The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, April 8, 1932


Former De Leon Pastor is Killed in Auto Accident

            An automobile accident, which occurred on March 16, took the life of Rev. Walter GRIFFITH, who formerly lived at De Leon.  Rev. GRIFFITH, a superannuated Methodist preacher, was living at some small town in Navarro county near Corsicans.  He is said to have accidentally “walked into” the side of a moving automobile in some manner, sustaining injuries from which he died in a few hours.

            Rev. GRIFFITH was pastor of De Leon Methodist Circuit in 1926 and 1927.  He was prominent here and throughout the state in Masonic and Pythian circles.  At the time of his death he was a candidate for County Treasurer for Navarro county.


Barn on J.O. Ham’s Sweetwater Farm is Destroyed by Fire

            Fire of unknown origin destroyed the barn on the J.O. HAM farm on Sweetwater creek, twelve miles southwest of De Leon, at 10:00 o’clock last Wednesday night.  The family was awakened by the flames which had gained such headway that nothing could be done toward putting out the fire.

            Arthur HOLDRIDGE lives on the place.  He lost 400 bushels of corn, 200 bales of hay consisting of oats, alfalfa and clover, and four sets of harness, besides other smaller items.  Mr. HOLDRIDGE was barely able to drive his milch cow and calf to safety.  The loss will approximate $400.00.  No insurance.


School Board to Re-Organize After Election

            Following the selection of last Tuesday in which four men were chosen to serve on the school board for the coming two years, the Board will be re-organized at a meeting to be held some time the present week.

            In the election held last Saturday, F.R. CARTER, election judge, has certified the following, the first four being elected:


T.H. NANCE…………..104

R.L. SCOTT……………  86

S.R. UPSHAW………...   96

N.L. NABORS………….79

H.H. PEEVY…………..  74

            A total of 148 votes were cast.  A few of these were mutilated, Mr. CARTER stated.

            The new Board will be composed of the following:  J.W. HOWARD, G.W. ROLLINS, W.E. BUTLER, G.M. STRICKLAND, T.H. NANCE, R.L. SCOTT and S.R. UPSHAW.


Daniell and Stovall Elected City Officials

            In the balloting Tuesday, April 5th, for a mayor and one commissioner, only the names of Mayor F.T. DANIELL and Commissioner M.Z. STOVALL appeared on the ballot and as a consequence both were of course re-elected.  A total of 178 votes were cast.  Mr. STOVALL received all of them, Free Press was advised, and Mr. DANIELL polled 176, losing only two.


Card of Thanks

            We wish to thank each and every one that assisted us in our recent bereavement in the loss of our son and grandson.  We pray God’s blessing on each of you. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph JONES and baby, Mr. and Mrs. John W. JONES and family, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar BUTLER and family.


Card of Thanks

            The wife and children of the late Luther W. EASTERLING wish to acknowledge our very deep appreciation for the many kind words and acts administered by our friends in our recent bereavement.


To Whom It May Concern

            The firm of Lowe, Delaney & Carter with office in De Leon, Texas, has this day dissolved by mutual consent, J.F. CARTER retiring from said firm and the business heretofore carried on under the firm name of Lowe, Delaney & Carter will be continued by W.E. LOWE and L.A. DELANEY under the firm name of Lowe & Delaney, said firm assuming all indebtedness, if any, of said Lowe, Delaney & Carter and collecting all amounts that may be due Lowe, Delaney & Carter.

            Witness our hands at De Leon, Texas, this 5th day of April, 1932.





Had Painful Operation Fort Worth Last Monday

            Robert TERRILL had an operation for sinus trouble at the Medical Arts Bldg. in Fort Worth Monday.  Dr. GOODMAN, specialist in eye, ear, nose and throat, performed the operation which was quite painful.  However, Robert was able to return home the evening of the same day and is recovering nicely.


