The De Leon Free Press

De Leon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, March 17, 1933


Elimination Tests Held to Determine League Winners

            De Leon school children are entering the various events in the Inter-scholastic League contest this year, the County Meet to be held at Comanche on March 24 and 25.  Supt. E.H. BOULTER of De Leon schools is Director General of the Meet and has announced a list of winners in the De Leon preliminary tests, held at the Baptist church last Tuesday evening, as listed at the foot of this article.  A complete program for the meet will be found in this issue of the Free Press:

                                                Declamation Winners

North Ward-Junior Girls

1st place: Addie Mae CHRISTOPHER

2nd place: Frances DUKE

3rd place: Ethel GUY

South Ward Sub-Junior Girls

1st place: Mary Jo IRVIN

2nd place: Polly TERRILL

3rd place: Gene MORTON

North Ward-Sub-junior Boys

1st place: Bruce TERRILL

2nd place: Billy CARRUTH

3rd place: Jimmy SCHMIDT

North Ward Junior Girls

1st place: Ruby Jo CRAVER

2nd place: Veima DENDY

3rd place: Hazel WARE

South Ward Junior Girls

1st place: Daphne SHOOK

2nd place: Anita WALLACE

3rd place: Ruby Lee PELL

North Ward Junior Boys

1st place: Bennie STEVENS

2nd place: Billy LIVINGSTON

3rd place: Custar RAMPLEY

South Ward Junior Boys

1st place: Robert COOK

2nd place: Fred RICHMOND

3rd place: Rex CARNES

High School Senior Girls

1st place: Doris MORTON

2nd place: Edna JETTON

3rd place: Clara Mae MATHISON

High School Senior Boys

1st place: Peyton WEAVER

2nd place: Garvice CLAXTON

            The Junior boys and girls of the high school will have their elimination at a later date.


This Baby Girl Has Six Grandmothers Living

            Last week the Free Press carried a story about the baby of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. LOWE having three grandmothers living in De Leon and the editor surmised that no other baby could beat that record.  But the story had scarcely got cold before the writer learned better.  Baby Dava Ruth DICKEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd DICKEY, of Comyn, has six grandmothers living and four of them live in or near De Leon.

            The grandmothers are Mrs. T.W. DICKEY and Mrs. Dave HENDERSON, De Leon.  Great-grandmothers are Mrs. W.A. DICKEY, Comyn; Mrs. M.A. CHILDERS, De Leon; Mrs. DICKEY of Oklahoma and Mrs. ARD, of Quintaque, Tex.

            Now what enterprising baby could beat that record?


Untimely Death of Miss Irene Brown Last Friday

            Miss Irene BROWN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. BROWN of De Leon, Route 1, died at the home of her parents at 9 o’clock on Friday, March 10, 1933.  She had been ill for more than three weeks, influenza and cold developing into pneumonia and she was desperately ill for several days prior to her death.  Many friends of the girl and of her family came to the home during her illness to offer their assistance and sympathy.  She had a host of friends both a Victor where she had taught, here in De Leon and in the immediate community where she lived.  Expressions of sorrow and sadness have been heard wherever the news of her death has gone.

            The BROWN family moved here from Haskell county some twelve years ago and have made their home near De Leon since then.  Miss Irene finished the schools of the county and went to John Tarleton College where she secured a teacher’s certificate.  She taught three years, all or part of this service being in the Victor school.  The family resided about three miles north of town at the time of her death.

            Miss Irene was born on November 22, 1906 and died March 10th, 1933, being 27 years of age. She united with the Methodist church when she was 22, and during the intervening years had been loyal and faithful to her vows, her influence being wholesome, cheerful and inspiring.  She was loyal to her home and family, the light and joy of their lives. Their many friends sympathize with them in her going.

            The funeral and burial occurred at De Leon cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Saturday with both the Methodist and Baptist pastors, Revs. C.C. HENSON and David PHILLIPS having charge.  A short service was held at the home.

            Those from out of town attending the funeral service were Mr. and Mrs. H.S. McCRUM and baby, Brownwood; B.M. JENKINS of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Inez HAWKINS, Sweetwater.


