The De Leon Free Press
DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, May 13, 1932
Desdemona Man Meets Death in Gasoline Fire
Will H. DAVIS, 22, of Desdemona, lost his life in a gasoline fire at his home a few hundred feet east of Desdemona cemetery shortly after 5:00 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Young DAVIS was at home alone. He attempted to fill the gasoline tank of his car with motor running. The machine back-fired and ignited the fumes. His body almost instantly became a living torch. His screams attracted neighbors who came to his aid, but not until he was fatally burned. He was carried to Gorman to the hospital quickly, dying there some five hours later.
DAVIS is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. DAVIS, Sr., and one sister, near his own age. He was reared at Desdemona and has many friends there. He was a graduate of Desdemona high school and last year was a student at North Texas Agricultural College at Arlington.
The funeral service was held at the Methodist church at Desdemona Thursday afternoon and his body laid to rest at Desdemona cemetery.
Baccalaureate Service Theny High School Auditorium May 15
On Sunday morning, May the 15th at eleven o’clock the baccalaureate service of the senior class of Comyn High School will be held. The speaker for this occasion is Rev. BRADFORD of Dublin who will bring us an original and inspiring message. Bro. BRADFORD’s power as an earnest speaker and excellent reader was attested some time ago when a Comyn audience heard him, spell-bound, in an impromptu address to a crowded house. Some special music will be rendered. The parents and friends of Comyn Seniors are especially invited to be with them at this, one of the most significant and impressionable hours of their youth.
The senior class include the following: Mayme K. SPENCER, Oleta FLOYD, Faye GEORGE, Naomi CARAWAY, Ione GRISSOM, Vern HANCOCK, Ina Vaye HODGES, Iva Wayne STURDIVANT, Kirk Doggett GEORGE, Minna Merl THIEBAUD, Jewel SPRUILL, Rowena ROSS, Hubert CHANDLER, Glen JONES, Milton CAMPBELL, Kermit BARNES and Wren THIEBAUD.
“Uncle Dory” Patterson had Operation Tuesday at Abilene Hospital
Friends of “Uncle Dory” PATTERSON will be interested to know that he was operated upon for bladder trouble at West Texas Baptist Sanitarium at Abilene, Tuesday of this week and that he is improving, however, he will find it necessary to submit to a second operation soon, according to C.R. PATTERSON, who wrote the Free Press. Mr. PATTERSON would like to hear from his friends, stating that a letter was “just like having a visit from someone from home.” His address is 1241 North 19th St. Abilene.
Bitten by Copperhead While Pulling Potato Slips
Louis WELCH, Beattie man, is suffering from a snake-bite, having been bitten on the hand by a copperhead while pulling potato slips from his potato bed there last Saturday. The reptile was concealed among the leaves and Mr. WELCH was not aware of the presence until it fastened its fangs in his hand. While the wound is painful and the hand considerably swollen, no serious results are expected to develop.
C.L. Greenwaldt Home from Hospital had Eye Operation
C.L. GREENWALDT had an operation for eye trouble at the Methodist Hospital at Fort Worth last week and is home now recovering. He will have his eyes bandaged for a couple of weeks, but there is every reason to hope for permanent relief from the operation.
Davis Produce Co. Moved to Howe Bldg. on “Watermelin” St.
R.D. DAVIS, produce dealer and wholesale grocer, this week moved his stock and fixtures from the former location, to the Howe Building, next door west from Livingston’s Leather Shop. The building was formerly known as the Telephone Bldg.
Mr. DAVIS will continue here, on a larger scale, building both is produce and wholesale grocery stocks, he told the Free Press. He invites his friends and customers to call on him there.
Dr. T.D. Brooks, Baylor University, to Deliver Commencement, Comyn
Sixteen graduates of Theny High School, Comyn, Texas, will hear Dr. T.D. BROOKS, Chairman of the School of Education, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, deliver their graduation address. Senior exercises will be held at the High School Auditorium on Wednesday, May 18, at 8:15 p.m.
