De Leon Free Press
DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, May 29, 1925
"Oklahoma Red" Killed Wednesday At Haynes Well
J.M. WETMORE, oil driller, better known as "Oklahoma Red", was injured in an accident at the Haynes well, on the Peak Farm, four miles southwest of Desdemona, at four o’clock Wednesday afternoon and was carried first to Desdemona, then to Gorman Sanitarium. He died from his injuries some time during Wednesday night.
At this time details of the accident are meager. It is reported that while spudding the well, the rope spudding line broke. Another report said a cable broke, and still another that the crown block fell. At any rate, the drilling had progressed to 400 feet deep and in the accident, the unfortunate man sustained a double break on one leg, a bruised side, and a sever gash on the head, succumbing to his injuries a few hours later.
WETMORE had been making De Leon and vicinity his home for the past seven years, coming here from Oklahoma on the crest of the oil boom. He drilled two years for Tom HOLDEN, and has drilled other wells than this for Jim HAYNES.
Memorial Day Program To Be On Sat. P.M. At 4:00
Master of ceremonies: O.H. MOORE
Opening prayer: Rev. S. KIRKPATRICK
Reading: Miss Laverne MILLER
Talk: Mayor W.E. LOWE
Reading: Miss Bernice INZER
Talk: Rev. Geo. A. WEEMS
Benediction: Rev. J.N. CAMPBELL
Placing of flags and flowers on the graves of the dead, by all.
……………….Below is given a list of Federal, Ex-Confederate and World War veterans who sleep in the two cemeteries in DeLeon and likely it is inaccurate, but it is intended to make this the beginning of a systematic effort to compile a complete list, and the readers of the Free Press are requested to look over the list and any inaccuracy regarding any of their people, or anyone else that they may know of will be gladly corrected if personally or by letter, Mrs. W.E. LOWE, De Leon, Texas, is notified. An effort will also be made to permanently mark the graves of all veterans so that when another Decoration day comes around there will be no confusion or trouble in locating graves.
Your assistance will be appreciated.
W.A. HUNT, J.H. FADE, W.J. WILSON, ISSAC CROW, W.M. MARTIN, Eugene J. ALLEN, S.R. STEMBRIDGE, J.P. WALLACE, D.T. WILLIAMS, John MUNN, N.J. POUNDS, J.T. GILMORE, R.C. CARRUTH, A.J. BOWMAN, Dr. B.R.L. GAMIE, J.A. ROSS, Wm. HANSARD, John W. TERRY, J.H. STEVERSON, James PHILLIPS, Francis M. SELLERS, John W. TATE, W.W. BOONE, Richard B. KEE, H.P. BIFFLE, J.W. BASSETT, J.W. SANDERS, N.W. BROUGHTON, N.W. BRATTON, E.D. DAVIS, J.B. ROBBINETT, A.L. WINDSOR, L. BRUMBELOW, W. LOGSDON, James M. WHALEY, J. BRUMBELOW, J. MALLONEE, S. BLOYD, P.H. GATES, J.T. TRICE, Dr. R.D. REDDEN, G. CAMPBELL, W. DEALEY, A.C. HILTON, A.L. MARTIN, R.G. McCHAREN, L.T. CADENHEAD, J.M. LAMBERT, Cager, HARRIS, W.C. TERRY, S.J. TERRY, R. BOYKIN, J. JOHNSON, R.N.H. HOWELL, N.M. SMITH, James BALLARD, J.R. BROWNLEE, James BROWNLEE, Bill CARNES, M.A. PATTERSON, F.M. BOYD, B.F. SHORT, W.M. GARRETT, S.H. McAFEE, W.P. FERGUSON, Wm. COONER, A. HUCKABY, W.M. HUCKABEE, W.A. DYER, J.H. HOLDRIDGE, Thos. BROWN, BUCHAN
World War Veterans:
J.D. DUNCAN, Walter ORFSBY, C.W. SMITH, H.A. ANDERSON, Aubry FISHER, H.A. STEPHENS, Jesse J. ALLEN, James HEATH
Federal or G.A.R.: W.W. BENDER, A. HOUSTON
Clifford Allen Is Honored At Tarleton
Dr. and Mrs. A.M. ALLEN attended graduation exercises at John Tarleton College Wednesday night this week where their son, Clifford, is a student and while there learned of an honor the young son had recently received. "Tip" was one of the two men selected out of his Company to go to Galveston as a guest of the State of Texas, and take special training for an officer in the Students’ Military Training Corps. Twelve were selected from Tarleton College and a like number from other schools in the state will make a very select group to take the special course which begins the first of June and ends the 5th of August. The Free Press congratulates him.
