The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, December 9, 1932


Farmers Home Narrowly Escaped Burning Monday

                J.G. SANDERS reports a fire at his home which narrowly escaped burning his house last Monday a week ago.  He was hauling out a bale of cotton with Mr. BRADFORD and son, neighbors, assisting.  When they came out of the field with the loaded truck they saw the smoke settled on the ground around the house, the air being still.  Flames burned about ten feet from the roof, starting from the kitchen flue.  The three men pumped water and handed it up to one man on the roof who put out the flames with only slight damage.  Mr. SANDERS carried no insurance.


R.S. Conner Will Operate Hatchery Here the Coming Season

                Announcement of the opening on December 19 of the D & C Chick Hatchery, a 30,000 capacity Smith incubator plant, to be operated by Fulton SMITH, apprises the public of the importance to the poultry raiser of this feature of the industry.

                In the recent past, poultry and eggs suffered a slump of much less significance than other commodities, and at the present time, with feed at the lowest price and indications most favorable, a very successful season is expected for the grower of chickens.

                According to R.S. CONNER, who operates the De Leon hatchery, as well as hatcheries at Comanche and Eastland, and is an authority on poultry raising and feeding, “The most important part of the grower’s program is a good start of chicks.  It is far cheaper to have your chickens culled before they are hatched than after they have absorbed considerable profit in food and attention……………

                Fulton SMITH, operator of the De Leon Hatchery, is well known in De Leon and vicinity, and is himself a poultry raiser of considerable merit.

                The poultry farm on Comanche Drive, formerly owned by C.C. HAMPTON, has been acquired by Mr. CNNER, and is being improved, to be stocked with fine breeding fowls. The breeding farm will be operated by Charles PHELPS.  Mr. CONNER will personally serve the hatchery trade.


Mrs. J.W. Reese, Former Tax Collector, Died at Comanche

                Last week’s issue of the Comanche Chief carried the story of the death of Mrs. J.W. REESE, prominent Comanche woman, who was a resident of Comanche since her childhood, living there continuously except for  a few years spent in West Texas.  Mrs. REESE was Tax Collector of Comanche Co. from 1924 to 1928 and due to this position had made the acquaintance probably of a majority of the people of the County.  The cause of death was heart failure.

                Mrs. REESE was born in Hill county Oct. 16, 1871, being 61 years of age.  She came with her parents when a child to Comanche and was married there to John Wesley REESE, who died in 1908.  Seven children were born to them, one dying in infancy.  Surviving children are John REESE, Comanche; Jim REESE, Denison; Miss Janet REESE, San Antonio; J.P. REESE, Houston; Mrs. Asa WARD, Blanket; Mrs. Porter McCARROLL, Comanche.  Mrs. REESE was also survived by her mother, Mrs. J.M. HAMILTON, Big Lake, and by other relatives.

                The funeral and burial was at Comanche cemetery last Friday.


Mrs. Archie G. Lee, Seriously Ill, Goes to Gorman Hospital

                Mrs. Archie G. LEE was carried to Gorman Sanitarium seriously ill Sunday and is under the care of specialists there.  It is hoped that the necessity of a major operation may be averted, and there is a probability that no operation will be performed.  She has rested well the last day or more and her condition is not such as to cause immediate alarm.  Mrs. LEE is the youngest daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J.E. SELF.  Her many friends hope for her speedy recovery.


Coan – Shupp

                Mr. Clarence COAN of Buffalo Community and Miss Louise SHUPP of the Downing community were married Tuesday.  They are staying with Mrs. COAN at the present.  Their many friends wish them a long and happy life.


Magee – Hansen

                Mr. V.H. MAGEE of Proctor and Miss Flynch HANSON of Buffalo were married Saturday morning about 10:00 o’clock at the home of Rev. Sam JONES of Union Grove in Erath Co.

                Mr. MAGEE is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. MAGEE of Proctor and Mrs. MAGEE is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. HANSON of Buffalo.  They will make their home near Proctor.


Dixon – Taylor

                Among the latest weddings of the community was that of Miss Lila DIXON to Wm. M. TAYLOR, which occurred at the home of Rev. A.F. NABORS last Sunday.  The young couple went to the home of the minister about noon Sunday to take the sacred vows.

                Mrs. TAYLOR is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Berry DIXON who reside a few miles north of town.  TAYLOR is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe TAYLOR, Katy engineer.  Both the bride and groom have been reared here at De Leon.  Young TAYLOR has been for some years in the employ of local produce houses, having had considerable experience with Armour & Co. and there he gained much valuable training that R.D. Davis Produce Co. has employed him to take charge of a poultry killing and dressing plant in Ft. Worth.

                Mr. and Mrs. TAYLOR left early in the week to take up his new duties and will make their home in Ft. Worth.  The best wishes of many friends go with them.


