The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, January 15, 1932


Mother of Fred Oelize Died at Dallas Recently

            Fred OELZE, who was employed as bookkeeper and stenographer by Higginbotham Bros. & Co. back during the boom days, writes that his mother, Mrs. Etta OELZE PHILLIPS, wife of an M-K-T railroad engineer, died at a Dallas hospital Saturday morning last week.  She had been ill for several months at her home at Denison, where she had resided for a number of years.  Mrs. PHILLIPS visited at De Leon often during the time her son worked here.  Friends will regret to hear of her passing.


Plucky Woman Saved Household Goods as House Burned Down

            Mrs. Doyle NOWLIN was at home alone with her baby at noon last Sunday when her house caught fire from a defective flue.  The fire was discovered before it made much headway, however, she could not put it out, and turned her attention to saving her household goods.  With rare presence of mind, she removed her baby beyond danger, then returning into the burning building time after time she succeeded in removing practically every article of furniture and equipment in the house.  The cook stove and a kitchen cabinet were the articles of greatest value lost.

            Mr. and Mrs. NOWLIN owned the place.  They carried no insurance.  Their home is in the Duster community.


Father and Son Meet Here After Thirty-two Years

            Alvin MURPHEY, of San Francisco, came to town one day this week.  He inquired where Rev. G.E. MURPHEY lived and was directed toward the east part of town.  As he went down the sidewalk past the post office he saw an elderly man, stooped with age and leaning heavily on a cane, come up the walk toward town.

            “I’m looking for the home of G.E. MURPHREY,” he stated.  Can you tell me here [sic] I’ll find it?”

            “I am G.E. MURPHREY,” the elderly man replied.

            “I am Alvin MURPHREY,” the young man said.

            Father and son stood staring at each other.  Neither spoke for a moment.  Then the father found his voice and said: “You can’t be my son, Alvin?”  “If you are G.E. MURPHREY I am,” he replied.

            It was a happy meeting.  Rev. MURPHREY is up in the 80’s and his son is 54.  Thirty-two years ago the son went west and has lived on the West Coast since then.  Lately he heard that his father still lived and he came to Texas, unannounced to see him.  He is a welcome guest in the home this week, and also in the home of his sister, Mrs. Henry FREEMAN, whom he had not seen through the years.


Brother and Sister Meet After 32 Years

            Mrs. Wallace MORGAN had the pleasure of seeing her half-brother, W.A. KING, of Jenkins, Okla., who came here to visit his sister this week.  They had not seen each other since she left their former home, Langston, Ala., in 1899 and came to Texas.  Later he moved to Oklahoma.  They had lost trace of each other through the years and were reunited through correspondence of relatives.  Mr. KING will remain here for some days, guest of his sister.


Couple Given Shower

            Mr. and Mrs. Geo. LOUDERMILK, who were recently married, were honored with a miscellaneous shower Saturday afternoon in the home of Mr. and Mrs. T.A. ROGERS.

            Refreshments of cocoa and cake were served to the following:  Mms. Jeff LOUDERMILK, C.A. SMITH, J.C. McGINNIS, T.H. LOCKE, Cal HULSEY, A.O. LASSETER, W.J. LASSETER, A. LOUDERMILK, E.U. LOUDERMILK, Joe HULSEY, W.P. BOYD, Roy SMITH, Dovie SCOTT, J.P. YATES, Lloyd BOYETT, Claence KENNEDY, Oren L. MORRIS, Andy SCOTT, Carl SIMPSON, Joe GUNN, C.D. JENKINS, J.D. SCOTT, Geo. HULSEY, Tarpley and Mrs. W.H. LOUDERMILK.  Misses Corene PETERS, Lois McGINNIS, Billie HULSEY, Ella SCOTT, Mollie SCOTT, Fannie HULSEY.


Mrs. G.W. Spencer Died Wednesday

            Mrs. Elvreny SPENCER, wife of the late George SPENCER, died at her home in the east part of this city, at 12:30 o’clock Wednesday, January 13th, 1932.  She had been in failing health since the death of her husband almost two years ago, and had been critically ill for two or three weeks.  Mrs. SPENCER was afflicted with glaucoma, a virulent eye disease, which had produced blindness.  She lost the sight of one eye two years ago, and the other six months ago from the dread malady.  No doubt the loss of her sight hastened her death.

