De Leon Free Press
DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, September 28, 1923
Y.M.B.L. Met and Planned to Enlist Entire Community in Big History
This Free Press story is the beginning of a series of "pep" talks about the De Leon Free Fall Fair. The last "pep" article in the series will be when the biggest and best small town Fair in Texas is history—that will be after November 6-7-8.
De Leon is this autumn facing the best financial conditions experienced for many years. The reason is found in pretty good crop of cotton and a wonderful price for same, and the promise of a mighty good crop of peanuts and an equally good price. Lots of feed stuff in the barns of De Leon growers, hogs browse over fields and pick up waste; turkeys by thousands will be marketed here; there is a crop of pecans with a fine price in prospect, and a general sprinkle of other farm articles for sale from the farms. The weal of our section is based upon agriculture. When the farms fall, business is slack—when they prosper everybody prospers.
And so De Leon growers and business firms propose to promote the Fair. The growers have commodities to display, the business men will provide a place to display them. The business men will advertise the event. The business men will provide liberal prizes. The fair will be a co-operative effort. Such efforts make history, when everybody gets in the collar.
Big Parade Planned
An opening day parade that is different is planned. A committee of three were chosen at the Monday night meeting. But these three are not all – no indeed! There will be a parade chairman from every organization in town and county who can be induced to take part.
Schools both town and rural will be asked to march presenting historic pageants if they will, athletic parades, clown stunts, etc.
Sunday schools far and near will receive an urgent invitation to march in a body, decorate a float to represent them, or present Biblical pageants.
Business firms have already signed a petition pledging them to take an active part in the parade.
Individuals may take part if they wish. Musical organizations are urged to stage a stunt and lodges have the matter already under consideration.
Bearcats Win First Game of the Season ‘23
A peppy and interesting game was that first contest of the season between the De Leon Bearcats and the second team from Howard Payne college of Brownwood. The score was rather a close one, the visitors making one touch-down while the huskies from our own High school went over the goal line for a couple of touch downs and WEAVER twice successfully kicked goal, score at final whistle was 6 to 14.
…….The Squad: Herbert WEAVER, Moody KING, Gayle TOLAND, THOMAS, Clifford A?LEN; Sherrod STOVER, Emmett Lee HOWARD; Johnnie WALKER; Elton BOSWELL; Stanley MORRIS; Whaley SMITH; Ronald MYERS; Ralph BENDER; Frank TATE; Meben ROGERS; Fitzhugh GRIMSHAW, Doyle LOCKE; Arl LIGHTFOOT, Merle TALBERT; Buck TATE; Russell HOWELL, Belton High; Clarence RE?DEN, Jr.; Trent JONES; Bert COUCH, Fred NABORS, Wayne WEAVER, Johnson MULLOY, Roe BUTLER, Jewell MATHIS.
Mrs. W.N. PORCHE was the charming hostess to the Rook Club on Thursday afternoon. After many games of rook, a business meeting was called in which Mrs. Adolph MYERS, Mrs. JETTON, Mrs. WEAVER and Mrs. NICHOLS were voted in to the club.
Mrs. WETZEL won high score.
The hostess served a delicious salad course to the members and following guests: Mesdames EDMONDSON, JETTON, H. SMITH, WEAVER, BASS, A. MYERS, John H. ROPER of Stockton, Calif., and Miss Evelyn BALLEW.
Mrs. W.E. LOWE was hostess to members of the Tri-K Club at her home on Tuesday afternoon of this week. After a time enjoyably spent at bridge, a dainty salad course was served by the charming hostess to her fellow members and invited guests. The enjoyable social hour terminated in the late afternoon, to meet next in the home of Mrs. L.D. PARKS.
Miss Letha SMITH returned Wednesday from Cisco where she was in attendance at the MANCIL-LOGAN wedding on Tuesday evening. Misses SMITH and MANCIL are great friends, and the bride asked Miss SMITH to sing the wedding solo, "I Love You Truly."
The Misses Katherine and Ruth HARVEY have entered school at John Tarleton College, Stephenville.
Mrs. W.R. CLARK left Monday for Lampassas where she will visit relatives and friends for perhaps two weeks.
Miss Sallie MOORE and brother, John, left some days ago to join their sister, Miss Leola, at Abilene and will make their future home there.
Autrey SELF, C.O. BRAGG, Robert PATTERSON and Luther HAYNES are De Leon representatives for the school year at Daniel Baker College.
Miss Faye INZER will study again this winter at Baylor Medical College at Dallas.
Misses Ila and Maurine MILLER, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Carron MILLER of Route 3, have entered school at John Tarleton College.
Mrs. G. H. Loudermilk Died at Her Home Monday
Death came to the home of G.H. LOUDERMILK and removed the wife and mother, on Monday afternoon, September 24th, at 1:25 p.m. The entire Downing community was made sad by the untimely death, although she was not expected to survive the chronic malady from which she has suffered since early in the year. She had been confined to her bed since the past May.
Mrs. LOUDERMILK was born in Georgia and grew to womanhood there. She was married to G.H. LOUDERMILK there some seventeen years ago. Into their home come three children, ages about 15, 12, and 10, two girls and a boy.
