The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, February 5, 1932


Williams President Higginbotham Bros. & Co.

            T.J. WILLIAMS, First Vice President and General Manager of Higginbotham Bros, & Co., for the past several years, was elevated to the Presidency at a meeting of the stockholders and directors of that firm at their general office in Comanche Thursday, January 21.

            Mr. WILLIAMS has been with the local store since its establishment in Comanche in 1901 and is recognized as one of the outstanding business men of this section of Texas.

            R. Wilson HIGGINBOTHAM, Jr., who with his family moved to Comanche from New York City last fall, was made Vice President.

            The complete list of officers and directors elected were:

Officers:  J.M. HIGGINBOTHAM, Dallas, Chairman of the Board; T.J. WILLIAMS, Comanche, President; R. Wilson HIGGINBOTHAM Jr., Vice President; R.T. WILLIAMS, Ballinger, Vice President; Paul HIGGINBOTHAM, Stephenville, Vice President; C.P. ST. CLAIR, Comanche, Treasurer; D.Charles CLARKE, Comanche, Secretary and Assistant Treasurer; A.P. COX, Comanche, Assistant Secretary.

Directors chosen are:  J.M. HIGGINBOTHAM, Dallas; J.M. HIGGINBOTHAM, Jr., Dallas; O.S. BOGESS, Dallas; R.T. WILLIAMS, Ballinger; Paul HIGGINBOTHAM, Stephenville; T.J. WILLIAMS, Comanche; R. Wilson HIGGINBOTHAM, Jr., Comanche; D. Charles CLARKE, Comanche; A.P. COX, Comanche; J.L. COX, Comanche.

            Executive Committee: T.J. WILLIAMS, R.W. HIGGINBOTHAM, Jr., J.M. HIGGINBOTHAM, and O.S. BOGESS.

            At the meeting of the directors and also at the stockholders’ meeting an appropriate resolution was adopted honoring the memory of R.W. HIGGINBOTHAM, Sr., who was president of the organization from its beginning until the time of his death, March 26, 1931.

            Out of town people who attended the meeting were:  J.M. HIGGINBOTHAM, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. O.S. BOGESS, Mrs. Alice LANG, Joseph HIGGINBOTHAM, John HIGGINBOTHAM, Tom I. HIGGINBOTHAM, and Rufus HIGGINBOTHAM, all of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. E.R. NASH and J.R. ST. CLAIR of Waco; G.P. HERNDON, Dublin; Paul HIGGINBOTHAM, Stephenville; R.L. WILLIAMS, Rising Star; George NEEL, Cross Plains; R.T. HIGGINBOTHAM, Ballinger.


Residence Damaged by Fire Thursday

            A pan of gasoline and a nearby kitchen fire make a dangerous combination, Mrs. C.V. SINGLETON has concluded.  As Mrs. SINGLETON was washing some fabric in gasoline in her kitchen sink at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, the pan of liquid suddenly blazed and she narrowly escaped injury.  The sink was only a yard from the gas stove.  The paper was burned from the walls of the kitchen but the fire was under control when the firemen arrived, neighbors having fought the flames.


Claude Miller Sells Barber Shop to V.V. Bell

            V.V. Bell Barber Shop, “on post office street,” is to be a busy place hereafter.  Mr. BELL has purchased the Claude Miller Shop and Mr. MILLER will be with the BELL shop after Thursday this week.  At the same time Earl BELL, who has been barbering at Iraan, has moved back to De Leon and will be connected with his father’s shop.  This will make four barbers, including the two new ones and Bill DENDY, who has been with Mr. BELL for a number of years.

            The V.V. BELL shop recently moved from “Market Street” to “Post office Street,” which by the way is not the name of either of these streets.  But if the reader was informed that he would find the Bell Barber Shop on “Reynosa Street,” where it really is, the average person wouldn’t know where to look for it.

            Anyway, hereafter when you walk down Reynosa toward the post office, stop in at the V.V. Bell Barber Shop, if you need any of the services a first class barber can give, says Mr. BELL, “we’ll take care of you.”


Trinity School Honor Roll

Honor Roll for Second Month.

First grade:  Joyce DAWKINS, Neil SMITH.

High First:  Tilmon BROWN.

Second grade:  Virginia SMITH, S.T. DAWKINS.

