J.A. Chambers Met Untimely Death of Burns
Uncle Joe CHAMBERS is dead. Death came as a
result of burns which he received at his home at an
early hour last Tuesday morning. No one was in the room
when the accident occurred.
He was sitting before an
open fire, wearing a bathrobe. In just what manner his
clothing caught fire will never be known – probably from
smoking, possibly by standing up to look at the clock,
but in some
manner the wooly robe caught fire and his
screams attracted his daughter-in-law, Mrs. W.C.
CHAMBERS, who quickly came from another part of the
house to his rescue. She was badly burned about the
hands in an attempt to extinguish the flames. Her son,
Dean, came from outside the house and extinguished the
flames with a bucket of water. The incident occurred
near six o’clock. His most serious burns
were about his
legs, arms and face. He probably inhaled the flames
also. Painfully seared, he lingered in great suffering
for some 18 hours, passing away at 12:30a.m. Wednesday,
April 26th. Physicians,
nurses, his children
and kindly neighbors did everything possible for him
during his last hours, but his injuries were destined to
bring him to the end of life.
The funeral and burial took place at De Leon
cemetery at 2:00 o’clock p.m. Thursday, Rev. R.P.
WALLACE, his pastor, was in charge of the funeral, being
assisted by Rev. David M. PHILLIPS and Rev.
NABORS. Uncle Joe was a charter member of the New Hope
Methodist Church and his membership had remained there
throughout a long period of years. Many friends came to
sorrow with the
stricken family as his mortal form was
laid beneath the sod.
Uncle Joe was past 87 years of age. He was
born in Alabama and came from Austin county, Texas to
Comanche county in 1872, coming on horseback
prospecting. He bought 340 acres of land on
home for many years, paying $2 per acre for the land.
School land sold at that time for $1.00 per acre but his
was choice, open land. In Jan 1873 he moved his family
here, coming in wagons,
one drawn by a mule team, one by oxens. Uncle Bruce TERRY (deceased) drove of the
wagons. The last Indian raid occurred in Comanche
county, near Van Dyke, the year he settled here.
Uncle Joe’s first wife died many years ago
and he was re-married to Mrs. R.S. RICH. “Uncle” Joe
and “Aunt” Carrie were known far and near as the kindly
old couple who loved everybody and
whom everybody loved,
congenial, happy and devoted to each other as the long
shadows of life slowly lengthened and as each saw their
span of years pass well beyond the four-score mark.
died about a year ago. Uncle Joe’s children
are: Mrs. Calvin GREER, and B.C. CHAMBERS, De Leon;
Jodie CHAMBERS, Waco; Watt CHAMBERS, Ennis; Rob
CHAMBERS, Benjamin; and Pick
Morehead – Coats
Mr. Jack MOREHEAD and Miss Opal COATS were
married Saturday, April the 22nd at the home
of Rev. A.F. NABORS, he being the officiating minister.
Miss Opal is the daughter of Mrs. Jap
COATS. She received her education in the schools here.
Mr. MOREHEAD is the son of Mr. and Mrs. F.M. MOREHEAD of
this city. They both have many
friends who wish them a
full measure of happiness and success.
Comyn Woman Had Operation
On April 21st, Mrs. D.S. FLOYD,
Comyn woman, underwent an operation at Gorman Sanitarium
and is reported doing nicely.
Bowman School Elects Teachers
The Bowman trustees recently met and elected
teachers for next school year. Mr. WALLACE was
re-elected as principal of the school, and Miss Lettie
ROBINETT was elected primary teacher.
Fairview Elects Teachers
Miss Opal HOWARD and Miss Nina Beth TERRILL
were unanimously elected to positions in the Fairview
school, at a meeting of the board of trustees last
Saturday night. O.T. BOWMAN was
elected to the position
of principal. Fairview is a good consolidated school
located some five miles out of Comanche. There were
about ninety applicants.
Oliver Springs Re-Elects Teachers
The Oliver Springs school board met some six
weeks ago and re-elected their faculty. Dale E. HOWARD,
principal; Mrs. Dale HOWARD, Home Economics and
intermediate; Miss Inez BOSWELL,
primary. That will be
the third consecutive year for Mr. HOWARD to hold a
position in the Oliver Springs school. The year of
school work closed last Friday with a play on Monday
night, and Saturday Mrs.
HOWARD and her class of girls
spent an enjoyable day fishing and at the noon hour a
lunch was served picnic style.