Dr. T.D. BROOKS is prepared both from a standpoint of training and experience to deliver an unusual address. As superintendent of public schools in Texas, as a professor of education, as mayor of Waco, and as president of the Rotary Club of Waco, he has gained experience which will enable him to give graduates advice of a practical nature.
The following is the list of graduates of 1932: Rowena ROSS, Kirk D. GEORGE, J. Milton CAMPBELL, Naomi CARAWAY, Mayme K. SPENCER, Vera M. HANCOCK, Ina Vaye HODGES, Wren F. THIEBAUD, Jessie Kermit BARNES, Iva Wayne STURDIVANT, V. Ione GRISSOM, Faye GEORGE, Glen A. JONES, Hubert CHANDLER, Oleta FLOYD, Jewell A. SPRUILL.
Seventh Grade to Graduate a Large Class This Year
Although this week is too early to say who will graduate from grammar school, and who will fail, it is very evident that the 1932 graduating class from the combined grammar schools of De Leon will be the largest in a number of years. There are fifty-three children in the seventh grade, the class roll being as follows:
Ruth AYERS, Mary Dolph BOSWELL, Dorothy COOK, Mabel JAMES, Minnie Lou ELLIS, Eugena GENTRY, Elsie LEE, Claunese GLAZIER, Allene HARRIS, Velma LEE, Billy Faye LONDON, Gladys LOWRY, Bill ROLLINS, Inez LOWRY, Virginia SCOTT, Iva Jo PITTMAN, Gwen Avo SMITH, Merle RICH, Bobbie Jean STRINGFELLOW, Vance ROACH, Alma D. TUBBS, Opal Mae TATE, Josephine CARVER, J.C. BIBBY, Allene PILCHER, Billy COLEY, J. Edward BELL, Jack DAVIS, Charles CHRISTOPHER, Frances GREGORY, Clifford HANLIN, Paul COZBY, Durward HAZZARD, Billy GREENWALDT, Derroll HAFFORD, C.L. MOHON, James HAMPTON, Fred HOLDRIDGE, Horace MULLOY, Donald HOWE, George TERRILL, Worth HOWE, Jack HUMPHREY, Paul HEFLIN, Atlas IRVIN, Carles LEIGON, Orville MILLER, Wade SMITH, C.V. TUNNELL, Stedman STRICKLAND, George VAN ZANDT, Albert THOMAS
Students with an average of 90 or above are:
Mary Dolph BOSWELL, Vance ROACH, Eugena GENTRY, C.L. MOHON, Bobbie Jean STRINGFELLOW, Opal Mae TATE, Frances GREGORY, Virginia SCOTT.
Dukes – Roberts
The marriage of Miss Hazel Comfort DUKES, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.L. DUKES, to Jack ROBERTS, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.W. ROBERTS, both of Duster, was quietly solemnized before a group of close relatives and friends at the home of the bride Sunday evening, May 1, at 8 o’clock, Rev. Willie SKAGGS, pastor of the Duster Baptist church officiating.
The ceremony was performed before an improvised altar of soft lavender crepe paper, purple larkspur and spring roses, lovely pot plants and cut flowers, turning the old fashioned living-room into a bower of beauty.
The blonde beauty of the bride was accentuated by a white and black travelling suit with all accessories in white and black.
The bride carried an arm bouquet of white roses.
The honored guests of the occasion were the grand mother of the bride, Mrs. Nancy McNEELY, aged 94, and Mr. J.L. HARRIS of Weatherford, grandfather of the groom, aged 86.
Miss Tiny ROBERTS was fortunate in catching the bride bouquet.
Out of the community guests were Mrs. Ray HUDDLESTON and sons, Kenneth and Kermit of Red Barn; Miss Ruth MESMER of Strawn; Mr. and Mrs. L.A. BENNETT of Gorman; Mrs. M.J. DUKES and son Dan and daughter, Wilda Jeanne of Rising Star.
Refreshments were served immediately.
On Monday night May 2, an entertainment was given to relatives and friends of the bride and groom in the home of the groom where the bride and groom will make their home, where he and his father are engaged in farming and stock-raising.