            Elvreny SIMS was born in Calhoun county, Miss., Feb. 2, 1856, and died January 13, 1932, being seventy-six years, 11 months and 11 days of age at death.  She was married to G.W. (George) SPENCER on December 31, 1876 and to their union was born seven children, three sons and four daughters whose names are: J.E. (Estel) SPENCER, Cisco; W.E. (Emmett) SPENCER, Lubbock; H.E. (Jack) SPENCER, Dallas; Mrs. Lewis LIGHTFOOT, De Leon; Mrs. W.W. GREGORY, De Leon; Miss Vera SPENCER, Fort Worth, and a daughter who died at 3 years of age.

            All of the children were born in Mississippi where the family continued to reside until the fall of 1897 when they moved to Texas, settling near Comyn where they continued to reside until 1902 when they moved to De Leon.  They have resided in this city since.  Mrs. SPENCER was a member of the Missionary Baptist church and her membership had been with the De Leon Baptist church for the past thirty years.

            The funeral service was conducted at the Baptist church at 10:30 o’clock Thursday, January 14th, with Rev. Montie A. DAVIS officiating.  The body was laid to rest at De Leon cemetery beside her husband, who died March 24, 1930.  All the children were present for the funeral except Emmett, who is in ill health at his home in Lubbock.


In Memory of Mrs. Adelaide Smith

            Mrs. Adelaide SMITH, whose maiden name was CRAIG, was born January 26, 1859, Pontotoc county, Miss., and died Dec. 31, 1931, at the home of her son, Craig SMITH, near Gorman.  She was married Sept. 16, 1880 to H.T. SMITH and to their union ten children were born: Craig SMITH, Gorman; Mrs. Luary NEIL, Merkel; Nell SMITH, Munday; Mrs. Jessie MORRIS, Rule; Mrs. Winnie PITTMAN, San Antonio; Mrs. Tommie PITTMAN, Gorman; Mrs. Grace MORRISON, Carlsbad, N.M. and Mrs. Dove ANDRESS, Sidney.  Two children preceded her in death, Lillian, who died in infancy, and John who died in 1927.  There are 40 grand children, and 4 great grand children.

            Mr. and Mrs. SMITH, with their children, moved to Lamar county, Texas, in 1885 and one year later moved to Comanche county, settling 4 miles north of De Leon where they reared their family.  In 1920 she moved to Beattie, the last years of her life being spent with her daughter, Mrs. ANDRESS, at Sidney.  She united with the Presbyterian church in early life, later joining the  Methodist church with her husband, her membership continuing with the Ross Chapel Methodist church until death.  She lived a beautiful Christian life to the end.

            Mrs. SMITH was taken ill about December 10 from an infected foot caused from trimming an ingrowing toenail.  Her suffering was intense.  She was treated at Gorman sanitarium and later removed to the home of her son, where she died at 4:00 o’clock on the afternoon of the last day of 1931.

            Mrs. SMITH was quiet and unassuming, yet an angel of mercy in the sick room.  Her sweet smile and sunny disposition will long be remembered by those she loved.

            A large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends came from Gorman, Sidney and De Leon to pay their last respects, the funeral service being held at the Methodist church.  Burial was at De Leon cemetery, Revs. C.O. HIGHTOWER of Gorman and Walter SCOTT of Sidney conducting the service.

            May each one so live that at death you can say, as she said, “ I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”  - Contributed


Robt. Lee Davis Died at His Home Near Robinson Spgs.

            Robert Lee DAVIS, 49, a resident of the Robinson Springs community for many years, died at his home there at 11:00 o’clock  p.m. Wednesday night, January 6th, and his remains were laid to rest at Copperas Creek cemetery next day with Rev. W.L. SKAGGS conducting the funeral services.  Mr. DAVIS had been ill for a week of pneumonia.  He had excellent medical attention, but his case grew worse until death ensued.  When he died he was lying on a bed in the same room with his aged mother, Mrs. J.L. DAVIS, who was also ill and with whom he lived.  The elderly woman has reached the ripe old age of 88 years.  Robert Lee DAVIS had been afflicted with granulated eyelids practically all his life and he was almost blind.

            DAVIS was born in Hood county August 6, 1882 but had spent most of his life in Comanche county.  He is survived by three brothers and two sisters, one brother being Lige DAVIS, well known here.  The funeral was at the family residence, and burial was at Copperas Creek cemetery, near Beattie.


