The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, September 16, 1932


43 Boys Enroll for Vocational Agriculture

            Knowing that successful farming requires as much thought and preparation as any other business, forty-three boys of the De Leon High School have enrolled in vocational agriculture classes for this year.  Every boy who finished first year work last year is enrolled in second year work.  Twenty-seven boys are taking up the work for the first time.  In both classes there are fourteen more boys than were enrolled last year.

            Those taking second year work are: Ed GLOVER, Elgie TERRY, Joe ROBINETT, Woodley SADBERRY, Taylor MORRIS, F.L. TERRILL, Harold DAVIS, Ferguson YATE, Verance COZART, Durward FERRELL, DeLoyn SINGLETON, Theron FLATT, M.T. DUKE, J.C. MILLER, L.D. MERRITT and Sam GLOVER.

            The first year class includes: C.A. GREENWALDT, Coy OTWELL, J.B. MORRIS, Fred HOLDRIDGE, Verle McKELVEY, Orville MILLER, Charles MORGAN, Derroll HAFFORD, Jack MORGAN, Billie GREENWALDT, Stedman STRICKLAND, Charles LEIGON, Ozo NABORS, Varnell SIMPSON, Rush LOCKE, Wade NABORS, Doyle BROWNLEE, Roy MIEARS, C.V. TUNNELL, Spencer LIGHTFOOT, Hiram LOCKE, Jack DAVIS, Durward HAZZARD, Ardis BOWMAN, Eugene ROGERS, and Pete STONE.

            A number of new books and bulletins covering almost every phase of the work have been added to the agriculture library since last year;  and plans are being made to get a spraying machine and other practical equipment for the department.


Mrs. Montie Davis, Wife of Baptist Pastor, is Dead

            Friends here have heard of the death of Mrs. Montie A. DAVIS, which occurred last Sunday at a hospital at Jackson, Miss.  Mrs. DAVIS had been ill two or three weeks of typhoid and had been carried from her home at Brookhaven, Miss. To Jackson, state capital, where better hospital facilities could be had.  The family has lived at Brookhaven since leaving De Leon some six months ago.  Rev. DAVIS was pastor of the De Leon Baptist church for two or three years, resigning to return to his former home.

            Details of the death are lacking.  De Leon friends were simply notified of her passing on Sunday and burial the following day in the Brookhaven cemetery.


J.J. Willis Died at his Home Here on Sept. 10th

            The death of J.J. WILLIS, long-time resident of this community, occurred at his home, the old Will TAYLOR place in the north part of De Leon on Saturday, September 10th, 1932.  Mr. WILLIS had been in failing health for several months and confined to his bed a few days, probably not more than ten days.  He was born in Tennessee in 1872, Being 62 years, 10 months and 2 days of age at death.

            Mr. WILLIS came with his parents to East Texas when a boy of nine years.  He grew to manhood and was married and into his home eleven children were born.  Two of his children are dead.  There are 18 grand children.  Later in life, Mr. WILLIS was married to Miss Lula BLACK, who survives him.

            Mr. and Mrs. WILLIS lived in Gorman for a number of years, coming to De Leon to make their home some two years ago.  He was in the employ of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas rail road for eighteen years.  Heart trouble is given as the cause of Mr. WILLIS’ death.  He suffered from this malady for five months.  He was a good man, kindly neighbor and devout Christian.  He and his wife were members of the Gorman Baptist church and had not moved their membership to De Leon.  He had many friends both in Gorman and in this city, the many flowers attesting to this fact.

            Rev. RODEN, pastor of the Gorman church, came to De Leon Sunday afternoon and conducted the funeral service, speaking words of comfort and consolation to the bereaved ones and friends.  The Masonic order completed the service at the graveside.


Whit Harris Died in California; Was Brother Mrs. Buchan

            Whit HARRIS, about fifty years of age, only brother of Mrs. J.H. BUCHAN, died at his home in Lawndale, Calif., Thursday and will be buried Saturday this week.  He died suddenly.  The message to Mrs. BUCHAN did not state the cause of death.  He had lived in California for about ten years.  He leaves a wife and five children, 4 girls and a boy.  The youngest is about 12 years of age.

