The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, July 22, 1932


New Café Called “Pa and Ma’s” Open on P.O. Street

            “Pa’s and Ma’s Place” is a neat little restaurant and confectionary which was opened last week in the Old Free Press building on Postoffice Street, first location east of the Ford Station.  “Pa and Ma” are none other than Mr. and Mrs. A.P. BLEDSOE, of Brownwood, who heard of the fame of De Leon and came here to cast their lot.  They were in Café business there and it was their place which made the 5c hamburger famous in Brownwood.

            They will handle candies, cigars, tobaccas, cold drinks, etc. besides serving farmers and merchants lunches, - and big juicy 5c hamburgers.  They invite the patronage of De Leon people.


Liberty Theatre is Again Owned by M.D. Stewart

            A deal was completed this week in which M.D. STEWART again took the management of Liberty Theatre.  Mr. STEWART came to De Leon twelve years ago.  He operated the Liberty until about three years ago when he engaged in other business, selling the theatre.  Mr. KEITH, who has owned the show the past two or three years, relinquished the management last week and Mr. STEWART immediately assumed charge.

            The theatre will be opened tonight – Friday, under a new price schedule of 5c for children and 15c for adults.  Mr. STEWART stated to the Free Press that it is not his hope or intention to try to make money out of the show with conditions as they are, but he hopes to pay expenses and keep the business in good condition until times are better.  To this end he invites the patronage of those who appreciate clean, wholesome amusement.

            The theatre will be in operation every night in the week, except, of course, there will be no Sunday shows.

            Tonight the bill will be Joe E. Brown in “Fireman Save My Child,” which is declared to be one of the outstanding productions of the big mouth boy.  The show starts at 8:00 p.m.


Peaches That Break the Record for Size Shown by 2 Growers

            H.G. WALLACE brought in the peach that tied the record with one that W.T. CARRUTH brought in a couple of days earlier.  The WALLACE peach was a seedling Elberta and the three fine specimens shown by Mr. CARRUTH were of the Hale variety.  The peaches measured ten inches around.  Mr. WALLACE said only two peaches grew on the seedling Elberta.  Mr. CARRUTH had a considerable quantity of the fine Hales.  The Free Press extends thanks for the specimens which really were fine with sugar and cream.


Dr. J.H. Ray to do Surgical Work in De Leon

            Dr. J.H. RAY of Dallas, Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, will practice his profession at the office of Dr. H.H. INZER Tuesday and Wednesday, July 26-27.  His prices will range all the way from “charity” up to a reasonable price and the price may be paid in cash or its equivalent in farm products, Dr. RAY asked the Free Press to say.

            Anyone desiring Dr. RAY’s services should make it a point to call on him at the above named place and date.


Family Reunion Strickland and Fisher-Nelsons

            Announcement has been made that the annual reunion of the STRICKLAND-FISHER-NELSON families will be held the first Wednesday in August, same being August 34d.  The reunion will be held at the same place, on the W.C. FISHER farm on Copperas Creek, under a beautiful grove of pecan trees, and members of these three pioneer families and their invited guests will make up a considerable party.

            Each year the family record is reviewed and past history is kept fresh by being often told.  A program of prayer, praise and preaching is carried out, the veteran minister, Rev. J.M. STRICKLAND, will preach at 11:00 a.m.

            The program for the day in detail will be as follows:

10:00 a.m.  Opening song – Logan WILLIAMS

            Prayer – Grandmother NELSON

            Welcome Address – Lewis NELSON, Mose STRICKLAND and Edd FISHER.

            Solo – Joe STRICKLAND.

            Quartette – Arranged by Cecil HORTON.

11:00 a.m.  Address – Rev. J.M. STRICKLAND.

12:00 – Basket lunch.

2:00 p.m. – Business meeting by the boys.

2:30 p.m. – Talks by the old folks.

3:00 p.m. – Address in behalf of the old settlers of this community by Mr. Will WEAVER, County Agent of Mills County.

            Oscar FISHER, Chairman

            Logan WILLIAMS, Secretary.


Family Barber Shop Sold by J.S. Freeman to Burnet Barber

            Mr. W.C. JACKSON, formerly of Burnet, Texas, is the newest addition to the business firms of De Leon.  Mr. JACKSON engaged in the barber business at Burnet for a year and came to De Leon recently to make a deal for the FREEMAN property.  He closed the deal and took charge last week.  He was formerly of Lampasas where he lived a number of years and followed his trade.  He was born and reared in Burnet county and his father before him.

