The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, May 23, 1930


Official Census Gives De Leon Population of 1766 People

Decrease Near Fifty Per Cent from Boom Days

            De Leon has a total population of 1766 people, according to a dispatch from the office of Mr. BURDETTE, supervisor of the census district, with headquarters at Hillsboro.  The census in 1920 was 3,302.  The decrease is almost fifty per cent.

            The preliminary statement gave Dublin 2272, Comanche 2428 and Gorman 1148, Eastland about 4,500 with Ranger and Cisco above 4500.

De Leon Boy Will Tour Europe with Simmons U. Band

            Emmett Lee HOWARD, son of Mr. and Mrs. Will HOWARD, is to leave June 6th to tour Europe with the Simmons Cowboy Band.  HOWARD was one of twenty-six men selected out of the membership of 97, to make the trip.  The band will play before the crowned heads of Europe, wearing the regalia of Texas cowboys.  They will be gone for several weeks.

Beattie Teacher Shot Through Head, Recovers; Storm Wrecks Auditorium

            Hubert KELLY, 28, a teacher in the Beattie high school, was shot through the head at the school auditorium, rehearsing for the Senior class play, which was to have been given there last Saturday night.  The gun was fired by Miss Floy EVERS, 16, a member of the senior class.  The gun, a 32-calibre pistol, was fired at close range, probably not more than a yard, from KELLY’s head.  His face was powder burned.  The leaden missle was slightly flattened by its impact against the bone of the skull and ranged downward through the right temple and lodged in the left tonsil.

            KELLY did not fall.  He was able to walk to the car in which he was rushed to Gorman by Supt. Ray McCORKLE and Ambrose MORGAN, another teacher.  At Gorman he walked into the sanitarium unaided.  Surgeons located the bullet in the tonsil and removed it.  KELLY made such rapid recovery that he was able to return to his home at Beattie Monday of this week.

            Miss EVERS fainted when she realized that she had unwittingly shot KELLY and it was many hours before she could be revived.  The pistol was one that had been used at the school in starting track events.  Hugh COAN had loaded it to “shoot a bird” shortly before the accident and did not remove the cartridge.  Miss EVERS picked the gun up and snapped it twice at Ambrose MORGAN.  She then turned it upon KELLY.  The accident happened shortly after two o’clock p.m. Saturday.

Auditorium Wrecked by Storm

            Following the accidental shooting of KELLY, the class members and teachers scattered to their homes, leaving the auditorium open.  Between five and six o’clock the severe wind and hail storm came up which swept this section.  The auditorium was blown off its foundation and almost demolished.  The piano was turned over and badly damaged.  The building suffered several hundred dollars damage from the wind and hail.

Bibby’s Variety Buys New Store at Stephenville

            A.H. BIBBY has been out of the city this week invoicing a stock of goods in Stephenville, which he purchased.  He will open up Bibby’s Variety Store No. 2 in Stephenville immediately.  Mr. BIBBY purchased a stock and store which had been in operation there for a number of years.

            Free Press understands it is good property, well located and doing a nice business.  Mr. and Mrs. BIBBY are to be congratulated in their enterprise of expansion.

Black Bus Line Lost Big Bus in Fire Wednesday

            Fire originating probably from the exhaust of a fifteen passenger Buick motor bus on highway sixty seven, a mile west of De Leon, destroyed the massive machine at nine-thirty o’clock last night.  R.V. BLACK, 21, son of W.S. BLACK, owner of the Waco-Hico-Cisco Transportation Co., operating between Waco and Cisco, was driving the machine which at the time had no passengers.  BLACK saw the light and thought a car was about to pass, the flames gaining headway before discovered.  BLACK stopped the machine and ran to the back to fight the flames.  When he was thus engaged the flames crept forward beneath the car and sprang up around the driver’s seat, hemming him in between two flames.  He was forced to leave through the flames to escape, and suffered badly burned arms and face.  His injuries are not serious.  The bus cost six thousand dollars and had been in service two years.  Partially insured.

