The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, August 26, 1932


Young Woman Ends Life on Brink of Copperas Narrows

            Becoming despondent as a result of ill health lasting over a period of years, Miss Zickie Mae BIBBY, 30, eldest daughter of Jim BIBBY, took her own life early last Tuesday night, choosing a lonely spot a few feet from the brink of a canyon along Copperas Narrows for the deed.  Her death is supposed to have occurred probably at eight or nine o’clock.  A searching party of probably half a hundred men combed the wooded pastures in the vicinity of the home for several hours searching for the missing girl.  Her body was found at 1:00 a.m. Wednesday.

            The BIBBY family live on what is known as the old HORTON place, a few hundred yards west of “Dripping Springs” in the Copperas Narrows.  The mother is dead.  Mr. BIBBY has made his home there with his family of eight children since January.  The dead girl was of a loyal, self-sacrificing nature and had mothered her younger brothers and sister since the death of their mother.

            Her failing health had preyed upon her mind until it is believed her reason became unbalanced.  She took her life with an old shot-gun which had no stock, only the barrels and lock, tripping the hammer with a forked stick.  The charge of shot tore a great ugly wound through her right side, doubtless producing instant death.


Cozby Family had Reunion at Home of Aged Mother

            Ellis O. COZBY is at home from a recent visit with his aged mother, Mrs. M.A. COZBY, whose home is Vera, Texas, near Seymour.  He went there to attend a family reunion, the children not having been together for 31 years.  In the intervening years the father and one brother had died.

            All the living children were present for the two-day celebration, held Aug. 16-17, except one sister, Mrs. Marvin STEELE, of Overbrook, Okla., and she arrived the last day.  There were 18 people at the reunion, including besides the children, other near relatives.  Living children are:  S.C. COZBY, Santa Fe, N. Mex., L.A. COZBY, Clayton, N. Mex., E.O. COZBY, De Leon and Mrs. STEELE.

            Accompanying E.O. COZBY from De Leon were his son Curtis and twin daughters, Mesdames Jim NORTON and Ernest JOHNSON.  Accompanying S.C. COZBY from Santa Fe were his twin sons, the four being about the same age.

            L.A. COZBY, now of Clayton, formerly lived at De Leon, about 35 years ago.


Sides Family Had Reunion at Old Home August 20

            A joyous occasion was had Saturday, August 20, at the old J.C. SIDES homestead when Mrs. SIDES went there to spend the day with her children who had assembled from distant points in reunion.  Finis SIDES and family occupy the old home, grand mother J.C. SIDES making her home with one of her sons.  The party numbered 59 people, all descendants of this good woman except four friends who came to enjoy the day with them.

            Grandmother SIDES and her husband came to this country many years ago and reared their family at the old homestead, six miles southeast of De Leon, near Ebenezer.  The children grew up, seven of them all marrying and having families.  Two daughters are dead, Alma and Sydnia, while four sons and one daughter are living.  The living children are H.E. SIDES, Estancia, N.M., J.C. SIDES, Dalhart; and Whit and W.P. SIDES and Mrs. J.A. MOHON, De Leon.  These with their families were present.

            Others attending the reunion were:  Finis SIDES, wife and son; Murray SIDES, wife and two daughters; W.P. SLAUGHTER, wife and three children; L.L. SIDES and wife; Hap SIDES and wife; W.W. KNIGHT and wife, Pasadena, Calif.; Clyde HODGES, wife and five children, Dublin; L.B. HORN and wife, Eastland; C.V. SINGLETON and wife and sister, Miss Lillie; Mrs. Clista DUNCAN and children.

            Friends present were J. Frank HOLLAND, Estelle MATTHIS, Mrs. POWELL and Miss Wenonah HUMPHREY.



            The following facts were read at the service when Bro. RUCKER was buried in Denver:

            Samuel James RUCKER, pastor of the First Methodist Church South of De Leon, Texas, passed away at 8:30a.m. Tuesday, August 16, 1932 at the home of his son, Sam J. Rucker, Jr., after a brief illness ending in a heart attack.

            He was born August 4, 1868, in Rutherford County, Tennessee, the son of Samuel James and Addie MITCHELL RUCKER.  When he was eight years old his family moved to McLennan County, Texas.  He lived there until he was licensed to preach in 1887.

            He studied five years at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, and received his master of arts degree there.  He then entered Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. And secured his bachelor of divinity degree.

            He entered the Northwest Texas Conference of the Southern Methodist Church in 1895.  This conference was later divided and he remained in the Central division during the remaining period of his ministry, where he served various stations as pastor and eight years as pre4siding elder for a total of thirty-seven years.

