The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, September 30, 1932


Child Injured by Automobile While Playing in Street Near Depot

            Baby LEE, the small son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee BARTON, is recovering from an accident which occurred Saturday afternoon when Misses Meta and Waynie McCHAREN crossed the railroad going north and their automobile struck Baby LEE. The impact knocked him down and broke the skin on the right side of his head; he had other minor bruises.  He was at once attended by a local physician and is doing nicely, being able to attend school this week.


Fie Moreland Died at Zephyr Wednesday

            The Free Press has learned that Fie MORELAND, formerly of this place, died at his home at Zephyr last Wednesday and his body was laid to rest a De Leon cemetery Thursday afternoon.  MORELAND is reported to have died from blood poison.  He was probably about thirty years of age, married and had one child.  The Free Press knows no further particulars.


Elderly Couple Ages 70 and 75 are Married Here

            Rev. A.F. NABORS, local preacher for the Methodist church, performed a very unusual marriage ceremony at his home last Wednesday, September 21.  The contracting parties were 70 and 75 years of age.  They are Mr. G.A. CLARK and Mrs. N.L. BRAZZELL and reside near Jakehamon the Free Press understands.  They were accompanied to the home of the minister by a Mr. and Mrs. CLARK, Roy CLARK and Miss Mary MAYS.  These are probably the oldest people ever united in marriage by Rev. NABORS in his many years of ministry, and are the oldest local bride and groom the Free Press editor has ever recorded in more than 20 years of editing.


Re-Roofing Tanks at Comyn Station

            Workmen have been engaged for the past two or three weeks on a job of re-roofing two of the big 55,000 barrel tanks on the Comyn Tank Farm.  A number of the men employed on the job have been living in DeLeon meanwhile.


Rex Lightfoot is Acquitted on Murder Charge

            Rex LIGHTFOOT was acquitted by a jury in district court at Stephenville Wednesday morning after trial for the murder of Johnnie WALKER.  The case went to trial last Monday and a jury had been secured by the close of the day.  Tuesday the case was argued and given to the jury late Tuesday evening.  Wednesday morning the jury reported before 8:30 their verdict and was discharged.  The verdict was “not guilty.”

            LIGHTFOOT shot WALKER on the streets of Dublin last Christmas Eve.  The Erath county grand jury considered the case after an examining trial had been held and voted no bill.  However, a later grand jury billed him and the trial resulted.

            The case caused considerable interest here, both the LIGHTFOOT and WALKER families being well-known and prominent, and a considerable number of local people attended the trial.



            Death came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard DIGGS Sept. 11th and claimed the husband and father at their home near Hillsboro.  He resided with his parents for a number of years near Rucker and was married in 1918 to Miss Ord GILDER.  To this union was born one son who is thirteen years of age.  Some thirteen years ago he and his wife and parents moved to near Hillsboro where they have since resided.  Mr. DIGGS was 38 years of age.  He had only been confined to his bed for one month but had suffered for some time with cancer.  Specialists were consulted but nothing could be done.

            He was converted and united with the Missionary Baptist church when a young man and lived a consistent and faithful Christian life and when the end was near told his loved ones not to grieve for him because “Jesus was waiting to take him home.” 

            The funeral and burial was at Vaughn, Texas.  Their many friends here sympathize with the family in their hour of sorrow.


S.G. Underwood Died at his Home in Floydada Tuesday

            The burial of S.G. UNDERWOOD, of Floydada, Texas, occurred at De Leon cemetery at 10:30 o’clock a.m. Thursday, September 29, 1932.  Mr. UNDERWOOD, for many years a resident of De Leon, passed away at his home there last Tuesday, the 27th.  He had been ill of liver trouble for a period of one year and had been critically ill for some days preceding his death.

            The UNDERWOOD family came to De Leon almost twenty years ago.  He was manager of the local cotton compress for fourteen years, and held a similar position at Floydada after leaving here.  He had been engaged practically all his adult years in work connected with compresses.

            Sylvanus Green UNDERWOOD was born at Pleasant Hill, Lowndes county, Ala., May 5, 1870 being 62 years of age at death.  He grew to manhood there, coming to Texas about thirty years ago.  He was married in 1910 to Miss Emma MOORE.  They first lived at Waco.  Five children were born into the home, two sons, John 20, and Thomas, 15, together with his wife, survive him.  Two daughters, Mamie, 13, and an infant daughter of six weeks, are dead.

            In early life Mr. UNDERWOOD was converted and united with the Missionary Baptist Church.  He also affiliated with the Masonic Lodge.  These two great bodies had a great influence doubtless on his early life and character, influence which went with him throughout his life.

            A simple home funeral service was held at Floydada Wednesday after which the body was brought to De Leon.  Rev. David M. PHILLIPPS, pastor of the local Baptist Church, conducted a brief service at the grave Thursday when his body was committed to the earth.  The many De Leon friends deeply sympathize with Mrs. UNDERWOOD and the two young sons in their sorrow and loss.


Card of Thanks

            We wish to thank the people of the De Leon, Downing and Vandyke communities for the kindness and sympathy shown us in the loss of our husband and father.  May the Lord bless every one.


