The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, June 17, 1932


Young Girl is Victim of Heart Failure Wed.

            The death of Miss Lora SINGLETON, youngest sister of C.V. SINGLETON, occurred at his home at 8:00 o’clock p.m. Wednesday, June 15th.  Miss SINGLETON died of heart leakage, having been ill since January and desperately so since Saturday of last week.  She had consulted with specialists and had the best of medical attention.  But her malady was not one to be successfully treated by the best of physicians and all their efforts were of no avail.

            Lora Estelle SINGLETON was born at Ebenezer, some five miles from De Leon, her parents being Mr. and Mrs. D.M. SINGLETON, both of whom preceded her in death.  Her mother died in May 1914, and her father in June 1924.  Her grandmother, Mrs. J.C. SIDES and grandfather, J.S. SINGLETON, both well advanced in years, also her brother, Vance, and sister, Miss Lillie, survive her.  Lora was twenty-one years, nine months and 17 days of age at death. 

            Graduating from De Leon high school in 1927, Miss SINGLETON attended John Tarleton College where she secured her teachers’ certificate.  She taught four years, three in Haskell county and the past year she was teaching at Energy in this county when on January 9th, last, she was stricken with a heart attack from which she never recovered.  She was a member of the Baptist church, having been converted at Round Grove in 1925 and united with the church there, the following year, moving her membership to De Leon where it has since remained.

            A number of years following the death of her mother, her father remarried.  Among the survivors are her step-mother and a step-sister, Lera SINGLETON, who live at Durant, Okla.  They will attend the funeral services today.

            The funeral is announced to be held at 3:00 o’clock p.m. Friday, June 17 (this paper goes to press Thursday).  Rev. W.L. SKAGGS and Rev. J.N. CAMPBELL will be in charge of the service which will be held at the First Baptist church in this city.  Higginbotham Bros. & Co. employees will act as pall bearers.  Interment will be at De Leon cemetery.


Son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommie Gresham was Accidently Killed

            The eight-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommie GRISHAM was returning home from Sunday School last Sunday morning, and stopped at a filling station to get a drink of water, and as he left the station, he was knocked down by an approaching car, which caused a fractured skull.  His parents at once started to a hospital with him but he died en route.  The GRISHAMS are De Leon people, but now reside at Luling.  Mrs. GRISHAM’s mother, Mrs. Mary Lou DIXON left here at once to attend the funeral of her grandson.  Friends here extend sympathy in this, their hour of sorrow.


Child Died

            A little son of Mr. and Mrs. German BROWNLEE died at some point in western Texas Thursday and his body is being brought here for burial today.  German BROWNLEE is a son of the late Dr. BROWNLEE.  The Free Press knows no further particulars.


Frasier – Crow

            Miss Etta Belle FRASIER and J.T. CROW were quietly married Saturday night, June 11, at 8:30 o’clock  at the home of Rev. W.L. SKAGGS, wh9o officiated.

            Miss Pauline BLAIR and Mr. Ira CROW attended the couple.

            The beautiful bride wore a frock of pink chiffon and a picture hat to match.  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.E. FRAZIER of Duster.  Mr. CROW is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. CROW, also of Duster.

            For the present the young couple will make their home with the groom’s brother, near Duster.  Their many friends wish them much happiness and success throughout life. –Contributed.


Van de Putte – Pate

            Mr. and Mrs. A.M. PATE, 602 East Myrtle Street, San Antonio, Texas, announce the marriage of their daughter, Will S. to John VAN de PUTTE of Brownsville.

            The wedding was solemnized Saturday morning at 10 o’clock in the parlors of the Laurel Heights Methodist church, with Dr. Bascom WATTS reading the ceremony.

            The church was decorated with floor baskets filled with gladioli in pastel shades.

            Only relatives and intimate friends were present.  Little Miss Jean RUSH, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. H.P. RUSH of San Angelo, cousin of the bride, was the only attendant.  She wore a dainty green crepe frock with beige accessories and carried a colonial bouquet of sweet-peas and gladioli.

            The wedding march was played by Miss Mary DUPUY.  She wore a gold crepe and corsage of peach gladioli, with beige accessories.

