The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, February 3, 1933


Relative of This De Leon Man to be Governor Hawaii

            Judge Sam B. KEMP is slated to become governor of the territory of the Hawaiian Islands under the Roosevelt administration.  He took up his residence in Hawaii 18 years ago and held a high judicial position under the Wilson administration.  He has practiced law in the Islands and is reckoned as a political power. 

            Judge KEMP hails from Merrelltown, Texas, a rural community near Round Rock, not far from Austin.  He is a graduate of the law school of Texas University, and practiced law in Austin.  He was once county judge of Coke county.

            Judge KEMP is an uncle of W.B. ASH of De Leon, Rt. 3, being a brother of Mr. ASH’s mother.


Death Comes to Husband of Comyn Teacher Jan. 28th

            Mrs. J.F. PHIPPS received a message Saturday, January 28, telling of the sudden death of her husband, J.F. PHIPPS, which occurred at his home at Roaring Springs on that date.  Mr. PHIPPS, who was employed in the rural mail service, had been ill but had served his route on the day a heart attack occurred which attending physicians attributed to diseased tonsils.  His mother, with whom he lived, was attracted to his room by an unusual noise at about 2:30 a.m.  Death occurred very soon after she made the discovery of his serious illness.

            Mr. PHIPPS was 38 years of age.  Besides a few years in Arizona, he spent his life at Roaring Springs.  He had been for a number of years in the government service.  He was a veteran of the World War, being in training camp when he was discharged.

            Mr. PHIPPS was in Comyn with his wife last on January 1st, returning to Roaring Springs the 2nd of January.  She had spent Christmas with him and he returned here to accompany her home.  He was then in his usual good health.  Mrs. PHIPPS had learned late last week of his seeming slight illness and it was her intention to go to Roaring Springs last week end to visit with him.  They were married on October 10, 1931.

            Supt. S.B. CULPEPPER of the Comyn school, Mrs. CULPEPPER, Mrs. C.S. ROSS and Miss Mollie GRISHAM attended the funeral at Roaring Springs Sunday.  Mrs. R.M. SCOTT and Miss Ollie SLOAN, sisters of Mrs. PHIPPS, accompanied her there and remained for several days.


Baby Died

            Little Johnny Hasley ALLEN was born January 14th and died January 25th, the span of his brief little life being only 11 days.  He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny ALLEN, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Dick HASLEY.  The burial was at Dublin the 26th.  Those attending, besides the father, were Mr. and Mrs. Dick HASLEY, sons Bob and J.W., Mrs. Johnnie ESTES and family, Mesdames Dock and Burt WARE and Mrs. J.H. SNOW.  Sympathy is extended to the bereaved.


Uncle Jack Henson

            Uncle Jack HENSON, whose age is 81 years, died at the home of his daughter in Eastland Monday, Jan. 30th, and was buried at Zion Hill cemetery Tuesday.  A large number of relatives and friends were present to pay their last tribute of respect.  He was one of the early settlers of this county and was loved and respected by all who knew him.  Rev. David M. PHILLIPS spoke the words of comfort.  Uncle Jack was an uncle of Mrs. J.D. ROCH.


Mrs. O.T. Tarrance Passed Away Here

            Flora Myrtle BROUGHTON was born August 5th, 1877 near De Leon and passed to her eternal abiding place to be with her Heavenly Father January 28th, 1933 about 12:30a.m. 

            With the exception of about four months spent at McCaulley and Hamlin, Texas, she spent her entire life in Comanche County.

            On December 23, 1894, she was married to Mr. Oscar Thomas TARRANCE who preceded her in death on December 30, 1914.

            To this union were born three children, one son and two daughters.  The son passed away about 15 years ago.

            Sister TARRANCE was converted and baptized into the fellowship of the Oliver Springs Baptist Church about 30 years ago.  She had been a faithful and consistent member of the church up to the time of her death.  She was a member of the De Leon Baptist Church in full fellowship and was loved and respected and believed in by her fellow brothers and sisters of this congregation.

            Her children and intimate friends who knew her best pay highest tribute to her of loving her home and being a home maker, teaching and leading her children to love the home with all its deep and sacred duties and responsibilities.