Beattie Woman Died

            Frances Virginia JONES was born July 22, 1847 and died March 13, 1933, being 85 years, 8 months and 9 days old at her death.  She was born near Montgomery, Alabama, and moved with her parents to Jasper county, Mississippi in 1861 and was married to T.M. HADDOX in the latter part of the 60’s.  Six children were born to them, four boys and two girls.  Three boys died in infancy and three survived.  T.M. HADDOX died January 9, 1881 in Wind PARISH, Louisiana.  She moved to Texaas the year of 1882 and remained the rest of her life.  She is survived by her three children, Mrs. E.E. HORTON near Comanche, R.F. HADDOX in the Beattie community, Mrs. E.B. WHITFORD of Erath, Texas, fourteen grand children and eleven great grand children.  On October 10, 1886, she was married to E.C. COFFEE.  He died about 1905.  She joined the Methodist church when she was a child.  In her latter days she held to the Primitive Baptist faith.  –Contributed.


Daughter of Former De Leon Woman Queen Amarillo Stock Show

            Miss Frances MAYHUGH, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.P. MAYHUGH, of Plainview, was honored by the Board of Directors of the Amarillo Fat Stock Show, being selected as queen and was crowned at a colorful “Rainbow Pageant,” amid regal pomp and splendor.  “Queen Frances” was accompanied by Princess Lucy Beth WEBSTER and by Miss Wanda Gayle COVINGTON as Maid of Honor.  The event was a feature of opening day of the Amarillo Fat Stock Show on March 6th.  “Queen Frances” was crowned by Gene HOWE, editor and owner of the Amarillo Globe-News.  Princesses from twenty-five Panhandle towns took part in the coronation ceremony and attended the brilliant ball given in the Queen’s honor. 

            Miss MAYHUGH is the eldest daughter of the former Miss Wyna PATTERSON and is a granddaughter of Mrs. C.W. PATTERSON of this city.


Honor Roll – Fourth Six Weeks

High School

Seniors:  Susan SCHMIDT, Pat NARRY, Iris WALTRIP

Juniors:  Doris MORTON

Sophomores: Verda JOHNSON, Lillie Marie UNDERHILL, Chrystell HOLLEMAN

Freshmen:  C.L. MOHON, Mary BOSWELL, Eugena GENTRY, Vance ROACH, Virginia SCOTT

Grammar School

First Grade:  Richard MOHON, David RICE, Aaron SELF, Bettye Joyce BOULTER, Larue CHAUSLER, Claire CLARK, Jimmie Lois HAFFORD, Jaunita HEATH, Bettie LOWRY, Helen Alice NEWTON, Billie Jean PRESTON, Joanna SMITH, Evelyn KENNEDY, Mary Jo ELY, bob GOLDEN, John Robert ADCOCK, A.C. GRIMES, William MORRIS, Billie Marie HARRIS, Dorothy Louise MAUNEY, Edward OTWELL, William WEATHERS, Billy Joe McCRUM, Lucile RIPPETOE, H.L. HUDSON


Second Grade: Billie GREENHAW, Alida Mae HARRIS, Elda Jean SIMMONS, Bettie Alice WHITTLE, Mary Jo IRVIN, Gloria Jean LOUDERMILK, Gene MORTON, Polly TERRILL, Geraldine JAYE, Marylene SMITH, Felton CRAWFORD, Ralph KEA, Jim SLAUGHTER, Doyle ELY, Imogene CRADDOCK, Marilyn MARCHBANKS.


Third Grade:  Jack HARRIS, Eldon TERRILL, Derwin NABORS, C.J. HARDING, Valton LEUALLEN, buster DENDY, Charles ANDERSON, Dorothy GLOVER, Alice EOFF, Merna V. FULLER, Zelda BUCHAN, Mary Jack RICE, Donna Fae WALL, C.C. HENSON, Jr.


Fourth Grade:  Bruce TERRILL, Harry STRICKLAND, Ruth Elaine BOSWELL, Mary Francis ELLIS, Harwell DONAHUE, Louise HOLLEMAN, Addie Sue PITTMAN, Lela DENDY, Elizabeth MORELAND, Willie Mae WISDOM, Floyd ELY, Jimmie HANDLIN.


Fifth Grade:  Felicia Rea BOULTER, Mary Frances CARRUTH, Ina Louise MILLER, Edith Mae ROGAN, Mary Ruth SALTER, June TERRILL, Darleen VAN ZANDT.


