The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, May 20, 1932


School Faculty for 1932-33 was Elected Wed.

            The faculty for the 1932-33 term, De Leon schools, was chosen at a called meeting of the school board, at City Hall, 6:00 o’clock p.m. last Wednesday.

            Practically the same faculty will serve next year as has had charge of the school the present year.  Pounds school, a transferring district, required a man teacher who could drive a truck.  Lloyd HALBROOKS, who taught last year at Trinity school, was elected, in place of Miss Lillie SINGLETON.  Miss SINGLETON taught in North Ward last year and gave excellent satisfaction, as she has done a number of years previously.  Aside from this change the faculty will remain the same.

            Teachers elected for the high school are:  C.C. GULLEY, principal; W.Z. COMPTON, vocational agriculture; Miss Artie COLEY, home economics; Miss Virginia Grace WESSON, English; Miss Olive WHITE, History; Clifford ALLEN, Spanish and Science.  Prof. BOULTER, superintendent, was re-elected some weeks ago.

            North Ward faculty members elected are Miss Della WALL, principal, Lester HIGGINBOTHAM, Lloyd HALBROOKS, Miss Lucile VAUGHN, Miss Willie Mae JETTON and Miss Bernice KIKER.

            South Ward teachers are Miss Bertha ROSS, principal, Miss Roger Mae SMITH, Miss Janice KEE, Miss Lillian MOHON and Mrs. S.A. DUKE.


Had Tonsils Removed at Gorman Tuesday

            Mrs. E.J. WISDOM is at home recovering from a tonsil operation which she had at Gorman Sanitarium Tuesday this week.  She has a very sore throat, but is expected to recover rapidly.  Her husband, E.J., son, and Mrs. Blake HEATH were with her during the operation.


Fine Arts Teacher Opens Studio Here

            Mr. and Mrs. Fred STOKES recently moved to De Leon from San Antonio and have taken an apartment at the Geo. ROLLINS home.  Mrs. STOKES is a teacher of piano, voice, expression and folk dancing, and has opened a studio at the home of M.W. HOLDRIDGE.  Mrs. STOKES is a vocalist of exceptional ability.  She has had instruction under some of the best of teachers and will doubtless find much demand for her talent here.

            Mr. STOKES is at present recovering from a recent injury sustained while working near San Antonio where he is employed.


North Side Pastor and Family Leave for Forsan, Texas

            Rev. and Mrs. R.D. ANDERSON and family left on Wednesday this week for Forsan, a point north of San Angelo, where he has been called as pastor of the Assembly of God church.  Before leaving De Leon, Rev. ANDERSON and his people of the De Leon Assembly church recently closed a successful revival meeting, with Rev. A.L. PARKER of Luling assisting.

            Rev. and Mrs. ANDERSON have many friends at De Leon.  They lived here two years, left for a year, then returned and have lived here a year during their last residence.  The best wishes of many friends accompany them to their new home.


De Leon Girl to Get Diploma this Month at Tarleton

            Stephenville, Texas, May 18. –Nina Beth TERRILL of De Leon is one of the eighty-two students of John Tarleton Agricultural College expected to receive her diploma at commencement exercises Monday morning, May 23.


Plemmons Drug Co. Installed New Hot Water Sterilizer

            Those who drink at Plemmons’ fountain will have perfectly sterilized glasses and spoons for their use, for this popular drug store has installed, at considerable expense, a modern automatic hot water heater.  The machine is set well back in the store, but pipes carrying steaming hot water extend up to the fountain where it is available for sterilizing purposes.

            This is just another of the many devices PLEMMONS has installed in order that his store may be kept thoroughly modern.


Robinson Springs by Miss La Joyce Macon

On account of the rainy weather the farmers have not been able to work in the field much for the last two weeks.

After teaching a successful school year, Miss Opal HOWARD returned home where she will remain a short while and then attend school at Stephenville.

Mrs. Budds CARSON of Abilene visited her father, A.J. CUMMINS, last week.

Misses Oleta and La Joyce MACON are spending this week in Brownwood.  While there Miss La Joyce will take examination in preparation for next years schooling.

Mrs. Ed LOWRANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar LOWRANCE visited A.J. CUMMINS and Myrtle Mae LOWRANCE Friday.  Myrtle Mae returned home with them.

