The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, June 10, 1932


Drowned San Angelo Woman Formerly Lived at Desdemona, Report

            It is reported to the Free Press that Mrs. Dallas HAYNES, who with her husband lost their lives in the flood waters of the North Concho River inside the city limits of San Angelo last Saturday night, was formerly of Desdemona, a daughter of Mr. Luke BEACH, well known at Desdemona.  Mr. and Mrs. HAYNES were downed when he attempted to drive their car across a causeway at night.  Mr. HAYNES’ body was found by a searching party six miles down stream Tuesday following, and Mrs. HAYNES’ body was found floating seven miles down stream Wednesday morning at 11:30.  Fire Chief PARKER of San Angelo supervised the volunteer workers who dragged many miles of the Concho in the search.


T.P. Patterson Had Second Operation at Abilene Sanitarium

            The Free Press is in receipt of a letter from Mrs. A.R. JARRETT, daughter of T.P. PATTERSON, who has been at her father’s bedside in Abilene while he has been ill.  “Uncle Dory” had his second recent operation at Baptist Sanitarium on June 1.  It was a major operation and he is reported resting fine and showing some improvement, Mrs. JARRETT said.  He asked the Free Press to express his thanks for the many letters he has received.  His address is care of Baptist Sanitarium, Abilene.


Zollie Steakley Took Law Degree at State Univ.

            Mr. and Mrs. Z.C. STEAKLEY of Sweetwater were in De Leon Tuesday returning to their home from Austin where they had been present at the graduation of their son, Zollie STEAKLEY, who took his law degree at State University the past week end.  Young STEAKLEY has made an enviable student record, holding many places of honor and responsibility during his college career.  He is on the editorial staff of the Daily Texas, student publication.  Young STEAKLEY was married some weeks ago, his bride also being a University student.


South Texas Editor and Family on Visit to De Leon Relatives

            Mr. and Mrs. Ray CARNEY of Robstown, together with Mrs. CARNEY’s mother, Mrs. C.B. BASSELL, and Bettie Ray, daughter of the CARNEYs, were here the first of the week, guests in the home of Mrs. A.E. HAMPTON.  Mrs. BASSELL is Mrs. HAMPTON’s sister, Mrs. CARNEY her niece.

            The CARNEY family was enroute to the annual meeting of Texas Press Association at Mineral Wells.  He publishes the Robstown Record.


Six Teachers of Comyn School Off for Summer School

            Supt. S.B. CULPEPPER told the Free Press editor Tuesday that six of the members of the Comyn school faculty will study in various summer schools this year.  Mrs. C.S. ROSS, English teacher, Mrs. S.B. CULPEPPER, Miss Mollie GRISHAM and Miss Ollie SLOAN, grade teachers, all have entered school at the Teachers College at Denton.  Miss Mara Glenn DONALDSON, Home Economics teacher, has entered summer school at C.I.A., Denton and W.D. GRAVES, vocational agriculture teacher, will take special work at John Tarleton College during the summer.


Sherrod Sotver Gets Degree at Texas Tech Mon.

            Sherrod STOVER, third son of Mr. and Mrs. S.T. STOVER, formerly of this place, now of Desdemona, received his Bachelor of Science degree at Texas Technological College, Lubbock, on Monday this week and came home immediately to visit his parents.  STOVER is employed to teach as principal of the Canyon school, near Lubbock, next year.


Eld S.W. Short on Preaching Tour Western Counties

            Eld. S.W. SHORT of this place left Saturday for Rule, Munday, Throckmorton and perhaps other points on an extended preaching tour with the Primitive Baptist churches at those places.


Miss Zora Baker Elected at Jakehamon

            Miss Zora BAKER has accepted a position as Home Economics teacher at the Jakehamon school for next school year.

            Miss BAKER graduated from John Tarleton in the class of ’29-’30.

            She has enrolled again this summer for special work at that place.


Lawn Party

            Mesdames J.L. FUNDERBURGH and A.P. MURRAY gave a lawn party for their son and brother, Cecil  FUNDERBURGH Monday, June 6th from eight to ten o’clock.  After playing many interesting games, refreshments consisting of strawberry ice cream and cake were served to the following:  Misses Bevely [sic] WEEKS of Fort Worth, Mary Alice and Bill ROLLINS, Billie Fae LONDON, Jane PIERSON, Iva Joe PITTMAN, Gertie JONES, Lady Grace WHALEY, Bobbie Jean STRINGFELLOW and Wilford BAGWELL, Oswald and Wade NABORS, Vernon MORELAND, Carroll HOWARD, Willis LIGHTFOOT, John T. KEE, Wade SMITH, Albert HAZELWOOD, Sam PEAK, Elton BOULTER and Cecil  FUNDERBURGH.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

Some rain fell here Sunday night but not enough to long delay farm work.  Nearly all farmers are behind with their work but with a few weeks of sunny weather the work will be completed.

