The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, October 21, 1932


Attempt is Made to Burn Home of Lee Morris Sun.

            An attempt at incendiarism was brought to light here early Sunday morning, when the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lee MORRIS narrowly escaped being burned.  Someone is reported to have tied old clothing and other inflammable  material to the end of a piece of plank, poured gasoline over it and set it on fire, leaning the flaming torch against the eave of the house of Mr. MORRIS in such a manner as to catch the shingles on fire.  Gasoline is also said to have been thrown on the roof.

            Hezzie DEAN, local young man, was driving past and discovered the flames, turning in an alarm.  The family was aroused in time to extinguish the flames before serious damage was done.

            Mr. MORRIS is very much at a loss to know who would have made such a dastardly attempt which not only might have cost him his home, but threatened to take his life as well.  He has no enemies so far as he knows and has no trouble of any nature with anyone, he stated.


Lubbock Woman Killed by Auto

            Mrs. Wallace DENDY and son Ezra, and Miss Rena DENDY, have returned home from Lubbock, where she attended the funeral of their aunt and sister-in-law.  Mrs. J.L. THOMAS, who was accidently killed when she was knocked down by an automobile which was being driven at the rate of 35 miles an hour.  Mrs. THOMAS had started to spend the day with a friend going on a truck with a number of young people.  As she stepped from the truck and started to cross the road, she failed to see the approaching car.  She was immediately taken to the hospital in Lubbock, but lived only 35 minutes.  Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church after which the body was laid away in the Lubbock cemetery.  She leaves a husband and three children, two girls and a boy and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn her going.


Aunt Carrie Chambers Has Old Heirlooms Hundred Years Old

            When Dr. SELF went out to the home of Uncle Joe and Aunt Carrie CHAMBERS a few days ago, Aunt Carrie, who has been ill, had Miss Jnnie SHIELDS bring out and exhibit to the doctor an old bowl which had been in her family for more than 100 years.  It was handed down by her mother, she said.  They also have an old four-poster bed which speaks a story of other days.

            Aunt Carrie is ill, but has no particular ailment, Dr. SELF said.  Her friends hope she will be out again soon.


Obituary – Mrs. J.E. GUTHREY

            Louise Jane Roycroft GUTHERY was born December 11, 1859 and departed this life Sunday, October 16, 1932.  She was married to James Eldridge GUTHERY September 5, 1889 and to this union six children, all of which have survived her except one, Walter, who died in infancy.

            The passing of this good woman brought a shadow of sorrow to the community and her neighbors and friends who have known her so well through the long years of her residence here.  Her faithful companion was claimed by death three months ago and his passing was a heavy strain upon her and together with the infirmities of old age and the suffering occasioned by a malady that the best medical attention could not check was more than her frail body could endure and death relieved her of suffering.

            This good woman was that type of pioneer mothers who loved her home and family above all and devoted her long life to her home and family.  She was a devout Christian, having professed a hope in Christ at an early age and joined the Primitive Baptist Church and lived a faithful Christian life through the years, bringing up her children in the love and admonition of their God.  It is beyond the power of human mind to measure the good that such a life might be in her family and among her neighbors.  Her faithful and steadfast Christian life is a benediction to her family and all that knew her.

            The deceased is survived by the following children:  Mrs. Effie KIMBRO, Phoenix, Arizona; Mrs. Mary GREGORY, George West, Texas; Mrs. Sallie BROWNING, Roy GUTHERY and Chas. GUTHERY of Desdemona.  Other relatives from distant points attending the funeral were:  Mr. and Mrs. L.R. DAVENPORT and Mr. and Mrs. P.A. DAVENPORT of Fort Worth, A.T. GUTHERY and L.C. SHEARER of Girard, Texas.  A large number of friends from De Leon and other nearby places attended the funeral together with practically the entire people of the community attests the esteem in which this mother was held.