Third grade:  Wayne SMITH, Walter DAWKINS, Louise DAWKINS, Madge NOWLIN.

Fourth grade:  Martha ADAIR.

Seventh grade: Doris BINGHAM, Revis SMITH.



Card of Thanks

            If only we could speak words of appreciation as you did words of sympathy.  Those words, those flowers, every deed of kindness will ever be cherished in our hearts and make life dearer to us.  The little body left us, though hardly recognizable, was laid away among friends for which we can be thankful.

            Mr. and Mrs. R.L. HALL and children.


Card of Thanks

            We wish to take this opportunity to express our thanks and appreciation to our many friends and neighbors, who were so good in the sickness and death of our loved one, husband and father, and for the beautiful floral offerings.  May God bless you one and all.

            -Mrs. Geo. M. WADE, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. WADE, Mr. and Mrs. B.F. HOOPER and children, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur LANSFORD.


In Memory of our dear friend and neighbor, George Mack WADE, who passed to his reward at his home, two miles southeast of Desdemona, January 24, 1932, at 6:30a.m.

            He was born in Hill County December 4, 1874.  He professed faith in Christ early in life, and joined the Methodist church.

            On December 25, 1895 he married Lue Annie SELMAN.  To this happy union three children were born, one boy and two girls, ie. Arthur WADE of Desdemona, Mrs. Eunice HOOPER, De Leon, Rt. 1 and Mrs. Edna LANSFORD of Gilmer.

            Mr. WADE leaves his wife, three children, two grandsons, and a host of friends and relatives to mourn his going.  Through his sickness he was always cheerful and happy.  His brother, Mr. E.V. WADE, wife and daughter of Brady were here during his illness and death.

            Mr. WADE has been an active worker here and at De Leon since the year 1919.  An employee of the Leon Valley Oil Co., Mr. WADE worked for J.H. HAYNES for six years.  He has been engaged in mechanical work in the De Leon and Desdemona districts since 1919, a portion of this time in the garage business at Desdemona.  About five weeks ago he was cranking an engine attached to a wood saw at his place between De Leon and Desdemona.  The extreme exertion broke some of the blood vessels in his chest around the heart.  He had the attention of specialists, but did not rally.  After a month of suffering he passed away, as stated, and his body was laid to rest at De Leon cemetery January 25th, 1932, with relatives and many sorrowing friends present. –Contributed.


De Leon Man and Wife Have Coffins Awaiting Summons

            Anticipating that the close of their long lives might come the present winter, Rev. and Mrs. J.M. STRICKLAND prepared for the eventuality by having two coffins made, in which their bodies are to be laid to rest.

            With a sane business-like attitude toward the matter, Rev. STRICKLAND went to Foust Lumber Co. in this city and purchased the material.  He employed C.S. ROSS, local carpenter, to build the caskets.  They are made of good pine material, nicely fitted and joined, and are varnished in order to give them an attractive appearance.  The cost of the material and labor for the two caskets was $32.00 or $16.00 each.

            The caskets are unlined.  “Probably relatives and friends will see that an appropriate lining is placed inside our caskets when we are laid away,” Rev. STRICKLAND told the Free Press editor.  He is determined that his funeral shall not bankrupt his family when he is gone, Rev. STRICKLAND asserted.

            Buried Brother Long Ago: In the dark days of the Civil War, when all the men were gone away, Rev. STRICKLAND, then 9 years old, had a sorrowful experience.  He rode a pony, hitched to a slide upon which was a rude coffin made of pine boards and in which was the body of his brother, aged 14.  The funeral procession was made up of women and children.  They trudged two miles to a cemetery, dug a shallow grave and placed the body therein.  His experiences as a war orphan, in a Federal orphanage in Arkansas, and his ups and downs in making his way as a lad during the reconstruction period, makes a story replete with thrills, heart-aches and tragedy.  He was separated from his older sister and through a happy co-incidence was reunited with her after more than 60 years separation.  She now lives in San Diego, California.

            Rev. and Mrs. STRICKLAND are not the oldest people in this section.  He is 78 and she 71.  They have reached the evening of life without great fortune, yet they are in comfortable circumstances.  And they have a bequest to hand down to those who come after them, a heritage of great value, for the wise man has said, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.”