Mr. and Mrs. R.V. BOND

Selman, Hazel, Billy Bruce, and Peggy Lou TURNER


Van Dyke Club is Organized

            The Vandyke Community Club was re-organized on Friday evening, September 23rd.  The following officers were elected:

Mr. H.P. HOLDRIDGE, president

Mr. Lloyd FRITTS, vice-president

Miss Opal THOMAS, secretary and treasurer

            Program Committee

Miss Golda EVANS, chairman

Mr. Charley HENDRIX

Mrs. Elmer WILSON

Miss Vera Mae BRATTON

Miss Velda FRITTS

            Arrangements Committee

Mr. W. H. STEVENSON, chairman


Mr. Elmer WILSON

Mr. Charlie HINDRIX

            The club meets in the school building on Friday evening before the fourth Sunday of each month.

            After a free discussion of the subject, the parents of the community organized a Parent-Teacher Association.  The following officers were elected:

            Mr. E.J. BRATTON, president

            Mr. G.B. PRATT, vice-president

            Mrs. W.H. STEVENSON, secretary and treasurer.

Program Committee

            Miss Golda EVANS, chairman

            Mrs. Walter M. GRIGSBY

            Mrs. Wylie J. McCARTY

            The P.T.A. meets in the school building on Thursday evening of the fourth week in each school month.


Holleman – Fowler

            Mr. and Mrs. Paul HOLLEMAN have recently announced their marriage which occurred August 11th.  Mrs. HOLLEMAN was Miss Jackie FOWLER of Dublin.  Friends here congratulate Mr. and Mrs. HOLLEMAN and wish them much joy.  They are at home in Eastland.



            Miss Margie CAYCE entertained the Bridge Club Wednesday evening, September 21, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.G. CAYCE.  High score in Contract was won by Miss Chrystene AYERS.  A delicious salad course was served to the following guests:  Mrs. Clyde POPE and Missus Hazel HUDDLESTON, Madge IRVIN, Launa FRETWELL, Blanche HANSFORD, Allene WEAVER, Marion SHORT, Willie Mae JETTON, Chrystene AYERS, Inez WEBB and Grace SHORT.


Choral Club Organized

            Monday, September 26, the following girls met at the home of Miss Launa FRETWELL to organize a school choral club:  Mary Dolph BOSWELL, Talma RICE, Kathryn SALMON, Elaine SCOTT, Virginia SCOTT, Alma D. TUBBS, Jaunita Upshaw,  Lois UPSHAW and Helen WALL.

            Officers elected were as follows:

President, Jaunita UPSHAW

Vice-president – Virginia SCOTT

High school sec. – Lois UPSHAW

Grammar School sec – Helen WALL

Reporter:  Elaine  SCOTT.

            The club will meet each Monday at 4:15 o’clock.


 Local Happenings

Mr. and Mrs. Thurman SELF and little daughter, and J.F. RILEY, both nephews of Dr. and Mrs. J.E. SELF, of Mercedes, were visiting their brother at Duncan, Okla., this week and while enroute, stopped overnight in the doctor’s home.

T.P. PATTERSON, who has been visiting in the West for two or three months, having had a major operation meanwhile, returned home recently.  He is gaining strength and expects soon to be fully recovered.

Rev. and Mrs. Elmer CRABTREE, Mrs. E.L. THORNTON, I.B. DUKE, and E.L. PAYNE, of Abilene and Rev. and Mrs. NAGLE of Anson were here last Wednesday and attended the funeral of W.H. TURNER.  Revs. CRABTREE and NAGLE were Mr. TURNER’s former pastors.

Mrs. H.O. GEORGE is suffering from a broken arm.  Friday afternoon about sundown when Mrs. GEORGE went to the cow lot to milk, a cow ran against her, knocking her down, breaking her arm just above the wrist.  She was taken to the Gorman hospital where she received medical attention and is doing nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence MYERS and children attended the funeral of her grandfather GRIFFIN at Gorman Wednesday.  Mr. GRIFFIN had reached the age of 86 years, and was one of Eastland county’s early settlers.

Mesdames HICKEY, V.V. BELL, Josie BELL and Reese UPSHAW went to Brownwood Thursday and attended the funeral of Mrs. J.W. HICKEY.

Mrs. W.M. WILEY has gone to Duke, Okla. to visit relatives.

Miss Emma FIELDS has gone to Dublin to make her future home.

Mrs. J.D. HAM has gone to Temple where she is under the treatment of a specialist.

Mrs. W.B. NANCE, who has been visiting with relatives at Whitney the past two weeks, has returned.

Miss Ruth HOWE of Stephenville was week-end guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben HOWE.

Miss Nita HODGES was a recent visitor with her parents in Stephenville.

Mrs. A. HARRIS and daughters Alene and Aleta, were guests Sunday of her father, B. PATTON at Comanche.

Rev. Huron POLNAC has gone to Abilene where he is attending Simmons University.

John Carl, son of Mr. and Mrs. N.T. HASKINS, has gone to Dallas where he entered his fifth year at S.M.U., this being his second year in law course.

