The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, January 27, 1933


Armour & Co. Leaving De Leon Prompts Move

            Armour & Co., through their general manager, Mr. COLLIER, stated last Tuesday that they have definitely decided not to rebuild their poultry plant at De Leon.  Mayor DANIELL received this information in a telephone conversation with Mr. COLLIER.

            Immediately a group of De Leon citizens discussed the matter and before the end of the week will investigate the proposition of a co-operative poultry plant for De Leon.

            A committee will visit Brownwood Friday and interview the managers of a Farmers Co-Operative Marketing Assn., which is reported to have been outstandingly successful in the handling of turkeys the past season.

            Farmers who are interested in organizing a co-operative are invited to discuss the matter, and if the committee visiting Brownwood reports favorably, a meeting will be called soon to discuss the matter.


Mrs. Schmidt to Present Pupils in Recital Feb. 3rd

            Mrs. A.P. SCHMIDT will present her pupils in recital at the Methodist church at 7:15 o’clock Friday evening, February 3rd.  Piano numbers will be interspersed with songs, musical readings and a Xylophone solo.

            The following pupils will have part in the program:

Polly TERRILL, Mary Leurline SMITH, Bruce TERRILL, Billie PEAK, Alvenia BARTON, Terrill SHARPE, Junior TERRILL, James Doyle BARTON, June TERRILL, Felicia BOULTER, Josie Beth ALLEN, Delta Ree HOLDRIDGE, Dora Laura PEEVIE, Edna JETTON, Derroll HAFFORD, Harold GRISSOM, Helen GRISSOM, Frances GREGORY, Grace WHALEY, Loy FARROW, Maxine PEAK, Hortense GLAZIER, Flora Beth HENSON, Fay EASLEY.


Auto Collision Results in Injury

            Yesterday as Mrs. H.E. WHITTLE stopped her car at the intersection of Postoffice and Main streets, Mr. John NABORS got into his car and unintentionally backed into her automobile, the shock of the impact throwing little Betty Alice WHITTLE against the dash board severely bruising her cheek bone near the right eye.  She was immediately examined by Dr. J.E. SELF but the bruise was not considered serious.  Neither of the cars were damaged.


They Set the Pace in Recent Improvements

            W.H. SMITH has had men at work recently building an awning, laying a heavy cement curb and a nice white brick walk along the north side of his store, which improves his property and adds to the convenience of the public.

            Inside the store, Mrs. E.E. GENTRY has completely refinished the interior of her Beauty Shop, new paper and paint adding a neatness that is pleasing and attractive.  Ladies are invited to call and inspect the new place.


Charley Tate Loses Home in Early Morning Fire Mon.

            Charley TATE and family suffered the misfortune to lose their home and most of its contents by fire at an early hour Monday.  The family was aroused by Mrs. TATE and one of the girls who were awakened by the flames at about 4:30 a.m.  The fire was well advanced when discovered.  The family escaped and saved a few articles of furniture and clothing.  Neighbors soon arrived, but the building was a mass of flames and nothing could be done.  The house was situated about a mile outside the incorporation, on the Desdemona road, and was therefore outside the fire limits.  No alarm was turned in.

            The building was a good wood structure of some five or six rooms.  The TATE family has resided there for a number of years.  Insurance in the sum of $1,000.00 was carried on the house and barn.  Since the barn did not burn, adjustment is awaited on the house before Mr. TATE commences to replace his home, which he will do shortly.


Wichita Falls Man Now in Charge of De Leon Laundry

            De Leon Laundry went under new management on January 23rd.  Mr. M.E. COX, who has been connected with a laundry at Wichita Falls is the new manager, leasing the plant from W.J. ROSS, who has operated the laundry for a number of years.  Mr. ROSS will devote his time to other affairs.

            Mr. COX is a laundryman of almost life-long experience, he told the Free Press.  He formerly lived at Dublin.  He gives the assurance that he will render a service equal to that being given in the larger cities, and invites a trial.  He extends a cordial invitation to De Leon housewives to inspect the laundry in operation.  Mr. COX will make a determined effort to please the De Leon trade and he deserves your patronage.