The Texas Blue Bells had a sunrise breakfast
last Saturday morning. They met at the post office at 5
a.m. and walked down the railroad track to the rock
quarry. After a splendid breakfast, several
played. The following members came home about ten
o’clock, tired and happy: Josie Beth ALLEN, Kathryn
SALMON, Cathrene SNEAD, Helen WALL, Talma RICE, Nell
and Juanita UPSHAW, Edna JETTON, Virginia
and Elaine SCOTT and Miss Launa FRETWELL. It was a very
The meeting of the Rook Club the past week
was with Mrs. W.T. JETTON where six tables of Rook were
arranged. House decorations were cut roses and their
beauty and fragrance added to the
enjoyment of the
guests. High score in the games went to Mrs. Roy
HAMMERS. The hostess was assisted in serving by her
daughters, Misses Willie Mae and Edna. Refreshments
consisted of Angel Food
cake and ice cream. The Club
meets this week with Mrs. C.B. GREGORY. Members present
were Mesdames DANIELL, DONOHUE, BUCHAN, LIGHTFOOT, R.D.
BELL, S.R. UPSHAW, Sr.,
C.B. GREGORY, W.W. BELL, Jno.
NABORS, CRAWFORD, HAMMERS, C.H. SHARP, PRICE, H.R. UPSAW,
Jr., Miss Gussie INSALL. Guests: Mesdames J.H. and
BARTON, STREETY, ROGERS, A.M. ALLEN,
SHAVER, Miss KIKER and Miss Dollie PAINE.
Orbie WAYLAND was painfully burned some ten days ago
when he poured some oil from a can into the stove and
there were coals of fire there. The oil caught fire and
bursted the can and threw the
burning oil in the child’s
William TAYLOR and wife, who have been living in Fort
Worth for several months, have returned here.
Mr. and Mrs. J.F. KNOX of Ft. Worth announce the arrival
of a son in their home which ws born April the 19th.
Mr. and Mrs. Sannie HANCOCK of Houston and Rev. and Mrs.
Lee BOON of West, were guests Thursday in the home of
Bobbie Jo HOLLEMAN, whose age is six years, is ill from
diphtheria. She has taken the treatment and is
Rev. Huron POLNAC and Rev. Kenneth DUNKARD of Abilene
were visitors in the home of A.C. POLNAC last week.
Mrs. Tildie BROWN and little grandson, Alfred Wayne
OWEN, went to Dublin Tuesday to visit Mr. and Mrs. Cyril
Mr. and Mrs. Ansel HILL and children have moved to
McKinney where Mr. HILL has a position with an ice
Mr. and Mrs. J.C. BARNETT of near Comanche, have moved
here to the home of his mother, Mrs. W.D. BARNETT.
Mr. and Mrs. L.D. PARKS and family were here Sunday
visiting his mother, Mrs. S.G. PARKS and old friends.
Mrs. Lige HATTOX of Stamford, Dock and Jack JENKINS of
Levelland are here at the bedside of their father, Uncle
Mansel JENKINS, who is ill.
Miss Frances HARVEY of Stephenville was week-end visitor
with her parents. Mrs. HARVEY returned home the past
week from a four weeks visit in the home of Mr. and Mrs.
M.O. PITTMAN at Anson.
Mr. and Mrs. E.H. BOULTER and children were in Tuscola
the past week-end visiting friends and attending the
Commencement exercises of the Tuscola high school. Mr.
BOULTER was superintendent at
that place for eleven
years before coming here.
J.T. STARK of Goldthwaite was thru here Tuesday and
spent the night with his sister, Mr. and Mrs. George
HAMMETT. Mr. STARK was enroute to Cross Plains where he
has a position with an ice company.
Miss Julia Jean ROLLINS was recently honored by being
one of six students selected from 1500 pupils to sing in
a high school program in Austin.
O.B. BRAGG, who has been here since the first of the
year in the home of his mother, Mrs. W.L. GREER,
returned Friday of last week to San Antonio where he has
secured a position. He has worked at the
business in San Antonio for ten years or more, selling
his business last fall. He expects ultimately to
re-enter the same business there as soon as conditions
by Miss LaVeda Macon
Dorothy Nell SMITH has been visiting home folks the past
two weeks in Huckaby.
Mr. and Mrs. R.L. DRULEY of Caddo spent Sunday here with
their mother, Mr. and Mrs. A.B. HENSLEE.
Mr. and Mrs. J.W. GRIFFIN attended the theatre Sunday at
by Pauline Ray
Mr. and Mrs. D. ROSS and daughter, Berta Louise, Mrs.
H.S. FREEMAN and son Lonnie, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. DUKE and
Mr. and Mrs. W.B. RAY attended the singing at Downing
Mr. and Mrs. Claude OTWELL and family of New Hope
visited Mrs. J.A. OTWELL and Mr. and Mrs. J.R. OTWELL
and family Monday.
Prof. C.G. MORTON of Kokomo spent the past week end with
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.W. MORTON.
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil McKelvey of Olden visited Mr. J.F.
McKELVEY and family the past week end.
Mr. T.J. MACON of Robinson Springs is visiting his
daughter Mrs. W.B. RAY and family this week.
