The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, February 19, 1932


Farmer Jones Gets Hands Burned, Home Saved From Flames

            The Free Press failed to get an account of the injury suffered by J.M. JONES some fifteen days ago when his home narrowly escaped burning.  Mr. JONES lives just off the Gorman highway, three miles northwest of town.  A gasoline stove exploded at about 2:30 o’clock p.m. and but for the presence of Bun WOODARD and two handy barrels of water, the house would have burned to the ground.  Mr. WOODARD was visiting in the home.  Quick work of the two men with buckets filled from the rain-barrels conquered the flames.  The house was damaged to the extent of about $300.  Insurance was carried and the loss had been settled to Mr. JONES’ satisfaction.

            Mr. JONES has been nursing two very badly burned hands since the accident, but will soon be recovered.


Rucker Woman is Victim of Accident; Car Breaks Arm

            Mrs. Marcel HIGGINBOTHAM, Rucker woman, is suffering from a broken arm, sustained when the backfire from an Essex car which she was attempting to crank, struck her across the wrist.  The accident happened last Friday.  Mrs. HIGGINBOTHAM was taken to Gorman and the injured member set by physicians.  She is recovering.


J. Lloyd Lee Died of Pneumonia at Spearman

            The sad news of the death of John Lloyd LEE, son of the late G.L. LEE, occurred at his home in Spearman, in the extreme north section of the Texas panhandle, at 9:00 o’clock last Monday evening.  The cause of his death was pneumonia which developed out of an attack of influenza.  He had been ill a little more than a week, pneumonia definitely setting up on Monday and he died within a few hours.

            Lloyd was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. G.L. LEE, and was a most exemplary young man.  He finished De Leon high school some years ago, finished John Tarleton College, then went to A. & M. College where he took a Science Degree and also his Master’s Degree.  He finished John Tarleton in 1923 and A. & M. in 1927.  Since 1927 he has been engaged continuously in teaching vocational agriculture.  He taught two terms at Wellington, also teaching at Booker, Dublin, Miami and Spearman.

            During the World War, LEE enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served throughout the war.  He was a Mason and a member of the Christian Church.

            Born May 21, 1896, in Alabama, LEE came to Texas with his parents while still quite young.  They settled at De Leon and continued to reside here until a few years ago.  In June 1927 he was married at Stamford to Miss Sue McQUISTION.  A baby girl came to bless their home Feb. 9, 1931.  Besides his wife and baby, LEE is survived by four sisters, Mesdames W. W. HODGES, De Leon; J.T. DUPRIEST, De Leon; B.L. CARLILE, Snyder; Herd GILDER, De Leon; one brother, Alonzo LEE, De Leon.  Three sisters and one brother are dead.  His father died June 21, 1928, and his mother died Jan. 22, 1930.

            The funeral and burial was at Stamford Wednesday afternoon, February 17, Mrs. DUPRIEST and Alonzo LEE, of the family, attending.


Mrs. Wm. C. Dukes Died at Her Home at Blake Tuesday

            Elmina Minerva SMALLWOOD was born December 20, 1857, near Tipplerville, Miss.  She was married to William C. DUKES September 1, 1878.  To this union were born nine children, three dying in infancy.  A daughter, Miss Belle DUKES, passed away at Duster Nov. 19, 1930.  She is survived by her loving husband and the following sons and daughters:  Mrs. T.A. GROVE, Copperas Cove; Hilburn L. DUKES, Duster; Capt. Arthur T. DUKES, Fort Snelling, Minn.; Milton J. DUKES, Rising Star; and step-son, Luther DUKES, Luling and step-daughter, Mrs. Maggie CONNOLLY, Fort Worth.  There are 17 grand children and 9 great grandchildren.

            Mrs. DUKES was converted and united with the Methodist church at an early age, living a consecrated Christian life to the very last.  She had been in ill health for many years, but bore her suffering with unequaled patience and fortitude, sweetly following Jesus all her life, and her last words were to admonish her childrenn to take up the cross and follow Him.!" - Contributed

            The funeral and burial was at Oakland cemetery, near Duster, Wednesday afternoon at 6:00 o'clock, with Rev. W.L. SKAGGS in charge of the service.  The death occurred at Blake at the home of her son, eight miles west of Rising Star.  C.H. SHARP, Higginbotham undertaker, was called to Blake to care for the body and direct the funeral.


