The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, June 19, 1931


A.J. Bettis Died at Dublin Home Last Thursday

            The Dublin Progress carried a brief story last week of the death of A.J. (Uncle Jack) BETTIS, pioneer Katy engineer, which occurred at Dublin last Thursday afternoon, shortly after 2 o’clock.  The brief notice gave no data regarding the age of deceased, however, Free Press judges him to have been around 70 years of age, and he is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. A.G. MALONE and Mrs. B.G. UTTERBACK. 

            Mr. and Mrs. BETTIS lived in De Leon for many years and were among the most highly respected citizens.  He was a ranking engineer on the Katy until three or four years ago when he was forced to retire from service because of ill health.  They lived here for a time, then moved to Dublin to be near their daughter.


Former De Leon Boy, Three Years a Flier, Visits Relatives Here

            Mr. and Mrs. Newell JERNIGAN, former citizens of De Leon, their son Clarence, and two younger children are visiting this week in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Adrian BALLARD and Mrs. Mary E. DODSON, and with Mrs. JERNIGAN’s mother, Mrs. A.L. BALLARD.  The JERNIGAN family has lived at Raymondville in the Rio Grande Valley, for some ten years or more.

            Clarence JERNIGAN, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. JERNIGAN, has just finished an enlistment of three years in the U.S. Aviation Service, and when he re-enlisted last month for another three years he was given a three months furlough.  JERNIGAN is a flier and aviation mechanic, and has had the experience of leaping from a flying plane and landing safely via parachute.


L.B. Dossett, One of First Citizens of De Leon, is Dead

            The death of L.B. DOSSETT, one of the first citizens of De Leon, occurred at the home of his son, Henry DOSSETT, 106 Ash Lane, Dallas, at 7 o’clock p.m. Monday June 15th, 1931.  Mr. DOSSETT has been ill for seven months, his malady being gall stones of the liver.  He had only been confined to his bed for a short time when death ensued.

            Mr. DOSSETT was born in Kentucky on Christmas Day, 1845.  He was 85 years of age the 25th of last December.  He led an active life almost up to his dying day.  He came to Texas when 17 years of age and settled in this section 58 years ago, which was some ten years before De Leon was founded.  He was an early-day carpenter and probably built half the houses of the first town.

            Mr. DOSSETT was twice married.  His second wife died 32 years ago and a daughter, Eva, died within three months.  The other six of his seven children survive.  They are:  Mrs. A.G. GOWEN, Dallas;  J.W. DOSSETT, San Angelo; Henry DOSSETT, Dallas; Mrs. Joe BLACKWELL, Proctor; Mrs. H.S. ECHOLS, De Leon and Mrs. E. MILLER, Eden.  He lived most of the time the past 15 years in the home of Mrs. BLACKWELL.

            There are 32 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren.

            Uniting with the Church of Christ at an early age, Mr. DOSSETT lived out the long span of his life and died in this faith.

            The body was brought from Dallas to De Leon on Wednesday, June 17th, and lay at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jess DYER awaiting the hour of the funeral.  Mr. DYER and Weldon DOSSETT are brothers-in-law.  At 2 o’clock p.m. the funeral was held at the residence, with Rev. H.H. ALEXANDER, Christian evangelist, in charge following which his body was laid to rest at De Leon cemetery beside his wife and daughter.


Former A. & P. Manager Married at Anson Friday

            Dick HARRIS, former manager of the A. & P. Store in this city, was married to Miss Leta B. LOVE, of Anson, at Anson on Friday, June 5th.  Mr. HARRIS is the manager of the M System Store at Anson, of which his mother is owner.  They formerly lived at Moran.  The wedding occurred at 7 o’clock p.m.  Mrs. HARRIS was a bookkeeper for the West Texas Utilities at Anson.  Mr. HARRIS is a most excellent young man and made many friends during the year or more that he lived in this city.  Mrs. HARRIS was reared at Anson.  The Free Press editor extends them congratulations and best wishes.


This A.E.F. “Vet” Didn’t Have The “T.B.”