            Mr. HARRIS was a conductor on the Katy here at De Leon in 1918 and has many friends here.  He left De Leon shortly after ’18 and lived at Cisco for awhile, being in the employ of the Cisco Northwestern Ry.

            The message of his death did not give other details.


Pioneer Settler Died at Onion Valley Residence

            One of the few remaining true old pioneers passed away at his home not far from Onion Valley, six miles southeast of De Leon, at 2:00 o’clock p.m. Saturday, September 10th, 1932.  He was J.J. PELL.  Mr. PELL came with his parents from North Carolina in about the year 1872.  He came to Comanche county just at the time of the last Indian raids, when it was really dangerous to live here.  He settled not far from where his present homestead is located, spending the three score years of his active life in a quiet, peaceful and industrious manner, a good citizen, neighbor and father.

            Jacob Junior PELL was born May 24, 1850.  He was married to Mary STONE in 1873.  Six children were born to them, four of whom are now living, Jess PELL, Rotan; Mrs. Emma LANCASTER, De Leon; Mrs. Cassie LEWIS, Rule and Oran PELL, Proctor.  His wife preceded him into the Great Beyond.

            On May 10, 1889, he was re-married to Mollie G. WHISENANT and six children were born to them, five of whom survive:  Mrs. Ida LEWIS, Comyn; Mrs. Mamie TIMMONS, Comyn; Mrs. Alice MORRISON, Downing; Charley PELL, Comyn and Roy PELL, Comyn.  His wife survives him.

            Mr. PELL had realized for some months that he was going away and had expressed himself as being ready to go.  He led a very active life and his eighty-two years rested heavily upon him.  He died of no particular organic trouble – just old age.

            Mr. PELL made an unusual request before his death, namely that his body should not be bourne to the grave in a hearse.  He was of the old school of pioneers and helped to carry the bodies of many of his friends to the grave in wagons.  “A truck or a wagon” was the conveyance he wished used, and his request was respected, a truck being used.

            The funeral service was held at the Ebenezer cemetery at 2:00 o’clock Sunday afternoon, and his body laid to rest there.  Rev. W.T. HAZARD conducted the service.


Arrested on Liquor Charge

            Henry STEELE was arrested at the Hill Top Filling Station at De Leon Saturday at noon by Sheriff Dwight BRIGHTMAN, Deputy W.G. KIMBLE and City Marshall W.A. PATE of Comanche after 3 half gallon jars and three pint jars of whiskey had been found buried under rocks with a short distance of his place of business.

            Mr. STEELE was released Monday under a $750 Bond to await the action of the grand jury. –Chief.


Mrs. S.J. Rucker Moved to Dallas

            The many friends of Mrs. S.J. RUCKER regret that she found it necessary to leave De Leon following the death of Rev. RUCKER a month ago in Colorado.  She returned here a week following her husband’s death and has been engaged in packing a portion of the time, spending some time in Dallas meanwhile with relatives.  On Wednesday this week she left with her youngest son, Foster RUCKER, for Dallas, where the two will make their home near Southern Methodist University, he being a member of the University faculty.


Harry Huddleston Builds New Home in Duster Community

            Workmen have been occupied the past two or three weeks on a new residence for Mr. and Mrs. Harry HUDDLESTON.  The HUDDLESTON farm is some six miles west of town, not far from Duster and is one of the most modernly improved farmsteads in that section.  The new residence is of six rooms and has modern features, including bath, etc.  The house is covered with iron roofing which is the last word in roofing material, attractive in appearance and almost everlasting.  The place is made neat and attractive by a coat of white paint.

            Higginbotham Bros. & Co. furnished the lumber for this job, and Jim BROWN assisted Mr. HUDDLESTON in building.