            The bride wore an ensemble of mist green crepe romanian with an imported lace blouse and corsage of sweetheart roses, with beige accessories.

            Immediately after the ceremony, a wedding breakfast was served to the bridal party and a few intimate friends and relatives in the home of the bride’s parents.  Later Mr. and Mrs. VAN de PUTTE left for a wedding trip to Monterrey and other interesting resorts in Mexico, after which they will be at home in Brownsville.  The bride wore a traveling costume of brown with hat and accessories to match.

            The out of town guests were:  Mrs. W.C. STREETY, Mrs. May S. WHALEY, De Leon; Dr. and Mrs. H.P. RUSH, and daughter, Jean, San Angelo; Mr. J. VAN de PUTTE, Brownsville and France; Mrs. B.R. McLAUGHLIN and sons, Barney and Kenneth, Fort  Worth; Lieut. Paul L. NEAL, Bryan, Texas.


Opens Hotel Formerly Lester, Now Hotel De Leon

            Mrs. Jimmy MYERS, who has lived at Gorman for many years, moved to this city recently and took a lease on the hotel property formerly known as the Lester.  Mrs. MYERS has been in charge for about a week and during this time has renovated the place, making it fresh and clean throughout.  She will operate the dining room, as well as accept local or transient people to board and room.  It will be her purpose to operate the hotel in a manner pleasing to the traveling public, and she invites the patronage of all.  Prices in keeping with the times will be charged.  The building is of brick and modern, and the new manager should do quite well there.


Chiropractor Moved Office to De Leon Hotel

            Dr. C.B. CARTER, local chiropractor, announces the removal of his office from upstairs in the Terrill Building, to a new suite of offices in Hotel De Leon, formerly Lester Hotel.  Dr. CARTER has been busy the early portion of the week fitting up his new office and getting his electrical and office fixtures in place, and is now ready to care for patients calling for his services.

            Dr. CARTER is more than merely a chiropractor.  He is a masseur as well, and relies in his treatment on strong electric lights and vibrating and massaging machines.  He has been for many years in this line of work, he stated.


Eastern Star Had District Meeting at De Leon Thurs.

            The members of the Order of Eastern Star, auxiliary to the Masonic bodies, met in a school of instruction at De Leon Thursday, June 16, holding the all-day session at the Methodist church.  The meeting was called to order by Mrs. W. H. SMITH, De Leon, Worthy Matron of the De Leon lodge and the address of welcome was given by Mrs. S.A. DUKE, De Leon.  Response to the address of welcome was by Mr. A.A. McSWEENY, Stephenville, a member of the Order.

            Officials present for the school were Worthy Grand Matron, Mrs. Belle TOMLINSON, Wallis, Texas; District Deputy, Grand Matron Mrs. Naomi WISE, Moran, Texas; Deputy Grand Matron Mrs. J.N. JOINER, De Leon; Grand Examiner Mrs. Irene SMITH, Brownwood.

            About 150 women from widely scattered sections of Texas were present for the meeting.


Bridge Club

            The bridge club was delightfully entertained on Tuesday, May 31, by Mrs. Everett HANSFORD.  A color scheme of pink and green was carried out in the decorations and refreshments which consisted of pear salad, cheese niblets, cake and berry cordial.

            Those present were Mmes. Joe ASHBY, W.H. CLARK, E.E. DABNEY, S.G. PARKS, C.C. GULLEY, E.L. LOCKE, W.H. SMITH, T.E. MAJOR, H.G. TERRILL, John WEAVER, Rollie HILL, Fort Keith, J.G. CAYCE, Mrs. J.D. HARVEY of Rankin, and Misses Lillian HANSFORD, Willie Mae JETTON and Christine AYERS.  Mrs. S.G. PARKS won high score.



Miss Robbie Jean MILLER is guest of relatives in Van Buren, Arkansas.

Mr. and Mrs. J.A. RAYMOND have gone to Van Buren, Arkansas to visit relatives.

Horace MULLOY has gone to Dublin to spend the summer with his grandmother MULLOY.

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin BROWN of Breckenridge are guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed MILLER.

Mrs. H.B. FUNKHOUSER of Fort Worth is guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.H. NANCE.