            Funeral services were conducted at the home under the massive oak trees which surround this beautiful  country home.  The services were conducted by her pastor, Elder S.W. SHORT of De Leon in a most6 sincere and solemn manner in which he pointed out the beauties of the Christian life with its promises of reward beyond this earthly life at the conclusion of which the great throng of people filed by in mournful procession and viewed for the last time their departed friend.  A brief service was conducted at the grave in the Desdemona cemetery by Elder SHORT, and banks of beautiful flowers indicate the esteem of the departed and the sympathy extended by the neighbors and friends of this good family.


E.G. Thomas Dies at Everman Home

            Rev. E.G. THOMAS died at his home in Everman Friday, October 14 at 3 o’clock p.m. after a short illness.

            His age was 76 years, and his native state was Oklahoma.  He moved from there to De Leon in 1896, where he resided continuously until 1916 when he with his family moved to Everman and lived there the past 16 years.

            Brother THOMAS was a Methodist minister 36 years. After he became too feeble to preach, he taught Sunday School until last summer.  He lived an active life in the Lord’s work until almost the last, and passed peacefully away with these words, “Palms of Victory, Crowns of Glory I shall wear.”  Then closed his eyes.  The family has a large circle of who sympathize with them in this their hour of sorrow.

            Brother THOMAS was a kind husband, devoted father, good neighbor and a friend to all.  He is survived by his wife, and two sons, A.E. THOMAS of Everman, and W.E. THOMAS of De Leon, and six daughters, Mrs. H.O. GEORGE, De Leon, Mrs. O.M. VAUGHN, Crafton, Mrs. E.C. FORD, Sweetwater, Mrs. Della BARKER, Cisco, Mrs. Austin IRVING, Houston, and Mrs. David A. BRIDGES, Everman and  29 grandchildren.  They were all present at the funeral.

            He had been a member of the Masonic Lodge for 44 years, and was a member of the Everman Lodge, No. 510, Gorman Chapter No. 888.

            Funeral Services were conducted at the Methodist church by the pastor, Rev. Floyd THRASH, assisted by Rev. R.B. MORGAN, pastor of the Baptist church.  After the church service the burial was at Everman Cemetery.


Birthday Party

            On Friday night, October 14th, Miss Lady Grace WHALEY entertained a number of her friends with a birthday party at her home.  The house was artistically decorated with roses and fern, and the lights were dimmed with Halloween lanterns, which made everything look “spookie.”  As each guest arrived they registered in a birthday book.  Many interesting games were played; some of which were “beanbag” and trying to blow balloons thru a hoop.  Delicious refreshments were served which consisted of ice cold punch and a huge piece of cake.  The cake was iced with pink icing and had 14 pink candles on it.  The guests looked comical in their orange crepe paper hats.  To obtain one of these hats each one had to smile, which was not hard to do, especially after they got a glimpse of the cake.  Plate favors were Halloween silhouettes with clever fortunes attached to each.  Those who attended the party were:  Albert HAZELWOOD, Pat NARRY, John T. KEE, Eugene WEAVER, Coy HOLDRIDGE, Eugena GENTRY, Bobbie Jean STRINGELLOW, Wade SMITH, Elaine SCOTT, Virginia SCOTT, Billie Faye LONDON, Jeanette EGBERT, Henry G. PEEVY, Beverly WINSTON, Wynell SALTER, Ed GLOVER, Mary Alice ROLLINS, Bill ROLLINS, Iva Joe PITTMAN and Florence TOLAND.  After reading their fortunes, some of the guests were afraid to go home but all declared that they had had a swell time.


Local Happenings

Mrs. Laura WATSON of Breckenridge is guest of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Dale BOSWELL and little son, Marvin Dale.

Mrs. Velma LOCKE and son returned from Fort Worth this week with her mother, Mrs. E.E. DABNEY.  Mrs. LOCKE made a short visit while here.

Aubrey DODSON, who has spent two or three months in De Leon, went to Austin Tuesday where his wife and son are staying, the latter in the State University.

Mrs. Ernest MYERS of Ringgold was a recent guest of her aunt, Mrs. Clifford LuALLEN.

Miss Francis HARVEY of Stephenville was a week end guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY.

Mrs. B.N. DAVIS of Iowa was a guest the past week of her sister, Mrs. Dale HOWARD.

