLITCH, D.D. LEWIS, Bedford MASHBURN, Martin PARISH, W.F. WALKER, George HUESTIES, John GUDE, George DANIELS, John ELKINS, R.H. BOONE, Jack PIPPEN, Sr., W.D. ELDER, R. F. WASHINGTON, A. GRIST, Sr., R.B. CHILDS, W.E. KEETER, Dawson, R.H. YEAGER,  M.F. McCANLIES, A.D. ESTES  -Cisco Citizen.

            Mr. HOWARD was an uncle of Will and Oscar HOWARD, and Mesdames A.V. BOSWELL, C.W. COGBURN, Emma COONER and M.B. NELSON.


Hart – Goodson

            Mr. Elda GOODSON and Miss Inez HART, both of this community, were happily married at Dublin Saturday, June 6, at 10:00 o’clock, by Rev. MARTIN.  Mrs. Ellis ROUSE, sister of the bride, and Mr. Ted HAY, were the only attendants.  Mrs. GOODSON is the daughter of Mrs. M.B. HART and has been reared in this community.

            Mr. GOODSON is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. GOODSON, and has lived in this community for some three years.

            Mr. GOODSON has a job with the section crew on this railroad here.

            They will make their home at Desdemona for the present.  Best wishes attend them.


Court House News

Marriages Recorded

M.T. TIDWELL and Miss Jessie ROBERSON were married at Clairette May 13, the ceremony being performed by Rev. W.R. HARDIN


To Mr. and Mrs. Jerry CLEMENTS, Gustine, May 21, a son.

To Mr. and Mrs. Will RINEHART, Gustine, May 12, a daughter.

To Mr. and Mrs. J.H. SMITH, Comanche, May 20, a daughter, Stasha Sue.

To Mr. and Mrs. Ottie Z. FOREMAN, Gustine, May 2, a son.

To Mr. and Mrs. Sam A. BARTLEY, May 27, Comanche, a daughter.

To Mr. and Mrs. Ed R. LIGON, Comanche, May 25, a daughter.

            Deeds Recorded

J. F. FRITTS to G.R. GOOSBY 105.5 acres of land, 100 out of the Danie BARNHILL Survey and 5.5. acres out of the John Duncan Survey, consideration $2,000.00.

Nannie PERRY and L.M. BATTON and wife to J.C. FRITTS, 100 acres of land out of the Daniel BARNHILL survey and 5.5 out of the John DUNCAN survey, consideration $1800.00.

J.E. ELIFF to Lee W. HOLDRIDGE, lot 1, block 25, De Leon, consideration $1100.00.

J.W. BOSWELL to O.L. THOMPSON, lot 3, block 19, De Leon, consideration $30.00.

J.B. EDWARDS to J.W. BOSWELL, lot 3, block 19, De Leon, consideration $150.00.

E. TUPIN to E.E. ANTHONY, 320 acres out of the A. YARBO Survey, consideration $8,000.00.


Local Happenings

Rev. Raymond TERRY, pastor of the Methodist church at Hull, near Houston, also Mr. and Mrs. Edward TERRY, now of Luling, are guests this week in the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.N. TERRY.  Raymond has been a member of the Texas Conference and pastor at Hull the past two years.  Edward recently moved from Gonzales to Luling.

Mr. and Mrs. H.B. BOSWELL of Harrold were guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.V. BOSWELL last week.  They left Sunday for College Station where he will again attend A. & M. College this summer.

Mrs. Dolph SMITH and children of Godman were week-end guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.F. BROWNLEE.

Mrs. J.H. REED of Carlson, sister of Mrs. S.G. PARKS, was visiting here on Saturday last week.

Merton BELL is home from the State University, Austin; Finish BELL and family are here from Hawley, and Mr. and Mrs. Otho BELL of Fabens, are all guests in the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. V.V. BELL.

Mr. and Mrs. Cecil NELSON of Waco, Mrs. M.B. NELSON and daughter, Crystel, are visiting friends at Sylvester and Chilicothe this week.

Ray VAUGHN, who has visited this spring with his grandfather, J.H. VAUGHN, has returned to his home at Hamlin.

Miss Oma RIDER has gone to Lubbock to enter Texas Technological College after spending a few days here with her parents.

Mrs. Stuart CATE and little son, of Breckenridge, returned to their home Saturday afternoon after visiting for some days with her mother, Mrs. T.C. SMITH.

Mrs. Josie HAFFORD and daughter Miss Emma, and sons, A.T. and Homer HAFFORD, attended the funeral of D.J. BARKER at Stamford.  Mr. BARKER is the brother-in-law of Mrs. HAFFORD.

Miss Lela VAUGHN of John Tarleton College at Stephenville is visiting her father, J.H. VAUGHN on Route 5.  Miss VAUGHN leaves Wednesday for Ames, Iowa, where she will work this summer.

Miss Merlin GOOCH is recovering nicely from an appendicitis operation which was performed at the Gorman Sanitarium last week, and her sister, Miss Mildred, who nurses at the Hamilton Sanitarium, is in attendance at her bed-side. 

