[Transcriber’s Note: There were two long obituaries
in this issue of the DeLeon Free Press. One was for
Uncle Joe CHAMBERS and one for Mrs. PITTMAN, wife of
Whit PITTMAN. Sadly, neither obituary can be
transcribed here as half of each obituary column was cut
off in filming.]
Rebuilding Potato Processing Plant After Burn
A. L. PIPER has workmen at work at his place
this week erecting a larger and better sweet potato
curing plant, following the fire which destroyed two of
his houses and 7,000 bushels of cured sweet
potatoes several weeks ago. The new structure will be
of wood construction, 26x80 feet in size, two stories,
and will hold 9,000 bushels of potatoes. The
construction work will be completed in a week or
ten days probably.
The equipment of Mr. PIPER’s canning plant
was also destroyed in the fire that swept his place and
he will rebuild that also. One potato curing house, a
brick structure, was not destroyed in the fire.
Sweet potatoes, Elberta peaches and pecans
are playing a large part in the development of the PIPER
farm program. He has developed each on a commercial
basis. Scores and hundreds of other
Comanche county sandy land farmers might take his
activities as a model for larger farm profits.
New Sales Lady Now in Charge at Higginbotham’s
Miss Adyne TURNBOW has accepted a position
as saleslady for Higginbotham Bros. & Co. and entered
upon her duties there on May 1. Miss Mary KIMBLE, who
has been employed there for
some years, resigned her position effective on that
date. Miss KIMBLE has rendered a high type of service
and her friends will miss her from her accustomed place
Miss TURNBOW was formerly employed by N.
DAICHES and by Novit’s Store at Dublin and De Leon. Her
former employers speak in the highest terms of her
work. She will not be a stranger
to the trade, having been employed in De Leon the past
Miss Waynie McCHAREN has accepted the
position vacated by Miss TURNBOW at Daiches Economy
Small Cyclone at Sidney Wrecked House and School
The home of a family named COKER at Sidney
was demolished by a cyclone which struck there Wednesday
night. The building was a large two story farm
structure and it was reported torn to
pieces and scattered together with the furniture, etc.
The school building at Sidney was also reported damaged
by the twister.
Cement Walk and Curb Add Much to Self-Lee Homes
Dr. J.E. SELF and Archie G. LEE each deserve a gold
medal for building cement walks and curbs at their
property. The two homes are adjoining and immediately
across the street south of the
Methodist church. A fine cement sidewalk and curb
placed properly along the north side of these residences
illustrated just how much a moderate expenditure can add
to one’s property. Others are expected
to follow their worthy lead.
New Sandwich Shop in Harmon Building Open
C. E. Brice, Coleman man, has leased space
in the front of the Harmon building and is preparing to
open a sandwich shop Saturday of this week. Mr. BRICE
has had experience in this business
previously and will doubtless do well here.
Brownwood Man Cracks Up Plane in Landing Sunday
Charles DAY, amateur flier cracked up his plane when he
attempted to land on a field near the NARRY residence
last Sunday afternoon. A wheel of the craft had been
injured, injuring the plane but
the pilot and his passenger were unhurt. The plane was
a Waco OX-5 powered by a 100-hp motor. It was trucked
back to Brownwood for repairs.
Miss Fretwell Awards Medals to Her Piano Pupils
Miss Launa FRETWELL’s piano pupils entered
competitive tests at the Baptist Church late Sunday for
medals which she had posted for those showing the
greatest progress during the school year.
In the senior division, Miss Eugena GENTRY received the
gold medal as first award and Miss Elaine SCOTT received
the silver medal for second award. In the junior
division little Misses Gloria Jean
UPSHAW and Claire CLARK and Master Clark DUKE tied for
first honors and each will receive a medal.
A group of parents and friends heard the
program in which each player played five numbers from
De Leon School Faculty Re-Elected at May Meeting
The regular session of De Leon School Board for the
month of May was held at City Hall Monday evening with
all members being present except Hon. George ROLLINS,
who is away serving in
the Texas Legislature.
The principle business transacted was the
re-election of the faculty for the coming year. All
teachers now on the faculty were retained by unanimous
vote of the Board, however no salary schedule
was fixed pending action by the Legislature in providing
schools with funds for the coming year. Supt. E.H.