Mrs. E.C. Thomson Died at her Home Here Last Friday

            Mrs. Mary Josephine THOMSON, wife of the late Rev. E.C. THOMSON, died at her home a bock east of North Ward School at 10:15a.m. Friday, April 1.  She had been ill and confined to her bed since March 23rd when she fell and injured her hip.  Attending physicians accredited her going away to the failure of her heart to function.  She had always been active, and when confined to her bed her heart failed.

            Grandmother THOMSON was 84 years, 6 months and 2 days of age at death.  She was born at Camden, Tenn. on October 4, 1847, and was married there in July 1867.  In the autumn following her marriage, she set out with her husband over land in a mule-drawn wagon to come to Texas, arriving at Millwood in Collin county on Christmas Day.  Here they settled and made their home throughout most of the years of their lives.  Eight children came into the home.  She was accustomed to the hardships and privations of the average frontier wife and mother.  But hardships make strong bodies and strong characters, and tis good woman was a fortress of strength and courage, and children and grandchildren surviving bless her memory.

            The five surviving children are O.L. THOMSON, De Leon; J.D. THOMASON, Honey Grove; J.E. THOMSON, Honey Grove; J. Elvin THOMPSON, San Diego, Cal.; Mrs. B.E. MILLER, Royce City and Henry THOMSON, San Diego.  There are 30 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

            Eld. A.M. LEMMONS of Tolar came Saturday and conducted the funeral service.  Grandmother THOMSON had been a member of the church of Christ for 55 years.  Her body was laid to rest at De Leon Cemetery.


Bow and Arrow Club

            The Bow and Arrow Club met at Miss Gwenova SMITHs home last Friday night and made candy,  Those present were: Misses Hortense and Claunese GLAZIER , Mary Adolph BOSWELL, Margaret SHARP, Alma Dee TUBBS, Minnie Lou ELLIS, Dorothy COOKE, Edna JETTON, Jane PIERSON, Alene HARRIS, Charlie SMITH and Gwenova SMITH.

            We have three new members:  Misses Margaret SHARP, Bill RODINS and Ruth COOKE.


Bridge Party

            On Saturday evening, April 2, Juanita UPSHAW entertained at her home with a bridge party.  After several games of bridge, refreshments consisting of ice cream and cake were served to the following guests:  Susan SCHMIDT, Marjorie MORRIS, Buel SNEED, Doris WHITE, Sarah JETTON, Jeanette EGBERT, Charles ROGERS, J.L. FUNDERBURGH, Pat NARRY, Peyton WEAVER and Billie SNEED.


Miss Christine Ayers Entertains

            Miss Christine AYERS was hostess to members and guests of the London Bridge Club Friday evening, March 25th.

            Six games were played, the winner progressing two tables and the loser progressing one, heightening the sociability of the evening.  Miss Marion SHORT won high score for the ladies, and John WEAVER for the men.

            Lovely refreshments were served to:  Misses Hazel HUDDLESTON, Willie Mae JETTON, Marion and Grace SHORT, Ruth HARPER, Frances HARVEY, Nerine DONOHUE and Emogene WILLIAMS.  Messrs. Bob GLOVER, Ray HARVEY, Charles MORELAND, W.C. GRAY, Walter LOWE, Kermit NEAL, Eddie VALENTA, Joe MARTIN, Albert COZBY and C.B. SIMS and Andy MEHAFFEY of  Mr. and Mrs. Joe ASHBY, John WEAVER and J.C. POPE.

            Little Miss Ruth AYERS assisted with the entertainment.


Beattie by Weldon Andress

Mr. and Mrs. C.W. SANDERS are visiting in Mills County at this time.

A large crowd was in attendance at the singing and the singing was good.  Ben STEPHENSON tendered his resignation as president of the singing class which we very much regret.  ? A. ANDRESS, former vice-president was elected president and Bill HORTON vice-president.

Red SMITH and Vernon WELCH left Thursday for a short visit with Red’s brother, Guy SMITH, at Abilene.

