The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, March 4, 1932


E.H. Boulter is Re-Elected Head De Leon Schools

            At a called meeting of De Leon School Board at City Hall Tuesday evening, Supt. E.H. BOULTER was re-elected to the position of superintendent for the coming school year.  Mr. BOULTER is serving his first year as head of the De Leon schools and his work has been of a very high order, meeting with the approval of the Board, faculty members and the public.  The schools are going forward in all departments, an with the best of moral and school spirit.

            The general faculty election will not take place until after the trustee election, which will be held the first Saturday in April.  The election of teachers usually takes place shortly after the new Board is organized.

            There is every evidence that, in spite of abnormal times, De Leon schools will come to the end of the present school year in better financial condition than they have been in many years.  A general statement of the financial status of the school will probably be published in a few weeks.

            Beside routine business transacted by the Board Tuesday evening, Mrs. Lena DUNNAHOO was elected to take the scholastic census and prepare the tax roll, the selection being made of the person making the "lowest and best bid" for this position.


Automobile Was Destroyed by Fire Here Recently

            Last week Free Press failed to make mention of a fire which destroyed a garage at the C.A. PARSONS home, and with it a Plymouth automobile, property of Self PARSONS.  The fire originated from unknown cause at 5:00 o'clock a.m. and was well advanced when discovered.  The car was a coupe of latest model and had been driven only about eight months.  It was totally destroyed.  Insurance was carried on the machine, but not on the garage.


Boy, 15, Stages Daylight Robbery of Welding Shop

            A De Leon youth fifteen years of age is alleged to have admitted robbing the Polnac Welding Co. of tools valued at about $75.00, and also is alleged to have broken into the Terrill Warehouse and the County Warehouse, all adjoining property, at about five o'clock p.m. last Sunday.  A flashlight and hack-saw were taken from the Count, most of the haul being from Polnac, nothing of consequence being missed from the Terrill building, it was reported.

            Mr. POLNAC reports missing an automobile jack, two speed wrenches, a flashlight, a hack-saw, a tire pump, a number of screw drivers, two reamers and six pairs of pliers.  Most of the stolen property has been recovered, and officers expect to finally recover all.  The boy gained admission to Polnac Welding Shop by digging under the wall, the building having a dirt floor.


Popular Grocery Has New Frigidaire Recently Installed

            O.M. Terrill Grocery was thoroughly modernized this week by the installation of a large Frigidaire case which was placed at the entrance to the store.  The case will be used to keep perishables, and b its use this store will be better equipped to take care of the needs of their customers.  Mr. TERRILL has had a Frigidaire all along, but the new one is much larger and more modern in its construction.


S.G. Underwood was at Sanitarium Recently

            Free Press has received information that S.G. UNDERWOOD, formerly of this place, has recently been ill and was treated at Scott & White Sanitarium at Temple.  He has sufficiently recovered that he is again at home, at Floydada, where the family has resided for a number of years.


Holdridge & Sons Combine 2 Stores; Closed Downtown

            Tuesday this week the downtown store of Holdridge & Sons was closed and the stock moved out to the suburban store in Humphrey addition where it was combined with the suburban stock.  The change has been contemplated for some time.  On another page of this issue this popular firm has an ad in which they extend thanks for the patronage accorded them and invite their customers to call on them at the suburban location.

            With the addition of the downtown fixtures and stock, the suburban store has taken on quite a "citified" appearance and this firm is able there to cater to the wants of their trade.  They invite a share of the grocery trade of the community.


Strickland Bros. Close Successful Revival in Okla.

            The three STRICKLAND brothers, Revs. Mack and Andy, and Joe, closed a most successful revival meeting at Collingville, Okla., last week-end, receiving 33 people into the fellowship of the church.  Twenty-one were baptized and twelve received by letter.  This week Rev. Andy STRICKLAND is being assisted by his brother, Joe, in a meeting at the former's church at Merrimac, Okla., Rev. J.M. STRICKLAND, father of the boys, told the Free Press.


A Surprise Birthday Dinner

            On Saturday, February 20th, the children of Mrs. J.L. BOYETT surprised her on her 58th birthday with a birthday dinner.  Her daughter, Mrs. C.C. GRISSOM and her husband with their two daughters, Agnes and Mildred were present from Haskell, Texas.  Her son, Lloyd BOYETT and wife of De Leon, were also present.  Mrs. BOYETT was engaged in a "42"game while the others set the table.  At eleven thirty Mrs. BOYETT was led into the dining room by her daughter and the others were already seated at the table. --Mis Agness GRISSOM


Local Happenings

Mrs. L.B. HORN of Eastland is guest in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. MOHON.

W.A. WILLIAMS of Cross Plains was guest of Anthon LEIGON this weekend.