            She loved the Bible, sought comfort for her heart and soul when she felt a need of comfort, and reared her family in the light of God’s Eternal Truths.  She led her children to love and believe and follow the Bible.

            Her health had been bad for several years dating back to the early part of her married life.  Suffering from diabetes for many years coupled with worry, grief and perplexities and other reverses, her physical being became incapable of suffering and bearing the strain and worry and suffering which finally brought death.

            She is survived in her immediate family by two daughters, Mrs. T.I. GREEN of San Angelo, Texas, and Mrs. C.L. MOHON of De Leon.  She leaves an only sister, also Mr. C.L. HAMLIN, De Leon.  Three grandchildren, Thomas CLIFTON and Ouido GREEN and C.L. MOHON, Jr., also survive.

            The funeral service was held at the First Baptist church in De Leon at 2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon, January 29, 1933, the pastor being in charge.  Interment was at De Leon cemetery.  –Rev. David M. PHILLIPS


Card of Thanks

            We take this means to thank and show our appreciation to those who contributed to us in replacing the feed which we lost when our barn, harness and feed and other things were destroyed by fire Nov. 22 while we lived in the Duster community. Now we live R3, 2 miles north of Gorman.  We moved from Lamkin to Duster.  We hated to leave our good neighbors and friends we had learned to love, but must say they have just as good people in Duster community as there are anywhere and we ask God’s blessings on all of them and we are getting acquainted in Gorman.  We already are fond of these people.

            Mr. and Mrs. C.O. HUFF


Card of Thanks

            We wish to offer our sincere thanks to our neighbors and friends for their kindness to us and our dear mother and sister during her illness and death.  We are grateful for every sympathizing word, song, prayer, and the flowers.  We also wish to thank Dr. INZER and Mrs. Mary Lou DIXON for their tender care and efforts to relieve her of her suffering.  May God’s richest blessings rest upon each of you.

Mr. and Mrs. C.L. MOHON and C.L., Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. T.L. GREEN and children

Mr. and Mrs. C.L. HAMLIN and children.


Senior B.Y.P.U.

            The Senior B.Y.P.U. elected officers Sunday night.  The following were elected:

President, Weldon WARE; Vice President, Cecil POLNAC; Recording Secretary, Grady PARSONS; Corresponding Secretary, Marjorie MORRIS; Quiz Leader, Miss Roger Mae SMITH; Pianist, Olive Winters BUCHAN; Choir Leader, Opal HANDLIN; Treasurer, Adrian GRIZZELLE, Agnes Lee HOLMES, Buel SIMMS, Grace SMITH.

            Fourteen were present Sunday night.  We had one new member, Hermon ROBBINS.


Berean Class

            The Berean Class elected officers Sunday morning.  The following were elected:

President, Murray NICHOLS; Enlargement Vice Pres., Grady PARSONS; Secretary, Adrian GRIZZELLE; Ministry Vice Pres., Weldon WARE; Publicity Vice Pres., K.M. VAN ZANDT; Fellowship Vice Pres., Hermon ROBBINS; Missions and Sunday School, Alvis TOLAR; Teacher, R.R. HARVEY.

            We had one visitor, Rev. Huron POLNAC, Abilene, Tex., and one new member, Clarence DONAHUE.

            There were thirteen present Sunday.


Suez News by Miss Ruth Elms

The small son of Mr. and Mrs. Terrill PITTS has been brought home from the Blackwell Sanitarium and is improving now.

 Mrs. M.C. STEPHENS has returned home from an extended visit with her brother, J.B. JEFFREY of De Leon.

 Mr. Newt PITTS and wife of McCamey have returned home after a visit here with their children and relatives.

 Alfred Junior, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. H.A. THOMAS of Houston, is visiting his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. THOMAS of this community.


Comyn by Mrs. Roy C. Lindley

Mr. and Mrs. Frank PATTERSON and baby, Alice Ann, of Junction are visiting in the home of Mrs. PATTERSON’s sister, Mrs. W.W. MATHIS.

 Mr. E.W. HANSON was called to Eastland Sunday to the bedside of his aged father.  The father was eighty-seven years old and little hope was held for his recovery.