Uncle Billie Harrell, Aged 93, is Dead

            Uncle Billie HARRELL, one of the oldest citizens of Comanche county, passed to his reward Tuesday morning, January 12, 1932.  He had passed his ninety-third milestone.  He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. CARNES, at Comanche, where he had made his home since the death of his sister, Mrs. Martha BRUMLEY, who died several months ago.  These two aged people had lived together for many years on the Lewis BRUMBELOW farm, a short distance north of De Leon.

            Uncle Billie led a very active life up to some five or six years ago when he accidentally cut down a tree which fell across his body.  He managed to extricate himself, but has since been a hopeless cripple.  His mind continued alert to a very old age, in spite of his near century of life.

            Mrs. Lewis BRUMBELOW is a daughter of Uncle Billie, as was also Mrs. CARNES.  There are also other near relatives surviving, but the Free Press has no particulars.

            The funeral and burial was at Round Grove Wednesday afternoon, January 13th.


Corbell – Coulter

            Mr. Leon CORBELL and Miss Thelma COULTER were happily married Sunday, January 10th, 1932, at the CORBELL home in De Leon.  Rev. H.D. ANDERSON was the officiating minister.

            Mrs. CORBELL is an attractive and most lovable young lady, she resided in the home of her aunt, Mrs. DAVIS, at Comanche.

            Leon, or better known as “Speck”, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. H.W. CORBELL and has grown to young manhood here.  He is deserving and of sterling worth, loved and respected by all who know him.

            Their many friends in Comanche and De Leon wish for them much happiness and success.  Mr. and Mrs. CORBELL are at home in Fort Worth, where he has a position with Leonard Bros.


Fire in Residence

            The home of Mr. and Mrs. Zeb WHEAT, just opposite the Planters Gin, was damaged by fire last Saturday morning.  The fire caught from washing a garment in gasoline.  The fire department put out the fire after about $150.00 in damage had been done.


Robbins – Pressley

            The Free Press received a letter from Mississippi some days ago telling of the marriage at Thaxton, Miss., of Mr. Elmer T. PRESSLEY, formerly of De Leon and Rucker, to Miss Ila Mirt Robbins, of Thaxton.  The wedding took place there on December 12th.  The young couple will make their home there, where the bride has a large farm and dairy.  Friends extend them best wishes for much happiness.


Waldon – Dyer

            Miss Alpha WALDON and Mr. Edward DYER were married at the home of Rev. A.F. NABORS on Tuesday afternoon, January 12, 1932, at 3 o’clock. They were accompanied by Messrs. Bud BROWNLEE and Lloyd HANDLIN, who witnessed the ceremony.  These are both De Leon young people, the groom a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse DYER.  They will make their home in De Leon the Free Press understands.



By Mrs. J.F. Phipps

Mr. and Mrs. W.E. PULLEY and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard HOLLAND and several other members of the Comyn Baptist Sunday School attended the meeting at Van Dyke Sunday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. C.M. CARAWAY entertained faculty members and a few others with a six o’clock dinner on Wednesday evening, Dec. 30.  After the dinner the guests were engaged in games of 42 and bridge during the remainder of the evening.

New officers of the Comyn B.Y.P.U. organization were elected last Sunday night.  They were:  general director – O.M. SHIPPER; associate director – Miss Mara Glenn DONALDSON; secretary – Miss Gladys DICKEY;  pianist – Miss Mollie GRISHAM; choir leader – J.W. ALSTON.  Group captains – Rich COWAN, Mary ALSTON, Girlie STRONG and Leonard HOLLAND.

Rich COWAN is suffering from an attack of blood poisoning which developed from a small injury on one of his fingers.

W.J. COURT is recovering from a painful injury he received recently when he fell from a truck in which he was loading cattle for market.

Mrs. Melton HUCK and children of Fort Worth spent the week end visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom COOK.

C.M. CARAWAY Jr., who spent the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. CARAWAY, returned to A. & M. College last Friday.


St. Joe

By Pauline Ray

Rev. E.P. WALLACE filled his regular appointment at Ross Chapel Sunday.  A good crowd was present, sixty being at Sunday School.  Mr. and Mrs. Claude PAIR and children of Rucker visited her mother, Mrs. W.C. LOCKE and family Sunday and attended church at Ross Chapel.

Mrs. Lou OTWELL has returned home from a week’s visit with her daughter, Mrs. J.C. PIERCE and family, of De Leon.

