The De Leon Free Press

De Leon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, March 24, 1933


Mrs. J. Doss Miller Called by Death Here Wednesday

            The silent messenger came into the J. Doss MILLER home at eight o’clock Wednesday, March 22nd, and summoned the mother from earthly life to life eternal!  For more than four score years she had lived, had labored, loved and served.  She was a pioneer and bore the pioneer spirit.  She was a courageous pioneer, uncomplaining at hardships, a builder, a molder of high ideals, a true mother and faithful wife.  Born of Tennessee parentage, her father a veteran of the Civil War and a slave owner, she grew to womanhood in the atmosphere of the Old South.  She was ten years of age when the Civil War broke and vividly remembered the bloody struggle of the “sixties.”  Recently members of her family have completed tracing the line of her ancestry, her forefathers having fought in the Revolutionary War, her children have the right to membership in the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution through both father and mother.

            Born in Desota county, Miss., July 21, 1850, Mrs. MILLER was eighty-two years, nine months and one day of age.  Her maiden name was Everett STEWART, her parents J.N.B. and Sarah MATTHEWS STEWART.  On February 13, 1879 she was married to J. Doss MILLER at Hernando, Miss.  Five children were born to this union, Mrs. J.B. POOL, Hico; Mrs. C.L. PITTMAN, De Leon; J. Doss MILLER, De Leon; Mrs. J.E. WILLIAMSON, San Antonio; and Mrs. S.O. RIDENHOWER, Junction.

            Surviving also are three step-children, Mrs. J.W. CHAMBERS, Waco; C.C. MILLER, De Leon and J.C. MILLER, Jolly, Texas.  These latter three came under the motherly care of Mrs. MILLER when they were quite young children and loved her as a mother.  There are twenty-nine grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

            Mrs. MILLER professed a living faith in Christ and united with the Baptist church at Arkabutla, Miss., in 1876.  Coming to De Leon she became a member of the local Baptist church and for almost half a century has been a constant and faithful member.

            The victim of a stroke of paralysis, Mrs. MILLER became ill at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday.  She passed peacefully away Wednesday at 8:00 a.m.  She had suffered a similar stroke last autumn from which she had only partially recovered.  When the news of her death was announced, friends from far and near came to pay their last respects.  Rev. C.A. MORTON came from Gatesville to assist Rev. David M. PHILLIPS with the funeral, both paying beautiful tribute.  The funeral was at the home at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.  Burial was at the family burying ground at De Leon cemetery.  Pall bearers were her sons-in-law and nephews, J.B. POOL, J.E. WILLIAMSON, S.O. RIDENOWER, Marshall STERLING, B.W. MORELAND and Ray RIDENOWER.

            Who can measure the influence of the life of a great woman!  Mother of children into whose minds and hearts with wisdom and understanding of life and its problems she implants ideals and principles that guide them into the highest and best of intellect, character and citizenship, these in turn transmit to their children the heritage of a proud and noble ancestry.  It is like a pebble dropped into still water.  That resulting circle spreads ever outward and onward until its influence transcends time and ultimately laps the shores of Eternity!

 M.F. Ross Passed Away at His Home Near Here March 20

            Marion Francis ROSS, aged 64 years, a citizen of Comanche county since 1905, passed away at his home six miles west of De Leon, at 10:00 p.m. Monday, March 20, 1933.  He had been ill the past four months of low blood pressure which was the cause of his death.  The funeral and burial took place at De Leon cemetery on Tuesday.

            Mr. ROSS was born in Pontotoc county, Miss., Feb. 13, 1868.  He left Mississippi and lived in Oklahoma from 1892 to 1905, when he came to De Leon.  He was married in Mississippi to Miss Mary Jane GRAHAM, who survives him.  Four children were born into the home, Homer, James, and Jeff, and Gertie, who is now Mrs. M.J. POUNDS.  He united with the Methodist church in 1901 and was once an Odd Fellow.  His church belief in later life was of the Primitive Baptist faith, however he was not a member of that church.  Rev. McNEAL, pastor of the De Leon Primitive Baptist church, conducted the funeral service.

            Mr. ROSS was quiet and unassuming, yet positive and unswerving in character, solid and dependable in all his dealings.  He was a good man, a good husband and father and a good citizen.  He will be missed in the community in which he made his home for so many years.

 Met Cousin Whom Had Not Seen in Quarter Century

            M.A. JARED of Abilene walked up to Charley HUDDLESTON on the street here this week and offered a friendly hand.  Neither would have recognized the other had they met by accident.  But Mr. JARED had the advantage, knowing Mr. HUDDLESTON lived here.  The men are first cousins and had not met since boyhood days in Tennessee, 26 years ago.