            Having had many years’ experience in the management of barber shops, Mr. JACKSON will continue the same high class of service as heretofore maintained in the Freeman shop.  He plans some improvements a little later, he stated.  Both Messrs. FREEMAN and GRISHAM will continue as workmen at this shop.



            De Leon and community was indeed shocked Saturday, July 9th, to hear of the home going of Mrs. Walton BASSETT, which was caused from blood poison.  Mr. and Mrs. BASSETT moved here from Ranger in December, and resided in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard BASSETT who live on Route four.

            Before her marriage some four years ago, she was Miss Rominy MYERS and her home was Ranger.  Mrs. BASSETT was born in the year 1908.

            She was converted during her early teen age and united with the Baptist church at Ranger.

            She lived a true sweet Christian life, and had made many friends since coming to De Leon, who deeply sympathize with her heart broken husband and other relatives in their loss.  The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the De Leon cemetery by Rev. David M. PHILLIPS, after which her body was laid away.


Mrs. Fitzgerald Injured in Fall from Car, Recovers

            Mrs. T.L. FITZGERALD was the victim of an accident a week ago from which she has been caused considerable suffering.  In stepping from a car, she fell and wrenched her back in such a manner as to cause a sprain.  She has been confined to her bed but at this time is reported improving.


Tenth Grade Added to Oliver Springs School for Ensuing Term

            The tenth grade will be taught at the Oliver Springs school the coming school term.  Students from adjacent communities desiring to school with us are invited to enroll.  Application for transfer must be made before August 1st.  There will also be taught a thorough course in Home Economics for girls and Manuel Training for boys.


Birthday Party

            On Saturday afternoon, July 9th, little Miss Gloria Jean UPSHAW celebrated her 6th birthday with a party for her little friends.  After playing many interesting games, refreshments consisting of angel food cake and ice cream were served to the following guests:  Clarabel CLARK, Polly TERRILL, Gloria Jean LOUDERMILK, Jimmie Lois HAFFORD, Marylene and Hiram SMITH, Jr., Peggy Jean and Charles COUNTS, Delia Beth and Tommie Joe ROSS, Clifford and Etta Price GLAZIER, Jimmie SCHMIDT, Billie SMITH, Deloris TATE, Bettie Alice WHITTLE and Gloria Jean and James Everett UPSHAW.



            Mrs. J.G. CAYCE delightfully entertained members and guests of the Bridge Club at her home Tuesday morning from 9:00 to 11:30 o’clock.  Tables were arranged for sixteen players and the house was made lovely with an abundance of spring flowers.  Miss Marjorie CAYCE, assisted the hostess in serving a delicious plate L. LOCKE, KEITH, T.E. MAJOR, winner rolls, salad, tea, ice cream and angel food cake, to the following:

Mesdames C. ALLEN, Ashby, W.H. CLARK, J.D. HARVEY, E. HANSFORD, E.L. LOCKE, Keith, S.E. MAJOR, winner of high score, H.G. TERRELL, W.H. SMITH, H. WEAVER, J. WEAVER; Misses Allene WEAVER, Willie Mae JETTON and Christine AYERS.


Card of Thanks

            To all our neighbors and friends who so kindly ministered to our needs at the time of the death of our beloved husband and father we take this method to express our thanks and appreciation.  To all those who expressed their sympathy and those who contributed flowers, we wish to say that your acts of thoughtfulness and kindness you have made our grief more possible to bear.  When any of you shall be called to pass through such a bereavement and sorrow may you find the same measure of loving kindness and may God’s riches blessing reward you for your kindness is our prayer.  –Mrs. J.E. GUTHERY and children.


Robinson Springs by Miss La Joyce Macon

Kind friends and relatives of Mr. C.L. TARRANCE met early Monday morning to work out his crop.  C.L. has not been able to work his crop for some time due to sickness of his wife.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy GUTHERY met misfortune Saturday afternoon when his home in this community burned.

Miss Mildred MILLER has returned home from Stephenville where she has been attending school.

Mrs. Mary E. DODSON is visiting her niece, Mrs. R.L. MACON.

Mrs. C.C. MILLER left Monday to visit her daughter, Mrs. Blond MORELAND of Longview.

Mr. and Mrs. Perry MORING and Miss Adina KIMMELL, who has been in Lubbock for the past six weeks, returned home Sunday.

Mrs. C.L. TARRANCE, who has been at her mother’s, Mrs. Will HOOPER at Desdemona, the last two weeks came home Sunday and is slowly improving.  Mrs. TARRANCE has been sick for two months.