O.H. MOORE and son, Herschel, were in the Sabano community Friday on business.

A group of interested persons gathered at the home of W.N. KOONCE Saturday night and listened to the radio address of Mrs. A.B. HAWORTH of Comanche which was broadcasted from K F P L.  The hearty approval of her analysis of the present conditions and her idea of correcting this was unanimous.

R.D. LEWIS and Rudolph LEWIS of Desdemona attended Sunday School at this place Sunday and visited with Eldon WYNN.

Mr. and Mrs. Nando ROBBINS and children are visiting this week with O.S. ROBBINS and family.  Mr. ROBBINS has lived in the Lubbock country for the past several years having farmed on an extensive scale.  He has been prosperous in that country but still likes Comanche County.  He owns an excellent farm on Leon River and might make his home in this country again sometime.

Bob KOONCE was in Stephenville last week and purchased a Chrysler from the agency at that place.  Bob says that in this rapid age one must have a car with the greatest possible speed to be in keeping with the times.

Jordan DUNLAP of Gorman, young brother of Mrs. J.W. HONEYCUTT is visiting with Mr. and Mrs. J.W. HONEYCUTT.


Beattie by Weldon Andress

Mrs. Madge OSBORNE and Mrs. Bob BINGHAM of Knox City are visiting relatives here at this time.  And while here, they are canning fruits and berries.

The third Sunday of this month is our regular annual old folks day.  This day is set apart for the old people to enjoy themselves and is usually taken up in singing in the old four note song books.  There will be basket dinner, but self sustaining except for the old people.  An invitation is extended to all who wish to come, especially the aged.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed ANDRESS of Sidney visited with Mr. and Mrs. J.A. ANDRESS Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. R.B. MURRAY of Brady have been visiting the latter’s brother, W.B. NOWLIN this week.


Duster by Viva Graham

Lonnie HALLE built him a grainary last week.

Mrs. G.M. HASLEY and children, Georgia Beth and Johnnie of Huston are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Frank HASLEY.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack ROBERTS, Miss Tiny ROBERTS, and Mr. and Mrs. W.S. ROBERTS spent Sunday in Ranger.

Mr. and Mrs. L.L. DUKES and their youngest son, left Saturday for Onion Valley where they stayed all night, and caught a few fish.

Bert DENNIS of New Mexico is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl DENNIS.

Mrs. COUCH is on the sick list at the time of this writing.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray McCORKLE and children, also Mr. and Mrs. Hugh MOORE and son, visited the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.L. PRICE Sunday.


St. Joe by Pauline Ray

Farm work is progressing after being delayed by so much rain, but farmers are now very busy finishing planting and fighting grass.

Sunday was regular preaching day at Ross Chapel and a young man, Mr. Sellmon TURNER, of Downing preached at the morning service.  This was Mr. TURNER’s first time to preach, and it was most inspiring to the congregation to hear him, and to have one so young to be with us who has recently surrendered his life’s work to the ministry.  Rev. R.T. WALLACE, pastor at Ross Chapel, was present but there was no evening services on account of the rain.

Mrs. J.A. (Grandmother) OTWELL has returned home after a weeks visit with her daughter, Mrs. J.C. PIERCE and family of De Leon.


Robinson Springs by Miss La Joyce Macon

Another rain Sunday night is delaying the farmers from their work.  Although it was a slow rain, the soil is still too wet in most places to plow.

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie GREEN of Dallas were week end visitors of Mrs. GREEN’s brother, Mr. Jim WEST and family.

Miss Lillie Mae CHATHAM spent last week in Graham visiting her uncle, Mr. Willie HENDERSON and family.  She returned home Saturday accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Harold MODLIN and Miss Lamoyne HENDERSON.  They spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. J.Q. CHATHAM and family.

Charles LEMONS of Dallas is spending the week with his uncle, Mr. J.U. WEST.

Dean Truett MILLER is visiting his sister, Mrs. Dean GARDNER of De Leon.