            Rev. RUCKER was married to Frances Elizabeth FOSTER, Nov. 9, 1897.  To this union there were born five children, two of whom died in infancy.  Samuel James RUCKER, Jr., of Englewood, Colorado, Stella RUCKER OVERBAUGH, of Fishkill, N.Y., and Foster RUCKER of the faculty of Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, survive.  There are also four brothers and one sister, all of whom live in Texas.

            Rev. RUCKER was serving his fourth year as pastor of the De Leon church.  He, with his wife and son, Foster, came to Colorado two weeks ago for a vacation and a visit at the home of his oldest son.  He suffered the first heart attack a few days ago while climbing to the fire lookout at Devil’s Head.  Rev. RUCKER was also a Mason and a Shriner.

Appointments: Joined the Northwest Texas Conference in Nov. 1895, Tenth Street, Waco; Peach Street, Fort Worth; Salado and Corn Hill Circuit; Seventh Street, Temple; Granbury, McGregor, Rice, Mexia, Abilene, Belton, Mulkey Memorial, Fort Worth, Coleman, Gatesville District.  Presiding Elder, Hillsboro, Ennis, Weatherford District. Presiding Elder, Cisco, Bartlett, Granger and De Leon.


Funeral Plans for Brown Incomplete

            Funeral arrangements for James M. BROWN, 73, 2252 College Avenue, retired locomotive engineer, were incomplete last night, pending the arrival of his two sons from California.

            Mr. BROWN, a resident here 20 years, died suddenly at 2:30 a.m. yesterday at his home.  Survivors are his wife and sons, Earl BROWN, San Francisco, and George BROWN, Los Angeles.

            Mr. BROWN was a member of the Ennis Masonic Lodge.  Masonic rites will be held at the grave.  The body is at the Harveson & Cole mortuary.

            Mr. BROWN is a brother of Mrs. Pete SHAVER, and immediately upon receipt of the information Mr. and Mrs. SHAVER and son, Fred, went to Fort Worth where Mr. and Mrs. SHAVER are remaining until the funeral is held.  De Leon friends extend sympathy.


Comyn School Open August 29

            Comyn Public Schools will open for the 1932-33 session on Monday, Aug. 29, at 9:00 a.m.  All of the six school buses will make their usual runs.  An opening program will begin at 9:30 a.m.  The pastor of the First Baptist church at De Leon has been asked to speak on this occasion.  All parents are urged to be present at this time.  Policies of the school will be outlined by the Superintendent.  Comyn School enrolled 275 students last year.  The enrollment this year is expected to go beyond the 300 mark.

            The schedule calls for school to start each morning at 8:30, thus five 45 minute periods will be completed before lunch.  Lunch period will extend from 12:15 until 2.  The afternoon sessions will extend from 1 until 4:00 p.m., including a 40 minute Physical Training period.  Parents are asked to have children at the bus pick-up stations on time each morning.  Buses cannot wait, except in emergencies, longer than 4 minutes.

            The High School will offer work in 16 ½ accredited subjects and 89 unaccredited subjects.  No pupil will be allowed to take more than 4 subjects unless each pupil has made an average of B or more on the preceding semester’s work.

            Each student is urged to start at the beginning of the school and attend each day it is possible for him to attend.  Studcnts between the ages of 7 and 14 are required by law to attend school for 100 consecutive days.

           The faculty for the school year 1932-33 follows:

S.B. CULPEPPER Jr., B.A., Supt., Civics, Commercial Subjects.

W. Doyle GRAVES, B.S., Prin., Vocational Agriculture, Mathematics.

Mrs. C.S. ROSS, English.

Miss Mara Glenn DONALDSON, B.S., Home Economics, History.

Mr. Roy C. LINDLEY, Prin. Grammar School, B.S., Grade, H.S. Science.

Mrs. S.B. CULPEPPER Jr., Grade.

Miss Mollie L. GRISHAM, Grade.

Miss Ollie SLOAN, Grade.

Mrs. Pearl Sloan PHIPPS, Grade.

The following are bus drivers holding contracts for 1932-33:

M.L. DOGGETT – Bus No. 1, Pleasant Home Community.

T.W. HAZZARD – Bus No. 2, Ebernezer Community.

Grady NANCE – Bus No. 3, Ebernezer Community

H.E. THIEBAUD – Bus No. 4, Highland, Round Grove Communities.

Roy GEORGE – Bus No. 5, Armstrong and Round Grove Communities.

Roy PELL – Bus No. 6, Pleasant Home and Comyn Communities.

Rich COWAN has been employed as custodian of grounds and buildings and bus mechanic for the present school year.


Life-Like Statue Made by a De Leon Man Shows Talent

            Louie HALE, who lives some twelve miles west of De Leon, dug clay out of the bed of Copperas Creek and made a statue of his 10-year-old son that is extremely life-like.  For his working tools he used a rolling pin, case knife and a comb.  With the rolling pin he beat the clay until it was hard and firm, then shaped it with the case knife, finishing the hair with a comb.  The features are so correctly interpreted that one acquainted with the child would recognize his likeness in the statue instantly.