Mr. and Mrs. Garland BELL of Brownwood were visitors Sunday in the home of his mother, Mrs. Josie BELL and other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Edgar SHORT were recent visitors with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George BEAUCHAMP in Stephenville.

Mrs. N.H. GREENHOW and children, Laura Rivers and Billie Joe, were weekend guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe LINTHICUM at Meridian.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred SHAVER, Mesdames Pete SHAVER and A.E. HAMPTON were in San Antonio last weekend where they met Mr. and Mrs. Brown SHAVER.  They were accompanied home by little Miss Dorothy SHAVER, who will visit here until Xmas.

Miss Crystelle NELSON was weekend guest of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil NELSON in Waco.

Earl ROGERS accompanied his sister, Miss Loyce, to Heidenheimer last week-end where she has a position in the public school.

Mr. and Mrs. SEBER of Stamford have moved here.

Mrs.  T.C. SMITH has gone to Breckenridge for an indefinite visit with her daughter, Mrs. Stuart CATE.

Misses Inez and Nell BOSWELL attended the funeral of Mrs. Eldridge GUTHREY at Desdemona Monday.

Guy ROCH of Houston is guest of his mother, Mrs. J.D. ROCH and family.

Mr. and Mrs. E.B. RIDER and daughter, Miss Oma, spent Sunday in Frankell with their daughter and sister, Mrs. C.W. McKINNEY, who had prepared a sumptuous dinner in honor of her father’s  64th birthday.  Others present were:  Mr. and Mrs. W.R. REYNOLDS and Kenneth Eugene of Fort Worth, Mrs. B.V. CLARK and daughter of Breckenridge, Mr. Kay REYNOLDS of Carbon and Mr. Roy Laforge of Breckenridge.


St. Joe by Miss Pauline Ray

Picking cotton, shaking and thrashing peanuts is keeping everyone busy.

Rev. J.N. BRADFORD, pastor of the Baptist church at Dublin, preached at St. Joe Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.  Rev. BRADFORD is a most interesting minister.

Rev. Walter MARTIN of Purvis, pastor at St. Joe, is slowly improving after a long illness.  His friends are hoping he is able to preach again soon.

Mr. and Mrs. Ector DRY and baby of Iraan have been visiting their mother, Mrs. G.B. JOHNSON, the past week.  Mrs. JOHNSON accompanied them home for an extended visit.

Mr. and Mrs. Virgil McKELVEY of Olden spent Sunday with their father, J.F. McKELVEY, who has been suffering from an attack of rheumatism the past week.

Mrs. M.L. MORRIS was pleasantly surprised on her birthday Sunday when all of her children and grand children gathered at her home, bringing well-filled baskets and gifts to the honoree.  Those being present to celebrate the happy occasion were:  Mr. and Mrs. Felix MORRIS and family, Mr. and  Mrs. Jess MORRIS and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Lee MORRIS, Mr. and Mrs. Otho MORRIS, Mr. and Mrs. Oren MORRIS of De Leon, and Mrs. Lucy C [?] of Troupe, Mr. and Mrs. Will SIDES and Mr. and Mrs. Luther BAGWELL and children of Ebenezer.  All the children were present except Mr. and Mrs. Curt MORRIS and family of Rule.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack OTWELL and family of New Hope, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. PIERCE and children of De Leon, visited Mrs. J.A. (Grandmother) OTWELL Sunday.



Mr. and Mrs. John HANSON and family spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. L.L. BELEYU.

More about old coins, Mr. E.G. GREGORY has a dime made in the year 1786 and he has owned the dime for fifty-one years.

Mrs. Len LESLEY spent Saturday with Mrs. Billy WILKERSON.


Robinson Springs by Miss LaVeda Macon

Mr. J.T. DYSON has returned home.  He has been gone for some time picking cotton.

Mrs. Dean GARDNER visited Mr. and Mrs. C.C. MILLER last week end.  She is ill with tonsillitis. 

Miss Dorine PARSON spent the week end with Miss Margaret PARSON.

School will begin again next Monday.  Every student who can, come.



