The De Leon Free Press

De Leon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, April 7, 1933


De Leon Girls Now in Hollywood; Win in Beauty Contest

            Mrs. E.L. HOUK, formerly Miss Georgia BOWEN of this city, entered a Cosmetician Style Show in Hollywood recently, and won first honors.  She won on a new style of hair dressing which her sister, Mrs. Fred NABORS, did for her.  The new hair dressing style is destined to become the vogue throughout the nation soon.  Mrs. Fred NABORS also entered the contest and received fifth award.  She undoubtedly would have classed higher but she refused to have her long hair cut and dressed by her sister, Mrs. HAUK, as the latter wanted to dress it.  However, as a result of her entry, she has been given a contract by a cosmetician in Hollywood.  Both of these young women received their beauty culture training under Mrs. H.G. GILLOCK here.  They are working as beauticians in Hollywood and Los Angeles.


Son Follows in Footsteps of His Father – “Joins Up”

            In 1898, when the Spanish-American War broke out, C.S. DRY, De Leon Route 5, then a considerably younger man than he is now, left home and answered the call of the colors, to fight the Spanish in Cuba.  Probably Mr. DRY has never boasted of his war record and experiences to his children, but at any rate he has not made service with Uncle Sam appear unattractive evidently, for his son, Maurice Shepard DRY, is now a member of the United States Navy.

            Young DRY enlisted in Fort Worth on March 23rd and was sent immediately to the United States Naval Base at San Diego, Calif., where he will get his recruit training extending over a period of twelve weeks, then to be assigned to duty one of the ships in Uncle Sam’s big fleet.  Or, he might be selected for further specialized training in some line.  DRY enlisted for four years.


Hafford and Harmon are New Commissioners

            City election drew nominal amount of interest Tuesday when Hollie HAFFORD, G.H. HARMON and W.L. GREER were in the race for two places on the City Commission.  Mr. HAFFORD received a total of 204 votes, Mr. HARMON 141 and Mr. GREER 99.  The two highest were declared elected.

            The City of De Leon elects two Commissioners one year and a Mayor and one Commissioner the next.  The coming April Mayor DANIEL and Com. STOVALL’s terms will expire.


Mother of A.C. Schuman Ill Here

            Mrs. Louise SCHUMAN, mother of A.C. SCHUMAN, is seriously ill at her home in De Leon.  She became ill at her home recently at Priddy and Mr. SCHUMAN brought her to De Leon where she could receive special nursing and be under the care of local physicians.  Mrs. SCHUMAN is 64 years of age.  She has suffered from diabetes for twelve years.  Her six sons and three daughters have been here at her bedside.  They are, Will, San Angelo; F.C., Amarillo; A.D., F.D. and Albert, Priddy; and Mrs. SCHWARTZ, Comanche; Mrs. MEYER and KOHLER, Priddy.  Mrs. SCHUMAN was reported as being much improved Thursday.


Big “Café” Sign and Service Given in Proportion

            One of the biggest things in town, speaking of signs, is the designation C.C. BLANTON has painted on top his new Café, located at the north end of Texas Street “on two highways.”  Mr. and Mrs. BLANTON opened their new Café last Sunday and their plan is to operate continuously.  Night traffic on the highway brings considerable business.  But they cater to town trade also.  The long experience these people have had in the Café business plus a neat and clean place, spick and span, everything brand new, should bring them good patronage.


Married Tuesday Night

            On Tuesday night Mr. E. BARKER and Miss Gladys Mae TOLAR were united in the holy bonds of matrimony at the Baptist Pastorium by Rev. David M. PHILLIPS.  They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Glen MORTON and Miss Virginia TOLAR, sister of the bride.

            Mrs. BARKER is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.L. TOLAR, and Mr. BARKER a son of Mr. and Mrs. W.G. BARKER.  Both are well known and popular in their circle and many good wishes are extended them.


Mrs. Jeff Tate Hostess

            Husbands of members of the Bridge Club were honored guests Tuesday night when Mrs. Jeff TATE entertained the Club at her home.  High score for the evening went to Mrs. Herbert WEAVER for the ladies and Mr. E.E. GENTRY for the men.

            A delicious course was served to the following:  Mr. and Mrs. Dewey DANIELL, H.G. TERRILL, S.A. DUKE, Henry Grady SHARP, E.E. GENTRY, W.H. SMITH, Jose ASHBY, John WEAVER, Herbert WEAVER, and Mrs. S.G. PARKS, Mrs. E.E. DABNEY and Mrs. W.H. CLARK.

            Mrs. John WEAVER will entertain the Club April 18th at the home of Mrs. Will WEAVER, with a night party for the members and husbands.