Aubrey NANCE, Edward SPRUILL and brother, also Otwell NANCE of New Hope, spent Saturday night with Coy OTWELL.

Mr. and Mrs. Oren MORRIS of De Leon visited his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M.L. MORRIS Sunday.

Mrs. W.B. RAY has returned home after visiting her daughter, Lorene, and other relatives at Dallas.

A quilting was given at the home of Mrs. R.L. WALL on Tuesday for the benefit of the Methodist orphanage at Waco.  Several quilts were quilted and the day was a most enjoyable one.


Highland – Round Grove

Some from this community have been going to sit up with Oss GARRISON of the Bays community.  They report him seriously ill.

Walker WHITFIELD of Dublin, accompanied by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. O.A. WHITFIELD, visited Mrs. Mrs. R.D. ROSS and family Sunday.

Mrs. W.F. THIEBAUD spent Sunday night with her brother, Joe CROWDER of De Leon. 

Mrs. H.E. THIEBAUD, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. BLANKENSHIP and daughter, Jewel, visited their sister, Mrs. J.M. ALLEN of Stephenville Friday.  Mrs. ALLEN’s daughter, Miss Ira ALLEN, returned home with them for a short visit.

Oscar HOOD and family of Rule, Texas, spent the week end with his brother, Geo. M. HOOD and family.  Oscar HOOD is superintendent of the high school at Rule.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest RIPPETOE, Mr. and Mrs. Walter RIPPETOE attended the singing convention at Abilene Sunday.  They report one of the best conventions they ever attended.  While there the RIPPETOE quartet broadcasted a radio program.



By Miss Grace Dixon

There was not a very large crowd at singing Sunday night on account of bad weather and sickness in the community.  A new president was elected.  Mr. John CATES of Desdemona, and the singing changed to first Sunday night.  We feel like Mr. CATES will make an ideal president.  We invite singers from everywhere to come and help sing.

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey GARY and son, Joe, who have been making their home in Missouri for some time, are visiting Mrs. GARY’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank SMITH.  Mrs. SMITH is very low at this writing.

The primary teacher, Miss Irene BROWN, spent the week end with home folks at St. Joe.

J. WALLACE, who is making his home at De Leon, spent the week end with his son, J.W. WALLACE.



By Helen Piper

Mr. and Mrs. W.J. BOYD entertained the people of this community with a singing Sunday night.  Everyone reported a real nice time.

Mr. and Mrs. Z.L. BOYD and daughter, Guyola and son, L.M.  will make their home in this community for a while.  Mr. and Mrs. BOYD have been in Grow, Texas, for some time.  Everyone welcomes Mr. and Mrs. BOYD.

Mr. and Mrs. H.C. MORRISON entertained the young people of this community with a party Saturday night.  A real nice time was reported by everyone.

Carl WATSON, student at John Tarleton, spent the week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. WATSON.

Mr. and Mrs. SWINNEY and family are moving into this community from Beattie.  We welcome this family.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy SMITH and family of De Leon spent Sunday with Mr. SMITH’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie SMITH.

Prof. D.F. KNOX, Superintendent of Carbon High school, and family were visitors of his nephew, A.L. PIPER Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. Garland HOBSON was operated on late Sunday afternoon at a Brownwood sanitarium.  We hope Mrs. HOBSON makes a speedy recovery.

Richard BASSETT left recently for Mexico with a load of hogs.

A.L. PIPER, who has been in the Stephenville sanitarium for some time, returned home last Tuesday.  His is still confined to his bed, although we hope to see Mr. PIPER up and about his work real soon.



By Viva Graham

S.W. ROBERTS attended the Spanish-American War Veterans meeting at Brownwood Sunday.

Miss Etta Belle FRASIER, who is attending school at De Leon, spent the week end with her parents.

Mr. and Mrs. Homer SEXTON from San Augustine, are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.E. FRASIER.

Messrs. SPARKS and BALLOW gave the young people of Duster community a party at the school house last Friday night.  A most enjoyable time was reported by all.

Willard SANDERSON is now in Oklahoma with his father who is very ill.


Robinson Springs

By Miss La Joyce Macon

We are glad to report that there has not been any more cases of diphtheria in this community.

Wayne BLANKENSHIP, who has the diphtheria is reported to be much better.

Wilma Faye KIMMELL, who has been out of school for two weeks suffering from a severe case of tonsillitis, will soon be back in school.

