The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, April 15, 1932


Rabid Dog Was Killed New Hope Section Sunday

            Parties having dogs and and other livestock in the section around New Hope and Downing are warned to watch for some time as a small Spitz dog which was evidently afflicted with rabies was killed there Sunday morning.  The dog was in the East Downing section early Sunday morning and by noon was at the home of John DUPRIEST, a mile southwest of New Hope where it was killed.  It was seen at the R.S. McCHAREN home.  It gave every evidence of being mad.  It had opportunity to have bitten dozens of other animals.  People in that section are warned to watch their stock.


Wind Damaged Buildings Here First of Week

            This section was visited by a 48 hour storm Saturday and Sunday which lifted great clouds of dust into the air and deposited it in great banks along roads and in houses and anywhere dust may settle.  The intensity of the wind caused some anxiety and a little actual damage.          

            The walls of the partially wrecked brick building formerly owned by the Ford Station, now owned by W. H. SMITH, were blown down and workmen have been busy during the week clearing up the debris.  A small building owned by Southwest Gas Co. was also blown over.  No serious damage.


Frank Carter Improves

            Frank CARTER continues to improve following his recent attack of paralysis.  The paralized condition has disappeared and Mr. CARTER's condition generally continues to improve.  He will very soon be up again, it is thought.


O.M. Terrill Grocery to Move Dependable Bldg.

            The O.M. TERRILL Grocery will be moved from its present location to the building formerly occupied by the Dependable Store, and later by Holdridge Grocery, in the near future.  Mr. TERRILL stated to Free Press Tuesday that he expects to be in the new location by May 1st.

            The new building is much larger and is located on a corner.  It is considered a very desirable retail location.  Mr. TERRILL has modern store fixtures and will make the place attractive.  He invites his friends to call on him there.


Thieves Continue to Pilfer Autos Stealing Tires

            A series of automobile thefts occurred in the north part of town, the thieves taking tires, wheels and small tools.  This was a couple of weeks ago.  On Wednesday night this week someone removed the wheel and spare tire from the Ford sedan of Jeff PEAK while the car was at his residence.  The theft occurred before ten o’clock as Mr. PEAK goes to work at that hour.  The same night someone removed a wheel from the car of T.T. NABORS, Southwest Gas Co. employee, while the car was parked by the Travelers Hotel.


Wing of Lambert Hotel Dismantled

            Work has been in progress at tearing away the south wing of the Lambert Hotel during the week.  That portion of the building being wrecked was old and had become undesirable for use as hotel rooms.  More than half the building remains.  It is a substantial, sturdy structure and will serve for many years.


John L. Pittman Died at Gorman

            John L. PITTMAN died at his home in Gorman Friday evening, April 8, at 8:00 after a lingering illness.  He was born in Pontotoc county, Mississippi October 8, 1851, being 80 years and 6 months old at the time of his death.

            In October 1873 he was married to Miss Mary Elizabeth WAREN and to this union 16 children were born, 10 of whom survive him.  Mr. PITTMAN and his family came to Texas in about 1895, settling in Comanche County near Rucker and lived there until December 1930 when he and his wife moved to Gorman.

            When a young man he was converted and united with the Baptist church and was a faithful and consistent member to the time of his death.  Mr. PITTMAN was a man who always stood for the right and the advancement of his community and friends.  He was highly respected by his friends.

            He is survived by his widow and four daughters:  Mrs. G. L. RUSSELL of Lafayette Springs, Miss.; Mrs. W. F. BRYANT of Gorman; Mrs. J.C. JAMES of De Leon and Mrs. B.L. BRANNON of Wingate, and six sons, Dr. J.N. PITTMAN and R.A. PITTMAN of Gorman; T.W. PITTMAN of Rucker; L.F. and W.E. PITTMAN of Eliasville and J.M. PITTMAN, 37 grand children, several great grandchildren and one brother, Tobe PITTMAN of West, Texas.

            The following grand sons were pallbearers:  Lowell and Earl PITTMAN, Travis JAMES, Wayne PITTMAN, Hoyt BRYANT, and Troy PITTMAN.  The following grand daughters were flower girls:  Mmes. Wayne PITTMAN, Tom LASATER, Lowell PITTMAN, Misses Aline and Maurine PITTMAN and Eula Mae JAMES.

            Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, April 9 at the Gorman Baptist church with Rev. RODEN, pastor of the church and Rev. Willie SKAGGS, who had been Mr. PITTMAN's pastor at Liberty officiating and interment was held at the De Leon cemetery.