Lavelle KEITH entertained a number of her friends and schoolmates with a birthday party last Tuesday night.

Vernon DAVIS has been suffering from the effects of a spider bite the last few days.  His father, H.N. DAVIS, has also been on the sick list but both are improving now.

Mrs. W.D. WRIGHT, whom we reported as being very sick last week, is improving at this time.

Ray SMITH, Lona UNDERWOOD, Lester PERDUE and Loraine DAWKINS attended a play at St. Joe Friday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Edd WRIGHT and family of near Gorman visited his brother, W.D. WRIGHT one day last week.


Comyn by Mrs. J.F. Phipps

Ras PATTERSON and daughter of Rotan spent the week end here visiting T.P. PATTERSON.

C.M. CARAWAY, Jr., who recently returned from A. & M. College, was selected as livestock judge in the district judging contest at John Tarleton College last Saturday.  Mr. CARAWAY has made a special study of this work in college and has had quite a bit of experience in that line of judging.

Joe and Sam SCARBOROUGH of Petersburg recently spent a week here visiting their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. M.L. DOGGETT and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Avol THORNTON and baby left last Tuesday for Petersburg to visit relatives.

Mrs. John SLAUGHTER and children of Cisco spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. D.M. SLAUGHTER.

Roy PELL is in Dallas taking eye treatment.  At the latest report the condition of Mr. PELL’s eyes had greatly improved and he is expected to be able to come home soon.

Mr. and Mrs. V.O. GODDARD and little son, who spent the winter in Comyn, left on Tuesday of last week to make their home in Illinois.

Mrs. FREEMAN of Waco recently visited her mother, Mrs. Effie BARNES.  Mrs. FREEMAN was formerly Miss Naomi BARNES.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

Messrs. Lee HUGHES and James PAIGE of Fort Worth visited with J.L. HUGHES and family this week and Mrs. HUGHES returned to Fort Worth with them where he will spend several days visiting with friends and relatives.

William and Albert ANDERSON of Plains, Texas, are visiting with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.N. ANDERSON.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom LINDLEY and daughter, Miss Floradell, visited with Mr. and Mrs. Chas. LINDLEY of Desdemona Sunday.

Mrs. W.R. DUKE announced Sunday that it was the second anniversary of the Sunday school at this place.  During that time a Sunday school has been built up that is worthy of the support of a community much larger than this and Mrs. DUKE is to be commended for her faithful service in the superintendency. 

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. McKINNEY of Frankell visited with S.O. McKINNEY and family Sunday.

Mrs. B.O. KOONCE has completed the census enumeration and reports some increase in the scholastics this year over last year.  The increased scholastics with the same number of transfers into the district as was taken out last year will about make the maximum number that this school can take care of without adding to the school building.


Robinson Springs by Miss La Joyce Macon

Miss Opal HOWARD entertained her ninth grade English class with an ice cream party last Friday night.  Many were present and had a nice time.

School began this week with an interesting program in chapel.  The pupils seem to take more interest in their school work as school is almost out.  The thought was brought before the pupils whether they would reach “home base” or “die” on third base.  We are hoping everyone will make a “score” in their school work.

Mr. and Mrs. Garland PERRY and family, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde SETZLER and family and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil TARRANCE and family were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jim WEST and family Sunday.

Autry HOOD is suffering from a severe attack of the appendicitis.

Tom DECKER and daughter and grandson, Jack DECKER of Denton, visited Mr. and Mrs. J.I. DECKER Sunday.

Buck CUMMINS of Desdemona visited Uncle Jack CUMMINS Sunday.

Mrs. Bert JENNINGS was on the sick list the past week.

Mr. and Mrs. Anson BROWN and children of Desdemona visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. WILLIAMS Sunday.

Sid BRUMBELOW and son, Aulton, spent the week end with his brother, John BRUMBELOW and family of Eliasville, Young County.  They were accompanied by H.C. DEAN and father, who did some successful fishing on the clear Fork.