 Card of Thanks

            We wish to thank our many friends and good neighbors for their kindness and sympathy expressed in many ways during the illness and at the time of the death of our husband and father.  Your every kindness will remain with us a cherished memory.  May the blessings of a kind Providence richly reward each of you is our prayer. 

            Mrs. M.F. ROSS and family.

 Home of W.J. Robinette Destroyed by Fire Shortly After Noon Tuesday

            Mr. and Mrs. W.J. ROBINETT lost their residence and practically all their household goods in a fire that destroyed their home shortly after noon last Tuesday.  Mrs. Robinett was at home alone at the time of the fire, Mr. ROBINETT just having gone to the field to work.  The fire seems to have started from sparks from a kitchen stove falling on the dry shingle roof.  All the back part of the building was enveloped in flames when Mrs. ROBINETT made the discovery.  She succeeded in removing from the building only a few articles.  No insurance was carried.


Caraways Find Hard Competition on at Stock Show

            The C.M. Caraway & Sons fine Shorthorns walked away with practically everything offered in prize money at Houston two weeks ago.  But at Ft. Worth their winning streak was not so good.  Fort Worth Fat Stock Show is more widely patronized.  Six of the biggest herds in the Middle West were on exhibition at Ft. Worth, furnishing keen competition.  Even with all the hard competition the CARAWAYs came away with two firsts, five seconds and eight third awards and the prize money at Ft. Worth is liberal.  They felt well repaid for going there.

            The CARAWAY herd won first junior yearling bull and first summer yearling heifer.

            Autrey CARAWAY accompanied the herd this year, assisted by Mr. RHAMPLEY, also of this city.  The herd was returned to the CARAWAY barn here several days ago following the close of the show.

Rook Club

            Members of the Rook club spent an enjoyable afternoon Friday, Mar. 17th – St. Patrick’s Day with Mrs. O.M. BUCHAN, and the hostess carried out the St. Patrick’s Day motif in table covers, score pads, tally cards, etc.  Refreshments, too, were in keeping with the Irish holiday, delicious lime jellitine salad, Angel Food cake with green icing and green lemonade.  High score for the afternoon went to Miss Gussie INSALL.  The Club meets next with Mrs. J.F. DONOHUE.  Those present were Mesdames LIGHTFOOT, HAMMERS, JETTON, PRICE, C.H. SHARP, W.W. BELL, Donohue, F.T. DANIELL, R.D. BELL, Crawford, S.R. UPSHAW, John NABORS, S.R. UPSHAW, Jr., Miss Gussie INSALL.  Guests, Mesdames J.H. and Edmund GRIZZELLE, A.M. ALLEN, W.B. IRVIN.


Mrs. Johnnie ALLEN of Dublin visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dick HASLEY Wednesday of the past week.

Mrs. A. SLOAN, G.L. HAMILTON and A.J. CHAMPION visited Mrs. Nick HIGGINBOTHAM Wednesday, who has been seriously ill, but is improving.

Mr. Charles O. GASKIN of Joliet, Ill., has been visiting his relatives, O.E. and W.R. CLARK’s families this week.  Mr. GASKIN left Wednesday for Hot Springs, Ark. for treatment before returning to his home.  Mr. GASKIN is suffering from rheumatism and his physician advises him to spend his winters in the south.  He spent the early part of the winter in Marlin.

 Miss Belle GUINN, of Junction, was here to attend the funeral of Mrs. J. Doss MILLER Thursday.  Miss GUINN visited briefly with friends.  She taught at De Leon a number of years ago.

 Mr. and Mrs. Charley ANDERSON, who have been living in Texarkana, were through here this week visiting briefly with his sister, Mrs. W.C. STREETY.  They are moving to Marfa where they formerly lived and where their daughter is teaching.

 Mr. and Mrs. Andie FLOYD of Clifton were week-end visitors with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.H. BAKER.

 Mr. and Mrs. O.D. GRIZZELLE and daughter, Miss Lucile of San Antonio were visitors this week with his brother, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. GRIZZELLE and his mother, Mrs. GRIZZELLE who is here from Arlington for an indefinite visit in the home of her son and family.

 Mr. and Mrs. L.G. MEANS of Sweetwater were guests Sunday of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. SNEAD and family.


Oliver Springs by Miss Iris Warren

Mrs. J.H. FULLER of Cisco has been visiting for some time in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Oscar REID.

Miss Jettie WATTS visited friends in Breckenridge last week and attended the B.T.S. convention.