            Bud GLOVER went to Kerrville some weeks ago to enter the Government Hospital for tuberculosis.  After a few weeks there under observation of specialists, he was sent home with the cheerful information that he does not have the “T.B.”  He is troubled with bronchial affliction, and is getting along nicely.  Bud can testify to the fact that it is a “Gr-r-rand and glorious feeling” to suppose you have a case of tuberculosis and then find out you were mistaken.


Card of Thanks

            We wish to thank our many friends at De Leon for their kindness and sympathy expressed at the funeral of our beloved father, who died at Dallas and was buried at De Leon last Wednesday.  We are grateful for the floral offering, and also for the fact that many old settlers, who were his friends of other years, came to pay their last respects.  May God’s blessings rest abundantly with each of you. 

            The Children of L.B. DOSSETT


Installs New Beauty Shop Equipment for Croquignole Service

            Mrs. E.E. GENTRY, beauty shop operator here, has recently purchased and has installed a Croquignole unit, and by the time this story is in print the new machine will be in operation.  Mrs. GENTRY has had the Spiral machine for a year or more, and added the Croquignole system in order to be able to take care of those wishing this popular wave.  She had the course in Croquignole waving when she was in the beauty culture school at Ft. Worth and is prepared to give “a service that is distinctively personal,” not only in permanent waves, but in all beauty work.  As a special introductory offer she is making the Croquignole wave for $4.00 to $5.00 now.



Mrs. H.A. WATSON is making her home with Mr. and Mrs. W.R. HEIZER at 305 North Miller Avenue, Breckenridge, since the death of Mr. WATSON.  They were here visiting with relatives and friends the past week.

Adrian GRIZZELLE has gone to San Antonio to visit his brother, Edmund.

Walter LOWE has returned home from Austin where he attended the State University.

Miss Aliene WEAVER has returned home from Austin.  She was a student in the State University the past year.

Mrs. Vella BASIL of Robetown is a guest of her sister, Mrs. A.E. HAMPTON.

Miss Grace BARTON has gone to Dallas where she will take a course at Draughen’s Business College.

Mrs. Howard McClellan and son, Buster, of Iraan, were guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. BOYD last week.

Mrs. B.O. COUCH of Eastland was a guest Thursday of her husband who has a position with the Humble pipe line out of here.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert OSWALD and daughter, Anna Doris, of Hobbs, N.M. were guests of her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Lee Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. W.C. BAGWELL and children of Breckenridge, were guests of her mother, Mrs. W.C. PATTERSON last week-end.

Mr. and Mrs. G.A. COLEY and baby, of San Antonio, were in the city this week visiting his mother, Mrs. J.W. COLEY.

Mrs. O.E. DILLARD and two little sons, Johnnie and Edward EARL, of Denison, are visiting with relatives and friends here.  Mrs. DILLARD was formerly Miss Gertrude EDWARDS.

Mr. and Mrs. H.E. NEWTON and children have recently moved from this city to Brownwood where they will make their home in the future.

Mr. and Mrs. Percy Garrett of Tyler were here Tuesday greeting friends.  They were enroute to San Angelo to visit relatives.  Mrs. GARRETT was formerly Miss Belvia RUSSELL and grew to womanhood here.

Mr. and Mrs. John STRICKLAND of Alvin were week-end guests of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. STRICKLAND.  Mr. STRICKLAND is Supt. of the Alvin schools and they were in route to Colorado where he will attend college this summer.

Foster RUCKER, recent graduate of Southern Methodist University, was visiting in the house of his parents, Rev. and Mrs. S.J. RUCKER the past week-end.  He is employed by the Texas & Pacific Railroad Co., at Dallas.

Mrs. C.C. FUQUA, from Vernon, Texas, has returned home from a three weeks visit with her daughter and granddaughter, mother and grandmother, Mrs. R.L. NELSON, Reba Evelyn, Mrs. H.H. ALEXANDER and Mrs. DENMAN.

Mrs. Calvin CARAWAY, who lives on Route 5, happened to the misfortune last week of breaking her arm between the elbow and wrist while she was cranking her car.  She was taken to Gorman where she received medical attention and is recovering nicely.