BOULTER was re-elected at a meeting of the Board in
Marion NELSON, who has efficiently served
the school as janitor for some years, was also
re-elected with salary to be adjusted along with the
The three teachers who came to De Leon
schools along with the three transferring districts, St.
Joe, Liberty, and Pounds were re-elected conditionally,
their election depending upon whether or not
their respective districts again transfer into the
DeLeon school. These are L.V. HALBROOKS, Pounds; L.R.
HIGGINBOTTOM, Liberty; and Miss Nita HODGES, St. Joe.
All three of these teachers
have given good service and were recommended for
re-election by Supt. BOULTER, with the condition as
De Leon is Clean Town After Sixty Loads Trash Hauled
Clean-Up Week was observed in De Leon the last week in
April, and good results were obtained as a response to
the Mayor’s proclamation. The city trucks were placed
at the disposal of the
property owners for the purpose
of hauling away rubbish which was placed in containers
at the curb. George COZBY, foreman of the R.F.C.
forces, reported sixty truck-loads of trash and rubbish
out to the City dumping ground, three miles east
Nearly all the rubbish hauled was from
residence property, Mr. COZBY said, very little
originating in the business section.
Co-operative effort similar to this is
always laudable. De Leon is now a cleaner town by sixty
loads of rubbish, and is therefore more slightly and
sanitary as well.
The regular meeting of the Rook Club was
with Mrs. C.B. GREGORY at her home Friday Afternoon,
2:30 to 5:00 o’clock. The pretty home was made more
lovely still by luxuriant cut roses which
were used in the decorative scheme. High score for the
afternoon went to Mrs. W.W. BELL. The hostess served a
delicious salad course with iced tea. The Club meets
next with Mrs. Roy HAMMERS
May 12. Members present were Mesdames Walter CRAWFORD,
Jack PRICE, S. R. UPSHAW,Sr., John NABORS, W. C.
LIGHTFOOT, Roy HAMMERS, J. F. DONOHUE, R. D. BELL, O. M.
BUCHAN, W.W. BELL, S.R. UPSHAW, Jr., Miss Gussie INSALL.
Guests, Mesdames M.D. STEWART, R. L. WHALEY, H.M. EVANS,
W. C. STREETY, W. Z. COMPTON, J. H. and Edmund
GRIZZELLE, May WHALEY.
Mrs. Joe ASHBY entertained Tuesday afternoon at her
home, members and guests of the Bridge Club, and one
table of “42”. The rooms were decorated with beautiful
At the conclusion of the games, Miss Alene WEAVER was
winner of high score in Bridge and Mrs. Edmund GRIZZELLE
Ice cream and angel food cake was served to the
following: Mmes. E.L. LOCKE, H.T. WEAVER, W.H. SMITH,
S.G. PARKS, E.E. DABNEY, H.G. SHARP, Audrey SPENCER, R.L.
Autrey SELF, M.D. STEWART, Edmund GRIZZELLE, Roy
HAMMERS, J.P. RAYMOND, W.T. HARRIS, Everett HANSFORD and
Miss Alene WEAVER.
Forrest Spence and Mrs. Lloyd Echer Married at Ardmore
F.B. SPENCE and Mrs. Loyd ECHER were married
at Ardmore, Okla., on Wednesday of last week and came to
De Leon Sunday for a visit in the home of his mother,
Mrs. J.D. COOK. SPENCE
and Mrs. ECHER met in Mineral
Wells where he has been living while engaged in erecting
a gas plant and drilling a gas well at Santo, near
there. Mrs. SPENCE’s home was formerly at Ardmore.
wish Forrest and his bride much happiness.
Card of Thanks
We take this method of thanking our many
friends and neighbors for their assistance during the
illness and death of our Dear Father. Especially do we
wish to thank Dr. SELF and Mrs. CRENSHAW
untiring effort to relieve his suffering. Also for the
beautiful floral offering. May God’s richest blessings
rest upon each of you is our prayer.
His Children, Grandchildren and
Oliver Springs School
An agriculture meeting is called for Friday night, May
6. One subject for discussion will be Killing Rats.
Other subjects will be discussed also.
The Honor Roll for the seventh month as school is as
First Grade: Edwin COGBURN, Junior WATTS, Obert
HUGGINS, and William BREWER.