Mr. and Mrs. Edd LAWRENCE visited their daughter, Myrtle May, last week.

Mrs. Buda CARSON of Abilene visited her father, Mr. A.J. CUMMINGS.  Mr. CUMMINGS returned home with her where he will be under the care of a doctor for a while.

Mrs. Edd MILLER and daughters, Thelma and Velma, visited Mrs. Jim ROSS of De Leon Sunday.

Martin PAIR was absent from school Monday on account of a sore throat.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl DANIELS have moved on the L.C. MACON farm.

B.T. DIXON and family have moved into our community from Proctor.  We are glad to have these people in our community.

Shorty MAHAN visited Arthur MAHAN Sunday.

Mrs. M.R. HOWARD is visiting Miss Opal HOWARD this week.

W.L. MOORE of Jakehamon visited his sister, Mrs. Earl LOWERY Sunday.

We have a new pupil in high school, Miss Lela DIXON.  She is a junior.

Floyd COAN and family have moved into the New Hope community.  We regret losing these people.  Lyndale and Ona Dean were excellent pupils in school.



By Zora Andress

Mrs. Albert ANDRESS, Lonnie, Vernon and Jay ANDRESS of MacCauley, Texas, have been visiting relatives here the past week.

Emmitt MORGAN has been visiting his sister, Mrs. Ben BASSETT and her husband at Eastland, Texas this past week. 

Mr. and Mrs. Manning ROBERS have moved to their new home near Crossroads.

Mrs. Nile JAYNES and infant son of Wichita Falls, Texas, are visiting Mrs. JAYNES’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.R. AVENSHINE.

Mr. and Mrs. J.R. SMITH have moved to their new home southwest of Beattie.  Mr. and Mrs. Lewis WELCH and family have moved into the house that Mr. and Mrs. SMITH moved out of.

Herrell KELLY, who has been attending Tarleton College, spent this week end with home folks.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond ROBERTSON have moved to their new home near Sweetwater, between Beattie and Comanche.

Grandma WILLIAMS (Aunt Pop) stepped off the porch Sunday night and stumbled and fell, breaking her arm.  She was taken to the Gorman Sanitarium and has been pretty sick.  She returned home Monday evening.

Miss Opal GREEN, who has been living with her uncle, J.T. GREEN and family, has returned to her home at San Angelo for a few weeks.



Mrs. Mary HAWKINS who resides with her son Robert at Greensburg, Kansas, fell from the door of her home and broke her right arm at the wrist some three weeks ago.  Mrs. HAWKINS formerly lived here and her many relatives and friends regret to learn of her accident.

Alvin MURPHY of San Francisco, Calif., is here visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.E. MURPHY and sister, Mrs. H.S. FREEMAN.  This is the first time they have been together in thirty years.

Miss Jane PASS of Cosco was guest last week of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S.T. TAYLOR.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank McCRUM and children of Putman have moved here.

Smith McCRUM and sister, Miss Maggie McCRUM of Brownwood were here last Thursday and attended the funeral of their aunt, Mrs. Adlaid SMITH.

Mr. and Mrs. Archie G. LEE were in Clifton last week visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. LEE.

Mrs. G.W. ROLLINS and son, James AUTRY, and Mrs. Johnnie NUNNALLEY accompanied their nephew, Radford O. McCLELLAN back to Austin last week end, returning home Monday.

Mrs. J.E. WILLIAMSON and daughter have returned to their home in San Antonio after visiting her mother, Mrs. J. Doss MILLER. 

J.N. HAMNER of Arkansas, was here recently visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. B.T. FORTUNE, he was accompanied home by his wife and son who had spent several months visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.T. FORTUNE.

Mr. and Mrs. WOODLY BUTLER and children of Eastland were guests Sunday of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. BUTLER.

Mr. and Mrs. R.L. WILSON and children of Cisco were guests Sunday of her mother, Mrs. Emma COONER and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Rupert BELYUE of Dublin were guests Monday of his mother, Mrs. J.T. BELYUE.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur TURNER and children have moved here from Lubbock.

Mr. and Mrs. N.D. HAFFORD of Los Angeles are guests of his mother, Mrs. C.W. HAFFORD and family.

Mr. and Mrs. W.L. STEAKLEY have gone to Denison to visit in the homes of their sons, Robt. and William and to accompany home Mrs. EDWARDS, who has visited here.



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