Sixth Grade:  Jose Beth ALLEN, Talma RICE, Elaine SCOTT, Helen WALL, Billy LIVINGSTON, Louise PIERCE, Margaret PARSON, Hazel WARE.


Seventh Grade:  Aubry SLAUGHTER, Mae ROBBINS, Delta Ree HOLDRIDGE, Dora Laura PEEVY, Lucile WALTRIP, Flora JONES, M.B. NELSON, Jr., Zada DAVIS, Rex CARNES.


Joined De Leon Baptist Church 42 Years Ago

            Mr. and Mrs. W.A. HAMMETT, who recently returned to De Leon from several years absence at Desdemona and Ranger, will occupy a new home on the highway which crosses the Barker estate before very long, it is stated.  They were residents of De Leon for many years before leaving here some ten years ago.

            Last Sunday Mr. and Mrs. HAMMETT united with the De Leon Baptist church and in the course of a short talk Mr. HAMMETT stated that it was 42 years ago since he first5 united with the De Leon church.  Their many De Leon friends are glad to welcome them back home.



Round Grove Folks to Have Big Drive on Rabbits March 23

March 23rd has been set as the day for the big rabbit drive in the Round Grove community.  Each year these enterprising people have conducted rabbit drives, usually killing upwards of 300, but the supply this year is as plentiful as ever, or more so, according to Ernest RIPPETOE, who authorized this story.

            Mr. RIPPETOE asked the Free Press to extend a cordial invitation to all hunters to come and join in the drive south toward the highway to noon.  At noon a big dinner will be served free to the hunters at Round Grove church.  In the afternoon the hunters will drive toward the north.  Everybody who likes good sport come and join in the drive.


Judge White Married First Couple, is Now “The Marrying Justice”

            Judge WHITE, Justice of the Peace in the De Leon Precinct, has embarked on his career as the “marrying Justice.”  He was inducted into office on January 1st and on March 12th performed his first marriage ceremony.  “It is easy as can be,” Judge WHITE says.  All that is required is to follow a legal form furnished for his guidance, in which the vows of loyalty toward each other are taken by the contracting parties.  Then they are declared man and wife.  A civil marriage service does not require a prayer.  In Catholic countries both civil and church services are required of those of Catholic faith.

            The parties united by Judge WHITE were Mr. C.H. FILES and Miss Stella GAINS, both of Gorman, Rt. 1.  They were accompanied to De Leon by Mr. and Mrs. Hulet SHORT who witnessed the ceremony.


List of Students Who Graduate Here This Year

            Supt. E.H. BOULTER announced that 38 candidates for graduation from the local High School in May are as now listed, of which 11 are boys and 27 girls.  The list follows:

Alexander ALLEN, Marene BOOTH, Doyle BROWNLEE, Ava DUKE, Jessie JONES, Sarah M. JETTON, Dorothy HARRISON, Agnes HOLMES, Wenonah HUMPHREY, Marjorie MORRIS, Robbie Jean MILLER, Myrl MOHON, Geraldine MORRIS, Dorothy McGINNIS, Frances NARRY, Buel SNEAD, Eugene ROGERS, Charles ROGERS, Maxine PEAK, Clara NABORS, Nell NABORS, Pat NARRY, Susan SCHMIDT, Jaunita UPSHAW, Bernard VAN ZANDT, Iris WALTRIP, Peyton WEAVER,

 Doris WHITE, Aline SMITH, Edna DAWKINS, Mourene MULL, Annis BOSWELL, Ardis BOWMAN, Hadley GRAHAM, Vauneda PETERS, Lucian MORRIS, Sherrod MERRICK, Margie GRISHAM


J.T. Ross had Light Stroke Paralysis Thursday Noon; Better

            Just after returning thanks at the dinner table Thursday at noon, J.T. ROSS suffered a light stroke of paralysis and was critically ill for several hours.  He has rallied from the attack and is now much improved.


Mrs. Spencer Hostess

            Mrs. Joe ASHBY was winner of high score in Contract when the Bridge Club met Tuesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Audrey SPENCER.

            As the members and guests entered each was given a Shamrock souvenir.  The St. Patrick motif of green and white was further carried out in decorations, talleys and refreshments.

            Those present were Mmes:  Jeff TATE, J.G. CAYCE, S.G. PARKS, E.E. DABNEY, E.L. LOCKE, John WEAVER, Henry Grady SHARP, Dewey DANIELL, Everett HANSFORD, W.T. HARRIS, and Miss Evelyn COX.