Mrs. George DANIEL of De Leon, Rt. 4, went to Houston this week to join her cousin, Mrs. J.P. KISER and the two will travel by auto and visit relatives and friends at Atlanta, Texas, Shreveport, La., Hope, Ark., Muskogee, Okla, Matador, Amarillo, Crosbyton and Abilene, being two or three weeks on the trip.

Finny SHORT has returned from a trip to San Pedro, California.  He looked for work while there but was unable to obtain any.  His brother, Lester, has been a longshoreman there for sixteen years.

Little Miss Margaret SHARP is in Dallas this week visiting her brother, Boyd SHARP, and will also visit her uncle, W.T. SHARP and family of Garland, and at Malakoff.

Mr. and Mrs. O.D. GRIZZELLE, Mr. and Mrs. Walter SCOTT and Edmund GRIZZELLE, all of San Antonio, spent last week-end with Mr. and Mrs. J.H. GRIZZELLE.



By Miss Grace DIXON

Mr. and Mrs. H. SMITH of Proctor visited Mr. Frank SMITH Sunday afternoon.

Miss Cliftine GOODSON is spending this week with her aunt at Desdemona.

Misses Grace DIXON and Ahniwa SMITH, and Mr. Tom SPARGER attended the singing convention at Gorman Sunday and reported a fine singing.

Mrs. Will COOPER and two children of Brownwood, visited her sister, Mrs. Frank SMITH, Wednesday and Thursday.  Mrs. SMITH continues very ill.


Oliver Springs

By Mrs. Eunice BAIRD

Preston NORTHCUTT of the plains has been visiting relatives here the past week.




Charley LINDLEY, a former resident of Desdemona, moved into this community last week.  It is said that the LINDLEY family like their new location fine, and as everyone knows, they will be a great addition to our community in general.

Mr. Fred SEALS and son Wayland were employed last week in the setting up of a steel garage at Almeda.  This garage will be used to keep the school busses in.

Guy HOOPER and family are visiting with Mrs. HOOPER’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.M. WADE.

Little Miss Charline LINDLEY has been in bed the past few days with a serious abscess on her leg.  The trouble was next to the bone and when she was taken to Dr. STUBBLEFIELD at Gorman he pronounced it in a serious condition.  In a few days the trouble came to a head and she is much better now.

J.H. ADAMS is back at work again having recovered from a small but serious accident of two weeks ago.

Little Robert GROGAN was taken ill last Friday night with a cramping in his side.  His parents thought possibly he had a case of appendicitis, but as the pain left him it was decided differently.  He is recovering and is able to be up again.

R.P. LEWIS has again organized his baseball team for the summer.  Last Friday they played Robinson Springs and won by a high score but this was followed by a game Saturday agains Docum which they lost by a score of six to nothing.  It is hoped that they will have better luck after this.

Mrs. E.L. WALLER and two sons of Paducah were visiting with her mother, Mrs. W.L. MOORE of this community.


Round Grove

Mrs. Ernest RIPPETOE was called to the bedside of her brother, Jim HAMMETT, last Friday.  Mr. HAMMETT was seriously hurt in an automobile wreck.

Messrs. Earnest and Walter RIPPETOE are singing for a meeting at Stephenville this week.


Robinson Springs

By Miss La Joyce MACON

Uncle Billie HERRELL has been visiting his daughter, Mrs. CARNES, of Comanche  for the past two weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. Merrit HARRIS left Wednesday for Borger where they will visit relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Sid BRUMBELOW have recently purchased a new steam pressure cooker and sealer.

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar STEWART have returned to their home from east Texas.

During the high wind and rain Thursday, a barn on Mrs. Louis BRUMBELOW’s place was blown down.

Mr. Ike BRUMBELOW and mother have been visiting Mr. BRUMBELOW’s sister, Mrs. Inez MARTIN, who lives near Lowell.

Mrs. Louis BRUMBELOW was called to the bedside of her sister, Mrs. MAUNEY, who lives near Oliver Springs, Saturday.  Mrs. MAUNEY was stricken with paralysis early Saturday morning and died at 11:30 a.m.  Our deepest sympathy goes out to the bereaved relatives.



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