The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, July 8, 1932


           The Southwest Texas floods of the past week took a toll of many lives and among the dead was recorded the name of little Louanne FLOYD, four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Amos FLOYD, of Crane, Texas.  FLOYD is employed by an oil company at Crane.  He is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry FLOYD of De Leon, Rt. 5.

            The young parents experienced the terrible tragedy last Sunday night when they were attempting to go from Ballinger back to their home at Crane.  Coming to a point on the concrete highway between Ballinger and San Angelo at about nine p.m. they found two cars drowned out in a ravine dip on the highway which ran along side the Santa Fe railroad.  FLOYD stopped his car on the slightly higher ground and leaving his wife and baby went to the aid of the people in trouble.  While they worked with the stalled machines, a rise of about four feet of water came down the usually dry ravine.  FLOYD sprang for his own car and reached his wife and baby.  Another wall of water quickly followed the first.  The little family of three clung together and reached a telephone pole where they hung on in the swirling water for some time.  Finally the force of the current washed them loose from the pole and they washed underneath the railroad culvert.  The parents were knocked unconscious and lost the baby in the flood.  They caught on some obstruction in the stream and held on for their lives, being rescued after being four hours in the water.

            A woman in one of the machines ahead of the FLOYDS lost her life in the rushing flood.

            The body of baby Louanne was recovered the day following the flood a mile down the course of the stream.  High water on the road between the scene of the tragedy and Ballinger made it impossible for the FLOYDs to get back to that city.  An airplane came out and took them back the following day.  The baby was buried in Ballinger, FLOYD and CARAWAY relatives from this city attending.


Strawn Man Opens Automobile Body and Repair Shop

            Mr. G.D. DOLLARD, late of Strawn, Texas, has arrived in the city and has taken a lease on the building formerly used by the State Highway Dept., at the turn of the highway a half block east of Egbert’s Bakery.  Mr. DOLLARD was formerly in business at Albany.  He is an expert auto radiator repair man and will do body work and upholstering.  He will do general repair work and also operate a Texaco service station.  He invites the patronage of the De Leon public.


De Leon Man’s Chrysler Stolen at Ft. Worth

            When Feltz TERRILL locked his Chrysler car carefully and left it standing on the lawn of his brother-in-law, W.B. BUTLER, at Fort Worth last Sunday night he fully expected it to be there the next morning.  But it wasn’t.  Some time during the night thieves took the car and up to this time police have not been successful in locating it.  The machine was a ’28 model Coupe and had been taken good care of.  It was worth several hundred dollars.  Mr. TERRILL carried no insurance on it.

            Mr. TERRILL has been in a Fort Worth sanitarium since Thursday of last week for an eye operation.  He is reported recovering nicely and is expected home the last of the present week.


Witnessed 25-Foot Rise in Jim Ned in Two Hours

            A party of De Leon men went to Oscar TERRY’s Jim Ned River ranch to fish on July 4th, the place being between Brownwood and Coleman, some 25 miles south of Cross Plains.  They were camped in “second bottom” when a rise started.  They moved out to higher ground and watched the river.  It rose 15 feet in one hour and at the end of the second hour the water was 25 feet deep.  The party was composed of Eugene HARRIS, Fulton and Lucile SMITH, and Hazzard FARLEY.

            Oscar TERRY lost heavily on his crops, also losing 300 turkeys, one horse and some cattle.  The De Leon boys said they watched many cattle float down the stream during the day.


Experienced Thrill of Flying on 4th in Ft. Worth Plane

            Mr. and Mrs. J.T. EDMONDSON and son, James, were among the De Leon people in Fort Worth on the Fourth of July and while there went out to the Municipal airport and had their first airplane ride.  The plane flew over Lake Worth, thence circling the city, flying at an altitude of 1800 feet.  Needless to say, they are thoroughly sold on the idea of flying.


Fire Destroyed Johnson Home

            Archie JOHNSON and wife lost their home and most of its contents by fire at about 11:00 o’clock last Monday night.  The alarm was sounded and the volunteer department went out to the scene, which was beyond the reach of the mains, in the extreme west part of Humphrey Addition.  The building was totally burned.  Mr. JOHNSON carried some insurance, it is said.