Mr. and Mrs. C.O. FIELDS of Sweetwater were week end guests of her sister, Mrs. John L. WARE.  They were accompanied home by Miss Odell DAVIS.

John Carl HASKINS has returned home from Dallas where he attended Southern Methodist University.  He was accompanied home by his friend, Billie MITCHEL.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. MAYS have returned to their home in Fort Worth after visiting his sister, Mr. and Mrs. Jack HAYNES.

Mrs. Joe BLITCH and children of Cross Plains were guests last week of her mother, Mrs. J.H. IRVIN and other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. D.D. BRUYER and daughter, Marylene Ruth of Waco are guests of her aunt, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. GRIZZELLE.

Mr. and Mrs. Woodley BUTLER and children of Eastland were guests Sunday of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. BUTLER.

Ray HARVEY has gone to Durant, Oklahoma, where he has a position.

Misses Marjorie GRISHAM, Nina Beth TERRILL, Lucile KEE and Alma Nell TATE were guests of Miss Myrlene GOOCH at Stephenville, Sunday.

Mrs. H.D. MONK of Abilene was here recently visiting in the home of her father, E.E. MULLOY and family.  She was accompanied home by Miss Pansy MULLOY, who will spend the summer in her home.

Mrs. French ROBERSON and daughter, Emily Cristene of Haskell are guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. LOWE.

Mr. and Mrs. T.T. CARNES have moved here from Durant, Oklahoma, where they have been making their home for the past five years.

Two brothers of Rev. S.J. RUCKER, from McLennan county, were guests in his home Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. H.W. LOCKE of Cisco are guests of their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. S.R. UPSHAW.

Mrs. V.G. LOCKE and little son, of Fort Worth, are spending the week in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. DABNEY.

Mr. and Mrs. Clay DABNEY of Fort Worth were here this week visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. DABNEY.

Mrs. H.B. SCOTT, mother of the editor of this paper, is expected here the coming week end for an extended visit.  Her home has been in San Angelo since 1923.

Cecil (Honk) IRVIN, famous football star, who has been living in Providence, R.I. since his graduation from Davis Elkins University last June, is at home for the summer.

Mrs. Hazel KNIGHT and Velder SIDES, daughter and son of Mr. and Mrs. Will SIDES, arrived some days ago from Pasadena, Calif. And are guests in their parents’ home.

Mrs. Clarence AISHMON and children of Wink, Texas, came Thursday and will spend a month visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. STRINGFELLOW.

Mr. and Mrs. L.D. MERRITT, Mrs. George LAWLESS and Miss Myrtle HARRIS, the latter of Gorman, all went to Goldthwaite Saturday to attend the funeral of Mrs. MERRITT’s brother, J.W. HARRIS, of Snyder, who was buried there.

Mr. and Mrs. F.C. BOWDEN were visiting Mr. and Mrs. Berlin BOWDEN of Highland Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Bonner NABORS and Wade and Ozzo NABORS have gone to Austin for a visit with his brother, Mr. and Mrs. A. Owen NABORS, and her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd MERRITT.

William S. WHITE and wife of Houston are visiting in the home of his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J.V. WHITE.  Mr. WHITE is staff correspondent for Associated Press.  Mrs. WHITE is supervisor of dietetics of the Houston school system.


Duster by Viva Graham

J.D. HOLMES and Mrs. STEWART have been to Downing visiting Mr. and Mrs. J.H. HOLMES.

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff ROSS of Fort Worth visited the former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank ROSS, last Sunday.

Mrs. A.L. JENKINS has been on the sick list for the past week.

We have two new married couples in this community.  They are Mr. and Mrs. A.L. HOLMES, the bride being Miss Wilma GRAY before marriage.  After the wedding Mr. and Mrs. HOLMES motored to the Carlsbad Cavern and spent a few days.  The other couple is Mr. and Mrs. J.T. CROW.  Mrs. CROW was formerly Miss Etta Belle FRAZIER.  We wish them all the luck and happiness that can come to any married couples.

Mr. and Mrs. W.S. ROBERTS and daughter, Tiny, are in Sweetwater this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Milton DUKES of Blake visited Mr. and Mrs. L.L. DUKES Sunday.

