The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, December 30, 1932


Car is Stolen Half Hour After Return From West

            Oran DONALDSON had the unusual experience to have his car stolen less than half an hour after he had returned here from Stanton to visit with home folks for Christmas.  He had just driven into town and parked his car on the south side of Higginbotham’s store, leaving it there to visit around town a little before driving out to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.L. DONALDSON.  Mrs. DONALDSON had a trunk in the car, a lot of groceries and gifts for his parents, also his dog.  The car was a ’28 model Chevrolet Coupe.

            Officers were notified of the theft and immediately started a search.  The car was fou8nd an hour or so after the theft, turned over and completely wrecked a mile east of Rucker.  The thief is said to have dropped letters from his pockets during the wreck by which it is alleged he can be identified.  He allegedly came from Lubbock and was in a Waco jail Friday before stealing the car here shortly after 7:00 o’clock Saturday night.  Officers are at work on the case.


Man Accused of Arson is in Jail After House Burns

            Edd RUDD, about 55 years of age, is in jail at Comanche charged with burning a residence and 7,000 bundles of stored feed on the J.M. STURDIVANT farm on Sabano, just north of Onion Valley last Sunday.  The burned residence was not occupied but was filled with 206 bales of peanut hay and 40 bushels of peanuts.  The 7,000 bundles of hegari was in a rick nearby.  An attempt was made to burn the barn also in which bundle feed was stored.  Fire had been set to a bundle of hegari and this had been stuck under the barn.  People nearby saw the smoke and arrived in time to pull the fire from beneath the barn and save it.

            Officers were phoned and went immediately to the scene.  Suspicion pointed to RUDD who is said to have been seen going toward the scene of the fire and returning shortly after 1:00 p.m., which was the time the fire occurred.  Officers stated that RUDD barred himself in a residence near Ebenezer where he had been staying, the family being away for Christmas dinner with relatives.  However, he offered no resistance when they came to arrest him.  He will be given a sanity hearing at Comanche where he was lodged in jail.


J.W. Kennedy Was Married Fifty Years Ago Christmas Eve

            J.W. KENNEDY, who is making his home for the present with his daughter, Mrs. L.D. BOZEMAN, Humphrey Addition, was married fifty years ago on Christmas Eve just past.  His wife died just four years ago, lacking a little less than four years of reaching the half-hundred mark of married life when they would have observed their Golden Wedding anniversary.  Mr. KENNEDY also has another daughter living near De Leon, Mrs. W.L. BLAIR, at Duster.


Aaron Leathers Died at San Angelo Was Married Here

            Aaron LEATHERS, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. R.P. WALLACE of San Angelo, died and was buried at San Angelo this week.  He married Miss Bernice WALLACE, eldest daughter of the WALLACE family.  Details of his death are lacking.  The family left De Leon about four years ago.  Relatives here did not know Mr. LEATHERS had been ill.


Hamlin – Conlee

            C.L. HAMLIN and Mrs. Mary CONLEE were married Sunday afternoon at five o’clock at the Baptist Pastorium at Gorman.  Rev. RODEN officiated.

            Their many friends wish them much happiness.


Warren – Reid

            Miss Dayle REID and Mr. Brooks WARREN were quietly married Saturday afternoon at four o’clock on Dec. the seventeenth at the Pastorium with Rev. David M. PHILLIPS officiating.  They were accompanied by Otha WARREN, brother of the bridegroom and Miss Grace DIXON.  The bride wore a dress of blue crepe with harmonizing accessories. 

            Mrs. WARREN is the attractive daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry REID, and Mr. WARREN is a young man of sterling worth and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur WARREN.

            They are both popular young people.  Their friends wish them all the happiness life holds.


Wesson – Inzer

            On Sunday, December 25, the marriage of Miss Virginia Grace WESSON, charming and popular daughter of Mrs. E.A. WESSON, of De Leon, and Mr. Iral C. INZER, of Cisco, took place at 5 o’clock at the Baptist Church.

            The altar was banked with ferns and tall vases of yellow chrysanthemums were used to create a bower of beauty for the wedding party.  White tapers in an attractive arrangement of candlesticks burned throughout the ceremony.

            Rev. D.M. PHILLIPS, pastor of De Leon Baptist Church read the marriage service.  Preceding the ceremony, Miss Allene WEAVER of this city, cousin of the groom, accompanied by Mrs. Otis THOMPSON of Odessa, Texas, cousin of the bride, sang “At Dawning.”  Miss WEAVER wore a dress of gray crepe, and Mrs. THOMPSON a dress of blue crepe.  Both had corsages of rosebuds and sweet peas.  The wedding party entered to the strains of Lohengrin’s Wedding March.