Morgan Family Reunion Drew Total of 109

            The well known family of MORGAN brothers and sisters were reunited at their old home place near De Leon in the Pounds community.

            There were 109 persons present and barbecue was served to all along with cakes, pies, salads and vegetables.  In spite of the crowd present, about half of the dinner was left untouched.

            There are 7 brothers and 4 sisters in the immediate family.  All married except one and all are well scattered.

            There was a number of relatives and friends outside of the immediate family.  Their names are:  W.A. POTTER and children of Oklahoma; Mrs. Willa MADDOX and daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Varda HARRIS of Oklahoma; Mr. and Mrs. G.M. MORGAN and family of De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. J.H. MORGAN and family of Harlingen; Mrs. Ben BASSETT and children of Eastland; Mr. and Mrs. J.A. MORGAN and family of Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. W.B. MORGAN and family of Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. Archie TAYLOR and family of Eastland; Mr. Emmitt MORGAN of De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. Manuel MORGAN of Harlingen; Mr. and Mrs. W.A. MORGAN of De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence FRANKS and son of Pioneer; Mr. and Mrs. H.B. HOLDRIDGE and family of De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin HOLDRIDGE and family of De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. C.C. HOLDRIDGE and son of De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin HOLDRIDGE and family of De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. Lee HOLDRIDGE of De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. Paul HOLDRIDGE of De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur HOLDRIDGE and family of De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. J.H. HOLDRIDGE and family of De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. Willie HOLDRIDGE and family of De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. W.D. KENNEDY and son of De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence KENNEDY of De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. Hope ALEXANDER of De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. W.H. HOLDRIDGE and family of De Leon and Mr. and Mrs. Elvie HOLDRIDGE and family of De Leon.

            Friends Present – Mr. and Mrs. J.A. ANDRESS and daughter, Estelle of Beattie; Mrs. Edmund MEDFORD and son, Wilda DEWELL of Haskell; and Mr. and Mrs. T.D. ROBINETT of De Leon.


Morgan Reunion

            Mrs. Wallace MORGAN and her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews spent a pleasant Fourth at the home of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. N.J. POUNDS who reside on Route 2.  The guests began to arrive at ten o’clock a.m. and at the noon hour tables were placed underneath the pretty oak trees on the lawn, and one hundred pounds of ice was used for cold drinks, and seven fried chickens with cream gravy, corn, salads, pickles, pies, cakes and every thing to eat that goes with a big picnic.  The day was an enjoyable occasion for the children who played games while the grownups were in conversation.  Those present were:

     Mrs. Wallace MORGAN, Lester MRGAN, Loneta HAMMOND, Mr. and Mrs. Bert BARNES and sons, Delbert, Lee and Billie and Miss Veola BARNES of Fort Worth, Mrs. Minnie LEWIS of Arlington, Mrs. Arthur GRIMES and children, Johnnie, Verda Mae, A.C., Bobby Jean and Nellie, Otis GRIFFITH, Desdemona, Mr. and Mrs. N.J. BOWMAN and children, Ava Ardis, Ruby, Ella V., Velda and Roberta BOWMAN.  Other guests were Mrs. Jim IRVIN and son, Inzer Quinn and Miss Ina Mae GRISSOM, Duster, Gladie GRIFFITH, Breckenridge, Miss Christine PINSON, Mrs. G.W. WILHELM, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson QUINN and children, Wayne and Marie Nelle of Tulia.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

Little Miss Ila Maurene RILEY, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.E. RILEY is spending the summer with her grandparents.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray ROBBINS of Houston visited Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS last week.  Mrs. Ray ROBBINS was formerly Miss Ona WYATT and taught in thihs school before her marriage to Mr. ROBBINS.

W.N. KOONCE received a message Friday of the serious illness of his daughter, Mrs. Gus BROWN, in a sanitarium at Knox City near which place Mr. and Mrs. BROWN live.  Mr. and Mrs. KOONCE, R.C. and Jim KOONCE and a sister, Mrs. A.A. BRAZELL, left at once for that place.  The latest report is that Mrs. BROWN is out of danger but is still in the sanitarium for continued treatment.