M.T. DUKE, Woodie SADBERRY and Verle McKELVEY,
agriculture students of De Leon high school, won several
ribbons on their projects and livestock at the
agriculture and 4-H Clubs’ exhibit held at
De Leon the
Mrs. J.A. OTWELL has returned home from Ranger where she
has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Mittie TERRY and
by Miss Iris Warren
Mrs. Newman BOWMAN and daughters of the BOWMAN community
attended church here Sunday.
Ancil HILL left Sunday for McCamey where he has
employment for the summer. Mrs. HILL and children will
join him later. We regret very much to lose this good
family from this community, but wish them
in their new home. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde TILLEY of Ross
Chapel will move in the house just vacated by Mr. HILL
and farm his land.
by O.H. Moore
R.C. KOONCE has returned from a visit in Knox and other
Mrs. W.L. MOORE, who has been seriously ill recently,
has recovered and is able to sit up some.
Hopson YOUNG, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.C. YOUNG, is
visiting with his parents this week.
Mrs. Elmer D. PAYNES returned to her home in Waco after
spending several days with her mother, Mrs. Bertha
Mr. and Mrs. R.P. LEWIS visited with D.D. LEWIS and
Miss Zora BAKER visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.H.
BAKER of Comyn Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS and daughter, Miss Gwendolyn,
visited with Mr. and Mrs. Ray ROBBINS of Hico Sunday.
Orbie WAYLAND is back in school since recovering from
severe burns received last week by the accidental
explosion of oil.
Miss Lucile RILEY, the primary teacher in this school,
was a victim of the flu and absent from school Monday.
Mrs. O.H. MOORE and family spent most of last week in
Carlton at the bedside of Mrs. J.W. HILL, who was
seriously ill for several days until her death Friday
morning. Mr. and Mrs. HILL were pioneer
Carlton and had reared their families there. Friends of
Mrs. MOORE extend their sincere sympathy in her
At the end of this school month, school will close at
this place making a full nine months of school. The
arrangements for the closing have been fully worked
out. When such arrangements are made,
be made through the school.
by Mrs. Anna Wilson
W.T. WILSON is better after a – day siege of flu.
Mrs. L. BRUMBELOW and Miss Hulet and Annie visited
friends at Highland Friday. Mrs. HAMMETT, Mrs. Ernest
RIPPETOE’s mother is here for a visit with the BRUMBELOW
Mr. and Mrs. C.C. MILLER and children visited Mr. Edd
MILLER at Rucker. H. MILLER who has been ill for some
years isn’t doing so well.
Mrs. Ed WILSON visited her sister, Mrs. PARSON in De
Leon. Mrs. Lou GREGORY, her sister from Mexia, is at
Highland – Round Grove
by Walter Rippetoe
Mr. Ernest RIPPETOE went to Gorman Monday to have a
tumor cut off of his neck. He is doing fine.
Mrs. Truett BALTON of Gustine, is spending the week with
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.E. THIEBAUD.
Mrs. Oscar HOOD and Mrs. J.L. HOOD of Rising Star,
visited Mr. and Mrs. George HOOD the past week.
B.R. McPHALL of Roscoe visited his mother, Mrs. Dora
Charles PHELPS is in Houston this week visiting his
Miss Dorothy Nell SMITH has returned from a two-weeks
visit with her parents.
Elmer TIMMONS of Cisco was a visitor with his father,
C.H. TIMMONS and family.
Billy RUTLEDGE of Cisco spent Sunday with his father,
Fred RUTLEDGE, Sr.
Dr. GOWAN of Christoval was here the first of this week
visiting his daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. JEFFREY.
Miss Byridene WHITE of Putnam visited her Aunt, Mrs.
Adrian BALLARD Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Oren MORRIS lost their barn and the
contents recently by fire.
Mrs. E.M. SHORE of Ft. Worth is visiting her sister, Mr.
and Mrs. Jess DYER and family.
Mrs. G.H. HARMON is visiting her son, Fred, and
attending the Round-up at the State University this
Mr. and Mrs. W.J. ROBINETT went to Hamilton Friday to
attend the bedside of her brother, who is very ill.
Miss Merlyn GOOCH of Indian Gap was week-end visitor
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee GOOCH.
Mrs. T.C. SMITH is leaving this week for Stockton,
Calif. She will spend several months in the home of her
son, Austin, and family.
Mrs. J.W. MELTON and baby, of Houston, are the guests
this week in the home of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. H.H.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur MAHAN of De Leon, Rt. 3, are the
parents of twin boys, born into their home on Thursday,
April 27. All doing nicely.
Rev. E.H. LIGHTFOOT and wife, Jean, Mac, Billie Bob and
Johnnie, from Fort Worth, visited his sister, Mr. and
Mrs. W.C. MIXON and other relatives last week.
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