The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, January 6, 1933


Grandpa H.J. Butler Died Here Last Friday

            Grandpa R.J. BUTLER, who has resided in Humphrey Addition the past twelve or fifteen years, died at his home there at 1:30 o’clock p.m. Friday, December 30, and his body was laid to rest at De Leon cemetery at 2:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon.  Grandpa BUTLER had been ill for some days, his principal malady being old age.

            Mr. BUTLER was 96 [may say 86] years, 8 months and 15 days of age when called by death.  He was active almost to the end of life and took great pride in his erect stature and well preserved faculties.  A great blow came to him 18 months ago when his faithful wife died.  They had gone far down the way of life together.  They had six children, only three of whom survived him.  Surviving children are B. F. BUTLER, Denton; Mrs. Lou McARTHUR, De Leon; and J.H. BUTLER, Harlingen. 

            Mr. BUTLER was born in some of the Eastern States.  He had spent a great portion of his life in Texas, residing in Brown County for some years.  He united with the Primitive Baptist Church in his youth and was a faithful member.  Today a good man has been [illegible] into the upper and better Kingdom.


Edd Rudd Adjudged Insane at Trial Held Last Monday

            Edd RUDD, who was lodged in jail at Comanche about Christmas, was tried early this week and adjudged insane.  RUDD was charged with burning the barn of J.M. STURDIVANT on his Sabano river farm, six miles south of De Leon.  He admitted the crime and told Mr. STURDIVANT he would work for him until he had repaid the damage, officers state. 

            RUDD admitted the burning when other jail inmates are alleged to have told him he had burned up a baby in the house to which he set fire.  He expressed deep concern over the matter and freely admitted the act.

            Evidence that RUDD was insane was furnished by numerous people in the community where he had lived.  He was unable to remember simple things he was told to do and he is said to have carried a broom to bed with him when he retired for the night.


Justice Heath Died on Last Day of the Old Year

            H.C. HEATH, Justice of the Peace in Precinct 5, Comanche county, died just after nightfall on the last day of his official term and on the last day of the old year, 1932.  While his going away is a tragedy to his family and friends, it seems fitting that his long and useful ife should come to an end just as the sun had passed beyond the western horizon on the last day of the year.

            Judge HEATH had been ill since Tuesday, December 20.  He appeared a little better Christmas day and was hopeful, but on Thursday, following Christmas, he became desperately ill of flu and in his weakened condition he was not able to combat the ravages of his malady.  It was at 8:20 p.m. Saturday, December 31, that he passed peacefully away.

            Henry Clay HEATH was born in Cherokee county, Texas, December 29, 1859.  He moved with his parents to Comanche county in 1873, while he was a lad of 14, living first on a farm near Onion Valley.  In 1887 he married to Sallie TERRY and they lived first on the HOLLAND farm, near New Hope, buying the HEATH homestead near the same place where they moved the following year.  This was 45 years ago and they continued to make their home on the same place until 18 years ago until they disposed of the place and moved here to town, living in Heath Addition, which was named for him some fifteen years ago.

            Six children were born into the home, two sons being dead.  James HEATH, oldest son of the family, died on the battle fields of France, October 8, 1918, a victim of the World War.  Arthur, next eldest, died just 20 days later at Gorman Sanitarium, a victim of the influenza epidemic of that year.

            Milton, Miss Flo, Mrs. Holley HAFFORD and Blake, together with his wife survive him.  He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Susan HOLLAND and by a half- brother and half- sister, Tom HEATH, and Mrs. Lyde DODSON, both of Ponta, Texas.

            Judge HEATH was very closely associated with the early development of De Leon.  He was a good citizen and performed the duties of such well.  He was a man of strong religious convictions, having been a member of New Hope Methodist church for 48 years.  He was converted under a brush arbor just south of the present HAM home here at De Leon 48 years ago.  The minister conducting the meeting was Rev. R.R. RAYMOND.  He was an active and useful man in his church and community for almost half a century.

            The funeral service was conducted at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon by Rev. R.T. WALLACE, who was assisted by Rev. C.C. HENSON and Rev. David M. PHILLIPS.  An immense crowd of friends and relatives came to pay a last tribute to him whom they had known for so many years.  The burial service was conducted at De Leon cemetery.

            Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. John TERRY, Munday; Mr. and Mrs. PAYNE, Munday; Mrs. Beryl HEATH, Rising Star; Mr. and Mrs. Homer KEITH, Rising Star.


Shower Honoring Mrs. Iral Inzer

On Tuesday afternoon, January 3, a shower honoring Mrs. Iral C. INZER, a recent bride, was given by Misses WHITE, SMITH, KEE, and MOHON of this city and Mrs. Ronald SHANDS of Cisco, Texas.  The guests arrived at the Baptist Church at four o’clock and were greeted by Mrs. SHANDS, Miss WHITE, the bride, her mother, Mrs. E.A. WESSON, and Mrs. H.H. INZER who stood in the receiving line.

            A program was rendered by friends of the bride.  Miss Launa FRETWELL played Minuet a’ L’Antique by Paderewski.  Miss Virginia SCOTT gave two charming musical readings, “Food For Gossip” and “Loyalty of Men.”  Miss Bernice KIKER sang “My  Little House,” and Miss Gussie INSALL played on the violin a group of popular love songs.  Little Miss Elaine SCOTT read “Apple Blossoms.”   “I Love a Little Cottage” was sung by Mrs. C.V. SINGLETON, and two popular songs, “You’re My Everything” and “Always” were rendered by Miss Eugena GENTRY in her inimitable manner.

At the conclusion of the program good wishes were extended to the honoree by three Senior girls, Miss Sarah JETTON, Frances NARRY, and Susan SCHMIDT, then Jeanett EGBERT directed her to an adjoining room where an array of lovely gifts were spread on tables.  After she and her guests had viewed the presents, refreshments were served by the Senior girls assisted by Miss Grace SHORT and Miss Luella KEE.  More than fifteen guests were present.


Bridge Party

            Mrs. Clara Bell MURRAY entertained with a bridge party honoring Miss El Dora COONER of Cisco, Thursday evening from eight until ten o’clock.

            The house was decorated with Christmas colors.  There were three tables for the guests.  Refreshments consisting of hot chocolate and sandwiches were served to Misses El Dora COONER, Dorothy and Gladys COOK, Jeanette EGBERT, Alexander ALLEN, Cooner JETTON, Peyton WEAVER, C.B. GREGORY and J.L. FUNDERBURGH.


“42” Club Entertained

            The “42” Club was delightfully entertained Dec. 28, 1932 with Mrs. Pete SHAVER as hostess.  After a number of interesting games high score for the afternoon went to Mesdames C.H. SHARP and A.M. ALLEN.

            Refreshments consisting of jello with whipped cream and cake were served to the following members and guests:  Mesdames ALLEN, BUCHAN, A.E. HAMPTON, W.C. LIGHTFOOT, W.T. JETTON, W.J. ROSS, E.G. GRIZZELLE, J.G. GRIZZELLE, C.H. SHARP, C.C. NICHOLS, Fred SHAVER, Jack PRICE, Nacadoches, Texas; Henry Moore EVANS, Wichita Falls, Texas; Mrs. B.E. HOWE and Misses Sarah JETTON and Dorothy SHAVER.


Enjoys Reunion Senior Class of 1927

            Members of the Senior Class of 1927 enjoyed a reunion at the home of their sponsor, Miss Bertha ROSS, Thursday evening, December 29, 1932.  This reunion, the first to be held by the Class of ’27, was planned five years ago at a dinner given on Class Day.  It was peculiarly ftting that memories of the Class Day should be revived by the reading of the Class History, Will, and Prophesy by President Paul HOLDRIDGE.  The Prophesy intended at the time it was read, proved comical when it was found that several of the prophesies have become realities.  Another interesting event of the evening was the revealing of contents of Letters of five years ago stating youthful plans and ambitions.  Where possible accounts of absent members were given, letters having been received from some members unable to attend the meeting.  Another reunion will be held next Christmas.  At the close of the evening, refreshments of hot grape juice and cakes were served to those present.