Former De Leon Man Died at San Angelo; Buried Here Wednesday

            The death of Luther BALLARD, a son of Mrs. S.F. BALLARD of this city, occurred at his home at San Angelo, Tuesday of this week, and his remains were laid to rest at De Leon cemetery Wednesday afternoon, February 17, 1932.  BALLARD's death was due to liver trouble.  He had been ill a year, the Free Press learned.

            Euria Luther BALLARD was born in Tallapoosa county, Ala., December 17, 1880, being fifty-one years, one month and 29 days of age at death.  He came with his parents to De Leon in 1898 and was here a number of years before going to Fort Worth to make his home and where he followed the trade of painting for twenty-four years.  He lived in San Angelo the last five years of his life.

            In 1922 BALLARD was married to Mrs. Pearl BEATY, and to this union one child was born, James, who is eight years old.  He leaves to mourn his going his widow, son James, and two step children, Jack and F. BEATY.  He was kind and loyal to his family and impartial to his step children who, in turn, loved him with tender devotion.  Besides his immediate family, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. S.F. BALLARD, now almost 82 years of age, and the following brothers and sisters:  Dr. Tom BALLARD, Mt. Pleasant; Mrs. Mary E. DODSON, Cross Plains; R.A. BALLARD, and A.T. BALLARD, both of Shallowater; Mrs. Bertha LASWELL, Stamford; Mrs. Bessie JERNIGAN, Raymondville and A.L. BALLARD, De Leon.

            The funeral and burial was at De Leon cemetery at 3:30 o'clock p.m. Wednesday with Rev. Montie A. DAVIS in charge.


Card of Thanks

            We wish to thank each of you who so kindly helped us in our hour of sorrow.  Your words of sympathy, your flowers, and every deed of kindness will always be remembered.  May God bless you.

            The children of R.O. NABORS, Rev. A.F. NABORS and children.


Class Organized

            Mrs. V.V. BELL’s fourteen year old class of girls of the Baptist church organized their class Sunday.  The officers are as follows:

President – Chrystelle HOLLEMAN, Vice-President – Beatrice RICH, Sec.-Treas – Jeanette EGBERT, Reporter – Cloyce TOLAR.

Name – True Blue Girls; Motto – At it, all at it, always at it; Color – Blue and Gold; Flower – Pansy.


Clements – Lee

            Miss Lela CLEMENTS and Mr. Alonzo LEE were married on last Saturday evening at 7:00 o’clock at the home of Rev. and Mrs. A.F. NABORS, being accompanied to the minister’s home by Miss Ina Vaye HODGES and Mrs. PARKER, who witnessed the ceremony.  The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe CLEMENTS and was reared on De Leon, Rt. 2, in the Duster community.  LEE is a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. G.L. LEE and was reared near New Hope.  Both have many friends who wish for them much happiness and success in their wedded life.


Bridge Club

            The bridge club met on last Tuesday afternoon with Mrs. H. HAMPTON as hostess. Those present were: Mesdames Jeff TATE, Herbert WEAVER, John WEAVER, Clifford ALLEN, T.E. MAJOR, E.E. DABNEY, S.G. PARKS, H.G. TERRILL, W.H. SMITH, W.H. CLARK, Joe ASHBY, Everett HANSFORD, E.L. LOCKE, C.C. GULLEY and Harold WILLIAMS.  Mrs. E.L. LOCKE won high score.

            At a short business meeting there was a unanimous vote to change from auction to contract bridge. Following the business meeting the hostess served a refreshment plate of fruit salad, sandwiches, olive, fruit cake and coffee.



Mr. and Mrs. Earl BELL and children have moved here from Iraan

Misses Lottie ROBINETT and Edith FUQUA of Stephenville were week end guests of Mr. and Mrs. T.D. ROBINETT.

Miss Valda Merle ROCH was in Ft. Worth last week visiting Misses Verna and Vivian ROCH.

A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin LIVINGSTON February 9..

Mrs. J.H. GRIZZELLE was in Waco last week end guest of her sister, Mrs. Tom TRENT and family.