The grim messenger, death, always brings his toll of sadness, but sad indeed is the home from which the wife and mother is called away. The writer extends to these, our friends, sincerest sympathy in their sad hour.
The funeral and burial took place at Downing cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, Rev. C.C. KLINGMAN of Comanche, conducting the service.
Delinquent Taxes, City of De Leon, and De Leon Independent School District
W.W. AISHMAN, L.G. BAGWELL, J.C.M. BARNES, J.K. BATEMAN, A.J. BELL, W.W. BENDER, J.F. BLITCH, J.B. BLOCKER, D.A. BROWN, Mrs. Fannie BROWN, L.H. BROWN, G.S. BROWN, R.A. BROWN, G.B. BROWNLEE, D.W. BURGER, Mrs. Tom BURLESON, B.E. BYSME, W.K. CAMPBELL, Mrs. H.W. CAMPBELL, R.P. CARNES, F.R. CARTER, N.M. CHATHAM, Troy CHARLES, J.A. CLARK, J.J. CLEVELAND, Boss CLEMENTS, CLIFF & GRIFFIN, J.F. CLOPP, Mrs. W.H. COATS, J.P. COATS, J.T. COLLIE, H. HAMPTON, J.W. CROWDER, J.D. CUMMING, J.S. DERRICK, Mrs. M.L. DIXON, Jess DYER, B.F. ELLIS, L.H. ELY, Mrs. Mollie EMBER, J.E. FARMER, T.I. FITZGERALD, John FITZPATRICK, J.W. FLEMING, Mrs. R.M. FRANK, Ben FURNACE, S.G. GENTRY, H.G. GILLOCK, W.W. GREGORY, J.I. GRISHAM, W.P. HAMMERS, Mrs. Tobe HAMMETT, G.B. HAMMETT, Mrs. Leona HAMMITT, M.W. HANEY, B.H. HARRISON, Jess W. HARVEY, J.W. HASLEY, Howard HAWKINS, Cynthia DUVAL, A.H. HAZELWOOD, J.J. HEATH, E.F. HIGGINBOTHAM, Van HYDE, Lee HOLLAND, J.H. IRVIN, C.H. IRVIN, R.L. JACKSON, J.B. JEFFRY, L.F. JOHNSON, W.C. JENKINS, W.M. JONES, I.J. KAY, C.C. KINCHEN, W.E. KISER, W.R. LAMBERT, T.F. LANCASTER, Will LUNSFORD, J.A. LEE, M.B. LEECH, E.R. McCLELLAN, R.C. McCLELLAN, A.J. McGUIRE, W.T. McINNERNEY, W.G. McINNERNEY, Mrs. Lola MARTIN, Homer MARSHBANKS, Maraine Machine & Supply Co., John MAY, T.N. MOHON, A.L. MOORE, Wallace MORGAN, V. L. MORRIS, NABORS & BONHAM, W.W. NANCE, S.O. PARSONS, Sam K. NOLL, W.T. PATTERSON, Jeff SMITH, Joe H. PAYNE, C.L. PITTMAN, P.M. PREACHER, J.H. REED, J.A. REED, C.F. RENFRO, D.A. RICE, Joe RICH, H.T. REIGER, P.J. RUSSELL, J.L. SADBERRY, C.H. SHARMAN, Mark M. SHAW, A.?. SHEPARD, E.L. SHORT, J.H. SHORT, W.P. SLAUGHTER, Mrs. E.J. STERN, Sneed MINORS, S.L. SPENCER, J.W. STEWART, J.D. STODGHILL, J.M. STONE, G.M. STRICKLAND, Paul J. TALBERT, Mrs. M.T. TERRY, C.G. TATE, E.C. THOMSON, J.E. THOMSON, Will TAYLOR, G.L. TOLAR, A.L. TOLAR, Mrs. M.S. TERRY, W.D. TERRY, Three Link Refinery, G.W. JONES, J.T. WADDELL, E.F. WALKER, Frank WALKER, M.D. WHEAT, D.C. SILCOX, C.W. WILLIAMS, E.J. WISDOM, W.G. WOODARD, T.J. WOODARD
Brother of De Leon Woman Died in Ala.
Mrs. H.W. LOCKE received a telegram last Saturday afternoon appraising her of the death of her brother, J.J. GRAVES, at the old home, Alexander City, Ala. Deceased was 65 years of age and had been ill all this year of Brights disease, death occurring at his home at 3:45 o’clock Saturday.
Charley GRAVES, a son of deceased, who has been making De Leon his home for the past couple of years, went back to the old state the first of July and has remained at his father’s bedside since then. It is presumed he will return here how that his father has passed away.
J.J. GRAVES was a prominent and useful citizen. He was a capable educator and had filled the important position of county superintendent of public instruction in his home county. He was father of twelve children, all but one of whom survive him, besides his wife, a brother at Cumby, Texas, and Mrs. LOCKE. He is known to perhaps a hundred people living in the immediate De Leon section.
©2004 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.