Second Grade: Jesse Elwyn ATCHISON, Edisol LIGHTFOOT,
Arvis ECHOLS, Etta Mae JOHNSTON, Nella Vee PERRY, Roma
Jewell PARKER, and Ima Geo. RUSSELL.
Third Grade: Lola Bell COGBURN, Lloyd HARDIN, Holland
Ray TILLY, Edna Mae DOMINY, and Lallah Rue LIGHTFOOT.
Fourth Grade: James WARREN, Enlow PERRY, Ottis COGBURN,
Will KI. LIGHTFOOT, Etoil AKERS, Maurice ECHOLS, and
Fifth Grade: Rosa Lee JOHNSTON.
Sixth Grade: Milton OTWELL, Lewis COGBURN, Travis
COGBURN, Otho COGBURN, Ira WILSON, John Edward
HENDERSON, and Willie Velle HILL.
Seventh Grade: L.C. ECHOLS, Alvarene NABORS, Annie Mae
Ninth Grade: Lareve JOHNSTON and BOSWELL.
Tenth Grade: Lois WILSON.
Mrs. J.W. MELTON and baby have returned to Houston after
a visit in the home of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. H.H.
INZER. Dr. INZER returned to Houston with Mrs. MELTON,
driving her car from Waco.
R.V. and M.T. BLACK have opened a café and sandwich shop
in connection with the L.M. BLACK meat market in
Dublin. All modern fixtures.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie BURLESON and daughter little Miss
Mary Margaret of Breckenridge, were here last week
visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff SMITH.
Mr. and Mrs. Preston HENRY are the proud parents of a
baby girl, Barbara Grace, who was born into their home
April 29. The little one weighs 9 pounds and is doing
Mr. and Mrs. J.L. WILSON of Fort Worth were guests
Sunday of her sister, Mrs. Irene PIERSON and family.
She was accompanied home by her mother, Mrs. Mary
PHILLIPS who will visit there and
with relatives at
other points indefinitely.
Billie Claude is the name of a 9 pound boy, born to Mr.
and Mrs. Billie PILCHER April 26th. All
Mrs. C.L. KINCHEN was in Stephenville Monday visiting
her daughter, Miss Evelyn.
Mrs. Mary Lou DIXON had the pleasure of her three
children’s visit the past week. They are: Silas DIXON,
Englewood, Calif.; Mrs. Pearl JOHNSON, Luling; Mr. and
Mrs. Tommie GRISHAM and children of Rucker.
Mr. and Mrs. T.H. NANCE went to Fort Worth Sunday for a
short visit in the home of their daughter, Mr. and Mrs.
Mrs. Marshall STERLING and children of Georgetown are
visiting her mother, Mrs. C.L. PITTMAN.
Mrs. R.O. COX and daughter, Miss Evelyn, are leaving in
a few days to make their home at Wichita Falls. They
have lived in De Leon for ten or fifteen years and have
many friends who regret to see them
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall GREER and little daughter, of
Plainview, were here the past week attending the J.A.
CHAMBERS funeral and visiting in the home of Mr. and
Mrs. S.A. HOOD and Mr. and Mrs. Calvin
Mesdames C.L. GREENWALDT, C.R. CARRUSH, B.J. PITTMAN and
C.L. PITTMAN left early Monday morning for Marlin where
they are to take treatment in a hospital. They will be
gone some three weeks.
Dr. and Mrs. C.B. CARTER and Colquitt FITZGERALD were in
San Antonio last week end on business and visiting their
sister, Mrs. D.C. LOTHRINGER.
Ivy C. BENDER, railway mail clerk who is running between
Houston and Corpus Christi, was visiting with relatives
and friends here this week. BENDER has lived in Houston
for a number of years. He
formerly lived here.
Lieutenant Olen SPEEGLE and wife, who have visited the
past three weeks in the home of his mother, Mrs. W.B.
NANCE, and sister, Mrs. L.C. BILLS, went to Whitney
Thursday, accompanied by Mrs.
NANCE, where they will
visit a few days before going to Dallas and from thence
to the World’s Fair at Chicago, arriving there for the
opening on June 1. They will return to their home, San
probably in July.
by Miss LaVeda Macon
Miss Wyndola PRICE from Lingleville was the guest of her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.C. PRICE Sunday.