            The groom, attended by Mr. Gaston GRISHAM of this city, entered and waited at the altar.  Mrs. Jack CAULLEY of Comanche, Texas, cousin of the bride and her only attendant, preceded her down the aisle.  She wore an attractive dress of gray crepe and lace, and carried an arm bouquet of yellow and white chrysanthemums.  The bride entered alone, beautiful in a dress of hyacinth blue cut in simple lines and ornamented with crystal buttons.  Her bouquet was of white chrysanthemums and bridal wreath.  Mrs. THOMPSON played “To A Wild Rose” throughout the ceremony and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March as the party marched out.

            Immediately after the ceremony the couple left for Waco, San Antonio and other points.  The bride wore a traveling dress of light green crepe with black accessories.  After a week of travel, Mr. and Mrs. INZER will be at home in De Leon.

            Mrs. INZER attended school two years at Baylor College, Belton, later taking her degree from Baylor University at Waco.  Mr. INZER finished at the Pharmaceutical School at Galveston.

            Out of town guests were:  Mrs. J.J. CADENHEAD, Comanche, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Jack CAULLEY and son, Comanche, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. W.H. WILLIAMS and family, Abilene, Texas; Dr. and Mrs. Tom GENTRY, Montgomery, Alabama; Mr. and Mrs. Starr INZER, Hamlin, Texas; Rev. and Mrs. J.N. CAMPBELL, Stephenville, Texas; and Mrs. Ronald SHANDS, Cisco, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Otis THOMPSON, Odessa, Texas.


Informal Breakfast Complimenting Recent Bride and Groom

            Miss Janice KEE entertained Christmas morning with an informal breakfast complimenting Miss Virginia Grace WESSON and Mr. Iral INZER.  The table was decorated with a profusion of poinsettias and holly.  Miniature Christmas trees and Santas marked the place of each guest where there was a gift from the hostess.  Much merriment was created by the reading of the messages in poem which Santa had to accompany the presents.  A toast extending congratulations and best wishes was read to the bride and groom.  Miss Lucille KEE served a delicious breakfast to the hostess and the following guests: Virginia Grace WESSON, Lillian MOHON, Iral INZER, Leslie DANIELS and Gaston GRISHAM.



            The death of Mrs. Rebekah TERRY, one of the few remaining old pioneers, occurred at her home in the north part of De Leon at 7:05 o’clock a.m. Wednesday, December 28, and the funeral and burial took place on Thursday the 29th.  Mrs. TERRY had been ill since Thursday of last week with influenza.  On Sunday she developed pneumonia and her condition gradually grew worse until death relieved her of intense suffering.  She was conscious Monday morning but in the afternoon sank into unconsciousness and remained so until her death.

            Thursday the tired body of this splendid old pioneer mother was carried to the Methodist church where at 3:00 o’clock p.m. the last sad service was performed, with Rev. C.C. HENSON in charge, and afterwards her body was laid to rest at De Leon cemetery in the presence of a large crowd of relatives and friends who came to mingle their tears with those of the stricken family and to pay their respects to her whom they had known and loved for so long.

            Last summer, when Grandmother TERRY was 83 her birthday was celebrated by her children and other relatives and friends.  They gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lee IRVIN in the southwest portion of this city, and spread a great feast, spending the day in honor of the occasion, presenting her a radio which she derived much pleasure from.  About fifty of her descendants were present at the celebration.

            Grandmother TERRY was born in 1849 and spent practically all of her life in Texas.  She came with her parents to Rusk county in 1855 and grew to womanhood there.  In 1875 she came with her husband, John TERRY, to Comanche county and they settled five miles south of town near New Hope.  She and Uncle Joe CHAMBERS were the only two survivors of the early New Hope settlers.

            Fourteen children were born into the home, two dying in infancy and two grown sons, George and Jim.  The other ten survive.  The youngest daughter, Mrs. Walter FLEMING, was ill in Fort Worth and was unable to attend the funeral.

            Mrs. TERRY had 64 grand children and two great grand children.  Many of these were present for her funeral service.


Dave Switzer of Mangum Dropped Dead Wednesday

            News of the sudden death of Dave SWITZER reached De Leon relatives and friends Wednesday, Mr. SWITZER having dropped dead at his home at Mangum that forenoon.  Mrs. J.D. HAM and son, J.O. HAM, went at once to Mangum to be with Mrs. SWITZER and Miss Willie GARRETT in their sorrow.  The body was brought back to De Leon Thursday and laid to rest in the family burying ground here.

            The Free Press has been able to procure few details other than the above.  John SWITZER, a brother, was ill at his home at Royse City and could not attend the funeral.  Mr. SWITZER formerly lived here.