John Youngs’ Family Gather at His Home for Birthday March 12

            The children of John YOUNG assembled at his home Sunday, March 12 and assisted him to properly and enjoyably observe his 67th birthday.  All the children and grandchildren were present and spent the day happily under the paternal roof, a great feast being spread at noon-time.  Those present were:  Mr. and Mrs. Carl YOUNG, Longview; Mr. and Mrs. B.E. BELEYU and children, Proctor; Mr. and Mrs. F.L. MORRIS and sons, De Leon; Mrs. Henry PATE and children, De Leon; Aunt Julia WILLIAMS and Mr. and Mrs. J.T. YOUNG and sons, Numa and Chester.


Card of Thanks

            We wish to extend our sincerest thanks to our many good friends and neighbors who were so faithful and loyal to us during the recent illness and at the time of the death of our precious daughter and sister.  Your every word of sympathy and act of kindness will remain with us a cherished memory.  We are grateful for the flowers which expressed so beautifully your love for her.  May the kind Providence who watches over us all abundantly bless you all.

            Mr. and Mrs. J.R. BROWN

            Basil BROWN

            Mrs. A.J. BROWN

            Miss Myrtle BROWN

            W.S. BROWN


St. Joe by Pauline Ray

Farmers are busy planting corn this week.


This community was saddened by the death of Miss Irene BROWN last Friday morning.  Miss BROWN had been seriously ill for three weeks and it seemed death was a relief from much suffering.  The funeral was conducted at her home and Rev. C.C. HENSON and Rev. David PHILLIPS of De Leon had charge.  Her body was then taken to De Leon for burial.  Those from a distance attending the funeral were:  Rev. M. JACKSON of Ft. Worth, Mr. and Mrs. Smith McCRUM and baby of Brownwood and Mrs. Inez HAWKINS of Sweetwater.


Mr. and Mrs. Claude OTWELL of Ebenezer visited Mr. O.F. BLOYD Sunday.  Mr. BLOYD has been ill but is now improving.


Mr. and Mrs. Sim WEST, Mr. and Mrs. Claude OTWELL and family of New Hope, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde NABORS and children and Mr. and Mrs. M. OTWELL and family of Oliver Springs visited Mrs. J.A. and MR. and Mrs. J.R. OTWELL Sunday.


Misses La Faye MACON and Ruth KIMBROUGH of Ralls visited the former’s aunt, Mrs. W.B. RAY and family, last Wednesday and Thursday.


Friends and neighbors of Mr. John MAXWELL met at his home Friday and worked for him.  Mr. MAXWELL has been ill for some time, but is now slowly improving.


Mrs. Bob DYSON of De Leon visited her daughter, Mrs. Jess MORRIS and family Tuesday.


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


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

Raymond LINDLEY has recently built a large barn on his farm near this place.


Darrel GUTHREY celebrated his eighth birthday Sunday with a party of his friends.  Cake and lemonade was served to the eighteen children present.  All report a very enjoyable time.


Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS and daughter, Miss Gwendollin, and Misses Zora BAKER and Erica WHITWORTH were luncheon guests of Mr. and Mrs. Sam PRICE and family of the Robinson Springs community Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Edgar HUFFMAN of the Lone Star Plant visited Mr. and Mrs. Alva HUFFMAN and family at Ranger Sunday.


Miss Evelyn LANE gave the young folks a party at her home Saturday night which was enjoyed by a large number.


Rev. W.M. LINDLEY of Eastland is visiting his children in this community this week and visited the school Monday morning where he made a most appreciated talk to the student body in chapel exercises.  Brother LINDLEY lived about De Leon and this place for many years having come to this section forty-eight years ago and is probably known by more people than is common to one man.


Bonnie MOORE has been on the sick list this week.


J.W. HONEYCUTT has been in bed sick most of this week.


Concord by Mrs. Anna Wilson

Several from here attended the funeral services of Miss Irene BROWN in De Leon Saturday.  Mr. and Mrs. BROWN made their home here several years ago.  Friends here are in deep sympathy with them.


Mr. Fred SHAVER and C.C. MILLER had some of their farm fenced the past week end, the road hands doing the work for them.