Orchardist Believes Trees Killed by Hail

            H. MARTIN, who resides nine miles southwest of De Leon, believes his orchard consisting of about one hundred trees, is killed. The hail storm it seems, was much heavier in his locality than here in town.  Mr. MARTIN brought in limbs cut from his trees and they were almost completely skinned, the bark being curled back away from the exposed side.  He believes should the trees live, they will attract diseases and prove worthless.

            Mr. MARTIN also lost seven acres of newly set sweet potatoes, 2000 tomato plants, and other truck.  He estimated his loss at probably $800.

            Mr. MARTIN has also built, of native stone, a potato curing house, which he says will hold 2,000 bushels.  The walls are 10 inches thick, and the building measures 16x24 inside, with a 9-foot wall.  Mr. MARTIN planned to plant 25 acres in sweet potatoes, but will not now have sufficient slips.

Grammar School Graduation Was Observed Monday

            One of the most impressive Commencement programs held here was the grammar school exercises, held at the Baptist church Monday evening, May 19.  The class was large, and the various numbers interesting.  Rev. Montie A. DAVIS was the commencement speaker, and his address was quite above the average for such occasions.  Invocation was by Rev. U.J. MORTON.

            The class membership numbers 39.  The students were seated in the choir space, and after the address filed by Supt. D.M. RUSSELL who presented their diplomas.  Pansy MULLOY was valedictorian and Doris MORTON, salutatorian.  The class songs, directed by Miss Phillys SHORT, were well rendered, one of these being composed by Hortense GLAZIER, a member of the class.

            The list of grammar school graduates follows:  Oleta ASHWORTH, Azalee CLARK, Teresa CLARK, Gladys COOK, Dorothy Nell EASTERLING, Hortense GLAZIER, Pauline GOOCH, Louise GREENWALDT, Ima HARDIN, Virginia HOWARD, Louise JONES, Ida McCURDY, Doris MORTON, Pansy MULLOY, Estelle PLEMMONS, Florence TOLAND, Lois UPSHAW, Lady Grace WHALEY, Neville BAKER, Charnel BROWN, Fred FIELDS, Doyle FINE, W.F. GLAZIER, Ed GLOVER, Coy HOLDRIDGE, Charles HUDDELSTON, Woodrow MALLONEE, L.D. MERRITT, Walter McIVER, Taylor MORRIS, Ottis PARKER, Henry Garland PEEVY, Joe ROBINETT, Woodley SADBERRY, Billie SNEAD, Ferguson TATE, F.L. TERRILL, Elmer TIMMONS, Byron WRIGHT.

            Awards of merit in writing, reading, attendance, etc. were made to very large numbers, as follows:

North Ward

Cloyce TOLAR, Dorine PARSENS, C.A. PARSONS, C.L. MOHON, Vance ROACH, Opal Mae TATE, Allene HARIS, Helen FLETCHER, Ada WISDOM, Katherine DUNAHOO, Billie COLEY, Ora Faye FRANKS.

South Ward

Eugena GENTRY, Mary Dolph BOSWELL, Olive Winters BUCHAN, Treasure Louise RUSSELL, Johnny Marie CAMPBELL, Jane PEARSON, Jack HUMPHREY, Margaret McCALLA, Edna JETTON, Oleta ASHWORTH, Teresa CLARK, Gladys COOK, Dorothy Nell EASTERLING, Hortense GLAZIER, Pauline GOOCH, Louise GREENWALDT, Virginia HOWARD, Louise JONES, Eda McCURDY, Doris MORTON, Pansy MULLOY, Byron WRIGHT, Edd GLOVER, Taylor MORRIS.

            Writing certificates were awarded to the following:


            Reading certificates were awarded to the following:

Woodley SADBERRY, Lady Grace WHALEY, Dorris MORTON, Ima HARDIN, Oleta ASHWORTH, Willis LIGHTFOOT, Sam PEAK, Bonnie V. NABORS, George VAN ZANDT, Billie Faye LONDON, Charles LEIGON, Bobbie Jean STRINGFELLOW, Frances GREGORY, Eugena GENTRY, Virginia SCOTT, Gladys COOK.

            The following students received certificates for perfect attendance, being neither absent nor tardy during the entire school year.

