The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, February 10, 1933


Gentry Beauty Shop Has New Machine for Drying Hair

            Mrs. E.E. GENTRY announces the purchase of a new turbinator, a machine for rapidly drying hair.  It is absolutely the latest machine perfected for this purpose, Mrs. GENTRY declared, and will perfectly dry one’s hair in twenty minutes.

            Instead of blowing heated air down on the head and body, the new machine draws heated air away, making the operation comfortable as well as effective.


Supt. E.H. Boulter Re-Elected Head of De Leon Schools

            At the regular meeting of De Leon School Board, held at the City Hall Monday evening this week, Supt. E.H. BOULTER was re-elected to serve the school the coming school year 1933-34.  Mr. BOULTER is now serving his second year in De Leon as head of the school system and his work has proved satisfactory to the Board and school patrons.

            Since coming to De Leon, Mr. BOULTER has been active not only in school affairs, but in civic and church work.  He was head of De Leon Community Club for one year and in such position did good work.  He is at present the De Leon contact man with the West Texas Chamber of Commerce and as such is head of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation in this city.

            Mr. BOULTER and his family came to De Leon from Tuscola where they lived for eleven years.  He has his Bachelor’s degree from Howard Payne College and took his Master’s degree at Abilene.


Mother of Former De Leon Man Died in Oklahoma

            Mrs. Drucilla JERNIGAN, 70, who lived at Okmulgee, Okla., with a son, S.W. JERNIGAN, five and a half miles south of Haskell.  Death was due to a heart attack.

            Mrs. JERNIGAN was born in Randolph, Miss., Dec. 9, 1862.  In 1880 she was married to Samuel R. JERNIGAN, who died in 1907.  In October, 1916, Mrs. JERNIGAN moved to Okmulgee, and had made her home here since that time.

            She was the mother of nine children, of whom eight are living.  They are:  Mrs. S.L. ROBINSON, Mrs. R.P. CHAPMAN, Mrs. G.C. PURVINE, Frank W. JERNIGAN and Roy JERNIGAN of Haskell, Mrs. Joe SAPPINGTON of Pontotoc, Miss. and Mrs. L.C. MACON of De Leon, Texas.  She also is survived by 32 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

            Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the First Baptist church at Haskell, with burial to follow in Haskell cemetery.  –Exchange.

            Mrs. JERNIGAN was the mother of Whit JERNIGAN, formerly of this city, and of Mrs. L.C. MACON.  Their friends here extend sympathy.


W.D. Mohon Died at his Home in Lubbock Feb. 2nd

            Thursday, February 2nd, at Lubbock, Texas, W.D. MOHON, known here as “Uncle Dee” MOHON, passed to his eternal reward.  Uncle Dee had suffered for some days with pneumonia which was the cause of his death.  At his advanced age it was not possible for him to successfully combat the disease.  The funeral and burial took place at Lubbock on February 3rd.  He was a Confederate veteran.

            “Uncle Dee” was born in Georgia.  Had he lived to the 15th of the coming September he would have been 8[?] years of age.  He came to Texas many years ago and had lived at De Leon for perhaps thirty or more years.  He resided with his family on the NUNNELLEY farm, five miles west of town when the boys were small.  He then moved to De Leon and lived here over a period of years, rearing his family and making many friends.

            Since leaving De Leon some fifteen years ago he has lived at Cisco and probably at other places, making his home at Lubbock the past four years where he engaged in the produce business.

            When Uncle Dee became desperately ill his children were notified and his four sons, Cager, Johnnie, Tommie and Tassie went to his bedside, Cager arriving before he died and was recognized.

            Besides these four, his is survived by his daughter, Mrs. BILEY, at San Antonio, Mrs. Lena MOHON, mother of his children, and by his wife by a later marriage, with whom he lived at the time of his death.  Four children are dead, Lula, who was Mrs. Pat CARNES, and Lossie, who met a tragic death in a railroad accident.  And two who died many years ago while they were very young.  Mrs. L.N. POWELL of this city is his sister.  The late Uncle Tom MOHON was his brother.

            Uncle Dee had many friends here at De Leon who will hear of his death with sadness.


Card of Thanks

            We wish to thank our many friends for their kindness at the time of our recent misfortune in losing our home by fire, especially to those who came and offered their assistance and who helped us in many ways.  When misfortune comes, good neighbors are a great comfort, and you have proved yourselves friends and neighbors in the truest sense of the word.  We thank you one and all.