While playing basketball Thursday, Cora TARRANCE
received an injury of the ear which prevented her
hearing for several hours.
Mrs. Tom BLASSINGAME of San Antonio spent the week end
with C.W. BLASSINGAME.
The Junior Class entertained the Seniors Friday with a
jig saw party at the Home Economics cottage and served
ice cream and cake. The class colors of orchid and
white were carried out in refreshments
The teachers were also present.
Mr. and Mrs. Doc WALLS of Stephenville are visiting Mr.
and Mrs. G.H. WALLS.
Mr. and Mrs. Kid MACON from Comanche were guests of L.C.
The Senior Class of Robinson Springs with their
sponsors, Mr. –EZZIE DEAN and Miss Opal HOWARD motored
to Glen Rose last Sunday. They arrived at Glen Rose at
11:45 and after driving through the
park, lunch was
spread and eaten with some of the tasteful Glen Rose
water between bites. About three o’clock they went to
the Brazos River and took several pictures. They left
for home at seven thirty
and arrived home without any
mishaps. All reported an enjoyable time.
The Juniors sponsored a shower given for Mr. and Mrs.
Alvis KIMMELL. Mr. and Mrs. KIMMELL were former
students of this school. Mrs. KIMMELL was a member of
the Junior Class. She received
many beautiful gifts.
The Class colors, pink and green, were carried out
through the party.
Several from here attended the funeral services of Mr.
Joe CHAMBERS at De Leon Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. A.M. MAHAN are the proud parents of twin
boys born to their home April 26 and doing nicely.
Mr. A.J. CUMMINS has returned home after a visit with
his children in Abilene. Mr. CUMMINS took a treatment
from a Doctor while there and is much improved.
Mr. J.E. WILSON had news from his son, Tom WILSON, of
Abilene, who had returned from the Sanitorium for
examination. He is reported to be improving
Mr. Ernest YOUNG is improving after a week of illness.
by Miss Iris Warren
Mrs. N.J. COGBURN has been real sick lately. She has
many friends that hope she will be well.
Mrs. J.H. FULLER of Cisco is visiting her daughter, Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Sim WEST of near De Leon and Mr. and Mrs.
Claude OTWELL of Comyn visited their brother, Marvin
OTWELL and family Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry STEWART of Robinson Springs visited
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.M. JOHNSTON Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Irby MAUNEY of Goldthwait visited her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob ATCHISON, last week.
Mrs. Ancie HILL and children visited her brother, Lee
NABORS and family of De Leon last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur WARREN and family visited his
sister, Mrs. W.H. STRINGFELLOW, at De Leon Saturday.
by O.H. Moore
The unusual sand storm of last Saturday did some damage
to growing crops. The wind was of such severity that a
porch at the school house was blown down. A good rain
would have been more welcome
than the sand storm.
Mrs. V.C. WAYLAND has been sick for the past week but is
reported as improving this week.
Miss Oleta HACKET is visiting Mrs. Letta CHANDLIER and
Miss Ruby HACKET.
Troy WALLER has been on the sick list this week and
absent from the school.
Mr. D.F. FORD, who is employed at the Lone Star
Refinery, has returned from Dallas where he underwent a
major operation. His friends rejoice that he got along
Mr. and Mrs. C.W. McKINNEY of Frankell spent the week
end visiting with Mr. and Mrs. S.O. McKINNEY.
S.O. McKINNEY and daughters, Misses Madgeline and
Mildred, were shopping in Ranger Saturday.
J.H. ADAMS and family attended the funeral of his
brother-in-law Oscar EGGENBURG at Electra last Monday.
The deceased had been seriously ill since last August.
Friends of the ADAMS family extend
sympathy in their sorrow.
Mrs. W.A. DUNLAP was called in death from her companion
and family Thursday of last week and was buried at
Dublin Friday. Her health had not been good for many
years and this with her advanced
years made her unable
to recover from a severe illness. The many friends of
the family extend their sympathy in their bereavement.
School at this place will close next week with
appropriate exercises. Only two will graduate from this
school. They are Miss Madge McKINNEY and Miss Robbie
Lea ADAMS. From the grammar school
will be eight graduates.