Mrs. Fine Opens Café Business on Postoffice Street

            Mrs. C.C. FINE will be found in the café formerly operated by Mr. and Mrs. BLEDSOE, which was known as Pa and Ma’s Place.  They have gone to Stephenville.  Mrs. FINE has been in charge the past week and plans to operate a modern and attractive place, offering short orders and lunches, sandwiches, etc.  She invites the patronage of the public.


Mrs. T.C. Cogburn Died at Gorman Home Last Friday

            Mrs. Thurman C. COGBURN died at her home in Gorman at 11:00 o’clock a.m. Friday, January 20th, 1933, and the funeral was held at the Church of Christ in Gorman on Sunday afternoon following.  Her remains were laid to rest at De Leon cemetery in the family burying ground here.

            Mrs. COGBURN was a daughter of John NABORS, being next to the youngest of his children.  Ara was a lovely girl and popular as a student at De Leon high school, where she finished several years ago.  During her high school days she and Thurman COGBURN were class mates and sweethearts and after both had finished they were married and lived for a number of years in Dallas.  For the past year they have lived at Gorman where he held the position of undertaker with Higginbotham Bros. & Co., having held a similar position at Dallas.

            Ara was twenty-six years of age.  She was a faithful member of the Church of Christ.  Rev. RODEN, pastor of the Gorman Baptist church, a neighbor, and a Christian minister from Ranger conducted the funeral service.

            Mrs. COGBURN had been ill for two years and was a patient sufferer.  She had been desperately ill for about four days prior to her going away.  Friends here sympathize with the heartbroken husband, little Sarah Ann, aged 2, the father and other relatives in their loss.


Miss Inez Webb Becomes Bride of R.C. Worthy

            In a quiet ceremony at the Methodist pastor’s home last Thursday evening, Miss Inez WEBB became the bride of R.C. WORTHY.  The wedding came as a surprise to friends, however congratulations have been none the less cordial.  Mr. and Mrs. WORTHY will make their home in this city, the Free Press has learned.

            The double ring ceremony was used.  The bride wore a gown of Hyacinth blue with harmonizing accessories and appeared quite lovely.  Rev. C.C. HENSON, pastor of the De Leon Methodist church, spoke the solemn words uniting them.  The impressive ceremony was witnessed by Mr. and Mrs. Joe ASHBY and Joe Ben Jr., with whom Mrs. WORTHY has lived since she came to De Leon several months ago.  The bride and groom spent the past Sunday at Cross Plains, guests in the home of his parents.

            Mrs. WORTHY has been in the employ of the Western Union Telegraph Co. three years.  She has been assigned to duty at Tyler, Port Lavaca and De Leon.  She is a most competent operator and capable business woman and has won for herself the confidence and esteem of the business element of the town, and she has been quite popular in social circles as well.  She is a daughter of Mr. Sam WEBB, a citizen of Noble, La., where she was reared.

            Mr. WORTHY came to De Leon some ten years ago and has been at the head of the lumber department of Higginbotham Bros. & Co.  He is a capable young business man and is filling well an important place in the business life of the community.  He has been active with civic organizations and his work along this line has proved quite efficient.

            Mr. and Mrs. WORTHY are living at the Travelers for the present but will take a cottage soon, they stated.


Mrs. M.L. Nance is Honored with Shower

            The officers and teachers of the Young People’s Department of the Baptist Sunday School honored Mrs. Maurice L. NANCE with a miscellaneous bridal shower last Friday afternoon four-thirty to six in the basement of the church.  The room was decorated with pretty pot plants.  As each guest arrived they were asked to register their names and give a favorite recipe in the bride’s book which was presided over by Mrs. Vance SINGLETON.  A musical program was rendered at which Miss Billye Faye LONDON gave a pretty piano solo.  Mrs. SINGLETON sang “My Wild Irish Rose” accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Payne SLAUGHTER.  A large basket, heavily laden with gifts was presented to the honoree who responded graciously with expression of thanks.  Sandwiches and iced tea were served to the large number of friends present.