C.G. TATE and family


Former De Leon Family Loses Second Home

            Mr. and Mrs. Jack SEWARD, who live in New Mexico, recently lost their home and its contents by fire.  In the summer of 1930, the SEWARDs lost their home by flood water.  The TERRILL families received this information from Mrs. SEWARD, she being a sister of theirs.


Bridge Club Entertained

            Mrs. Henry Grady SHARP was hostess to the Bridge Club February 7.  The Valentine motif was carried out in decorations and refreshments.

            Those attending were Mmes. E.E. DABNEY, John WEAVER, Joe ASHBY, J.G. CAYCE, J.C. POPE, Jeff TATE, S.G. PARKS, H.T. WEAVER, E.L. LOCKE, T.H. WILLIAMS, Jack PRICE, H.G. TERRILL, Dewey DANIELL, W.H. SMITH, Everett HANSFORD and Chrystene AYERS.

            Mrs. Dewey DANIELL was winner of high score.  –Reporter


Shakespeare Club

            Mrs. BOULTER was hostess to the members of the Shakespeare Club Wednesday, February 1st, when the following interesting program on Edith WHARTON’s book Hudson River Bracketed was rendered:

Roll Call – Quotation from an essayist.

Tell the Story of the Hudson River Bracketed – Mrs. W.H. SMMITH

Contrast Vande Weston’s Home Life with that He Found at the Tracy’s – Mrs. W.R. GREENWALDT.

Describe The Willows:  Characterize Halo and Lewis Tarrant – Miss Janice KEE.

            Little Misses Felicia Raye and Bettye Joyce, daughters of the hostess, gave some very enjoyable numbers on the piano and xylophone. –Reporter


Mrs. Riley Worthy Honored with Shower

            On Thursday, February 3rd, Mrs. C.V. SINGLETON and Mrs. Joe ASHBY gave a miscellaneous shower to Mrs. Riley WORTHY, who is a recent bride.

            The Ladies’ Parlor of the Baptist Church was pretty in its decorations of potted ferns and cut flowers.

            A pretty musical program was given, those on program being as follows:  Elaine SCOTT, vocal solo “Because”.  Miss Gussie INSALL, violin solo, accompanied by Mrs. A.P. SCHMIDT at the piano.  Virginia SCOTT, Reading, “Foolish Questions” and Launa FRETWELL, Piano Solos, Miss Aline WEAVER, Solo, “An Irish Love Song”, Eugena GENTRY Solo, “I Love You Truly,” Mrs. C.V. SINGLETON, Solo, “Your’s and Mine.”

            Refreshments which consisted of iced tea, sandwiches and cakes were served to the honoree and Mesdames CAYCE, Roy HAMMERS, John WEAVER, R.L. WHALEY, A.P. SCHMIDT, H.G. SHARP, T.H. WILLIAMS, W. JETTON, Lee HOLDRIDGE, Dewey DANIELS, R.I. SCOTT, Emmett LOCKE, Johnnie NUNNELLEY, Laura MILLER, Odell GRIMSHAW, Everett HANSFORD.  Misses Virginia and Elaine SCOTT, Gussie INSALL, Edras THOMYSON, Aline WEAVER, Launa FRETWELL, Eugenia GENTRY, Lillie SINGLETON, Hazel HUDDLESTON, Christine AYERS, Pauline BILLS and the hostesses. 

            The bride received many lovely and useful gifts.


Texas Blue Bells

            The Texas Blue Bells met at the home of Miss Launa FRETWELL Monday afternoon to practice and learn some popular music.  We also planned a Valentine party.  The following members were present:  Josie Beth ALLEN, Helen WALL, Catherine SNEAD, Edna JETTON, Elizabeth CARTER, Nell NABORS, Jaunita and Lois UPSHAW, Mary Dolph BOSWELL, Talma RICE, Virginia and Elaine SCOTT.  –Reporter


Farewell Bridge Party

            On Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 31, at the home of Mrs. Dewey DANIELL, Mrs. C.M. ALLEN and Mrs. DANIELL entertained with a contract party honoring Mrs. T.E. MAJOR.  High score in bridge was won by Mrs. H.G. TERRILL.  A feature of the afternoon was a surprise shower of Parting Gifts for the honoree.

