The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, July 15, 1932


Nonagenarian Died at County Home Buried Here

            The death of a much loved old character occurred at the County Home near Eastland on Friday, July 8th.  She was Mississippi DUNCAN, a native of Pontotoc county, Miss., and for many years a resident of her adopted state, Texas.  Miss DUNCAN came to her death from cancer of the face, suffering greatly or two months before her death.  The funeral had been arranged years ago when she asked C.H. SHARP to promise that he would “put her body away.”  She had only one known living relative, Miss Ida DUNCAN, an elderly woman of Dyersburg, Tenn., who is an invalid.  Miss DUNCAN was never married.

            This good woman established an enviable record during her long lifetime.  She taught school in Pontotoc county for 35 years, during that time having among her pupils perhaps fifty men and women who now live or have lived here at De Leon.  Among these were Uncle Joe PATTERSON, J.C. HOOKER, Bob DYSON, Frank ROSS, Uncle Dory PATTERSON, Uncle John SMITH, J. Matt ROSS, J.D. TATE, Sr., J.T. GILMORE and many others.

     Girls Named for States - Modern people consider it quite odd that the five sisters of the DUNCAN family were named for states.  Miss Mississippi had sisters name Alabama, Georgia, Missouri and Texas.  There were three brothers, Leroy and Tom DUNCAN, and Henry DUNCAN who were killed at Galveston during the Civil War.  Her sister, Miss Texas, married LaFayette ROSS, an uncle of the late J. Matt ROSS of De Leon, Rt. 2.

            Miss DUNCAN was a practical nurse and followed this profession in San Antonio for twenty-five years.  She lived at De Leon and Gorman for many years during her decline.  She was believed to be in her 94th year at death.  She was almost a life-long member of the Methodist church.  A warm friendship had existed between Mr. and Mrs. C.H. SHARP and this good woman and they had visited her many times while she was at the Home.  She was a great Bible reader and a devout Christian character.

            Following information of her death, Mr. and Mrs. SHARP brought her body back to De Leon and old-time friends from Mississippi came and heaped flowers around her casket and many tears were shed.  Rev. S.J. RUCKER conducted the service at the graveside and her body was laid to rest at De Leon cemetery at 5:30 o’clock Saturday, July 6th.


Tires are Stolen from Peevy Truck Wednesday Night

            Some time during Wednesday night, thieves took a front wheel and tire and a spare tire from the H.H. PEEVY truck as it stood in the yard of his home just southwest of town.  Cushions and small tools were scattered about the yard and his jack was left under the axle.  The theft occurred some time between 10 p.m. and daylight as Mr. PEEVY came home at 10.  The loss was established at $33.??.



Mr. and Mrs. G.A. HAIGWOOD of Memphis, Tenn., were guests last week of her sister, Mr. and Mrs. J. Edgar SHORT.

Mrs. Bernice DAY, formerly Miss Donna WALLACE, is here from Hamlin visiting her brothers Sam and Armour WALLACE of Rucker and sister, Mrs. Jas. T. GILMORE.  Her husband is in a sanitarium at Kerrville.

Mr. and Mrs. W.S. SNEAD entertained the following guests in their home Sunday: his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.W. SNEAD, Mr. and Mrs. Carl STERTNER, Mr. and Mrs. Ally SNEAD, Dublin, Mr. and Mrs. Charley EDMONDSON, Comanche and Miss Vanita SNEAD, Sweetwater.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond VAN ZANDT have moved to Stephenville, having purchased a farm three miles west of Stephenville, not far from the Ross WOLFE property, where they will make their home.

Miss Lucile SIMS of Lubbock is visiting her mother, Mrs. W.S. SNEAD.

Mr. and Mrs. Archie G. LEE were in Clifton last week visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.L. LEE.

Mrs. J.A. SPENCER of Dublin is guest in the home of her son, Mr. and Mrs. Audry SPENCER.

Mrs. Mary ELIFF of San Antonio is visiting in the home of her son, Mr. and Mrs. E.O. ELIFF.

Mr. and Mrs. G.A. HESTER of Vernon are visiting her sister, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. GREGORY.

Miss Imogene BLAIR of Itasca is visiting her grandmother, Mrs. Johnnie BUCHAN.

Mr. and Mrs. S.A. DUKE and son Clark were guests last week of his mother, Mrs. S.A. DUKE at Brady.

Mr. and Mrs. Lowell ROBINETT of Decatur were guests last week of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.J. ROBINETT.

Mrs. Clarence PITTMAN of Iraan is guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. BOYD.

Mrs. Nick HIGGINBOTHAM of Rising Star was a visitor Friday in the home of her mother, Mrs. A. SLOAN and family.

Miss Lillian PITTMAN of Dallas is guest of her mother, Mrs. C.L. PITTMAN, and grandmother, Mrs. J. Doss MILLER.

Mr. and Mrs. Olen RIDENHOWER and children have returned to their home at Junction after visiting her mother, Mrs. J. Doss MILLER.

Mr. and Mrs. George REID and Mr. and Mrs. Coy LOVE of Dallas were recent gueests of Park and REID relatives on Route one.

Mr. and Mrs. George MARTIN and family of McCamey were guests the past week of her sister, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. KINCHEN.

Miss Oleta NABORS is in the Gorman Sanitarium recovering from an appendicitis operation which was performed last Friday.