Rook Club

            The regular by-weekly meeting of the Rook Club was held at the home of Mrs. S.R. UPSHAW, Jr. on Friday afternoon of last week.  Four tables had been arraned for the members and invited guests, high score going to Mrs. Wayne BELL.  A salad course with hot coffee was served.  The next meeting of the club will be with Mrs. S.R. UPSHAW, Sr., the club members entertaining in alphabetical order.  The following were present:  Mesdames Frank DONOHUE, LIGHTFOOT, HAMMERS, S.R. UPSHAW, Sr., F.T. DANIELL, C.H. SHARP, R.D. BELL, Jack PRICE, O.M. BUCHAN, JETTON, W.W. BELL, and the following guests:  Mesdames J.D. TATE, E.L. LOCKE, Whaley SMITH, Bonner NABORS, Miss Jaunita UPSHAW.


Mrs. Lewis Easterling Honored with Party

            Mrs. John WEAVER entertained Saturday afternoon with a Bridge party in honor of Mrs. Lewis EASTERLING of Richardson, who is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.W. AYERS.

            Mrs. Herbert WEAVER won high score in Contract.

            Refreshments were served to Mrs. Jack PRICE, Mrs. J.G. CAYCE, Mrs. Joe ASHBY, Mrs. J.C. POPE, Mrs. Herbert WEAVER, Mrs. Everett HANSFORD, Miss Chrysteen AYERS and the honoree, Mrs. Lewis EASTERLING.


Mrs. S.G. Parks, Hostess

            The Bridge Club was delightfully entertained Tuesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. S.G. PARKS.  At the conclusion of the games, of which Mrs. R.N. HILL was winner of high score, a salad course was served.

            Members and guests present were Mmes. Aubrey SPENCER, E.L. LOCKE, W.H. SMITH, John WEAVER, J.G. CAYCE, H.G. SHARP, E.E. DABNEY, Dewey DANIELL, H.T. WEAVER, T.E. MAJOR, R.N. HILL and Everett HANSFORD.

            The Club meets February 7th with Mrs. H.G. SHARP.



            The Young Woman’s Auxiliary met Monday evening at 7 o’clock in the basement of the Baptist church.  A very interesting program was given.  It consisted of three numbers from Texas study, one in Art Appreciation and one in Music Appreciation.  At our meeting on next Monday evening we shall vote to determine which of these three subjects shall be studied on Industrial nights for the next six months.  Misses Nita HODGES, Mary Alice SHORT, Launa FRETWELL, and Lillian MOHON were the new members who were welcomed into the organization.  Others, who will, are cordially invited to join.


Card of Thankx

            We wish to take this method of thanking our many friends for their kindness and sympathy extended to us at the death of our dear wife, mother, daughter and sister; also for the beautiful floral offerings.

C.T. COGBURN and Sarah Ann

Jno. NABORS and family

C.W. COGBURN and family


Amos – Kennedy

            Frank Gordon AMOS and Miss Gwendolen KENNEDY were married in De Leon, January 3rd by Rev. J.W. WOOD at his residence.

            Mr. AMOS is the son of Mrs. B.F. AMOS of Comanche and Mrs. AMOS is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.S. KENNEDY of near De Leon.  –Comanche Chief


Concord by Mrs. Anna Wilson

Mr. and Mrs. Willie SHOEMAKER are rejoicing over a new baby girl in their home which arrived the eleventh and is doing nicely.


Mr. and Mrs. Berry DIXON visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.M. DIXON in Dublin Sunday.  Mr. DIXON has been in poor health many years, confined to the room most all the time.  He sometimes is on crutches.  Mrs. DIXON’s health is not so good as in other years.  They formerly lived here and still own a home here.


Mr. and Mrs. H. CROW, who are living on the old RYAN farm here, had word from Mr. and Mrs. Clayton CROW of Baird of a baby girl’s arrival in their home the 15th.  All are well.


