The De Leon Free Press

De Leon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, April 28, 1933


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.

A.F. 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

the Sabano-his 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.  Aunt Carrie

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.


Sunrise Breakfast


            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

games were 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 NABORS, Lois

and Juanita UPSHAW, Edna JETTON, Virginia and Elaine SCOTT and Miss Launa FRETWELL.  It was a very enjoyable affair.


Rook Club


            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.,




Local Happenings


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 face.


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 A.J. HANCOCK.


Bobbie Jo HOLLEMAN, whose age is six years, is ill from diphtheria.  She has taken the treatment and is responding nicely.


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 BELYUE.


Mr. and Mrs. Ansel HILL and children have moved to McKinney where Mr. HILL has a position with an ice factory.


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

tailoring 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 will warrant. 



Robinson Springs 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 Eastland.


St. Joe 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 Sunday afternoon.


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 past week.


Mrs. J.A. OTWELL has returned home from Ranger where she has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Mittie TERRY and family.


Oliver Springs 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

much success 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.


Jakehaman by O.H. Moore


R.C. KOONCE has returned from a visit in Knox and other counties.


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 McGUIRE.


Mr. and Mrs. R.P. LEWIS visited with D.D. LEWIS and family Sunday.


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

settlers at Carlton and had reared their families there.  Friends of Mrs. MOORE extend their sincere sympathy in her bereavement.


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,

announcement will be made through the school.


Concord 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 relatives.


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 her bedside.


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 SPENCER Tuesday.


Charles PHELPS is in Houston this week visiting his mother.


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 week.


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. INZER.


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.



©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.