Ernest DANIELS attended the Fat Stock Show in Fort Worth last week.


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

S.O. McKINNEY has been on the sick list but is reported improving.

 Miss Floradell LINDLEY spent the week end visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Roy C. LINDLEY of Comyn.

 Mr. Ray ROBBINS of Hico visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS, Sunday.

 Mr. and Mrs. H.T. HUFFMAN of Eastland visited Mr. and Mrs. Edgar HUFFMAN Sunday.

 Miss Zora BAKER visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.H. BAKER, Sun.

 Arthur E. MOORE of San Diego, Calif., who was reared in this section has written that he will be placed on the officers retired list in the U.S. Navy and will visit relatives and friends in this part during the summer.  Mr. MOORE has spent his full 20 years in the Navy and has been honored with the highest appointment that may be given an enlisted man.

 Miss Bartene MOORE has been sick for several days and out of school.

 Cecil OWENS, a student in the seventh grade and transferred here from the Tanner district, has been sick and absent from school for more than a month.  Cecil has made fast friends of the students and teachers of this school who will be glad when he has recovered and can be in school again.

 T.J. LINDLEY is putting up a windmill on the place he recently purchased.

 A few cases of whooping cough have developed here.  Some cases that at first were thought to be whooping cough turned out to be only severe colds and coughs.

The many friends of Miss Zora BAKER in this community extend to her their sincere sympathy in the serious illness of her mother, Mrs. S.H. BAKER, of Comyn.

 It is thought by some that the cold norther of last Sunday was injurious to fruit, especially that which was very far advanced.

 Mr. and Mrs. Ras ROBBINS and son, Luther BALLARD, of Rosebud, Mo., have been visiting with Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS and other relatives.  Mrs. ROBBINS, who was formerly Miss Mozelle CLARK, will remain for an extended visit with her mother, Mrs. Nettie CLARK, of De Leon.


Highland – Round Grove by Walter Rippetoe

Mrs. R.H. GILDER is able to be up some after several days of sickness.


Mrs. Herman GILDER has been sick the last week with the flu but is better.


Mr. and Mrs. H.E. THIEBAUD visited their daughter, Mrs. Truett BOLTON of Gustine Sunday.


Mrs. S.A. RIPPETOE is visiting her daughter, Mrs. J.T. DYSON at Stephenville.


Comyn by Mrs. Roy C. Lindley

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer MAYES and children of Graham and Mr. and Mrs. Richard MAYES of Murray were visiting Mr. and Mrs. J.W. EASLEY Sunday.


Mr. Maurice DRY of Comyn, Texas, went to Fort Worth March 21, where he will leave for San Diego, California on the 23rd of March.


Mr. and Mrs. W. Doyle GRAVES, spent the week-end in Stphenville with his parents.


Robinson Springs by Miss LaVeda Macon

The rain Saturday morning prevented the farmers doing a few days of work.


Last Tuesday night was the regular 4-H Club meeting, also the try-out in Declamation was held.  The winners were:  Sub junior girls, Wanda KIMMELL first and Wanda THOMAS, second.  Junior girls: Luetta KIMMELL, first, Bonny Fay CUMMENS, second; Sub junior boys: Collis MACON; Junior boys: Gene GAERY.


Mr. Dean and W.C. and Miss Jaunita CHAMBERS visited Roger and Wayne CHAMBERS last weekend.


Friends of Myrtle WEST and Alvis KIMMEL are hoping them a great success as they travel through life together.  Mr. and Mrs. Alvis KIMMEL will make their home in the Concord Community.


Mr. and Mrs. Cecil TARRANCE from Victor visited Mr. and Mrs. F.G. TARRANCE Sunday.


The Honor Roll for the first and second grades is as follows:

First grade:  Robbie Lea SETZLER, Zelma May FORREST, Gladys FORREST and Dan WALLS.  Second Grade:  Martine PAIR, Wanda KIMMELL, G. H. WALLS, Omer McADAMS, Collis MACON.


Sheets of ice were reported here Monday morning on watering tanks that were exposed.


Mrs. Lewis BRUMBELOW visited Miss Bean BRUMBELOW at Round Grove Wednesday.  Miss Bean returned here for a visit.


W.A. CUMMINS visited his sister, Mrs. A. TURNER, Sunday afternoon.


Mr. Alvis KIMMELL and Miss Myrtle WEST were married Sunday and will make their home here on the W.T. WILSON farm.  We are glad to have them with us.


Mr. Edd WILSON is improving from a severe spell of sickness.

 ©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.