Miss Goldin CARTER, who is attending the National Business College at Abilene, spent the week end with home folks.


Beattie by Weldon Andress

Much preparation is being made for next Sunday to make it an enjoyable day for the old people, not only for these in and around this place but for any and all aged people that may come from anywhere.  While it is meant for an entertainment for the old, young folks are invited and we believe they will find it a very entertaining and constructive program that will be beneficial to them.

Young Billie GREEN, who has been working at San Angelo the past few weeks, returned home Wednesday.

A baby boy weighing seven pounds arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John SMITH, June 7th.

Mr. and Mrs. Homer ROSS of Baird visited with the latter’s sister, Mrs. H.S. HALBROOKS, last week and also attended the bedside of her father, Uncle Jim FIELDS, who is sick in the home of Mrs. HALBROOKS.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

Mr. and Mrs. J.E. GUTHERY have improved some from their long illness but are still not well enough to be out.

J.W. HONEYCUTT has a very fine grape vineyard with which he is setting a demonstration of what can be done with grapes.  He has a good variety of grapes and gives them clean cultivation and has trellised them correctly.  Mr. HONEYCUTT estimates that an acre of grapes if sold at 50 cents per bushel would yield more clear profit than an average row crop of twenty acres.

The big rain at Eastland last week, said to have been a six inch rain, caused such an overflow of Leon River that exceeded any of recent years making impossible to cross for about two days.  A culvert near Weed Valley was washed out so that it required the county road crew with some local help several days to replace and repair it.

Jesse L. HUGHES, who has been confined to his room practically all the time for the past three months is not gaining his strength back as fast as his friends had hoped for.

Mesdames Carl and Archie RILEY of Gladewater are visiting this week with Mr. and Mrs. G.E. RILEY and while in this country are canning fruit for winter use.

W.A. LINDLEY, Mr. and Mrs. Camoran FORREST, Tom LINDLEY, C. LINDLEY and several others went to Enid, Oklahoma, to attend the funeral and burial of Mrs. Price BRAZELL who was a sister of the LINDLEY brothers and a daughter of Rev. W.M. LINDLEY.  Mrs. BRAZELL has a host of friends in this section, having been reared here.  The friends of the family extend their sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones in their loss.


Robinson Springs by Miss La Joyce Macon

Mr. and Mrs. Arden LOCKE and Mr. and Mrs. Earl DANIELS spent Sunday with relatives at Harmony.

Miss Hollis DYSON, who spent this month with her sister, Mrs. H.J. ROGERS of Abilene, returned to her home here Saturday.  She was accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. H.J. ROGERS.

Mrs. A. BROWN and children of Desdemona were guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. WILLIAMS Sunday.

Miss Mildred MILLER of Stephenville spent the week end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. MILLER.

Mrs. E.W. SHORT happened to the misfortune of burning her arm Thursday while canning.  She was rushed to the doctor, who stated it a serious burn.

Mrs. Floyd STEWART of Downing was a guest of her mother, Mrs. Fleet TARRENCE Tuesday.

The berry crop in our community is practically over, but other fruits such as peaches, cherries, and apricots are just beginning to ripen.


St. Joe by Pauline Ray

Due to an unusual amount of rain, farmers are getting behind with field work.

J.F. McKELVEY and family visited Mr. and Mrs. Virgil McKELVEY of Olden Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. PIERCE and children of De Leon, Mr. and Mrs. Jack OTWELL and family of New Hope, Mrs. Georgia TRIEBLE and Mr. and Mrs. Harley CARTER of Ranger, visited Mr. and Mrs. J.R. OTWELL Sunday.

Mrs. E.W.  SHORT of Robinson Springs, and Mrs. Carl RILEY and daughter of Wink visited their mother and grandmother, Mrs. J.A. OTWELL Thursday.

Friends of Mark JOHNSON are glad to know he is rapidly recovering from an appendicitis operation.


Highland – Round Grove by Walter Rippetoe

Mrs. R.D. (Grandma) ROSS is able to be up some lately.

Ed RIPPETOE, who has been sick, is up again.




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