Rook Club

            The regular meeting of the Rook Club was with Mrs. J.F. DONOHUE at her pretty home in Humphrey Addition, on Friday, March 31.  The hostess used cut flowers profusely in the decoration of her home and had arranged six tables for the twenty-four members and guests.  High score for the afternoon went to Mrs. John WEAVER.  Refreshments served at the end of the social hour consisted of Angel Food cake, jello salad and orangeade.  Members present were:  Mesdames O.M. BUCHAN, LIGHTFOOT, JETTON, C.H. SHARP, Jack PRICE, Walter CRAWFORD, John NABORS, Wayne BELL, R.D. BELL, S.R. UPSHAW, Sr., S.R. UPSHAW, Jr., Miss Gussie INSALL; Guests, Mesdames J.H. and Edmund GRIZZELLE, A.M. ALLEN, Lee BARTON, W.B. IRVIN, W.P. WEAVER, Whaley SMITH, Jeff PEAK, APPLEBY, W.H. CLARK, John WEAVER.


Just a Mere Bridge Club

            Miss Madge IRVIN entertained for club members and guests at Mrs. Will IRVINS’ home Wednesday night April 4.  Decorations and table appointments carried out the spring motif.  High score for the evening was won by Mrs. Riley WORTHY.

            Contract bridge was in full force until ten p.m., then refreshments were served to the following:  Willie Mae JETTON, Blanche HANSFORD, Allene WEAVER, Madge CASEY, Launa FRETWELL, Mrs. Will IRVIN, Hazel HUDDLESTON, Chrystene AYERS, Imogene MAYO, Mary Louise GRIZZELLE and Mrs. Riley WORTHY.  A short visit among the group which lasted until about 10:15 was enjoyed by all.


Mrs. S.H. GRIZZELLE is Honored at Birthday

            Mr. and Mrs. J.H. GRIZZELLE gave a surprise dinner Sunday, April 2nd in honor of his mother, Mrs. S.H. GRIZZELLE’s 85th birthday.  Those present were her daughters, Mrs. E.E. BOHANAN, Mrs. S.H. GREENHILL, two grand-children, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer BOHANAN, Dallas, Mrs. B.B. SPRUANCE and son Ben, Arlington, and Mrs. A.G. GORIN, Austin.  Mr. and Mrs. J.H. GRIZZELLE, Miss Mary Louise and Adrion GRIZZELLE.


Card of Thanks

We want to thank everyone that has helped us so much since our barn burned.  Hoping none of you will ever have such bad luck.  We thank you all.

Mr. and Mrs. Lon SMITH.



            Free Press Editor and family have received an announcement of the marriage of his niece, Miss Eloise STEPHENS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff STEPHENS of Tahoka, to Mr. William JENNINGS of San Antonio and El Paso.  The wedding occurred a week ago in San Angelo where the bride has been living for the past year and where she is employed.  Miss STEPHENS has not lived a De Leon, but her parents, Jeff STEPHENS and Miss Linda SCOTT, sister of the editor of this paper, were reared here.  Miss STEPHENS is also a niece of Mr. and Mrs. G.E. MORTON.  They will make their home in San Angelo.



Mrs. Lorena MORRISON of Tyler, was here Sunday visiting her parents.


Fred SCHMIDT went to Bartlett Wednesday to take a job as linotype operator on the Bartlett Tribune.


Mrs. Alf SLOAN is spending a few days with relatives at Rising Star this week.


Mrs. E.H. ROGERS has gone to Brownsville for a visit in the home of her mother and other relatives who live in the border city.


Mrs. S.W. WALKER and two children, late of Sayre, Okla., have come to make their home in De Leon with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. SMITH.


W.H. JETTON, who is employed at Breckenridge now, was spending Sunday with his parents and friends here.


Dr. and Mrs. N.E. GREER of Lockney were here visiting their parents, A.J. PATTERSON and W.L. GREER and families this week.  They were enroute  home from Dallas where they had attended a meeting of the American Medical Association.


Mrs. P.J. BURTON of Texon, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. HAVIS and other relatives.


Mr. and Mrs. Osco LANGSETH are the parents of a 9-pound baby boy which arrived in their home March 28th.  All doing nicely.


Mr. and Mrs. Boss CLEMENTS are the parents of a baby girl which weighed nine pounds.  The little one arrived April 3rd and was named Joy Nell.


Rev. and Mrs. W.T. HAMOR and children of Winters, and Rev. and Mrs. R.E. SMITH and sons and Rev. BOSWELL of Waco, Paul CAMPBELL of Stephenville, Mr. and Mrs. S.R. HAYNES of Comanche, Rev. and Mrs. RODEN, T.S. ROSS and Mrs. Frank HODGES of Gorman, Rev. Huron POLNAC of Abilene, Mr. and Mrs. O. E. RIDDLE, Alvin and Miss Mattie Ruth RIDDLE and W.T. HENDERSON of Roscoe attended the Home Coming here last Sunday.


Downing by J.L. Bishop

Mrs. A.L. PIPER has gone to Carlsbad where she is taking treatment.


Carl WATSON of John Tarleton spent the week end with his parents.


Mr. and Mrs. Horace RIGGS of Abilene spent Sunday with Mrs. RIGGS parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. GUNN.