Thirty-four members represented our club at the ninth annual encampment at Lake Eanos Thursday and Friday.  Miss Hollis DYSON and Miss Wilma Carrol MILLER won first place in “riding a garden of cut worms.”  Misses Thelma and Velma MILLER won third place in canning demonstration.  Dale KAY and Roy MILLER won first place in pecan budding.  Each 4-H club member reported a good time.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

The hay harvest has been in full swing in this community this week.  The Johnson grass and sudan hay is both very fine and much of both is being baled this week.  W.N. KOONCE and those associated with him have baled more than 1000 bales of sudan which was grown on the MALLOY farm recently purchased by Mr. KOONCE.

O.H. MOORE and son, Herschel, were at Vandyke last Wednesday attending the tax payers association.

Rev. WALKER of Desdemona will preach at this place Friday night.  It is hoped to have a good gathering of people out to hear him.

The home and most of the household goods of Roy GUTHERY was destroyed by fire last Saturday afternoon.  It was thought that the fire caught from a defective flue.  The fire had reached such headway when discovered that all hope to save the house was abandoned and only a part of the household goods could be saved.  Most of their clothing, bedding, furniture, etc., as well as many cans and jars of canned fruits and vegetables were lost.  The house was on the Jim KOONCE farm.  No insurance was carried either on the house or its contents.

Miss Lucille RILEY, the primary teacher at this place, will enter John Tarleton College where she will take a special course in Primary work also completing other work begun at the college several years ago.  Miss Zora BAKER of Comyn and Miss Erica WHITWORTH of Lingleville who will also teach her are attending the entire summer session at John Tarleton.

Tom LINDLEY and family visited his brother, Luther LINDLEY, and family at Eastland Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Jap BOLES of Gorman visited V.C. WAYLAND and family this week.  Irene WAYLAND will return and visit with the BOLES family.

Clark PAYNE, young son of Mr. and Mrs. L.C. PAYNE, has just returned from an extensive tour of the northern states and Canada.  He spent several weeks in the city of New York where he found that conditions did not invite any addition to the population of the great metropolis.


Beattie by Weldon Andress

This week finds the farmers still very busy in their crops.  Although we will soon all be done if it doesn’t rain in a few days.  A light rain will be highly beneficial.

Guy SMITH, wife and little son of Buffalo Gap, Texas, are visiting the former’s parents here at this time.

Hubert KELLEY, Sid FERGUSON and family made a trip to Knox City, Wednesday to see mr. FERGUSON’s mother who is very sick.

Herrell KELLEY returned home Wednesday from Killeen, where he has been visiting for the past month.

Mr. and Mrs. Tommie OSBORNE and family of Knox City, visited the latter’s parents Friday and Saturday.

Mrs. W.W. SMITH is suffering with a swollen leg caused from rheumatism.  She is not expected to walk for several days.

The Church of God people are holding a revival down on Copperas Creek and plan to continue for two more weeks.

(From Last Week)

Edmond MEDFORD of Haskell came down Thursday, his wife and little son have been visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. J.A. ANDRESS returned home with him Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Weldon ANDRESS and Weldon’t mother and little sister, Estelle and Janice GREEN, visited Mr. and Mrs. R.M. ROGERS of Stag Creek community Sunday.



Mr. and Mrs. V.G. LOCKE and little son and Mr. and Mrs. Clay DABNEY and little daughter, all of Fort Worth, came Sunday for a visit in the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. V.G. LOCKE.

Mr. and Mrs. W.E. BUTLER and son Raymond have gone to Lafayette, Mississippi, for a two weeks visit with relatives.

Mrs. Dora SPICER of Dublin is guest of her sister, Mrs. H.E. HUDSON.

Misses Kate and Vivian HOLLAND returned Tuesday from a visit in the home of relatives at Fort Worth.

Mrs. Jack PRICE of Nacogdoches is here for a visit in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. SHARP.

Mrs. Claude NICHOLS of Proctor was guest Wednesday of her sister, Mrs. J.E. SHORT.

Mrs. Claude NICHOLS of Proctor was guest Wednesday of her sister, Mrs. J.E. SHORT.

O.L. HOWARD attended a salesman’s meeting of the Purina Co. in Abilene, Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. S. McCRUM of Brownwood are guests of her mother, Mrs. BROWN near Victor and other relatives.

Miss Maggie McCRUM of Brownwood is visiting her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Frank McCRUM.

Miss Florence PILCHER of Roby was week end guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. PILCHER.

Robert WEAVER and family of Dallas were recent visitors in the home of his mother, Mrs. T.P. WEAVER.

Miss Jane RAY, eldest daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J.H. RAY of Dallas, is visiting this week with W.B. RAY and family.