Christmas Party at Edd Lightfoot Home Drew Many

            Around half a hundred relatives gathered at the home of Edd LIGHTFOOT on De Leon, Rt. 4 on Monday, Dec. 26, where a sumptuous dinner had been prepared and was served to the gathering of people, practically all related.  Several turkeys were cooked and served, also chicken, pastries and other trimmings which go to make up a great Christmas spread.  The party spent the day happily together, most of the LIGHTFOOT brothers and sisters being present.  The party was made up of the following:  Rev. E.H. LIGHTFOOT and family, of Fort Worth; F.E. PARKER and family, San Angelo; J.L. LIGHTFOOT and family, Rucker; W.C. MIXON and family, De Leon; John LIGHTFOOT, and family, De Leon; G.R. DANIELS and wife, De Leon; Paul EASLEY and family, Comanche; O.L. PARKER and family, De Leon; John PARKER and wife, De Leon; Dr. Allen LIGHTFOOT and family, Abilene: Edd LIGHTFOOT and Miss Naomi BROWN, Abilene.


Yea, Bearcats!

            Friday evening, December 16, at the De Leon Country Club, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. GENTRY and daughter, Eugena, entertained the De Leon Bearcats with a Bridge party in honor of W.S. and Billie SNEAD.  On entering and through the evening the guests were served with punch and dainty cakes.

            The room was decorated with red and white Denison crepe, and paper caps with funny sayings were presented to each one.

            After several games of bridge they sang the school songs.

            After an evening of plenty of fun the hostess presented the honorees with two beautiful ties.

            The following were present:  W.S. SNEAD, Marjorie MORRIS, Chas ROGERS and Sarah JETTON, W.F. GLAZIER and Virginia HOWARD, Lucian MORRIS and Agnes Lee HOMES, J.L. FUNDERBURGH, and Jeanette EGBERT, Alexander ALLEN and Maxine PEAK, Atlas IRVIN and Edna JETTON, R.B. IRVIN and Buel SNEAD, Paul COZBY and Beverly WINSTON, Peyton WEAVER and Gladys COOK, Willie LIGHTFOOT and Dorothy COOK, Willie LIGHTFOOT and Dorothy COOK, Cecil FUNDERBURGH and Olive Winters BUCHAN, Sam GLOVER and Doris WHITE, Theron BUCHAN and Lois PILCHER, Harry PEARSON and Merle DAVIS, Bernard VAN ZANDT and Jane PEARSON, Weldon WARE and Louise JONES, Stanley COZBY and Lenora FINKLESTINE, Cecil COOK, Billie SNEAD, Wilfred BAGWELL, Mr. and Mrs. W.Z. COMPTON.


Car Wreck

            Alvin STRINGFELLOW had the misfortune to get his truck badly wrecked on the highway near Gorman a few nights before Christmas.  The machine was loaded with cattle and Mr. STRINGFELLOW had stopped for some purpose.  A car came along the highway without lights and crashed into the truck, badly wrecking it.  The driver of the “blind” car ran away in the darkness, Mr. STRINGFELLOW said, and he does not expect to be able to collect damages.


Christmas Home-Coming

Dr. and Mrs. H.H. INZER had a regular home-coming Christmas, having present under the parental roof all their children and grand children, the latter consisting of one very small specimen, baby of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. MELTON.  Their children are Dr. and Mrs. Tom C. GENTRY, Montgomery =, Ala., Mr. and Mrs. J.W. MELTON, Houston, and Mr. and Mrs. J.S. INZER, Hamlin.


O.L. THOMPSON, Jr., who is employed as a telephone lineman in the panhandle, at Lockney, was home for the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.L. TOMSON.


Mr. and Mrs. O.M. BALLARD and daughters Mary Evelyn and Jean, were Christmas guests of Mrs. BALLARD’s sister, Mrs. O.L. THOMSON and also of her mother, Mrs. Mary STIMSON, who lives in the THOMSON home.


Mr. and Mrs. L.D. PARKS and children, Barbara and L.D., Jr. spent Christmas with his mother, Mrs. L.D. PARKS, and Free Press editor and family.  Mrs. PARKS returned to Fort Worth with them for a visit and will accompany Mrs. L.D. PARKS to Houston for a visit with her parents during the latter part of the week.


Mr. and Mrs. Wm. STEAKLEY, of Denison, were here Tuesday to Wednesday this week visiting home folks.


Dick WEAVER, who worked at Longview the past year, is again in school at the State University, Austin, and was visiting home folks during Christmas.


Mr. and Mrs. Enoch WISDOM and little son, E.J., Jr., went to Gorman Sunday, remaining until Wednesday.  They visited her parents at Kokomo and also her brother at New Hope, near Gorman, a baby having been born into the home just before the holidays.


Buford SHORT, who is now making his home at Jackson, Miss., was here the past few days visiting with relatives and old friends.  He formerly lived here.  He was reared in Pontotoc county, Miss.


Mr. and Mrs. T.J. COOK and family and Mrs. Mary PHILLIPS attended the funeral of Mrs. COOK’s father, W.W. PHILLIPS, at Iredell Sunday.  Friends sympathize with the family in this sad hour.