“Just a Mere” Bridge Club

                Miss Allene WEAVER entertained guests and members of the “Justamere” Bridge Club, Wednesday evening, November 30, at her home.  Miss Hazel HUDDLESTON won high score.  Refreshments were served to Misses Inez WEBB, Willie Mae JETTON, Madge IRVIN, Blanche, HANSFORD, Chrysteen AYERS, Imogene MAYO, Marion SHORT, Hazel HUDDLESTON, Bertha ROSS, Launa FRETWELL, and Grace SHORT.  Mmes. Joe ASHBY, John WEAVER, J.G. CAYCE, J.C. POPE and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert WEAVER


Texas “Blue Bells”

                The “Texas Blue Bells” met at South Ward building Monday afternoon to practice with the Glee Club on their Xmas Cantata, “The Child Jesus.”  The following members of the Clubs were present:  Catherine SNEAD, Daphne SHOO”K, Virginia SCOTT, Delta Ree HOLDRIDGE, Edna JETTON, Kathrine SALMON, Flora Beth HENSON, Lola and Jaunita UPSHAW, Mary SALTER, Elizabeth CARTER, Josie Beth ALLEN, Helen WALL, Talma RICE, Alma D. TUBBS, Mary Dolph BOSWELL, Julia Jean ROLLINS, Ralph NICHOLS, Eugene WEAVER, Carl PITTMAN, Billy TATE, Grady TERRILL, Jr., Rex CARNES and Elaine SCOTT. –Reporter, Elaine SCOTT.


Concord by Mrs. Anna Wilson

Mr. and Mrs. Bill DYSON of Rotan sent a message Sunday to relatives here of the marriage of their son C.B. to a Rotan girl.  We didn’t hear who the bride was.  Mr. and Mrs. DYSON and family were formerly of this place, moving to Rotan several years ago.  All of C.B.’s friends are wishing him and his wife much happiness.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. YOUNG honored Mrs. Raymond SPARKS with a nice birthday dinner Wednesday.  Many nice gifts were given the honoree. 

Mr. C.C. MILLER and Dean GARDNER canned a beef for home use Monday.


Buffalo by Miss Valda Gregory

Mr. Bert McGUIRE’s brother from West Texas is visiting in this community.

Mrs. O.B. BRINSON is improving slowly.

Mr. Edward BELYEU is visiting Mr. Clyde ROCH.

Mr. Don ROCH from Winters is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.A. ROCH.


Robinson Springs by Miss LaVeda Macon

Reverend Sam BAYS filled his regular Sunday place here.  He delivered a wonderful sermon.

Mrs. T.R. BLASSINGAME of this community has gone to Dallas for a prolonged visit with her sister, Mrs. Wayne PONDER.

Johnny V. DIXON is unable to attend school on account of an injured foot.

Mrs. C.W. BLASSINGAME visited Grandmother ROSS of Round Grove Thursday.  Mrs. ROSS has been ill for some time.

Mr. Sid UNDERWOOD of Dublin visited his sister, Mrs. Ike BRUMBELOW, Sunday.

Mrs. N.L. PERKINS of De Leon visited the past week with her son, Mr. E. T. MILLER.

Mr. Roger and Wayne CHAMBERS of Brownwood visited home folks this week end.

Miss Adina KIMMELL is suffering from a spider bite on her right leg.  She was unable to play in the game with Comyn, Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur MAHAN and family visited Mr. MAHAN’s mother of De Leon Sunday.

Mr. S.C. BLOYD and family visited Mr. O.F. BLOYD of St. Joe, Sunday.

Reverend BRADFORD visited Mr. and Mrs. S.C. PRICE, Mr. and Mrs. Jim WEST and Mr. and Mrs. MACON last week.

Miss Opal HOWARD, sponsor of the senior class, entertained the seniors with a “42” party Saturday night at her home in De Leon.

Miss Lila DIXON and Mr. William TAYLOR were happily united in marriage Sunday.  Mrs. TAYLOR was a student of Robinson Springs high school.  We wish them much happiness in the years to come. This young couple has gone to Fort Worth on a short honeymoon and later to make their home there.

Miss Mozelle STEWART entertained her classmates with a party Saturday night.  All who were present reported a nice time.

Mr. Carl MACON, who is teaching at Soda Springs, was week end guest here.


St. Joe by Miss Pauline Ray

Rev. R.T. WALLACE, pastor, filled his regular appointments at Ross Chapel Sunday morning and Sunday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee NABORS and children of De Leon, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde NABORS and family of Oliver Springs, and Mr. and Mrs. J.C. PIERCE and family of De Leon, visited Grandmother OTWELL and Mr. and Mrs. J.R. OTWELL and family Sunday. 

Mr. and Mrs. D. ROSS, Mr. and Mrs. H.S. FREEMAN, Messrs. Carl, Kermeth Joyce and Rush LOCK, Mr. and Mrs. Paul JOHNSON, Mr. and Mrs. Albert DUKE, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. RAY, and Misses Bernice and Adelle McKELVEY, Irene DUKE and Gracie Lee LOCK, attended singing at New HOPE Sunday afternoon.  A fine singing was reported.