Card of Thanks

            We wish to extend to all our good friends and neighbors our sincerest thanks for the sympathy and helpfulness given us during our recent great bereavement in the going away of our mother and grandmother.  Your kindness will ever be with us a cherished memory.  May sorrow and bereavement never come to you, but when it does may you, too, find just such loyal and loving friends to be near you. –Children and Grandchildren of Mrs. R.A. TERRY.


Card of Thanks

            We wish to take this means of expressing our appreciation and gratitude to our friends for their many acts of kindness and expressions of sympathy during the recent illness and death of our mother and grandmother, Mrs. R.A. TERRY.  May God’s richest blessings be upon you.

            -Mrs. Mary E. ROBBINS, Ern TERRY and family.


Card of Thanks

            We are taking this method to express to our friends and neighbors our deep sense of gratitude for every kind word and act of loving sympathy during our recent sorrow and bereavement.  We are grateful for the service of physicians and those who came offering assistance or rendering service in any way.  May the richest blessings of a kind Providence ever be with you.

            -Mrs. H.C. HEATH and Flo, Mr. and Mrs. Milton HEATH and family, Mr. and Mrs. Blake HEATH and family, Mr. and Mrs. Holley HAFFORD and family, Mrs. Susan HOLLAND.


Oliver Springs by Miss Iris Warren

School opened again Monday with a very good attendance.


There are several cases of flu in this community now.  Mr. and Mrs. Frank PARK have been real sick with flu.  They are better at this time.


Mr. and Mrs. Ford REID and children of Desdemona visited R.H. REID and family Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Elzy BLACKWELL of Blanket visited her parents, H.B. ECHOLS and family last week.


L.C. and Arvis ECHOLS visited their sister, Mrs. Richard BREEDLOVE of Comanche, last week.


The young people enjoyed a sociable at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thelbert MORRIS Wednesday night.


Mr. and Mrs. Sam TUNNELL and sons of Rucker have moved in to this community again.  Also Mr. COAN and family of Rotan.  We are very glad to have them move here.


Downing by J. L. Bishop

Mr. and Mrs. A.R.[B?] TARPLEY are in Oklahoma on business and are visiting relatives.


Mr. and Mrs. Clarence COAN have gone to Oklahoma to make their future home.


Miss Jewell GUNN and Charlie REEVES were quietly married in De Leon Dec. 31.  They will make their home in Downing.


Mrs. J.E. McGUIRE and son Evan and wife are moving back on their ranch in our community.


Hiram BOYD is moving to the Fairview community this week.


Garland HOBSON and family of Blanket visited relatives in our community during the holidays.


Rev. J.L. ISBELL and wife and two children, W.D. HORNSBY and J.L. BISHOP and wife and daughter, attended the Sunday school convention at Duster Sunday afternoon.


The young folks enjoyed a singing Sunday night in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. HOLMES.


Mrs. W.D. HORNSBY visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. COAN at Duster Sunday afternoon.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

With the coming of the new year and with most moving out of the way, farmers are turning to preparation of the ground for the 1933 crop.  With the fine moisture in the ground and with an abundance of feed stored and with much in the way of canned vegetables and meats and port cured for winter use, it seems that this section might begin to see the end of the depression.


Mr. and Mrs. R.P. LEWIS had all their children and his father and mother with them in a family reunion at his home in this community last Sun.


Mr. and Mrs. T.J. LINDLEY and daughter, Miss Floradell, have been visiting in Breckenridge and Eastland this week.


Mr. and Mrs. Doyle GUTHREY and little daughter, little Miss Mary Inez, have returned to their home in Fort Worth after spending several days visiting with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS.


Miss Zora Baker visited Glenn WYNN at the Ranger hospital Sunday.  His condition is much improved.


Lawrence HUGHES, who has been in west Texas several weeks, has returned home.


Miss Alma GREGORY spent the weekend visiting with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. NABORS, of Desdemona.


Clark PAYNE, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.C. PAYNE, returned home from Oklahoma this week and will visit with his parents some time.


Miss Willie May McGUIRE has returned home from an extended visit with her sister, Mrs. Ray HASH, of Breckenridge.