Mr. and Mrs. Will HOWELL, of Cleburne, were here Sunday for a visit in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HOWELL, Sr.

O.L. THOMSON and Mr. and Mrs. C.J. HARDING attended the funeral of Mr. THOMSON'S sister, Mrs. J.W. HARDING at Hereford Sunday.

Mrs. Fred RUTLEDGE and children were guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. NANCE at Fort Worth Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Edgar SHORT are guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George BEAUCHAMP at Stephenville this week. 

Mrs. French ROBERSON and little daughter, Emily Cristene of Haskell are guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. LOWE.

Mr. and Mrs. Woodley REID of Roby were here last week end visiting Mr. and Mrs. B. REID and Mr. and Mrs. F.L. TERRILL.

Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie COZBY, of Brownwood, were here for a brief visit in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis COZBY, Tuesday evening.  Mrs. COZBY has not been as well as usual lately.

C.L. KINCHEN, Jr., went to Tyler las week and entered school at Tyler Commercial Colege for a complete course in Radio.  He will remain there perhaps half a year.

Mrs. Lewis EASTERLING has returned to her home at Richardson after spending the past two weeks guest in the homes of Mrs. B.W. AYERS and L.W. EASTERLING.

Little Miss Billye Jean POYNER of McCamey is spending the winter in the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Leona SPICER.

Mr. AND Mrs. Clifton THOMAS and baby daughter, of Rotan, were spending the week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. THOMAS, and with other relatives and friends here.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh WALL and children were in Hazeldell last week end where they attended the funeral of Mr. WALL's father who died in a hospital in Austin Thursday. Friends sympathize with the family in the hour of bereavement.

Mrs. Memory EGBERT, cousin of W. EGBERT, who has visited in the EGBERT home the past five weeks, returned to her home at Palestine Thursday.

Miss Verna ROCH of Fort Worth is guest of her mother, Mrs. J.D. ROCH.

Autry SELF of Iraan was here first of the week visiting his parents, Dr. and Mrs. J.E. SELF.

Mr. and Mrs. A.J. WOODARD and Miss Naomi of Mangum were guests Sunday of Mrs. E.C. WOODARD.

Mrs. Willie SULLIVAN has returned to her home at Anson after spending the winter in the home of relatives here.


Duster by Viva Graham

Mrs. Charles NELSON gave the young folks of this community a party at the school auditorium last Thursday night.  Everyone reported a nice time.

Miss Opal BLAIR of Houston is visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. BLAIR.

Miss Clyde COAN and Alex COAN went to Eastland February 21 to get a very fine dog which B.E. COAN brought from Fort DAVIS.

Milton DUKES of Blake visited in the home of L.L. DUKES Sunday.

Miss TUNNELL spent the week end with her parents at Stephenville.

Miss Etta Belle FRASIER spent the week end with her parents.

Mrs. E.N. GRAHAM is visiting her daughter, Mrs. J.L. MATTHEWS in Oklahoma City, at the time of this writing. 

Miss Rene PRICE has been visiting her sister at May the past week.

The Sun Shine club met with Mrs. Newman POUNDS on Feb. 2 and re-organized.  Ned officers elected:  Mrs. Irene HODGE, president; Mrs. Lola FARLEY, vice-president; Mrs. Lamon GRAY, sec-treas.  The following Saturday week Miss Clyde COAN entertained with a valentine party.  Mrs. Lamon GRAY entertained Feb. 24, and Mrs. Johnnie GRAY will entertain March 1st.


Robinson Springs by Miss La Joyce Macon

Mr. MORING and family visited Mrs. MORING's mother, Mrs. G.D. HEATH of Stephenville Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. A.E. BARKER spent the week end visiting her daughter, Mrs. A.G. KAY of Kilgore.

Miss Bernice CHATHAM was unable to fill her place in her teaching at Desdemona last week end also at the beginning of the week.  Her sister, Lillie Mae, has been teaching in her place.

Miss Opal and Emmitt HOWARD spent the week end with home folks in De Leon.

Mr. HOWARD, who is the boys and girls baseball coach, took the teams to Jakehamon last Friday and played two games.  The boys game was a good one, scores being 10 and 10, but our girls lost to Jakehamon girls 13 to 16.


Concord by Mrs. Anna Wilson

Friends of T.J. WILSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. WILSON, who was taken so sudden and serious ill at Abilene, Feb. 1 will be glad to learn he is getting strong again and will be at his father's home for a short rest before he enters the State T.B. Sanitorium in Tom Green County.  Friends are invited to visit him while resting here.  Mr. WILSON has built him a real sun room at his farm.

W.A. CUMMINS of Desdemona visited his father, H.J. CUMMINS Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Carroll YOUNG of the Bays community visited relatives here the past week.