The entertainers Monday night were: Cecil HORTON and wife, Mrs. Eula Mae HORTON, Miss Maudie GRAY and others rendered fine singing, accompanied by Miss Tiny ROBERTS at the piano. –Contributed.
Simon Theodore TAYLOR was born at Bangston, Fayette County, Alabama in June 1866, and died at Waco, Texas, Friday at 4:15 a.m., May 6th, 1932, his age being 65 years, 10 months and 15 days.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. S.T. TAYLOR, deceased, of Bangston, Alabama. In this family there were five boys and five girls, out of that number only five are living now. Mr. TAYLOR was converted early in life and united with the Methodist church. In the year 1891 he was married to Miss Sallie BLACK, and to this union there were born four daughters, who survive him, Mrs. Blanche BAGGET, Temple; Mrs. Mable McCLUNG, Haskell; Mrs. S.T. SMALLWOOD, Mercury; and Mrs. Gretchen MORRISON, Willies, and eight grand children are left to mourn for him.
Mrs. TAYLOR preceded him in death February 3rd, 1909. Mr. and Mrs. TAYLOR moved to De Leon in 1895 and since that time he has held the position as bridge foreman for the M-K-T railroad. He held a similar position in Alabama for six years before coming here. Mr. TAYLOR was again married in 1910 to Mrs. Ella FERRIS, who survives him. He was a devoted husband, kind father and a friend to the friendless. Mr. and Mrs. TAYLOR have resided for the past 20 years on the train and have won the love and esteem of all trainmen.
Mr. TAYLOR’s body was brought here from Waco Saturday morning and at 2:30 p.m. at the Methodist church, Rev. RUCKER spoke words of consolation to the bereaved one and friends after which the masonic lodge carried out their burial ceremonies and laid his remains away in the De Leon cemetery, the many market flowers being a marked tribute to the love and esteem in which this good man was held.
Mrs. Luther PATTERSON of Clyde and Mrs. Lee IRVIN and Mrs. Finis BELL of Hawley were here Saturday enroute to Fort Worth to attend the funeral of their brother-in-law and uncle, Walter FLEMING. They were accompanied from here by B.N. TERRY. Mr. and Mrs. FLEMING lived here for a number of years before moving to Fort Worth. Their friends sympathize with the family in their hour of sorrow.
The death angel came into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herd GILDER Friday, May 6th and took from their family circle little Annie Margaret, whose age was seven days, and Saturday afternoon at 2:30 after a funeral ceremony her body was laid away in the Round Grove cemetery.
She was budded on earth,
To bloom in heaven,
And her baby hands,
Are beckoning you on
To that home above,
Where God is love.
Mt. Pleasant School Notes
Mt. Pleasant school closed a term of 8 ½ months, Friday, May 6. Games and a picnic dinner with ice cold lemonade was enjoyed by all.
The following pupils were promoted from the seventh grade: John BOSWELL, Marie McGINNIS and J.C. SADBERRY.
Eddie Fae CARROLL was the only pupil who made the honor roll each month of school.
Charles and Dale MAHAFFEY of the third and second grades were neither absent or tardy during the entire year.
Miss Willie Mae Jetton Entertains at Bridge
Miss Willie Mae JETTON was a charming hostess to members and guests of the London Bridge Club, Friday, May 6th.
Seven tables of bridge and two tables of “42” were arranged for the following members and guests: Miss Hazel HUDDLESTON, Marion and Grace SHORT, Janice KEE, Frances HARVEY, Nerine DONOHUE, Bernice KIKER, Virginia Grace WESSON, Olive WHITE, Lillian MOHON, Sudie Evelyn JOHNSON of Waco, guest of Edna JETTON, and Marjorie CASEY of Breckenridge. Messrs. Dale WILSON, Walter LOWE, W.C. GREY, Kermit NEAL, Leslie DANIELS, Gaston GRISHAM, Cleghorn and Bill WHITE of Carleton and Andrew MEHAFFEY of Gorman, Mr. and Mrs. Emmett LOCKE, Everett HANSFORD, Joe ASHBY, J.C. POPE, Autrey SELF, Henry Grady SHARP, Mrs. Madge CASEY and Mrs. A.C. COSBY of Dallas.