Mrs. Johnnie MASON of Pampa is here this week visiting with her sister, Mrs. Bertha McGUIRE.


Mrs. S.O. McKINNEY and children spent last week visiting with her daughters, Mrs. J.T. COOPER and Mrs. H.D. SHAHAN of Breckenridge.


Miss Mary McGUIRE has gone to spend the winter visiting with her aunt at Kingsville.


Mrs. Ray HASH of Ballinger, spent the Christmas holidays visiting with her mother, Mrs. Bertha McGUIRE.


Mrs. Odell BURROWS is spending several weeks visiting in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS.


Mr. and Mrs. A.C. YOUNG have both been sick this week.  Mrs. YOUNG had the misfortune to fall and sprain her arm in a serious way several days ago.


O.S. ROBINS and a crew of men have been at work this week making much improvement on the teacherage and garage which is the property of the school.  The floors of the teacherage are being replaced with new floors and the garage is being recovered.  A new stock shed has been built.


Robinson Springs  by Miss LaVeda Macon

Miss Lillie Mae CHATHAM gave a 42 party last Monday night.  Everyone present reported an enjoyable time.


Friends of Bobby MORING were very glad to see him when he came to spend the Xmas holidays with Mr. and Mrs. MORING.  Bobby has been attending school at Huckaby and is very much pleased.


After a long spell of sickness, Adina KIMMELL is able to attend school again.  We have been missing Adina in the school room and also playing ball.  We are very glad she is able to be with us again.


Mr. and Mrs. Pick CHAMBERS and daughters, Bobbie and Beverly, from Ft. Stockton, visited Mr. and Mrs. B.C. CHAMBERS and family Monday.


Mr. and Mrs. W.T. MACON and son, Ozell, from Ralls, visited relatives the last week.


Mrs. Ralph STEWART is on the sick list this week.


Mr. and Mrs. Lester BARKER visited Mr. and Mrs. A.E. BARKER Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. George WALL and family from Olden have recently moved to the tank farm.


Mr. and Mrs. Bascom McCLELLAN of New Hope have moved on the place where Mr. C.C. MILLER lived, this place having been purchased by Mr. McCLELLAN’s brother, Robert McCLELLAN.


Foye DYSON is visiting his sister, Mrs. Floyd MOORE, of Desdemona, this week.


St. Joe by Miss Pauline Ray

Mr. R.L. McKELVEY of Ft. Smith, Ark. and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil McKELVEY of Olden were week-end guests of their father, Mr. J.F. McKELVEY and family.


Mr. and Mrs. M.E. DUKE entertained part of their children, a number of grandchildren and three great grandchildren with a dinner at their home Sunday, Jan. 1st.  Those present were Mr. and Mrs. J.A. DUKE and family, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. DUKE and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Carl DUKE and baby, Mr. and Mrs. Paul JOHNSON, Messrs. Euwell and Lynwood DUKE, Mr. and Mrs.  M. OTWELL and family of Oliver Springs and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil TARRANCE and children of Victor.


Miss Cora WALL has returned to Alpine after spending the holidays with home folks.  Miss WALL will receive her degree from Sul Ross State Teachers College in the Spring.


Mr. Jack LOCK, who has been seriously ill with the “flu” is much improved.


Mr. Ralph DUKE has returned to Merkel after having spent the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. DUKE and other relatives and friends here.


Mr. and Mrs. H.S. FREEMAN and Mr. and Mrs. W.B. RAY attended the funeral of Mr. Henry HEATH at De Leon Sunday afternoon.


Mrs. J.A. (Grandmother) OTWELL has received word of the death and burial of her daughter, Mrs. John BETTS, which occurred at Fayetteville, Ark., Dec. 28.  Mrs. BETTS formerly resided here, and sympathy is extended the bereaved family.


Mr. C.G. MORTON of Kokomo spent the past week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. MORTON.


Comyn by Mrs. Roy C. Lindley

Mr. and Mrs. Albert GEORGE of Roby spent the holidays with Mr. GEORGE’s parents.