Misses Lillian ROBBINS and Novice LINDLEY, who are attending college at Stephenville, spent the week end visiting with home folks.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin HUFFMAN and family of Ranger, visited with his brother, Edgar HUFFMAN and family this weekend.

Mrs. W.A. SALYER of Desdemona spent a part of this week visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. HUGHES.

Mr. and Mrs. R.C. LILNDLEY of Comyn visited with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.J. LINDLEY Sunday.

Horace LANE, who has undergone a serious operation at Gorman recently, has improved enough to be able to return home.

J.H. ADAMS and family visited with Mrs. ADAMS mother, Mrs. R.L. GRIFFIN of Staff, Sunday.

Mrs. W.C. McGUIRE and children are away this week to some point in the west where they will pick cotton for several days.

L.R. DAVENPORT and wife and P.A. DAVENPORT and wife and baby of Fort Worth were in this community this week where they had been called for the funeral of Mrs. GUTHERY, mother of Mrs. DAVENPORT.

R.P. LEWIS and family will move back to this community the first of the year and will farm the TERRY farm next year.

Mrs. L. GARY, who has lived in this community two years, is moving this week back to Lamesa.  We regret to lose this good family from our community and the children from the school.

Mr. GUTHERY passed away only a short time ago and since that time Mrs. GUTHERY had so failed in health that her recovery was despaired of several weeks ago and the end was not unexpected.  She was a good Christian, a loving companion, a devoted mother and loved by all who knew her.  The many friends of the family extend their sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.


Oliver Springs by Miss Iris Warren

Rev. SKAGGS filled his regular appointment here last Sunday.  There was lots of nice dinner spread.  There was a nice crowd out to hear Rev. PHILLIPS preach Sunday afternoon and a number of singers from different communities sang in the new song books.  We enjoyed the singing very much and invite them back.

Mrs. Marshall DOMINY of Leon is visiting her son, John DOMINY and family.

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

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff SMITH and son, Dolphus, visited their daughter, Mrs. Johnnie BURLESON Sunday and attended church here.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy PARKER and children and Mrs. Bob ATCHISON have gone to Rule where they will be engaged in cotton picking for a while.


Comyn by Mrs. Pearl Phipps

Mr. EASTON of Alexander City, Alabama, is visiting his aunt, Mrs. T.D. CRADDOCK and family.

Little Charlie Chloe ADAMS has been quite ill for several days suffering from an attack of membranous croup.  At present she is reported improving.

Dane COOK of Big Lake has returned to his work after spending his vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.T. COOK.

Little Edward FAIRCLOTH is reported recovering from a severe attack of throat trouble.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray SWANNER are the parents of a baby girl, born Saturday, Oct. 8.

W.P. PULLEY has gone to Fort Worth for a visit.  Mr. PULLEY spent last week with his son, W.H. PULLEY and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank HOLLAND and family spent Sunday in De Leon with their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. John HOWELL.

Mr. and Mrs. S.F. STRUBE and family have returned from Pampa where they moved from here some three or four years ago.  They expect to make their home in the Ebenezer section of Comyn community next year.

Mrs. C.S. ROSS has had as her guests last week, her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. HALL and also her sister, Mrs. Harry ELLIOTT, of Ft. Worth.

Mrs. Ernest MYERS, who has been visiting the last two weeks with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Z.Z. McKINNON, left Monday for her home at Ringgold.


Concord by Mrs. Anna WILSON

W.T. WILSON is on the sick list.

Mr. and Mrs. J.H. FARE of Desdemona are visiting in the home of Mr. J. FARE this week.

Mr. and Mrs. R. SPARKS have gone west to pick cotton.

Mr. and Mrs. H. TURNER and son have gone to Colorado to make their home there.

Mr. and Mrs. J. SPARKS are rejoicing over a new girl in their home.

Mr. B. SHOEMAKER, who is in the sanitorium at Sanitorium, Texas is doing nicely.


©2004,2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,2009,2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Judith Michaels.  This transcription is the generous work of Judy Michaels taken from microfilm held by the Newspaper Collection of the University of Texas at Austin with a microfilm copy at Comanche Public Library.  The information may be used for personal research only and not for commercial purposes without specific permission.