Mrs. L. LAKENY of West Texas is visiting here and will remain here for a short visit with relatives and friends.  She attended the funeral of her mother, Mrs. Tiny ELY.


Jaunita FAIR, two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe FAIR, was taken sick with convulsions Friday evening.  She is better at this time.


Mr. Carroll YOUNG of Bayes was in the home of Mr. George YOUNG and reported Mrs. YOUNG very ill.  Friends here hope for her recovery.


Mr. BAREFOOT and sons are building a modern dugout on his farm here.


Grandma FAIR of Lowell is at the bedside of her little granddaughter.


Mrs. W.T. WILSON received a message from her brother, Carrol GOOCH of Steel Mission, stating the death of his daughter Jan. 5th.  She was Mrs. Lula McDANIELL, aged 60.  Her death was due to heart failure.  Dr. McDANIELL, her husband, buried her in Pontotoc, Miss., where she was reared and educated.


W.A. CUMMINS and family of Desdemona have moved here.  We are glad to have them move back.  They have two children in school at Robinson Springs.


Highland – Round Grove by Walter Rippetoe

There are several cases of bad colds, or light cases of flu, but no one seriously ill at this time.


A large number of people gathered at the home of W.A. BLAIR to clean up and put things away.


St. Joe by Miss Pauline Ray

The high wind has caused the sand to blow and damage small grain and gardens.


Mrs. J.A. OTWELL has returned home from an extended visit with her daughter, Mrs. J.C. PIERCE and family of De Leon.


Miss Leona MORRIS and Mr. Tiny MORRIS and Mr. K.M. VAN ZANDT of Stephenville visited Miss Geraldine MORRIS Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Charley TATE had the misfortune of getting their home burned early Monday evening.


Mr. and Mrs. J.R. OTWELL and family visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nath NABORS of Oliver Springs Sunday afternoon.


Oliver Springs by Miss Iris Warren

Rev. Floyd FLEMMING preached at this place Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Dock RIGSBY of Gorman have moved back to their place in this community.  Mr. and Mrs. RIGSBY lived here many years ago and their friends are glad to have them back.


Mr. and Mrs. W.G. MORRIS of St. Joe visited Mr. and Mrs. Thelbert MORRIS Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Dolph SMITH and children of Gorman visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Press SMITH last Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Roy BUTLER of Dublin have moved on Mr. C.M. HODGES place.  Mrs. BUTLER is a granddaughter of Mr. HODGES.


Honor Roll

First Grade:  Norman Lee PARK, Dan WALLS, Gladys FORREST, Zelma May FORREST, Gwendolyn JOHNSTON, Robbie Lea SETZLER.

Second Grade:  G.H. WALLS, Wanda KIMMELL, Martine PAIR.


Robinson Springs by Miss LaVeda Macon

Mrs. J.C. WILLIAMS is getting well from a cut on the hand.  The cut is a dangerous one as it cut two arteries.  The accident occurred late Sunday evening when she was starting to fill a lamp.


While playing ball, Cliftine GOODSON sprained her ankle and has been unable to play this week.


Doyce SHORT from Brownwood visited homefolks last week end.


Mrs. R.L. MACON spent Friday with her aunt, Mrs. Exa DODSON of De Leon, who has been very ill.


Mr. and Mrs. Cleburne DAWKINS are the proud parents of a baby girl.


The Bible Class has started again after so much rain and sickness.  Come every Sunday night and study the Bible with us.


Miss MILLS entertained the young people with a party Friday night at the school house by playing games and eating popcorn and peanuts.  All reported a very nice time.


Hadley GRAHAM, who is attending school at De Leon, spent the week-end at home.


The Tenth Grade Class met Jan. 10, 1933, and decided that they would continue their class Club and meet each month.  We had a program for Jan. 10.  The program was as follows:

First, Sam JENKINS told a story.  Then we debated on the subject of “Which is more useful to a community, “Horse or Cow?”  Mr. Sam JENKINS and Mrs. William SHELTON were on the affirmative side.  C.D. ALDRIDGE and Ira FRAZIER were on the negative side.  The affirmative won.  At the close of this program, Mr. E.L. CURB made a talk to the class which was very interesting.