Mr. and Mrs. Joe M. BLACKWELL and son, Wynfred, spent the week end with Mr. and Mrs. Pete BLACKWELL.


Mr. Riley WARREN of De Leon spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur WARREN.


Miss Vauneda PETERS of De Leon spent the week end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan PETERS.


Mr. and Mrs. C.W. MORRISON and family visited Mrs. MORRISON’s mother of Comyn Sunday.


Concord by Mrs. Anna Wilson

Mr. Caleb DECKU reports his brother, John, improving after a severe spell of pneumonia.


Mrs. Lewis BRUMBELOW and children attended services at Highland church Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Johnie SHOEMAKER visited home folks at Victor Sunday.


Robinson Springs by Miss LaVeda Macon

Mr. and Mrs. W. TAYLOR from Ft. Worth, were guests of Mrs. TAYLOR’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Berry DIXON, Sunday.


Roger and Wayne CHAMBERS and LaJoyce MACON from Howard Payne College, were guests of their parents Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Harry BLASSENGAME and children from Prescott, Arizona, visited Mr. and Mrs. C.W. BLASSENGAME last week.


Miss Hollis DYSON was a guest of her sister, Mrs. Floyd MOORE of Desdemona Sunday.


Mrs. SMITH from Oliver Springs spent the past week with her daughter< Mrs. F.G. TARRANCE.


For the next quarter the Intermediate B.Y.P.U. has elected the following:

Gail SMITH, President

J.W. TARRANCE, Vice-President

Hollis DYSON, Secretary

Charlotte MILLER, Group Captain, No. 1

Alvin PRICE, Group Captain, No. 2


Jakehamon by O.H. Moore

Mrs. W.L. MOORE who has been seriously ill has shown but little improvement and friends and relatives have watched anxiously by her bedside.  Mrs. E.L. WALLER and family of Archer City and Mrs. W.P. STURDIVANT of Albany, both daughters of Mrs. MOORE, have come in and they with Mrs. E.F. JOINER and Mrs. Earl LOWERY, have constantly attended their mother.


Several new students entered the school at this place Monday morning, Dayne and Troy WALLER of Archer City, sons of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. WALLER, who are moving back to their farm in this community.  Also, the FISHER children who formerly lived in this community but have recently moved back to the Mountain School community and Charles CLARK, son of C.M. CLARK, who will make his home temporarily with Mrs. C.B. GUTHERY.


Mr. W.N. KOONCE was elected trustee of this school at the election last Saturday.  While Mr. KOONCE has often asked that someone else be selected for the place, his friends and neighbors draft him for this community service.  Few men have served their community longer or more efficiently than Mr. KOONCE has.  He has served as trustee of the local school for more than a quarter of a century, practically ever since a school has been established since the settlement of the country.  His ability to handle his own affairs is reflected in the school matters for he gives the same painstaking interest to community matters that he does to his personal matters.


Mr. and Mrs. J.H. ADAMS and daughters, Misses Robbie Lea and Emogene, were in Stephenville Saturday.


Mr. and Mrs. Z.L. KOONCE, Misses WINNEGAR, Evelyn LANE, Maurine MOORE, Guandola BRAZELL and W.T. WINNAGER attended the singing at Alameda Sunday and report a good singing and good attendance.


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


Mr. and Mrs. S.O. McKINNEY and family accompanied by Kelton WINNEGAR spent Sunday visiting with friends and relatives at Hasse and attended singing at that place.


Mrs. Estelle LINDLEY and Miss McKINNEY visited Misses Lillian ROBBINS and Novis LINDLEY at Stephenville Monday.


Misses Erica WHITWORTH and Lillian ROBBINS and Allison BURTON, visited with Miss WHITWORTH’s parents at Lingleville Sunday and attended church there.  They also attended the Baptist Sunday School workers conference at Oak Dale Sunday afternoon where Rev. BAYSE was the principal speaker.  Others who addressed the conference were:  Rev. TIDWELL, Thurber; Rev. CULPEPPER, Stephenville; Neal GERALD and Dean DAVIS of Tarleton College and others.


Mr. and Mrs. E.L. WALLER of Archer City are moving back to this community and their children have entered school here.


C.M. CLARK of Mineral Wells has moved back to this community and has entered his son, Charles, in this school.


Mr. and Mrs. R.C. KOONCE were in Comanche Monday on business.  Mrs. KOONCE had enumerated the scholastic census and found that there had been considerable gain in the number over last year.  Also, the Mountain School reports a considerable gain in this year’s scholastics over last year making a net increase in scholastics for next year, more than had been expected.


Several from this community have been selected for jury service, among them being Z.L. KOONCE and F.E. JOINER.


Highland-Round Grove by Walter Rippetoe

Mrs. A.L. BURNETT of Dublin spent the week end with her daughter, Mrs. G.H. TREADWAY.


Mr. and Mrs. H.E. THIEBAUD, Mr. and Mrs. George M. HOOD and family, Mr. and Mrs. Joe BLANKENSHIP and daughter, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Rome ALLEN of Stephenville.


 ©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.