Mr. and Mrs. R.C. LINDLEY have recently returned from an extensive tour of the north plains country where they visited relatives and friends at Lubbock.  They will spend most of the summer with their parents and about Aug. 1 will move to Comyn where Mr. LINDLEY is engaged as a teacher.

Mrs. H.A. GREGORY has been spending most of her time in Deesdemona attending her mother’s bedside who has been seriously ill for more than a week.

A.C. YOUNG was on the sick list last week but is recovering.



Wanford BOULTER of May is guest of his brother, E.H. BOULTER and family.

Adrain GRIZZELLE spent the Fourth in San Antonio with his brother.

Elmer TIMMONS is visiting friends in Del Rio.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed A. LUCAS of Los Angeles are guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.J. SMITH.

Mrs. J.T. TURNER of Waco is guest of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Willis CROCKETT.

Mrs. S.G. PARKS has gone to Meridian to spend a month with her sister, Mrs. H.B. WHITE.

Mr. and Mrs. J.E. GUTHERY, who have been confined to their rooms for several months, have improved some.

Miss Bartene MOORE gave the young folks a party Saturday night commemorating the first anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond LINDLEY.  A host of young folks gathered upon this occasion and enjoyed a series of formal games provided by the host and extended their best wishes to this popular young couple who had married at a rather early age.  After a serving of cake and punch, the young folks expressed their thanks for this very pleasant party.

W.A. LINDLEY and family spent the 4th of July holiday attending the HOLLAND picnic at New Hope.  Mrs. LINDLEY was formerly Mrs. Kate HOLLAND.  This picnic is an annual affair at which time the HOLLAND kin gather and enjoy the day together.

Mrs. D.A. LYLE of Cisco is guest of her daughter, Mrs. W.S. SNEAD and family.

Frank ROLLINS of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was guest last week of his brother, G.W. ROLLINS and family.

J.N. LYLE of Merkel was here Tuesday visiting his daughter, little Miss Meldene LYLE.

Mr. and Mrs. J.A. SWAGERTY have gone to Elida, New Mexico, for a month’s visit with relatives.

Mrs. Odell GRIMSHAW was guest the 4th of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. HATTOX.

Mr. and Mrs. S. HORTON and children of Troupe are guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.K. NOEL.

Mrs. S.J. SOLLY has gone to Marlow, Okla., to visit her son, Zeb SOLLEY and family.

Miss Cass DYSON, who is in a school of nursing at Fort Worth, is doing special work in the children’s hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Conley MURPHY and family of Lubbock are guests of his parents, Rev. and Mrs. G.W. MURPHY and other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. O.M. BUCHAN and daughter, Miss Olive WINTERS have returned home from a short visit in the home of Dallas relatives.

Grandpa H.J. BUTLER, who resides in Humphrey Addition, returned Thursday from a month’s visit with his relatives at Talpa, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. Dale SADBERRY of Pecos were here over the past week and visiting in the home of his mother and of other relatives and friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Horace RIGGS of Abilene were holiday visitors of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe GUNN of near Downing.

Lambert STEAKLEY of Denison was here the past week end visiting in the homes of Lambert and STEAKLEY relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Dale HOWARD and Miss Opal HOWARD of Stephenville were 4th of July guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar HOWARD.

Mr. and Mrs. Woodley BUTLER and children of Eastland were guests the 4th of July of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. BUTLER.

Mrs. J.N. WALKER and small daughter, Norma Lee of Kilgore are guests of her sister, Mr. and Mrs. George ELLIS.

Miss Bertie SIMS has returned home from a week’s visit with Miss Myrl TODD at San Antonio and her uncle, M.D. JONES and family at Dallas.

Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY and daughter, Frances, were week end guests of their daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy WREN and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd YOUNG at San Angelo.

Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HOWELL, who have been absent from the city two or three weeks, are expected home soon, They have toured Florida and visited with relatives in Georgia.

Mr. and Mrs. Don McCLELLAN and children of Moran were spending the Fourth with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.J. McCLELLAN and Mr. and Mrs. J.L. VAUGHN, her parents.