Mr. and Mrs. Sid BRUMBELOW of Round Grove visited here Wednesday and reported their Aunt Bean not doing well.  She is suffering from rheumatism in her feet.


Mrs. Clide EOFF, Mrs. Erah WALDROP of DeLeon, Mrs. P. KEITH of Hiland visited their mother Wednesday. 


Mrs. M. MAHAN has moved to her farm here from De Leon.  We are glad to have Mrs. MAHAN and son Ernest back home with us.


Mrs. H.A. JOHNSON is suffering with a badly sprained ankle.


Mr. C. YOUNG visited here the past week and said his wife and sister, Mrs. Sam BAYS, are both some better.


Mrs. W.T. WILSON happened to a painful accident.  In picking up a large stick of wood from the floor to place on the fire, the stick fell in a manner to throw her to the floor and she fell on the fire irons and bruised her hip and leg to her ankle.  Mrs. WILSON will be eighty-one in April.  She is very well and strong for her age.


We are glad to learn Arnold GARDNER is out of danger after a severe spell of sickness.


Mr. and Mrs. A.C. JOHNSON and children have moved to Hillsborough where Mr. JOHNSON has employment.


Mrs. Jim BLANKENSHIP had word that her son John, out at Munday, has been hurt in a car wreck and was in the hospital not doing very well.


Oliver Springs by Miss Iris Warren

Mr. and Mrs. C.C. SETZLER and children and Mrs. Orlena SMITH visited Beal SETZLER and family at Robinson Springs Sunday afternoon.


Rev. NEWTON of De Leon preached at this place Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Garland PERRY and Mr. and Mrs. John DOMINY visited Miss Modess DOMINY and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar SCOTT at Chaney Sunday afternoon.


Ed GREGORY and Anice HILL were in Dublin Sunday where Mr. GREGORY is taking treatment for rheumatism.


Mr. and Mrs. Jessie ATCHISON and children visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie WATSON at Leon Saturday night.



Mr. Paul B. TATE, Longview, Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. TATE, Big Spring, Mr. and Mrs. Carl YOUNG, Longview, Miss Anna Mae TATE, Roby, Miss Alma Nell TATE, Stephenville, spent the week end with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. John W. TATE.


A little son, John Franklin CHUPP, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Hugh CHUPP Wednesday, March 15.  The little one weighs 10 pounds and he and his mother are doing nicely.


Mr. and Mrs. Adrion BALLARD were in Lubbock the first of this week visiting Mr. and Mrs. Rollie BALLARD and Mr. and Mrs. Bud TIMMS.


Mrs. C.V. SINGLETON received an announcement from her sister, Mrs. T.J. NIPPS and Rev. NIPPS, announcing the arrival of Dorothy Jean.  Mrs. NIPPS is a sister of Mrs. SINGLETON.


Mr. and Mrs. Clerence AISHMAN and daughter, Frances, of Wink, were here last week visiting Mr. and Mrs. W.H. STRINGFELLOW and Mrs. L.N. POWELL, who is a grandmother of Mrs. AISHMAN.


Mr. and Mrs. Murray TOLAND have gone back to Stephenville after visiting the past six weeks with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. TOLAND.  Mr. TOLAND has the position as assistant manager of a new Piggly Wiggly store in that city.


Rev. and Mrs. David M. PHILLIPS, Mrs. Essie DODSON and Miss Nell Roy DODSON returned home Wednesday from Ennis, where they visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. KEEL.  Mrs. KEEL has recently undergone an eye operation for the removal of a cataract.  She is Mrs. DODSON’s mother.


Mrs. Oscar HOWARD and daughter, Miss Virginia, returned home Wednesday from a four days visit  with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. SMITH in Lubbock and relatives in Amarillo.


 ©2004,2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,2009,2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. 2015 Judith Michaels.  This transcription is the generous work of Judy Michaels taken from microfilm held by the Newspaper Collection of the University of Texas at Austin with a microfilm copy at Comanche Public Library.  The information may be used for personal research only and not for commercial purposes without specific permission. 








©2004,2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,2009,2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Judith Michaels.  This transcription is the generous work of Judy Michaels taken from microfilm held by the Newspaper Collection of the University of Texas at Austin with a microfilm copy at Comanche Public Library.  The information may be used for personal research only and not for commercial purposes without specific permission.