The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, May 6, 1932


Comyn Woman is Attacked by Cow Painfully Injured

            Mrs. Herman BAKER was seriously injured late Thursday by a cow which she had just finished milking.  She separated the animal from her calf, turning her into the pasture.  The cow became angered and attacked Mrs. BAKER, knocking her down and pawed and gored her, inflicting painful injuries.  Wayne, 17-months old son of Mrs. Baker, witnessed the attack and screamed.  Mr. BAKER heard the scream and came to the rescue of his wife in time to beat off the infuriated beast before fatal injury had been done.  Although painfully hurt, Mrs. BAKER will recover according to a local physician who  attended her.


U.O. Whaley is on Home Stretch from World Tour

            J.M. WHALEY has received a card from his brother, U.O. WHALEY, who is making a trip around the world on the U.S.S. Franconia.  The ship sailed from New York for Europe, passing along the north coast of Africa to Egypt, thence through the Suez Canal to Ceylon, India, Manila and other Indian Ocean ports.  A card written April 2nd and postmarked at Hong Kong, China, stated that after a visit to Japan the ship would sail for Honolulu, arriving there about May 4th.  The party will return home via the Panama Canal and Cuba, the trip requiring almost half a year to make.  Mr. WHALEY lives in St. Louis.


The Graduates

            Following is a list of those graduating from De Leon High School May 20.  The class is the smallest to finish at De Leon for a number of years, the largest class on record being forty-seven.  The class for the present year numbers twenty-four.

Vivian Dorcas HOLLAND, Hazel Ruth PRESTON, Iva E. WIDEMAN, Oleta A. NABORS, Merle C. ROBINSON, Lowis O. PILCHER, Marie A. GREGORY, Bob H. SMITH, Frances Velma CLAYTON, Mary Lucile SCOTT, Iris Pearl WILKERSON, Bertie W. SIMMS, Eldora CooNER, Lucile KEE, Edith Evelyn GOLIGHTLY, Weldon V. WARE, J. Arl SCOTT, Frances COLEY, Vera Mae BRATTON, Anthon M. LEIGON, Etta Belle FRAZIER, Lenora FINKELSTINE, Trumon BRATTON, Lola ROBBINS.


Meat Market is Now Operating at Holdridge Groc’y

            Holdridge & Sons Grocery, now doing business exclusively at the suburban location, have this week commenced the operation of a meat market in connection with their grocery.  They have a modern Fridgidaire case, and will butcher only fat, choice animals.  Their telephone is 52 and they plan to deliver in the city limits.

            In their Humphrey Addition location, this firm has established a nice business, consisting of both country and town trade, and they are doing a nice business there.


Miss Hazel Dukes and Jack Roberts Married Sunday

            A pretty home wedding was that of Miss Hazel DUKES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.L. DUKES, to Mr. Jack ROBERTS, at the home of the bride’s parents last Sunday evening at 7:30 o’clock.  A group of relatives and a few close friends had gathered for the occasion and heard Rev. W.L. SKAGGS propound the important question and record their answers.

            The home had been decorated for the wedding with many pretty flowers and pots of greenery and the smiles of happy faces and many words of congratulation and good wishes showered upon the happy young couple made the occasion a most happy one.

            Mrs. ROBERTS has been reared to young womanhood in the Duster community, and young Mr. ROBERTS has resided here at De Leon for a number of years.  Both are popular, deserving and ambitious young people and the best wishes of many friends are being extended them as they start on the eventful journey of marital bliss.


Bridge Club

            The Bridge Club was delightfully entertained last Tuesday afternoon by Mrs. E.E. DABNEY.  The was was very prettily decorated with beautiful roses.

            Those present were:  Mmes. Jeff TATE, Herbert WEAVER, Clifford ALLEN, T.E. MAJOR, J.G. CAYCE, H.G. TERRILL, W.H. SMITH, W.H. CLARK, Joe ASHBY, Everett HANSFORD, E.L. LOCKE, Dewey DANIELL, E.F. KEITH, R.L. SCOTT, C.C. GULLEY, and Mrs. WRIGHT of Cross Plains.  High score honor went to Mrs. Joe ASHBY.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

The excellent season in the ground and the favorable weather has given a renewed impetus to farming.  In nearly every thing a good stand has been gotten up and with the spring weather we are now having the farms will begin to look prosperous.  Less peanuts will be planted in this section this year as last.  Some cotton will be planted.  More diversity of crops will be raised.  Probably twice as much land will be planted to sweet potatoes this year as last.  Considerable acreage will be planted to syrup cane.  Such crops under favorable conditions do well in this section.

Little Helen ANDERSON, who has been suffering with an attack of diphtheria, is recovering.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom LINDLEY and daughter, Floradell, visited with their son, Roy LINDLEY and wife of Desdemona, Sunday.

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

Mr. and Mrs. J.E. GUTHERY, who are pioneer citizens of this community and much loved and revered by all, have been sick for the past month or more.  Mrs. GUTHERY underwent an operation at Gorman but has recovered remarkably.  Both are improving and their many friends wish for their complete recovery soon.