O.L. THOMPSON of Shamrock is here spending his vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.L. THOMPSON.

Craig NICHOLS recently of McAllen but now with Swift and Co. at Ft. Worth is guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. NICHOLS.

Miss Odell DAVIS has returned home from a month’s visit with her sister, Mr. and Mrs. C.O. FIELDS at Sweetwater.

Mr. and Mrs. Amos FLOYD of McCamey were week end guests of his father, Henry FLOYD, who resides on Route 5.

Dr. J.E. SELF, Mr. and Mrs. Autrey SELF, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. COZBY, Joe ASHBY, Mr. and Mrs. Archie G. LEE and Miss Eloise COZBY have gone to San Saba on a fishing trip.

Mr. and Mrs. Abb DENMAN and children of Lamkin were Sunday guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. DENMAN and Mrs. H.H. ALEXANDER.

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. DENMAN and children, of Cisco, were visiting in the home of Mrs. H.H. ALEXANDER and Mr. and Mrs. J.A. DENMAN the past week.

Mrs. H.F. SCHMIDT has returned to her home at Whitney after spending a week with her son, Mr. and Mrs. A.P. SCHMIDT.  She was accompanied home by little Jimmie SCHMIDT.

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert COLLINGS and children, Edith, Roy and Patricia Ann of Midland were here last week end guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. BUTLER.

Murray NICHOLS has gone to Lubbock where he is attending a coaching school at Tech College.  Two of his instructors are “Hunk” Anderson of Notre Dame and “Pop” Warner of Leland-Stanford University.

Miss Janet EGBERT has returned from a week’s visit with her sister, Mrs. E. MERRELL in Dallas.  She was accompanied home by little Miss Nancy Earl MERRELL who will visit in the EGBERT home.

Mr. and Mrs. Belt DYSON and children, Mr. and Mrs. John DYSON and Elder DYSON of McCamey, Mr. and Mrs. Pete McCAMPBELL and Ralph DYSON of Texon, are here at the bedside of their father, W.R. DYSON who underwent an operation at the Gorman Sanitarium Sunday morning.  Mr. DYSON is doing nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. O.L. THOMPSON and Miss Edris and O.L. THOMPSON, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. W.S. HARDING and children and Mrs. J.E. THOMPSON were in Fort Worth Sunday attending the STIMPSON-THOMPSON reunion, which celebrated Mrs. O.L. THOMPSON’s mother’s, Mrs. TIMPSON’s 82nd birthday.

Miss Vera MAHAN, who has been spending a three week’s vacation with her mother, Mrs. A.T. MAHAN, has returned to Fort Worth where she is in a training school for nurses.  Mrs. MAHAN had one year’s training at Hamilton, Texas, and will finish her work at Fort Worth.  She only has one more year there before she is a graduate nurse.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

An unusually large number in this community are doing canning while the vegetables are plentiful.  It has been many years since a more abundant supply of vegetables have been grown in this section.

Mr. and Mrs. Milton KING and children have gone to Oklahoma where they were called by reason of the serious illness of one of Mrs. KING’s sisters.

Aubrey and Eldon WYNN and Roy STOWE left this week for Gladewater where they will be engaged in the construction of a refinery.

Oscar CARR of Alemeda, formerly a citizen of this community, had the misfortune to have his car wrecked in a collision on the highway near Eastland last week.  A burglar had made a raid on his house while he was away and he and his son, Ewell, were trying to overtake the parties under suspicion when the collision occurred.  Neither Mr. CARR nor his son was seriously injured but the car was injured beyond repair.  Mr. CARR is making an aggressive campaign for the Legislature from Eastland County and this accident and minor injuries has interfered with his plans.

Universal grief was brought to this community this week when Uncle Eldridge GUTHERY passed to his final reward.  He was a pioneer citizen of this community and was loved by all who knew him.  Sincere sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family are extended in this hour of their greatest grief.

T.D. ROBINETT has had the road machinery in this section this week smoothing out the roads and repairing bad places.  While here the road crew worked the road leading from the graveled highway to the school building from each direction.  This community fully appreciates this work.

Oake WIER of Austin, brother of Mrs. R.C. KOONCE, is visiting with Mr. and Mrs. KOONCE this week.

Mr. and Mrs. L.R. DAVENPORT and son P.A. of DAVENPORT of Fort Worth were here this week attending the funeral of their father and grandfather, J.E. GUTHERY.

Filas MALLOY of Blair, Okla., who lived in this country many years ago, attended the funeral of J.E. GUTHERY.


Duster by Viva Graham

Mr. and Mrs. BASKUM of Rotan are visiting the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank HASLEY.

Last Tuesday the ladies of Duster gave Mrs. J.T. CROW a shower.  She received around forty nice presents.

Miss Dale HEADINGTON is at home for a visit at this time.


Robinson Springs by Miss La Joyce Macon

Mr. and Mrs. Foster HARRIS of St. Louis, Missouri, are visiting parents and other relatives here.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester BARKER and son of Huckaby are visiting Mr. and Mrs. A. BARKER and other relatives here.

W.R. TOLAR, who has been with relatives in Waco for the past two months, returned to his home here last week.

Wadie and Carl DANIELS of New Hope are spending this week with their uncle, Mr. Earl DANIELS.



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