 Mr. Ernest SMITH of Stephenville has moved into this community.  He has moved to the place on which Mr. Gary SWANNER has been living.  Mr. SWANNER has moved to near De Leon.

 Miss Willa Dean COOK has been absent from school on account of illness.

 Mr. and Mrs. Cecil DICKEY and Mr. and Mrs. C.P. PEARSON, who have been living in Knox City, have moved to Comyn.

 Mr. and Mrs. T.J. LINDLEY and daughter were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Roy C. LINDLEY last Friday and Saturday.

 The community was shocked and grieved to learn of the sudden death of Mr. Forrest PHIPPS of Roaring Springs.  Although Mr. PHIPPS has never lived here, his wife, who was Miss Pearl SLOAN before her marriage, has been primary teacher in Comyn school for the last ten years and has a host of friends who grieve in sympathy with her.  Mr. PHIPPS had been suffering with tonsillitis but had not been too ill to go on with his work.  He carried the mail on his regular route Friday.  His tonsil burst sometime Friday night, the poisoning going to his heart.  He died at two thirty a.m. Saturday morning.  Mrs. PHIPPS was accompanied by her three sisters and a brother-in-law, Miss Ollie SLOAN, Mrs. Murray SCOTT, Mrs. W. SPIVEY and Mr. W. SPIVEY.

Mr. and Mrs. S.B. CULPEPPER, Jr., Mrs. G.S. ROSS and Miss Mollie GRISHAM went to Roaring Springs Sunday to attend the funeral of Mr. PHIPPS.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest DISHMAN and children of Joinersville visited his father, J.S. DISHMAN and family last week.

Mr. W.A. LINDLEY had the misfortune to lose a good work horse this week.

Mr. and Mrs. T.J. LINDLEY visited with their son, Roy C. LINDLEY and family, at Comyn this week.

Mr. Nando ROBBINS and family of Lubbock and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest GARY visited with O.S. ROBBINS and family this week end.

Mr. J.S. DISHMAN had the misfortune to fall from a tree which he was pruning last week and broke a rib.  He has been confined to his bed but is improving.

Little Helen Laverne McKINNEY of Frankell spent this week visiting with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S.O. McKINNEY.

The home economics girls of this school served a very attractive Buffet supper Thursday night to the Robinson Springs home economics class and their teacher, Mrs. Perry MORING.  Beside the class, other guests invited were O.H. MOORE, Miss Zora BAKER, Miss Lucile RILEY, Miss Ruthel R[illegible], and Miss Bartene MOORE.  Misses Robbie Lea ADAMS and Madge McKINNEY were host and hostess, other girls of the local class serving as maids and kitchen force, etc.  Miss Erica WHITWORTH, the home economics teacher, is to be congratulated for the training she is giving.  The girls performed their duties well.  Such training fits the girls of today for the duties of tomorrow and will make of them more competent and efficient house keepers and home makers.

Miss BAKER and Miss WHITWORTH will take the public school music class to Lingleville Friday night where they have been invited to have part in a program given by the school at that place.

Miss Zora BAKER, teacher of public school music at this place, is in receipt of an invitation to bring her class for a program on a special occasion at the Clifton Junior College.  Miss BAKER has succeeded well with training the young folks of this community to sing and the school feels complimented to have such invitations.

Mr. L.C. PAYNE exhibits a fine public spirit in volunteering to drag the road leading from the highway to the school building.  Mr. PAYNE has rendered this important service many times without pay and deserves the thanks of the people for such good service.

The R.F.C. began here this week under the direction of W.A. LINDLEY, local committeeman.  Mr. LINDLEY is a very careful and conservative business man and very much desires to extend this aid to all who need it and make the funds do the greatest good.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray ROBBINS of Hico visited with Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS Sunday.


Robinson Springs by Miss LaVeda Macon

Mrs. J.C. WILLIAMS, who has been ill for some time, is better at this writing.

Mr. MORING and the Manual Training boys have been terracing a great deal the last two weeks.

Carl MACON from Soda Springs visited homefolks Sunday.

Roger CHAMBERS visited Dean CHAMBERS Saturday night.