Delicious refreshments consisting of punch served during the games, followed by strawberry ice cream and angel food cake.
Comyn by Mrs. J.F. Phipps
Mrs. M.E. PARKER of Leuders is here visiting her son, D.S. FLOYD and family.
Mrs. Walter WOOLLEY and daughter, and Mrs. Doris WOOLEY of Stephenville spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. W.C. WOOLEY and Mrs. J.P. HANCOCK.
C.M. CARAWAY and son, C.M. and Frank FAGAN returned Saturday from Houston. CARAWAY and son had their fine Shorthorn herd on exhibit at the Houston Livestock Show last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Weldon HAZZARD and children left Wednesday for Whitsett where he has employment. Mr. HAZZARD has been one of the Comyn school bus drivers for the past three years.
Mrs. C.S. ROSS and daughter, Nancy D. and Misses Mollie GRISHAM and Naomi CARAWAY spent the weekend in Fort Worth visiting Mrs. ROSS’ sister, Mrs. Harry ELLIOTT and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest PAINTER, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon PAINTER and baby, Mrs. H.B. PAINTER, Mrs. Blanche MARTIN, Billie MARTIN and A.J. LYON were Lake Eanes visitors on Sunday.
A.S. MOONEY and son Bill of Huckaby spent Sunday with their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. WOOLEY.
Mrs. Charles E. MAUPIN and two children of Matador, and Mrs. Allen TABOR and children of Albany are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl D. NICHOLS.
Rev. and Mrs. S.B. CULPEPPER of Cleburne were here during the week end visiting their children, Supt. And Mrs. S.B. CULPEPPER.
Bob THOMPSON and Hollis COX went to Rotan Saturday to take J.P. THOMPSON for a visit with his brother, Jim THOMPSON and family.
On April 29 a baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Herd GILDER. This little one was only a week old when death came to claim it on Friday, May 6.
Mr. and Mrs. F.G. GILCHREST are the proud parents of a baby girl born May 5th.
At a recent community night program, the officers for the annual Comyn community fair were elected. They are W.D. GRAVES, president; A.H. CARAWAY, vice-president; W.E. PULLEY, secretary; C.M. CARAWAY, Sr., chairman of livestock; R.M. SCOTT, chairman of field crops; Mrs. C.M. CARAWAY, Chairman of Canning; Mrs. S.F. PHIPPS, Chairman of Textiles; Tom HOOD, Chairman of poultry; S.B. CULPEPPER, Chairman of Finance; I.E. RIPPETOE, Chairman of entertainment. At a meeting of these officers held on May 6, each chairman selected a committee to help in each department.
Mr. and Mrs. John CULPEPPER of Cleburne were here on Thursday visiting Supt. and Mrs. S.E. CULPEPPER.
Robinson Springs by Miss La Joyce Macon
This week closes the 1931-32 school year at Robinson Springs. We feel we have had the best school year here that we have ever had. We wish to thank the trustees and patrons for their hearty co-operation with us the past year.
Last Monday night Mr. HOWARD’s students (7th and 8th) grades presented a play entitled “Winning of Joy.” A large crowd was present and every one seemed to have a fine time. Special music was given by Wayland SEALS of Desdemona.
Clarence WEST of Flomont is visiting Mr. and Mrs. Jim WEST and family.
The baccalaureate exercises were held Sunday at the Robinson Springs Baptist church and a large number was present in spite of a large rain during the program. Special musical numbers were presented by Miss Pauline RAY, Miss Grace BRUMBELOW and Rogers CHAMBERS. Our pastor, Bro. Jim BAYS delivered an excellent sermon.
Wilma TAYLOR, Lillian CARR, Wanda Marie THOMAS, Oil Marie BLANKENSHIP, Clyde WEST, A.J. STEWART, and Dean Truett MILLER spent Friday night with Miss Opal HOWARD at De Leon.