Silver Tea

            On Wednesday afternoon, April 13, at the South Ward building the teachers, pupils, and room mothers gave a Silver Tea, the proceeds to finish payment on the piano recently bought.  The building was profusely decorated with flowers, each room having chosen one flower as its particular motif.  Mrs. C.C. NICHOLS and Mrs. H.G. TERRILL presided over the table where guests were asked to register for one room and wear the flower for that grade.

            Work which had been done this year was attractively displayed in the rooms.  Music was furnished throughout the afternoon by Mr. HOWARD, Mr. SNOW, Miss Gussie INSALL and Miss Ruth HARPER.  Readings and other numbers were given by Mrs. May S. WHALEY, Misses Frances GREGORY, Virginia and Slaine SCOTT, and Billy Faye LONDON.

            Punch and cake were served to the guests by Mrs. W.E. LONDON and C.C. HAMPTON.  Mrs. R.L. SCOTT and W.H. CLARK assisted the teachers in greeting more than one hundred guests who called during the afternoon.

            Fifteen dollars was realized from the affair.  The fifth grade with Miss  Bertha ROSS as room teacher had the most guests to register.

            The teachers of South Ward wish to express their sincere appreciation of the co-operation of the room mothers, the ones who served on the program and all their help in making the afternoon one of enjoyment and profit.


Toland - Mac

            Gayle TOLAND and Miss Roberta MAC were married Thursday, April 7th, at three o'clock p.m. at the first Methodist church at Sayre, Oklahoma.  Mrs. TOLAND is unknown to De Leon people, but anyone whom Gayle would select must be a very excellent young lady.

            Mr. TOLAND is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Webb TOLND and grew to young manhood here.  He is a graduate of the class of '24 of De Leon High School and a football star attest to his popularity here.  After a honeymoon trip to Galveston, Mr. and Mrs. TOLAND will be at home in Sayre, where the bride's family have lived a number of years and Mr. TOLAND has a business there, having moved from here to that place in 1929.

            The many friends of the TOLAND family wish for them much happiness and success.


London Bridge Club

            Mrs. Joe Ashby was a charming hostess to the London Bridge Club Wednesday evening, April 13th.  Three tables of bridge were arranged.

            After four interesting games were played delicious ice cream and angel food cake were served to the following members and guests:  Misses Hazel HUDDLESTON, Willie Mae JETTON, Marion SHORT, Ruth HARPER, Frances HARVEY, Eldora COONER, Inez WEBB and Mary Louise GRIZZELLE, and Mmes. Emmett LOCKE, A.P. MURRAY, Everett HANSFORD, Odelle GRIMSHAW and J.C. POPE.


Birthday Party Given for Jasper Brownlee April 6

            Children and grand children of Mr. and Mrs. C.J. BROWNLEE arranged a surprise birthday party for Mr. BROWNLEE at his home in the Pounds community on Wednesday, April 6.  It was Mr. BROWNLEE's 58th birthday, and the party gathered at his home as a surprise, bringing gifts and good things to eat and they all enjoyed the day together.  All the children were present except Wilmer, the eldest son.

            Mr. and Mrs. BROWNLEE came to De Leon from Mississippi thirty years ago and have continued to make their home here where they have made many friends through the years.



Mr. and Mrs. Nick HIGGINBOTHAM, formerly of Stephenville, have recently moved to Riding Star where he has a position with Higginbotham’s.  Mrs. HIGGINBOTHAM was formerly Miss Bess SLOAN of this city.

Mrs. J.B. POOLE of Hico is guest of her mother, Mrs. J. Doss MILLER.

Mrs. Laura VALENTA is in Marlin for a rest.

Mr. and Mrs. W.H. STEELE of Stephenville have moved here.

Mrs. Mary DODSON of Cross Plains is guest of her mother, Mrs. S.F. BALLARD.

Mr. and Mrs. Cecil NELSON of Waco were week end guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.B. NELSON.

A big 9 pound baby boy has made its arrival in the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. McKINNEY.

W. Egbert and Miss Janet and Miss Marjorie MORRIS were in Fort Worth Sunday visiting Curt MORRIS, who seems to be improving.

Mrs. G.M. STRICKLAND and daughters, Misses Lavelle and Laverne and son Stedman were in Waco Sunday.

Miss Evelyn KINCHEN and Bruce SCRUGGS of Stephenville were guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. C.L. KINCHEN.

Mrs. Brown SHAVER has returned to her home at Cresson after spending the past month guest of her mother, Mrs. A.E. HAMPTON.