Miss Lorene RAY, student of nursing Methodist hospital at Dallas, is home for a two weeks’ vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. RAY.

Miss Margaret MAYHUGH, of Plainview, is a guest in the home of her mother, Mrs. C.W. PATTERSON, this week.

Mrs. C.O. FIELDS and daughter and her brother, Buddie DAVIS, all of Sweetwater, were here this week visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lige DAVIS and Mrs. John WARE.

Dr. SELF, Archie LEE, Autrey SELF and A.C. COZBY fished in the Clearfork this week and report plenty of good luck.

Mr. and Mrs. W.W. GREGORY have returned from a two weeks visit with her sister, Miss Vera SPENCER at Ft. Worth.

Mr. and Mrs. George FUNDERBURGH and children of Coleman are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Bryce OWEN and Mr. and Mrs. J.L. FUNDERBURGH.

Miss Virginia CURRY of Ennis is expected here this week end to be a guest in the home of her aunt, Mrs. C.C. NICHOLS.

Miss Johnnie Marie STEAKLEY of Plainview is visiting indefinitely in the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. STEAKLEY.

Mrs. D.C. LOTHINGER and Miriam GERALD have returned to their home in San Antonio after two weeks visit with her mother, Mrs. T.L. FITZGERALD.

Rev. Joseph PATTERSON came over Wednesday to take his mother, Mrs. C.W. PATTERSON and niece Miss Margaret MAYHUGH, back to Stephenville with him for a visit.

J.S. (Uncle Dock) SINGLETON left last Wednesday for a week’s visit each at Lamesa, Paducah, Wellman and Stamford, having children at each place.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed A. LUCAS of Los Angeles were here the past week guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.G. SMITH.  Miss Ovie MAY, Stamford, and Mrs. Lue  WILLIAMS, of Tuxedo, were also guests in the SMITH home.

A fishing party composed of Jim JOINER, J.S. FREEMAN, Dewey DANIEL and W.Z. COMPTON, went to the Clearfork near Albany fishing early in the week and brought back “the evidence.”

Miss Stella COLLINS, of Dublin, visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.G. SMITH here this week.  Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. COLLINS visited at the same time in the ROBINETT home here.

Marietta Joy is the name of a fine girl, who was born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur GRIMES Saturday, July 16th.

Miss Sallie Beth WRIGHT of Denton is visiting her sister, Mrs. C.A. FITZGERALD this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray STACK of Goldthewaite were guests Monday of his sister, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. HAMMETT.  They were enroute to Stephenville to attend summer school at Tarleton College.

Mr. and Mrs. John W. POSEY and children, J.B. and Bonnie Faye, of Phoenix, Arizona, arrived Tuesday and are visiting in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. NASH.  Miss Geneva NASH, who has been working at Denton, will accompany them home for an extended visit.

Mr. and Mrs. Otho BELL have returned to Fabens where he will resume his school work, being the agriculture teacher in that school.  They were accompanied home by his brother, Merton BELL, who will visit there for some two weeks.

Jaunita and Orley HEATH, children of Mr. and Mrs. Milton HEATH, went to Rising Star this week visiting from Monday to Thursday.  They accompanied Mrs. Beryl HEATH home following a visit of several days which she had made with relatives here.


St. Joe by Pauline Ray

Mr. and Mrs. Charley MORRIS, Mr. and Mrs. Jess MORRIS have been attending the bedside of their father, W.R. DYSON, who is recovering from a major operation at Gorman Sanitarium.

Mr. and Mrs. Luther STEWART and children of McCamey have returned home from an extended visit with relatives and friends here.

Mr. and Mrs. Otho MORRIS of De Leon, visited Mr. and Mrs. Jess MORRIS and family Sunday.

Mrs. Richard BEVINS of Austin visited her sister, Mrs. Rufe OTWELL and family Saturday. 

Mr. and Mrs. Pete McCAMPBELL, Mr. and Mrs. John DYSON and son of Texon, Mr. and Mrs. Belt DYSON and family and Ralph DYSON of Big Lake have returned home from an extended visit with relatives and friends here.

Mrs. Clarence PITTMAN of Iraan is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will BOYD.

Mr. and Mrs. Will STEWART and children of Los Angeles, California, have returned home after attending a family reunion and visiting old acquaintances and relatives here.

Miss Lorene RAY of Methodist Hospital, Dallas, is spending her vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. RAY and other relatives and friends.

Mr. and Mrs. J.R. OTWELL and family visited the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. NABORS of Oliver Springs Sunday.

Miss Jane RAY of Dallas, is visiting her uncle, W.B. RAY and family this week.



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