Miss Dealva YOUNG visited Myrl CROW Friday and reported her to be able to be up.


Beattie by Zora Andress

The declamation contest Friday night was attended by a large crowd.  The speakers selected to enter at Comanche were:  Senior girls, Pauline GREEN; Senor boys, Cecil FISHER; Junior girls, Naomi UNDERWOOD; Junior boys, Howell McCORKLEY; Sub-Junior girls, Lavelle KEITH.  Mr. MORGAN has been busy practicing the boys for track events during this pretty weather.

Emmitt MORGAN and Manuel MORGAN returned home from the Rio Grande Valley last Saturday.  They expect to return Friday.

A number of young folks gathered at the home of Mildred NELSON Sunday afternoon and enjoyed some good singing.

Mrs. Charlie DRENNAN spent the week end with her son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence DRENNAN of Santa Anna.

Mr. and Mrs. Ambros MORGAN spent Sunday with Mrs. MORGAN's mother, Mrs. C.W. HASLETT of Van Dyke.

Those who were on the sick list last week seem to be better this week.  Mrs. SMITH is back in school and almost wholly recovered from the flu.


Comyn by Mrs. J.F. Phipps

Miss Mara Glenn DONALDSON spent the week end in Fort Worth visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.D. DONALDSON.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman HAVIS and baby and J.R. LEE of Roaring Springs were visiting Mr. and Mrs. E. HAVIS and other relatives during the week end.

Mr. and Mrs. A.B. EMMONS and baby of Whitesboro spent the week end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse BARNES and family.

Mrs. Anna ROSS has been quite ill the past few days.  At present she is slightly improved.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence WOOLEY and children of Fort Worth visited Mr. and Mrs. C.W. WOOLEY last week.

Mr. and Mrs. John CLARK and children of Kilgore are visiting Mr. and Mrs. G.B. CLARK.

Mr. and Mrs. Afton LITTLE and baby of Old Glory came last week to visit their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. G.B. CLARK.  Mr. LITTLE returned to Old Glory Saturday, while Mrs. LITTLE and baby remained for a longer visit.

At a meeting of the school board Monday night the entire faculty of the Comyn school which is composed of S.B. CULPEPPER, Supt., W.D. GRAVES, Agri. Mrs. C.S. ROSS, Miss Mara Glenn DONALDSON, Mrs. S. B. CULPEPPER, Mrs. Autrey HAVIS, Miss Mollie GRISSOM, Miss Ollie SLOAN and Mrs. J.F. PHIPPS was re-elected for the coming year.

W.P. PULLEY left Monday for a business trip to Cisco.

Oswald PELL, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.O. PELL has been seriously ill the past few days.  He was taken to the Blackwell Sanitarium Sunday and placed under treatment there.

M.A. WILLIAMS and family of Dublin have moved into the Comyn community.



Woodrow GARY visited with his uncle, C.D. GARY and family of Victor Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. R.C. LINDLEY of Desdemona visited Mr. and Mrs. Tom LINDLEY Sunday.

Miss Obanetta WINNEGAR, who has been absent from school with a case of flu, is up again and back in school.

Arthur and Anthon WYNN are both sick with what they think is flu.

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. McKINNEY and children and Mr. and Mrs. C.W. McKINNEY and little daughter, Helen Laverne, of Frankell visited with S.O. McKINNEY and family Sunday.

Lee HOLLAND and children, formerly of De Leon, have moved into this community and will make their home here.

W.N. KOONCE has been confined to his room with an attack of the flu.

It has been decided to purchase additional lights and seats for the school building.  In many gatherings at the school building the attendance is such that more seats are needed.

O.S. ROBBINS has had attack of flu from which he is recovering.

S.A. JOHNSON and family of Rising Star attended the singing here Sunday.  Mr. JOHNSON formerly lived here and organized the singing class at this place which has gone on continuously for several years.

Montie MANCHESTER will preach at the school house Sunday afternoon.

Friends and relatives of this community were saddened when news of the sudden death of Cornelius GUTHERY reached here last week.  Roy and Charlie GUTHERY, brothers of the deceased, and Mr. and Mrs. Ora FUQUA and Bob KOONCE left at once for Girard where he was buried.  The deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. GUTHERY and was reared here.  Friends of the family extend their sympathy in this bereavement.


Highland - Round Grove by Walter Rippetoe

The flu is still among us, but the beautiful sun shine the past week sure has made the place smile.

Mr. ROSS' boy, who stuck a knife in his eye, is doing fine altho he cannot see out of the eye and no hope is held out for the sight to come back.

Mrs. R.D. (Grandma) ROSS is in bed with rheumatism, and is suffering quite a bit.

J.A. McMAHAN, who has been ill, is better at this writing.

Mrs. Arthur VINSON, who has been real sick, is able to be up.


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