St. Joe by Pauline Ray

A good rain would be appreciated by farmers as the high winds have caused the surface of the ground to become very hard and dry.

We are glad to report Mrs. J.A. OTWELL is improving after having been on the sick list for some time.

Grandmother OTWELL, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. OTWELL has as their guests Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. J. NANCE and family and Jack OTWELL of New Hope, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin OTWELL and children of Oliver Springs and Mr. and Mrs. J.C. PIERCE and family of De Leon.

Mr. and Mrs. ALLGOOD of Rucker attended church at Ross Chapel Sunday.

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

Mrs. Howard McCLELLAN of Iraan, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will BOYD and Miss Grace BOYD.

Mr. and Mrs. Pete CAMEL of Texon were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Charley MORRIS and family and Mr. and Mrs. Jess MORRIS and family the past week.

Mrs. E.W. SHORT of Robinson Springs, Mrs. Jim WEST of New Hope and Mrs. Clyde NABORS of Oliver Springs visited their mother, Mrs. J.A. OTWELL the past week end.


Oliver Springs by Ruby Lee Reed

Everyone is very busy getting the crops and gardens started off although the dry weather continues.  A rain would be very much appreciated, especially on the gardens.

A large crowd met at the home of R.H. REED Saturday night to play 42.  Everyone had a very nice time.  Frank PARKS and Brooks WARREN say they carried off the blue ribbon.



Mr. and Mrs. H.L. LOYD have moved here from Breckenridge.

Miss Grace SMITH has returned to Abilene after visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff SMITH.

Mrs. Fred ST. JOHN of Iraan is guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. BOYD.

Mr. and Mrs. Ike BRUMBELOW were in Dublin Sunday visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. UNDERWOOD.

Mrs. Ava COLLINGS and children of Midland are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. BUTLER.

Mr. and Mrs. C.C. NEWTON of Cisco were guests last week of their daughter, Mrs. H.G. SHARP.

Mr. and Mrs. Hiram LLOYD of Childress were week end guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.P. LLOYD.

Mr. and Mrs. M.O. PITTMAN of Anson were week end guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY.

Mrs. Clyde McKINNEY and daughter of Frankell are guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. RIDER.

Mrs. Fred ADCOCK is seriously ill at the Gorman Sanitarium.  Her friends hope for her recovery soon.

Mrs. French ROBINSON and daughter of Haskell are guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. LOWE.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin STRINGFELLOW were in Hale Center last week visiting her mother, Mrs. W.C. GERRY.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill BRUMBELOW of Ranger were here Sunday visiting his mother, Mrs. G.L. BRUMBELOW and family.

Twin boys were born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph JONES Tuesday, April 4th.  One of them lived only a few hours.  The other son is doing nicely.

Fred HARMON and Merton BELL of Austin were week end guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.B. HARMON and Mr. and Mrs. V.V. BELL.

Mr. and Mrs. Doyle LOCKE, formerly of this city, are the proud parents of a baby boy, born to them recently at Ballinger where he is employed by the Humble Co.

Misses Nina Beth TERRILL and Aurelia PETTY of Stephenville were week end guests of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. TERRILL.

Mrs. A.P. MURRAY and children, Norma Jean and Joe Coy of Ranger are guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. FUNDERBURGH.

Ewell LIGHTFOOT, who is teaching in the Rotan section, was spending the past week end visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. LIGHTFOOT.

Mr. and Mrs. Leon CORBELL, of Ft. Worth, were here Sunday visiting in the home of his brothers and sisters, and Mrs. CORBELL also visited her parents at Comanche.

Mrs. Lucy HOLMES, whose age is 87, is suffering from a stroke of paralysis at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Tillie BROWN.

Miss Lillian HANSFORD, of Moran, was spending the week end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.A. HANSFORD.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. JONES, L.A. JONES and little Miss Dorothy Jean ROSS of Hico were guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph JONES.



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