Mr. and Mrs. C.A. FITZGERALD are the proud parents of a son born to them April 7.  Father doing nicely.  The little one was named C.A., Jr.

Mrs. A.P. SCHMIDT is to take her Rhythm band to Stephenville Saturday where they are to render a program at John Tarleton College.  Those who are to take a part are Mary Lurlene SMITH, Talma RICE, Pollie Bruce, Junior and June TERRILL, James DOYLE and Alvena BARTON, Jimmie SCHMIDT, Helen INSALL, Hellen HALL, Katherine SNEAD, Josie Beth ALLEN, Billie PEAK, Daphne SHOOK, Delta Rea HOLDRIDGE.  This program is given by piano teachers in this district once a month and is sponsored by John Tarleton College.  The rhythm band is composed of her piano pupils.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred SHAVER and Mary Ellen and Miss Dorothy SHAVER went to Fort Worth Tuesday to meet Mrs. SHAVER who was returning home from Joplin, Mo., where she spent the past three weeks visiting her daughter, Mrs. George VAUGHN.  Mrs. VAUGHN is recovering nicely from her recent operation.

Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN have returned from a visit with Mr. and Mrs. H.M. EVANS at Wichita Falls and Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN, Jr. at Fort Worth and Mr. PITTMAN attended a meeting of the Knights of Pythias at Dallas where he delivered an address last week.

Charley MORRIS, who has been employed as a tailor in Dallas the past two years, was at home recently visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will MORRIS.

Reports from the Interscholastic League indicates that Miss Doris WHITE and Pat NARRY, De Leon high school spelling team, won first honors in Comanche County.

Mesdames Johnnie NUNNALLY, Autry SELF, C.L. KINCHEN, Clifford ALLEN, J.P. HOWELL and Jim NORTON have gone to Dallas to attend the state Sunday School convention.

Out of town visitors at the funeral of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph JONES were:  Mr. and Mrs. John W. JONES and family, Mr. and Mrs. Macel COLEMAN and family and Mrs. Derwin GAGE of Hico and Mr. and Mrs. Milburn BUTLER of Comanche.

Mrs. SEIBERT of Ranger is guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.M. CLEMENTS.


Highland - Round Grove by Walter Rippetoe

We are having some real sand storms and cool weather also a little frost altho we don't think the frost has killed anything.

The RIPPETOE quartette sang for the funeral of uncle John PITTMAN at Gorman last Saturday.

Mrs. John STANLEY of Breckenridge has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. R.C. CHRISTIAN.

The rabbit drive here was a success.  Four hundred rabbits were killed.  We certainly thank the visitors for coming in and helping with the drive.

A large number of friends from this community attended the funeral of Grandpa BOWDEN at Dublin Sunday afternoon.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

The unprecedented sand storm of the first of this week has done much damage to farms and to growing crops.  Some think corn that is up will have to be planted over in many fields.  Gardens have suffered more than anything else.

Mrs. W.A. ANES has been visiting with her son L.N. LANES in Desdemona who has been seriously ill.

Mrs. H.T. LANE and Mrs. Bertie ROGERS of Eastland visited with Mrs. W.A. LANES and family Friday.

Little Miss Laverne MORRIS of St. Joe was a visitor at school this week.

Mr. and Mrs. D.D. LEWIS were in Cisco Sunday seeing former friends and neighbors.  Mr. LEWIS is making his home on his ranch in this community where he lived before the boom days.  While not doing any row farming, he has a large acreage sowed in grain and will enlarge his cattle business.

Grandmother KING has been on the sick list this week suffering with an irritated condition of the eye.  She was taken to Gorman this week for special treatment.  Her condition is improving.

Mrs. J.E. GUTHERY is at the Gorman sanitarium this week where she is being treated for a disturbed granular condition.  Her condition is not serious but is such that the friends of the family feel much concern.  Mr. GUTHERY was sick some time ago and has not recovered his strength yet.  Mr. and Mrs. GUTHERY have lived in this community for nearly forty years.  They have a host of friends who hope for their speedy recovery.

O.S. ROBBINS, who has been on the school board at this place for some years, was unanimously elected for another three years term.  W.N. KOONCE, W.A. LINDLEY and O.S. ROBBINS are the trustees of the school.

Mrs. Raymond LINDLEY has been absent from school the first of this week suffering from what came near being an infection from a burn on her hand.