Mrs. L.C. MACON received the message Sunday morning of the death of her mother, Mrs. S.R. JERNIGAN of Okmulgee, Oklahoma.  She left at once to attend the funeral service.



Mrs. George YOUNG returned from a visit with her sister, Mrs. C. YOUNG of Bayes.  She reports Mrs. C. YOUNG to be improving a very little.

We have had a wave of flu out our way.  Mesdames J.F. DYSON, J.E. WILSON and B. WARREN have been real sick.

Mrs. J.W. THOMAS has returned to Mrs. D. DILLON’s.  Mrs. THOMAS makes her home with her children.

Miss Myrtle LAWRENCE of Hico has returned here and is keeping house for her grandfather again.

James GARDNER spent the week end with his grandmother, Mrs. C.C. MILLER, while his parents moved from their home to De Leon.


Downing by J.L. Bishop

Mr. and Mrs. Dan BEATY and family spent Sunday with Cleburn DAWKINS and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard WILSON spent Sunday with Mr. H. SHUPP and family of New Hope.

Miss Eddie Myrtle GUNN spent the week end in Duster with Miss Jolene ELLIOTT.

Rev. J.L. ISBELL and family and J.L. BISHOP and family attended the Sunday School conventions Sunday.


Highland-Round Grove by Walter Rippetoe

Mrs. J.H.M. HARRISON, who has been sick, is able to be up now.

Mr. Geo HOOD, who is under the doctor’s treatment, is slowly gaining strength and is still able to teach in the school.

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar HOOD of Rising Star were down here on business and visited his brother, Geo. HOOD last Monday.

Mr. J.T. MOODY and family and Mrs. J.H. HARRISON visited their father, Mr. MOODY at Huckaby Sun.

The RIPPETOE quartette sang at De Leon Sunday eve.

Mr. J.H.M. HARRISON, the rural mail carrier on Dublin Route nine, retired from Government service Jan. 31, having been in the service some thirty-two years, and better than twenty-five years of carrier service.  This Route 9 begins at Highland and ended north some twenty-five miles in length.  The Route is consolidated with Dublin Route 3.  Mr. Lincoln LANE, the carrier on Route 3, will carry the two Routes.

Mr. J.H.M. (Uncle Henry) HARRISON was born in Mississippi, but has been a resident of Texas for many years.  We are proud to have a man in the service as long as Uncle Henry has.  We are wishing him many more years of happiness and health.


St. Joe by Miss Pauline Ray

Mrs. J.A. OTWELL is visiting her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde NABORS and family of Oliver Springs this week.

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

Mrs. Walter WATSON of Downing, Mrs. R.T. NABORS and son Leland, of Harmony, visited their aunt, Mrs. E.W. RAY of Alexander City, Ala., who is here visiting her son, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. RAY and family Thursday of last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude PAIR and children of Rucker visited Mrs. W.C. LOCK and family Sunday.


Oliver Springs by Miss Iris Warren

Another nice rain fell Sunday which was very much appreciated after the sand storms.

Mr. and Mrs. Pat JOHNSTON and baby and Mr. and Mrs. Henry STEWART of Robinson Springs, visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.M. JOHNSTON Sunday.

Mrs. N. NABORS has been real sick of flu.

Mr. Charley REED of Hasse visited his brother, R.H. REED and family last week.


Duster by Merle Huddleston

Dr. ALDRIDGE of Anderson is now visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Auther ALDRIDGE.

Misses Faith ELLIOTT, Lois McGINNIS and Eddie Myrtle GUNN, were visitors over the week-end in the home of Mrs. J.A. ELLIOTT.

Mr. and MRs. Will HUDDLESTON and Mr. and Mrs. Harry HUDDLESTON spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd HALLBROOKS of Pounds.

Mr. and Mrs. Austin HOLMES of Pleasant Hill spent the week end with Mr. C.B. GRAY and Mr. and Mrs. J.D. HOLMES.

The Eighth Grade had a debate Jan. 26.  The subject was “Resolved that Capital Punishment Should be Abolished.”  The affirmative was Merle HUDDLESTON and Laverne SCOTT.  The negative was James HOLMES and Ferrell ANGLIN.  The affirmative won.