Miss Pollie B. BRUMBELOW of Desdemona spent the week end with her mother, Mrs. Lewis BRUMBELOW. 

Mr. and Mrs. Russell RICE are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby girl who was born February 14th.

Mrs. W.L. EGBERT of Palestine is guest of her cousins, Mr. and Mrs. W. EGBERT.

Mrs. Nick HIGGINBOTHAM of Stephenville spent Sunday with her mother, Mrs. A. SLOAN.

Mrs. C.A. FITZGERALD has gone to Denton to visit her parents, Rev. and Mrs. T.C. WRIGHT.

J.O. STONE left Tuesday for Vivian, La., for a visit with relatives and friends.

Mrs. Alice CARTER has been visiting in the home of her brother, Ben CARTER, at Big Spring this week.

LaFayette RIDER and little son, Billie Evan from Liberty, Texas are visiting in the house of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.B. RIDER.

Mrs. Pete SHAVER entertained her friends Wednesday afternoon, February 10th, with an old fashioned quilting.  Those present reported an enjoyable time.

Mr. and Mrs. J.D. NARRY and Mr. and Mrs. Charley NARRY and families attended the funeral of their father and grandfather, T.P. NARRY at Granbury Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. W.S. SNEAD and Miss Bertie SIMS and Robert SNEAD were in Fort Worth Wednesday.

T.A. SELF of Mercedes was guest last week end of his uncle, Dr. J.E. SELF and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill MYERS and daughter, Miss Hattie Belle, were in Dallas recently and attended the funeral of her sister.

The TERRILL brothers and sisters met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. SHARP Sunday after church and Sunday School and were served a delicious lunch by Mrs. SHARP.  The day was an enjoyable occasion.  Those present were:  Mr. and Mrs. SHARP and family, Mr. and Mrs. B.E. HOWE and family, Mr. and Mrs. Dave TERRILL and children, Mr. and Mrs. Grady TERRILL and children, Mr. and Mrs. Feltz TERRILL and children, Mr. and Mrs. Emory TERRILL and children, which are all the brothers and sisters except Mrs. Jack SEWARD who lives in New Mexico.

Friday, February 12, 1932, Miss Charlene SMITH, Mary Dolph BOSWELL, Minnie Lue ELLIS and Alene PILCHER gave a valentine party at the home of Miss BOSWELL.  Many games were An enjoyable time was spent by all.  Refreshments were served to the following:  Claunese GLAZIER, Alma D. TUBBS, Gwenavo SMITH, Virginia SCOTT, Bobbie Jean STRINGFELLOW, Julia Jean ROLLINS, Allene HARRIS, Josephene CARVER, Morey HOLLAND, Mary Dolph BOSWELL, Charlene SMITH, Alene PILCHER, Minnie Lou ELLIEE.  Messrs. Albert HAZELWOOD, Atlas IRVIN, Wilfred BAGWELL, Orville MILLER, James HAMPTON, Steadman STRICKLAND, Worth and Donald HOWE, Paul COZBY, Ralph NICHOLS, Billie GREENWALDT, Wade SMITH, Charles CHRISTOPHER, Joseph BLITCH, J. Edward BELL and Boyd BROWN.


Beattie by Zora Andress

Miss Naomi UNDERWOOD, small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. UNDERWOOD of this place, entertained her friends with a birthday party last Thursday night.  All sorts of parlor games were played and a delicious birthday cake and other refreshments were passed around.

The farmers of this place have been busy handling peanuts.  They polled and sold about 900 bushels this last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben LOFTIS have been spending all the time they could with LOFTIS' mother at Comanche.  She has been very ill.

Mrs. Rosa SMITH, high school English teacher here, has been seriously ill the past week.

Alonzo LEE of De Leon and Miss Lela CLEMENTS were married late Saturday evening.  We were honored by having the newly married couple with us at singing Saturday night.

Ben STEPHENSON, his wife and little son, Douglas STEPHENSON and Opal FERGUSON and Margaret MOORE visited relatives in Killeen this week.

Mrs. W.W. SMITH spent Sunday night and Monday with her son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. John SMITH.