Mr. and Mrs. Murry TOLAND of Stephenville were guests Tuesday night of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.W. TOLAND.

A fine son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Volley NABORS recently.  His name is Johnnie Dale.

B.B. GILDER and Mr. and Mrs. DeVere GILDER went to Hillsboro two weeks ago to attend the funeral of Howard DIGGS.

Mrs. Roy HAMMERS went to Dallas last week where she underwent a major operation Saturday.  Later reports are that she is recovering.

Mesdames J. NUNNELLEY, Autry SELF and Joe ASHBY and son, Joe Ben, accompanied Miss Inez WEBB to Ft. Worth Tuesday.  She has gone to Noble, La. for a two weeks vacation.

Misses Pearl BOYKIN and Augusta HARDIN are returning to Houston this week after a visit in the home of their aunt, Mrs. J.G. SANDERS, the past two weeks.

Miss Cora WALL left some days ago for Alpine where she will study the coming winter.  She will complete her course and receive her degree at the end of the school year in June.  Miss WALL studied at Sul Ross Teachers College there during the past summer.

Mr. and Mrs. John SHORT and son, Finney, have moved to Dublin, where Mr. SHORT has a position.


Downing by J.L. BISHOP

Carl WATSON, who is a student at John Tarleton, visited home folks this week-end.

Mrs. Woodie MORRISON spent last week with her mother, Mrs. PELL.

Mrs. Tessie WILSON of Comanche spent the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. LASSITER.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom COX spent Sunday with her sister, Mrs. Dan BEATY.

Mrs. L.E. PETERS is spending the week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. GUNN.

Mr. and Mrs. W.H. McNUTT spent Monday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. GUNN.


Oliver Springs by Iris Warren

The recent rains have delayed the farmers some about gathering corn and maize. 

School is progressing nicely.  The Home Economic girls are cooking at this time under the instructions of Mrs. HOWARD. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest DANIELS were called to Breckenridge Friday on account of the death of Mr. DANIEL’s aged father.  The elder Mr. DANIELS was found dead in his bed Friday morning.  The people of this community sympathize with the family in their bereavement.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy NABORS visited parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy SMITH in De Leon last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Cecil TARRANCE and children of Robinson Springs visited her parents, E.M. OTWELL and family Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee NABORS and children of De Leon visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nath NABORS and family, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. E.K. SMITH of Cisco visited their son, Astell SMITH last Wednesday.

Mrs. J.H. FULLER of Cisco, visited her daughter, Mrs. Oscar REID last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Thurman COGBURN have moved to Gorman.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

Rains in the first part of this week delayed farm work and in some ways has been injurious.

Mrs. V.C. WAYLAND and children have gone to some point in West Texas where they will assist Mrs. WAYLAND’s brother gather his bumper cotton crop.  Others who are away picking cotton are: Mr. and Mrs. Jim JOHNSON and Mrs. Lizzie WINNEGAR and children.

Miss Robbie Lea ADAMS was sick with a severe attack of tonsillitis last week and was out of school.

Mr. and Mrs. DUNLAP of Red River County have moved to this community and have entered their children in school.

Charlston WEIR left for O’Brien this week where he will be engaged in harvesting maize and gathering cotton.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy LINDLEY of Comyn visited with Mr. and MRs. Tom LINDLEY and other relatives in this community Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde McKINNEY of Frankell visited with Mr. and Mrs. S.O. McKINNEY this week.

Clyde BLACKBORN of the Howard community visited his sister, Mrs. W.C. McGUIRE and family Sunday.

G.E. RILEY, W.D. PARKER and F.E. OSBORN have been engaged in building a large earthen tank on the A.H. DOWNING farm near Dublin.

A wedding of unusual interest occurred in our community this week when Mr. G.A. CLARK and Mrs. W.M. BRAZELL surprised their many, many friends by getting married.  Both the contracting parties are well past middle life and have each reared their families to maturity and each being left alone it seemed natural that, in the evening of life, they should seek the comfort of companionship rather than be alone.  The best wishes of their neighbors and friends were showered upon them.


Buffalo Community

Mr. and Mrs. Homer ROCKLEY of Overton, Texas, are visiting Mr. and Mrs. O.B. BRINSON.

Miss Cuttie BLANCHE and Billy WILKERSON spent Wednesday afternoon with Miss Vada GREGORY.

Mr. and Mrs. Jess WILSON spent last Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Dick BROOKS.

Mr. Jim WILKERSON spent Wednesday afternoon with Miss Vada GREGORY.  Mr. and Mrs. Jess WILSON spent last Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Dick BROOKS.

Mrs. Mary HILLEY of De Leon is visiting her sister, Mrs. G.W. HANSON.

Mr. J.C.L. BRINSON spent Tuesday afternoon with Mr. E.G. GREGORY.


Robinson Springs by Miss La Joyce Macon

Mr. Walter BARKER and family have returned from Rochester where they have been picking cotton.

Mr. MORING and the Agriculture class visited Mr. Doss MILLER’s farm Monday evening.

Mr. MORING, Mr. K.I. DECKER and Mr. W.C. KIMMELL were in Stephenville Saturday on school business.



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