Misses Velma Thelma and Charlotte MILLER, Aline KIMMELL and Janice BRUMBELOW received gold seals to place on their reading certificates which they received last year.


St. Joe by Pauline Ray

Due to much rain, farmers are badly behind with field work.

Mr. and Mrs. M.E. DUKE gave a dinner in honor of their children and grand children at their home Sunday.  Those present were:  Mr. and Mrs. J.A. DUKE and family, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. DUKE and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUKE and baby, Ewell and Lynwood DUKE of lDe Leon, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin OTWELL and children of Oliver Springs and Mr. and Mrs. Leon DUKE of Houston.

Mrs. J.A. OTWELL is visiting her daughter, Mrs. E.W. SHORT of Robinson Springs this week.

Ralph DUKE of Merkel visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. DUKE and family and other relatives and friends here recently.

C.G. MORTON of Kokomo visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elbert MORTON Sunday.

Mrs. Carl DUKE and baby have returned home after an extended visit with Mr. and Mrs. Garland BELL of Brownwood.

Mrs. Fred ADCOCK and son have gone to Dallas, where they will make their future home.

Those from other singing classes who attended the singing at St. Joe Sunday afternoon were W.E. BUTLER, Mr. and Mrs. Henry NANCE, Mr. and Mrs. Homer HAFFORD and son, Miss Lucille VAUGHN, Misses Tempa, Nettie and Bertha CORBELL of De Leon, C.G. MORTON of Kokomo and Misses Emma and Christine HUDSON of Gorman.


Beattie by Weldon Andress

Mr. and Mrs. W.A. FRAZIER, who left here some eight months ago, have charge of the dormitory at Randolph College of Cisco moved back last week.

L.R. WILLIAMS and J.A. ANDRESS have been doing jury service at Comanche last week.

J.W. GREEN was called to Mills County Saturday to visit the bedside of his brother, Rev. Haid GREEN, whom we learn is not expected to live.  Rev. GREEN has in former times pastored churches in this county.

Louis WELCH, who was reported last week to have been bitten by a copperhead snake, is doing nicely.  His hand and arm is still swollen some but we have hopes of him being able to return to his work in a few days.

Herrell KELLEY was home from Tarleton College Saturday and Sunday.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

Mrs. A.B. HAWORTH of Comanche was the principal speaker at the school closing Friday and made a most interesting talk on educational matters especially as applied to rural conditions.

Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN of De Leon attended the school closing exercises and Mr. PITTMAN made a brief talk.

Miss Zora BAKER of Comyn made a talk to the people of this community at the school closing in which she commended them for the success made of their school.

W.N. KOONCE and B.O. KOONCE were in Comanche this week attending court.

Miss Ila ELROD of Stephenville, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Winburne ELROD who formerly lived near here, was a visitor in this community last week.

Friday night was set apart for the graduation exercises.  As sponsor of the graduating class, Miss Lucile RILEY planned and prepared the exercises in a very commendable way.  These exercises were on an out door stage nicely constructed and attractive.  Music was furnished by Mr. BARRON, Mr. HARRISON and Miss PARK.  The speaker for this occasion was Hon. Joe H. JONES of Eastland.  Mr. JONES is well known to many people here having been reared in the vicinity of Ellison Springs.  He is a polished speaker and entertained the large audience as few speakers could.


Comyn by Mrs. J.F. Phipps

Mr. and Mrs. Jim SLAUGHTER of Cisco spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. D.M. SLAUGHTER and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Aral ThORNTON and baby, Manton DOGGETT and Wade GEORGE visited relatives in Huckaby Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. John WADE of Garland were here this week attending the graduation exercises of the Comyn school.  Their niece, Miss Malyme Katherine SPENCER, who graduated this term, returned to Garland with them Thursday to spend her vacation.

Voncile LITTLE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.W. LITTLE, had the misfortune of breaking an arm when she fell from a swing at her home.

On Wednesday evening the senior class of the Comyn school received their diplomas.  Dr. T.D. BROOKS of Baylor was to have made the class address, but was unable to reach here in time.  Supt. CULPEPPER filled his place with an excellent address, “Visions and Visionaries.”



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