            These good people came to Comanche county in the latter part of the 70’s and established a home near Beattie, where they reared a large family of sons and daughters who have come up to do them honor.  Grandchildren have been born and grown to manhood and womanhood and not one has ever been known to besmirch the family name.  Rev. STRICKLAND has preached to the people throughout the years, by word and by Godly life.  He buried their dead, married their young people, nursed the sick, fed the hungry and comforted the sorrowing ones.  When he and his good wife finally reach that last day and their bodies occupy those plain pine coffins, they will be surrounded by friends and loved ones whose sorrows will be as genuine as their lives have been wholesome and helpful.  And a plain pine coffin is not a sign of poverty nor disgrace.  In this case it will be the token of sound common sense.


Beattie by Zora Andress

Singing was attended by a large crowd Saturday night.  It was the best singing we have had in a long time.  And we hope to keep it going that way.

The mid-term examinations are over and the students and teachers are starting out on the last semester of this term.  We hope it will be as successful as the first half has been.

Mr. LITTLEFIELD of Sipe Springs was at singing.  He gave the Beattie singing class an invitation to come join them in their singing every Sunday night.

Miss Sarah DRENNAN, Emmitt MORGAN, Miss Floye EVERS and Elton BOOTH attended the singing at Comyn Sunday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Guy SMITH and little son, Harold of Buffalo Gap, visited Mr. SMITH’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. SMITH this week.

J.R. SMITH is on the sick list at this writing.

Miss Hilma ROGERS and her brother, Thomas ROGERS, are going to school at Sidney the last half of this term.  Lorraine ROGERS is going to stay in this community and continue going to school here.

Miss Margaret MOORE burned her wrists rather severely last week.  The ends of her sleeves were wet with gasoline, and blazed up when she went to the fire.

Blaine HORTON from Crossroads (near Comanche) visited children of his here this week.

Mrs. Charlie DRENNAN is visiting her daughter at Haskell this week.  She is expected home next Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Elbern AUVENSHINE entertained a number of young people with a dance at their home Monday night.


Oliver Springs by Mrs. Eunice Baird

H.S. NICHOLS is still confined at home on account of his broken arm.

One day last week the men of this community met and cut about 20 loads of wood for Mr. ECHOLS, which Clyde SETZLER cut into stove wood with his motor driven saw.

Chester JOHNSTON of Comanche is spending a few days with B.M. JOHNSTON and family.

Miss Lavelle ECHOLS sends word that they take this means of thanking each and every one who so generously gave their time in cutting and hauling wood at their home last week.


St. Joe by Pauline Ray

Grandmother OTWELL has returned home after spending some two weeks with her daughter, Mrs. Clyde NABORS and family of Oliver Springs.

J.B. OTWELL has been busy erecting a bottling house, as he is now engaged in the dairying business.

Mrs. W.C. LOCKE received a message the past week telling of the serious illness of her niece, Mrs. Milton ALLGOOD of Oklahoma City.  Mrs. ALLGOOD was formerly Miss Lottie BARKER.  Her many friends are hoping she is soon well again.


Robinson Springs by Miss La Joyce Mason

Mr. and Mrs. Edd LAWRANCE and Minnie STEPHENS of Hico visited Miss Myrtle Mae LOWRANCE Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Rex KEE and children of Longview spent the week end with relatives here and in De Leon.

The honor roll for the last six weeks are as follows:  First grade:  Collis MACON, Bobbie MILLER, Ernest TAYLOR, Robert GUTHERY, Omer McADAMS, Wanda KIMMELL and Marion TAYLOR.  Second grade:  Adonis KIMMELL, Charlie FORREST, Wayne MAHAN, Erwin Earl ST. CLAIR.  Third grade:  Durwood PARK, Jack BLASSENGAME, Oll’ Marie BLANKENSHIP and Avis FORREST.  Fourth grade:  A.J. STEWART, Lorene FORREST and A.V. GUTHERY.

A birthday party was given last Sunday at the home of Mr. E.T. MILLER in honor of his 46th birthday.  Those present were as follows:  Miss Gladys BROWN of Breckenridge, Mrs. W.A. HAMMETT and son, Lynn, of Ranger, Mr. and Mrs. L.J. HUNT of Albany and Richard Franklin KEE of De Leon.