Miss Opal HOWARD accompanied her mother, Dale HOWARD and Miss Inez BOSWELL to Stephenville Thursday night.
Beattie by Welden Andress
H.C. ROGERS of Ontario, California, on his way to East Texas, is stopping for a few days visit with his sister, Mrs. J.A. ANDRESS.
Mr. and Mrs. Claude KELLEY, Roy KELLEY and little daughter of Killeen, Bell county were visiting their father, J.W. KELLEY Saturday and Sunday.
H.B. BOYD, merchant here, has added to his establishment a neat ice house that would do credit to a much larger place than Beattie. He is now equipped to keep ice at all times through the hot summer months.
Mr. and Mrs. W.W. SMITH’s married children, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. KEITH and Mr. and Mrs. John SMITH surprised them Sunday by fixing what they termed a Mothers Day dinner and bringing it to their house.
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil McCORKLE of Eastland were visiting the former’s brother, B. Ray McCORKLE, Saturday and Sunday and attending the closing events of the school. Their father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. McCORKLE, of Sidney, were also here Sunday.
The senior graduating exercises were held Sunday and Monday nights. Rev. Joseph PATTERSON of Stephenville preached the graduating sermon Sunday night to the six graduates whose names follow: Gayle TEAGUE, Bessie JOHNSON, Opal HALBROOKS, Loraine ROGERS, Hildred NELSON, and Luther HELMS.
St. Joe by Pauline Ray
Mrs. Cora NABORS of Kerrville, Mr. and Mrs. Ray McKELVEY and baby of Dallas, Miss Bernice McKELVEY and Verle McKELVEY visited Mr. and Mrs. W.B. RAY and family Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. M.L. MORRIS had the pleasure of having all their children and grandchildren at their home Sunday with the exception of Mr. and Mrs. Cort MORRIS of Rule who were unable to come. Those being present for the Mothers Day re-union were: Mr. and Mrs. Felix MORRIS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jess MORRIS and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lee MORRIS, Mr. and Mrs. Otho MORRIS, Mr. and Mrs. Oren MORRIS of De Leon, Mrs. Lucy COLLIER of Troupe, Mrs.
Nina SUMMERS and baby of Nacogdoches, Miss Emily COLLIER of Kernes, Mrs. Ben HOFE and Miss Mary Ruth HOWE, Mrs. G.H. SHARP and daughter, Mrs. Charlie MORRIS and Miss Geraldine MORRIS of De Leon. The day was a most happy one.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray McKELVEY and baby of Dallas have returned home after spending their vacation with relatives and friends here and at Olden and Baird, Texas.
Duster by Viva Graham
Mr. and Mrs. George HEARST entertained the young folks of this community with a party last Saturday night.
Mr. and Mrs. H.P. EVANS and daughter, Mayda, spent the week end with Mrs. EVANS parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.N. GRAHAM.
Mrs. Ray HUDDLESTON has been on the sick list the past week. Her heart is giving her some trouble. The doctors say that the flu left her heart in bad shape, but that she will recover after about a month of treatment.
Miss Vivian HOLLAND spent the week end with Miss Etta Belle FRAISER.
Mrs. Laura J. VALENTA is home from Marlin where she spent several weeks.
Mrs. Leon DUKE of Houston is visiting Mr. and Mrs. M.E. DUKE.
Mr. and Mrs. E.H. ROGERS motored down to Temple last week end and were accompanied home by their daughter, Miss Loyce ROGERS.
Mr. and Mrs. Bert SLACK and children have moved to Wichita Falls.
Mrs. Lee BRAGG was guest of relatives at May last week end.
Mrs. C.A. FITZGERALD and small son, C.A. Jr., have returned home from Denton.
Mr. and Mrs. A.P. ALLISON of Austin were recent guests of their aunt, Mrs. J.D. HAM.
Mrs. Carl DUKE and Janell are in Brownwood visiting her sister, Mr. and Mrs. Garland BELL.
Mrs. H.O. GEORGE and son, Wade GEORGE, were in Fort Worth last week end visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.G. THOMAS.