            HALE, who formerly worked at the barber’s trade in this city, has received offers for turning out some work on commercial basis.  It is the opinion of the Free Press editor that a little advertising is all he needs to become famous as a sculptor.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

Large numbers of people from this community attended the revival meeting at Robinson Springs where Rev. BRADFORD, pastor of the Baptist church at Dublin preached a series of helpful sermons.  Many additions were made to the church, the baptizing being at the Sam PRICE place on Flat Creek Sunday afternoon where an unusually large crowd gathered for the service.

W.N. KOONCE, Mr. and Mrs. Jim KOONCE and Mr. and Mrs. Bob KOONCE were in Fort Worth and Kilgore last week visiting with friends and relatives.

Little Misses Venita and Imogene COOPER of Breckenridge are visiting this week with their grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.O. McKINNEY.

C.H. WYNN has leased a large farm near Gorman where the family will move at the end of the year.  This community will regret to lose this excellent family.

Mrs. J.E. GUTHERY, who has been in poor health, is not gaining strength as fast as has been hoped for.

Little Mr. S.J. MUNN of Desdemona spent last week visiting with his uncle, J.H. ADAMS and family.

Herschel MOORE has been on the sick list this week.

Raymond LINDLEY, who has been in bed sick several days, is able to be up at this time.

Little Bonnie MOORE sustained painful injuries to two fingers when her hand was caught in a car door last Sunday afternoon crushing the ends of her fingers.

Doyle GUTHERY will leave for Austin this week where he will begin sowrk on some of the state building fulfilling contracts made with the Board of Control last spring.  He has contracted for certain parts of the interior work on some of the large state buildings to be erected in Austin.

Rev. Montie MANCHESTER of Desdemona will begin a series of meetings at this place beginning Wednesday evening.  On account of certain repair work at the school building being made, the services will be held upon the lawn of the HONEYCUTT home.  The seats and lights will be moved there.  Everybody invited to attend these services.

Houston YOUNG, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.C. YOUNG, is visiting with his parents this week.


St. Joe by Pauline Ray

The revival meeting at St. Joe began Monday morning.  Rev. David PHILLIPS of De Leon is delivering some very inspiring sermons.

Rev. Walter MARTIN of Purvis, pastor at St. Joe, is ill and unable to attend the meeting.  His many friends are hoping he is well and able to be with us soon.

The St. Joe school has been transferred to De Leon for the coming school term, and the people of this community have been working some of the road the school bus will have to travel.

Lonnie FREEMAN of McCamey is spending his vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.S. FREEMAN.

Mr. and Mrs. Virgil McKELVEY of Olden, J.F. McKELVEY of Austin, and Mrs. Richard BERLINS of Austin visited Mr. and Mrs. R.L. McKELVEY and baby and other relatives and friends at Millsap Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude OTWELL and family of New Hope visited Mr. and Mrs. J.R. OTWELL and children Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Curt MORRIS and family of Rule have returned home from an extended visit with relatives and friends here.  They were accompanied home by their parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.L. MORRIS, who will visit with them indefinitely.

T.J. MACON of Robinson Springs is spending the week with his daughter, Mrs. J.A. DUKE and family and attending the meeting at St. Joe.

J.T. MORRIS, who has been seriously ill at Gorman Sanitarium has returned home and is slowly recovering.


Robinson Springs by Miss La Joyce Macon

Mr. and Mrs. Sam PRICE and children left Monday morning for Kilgore, where they will visit their daughter and sister, Mrs. Archie RILEY.

W.A. PURVINE of Oklahoma was a guest of his aunt, Mrs. L.C. MACON last week end.

Hollis DYSON visited her uncle, Tilman DYSON and family and Mr. and Mrs. Perry MORING, all of Stephenville, last week.


Oliver Springs

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Buford COGBURN has been real sick lately.

Mr. and Mrs. Newt COGBURN and children of Lubbock visited his parents, N.J. COGBURN and family last week.

Mr. and Mrs. R.M. BREEDLOVE and children of Comanche visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.S. ECHOLS last week.

Little Miss Nella Vee PERRY had her tonsils removed at Gorman Sanitarium last Monday.  She is getting along very nicely.

Edward Gaynel GREGORY of Albany is visiting his uncle, Edd GREGORY and family.

A.D. DANIELS is visiting his grandfather in Breckenridge.

Miss Dayle REED visited her sister, Mrs. FORD at Desdemona last week.


Beattie by Weldon Andress

Mr. PERDUE is making plans to rebuild his house which burned last New Years day.

Red SMITH returned home Friday from Hamlin where he has been visiting relatives.