Mrs. E.T. MILLER is visiting her son, Edwin BROWN of Breckenridge.  He has had a very severe attack of sore throat.

I.H. CROW, who has been at Juarez, Old Mexico, for some time returned home last Saturday.

C.C. MILLER and Herschel TURNER made a business trip to Dublin Monday and John Henry TURNER came home with his brother to spend a few days with relatives and friends here.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

Mrs. G.B. CLARK and daughter, Miss Ruthel of Comyn visited with Mrs. O.H. MOORE and other relatives in this community Sunday.

Jewell HOLLEMAN of De Leon visited with Mr. and Mrs. Raymond LINDLEY and other friends and relatives in this community last week.

Mrs. E.S. MERRICK and grandson, Sherrod MERRICK of De Leon, visited with Mrs. J.S. DISHMAN last week.

Mr. and Mrs. W.R. GREGORY celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary last week.  Their neighbors gave them a musical entertainment.

Mr. and Mrs. Leo LEWIS and daughter, Virginia Elane, spent the week visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.P. LEWIS of Desdemona.

J.H. ADAMS and daughters, Misses Robbie Lea and Emogene, accompanied by Misses Madge and Mildred McKINNEY and Alma GREGORY attended the singing at Comyn Sunday.

Miss Mary KILLION has moved from this community to Comanche where she will make her future home.

Mrs. Ila REDWINE of Kokomo visited with her sister, Mrs. V.C. WAYLAND last week.

Miss Bartene MOORE gave the young folks a party last week honoring the basketball teams.  The games were played on the school grounds.  Various kinds of candy was made and served to those present.

An interesting ball game was played at the school court this week.  It was the LEWIS team vs. the WYNN team, all players on each side being brothers.  The game was closely contested but the final score showed the LEWIS aggregation ahead by several scores.  It is expected these same teams will play again soon.

The many friends of the HOLLAND family were shocked when the news reached here of the tragic death of James HOLLAND.  He is the youngest son of Will HOLLAND and was reared in the environs of De Leon.  He was making his home temporarily in New Mexico where the family has holdings in ranching properties and at the time was alone.  So far as the family could ascertain he was kindling a fire with kerosene and it was thought that it ignited in such a way that the can from which he poured the oil exploded catching his clothing on fire.  He managed to get out of the house but his clothing was burned almost completely up when aid reached him and death resulted in a few hours.  He was a nephew of Mrs. Tom LINDLEY and a near relative to Mrs. W.A. LINDLEY.  Their friends extend their sympathy.


Comyn by Mrs. J.F. Phipps

Mr. and Mrs. John CLARK and children of Kilgore spent last week here visiting his brother, G.B. CLARK and family.

Mac COX of near Dallas was here Monday visiting in the home of his brother, O.H. COX.

Mr. and Mrs. B.O. BYERLY and children of Sudan were here Sunday visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.L. DOGGETT.  They were enroute to Dallas where they expect to make their home.

W.P. PULLEY of Cisco came Saturday to visit with his son, W.E. PULLEY and family.

C.M. CARAWAY, Jr., who attended A. & M. College the first semester came home last Friday.  He will be actively engaged in assisting his father in the management of their cattle and farm interest during this year.

Oswald DAVIS of Arizona and other points in the west is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jay DAVIS and family.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. ALSTON and children were in Decateur last week on account of the serious illness and death of Mrs. ALSTON’s father, Mr. ST. CLAIR.

Mr. and Mrs. Claud McSHAN of Ballinger are here visiting Mr. and Mrs. Buford McSHAN and other relatives.

Mrs. H.A. WATSON of Breckenridge, who is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Dale BOSWELL near De Leon, was here Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. BOSWELL to attend the singing convention.


Highland – Round Grove by Walter Rippetoe

Grandpa HOOD, who has been very ill for the past ten days, shows no signs of improvement.

A number of people from this community attended the funeral of Oss GARRISON at Victor January 25th.

The Rippetoe Quartette sang for the W.O.W. entertainment at De Leon Monday night.



©2004,2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,2009,2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Judith Michaels.  This transcription is the generous work of Judy Michaels taken from microfilm held by the Newspaper Collection of the University of Texas at Austin with a microfilm copy at Comanche Public Library.  The information may be used for personal research only and not for commercial purposes without specific permission.