Mrs. Sarah HOLMES of Desdemona visited her daughter, Mrs. Senna HOOPER.
Ed THOMAS visited his parents, Rev. and Mrs. E.G. THOMAS of Ft. Worth the early part of the week.
Miss Verna ROACH of Fort Worth, was week end visitor with her mother, Mrs. J.D. ROACH and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond VAN ZANDT were in Stephenville Sunday visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. MILLER.
Miss Grace SMITH of Abilene is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff SMITH.
Jack PIERSON of Fort Worth was week end guest of his mother, Mrs. H.D. PIERSON.
Mrs. J.H. NEWMAN and daughter, little Miss Joe, are guests of her mother, Mrs. J.H. BUCHAN.
Little Ronald Lee BELL of Hawley was week end guest of his grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. V.V. BELL.
Ewell LIGHTFOOT, who has been teaching at Rotan, returned home this week, his school having closed.
Miss Launa FRETWELL is home from Lipan where she taught the past year.
W.H. JETTON, who is keeping books for Hooker & Horn Chevrolet Co. at Tyler, was home for Mothers Day.
Mrs. S.G. PARKS returned home Sunday from a week’s visit with her sister, Mrs. H.B. WHITE, at Meridian.
Mr. and Mrs. Edd AYERS and children of Florida are guests of Mrs. B.W. AYERS and family.
Howard FUNDERBURGH of Eastland was guest in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. FUNDERBURGH last week end.
Howard Bryan is the name of a fine baby who was born to Mr. and Mrs. H.B. BOSWELL at Harrold May 11th.
Mr. and Mrs. W.A. HAMMETT, of Ranger, were visiting Saturday afternoon with their son, George HAMMETT and wife. They live at Ranger.
Mr. and Mrs. C.L. KINCHEN went to Lawn this week for a visit in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.H. McCARTY.
Mrs. E.B. RIDER has just received word her daughter, Miss Oma’s school won’t be out till the 4th of June and that she was elected principal of the grades at Beston.
Mrs. E.H. ROGERS left Monday morning for a visit at Brookshire, Texas. While there she will attend a get-together of the Brookshire Eastern Star.
Miss Loyce RODGERS, who taught at Heidenheimer this year, is at home for a month with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.H. RODGERS. She will attend school at San Marcos this summer.
Mr. and Mrs. Pete SHAVER accompanied Mrs. Curt MORRIS to Fort Worth Wednesday where they visited with Mr. MORRIS, who is being treated at Methodist Hospital. He is reported some better.
Mesdames J.D. HAM and Lucein McCLELLAN of Kerrville, who is guest in Mrs. HAM’s home, were in Mangum Monday attending the bedside of Dave SWITZER who is very ill.
J.H. HATTOX has been elected principal of the Victor school and Miss Inez WYSONG was elected primary teacher. These young people reside in Stephenville.
Those from out of town who attended the funeral of S.T. TAYLOR here last Saturday were his daughters and their families: Mr. and Mrs. Alton BAGGETT, Temple; Mr. and Mrs. Karl SMALLWOOD and children, Doris and Jimmie, Mercury; Mr. and Mrs. S. Morrison WILLIS and grand daughter, Miss Jane PASS, Cisco; and friends., Mr. and Mrs. Bob BLACK, Desdemona; Mr. and Mrs. Will FOSTER, Stamford; Mrs. METCALF, Cisco; Mrs. J.L. PARKER, Stamford, and a large number of railroad men from various places on the M-K-T road.
Miss Gussie INSALL presented her violin and piano pupils in recital over KFPL, at 9:30 to 10:00 p.m. Thursday last week, assisted by one of Mrs. R.R. HARVEY’s expression pupils. Those appearing on the program were Misses Madge LIGHTFOOT, Oleta ASHWORTH, Billie Faye LONDON and Helen INSALL.
Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HOWELL had the pleasure of having their children at home for Mothers Day. Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HOWELL, and Harry HOWELL of Cleburne, Earl HOWELL of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. CLARK and children of Ranger.
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