Miss Delia WALL, instructor of public school music, and Mr. Zollie KOONCE, president of the singing class and others took their cars and accompanied twenty or more of the school children to Dublin last Friday night where the classes presented a program over KFPL.  Many telephone calls of congratulations were received and those who listened were kind enough to speak words of praise for the young folks who could present such an excellent program.  The management invited the class back and they will present another program soon.


Duster by Viva Graham

School was out Friday, April 29.  Most all of the pupils passed, a few failing.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin BLAIR of Gorman visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. BLAIR Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray HUDDLESTON are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.L. DUKES and Mr. and Mrs. Will HUDDLESTON.

Mr. and Mrs. Milton DUKES and children visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. L.L. DUKES Sunday.

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

Duster School Notes

School closed Friday.  A program was given in the morning followed by a stew, which was enjoyed by a large crowd.

At 7 o’clock the Grammar school graduation exercises were held.

Eunice HOLMES, valedictorian, average of 92 plus.  Grace BROOM, salutatorian, average of 91 plus.

The following pupils were presented with diplomas, promoting them to high school:

Eunice HOLMES, Grace BROOM, James Edward HOLMES, Laverne SCOTT, Dolor ROBERTS, Geneva HATTOX, Merle HUDDLESTON, Wilma COLLINS, Floyd ALLDRIDGE, Raymond CARNES, Terrill ANGLIN, Lorene STEWART.


The following pupils were promoted from the 10th grade:

Thelma HARMON, Viva GRAHAM, Hadley GRAHAM, Haze DUKES, Herman DUKES, Agnes Lee HOLMES, Noel TERRILL, Edna DAWKINS, Jay ELLIOTT, Pauline BLAIR, Durwood WARREN, John HAYNES, Ardis BOWMAN, S.W. COAN, Jr.


Beattie by Weldon Andress

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer BUTLER returned from Temple last Thursday where they have been for the last three weeks and Mrs. BUTLER underwent an operation.  She is improving now.  We hope she will soon entirely recover.

Mr. and Mrs. W.A. FRAZIER of Cisco were visiting their son, Bert, Sunday.

Next Friday is the closing day for the school here.  Below we will give a summary of the closing events:  Friday night will be given to the Senior play “Galloping Princess” the characters are:

Richard Devol - Luther HELM

Howard Preston - Roy JOHNSON

Detective Halbrook - Lucky MeCRARY

Wilson Murrey - Hubert KELLEY

Marx Inuadane - Rex McGINNIS

Mickey BOGGS - Garland ANDRESS

Tess Boggs - Mildred NELSON

Mrs. O’Brien - Noma GRAY

Mrs. Edell Page - Bessie JOHNSON

Aunt Margaret - Euna Fern GREEN

Jacqueline Page - Loraine ROGERS

Nora Murphy - Gayle TEAGUE

Grammar school graduating exercises:  Sunday night the baccalaureate sermon to the graduating class will be preached to the graduating class and Monday night to the High school graduating class and that night will mark the closing of the 1931-32 term of school.

Mr. and Mrs. J.L. FIELDS of Sidney visited the former’s sister, Mrs. H.B. HALBROOKS Sunday.


Robinson Springs by Miss La Joyce Macon

School will close here Friday, May the thirteenth.

Next Sunday at the regular preaching hour, Rev. Jim BAYS will preach the baccalaureate sermon to the high school graduates here.

Mr. MORING and his brother, Bobby, attended the funeral of their aunt, Mrs. Fannie GORDON, last Tuesday.

Miss Mable JOHNSON is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.M. JOHNSON.

Mr. and Mrs. Ike BRUMBELOW visited relatives in Eliasville and Frankell this past week end.

Mrs. Edd LOWRANCE, Arthur LOWRANCE and wife of Hico visited Miss Myrtle Mae LOWRANCE of this place Sunday.


Highland - Round Grove by Walter Rippetoe

The Highland Telephone company worked the line to Dublin Monday so we can get real service now.

Ernest, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter RIPPETOE attended singing at New Hope Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Herd GILDER are the proud parents of a tiny baby girl.

Ed ROSS, who owns the place known as the old Shoemaker Place, had the ed [sic] last week, altho he saved quite a few of his household goods.  Mr. ROSS had burned down some wasps that were trying to build in the corner on the porch, the home catching fire from that.  He carried no insurance.

Ed RIPPETOE is not doing so well.  Skin trouble is bothering him again.


St. Joe by Pauline Ray

Mrs. Cora NABORS of Kerrville, Mr. and Mrs. Ray McKELVEY and baby of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil McKELVEY of Olden are guests of J.F. McKELVEY and family this week.

Fred ADCOCK has gone to Dallas where he will be employed as manager of a dairy.  Mrs. ADCOCK and son will join him there in a few days.  Their many friends here regret the loss of this good family from our community but we are wishing them well in their new home.

Mrs. Georgia FRIEBLE and Mrs. Mittie CARTER of Ranger visited their grand mother, Mrs. J.A. OTWELL, Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude PAIR and children of Rucker were guests of her mother, Mrs. W.C. LOCKE and family Sunday afternoon.

W.B. RAY spent the past week end in Dallas as guests of his daughter, Lorene of Methodist Hospital, also his brother, Dr. J.H. RAY and family.

Grandmother OTWELL has returned home after spending some two weeks with her daughter, Mrs. Susie WEST and family of New Hope.



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