Since the Christmas holidays there are three new students in the primary room.  They are:  J.B. GRAHAM, John OWENS and George Henry POR[end of name cut off].


Comyn by Mrs. Roy C. Lindley

Miss Mara Glenn DONALDSON spent last week end with relatives in Rising Star.


Mrs. S.T. COOK spent Saturday night with her sister, Mrs. R.C. BOSWELL of De Leon.


Rev. and Mrs. S.B. CULPEPPER, Sr. of Stephenville visited with Mr. and Mrs. S.B. CULPEPPER, Jr. Monday evening.


Mr. and Mrs. R.C. LINDLEY spent Friday night with Mr. LINDLEY’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.J. LINDLEY, of Desdemona. 


Mrs. Omer BURKETT has been visiting her brother, Mr. W.E. PULLEY and family.


Mr. and Mrs. John CHANDLER of De Leon are visiting Mr. and Mrs. J.H. CHANDLER and family.


Mr. and Mrs. Ernest DISHMAN and three children of Joineville are visiting Mrs. DISHMAN’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. CHANDLER and her sister, Mrs. J.H. CHANDLER and family.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

Misses Ruby L. and Thelma NABORS of Eastland, nieces of W.A. LINDLEY, visited with Mr. and Mrs. LINDLEY Sunday and Monday of this week.  They and Mrs. Raymond LINDLEY visited the school Monday.


A small son of Mrs. Bertha McGUIRE was taken very ill last Monday and taken to Desdemona for treatment.


Mrs. Z.L. KOONCE has been critically ill this week but at last the report is that she is improving.


The small son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy HOOPER, who has been sick the past several days at the home of Mrs. G.M. WADE, has improved.


Howard BAKER of Comyn visited with his sister, Miss Zora BAKER, Sunday afternoon.


V.C. WAYLAND had the misfortune to lose a work mule last week.


Ila REDWINE and family have moved to the SHORT farm formerly occupied by J.T. VARNER.


Mr. and Mrs. W.E. BUTLER of De Leon attended the singing here Sunday afternoon.  Mr. BUTLER is Chairman of the Erath-Comanche County singing convention which has grown to be one of the leading conventions in this section of the state under the direction of Mr. BUTLER.



Ray HARVEY, who is employed by the Durant Peanut Mill, a branch of De Leon Peanut Co., is among the newest subscribers to the Free Press.


J.T. HANLIN is in Cross Plains this week where he has work.


Mrs. N.T. GREEN and her little daughter, of San Angelo, are here attending the bedside of her mother, Mrs. Tom TARRANCE, who is very ill.


Mrs. Jeff BROWNLEE has gone to Dallas to be with her daughter, Mrs. Otis BECKHAM, who is very ill in the hospital at Dallas.


Mr. and Mrs. J.R. VAN ZANDT of Stephenville were week-end guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. K.M. VAN ZANDT.


Mrs. Carl PITTMAN was in Dallas last week visiting her daughter, Miss Lillian PITTMAN, who underwent an operation for the removal of her tonsils.


Cecil (Honk) IRVIN, professional football player, who has been in New York the past season, arrived home Tuesday and is spending some time visiting his parents.  He will return to New York soon, he stated.


Mr. and Mrs. Lee GOOCH and children went to Gustine to attend the bedside of her aged mother, Mrs. BROWN, who passed away Saturday.  The funeral and burial was at Mt. Zion cemetery Sunday.  Friends sympathize with the family in their sorrow.


Charley MORRIS came home from Los Angeles and spent a week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will MORRIS.  Charley has been on the West Coast the past year and is holding a good position with one of the large cleaning plants.  He has been working in this line for some time and has become quite efficient.  At present he holds a job as “silk spotter” for a large cleaning establishment in the city.



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