Mr. and Mrs. Arden LOCKE have recently purchased a steam pressure cooker and sealer.

Mr. and Mrs. Perry MORING and son, Joseph Herndon and Miss Adina KIMMELL left Saturday for Lubbock.  Their intentions were to leave earlier but Mrs. MORING and son were poisoned Thursday from eating jello, but after being under the doctor’s care Thursday night and Friday, they were able to make the trip.

Mrs. J.Q. CHATHAM was called to the bedside of her brother, Mr. Jim HENDERSON of Blanket last Tuesday night.  Mr. HENDERSON is seriously ill with paralysis.

Mrs. Floyd MOORE of Desdemona spent Saturday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. DYSON.

The Leon River is out of banks, and it covers all the bottom land near the river.  Some have reported it higher than it has been since 1908.


Local Happenings

Misses Opal HOWARD, Inez BOSWELL and Mildred MILLER have gone to Stephenville where they will attend John Tarleton College this summer.

Misses Opal THOMAS and Lucile VAUGHN have gone to Denton to attend North Texas Teachers College this summer.

Mrs. J.E. WILLIAMSON and little daughter of San Antonio, are visiting her mother, Mrs. J. Doss MILLER.

A fine son was born to Mr. and Mrs. C.V. CLEGHORN Saturday, June 3rd at the Gorman Sanitarium.

Mrs. Fred RUTLEDGE and daughter, little Miss Melba Louise are in Fort Worth this week visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. NANCE.

Dr. and Mrs. J.T. PLEMMONS were guests of their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. HAULK at Weatherford Sunday.

L.B. MULLOY has gone to New York to spend the summer with relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Cecil NELSON of Waco are here spending their vacation in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.B. NELSON.

Miss Willie Mae JETTON has gone to Denton to attend the graduation exercises at the College of Industrial Arts.

Mr. and Mrs. John JONES and children have returned from spending their vacation in Holden, Oklahoma.

Murray NICHOLS is at home from Lubbock where he attended Tech College the past year.

Little Miss Byridene WHITE of Roscoe is guest of her aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Adrian BALLARD.

Miss Beverly WEEKS of Fort Worth is guest this week of her aunt, Mrs. J.S. FREEMAN.

Mrs. Henry Moore EVANS of Wichita Falls,  is guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN.

Merton BELL has returned home from Austin where he attended State University last year.

Ewell LIGHTFOOT and Ralph DUKE have gone to Austin to attend State University this summer.

J.D. RUTH of Stephenville was here last week attending the bedside of W.B. CAPERTON who is ill.

Mrs. Lucien McCLELLAN returned to her home at Kerrville and was accompanied by her sister, Mrs. J.D. HAM.  Mesdames McCLELLAN and HAM went by way of Austin to attend the graduation exercises at State University where Dr. and Mrs. McCLELLAN’s daughter received her M.A. degree and their son-in-law his L.L.B. degree.

Mr. and Mrs. John CAMPBELL of Houston, Mrs. Sudie HOLLAWAY and daughter, Miss Emma of Teague were guests last week of Mr. and Mrs. H.O. CAMPBELL and Miss Savolo CAMPBELL.

Mr. and Mrs. Perry MORING and little son, Bobbie, have gone to Lubbock where he will do summer work leading to his degree, at Texas Tech.  He is taking Vocational Agriculture.  Mr. MORING is superintendent of Robinson Spring school.

Miss Gladys SHORT, dietitian at John Tarleton College, was at home the past week end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.W. SHORT.

Clarence REDDEN, Jr., who has been employed by the General Electric Co., at Schenectady, N.Y. for some years, is spending a few weeks at home with his parents.

Mrs. W.C. STREETY and Mrs. May WHALEY have gone to San Antonio to be present at the marriage of their granddaughter and niece, Miss Will S. PATE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.M. PATE.

Miss Modette FARROW has accepted a position as teacher in the Soda Springs school for next year, Miss FARROW is attending John Tarleton College this summer.

Mrs. C.H. ROBERTS and children of Brownwood were guests last week of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.F. DYER.

Those from here who attended workers conference at Robinson Spring Huesday [sic] were:  Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN, Mr. and Mrs. Archie LEE, W.E. BUTLER, Mesdames T.C. SMITH, C.L. KINCHEN, H.W. EVANS, Johnnie NUNNALLY, C.C. NICHOLS, O.L. HOWARD, Ralph NICHOLS, Carroll and Clarence HOWARD.




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