Friends of Miss Irma DUKE and Mr. Paul JOHNSON, both of this community, were surprised to learn of their marriage which occurred in August at Wichita, Okla.  Their many friends here are wishing them much happiness and success as they journey through life together.

Mrs. H.S. FREEMAN has returned home from a visit with her children, Mr. and Mrs. John DYSON, Mr. and Mrs. Luther STEWART and Lonnie FREEMAN of McCamey.  Mrs. Luther STEWART and children accompanied her home for a brief visit.

Mrs. Charley MORRIS and children, Emory and T.L. MORRIS, Miss Ruth OGLESBY, M.T. and Frances DUKE and Miss Pauline RAY attended the singing at Robinson Springs Sunday.


Oliver Springs by Miss Iris Warren

Astell SMITH visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.K. SMITH at Cisco last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Matt SKEIN and children have moved to Lampasas and G.W. REED and family have moved to Abernathy.  We regret very much to lose these good families from this community, but wish them much success in their new homes.

Press PARK of Olden was visiting relatives here Saturday.


Duster by Miss Merle Huddlestan

On Thursday night, a short Thanksgiving program was given at the school followed by a pie supper.  Laverne SCOTT was awarded the cake for being the prettiest girl, while Edward JOINER was selected as the ugliest boy.  The proceeds of the evening will be used for having the piano tuned.

The Seniors met November 24th and organized their class for this school year.  They were: Gertie CARTER, pres.; Hudson COLLINS, vice-pres.; Lucile WARREN, Sec. and Treasurer; William SHELTON, reporter, and C.D. ALRIDGE, assistant reporter.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin HILL spent Sunday with his mother, Mrs. HILL.

The Glee Club met Monday morning and elected Merle HUDDLESTON, yell leader and Gertie CARTER assistant yell leader.

Hadley GRAHAM, who has been attending school at De Leon, spent the week end at home.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill JOINER are the proud parents of a baby girl.

Mr. L.L. DUKES returned Saturday from Iraan where he has been visiting his daughters.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. HARE is seriously ill at this writing.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

Mr. and Mrs. R.C. KOONCE, accompanied by Colman and Charleston WIER, visited with friends and relatives in Austin Saturday and Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. R.L. LEWIS visited with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.P. LEWIS Sunday.

Mrs. Jim KOONCE prepared a birthday dinner for her husband Friday evening to which a number from this community were invited.  Among those attending were Mr. and Mrs. W.N. KOONCE, Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS with their families and Miss Zora BAKER and Erica WHITWORTH and Allison BURTON.

Rev. Doris HUGHES, who has been spending several weeks with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. HUGHES, has returned to Ackerly, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. O.H. MOORE and children were in Ranger Sunday visiting Glenn WYNN who is seriously ill in a sanitarium there.  The physicians in charge of his case think he has improved some within the last day.  He has had pneumonia and typhoid fever which has made his case a difficult one and his mother has been constantly at his bedside during his illness.

Mrs. Bertha McGUIRE has returned from several weeks stay in west Texas.

Rev. and Mrs. W.P. GROGAN, who have been in the west for the past two months, have returned and will move their household goods to Tahoka where Rev. GROGAN will actively engage in pastoral work.

Mr. and Mrs. Mack PEAK of Waco visited J.C. PEAK and family Sunday.

Miss Lucile RILEY visited Glen WYNN at the Ranger Hospital Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. J.L. HUGHES attended the funeral of Andy HUFF at Desdemona Saturday.

Little Wayne McGUIRE returned from Chalk Mountain this week where he had been visiting.



O.B. BRAGG of San Antonio is here this week visiting his mother, Mrs. W.L. GREER and other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. E.R. McCLELLAN and daughter, Miss Nell, of Iraan, are here this week visiting her sister, Mrs. Archie LEE, who is quite ill at the Gorman Hospital.  She will also visit other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank LANCASTER and Mrs. Cleman STACY were visitors in Fort Worth Monday.

Miss Alice Janet EGBERT and J.I. FUNDERBURGH attended B.Y.P.U. at Comanche Sunday night.

Mrs. Carey of Hail Center is here for an indefinite visit in the home of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin STRINGFELLOW.

Mr. and Mrs. Tommie GRISHAM of Luling are visiting their parents, Mrs. Mary L. DIXON and Mr. and Mrs. GRISHAM near Rucker.

Mr. and Mrs. George ELLIS were week-end guests of her parents, Rev. and Mrs. Walter MARTIN at Purvis.

H.J. LOGSDON, Tom LOGSDON and Mr. and Mrs. Percy YOUNG and baby Wanda Jo, all of Munday, were here visiting relatives this week.  Mr. LOGSDON, who owns his home here, came down to get a truck-load of household goods.

Mrs. H.E. MILLER, of Fort Worth, was here visiting her grandmother, Mrs. L.N. POWELL, and STRINGFELLOW and LONDON relatives this week.

Mr. and Mrs. G.E. HOOKER were here from Tyler for a visit this week.  Mr. HOOKER is recovering from a recent serious illness.



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