Beattie by Weldon Andress

As we begin writing this the wind is blowing and the sand is rolling, it is somewhat discouraging as the wind is whipping our little corn around and covering it up with sand.  April 9th and 10th, 1932 will not soon be forgotten on account of a sand storm.  The writer does not wish to impress the readers that he is a pessimist.  A good rain and a few still warm sunshiny days and we would be very optimistic.

Mr. and Mrs. Guy SMITH who are teaching school at Buffalo Gap, Taylor county, are visiting Guy's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. SMITH this weekend.

Mr. and Mrs. Wade WALLACE are the proud parents of a baby boy born March 29th.

Hubert KELLY, teacher for the 6th and 7th grades carried his class to Copperas Creek Friday afternoon for a picnic.  All had a good time.

Young Billie GREEN left last Tuesday for San Angelo for a short visit with his father.

Elmer BUTLER left last Thursday for Temple carrying his wife to the Sanitarium for treatment.

Elmer TEAGUE left Monday for Amarillo where he will go to work on a ranch.  Elmer worked on this same ranch last summer and fall.

H.B. BOYD and Clint WELCH made a business trip to Lamesa last week where Mr. BOYD has a farm.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben LOFTIS visited Mrs. LOFTIS' brother, Sam CARTER, at Sweetwater Sunday.

Mrs. Earl CLARK is on the sick list at present.


Downing by Helen Piper

The severe sand storms has damaged early gardens very much and has delayed gardening some.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. PORTER and family moved from this community some time ago, they will make their future home in Ranger.  People of this community will miss this family very much.

Lawrence SIMONS, who has made his home in this community for two years, spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. SIMONS of Roscoe.

Mr. and Mrs. D.B. PIPER and baby Clara Alice, and nephews, Jack and Chaney PIPER, were in Desdemona Monday.

Mrs. A.L. PIPER and daughters, Isla Mae, Joyce and Helen spent Thursday of last week with Mrs. PIPER's mother, Mrs. Mittie KING and family of Jakehamon.


Robinson Springs by Miss La Joyce MASON

Honor roll for the fifth grade - Ross MILLER, Marjorie BRUMBELOW, Margaret PARSON, Elephare DECKER, and Johnnie DIXON.

Honor roll for the sixth grade - Gene TAYLOR, Will PRICE, Lena May CARR, Vera BARKER, Mozell STEWART, Mary BLOYD. 

Seventh Grade - Thelma MILLER, Velma MILLER, Alene KIMMELL, Janice BRUMBELOW.

High school - Mary Frances RADENBACH, Edith CLINE, Inez DECKER, Belva GRAY, Josie BLOYD, Johnnie B. HART, Alta May RADENBACH, La Veda MACON, Wilma Carroll MILLER, Hollis DYSON, Oleta MACON, Lula DIXON, Omer MOORE, Adina KIMMELL, Marie MOORE, Myrtle May LOWRANCE, Elaine BARKER, La Joyce MACON, Velma KIMMELL, Floyd WEST.

Miss Levada MACON gave Miss Doris MACON a birthday dinner last Sunday.  The following were present:  Oleta MACON, Alta May RADENBACH, Charlet MILLER, Wilma Carroll MILLER, Mary Frances RADENBACH, Carl and Oleta MACON, Wayne CHAMBERS, Frances DUKE, and Mr. and Mrs. Earl DANIEL.

Mrs. Earl LOWRY is on the sick list and Mrs. Elmer JOINER of Jakehamon is teaching in her place.

Miss Myrtle WEST is back in school after two weeks of illness.


St. Joe by Pauline Ray

The high wind and sand that has been blowing the past few days, has caused quite a bit of damage to gardens, corn, and other crops.

Mrs. Fred ADCOCK, who has been seriously ill at Gorman Sanitarium has returned home and her many friends are wishing her a speedy recovery.

Frances DUKE is spending the week with her aunt, Mrs. B.C. CHAMBERS and other relatives at Robinson Springs.

Grandpa MACON is spending several days with his daughter, Mrs. Mary RAY.

Mr. and Mrs. J.R. OTWELL and children visited their parents, and grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nath NABORS of Oliver Springs Sunday.

Mrs. J.A. OTWELL is spending the week with her son, Claude and family of New Hope.

Grand mother OTWELL was greatly surprised n her birthday last Friday, April 8th, when her children and grand children gathered at her home bring well filled baskets and many beautiful gifts to the honoree. Those who were present to celebrate the happy occasion were:  Mr. and Mrs. Marvin OTWELL and children, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde NABORS and baby of Oliver Springs Mr. and Mrs. Jim WEST and others.


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