Little Bobbie Jean LITTLE is seriously ill with pneumonia.  We are sorry to say she is not improving as she should.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence FRANKS and son, of Pioneer, spent Sunday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. FRANKS.



De Leon friends of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. GULLEY have received announcement of the arrival of a little son, Coleman Harrell GULLEY, weight 7 ¾ pounds, on January 27th, at their home at Elon College, Burlington, North Carolina.  Mr. and Mrs. GULLEY lived in De Leon the past year, he being principal of the high school.

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald SHANDS of Cisco were visiting in the home of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. MOORE, this week.

Mr. and Mrs. A. GRIMSHAW and son, of Elida, New Mexico, are spending about ten days visiting relatives and friends here.

Mrs. Mary E. DODSON accompanied her son, Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey DODSON, to their home in Austin, where she will visit indefinitely.

Lester MORTON is recovering from an illness of eight weeks.  He suffered from an infected foot and is now up and about town on crutches

Lewis EASTERLING and his sister, Miss Dorothy Nell, came down from Richardson last week end to accompany home Mrs. EASTERLING and baby who had visited here.

H.J. LOGSDON has returned here from Munday, having been away from this city for two years.  He lived also at Cement, Okla.  Mr.  LOGSDON’s friends welcome him back.

Little Mary Jack RICE, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell RICE, became seriously ill at Comanche last week end at the home of relatives where she had gone with her sister, Talma, to visit.

Mrs. D.L. MALONE and family, who have made their home in the Concord community, are leaving this week to live at Wapanuka, Okla.  They ordered the Free Press sent to their new address.

Mr. and Mrs. E.D. ARMENTROUT, who formerly lived at San Angelo, have recently moved to De Leon and have recently moved to De Leon and have bought a farm, part of the Gilder tract, north of Rucker.  Mr. ARMENTROUT will truck farm and raise poultry and will plant an orchard of peaches, pecans and berries.  The diversification possibilities of this section brought him to the sandy bel

Howard FUNDERBURGH has gone to Breckenridge where he has a position.

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

Jerry is the name of a fine son who was born to Mr. and Mrs. E.E. CRAWFORD Jan. 18.

C.H. TIMMONS and daughter, Miss Opal and C.H. Jr. visited relatives in Cleburne last week.

Clarence ROE of Hillsboro is visiting his brother, Mr. and Mrs. L.C. ROE.

Miss Ella BROWNLEE was visiting her sister, Mrs. Dolph SMITH at Gorman last week.

Self PARSONS is here from Corpus Christi visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. PARSONS.

Mrs. J.T. EDMONSON and Miss Pauline BILLS are in Dallas this week buying new spring merchandise.

Honk IRVIN is going to East Texas oil fields this week where he has employment.

Mr. and Mrs. C.W. BARTLETT of Dallas were here Saturday visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. ROSS.

Miss Evelyn COX has returned from a visit with her aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur WRIGHT at Cross Plains.

Miss Wendola PRICE, who teaches school at Lingleville, spent the week end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam PRICE.

Mrs. Jim WALLACE and children, and Jaunita SHORT of Ft. Worth are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy SHORT.

Mrs. D.A. EASLEY of San Antonio is visiting Mr. and Mrs. H.G. GILLOCK.  Mrs. EASLEY was formerly Miss Mryle TODD of this place.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam R. JOHNSON and small son of San Antonio have returned home after visiting Mr. and Mrs. John NABORS and other relatives and attending the funeral of her sister Mrs. Thurman COGBURN.

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar STEPHENS and son, Ollie, Mrs. Carl YOUNG and Paul TATE, all of Longview, are here visiting the former with D.A. STEPHENS and family, and the latter with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. John TATE.

Mrs. J.W. HICKEY received a telegram Monday saying that J.C. CAMERON had died with pneumonia in a hospital in Dallas.  Mrs. CAMERON is a granddaughter of Mrs. HICKEY and a niece of Mesdames V.V. and Josie BELL.

Mr. and Mrs. Dock MACON and children went to Okmulgee, Okla., Monday in response to a message stating that Mrs. MACON’s mother, Mrs. JERNIGAN, was dead.  Friends sympathize with the family in their sorrow.


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