Highland - Round Grove by Walter Rippetoe

This community was saddened by the death of Mr. J.L. (Grandpa) HOOD.  Mr. HOOD had made his home with George M. HOOD for several years and was there at the time of his death.  He had suffered a stroke of paralysis a few days before his death.  He leaves his wife and four sons to mourn his passing.  They are:  Mrs. J.L. HOOD, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. M. HOOD, Highland; Mr. and Mrs. W.M. HOOD of Harbin, Mr. and Mrs. E.L. HOOD, and Mr. and Mrs. Archie HOOD of Fort Worth, and Mr. and Mrs. M.A. HOOD of Rule.

Miss Ruby Fay THIEBAUD, daughter of John L. THIEBAUD was carried to Fort Worth to have a peanut hull removed from her lungs, last Monday.  She is back home doing nicely altho she does not want to hull any more peanuts with her teeth, especially when she has the whooping cough.  Arriving in Dublin Monday night about 8:30 o'clock Mr. THIEBAUD stopped at Dr. T.S. BRYANT's resident to report the success of getting the peanut hull from the lungs of his daughter, and only stayed in the house a few minutes.  When they came out to go home their car was gone.  The car belonged to his father-in-law, J.C. CORBELL of Highland.  The car has not been heard of since.

The stork sure has been a frequent visitor here in this community the past week.  He left a big baby boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Orval ROSS last week.  Saturday morning at one o'clock a 10 pound boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Audry RIPPETOE, and the same morning at six o'clock a baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy SMITH.  Saturday night a 9 pound boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rube CHRISTIAN.

There are a few cases of flu around here.  Mrs. H.E. THIEBAUD and her two sons have been sick with the flu but all are able to be up now.

Also Mrs. Geo. M. HOOD has been sick for the past week but is better as of this writing.

Yes, we have plenty of whooping cough in this community, those who don't have it are expecting to take it.

There will be a Rabbit Drive next Monday, February 22, starting at the home of Clyde HODGES about 8 o'clock.  Lunch will be served at the Round Grove church at the noon hour.  All are urged to be there and help kill the rabbits.


St. Joe by Pauline Ray

As such heavy rains have been falling this week, farm work has been arrested.

Mr. and Mrs. Virgil McKELVEY of Olden visited relatives in this community Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Marion OTWELL and family of Oliver Springs visited grandmother OTWELL and other relatives Sunday.

Joyce LOCK of De Leon visited home folks Sunday.

Olen OGLESBY is recovering from a severe attack of chicken pox.


Robinson Springs by Miss La Joyce Macon

Due to excessive rain here of late, field work has been abandoned.  Roads are covered with water and the ground is soft thus making it almost impossible for school trucks to continue their regular route.

A.J. CUMMINGS, who has been in Abilene for the past six weeks has returned to his home here.

Foye DYSON is visiting his sister, Mrs. H. ROGERS of Abilene.

O.P. McADAMS and family visited grandmother LOCKE of St. Joe community Sunday.

Porter BLANKENSHIP of Munday visited Mr. and Mrs. J.R. BLANKENSHIP and other relatives here last week end.

We were sorry to hear that Miss Muriel CROW had to be operated on for appendicitis, but we are glad to report she is recovering nicely and will be able to return home in a few days.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

Charlie VARNER and his uncle, Otto BARNES, visited with Jim JOHNSON and family of Victor Sunday.

Lawrence HUGHES is on the sick list this week.

Mrs. J.L. HUGHES visited Mrs. Bill WILLIAMS of Desdemona Friday and attended the funeral of Mrs. CLAYTON at Lingleville.

The young folks met at the home of H.A. GREGORY Friday night and sang.  This has become a rather well established custom among the young folks and has in a way, supplanted the parties.

Friends of the CLAYTON brothers and their families extend to them their sincere sympathy in the loss of their mother.  Grandmother CLAYTON had reached an advanced age and had been remarkably active until a few months ago when she sustained serious injury by an accidental fall from which she never fully recovered.

W.N. KOONCE has recently added some improvements to his home.  With considerable expense and time he has levelled up his yard, rebuilt his yard fence and done much painting and has also laid brick walks about his house.

Miss Della WALL was sick and was out of school a part of the day Monday but is now fully recovered and back at her desk.

It was decided that Rev. Roy CROCKRELL of Desdemona will be asked to preach next Thursday night.  It is hoped to have a good attendance to hear this able young man.




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