The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, March 11, 1932


Cold Wave is Most Severe in Many Years Here

            There is a difference of opinion as to the status of the fruit crop following the most severe March weather on record for many years.  The thermometer twice dropped to around 19 degrees, which is 13 degrees below freezing.  Many people believe the fruit crop a total loss.  Everyone admits it is largely destroyed.  Fruit trees that had not budded may be safe, although some growers claim the severe weather will cause the buds to drop off after they are formed.

            Much tender vegetation was killed by the icy blasts and freezing temperatures.  A cutting wind blew out of the north, not for hours, but for days.  The cold wave struck Saturday and continued until Wednesday or later with heavy freezes each night.  Early gardens were badly damaged.

            To estimate the extent of the damage would be very hard indeed.  There are quite a number of commercial orchards throughout De Leon territory from which many thousands of bushels of fruits, particularly peaches, are grown annually.  And there are many hundreds of orchards ranging from a few trees to an acre.  The loss of the entire crop, should this prove the case, will run into many thousands of dollars.


L.W. Easterling Died Suddenly at Gladewater Wed.

            The community was shocked Wednesday shortly after noon when news came of the death of L.W. EASTERLING, at Gladewater.  Mrs. EASTERLING received the first information that he was ill in a letter Wednesday morning.  At 12:30, noon, a telephone message said his condition had become serious.  Shortly after 1:00 a telegram stated that he was sinking rapidly and this was followed an hour later by a telegram apprising her of his death.

            Mr. EASTERLING had been working at Gladewater for an oil refinery for some months.  Last week end he came home for a brief visit to his family, driving here in his son's car from Dallas.  Saturday afternoon he left to return to work.  He worked Monday and wrote his wife Monday that he was not feeling well.  Death occurred in a hospital at Gladewater, as stated.

            The body was brought back to De Leon over the Texas & Pacific and was received by Higginbotham Bros. & Co. undertakers, at Eastland at noon Thursday. The funeral has been arranged for today - Friday.  It will be held from the First Baptist church at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon.

            Luther W. EASTERLING was born in Meridian, Miss., in 1880, being a little more than fifty years of age at death.  He came with his parents to Whitney, Texas, when quite small and continued to make his home there until eighteen years ago, when he moved to De Leon.  He is survived by his wife, son Lewis, and two young daughters, Dorothy Nell and Virginia.  One child died in infancy.  Besides these he is survived by three brothers and six sisters.  They are:  John EASTERLING, El Reno, Okla.; Tom EASTERLING, Dallas; Mrs. T.W. MORRISON, Crosbyton; Miss Eula EASTERLING, Whitney; Mrs. Florence KNOX, Lubbock; Mrs. G.B. FORRESTER, San Antonio; Mrs. Crawford LATHAM, Whitney; Jim EASTERLING, Whitney; and Mrs. J.T. EUBANKS, Waco.  His parents died within six months of each other, about ten years ago.

            Being converted at an early age, Mr. EASTERLING united with the Baptist church.  A year ago he renewed his church vows and was an active and faithful member of the De Leon Baptist church at the time of his death.  He was an employee of the M-K-T Railroad for almost a quarter of a century and had many staunch friends, both railroad men and people of the town where he lived so many years, all of whom extend sincerest sympathy to the bereaved and stricken family.


J.E. Guthery is Improving After Pneumonia Attack

            J.E. GUTHERY, who resides several miles northwest of De Leon, has been critically ill during the past week with an attack of pneumonia.  Mr. GUTHERY is 80 years of age and was very ill, however his splendid vitality carried him through and he is now past the danger stage.  His daughters, Mrs. L.R. DAVENPORT, and her son, P.A. DAVENPORT, of Fort Worth were here at his bedside during the early part of the week.


Nephew of Dr. Self Killed in Football Game in Oklahoma

            Dr. J.E. SELF received a telegram Friday last week telling of the death of his nephew at Duncan, Okla.  The young man, a son of T.A. SELF, was killed in some manner in a football game, presumably at Spring practice.  He was 16 years of age.  T.A. SELF, the father, formerly lived at De Leon.



            Miss Callie ANGLIN, aged 49 years, two months and 14 days, a daughter of Rev. and Mrs. H.S. ANGLIN, residents of the Duster community for many years, passed to her reward on Sunday morning, March 6th, 1932, of heart failure.  She was a member of the Congregational Methodist church at Oakland.  In her modest way she had given evidence of faith in Christ.  The funeral service was conducted at the Oakland church Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock and her body laid to rest there.  Rev. H.B. HOLDRIDGE, pastor of the Oakland church, presided.  Those of the family present , besides the host of friends, were:  Mrs. D.F. BROWN, Cisco; Mrs. D.M. ANGLIN, Scranton; Mrs. O.C. DENNIS, Oakland; W.S. ANGLIN, Tahoka; Mrs. J.A. LEE, De Leon, all brothers and sisters.  One brother, J.B. ANGLIN of Albuquerque, N.M. was not present.  Other near relatives present were Mr. and Mrs. Joe BROWN, Cisco; Marion DENNIS and family, and Mrs. Alvis LOCKE.



            Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Jim WEST and family express their deepest sympathy in the recent sorrow which came to their home.  After an illness of a few days duration pronounced by attending physicians as semi-tonsillitis, the death angel visited the WEST home Sunday, March 6, and carried away one of the dearest treasures in the home.  A young son and brother, James Ardie, age 13 years, 5 months an ten days.

            Ardie was a young boy of sterling character, having been converted and joined the Missionary Baptist church at this place last summer during the revival meeting conducted by Rev. Gordon BARRETT of Comanche. He was a regular attendant of preaching and Sunday school services since infancy. He was also a faithful member of BYPU, a good student at school and likewise a member of the 4-H club.

            Ardie was also a good singer and leader of songsIt was only at the last fourth Sunday singing that he so manly led the song, "I'm in the Glory Land Way."

            Ardie was the first death to occur in the immediate family.  The bereaved are his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J.V. WEST, grandmother, Mrs. SMITH and seven brothers and sister, namely Miss Modess WEST of Rule; Floyd and Lloyd (twins); Myrtle, Vertna, Clyde and Troy, all residing at the home.  In age, Ardie came between Vertna and Clyde.  All the family was present during his illness except Miss Modess who resides in Rule with an uncle.  All were present for the funeral services.

            The young men, Alton and Vernon STEWART, Elton and Felton BARKER, Alvis KIMMELL and Aulton BRUMBELOW acted as pallbearers, lead by the teachers, Mr. MORING, Mr. DEAN and Mr. HOWARD.  The girls La Joyce and LaVeda MACON, Elaine BARKER and Adina KIMMELL carried the flowers.    -Contributed


Prominent Dublin Man Found Dead on Street Near Home

            Lewis MOORE, prominent citizen of Dublin for many years and a brother of Mrs. S.G. UNDERWOOD, formerly of this city, was found dead on the street a block from his home at noon Monday.  He was going home to lunch and is supposed to have dropped dead enroute.  His lifeless body was discovered by a neighbor.

            MOORE engaged in cotton buying for more than a quarter of a century.  At the time of his death he was connected with Dublin cotton compress.  He leaves a wife and a number of children, besides other relatives and friends to mourn his passing.


Local Happenings

Mr. and Mrs. E.H. BOULTER and children were in May Sunday, guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. BOULTER.

Mrs. Brown SHAVER of Merindo is here guest of her daughter, Miss Dorothy SHAVER.

Miss Evelyn KINCHEN of Stephenville was week end guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. KINCHEN.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe BLITCH and family have moved to Cross Plains.

Miss Lottie ROBINETT of Stephenville was week end guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.D. ROBINETT.

Mrs. Charles LAWLESS has gone to Sentinel, Okla., to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. EITEL.

Arthur TURNER is recovering from an operation for the removal of tonsils which was performed at Gorman last week.

Miss Inez WEBB, whose home is Noble, La., is the new manager of the Western Union,, taking the place of Hoyt TOLAND, who has gone to Stamps, Ariz.  Miss WEBB came to De Leon from two years at Port Laverne.

Rev. and Mrs. S.J. RUCKER, Mrs. E.H. ROGERS, Miss Willie Mae JETTON and Paul HOLDRIDGE are attending a Standard Training School for Sunday School workers at Eastland this week.

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. CRANE are the proud parents of a 9 pound girl born March 9th.  Her name is Georgia Louise.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim POYNER of McCamey were recent visitors with her mother, Mrs. Leona SPICER.

A fine baby boy whose name is Harry Wayne was born Monday, March the 7th to Mr. and Mrs. J.G. CASEY.

Mr. and Mrs. Onie KEITH are the proud parents of a nine pound baby girl named La Joyce, born March 6, at the home of Mrs. KEITH's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. OWENS of De Leon.


St. Joe by Pauline Ray

Mrs. Loraine McKELVEY of Olden has returned home after having spent the past week with Mr. J.F. McKELVEY and family.

Jack LOCK is ill of flu at this writing.

Misses Delia and Cora WALL of Jakehamon spent the week end with home folks.

Mrs. Verlie CHANDLER of New Hope is spending this week with her grandmother OTWELL.

Pauline RAY is recovering from an attack of flu.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

The very unusually cold weather of this week has injured the early gardens and stopped all farm work.  It is thought by some that at least half of the fruit crop is killed, especially the early blooming varieties.  Owing to the wet weather it is thought that the orchards most favorably situated the loss will not be so heavy.  The fruit crop in this section, while not of commercial proportions, is of great value and there are many small orchards of the best varieties.