Ben KEITH and family and uncle Bill KEITH, who have been visiting in west Texas, returned home Saturday.

Mrs. W.D. WRIGHT died Monday night.  She had been ill for several months.  She was buried Tuesday at 3 o’clock in the Concord cemetery.

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

Mr. and Mrs. Alvis LOCKE of near Comanche are visiting the latter’s parents of this community.

Roy BUTLER’s two baby girls are on the sick list at this writing.



Mrs. Ed THOMAS and children spent the past week visiting Rev. and Mrs. E.G. THOMAS in Fort Worth.

Miss Ruth LIGHTFOOT has returned from spending the summer with her aunt, Mrs. J.N. HEIZER at Houston.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe ASHBY and son, Joe Ben, are guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. ASHBY.

Mr. and Mrs. Woodly REID of Roby were guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. REID and other relatives.

Miss Margaret IRVIN of Stamford is visiting her aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Bill IRVIN and other relatives.

Mrs. Feltz TERRILL accompanied her sister, Mr. and Mrs. E.W. THRASHER to her home at Snyder, Oklahoma, returning home Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. SHORT attended a family reunion at her parents’ home, Mr. and Mrs. Street JONES at Stephenville last Thursday.

Miss Wilma SOUTHBALL of Lamesa is guest of her aunts, Mesdames, Leona SPICER and Pearl RUCKER and Miss Faye RUCKER.

Mr. and Mrs. W.R. REYNOLDS and little son, Kenneth Eugene from Fort Worth are visiting in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.B. RIDER.

Miss Artie COLEY has returned from an eight days visit with her brothers, Bob and Gideon COLEY and families at San Antonio.

Mr. and Mrs. E.S. GAMLIN of Hasse were guests Sunday of her mother, Mrs. HICKEY and sisters, Mesdames Josie and V.V. BELL.

Mr. and Mrs. Curt MORRIS and family of Rule were here recently visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.C. MORRIS on route one.

Rev. A. T. UNDERHILL, father of Joe and R.A. UNDERHILL, arrived Sunday from Denton for an extended visit in the homes of his sons.

Mr. and Mrs. George VAUGHN and children of near Joplin, Mo., have been here the past week visiting in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pete SHAVER, also visiting with his parents, Rev. and Mrs. W.H. VAUGHN at Spur before returning to Missouri.

Miss Opal HOWARD of Stephenville was guest Monday night of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.L. HOWARD.  She was accompanied home by Miss Katheryn DUREN of Mullen.

Paul PIERSON returned to Denton last Friday where he will again attend North Texas Teachers College.  This will be the third year for PIERSON at N.T.S.T.C.

L.A. COZBY, brother of Ellis COZBY, arrived last week from N. Mex., and is visiting his brother.  Mr. COZBY lived here 35 years ago, being one of the first men the Free Press editor ever knew in Comanche county.

A baby boy which tipped the beam at eleven and one-half pounds was born Wednesday morning, August 24, 1932 to Mr. and Mrs. Maurice PITTMAN.  All doing nicely.

Miss Mary Nell MOHON has gone to Pecos to visit relatives.  She was accompanied as far as Cisco by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. MOHON, and Misses Susan SCHMIDT and Virginia HOWARD.

C.W. McKINNEY and wife and little daughter and son, Helen Laverne and Clyde Wayne from Frankell are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.B. RIDER.

Mr. and Mrs. S.S. BELL of Fort Worth were here last week guests of Mr. and Mrs. V.V. BELL, who accompanied them to Mullen where they visited Mr. and Mrs. Oma BELL Wednesday and Thursday, returning home Thursday afternoon.

Mrs. Odell GRIMSHAW, bookkeeper at the office of Southwest Gas Co. in this city, was on her annual vacation last week, going to Stephenville and San Antonio.  Miss Waynie McCHAREN served as substitute at the office in her absence.

George and Ralph TERRILL entertained their friends Friday night with a slumber party.  The boys first attended church, then hiked out to TERRILL Dairy where they made ice cream and spent the rest of the night in an enjoyable way, departing at sun up for their homes.  Those present were:  Billie COLEY, Ozo and Wade NABORS, Donald and Worth HOWE, Carroll HOWARD, George, Ralph and Eldon TERRILL.

Mesdames M.E. PHILLIPS and Irene PIERSON and Miss Jane and Paul PIERSON went to Waxahachie last week in response to a message stating that Mrs. PHILLIPS daughter’s husband, Tobe TANNER, had died sudden from a heart attack.  They accompanied the body to Iredell where the funeral was held and his body placed in the cemetery beside other members of the family.  Friends here sympathize with loved ones in this hour of bereavement.

Mrs. S.J. RUCKER and son, Foster, returned Tuesday evening from Denver where they had been the past two weeks.  Since Rev. RUCKER


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