Mr. and Mrs. BEATTY and children of Loraine came down to visit in the homes of their two daughters, Mesdames A.L. SMITH and A.M. YOUNG, at Victor, also with other relatives and friends.  They have lived at Loraine for a number of years.  Crops were fair there this year.


Mr. and Mrs. L.C. SCARBORROUGH and Bobbie DAN of Colorado, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. REID of Roby, were guests Christmas of Mr. and Mr5s. F.L. TERRILL, Mr. and Mrs. T.L. CARNES and Mr. and Mrs. W.M. REID.


Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HOWELL, Sr. were made happy at Christmas time by the presence in their home of all their children, including Will and family, and Harry, Cleburne; Earl from Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. CLARK and children, Ranger and J.P. and wife, Paul and Russell of De Leon.


Dr. Henry RAY and Miss Loraine RAY of Dallas and Mrs. RAY, who is the mother of Dr. and W.B. of Alexander City, Ala., are guests in the home of Mr. and MRs. W.B. RAY.


Mrs. Odell GRIMSHAW, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley CARRUTH and children spent Xmas with their parents at Stephenville.


John GRISHAM is home from Wingate where he spent Xmas with his brother Frank.  Lige and Jodie GRISHAM accompanied him there.  It was the first time the four brothers had been together in 28 years.  Tom, Allen and Ras GRISHAM also went to Wingate for the family reunion.


Mr. and Mrs. Fess PARKER and children of San Angelo came up for Christmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.L. PARKER near Downing.


Mr. and Mrs. Otho BELL of Fabens were holiday guests in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. V.V. BELL and other relatives.


Mr. and Mrs. W.A. PRICE of Nacogdoches were guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. SHARP during the holidays.


Dr. James A. HAMPTON of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. Alvie RALLINGS and children of Big Spring were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Charley HAMPTON.


Attorney Fredie HARMAN and Dr. Merton BELL of Austin are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy HARMON and Mr. and Mrs. V.V. BELL.


Clay DABNEY and Mr. and Mrs. V.G. LOCKE and son, Eugene, were here for Christmas in the E.E. DABNEY home.


Mr. and Mrs. Arden BELL and son, of Stamford, Mr. and Mrs. O.B. BELL and children of near Goldthwaite, Mr. and Mrs. Garland BELL of Brownwood were guests Sunday of their mother, Mrs. Josie BELL.


Mr. and Mrs. Arden BELL and son, of Stanford, Mr. and Mrs. O.B. BELL and children of near Garland BELL of Brownwood were guests Sunday of their mother, Mrs. Josie BELL.


Mr. and Mrs. Vernon DOSS, and family of Matador are spending the holidays as guests of her father, George MOHON and other relatives.


Misses Evelyn KINCHEN and Ruth HOWE of Stephenville are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. KINCHEN and Mr. and Mrs. B.E. HOWE.


Mr. and Mrs. E.H. BOULTER and children were week-end guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. BOULTER at May.


Miss Eldora COONER of cisco is visiting her mother, Mrs. R. L. COONER.


Miss Pansy MULLOY of Abilene is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Atlas PARSONS.


Miss Frances HARVEY of Stephenville, Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy WREN, and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd YOUNG and son of San Angelo, are guests of Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY.


Mr. and Mrs. George CARAWAY of El Dorado, Texas, are here to visit with their relatives about Comyn community.


Paul PEARSON, Denton, and Jack PEARSON, Fort Worth, were here for Christmas with their mother, Mrs. H.D. PEARSON.


Mr. and Mrs. Jewell FREEMAN and small daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John DYSON and son, Mr. and Mrs. Luther STEWART and daughters and Tommie FREEMAN of McCarney were spending Xmas with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.W. FREEMAN and other relatives.


Mr. and Mrs. R.W. ROGERS and Mr. and Mrs. James AUSTIN and baby, Jennie Lee, also Misses Eloise STEPHENS and Marjorie HILL, all of San Angelo, were guests in the home of Free Press editor and family during Christmas.


Mrs. Jack JENKINS and children, Jack Jr. and Clothile, of Levelland were here Christmas with relatives.  Little Miss Clothile, 12, had her tonsils out at Gorman Sanitarium and is doing quite nicely, being able to return to her home Tuesday.  Mrs. JENKINS was formerly Miss Dorothy SIMMONS.


Little Miss Bettye Jean NABORS has returned to her home at Tyler after having attended school here the past semester and visiting in the home of her grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. POLNAC.


Miss Grace BARTON has returned to Fort Worth after visiting her sister, Mr. and Mrs. Autry SELF and little Barbara GRACE.


Mr. and Mrs. Audry SPENCER and sons, Tommie and Dicky Boy, were guests Sunday of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. SPENCER in Dublin.




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