A considerable amount of sickness has been reported in this community.

Jesse L. HUGHES and son, Doyle, are nursing a light case of chicken pox.

Little Syble McKINNEY was seriously sick last week but has recovered and is back in school.

Miss Robbie Lea ADAMS is sick this week and absent from school.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom LINDLEY visited their son, Prof. R.C. LINDLEY and family of Desdemona last Sunday.

Charlie VARNER visited his grandfather, Jim JOHNSON, of Victor Sunday.

Mrs. John WHITE of Salem visited with her sister, Mrs. Lizzie WINNEGAR and family this week.

Grandmother BRAZELL, who makes her home with her son at Desdemona, has spent the past week visiting with Mrs. Lizzie WINNEGAR and other relatives and friends of this community.

J.H. ADAMS and daughter, Miss Emogene, visited with Mrs. R.L. GRIFFIN of Staff Sunday.

Mrs. W.R. DUKE has been sick for the past several days.  She was unable to attend Sunday School Sunday.  Mrs. DUKE is the superintendent of the Sunday School and under her direction a very excellent interest in this work has been secured.  Her friends hope for her early recovery so that she may be back with them.

A large number of people of this community attended the funeral of Ardie WEST at the Oliver Springs cemetery.  The concourse of sorrowing friends that accompanied the funeral procession attest the good esteem in which this family is held.

C.H. WYNN and his children have been sick this week.

J.E. GUTHERY has been sick this past week but is reported as improving.  His friends hope that the trouble is not serious and that he will soon be up again.

Mrs. Lizzie MOORE, mother of O.H. MOORE, who has made her home in California for the last several years, is visiting her children in this section and will remain here for a while.  Mrs. MOORE, who is considerably advanced in age, made the trip alone from California and has done so on several occasions before.


Comyn by Mrs. J.F. PHIPPS

Mr. and Mrs. W.J. DICKEY and children of Hawley are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. CHANDLER and Mr. and Mrs. T.W. DICKEY.

Mr. and Mrs. D.O. FANNING are the parents of a baby girl born Sunday, March 6.

Mr. and Mrs. Ivan ROSS and Ed ROSS took Ivan's son, Harold to the Blackwell Sanitarium Sunday afternoon for examination and treatment.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Boykin OGLESBY spent the week end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.M. SLAUGHTER.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl D. NICHOLS and children were called to Proctor last week on account of the serious illness and death of Mr. NICHOL's sister, Mrs. Roger EVANS.

Mrs. W.D. GRAVES and babies and Misses Rowena ROSS and Neva DAVIS spent the week end in Bluffdale visiting with Mrs. GRAVES' parents, Mr. and Mrs. TURNER.

Mrs. C.O. PELL has been quite ill for the past week.  At present she is reported better.


Robinson Springs by Miss La Joyce Macon

Mr. and Mrs. Edd LOWRANCE and son, P.A. LOWRANCE and wife visited A.J. CUMMINS and Miss Myrtle May LOWRANCE Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. T.J. WILSON whose home has been in Abilene for the past few months are now with Mr. WILSON's parents, Mr. Abb WILSON.  T.J. WILSON has T.B. and will stay with his parents until he is carried to the T.B. Sanitorium.

J.F. DYSON is on the sick list at this writing.


Beattie by Weldon Andress

Miss Jewel HALBROOKS has returned from Baird where she has been visiting for the past two months.

Ben LAND has returned home from the plains where he has been working since Christmas.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvis LOCKE of near Comanche were visiting Mrs. LOCKE's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.F. ANGLIN this week end.

Manuel MORGAN and Zora ANDRESS were married last Friday, March 4th at Rev. (Grandpa) MORTONS at De Leon.  Zora was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. ANDRESS and Manuel was an orphan boy reared in the Pounds community, the writer does not know his parents' names.  They both graduated from the Beattie high school with honors last year.  We regret very much to lose them from our community, as they left Monday morning for Harlingen in the Lower Rio Grande Valley to make their future home.  They were accompanied to the valley by Emmitt MORGAN.

Professor Lloyd HALBROOKS, principal of the Trinity school and wife visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.S. HALBROOKS near Beattie Sunday.

A.T. ANGLIN was called to the bedside of his sister near Indian Mountain a few days ago.  His sister died Saturday night.

David, the seven year old son of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. GRAY, died in the Gorman sanitarium Monday morning at 3 o'clock of intestinal flu.  Funeral services were in the Concord cemetery, Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock p.m.  Mr. GRAY recently moved to this community from Ranger.  We offer our sympathy to the bereaved family.



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