Mrs. H.B. SCOTT, mother of the editor of this paper, who has been visiting here, has gone to Cisco to continue her visit in the homes of relatives there.

Mrs. H.B. SCOTT, mother of the editor of this paper, who has been visiting here, has gone to Cisco to continue her visit in the homes of relatives there.

Mr. and Mrs. E.M. LEDBETTER and children, of Dallas, was here the past week end visiting in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. ALLGOOD at Rucker.

Mrs. M.E. ST. CLAIR and daughter, Miss Ruth, went to Rising Star Sunday to attend the funeral of their cousin, Mrs. ROBINSON who is the mother of Mrs. Beryl HEATH.

John Ross KAY has returned to his home at Corsicana after spending fifteen days in the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John KAY on Route Three.

Ottie STEWART and family, of San Angelo, were here the past week visiting relatives and attending the STEWART family reunion at Iredell.

Mr. and Mrs. T.J. COOK and family, Mrs. PHILLIPS, Mrs. H.D. PIERSON and children, Harry and Jane, spent the 4th of July attending PHILLIS reunion at Iredell.

Mr. and Mrs. C.C. NICHOLS and sons Murray and Ralph went to Morgan Sunday in response to a message that Mr. NICHOLS’ father had died suddenly.  Friends extend sympathy in this, their hour of sorrow.


Robinson Springs by Miss La Joyce Macon

Edward BROWN, Miss Gladys BROWN and Bill CUNNINGHAM, all of Breckenridge, visited Mr. and Mrs. Edd MILLER Wednesday.

Mrs. C.L. TARRENCE, who has been on the sick list for some time, was able to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will HOOPER of Desdemona Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. B.C. CHAMBERS spent Monday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe CHAMBERS of New Hope.

J.Q. CHATHAM is on the sick list this week.

Mrs. Atlas PARSON of De Leon was a guest of Mrs. Jim PARSON Sunday.

Miss Cass DYSON, who is studying nurse training at Stamford, is spending her vacation with parents, relatives and friends here.

Carl BRUMBELOW of Ranger spent the week end with his mother, Mrs. Louis BRUMBELOW.

Marjorie BRUMBELOW seriously injured her foot Saturday by cutting it with some glass.


Duster by Viva Graham

A heavy rain fell over this community Saturday night and Sunday, which will make it hard for the farmers to get rid of the grass and weeds.

L.L. DUKES and several other men of this community caught a fish on Copperas Creek weighing 16 ½ pounds.  This happened on the 4th of July.

Henry SMITH of Abilene is visiting his brother, Johnny SMITH.  Johnnie makes his home with Mr. and Mrs. L.L. DUKES.

Deward WARRAN, a well known young man northeast of Duster, was operated on for appendicitis on Tuesday.  He is recovering nicely, and his many friends hope to see him at home soon.

Miss Rene PRICE is visiting her sister, Mrs. Hugh MOORE at Sipe Springs.


St. Joe by Pauline Ray

V.A. GREGORY and two other young men from De Leon, had the misfortune of getting their truck turned over near St. Joe Sunday night.  The truck was badly wrecked, but none of the occupants were seriously injured.

Mrs. Lucy COLLIER and sons, of Troupe, spent the 4th with their parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M.L. MORRIS.

Mrs. Anna DYSON and children, Mrs. Pete CONNELL and Elder DYSON of Texon are spending their vacation with Mr. and Mrs. Charley MORRIS, Mr. and Mrs. Jess MORRIS and families and other friends and relatives here.

Little Misses Waldene and Helen DONNELL of Mexia, are spending the summer with their grandmother, Mrs. R.L. WALL.

Mr. and Mrs. J.R. OTWELL and family and grandmother OTWELL visited Mr. and Mrs. Jack OTWELL and family at New Hope Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Luther STEWART and children of McCamey are visiting the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.S. FREEMAN.

T.J. MACON of Robinson Springs visited his daughter, Mrs. Mary RAY Tuesday.


©2004,2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,2009,2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Judith Michaels.  This transcription is the generous work of Judy Michaels taken from microfilm held by the Newspaper Collection of the University of Texas at Austin with a microfilm copy at Comanche Public Library.  The information may be used for personal research only and not for commercial purposes without specific permission.