Mr. H.A. REYNOLDS of Eastland County has been elected as
principal of the school next year. Miss Erica WHITWORTH
and Miss Zora BAKER will remain here and the fourth
teacher will not be hired
until it is seen that the
scholastics will be of a sufficient number to employ
another teacher. Mr. REYNOLDS is well qualified and
experienced and with the co-operation of the community
will carry the school
work on successfully. Misses
BAKER and WHITWORTH have succeeded well with their work
this year and will continue to do so. It is expected
that the school will run full nine months next year.
Mrs. HASH, daughter of Mrs. Bertha McGUIRE, who has been
visiting with Mrs. McGUIRE and family has returned to
her home in Ballinger and little Miss Bessie Maurine
McGUIRE accompanied her
home and will spend the summer
Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS had as dinner guests Sunday
Mr. and Mrs. G.E. RILEY of Victor and Mr. and Mrs. Ray
ROBBINS of Hico.
by Mrs. Roy C. LINDLEY
Mr. Mont CAMPBELL of Fort Worth and Mr. Chas. CAMPBELL
of Leveland are visiting their brother, Mr. C.C.
CAMPBELL and family.
A progressive forty-two party was given in the Home
Economics laboratory by the Comyn Faculty honoring the
Senior Class of ’33. All of the ex-students of a few
years back were guests. The room was
decorated in blue and white, the class colors.
Entertainment was furnished by Miss Tempa CORBELL and
her brother, Mr. CORBELL, Mr. TURNER, Mr. Lowery EASLEY
and Miss Mollie
GRISHAM. Ice cream and cake was
served. There were more than sixty people present to
enjoy the fun.
Mrs. Dave FLOYD has returned home from the Gorman
Sanitarium and is able to be up.
Mr. and Mrs. A.W. BOYKIN of Ogleby are visiting with her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.M. SLAUGHTER and family.
Miss Mara Glenn DONALDSON and three representatives of
the Home Economics classes will attend the Home
Economics Contest at Mineral Wells Thursday, Friday and
Saturday. The girls who are to
represent the classes
are Misses Estelle COX, Jaunita HOOD, and Mary Ruth
Mr. and Mrs. M.L. LOUDERMILK spent Sunday with Mr. E.V.
LOUDERMILK and family.
Mrs. Eunice PIPER was carried to the hospital for a
minor operation this week.
Grandmother LEE of Proctor spent Sunday with her son,
Mr. R.D. LEE.
Mrs. T.D. BROWN of Sipe Springs, and children Mary Joe
and L.B. spent Monday with Mrs. BROWN’s sister, Mrs.
Mr. Wallace NEIL, and Acie REEVES spent the week end
with Mr. and MRs. Charlie REEVES.
Mr. Wynfred BLACKWELL spent the week end with his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. BLACKWELL.
Mr. Royce BOYD of Abilene spent the week end with Mr.
Walker BOYD and family.
Mr. J.C. EVANS has purchased a fine registered Herford
We regret the death of Mr. Travis ISBELL, son of Rev.
and Mrs. ISBELL who died at Brownwood Thursday
afternoon. We surely sympathize and send our regards to
the family. Travis was widely known,
as a real
religious worker and was loved by all who knew him.
Travis smiled in his last moments and said that he was
ready to go. Friends from Coleman County and McCullough
County and surrounding
communities came to his funeral,
which showed their love for him.
Active pall bearers were C.W. McCOLLOUGH of Brownwood,
Alvah KELLEY of Red Wire, Austin HOLMES of Duster, Inzer
HOLMES, Lawrence SHUPP and Lofton BISHOP, all of
Flower girls were: Lois McGINNIS, Ruby Lee BISHOP,
Myrtle HAFFORD, Edith LOUDERMILK, Thelma CHAMPION, Clair
Bell ROGERS, LaVerne HANSON, Alma Ruth BELYEU, Agness
HOLMES, of Duster, Hazel TURNER of De Leon, Maudie
Lee YATES and Natielee BOYD.
Travis is survived by his parents, four brothers, Elbert
Paul, John RAMOND, and Walter LEE. And one sister,
Highland – Round Grove
by Walter Rippetoe
Mr. Glynn THIEBAUD, who has been sick, is improving. We
hope he will be up soon.
Mr. John L. THIEBAUD’s family is confined to the home
with the measles. None are seriously ill.
Mr. West NICHOLS mother, Mrs. C. W. NICHOLS, is visiting
him at present.
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.