            Refreshments were served to the following guests:  Mrs. J.C. CAYCE, E.E. DABNEY, A. SPENCER, H. WEAVER, J. WEAVER, W. WEAVER, W.H. SMITH, H.G. TERRILL, J. TATE, J. ASHBY, W.H. CLARK, B. SALMON, J.E. HANSFORD, H.G. SHARP, A.H. SELF, E.L. LOCKE, A.M. ALLEN, T.E. MAJOR, Misses Alleen WEAVER, Christeen AYERS, Evelyn COX.


Rook Club

            The Rook Club met on Friday afternoon, February 3, with Mrs. S.R. UPSHAW, Sr. as hostess.  Four tables were arranged for the members and guests.  Luncheon cloths, tally cards and refreshments carried out the Valentine scheme.  High score went to Mrs. Jack PRICE.  The hostess served a salad course with hot coffee.  Members present were Mesdames LIGHTFOOT, BUCHAN, F.T. DANIELL, PRICE, JETTON, John NABORS, W.W. BELL, Walter CRAWFORD, Roy HAMMERS, S.R. UPSHAW, Jr., Misses Gussie INSALL.  Guests were Mesdames J.D. TATE, E.L. LOCKE, Jeff PEAK, Miss Lillie SINGLETON.



Mrs. M.B. NELSON and Miss Crystelle went to Waco Friday to be at the bedside of their son and brother Cecil NELSON, who underwent an appendicitis operation Friday morning at eight o’clock, at a Waco hospital.

Miss Nell Roy DODSON was a week end guest of her uncle, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. DODSON in Breckenridge.

L.C. PARKS of Fort Worth was visiting with his mother Monday while enroute to Kerrville.


Concord by Mrs. Anna Wilson

Most everybody is busy farming.  We have a wonderful season here for a new crop.

Mrs. D.L. MALONE and children, Willie, Ima and Jean, left here the first of February to make their home in Wapanuka, Oklahoma.

Mr. Johnnie SHOEMAKER and Miss Belva GARY motored to Oklahoma Feb. the first and were married.  Friends wish them much joy as they journey through life.

Mrs. C.C. MILLER is better.  She has been very sick with flu.


Comyn by Mrs. Roy C. Lindley

The Quarterly meeting that was held at Ross Chapel Sunday was well attended.  Rev. C.Q. SMITH, presiding Elder, preached at the morning service and also in the afternoon.

Miss Geraldine MORRIS entertained the young people with a 42 party Friday night.

Miss Bernice McKELVEY visited her brother, Ray F. McKELVEY and family of Dallas, Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Virgil McKELVEY of Olden attended Church at Ross Chapel, also the singing convention at St. Joe Sunday.

Mack ST. CLAIR, son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry ST. CLAIR is suffering from an attack of diphtheria.


Oliver Springs by Miss Iris Warren

Mr. B.C. CHAMBERS of Robinson Springs, attended Sunday school at this place Sunday.  Mr. CHAMBERS made us a good talk and we invite him back again.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold MEDLAN of Graham visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie HENDERSON Sunday.

Rev. and Mrs. David M. PHILLLIPS and Mrs. H.P. HOLDRIDGE and baby of De Leon, attended the basketball game here Wednesday.  Oliver Springs played Vandyke and Robinson Springs and won all the games in basketball.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde SETZLER and children visited Beal SETZLER and family at Robinson Springs Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. DANIELS of Breckenridge visited her son, Ernest and family, last Sunday.


Suez News by Miss Ruth Elms

Elgar GRESETT has returned from South Texas, where he has been trapping.

T.D. ELMS went to Haskell Sunday for a few days visit with his grandchildren.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

The fine weather of the past week has given farmers an opportunity to do much farm work.  The conditions have been especially favorable for putting out fruit trees of which a considerable amount has been done.

E.F. JOINER has purchased the HUGHES farm but will continue to live on his home place on the public highway.

News reached relatives and friends here Saturday of the death of Mrs. Filas MALOY of Oklahoma.  The deceased was reared in this community being a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J.E. GUTHERY and besides her relatives here she has many friends who are grieved.

Mrs. A.A. ANDERSON and daughter, Beatrice, visited relatives in Breckenridge Saturday.

Mr. Tom GREGORY of Downing visited with Mr. and Mrs. W.R. GREGORY Sunday.

Mrs. H.A. GREGORY visited Mrs. PARSONS of De Leon this week.  Mrs. PARSONS has been seriously ill for several weeks.  Her many friends of this community hope for her early recovery.

Mrs. Lizzie MOORE of De Leon is spending this week visiting with her son, O.H. MOORE and family.

Mrs. Chas. BROWNING has been on the sick list but is improving.



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