Mr. and Mrs. Guy JEFFREY are home from Yuma, Ariz., where they have been making their home for some years.  They will remain here, Mr. JEFFREY stated.

Miss Addie Gayle MIXON has gone to Denton to do summer work at N.T.S.T.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Leslie BURGESS of McCamey, have returned home after a week’s visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. JENKINS.


Robinson Springs

Mr. and Mrs. Perry MORING left about 2:30 last Friday morning, for Lubbock, where they will attend school this summer.

All the Home Economic Class did not meet, but Misses Elaine BARKER, Oleta MACON, and Mattie Mell SPRUILL and La Joyce MACON met and worked some on the quilt.  The whole class will meet later and finish it.

Mrs. J.E. NORWOOD, who was called to the bedside of her mother, several weeks ago, is home now, but will return to Cleburne soon.

Mr. CHAMBERS has recovered from the sprain.

Miss Hollis DYSON is on the sick list suffering with cold and sore throat.

Mr. Earl LOWREY is on the sick list.

As Sunday was Miss Mildred MILLER’s birthday, a group of young people surprised her by gathering at her home, Sunday night.  Those who were there were:  Misses Jewell and Mattie Mell SPRUILL, Modess WEST, Oleta MACON, Myrtle WEST, Adina KIMMELL, Vertna WEST, La Veda MACON, Hollis DYSON, Elaine BARKER, Wilma Carrol MILLER, Charlot MILLER and La Joyce MACON.  Mr. Doyce SHORT, Roger and Wayne CHAMBERS, Carl MACON, Foye DYSON, Floyd and Lloyd WEST and Alvis KIMMEL.  Also Mr. and Mrs. Blonde MORELAND and daughter, Peggy Joe.

Mr. and Mrs. Blond MORELAND are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. MILLER.



Uncle Billie HARROLD is visiting his daughter, Mrs. J. CARNES, at Comanche.

Mr. and Mrs. C.C. MILLER and children visited Mr. MILLER’s mother in De Leon Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Part SOUTHALL and children have returned home after a visit here and we are glad to report his mother near Highland is improving after a very serious illness.

Mr. Jean MALONE is visiting his sister, Mrs. MAUNEY, in Gorman.


Oliver Springs

Mrs. H.S. ECHOLS received word from Dallas that her father, Mr. DAWCETT, a former resident of De Leon, is very ill.

Russell BURLESON and family visited with Mr. BURLESON’s parents at Grandview, Sundy.

We are glad to say Orvoll C. SETZLAR is able to get around.  He is using a crutch but hopes to soon lay it aside.

Varance COZART, J.W. TUNNELL, of Comyn, Othel COZART, Carmen BAIRD and Inez SETZLER, visited Veora and Ozella THOMPSON at Grandview Sunday.



Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow WILCOXEN of Hamilton are rejoicing over the arrival of twin girls.  Mrs. WILCOXEN was formerly Miss Hazel REEVES and lived in our community for a number of years before her marriage.

Mrs. Frank SMITH has been very ill this past week.  She was carried to the Gorman Sanitarium Wednesday for treatment but returned to her home Thursday and we are sorry to report she is not improving.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. WALLACE gave a reception Friday night for the seventh and ninth grade classes in school.  Several games were played.  Welton KEITH and J.B. REEVES and Mr. WALLACE furnished music on the violin and guitar.  Ice cream and cake were served to the following:  Ahniwa AMITH, Omar MOORE, Gail SMITH, J.T. BAILEY, Mildred SITTON, Othel PARKER, Marie MOORE, Irene BROWN, Vera BAILEY, Welton KEITH, J.B. REEVES, Quannah BLASSINGAME, Grace DIXON, Mr. and Mrs. Leo SMITH, Mr. and Mrs. Montal YOUNG, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest BROWN, Mr. and Mrs. Fred NEWTON, and Basil BROWN.  All reported an enjoyable time.



O.S. ROBBINS, E.F. JOINER and G.E. RILEY are to be complimented on their fine oats raised this year.  These oats were raised on the farm of Captain F.L. TIMMONS and are already harvested and under shelter.

Mr. Bill EDWARDS, who happened to a very serious accident last week, is improving now.  Friends have faith in his recovery now.

Miss Mildred McKINNEY has gone to Breckenridge to spend the summer with her sister, Mrs. Herbert SHAHAN.

Tuesday afternoon of last week, Mrs. Clifford GROGAN was sewing and laid her thimble down on the bed.  Her little girl, who is scarcely past a year old, grabbed up something and put it in her mouth.  Before her mother could get it out she had swallowed it.  The thimble was gone so Mrs. GROGAN thought it was the thimble that the baby had swallowed.  The baby was rushed to the sanitarium and an x-ray picture was taken which showed that the supposed thimble had already passed out of the stomach.  As the baby showed no signs of illness, it was carried home.  Later it was found that instead of a thimble, it was the top of a toy salt shaker that the baby had swallowed.  It is hoped that nothing serious will develop from this.

Jewell HOLLEMAN of De Leon spent last week-end with his cousin Raymond LINDLEY.

Miss Alta RICHIE of De Leon is visiting with her cousin, Miss Madgeline McKinney.



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