(By J.N. CAMPBELL)
Preaching by the Pastor at eleven a.m. and at eight p.m. this Sunday. Sunday School at ten a.m., R.R. HARVEY, superintendent.
Jr. B.Y.P.U. at two p.m., Mrs. Geo. ROLLINS, leader. And the Sr. B.Y.P.U. at seven, Mrs. Zollie STEAKLEY, Jr., president; and Miss Doris AYERS is captain of Group 4 which will have charge of the program…………
Mr. and Mrs. J. Doss MILLER left on Tuesday for a trip of a week or ten days to Marlin.
Miss Urselle SELF has returned home from Clifton where she has been teaching. She was welcomed back into the B.Y.P.U. Sunday evening and made a splendid talk.
Group 3, Miss Lois HARVEY, captain, rendered an exceptionally good program last Sunday evening. Mr. Raymond VANZANDT was the leader of the program.
Last Sunday, at the evening service, Mrs. O.E. TAYLOR and Miss Bonnie Belle COONER were baptized. The right hand of fellowship was extended to Reese UPSHAW, Wayne MONTGOMERY, Mamie TAYLOR, Paul CAMPBELL, and Mrs. J.N. CAMPBELL.
Mr. James MERRITT of this city was married to Miss Verbie May GRAY of Victor community at Comanche Saturday afternoon, May 16th, at 3:30 o’clock, the ceremony being said by an official at the court house, the happy young couple being accompanied to Comanche by the tree sisters of the groom, Misses Edna, Mary and Fay MERRITT, and Mr. Ollie STEPHENS.
Young Mr. MERRITT is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Dow MERRITT, and grew to manhood is this city. He is at present employed by the Humble Oil and Refining Co. Miss GRAY was reared at Victor and is a most lovable and accomplished young woman. The couple will make their home in this city. The Free Press congratulates them and wishes them happiness and success.
Mrs. H.F. SCHMIDT of Whitney is spending several days in the home of her son, A.P. SCHMIDT.
Emmett LOCKE and Burl ROSS (ROSE?) spend last week on a vacation trip to Galveston and vicinity, being absent throughout the week.
Mr. and Mrs. James K. ROBERTSON of Portales, N.M., parents of Mrs. J.T. SWAGERTY, are here for a visit in the home of their daughter.
Earl L. HOWELL of Oklahoma City is here this week visiting in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. HOWELL, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. NEWTON left the first of the week for Detroit where he will represent the Firemen as representative of this district at a convention in session there.
Archibald WHITE is home from SANDERSON, where he taught in the high school last year. He will attend school this summer at State University.
Miss Virginia LOWE returned home several days ago from Cleburne where she taught in the high school the past year.
Robert PATTERSON has returned home from Daniel Baker College where he has studied the past three years. He finishes the coming year.
Miss Gladys SHORT is home from Breckenridge where she taught the past school year, her school term having expired.
Miss Lillian TATE, who has been attending school at John Tarleton College this year, was visiting a few days at home this week prior to the closing exercises of the school.
Mrs. A.M. MURREL of Mexia, formerly Miss Lona JONES, is spending the week, guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. JONES. Mrs. MURREL was accompanied by her sister-in-law, Mrs. MURREL, also of Mexia.
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