Miss Stella NANCE of Dallas visited Mr. and Mrs. J.S. NANCE and family during the Christmas holidays.


Mr. and Mrs. Paul BURTON of Texon spent Christmas with Mrs. BURTON’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar HAVIS.


Mr. and Mrs. S.J. BRUMBELOW of Robinson Springs, have recently moved into the Comyn community.  Their children have entered the Comyn school.


Wayne GILDER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman GILDER, has been very ill this past week.


Mr. and Mrs. E.W. CARROLL and family have moved into the Comyn community from Bowman.


Mr. and Mrs. BAILEY and children of Beaumont are visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.M. DOGGETT.


Mr. and Mrs. Wade GEORGE are the parents of a baby girl, Ella E. born Jan. 1.


Miss Mattie Sue SLAUGHTER and Mr. CURTIS surprised their many friends in this community by getting married in Blanket Sunday.  Miss SLAUGHTER is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.M. SLAUGHTER and is an ex-student of Comyn High school.  Mr. COSBY’s [name is given differently than first sentence] home is in De Leon, but he is well known in this community.  Both have many friends here who wish for them much happiness and success in life.


Mr. and Mrs. Walker LITTLE are the proud parents of a new baby boy.  His name is Robert William.


Mr. and Mrs. Fred BACHMAN and family of this community are moving to Pioneer.


Concord by Mrs. Anna Wilson

Mrs. Jim DYSON, who has been sick for the past week, is better.


Mrs. J.W. THOMAS has gone to spend a week in the home of Mrs. Sid BRUMBELOW at Round Grove.



Rev. David M. PHILLIPS was in Dallas the first of this week attending the State Prohibition Rally.


Ray HARVEY of Durant, Okla., spent last week-end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.R. HARVEY.


Mr. and Mrs. W.H. CLAXTON of Abilene have moved here to make their future home.


Mrs. Edmond GRIZZELLE has returned from a week-end visit with relatives at San Antonio.


Miss Mabelle JOHNSON of Baton Rouge, La., is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.M. JOHNSON.


Mr. and Mrs. Jack SPARKS, Jr. and son, Jackie, spent New Years day with Mr. and Mrs. Jack SPARKS, Sr. at Ft. Worth.


Miss Modell TATE is home for a month’s vacation.  She will return to Stephenville February 1st, where she has a position with R.E. COX.


Miss Mayme K. SPENCER went to Garland for a visit during the holidays with her friend, Miss Mary Kate JAMES.


Miss Artie COLEY went to San Antonio during the holidays for a visit with her brothers, Bob and Gideon and families. 


Mr. and Mrs. J.E. HALBROOKS and son, Jack, of Trent, were visiting in the homes of his brothers, Will, S.H. and George near Duster, and with his mother, Mrs. H. HALBROOKS, this week.


Miss Mary Alice SHORT was spending the past week end in the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.A. SHORT in Abilene.


Mrs. W.V. RATLIFF and two sons, W.J. and Ollie, of Ponca City, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. Tony SPARKS, of Wichita Falls, Mrs. W.N. KING of Llano, all spent Christmas week with Mr. and Mrs. E.K. ROGAN.


Mr. and Mrs. Jack SPARKS, Jr. had the following guests during the holidays:  Mr. and Mrs. Jack SPARKS, Sr., of Ft. Worth, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. SPARKS of Dublin, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. F. CALES, Mr. and Mrs. Tony SPARKS and Miss Jessie Lee ODELL of Wichita Falls, Miss Willie Mae SPARKS, Mrs. Ina DAWSON, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. KEELER and son of Waco, Mr. and Mrs. Ulmer SEARS of Ft. Worth, Mr. and Mrs. F.W. BURDETTE and Mr. and Mrs. Frank HENDERSON of Abilene.


Mr. and Mrs. Fred ADCOCK and children are home from a month’s visit with his mother, Mrs. J.T. ADCOCK at the old home near Alexander City, Ala.  Fred’s mother has lived at the same place there almost half a century, he stated.


Mrs. G.W. WILHELM is home after spending the holidays in Abilene in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Natt LOUDERMILK and attending services at the Highland Church of Christ.



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