Market Man Will Build New Home in De Leon Soon

            Mr. and Mrs. Hollie HAFFORD have the plans about completed for a new residence which they will erect on the site of the old J.D. HAM homestead, a block south of the Baptist church.  Workmen this week are tearing away the old house, which is a landmark here, having been erected probably more than forty years ago.  The late J.D. HAM had the house erected and it was substantially built, Mr. HAM being one of the city’s pioneer lumbermen.

            Mr. and Mrs. HAFFORD plan at least a six room cottage, built along modern lines.  Work will commence the coming week on the new structure.



            Bridge parties seem abundant during the rush and excitement of school’s opening and melons seem to be the fashionable dish to serve.  Or at least this repast seemed to appeal rather strongly to the couples that spent the evening of September 11, playing bridge with only slight concentration for the game. Maxine PEAK furnished music profusely.  The melons were served with the help of Radford SMITH and Stanley COZBY while Lenora FINKELSTINE completed the course with her delicious salted peanuts.  The evening was completed by a ride in Stanley’s automobile after pushing it several blocks for the purpose of settling the refreshments and starting the car.


Birthday Party

            Little Marilyn MARSHBANKS, as honoree on her seventh birthday September thirteenth, assisted her mother in greeting and entertaining twenty little guests, who came to make merry and share in the joys of a happy day.

            The play hour began with an impromptu concert, numerous little ones participating, winning much applause from an enthusiastic audience.

            The next hours were merry with out-door games; following them, a summons to the dining room was given, where a huge birthday cake awaited them.  Results of the gay circles of candle blowers entitled little Miss Frances OWEN to first place, so Marilyn presented her with a little birthday cake, after which the guests were served watermelons, ice cream and cake.


Duster by Mrs. C.D. Graham

Mr. and Mrs. G.M. HASLEY who have been visiting their father, Mr. Frank HASLEY, left for their home in House Monday.

Grandpa HARRIS of Weatherford, Texas, is visiting his daughter, Mrs. G.W. ROBERTS of this community.

Mr. and Mrs. Charley NELSON are the proud parents of a baby girl.


Oliver Springs by Iris Warren

Gilbert DANIELS had the misfortune of getting his arm broken last week cranking a car.

Andy REED and family of Breckenridge visited his uncle, R.H. REED, Sunday.

Mrs. Mittie TERRY and daughters of Ranger visited her sister, Mrs. Clyde NABORS last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Nattie WATTS and children of Desdemona have moved into this community.

Alvie DANIELS of Stephenville visited his brother, Ernest DANIELS and family Sunday.

Arthur WARREN and family visited his sister, Mrs. W.H. STRINGFELLOW near De Leon last Monday.

Oren MILLER left Monday for the plains where he will pick cotton.


Robinson Springs by Miss La Joyce Macon

Miss La Joyce MACON, Roger and Wayne CHAMBERS and Doyce SHORT have gone to Brownwood where they will attend school this term.

Friends of this community are glad to hear that Mrs. C.L. TARRANCE is slowly improving from her long spell of illness.

W.R. TOLER has returned from Waco to attend school.  He has been working in Waco all summer

(From Last Week)

Mrs. J.U. WEST is visiting her mother, Mrs. SMITH, at Oliver Springs.

Miss Clonice and Anita KAY from Beattie are visiting Mr. and Mrs. J.M. KAY

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie CANTWELL and family visited Mrs. CANTWELL’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.G. TARRANCE, Tuesday.

Mrs. Jasper BROWNLEE from De Leon visited her daughter, Mrs. Earl DANIEL last week.


St. Joe by Pauline Ray

Mr. and Mrs. M.L. MORRIS returned home Thursday from an extended visit with their son, Curt MORRIS and family of Rule.

Mr. and Mrs. Jess MORRIS, Mr. and Mrs. Felix MORRIS, Mr. and Mrs. Charley MORRIS and daughter, Geraldine, and J.A. GILLOCK visited their pastor, Rev. Walter MARTIN of Purvis, Sunday.  Rev. MARTIN has been ill for some time and his many friends are hoping he is soon well again.

Mrs. Nath NABORS of Oliver Springs spent the past week end with her daughter, Mrs. Rufe OTWELL and family.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

The school grounds have been cleaned off and playground equipment provided such as swings, see-saws, jumping ropes, etc. for the children of the school.

Billie and Oris June REED visited the school Friday.  They formerly attended school at this place.  They will move to Breckenridge soon.

Mr. O.H. MOORE accompanied by a number of the young ladies of the community attended the singing school at De Leon last week which is being taught by Ernest and Walter RIPPETOE.  The RIPPETOE brothers taught a singing school here this summer.

Misses Novia LINDLEY, Lillian ROBBINS and Bartene MOORE were in Stephenville last Saturday.  Miss LINDLEY and Miss ROBBINS registered for the session and will go to Tarleton College this year.

Miss Sarah HUGHES, who has been visiting at Big Spring with her brother, Doris, has returned home and will enter senior class in the Desdemona school this year.

O.S. ROBBINS moved the building that had been intended for a potato drying plant to his farm this week where it will be made into a residence.

Miss Erica WHITWORTH, who teaches home economics and some grade work in this school, visited her home folks over the week end.


Downing by J.L. Bishop

A.L. GUNN of Comanche spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. GUNN.

David REEVES and Mr. and Mrs. B.C. KERLY of Brownwood spent Sunday at her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. HORNSBY.

Dan PETERS has returned home from McCamey.

(From Last Week)

Rev. J.L. ISBELL has moved to our community.  We are glad to have him locate here.

The Downing school opened on September 5th, 1932.  We had a good start.  There are 75 pupils enrolled.  We are hoping to have some more.  We have some good teachers.  They are Mr. R.C. BOSWELL and Mrs. ELLIS of De Leon, Miss ELIOTT of Duster.  They are going to do their very best for the school, and hope that the pupils will try to do their best also.  We are going to have many good sports and clubs, which we are all interested in.  Later we hope to have a play each month.

Travis ISBELL and Lawrence SHUPP attended the Sunday School Convention at Comyn Sunday.

W.H. McNUTT and family of Downing have moved to Coleman.

H.O. GRISSOM and family have gone to Loraine to pick cotton.  A.L. GUNN of Comanche visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. GUNN Sunday.

Martin LOUDERMILK is visiting his grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. LOUDERMILK, of Downing, this week.


Local Happenings

Miss GARNER of Fort Worth was a recent visitor with her aunt, Mrs. G.W. HAFFORD and Miss Emma.

Miss Emma FIELDS has returned from a months visit with her aunt, Mrs. J.C. SMART at Gustine.

Mr. and Mrs. Dee BURLESON of Gorman were week end guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence MYERS.

Mr. and Mrs. R.L. BLACK of Desdemona attended the funeral here of their brother-in-law, J.J. WILLIS Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. Alton BAGGETT of Temple was here last week end visiting relatives and attending the funeral of her uncle, J.J. WILLIS, Sunday afternoon.

Miss Nell Roy DODSON of near Paris is here to attend school and will live in the home of Rev. and Mrs. David M. PHILLIPS.

Mrs. W.W. NANCE and son, Gayle, of Fort Worth were week end guests of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Fred RUTLEDGE 

J.H. BLACK, of Brownfield, Texas, is visiting as at the home of his brother, S.E. BLACK and family near Beattie.

Mr. and Mrs. Audry SPENCER and sons, Audry Tom and Dickey Boy, were guests Sunday of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.W. SPENCER in Dublin.

Mrs. H.B. FUNKHOUSER, of Fort Worth and Miss Stella NANCE, of Dallas, were here the past week end visiting in the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.H. NANCE.

Those from here who are students at John Tarleton College at Stephenville for the ensuing school year are Misses Ruth HOWE, Geneva and Frances COLEY, and Evelyn KINCHEN.  All are second year students except Miss Frances COLEY.


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