            North Ward

Billie COLEY, C.L. MOHON, Hellen FLETCHER, Lu Elle PIERCE, Lillie Marie UNDERHILL, Louise HOLLEMAN, Annie Ruth STONE, Dimple COATES, Ardel UNDERHILL, Allen ANDERSON Jr., Jack DUNNAHOO, Lillie Mae DENDY, Dorothy ESTES, Louise PIERCE, Margaret PARSONS, Wilma TAYLOR.

            South Ward

Pauline GOOCH, Louise GREENWALDT, Louise JONES, Dorris MORTON, Neville BAKER, L.D. MERRITT, Woodley SADBERRY, Robert WEATHERS, Elizabeth WILLIAMS, Edna JETTON, Bonnie V. NABORS, Denton JENKINS, Frances GREGORY, Dora Laura PEEVY, Ruby Lee PELL.

            Some interesting facts about the seventh grade this year.

Enrolled – 47, 18 girls and 29 boys.  Remained until school closed – 45.  Promoted – 39, 18 girls and 21 boys.  Students having perfect attendance record – 8.

Average attendance for the entire class for the year – 90 per cent.

Winners at the county meet from the seventh grade:  Lady Grace WHALEY, 100 per cent in music memory.

Coy HOLDRIDGE and Azalee CLARK won the county arithmetic contest and Dorris MORTON first place in essay writing.

Disastrous Wind and Hail Storm Swept Path 9 Miles Wide Saturday

            Saturday afternoon, May 17, the most severe wind and hail storm of the season swept over the De Leon section, leaving in its wake damage estimated at many thousands of dollars.  The storm struck this city shortly after six o’clock and was of short duration, lasting probably not more than twenty minutes.  In that brief time, hail the size of small marbles beat crops unmercifully, destroyed fruit, broke window lights and damaged roofs to an extent hard to estimate.

            Farmers lost heaviest in growing crops.  Much corn was from two to three feet high.  Peanuts, cotton crops and melons were up and growing, gardens and small grain crops were looking fine.  In less than half an hour, fields were swept almost bare by the driving ice pellets, which drifted up in places.  The path of the hall was about nine miles wide, centering on De Leon and moving from the southwest to the northeast.

            The De Leon Peanut Company’s four story plant suffered the loss of 58 window lights.

            The three city school buildings lost more than 100 window lights.  C.H. LESTER, Confectionery, had the windows blown or beaten out and suffered water damage, as did the Knights of Pythias Lodge.

                        C.C. Hampton Heavy Loser

            Out at the plant of Hampton poultry farm, the damage was at first reported to be $1000.00.  Later estimates place the figure somewhat lower.  Mr. HAMPTON lost 250 pedigreed Leghorns, mostly young stock broiler size.  Some of these were caught in the open and the wind and hail unroofed a building in which others were kept.  Mr. HAMPTON also lost the crop on his large grape vineyard.

            Numerous small buildings were wrecked by the wind.  A score of houses are being re-roofed because of the hail damage.

            Insurance agents have been busy writing hail insurance this week and in adjusting claims.  But taking out insurance after the storm is somewhat like locking the stable after the horse has been stolen.

            The storm blew the Free Press rain gauge away and the rainfall of Saturday is estimated from three quarters to one inch.  The instrument was recovered and during Saturday night 1.33 inches rain fell.  Probably no less than 2.25 inches of rain fell in the space of ten hours, commencing at 6:00 p.m. Saturday.

De Leon Girl to Receive Degree from Baylor University, May 27

            Miss Bernice INZER, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. H.H. INZER of De Leon will receive her degree of Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University at Waco at the commencement exercises held there on May 27, according to information received from Waco.  Miss INZER has been a student in Baylor for the past four years.

            While a student, Miss INZER has been highly active in student activities in the University and has been on the scholarship honor roll of the school for a number of terms.  She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, honor English sorority; Kappa Delta Pi, honorary education scholarship society.  She has been for the past year the president of the Baptist Student of Baylor, and she has also been president of the Cosmopolitan Club.  During her junior year in the school she was president of the Fidelis Club at 7th and James Street Baptist Church.

            Miss INZER attended the De Leon High School where she graduated.  She was secretary of the literary society of the high school and was a debater and declaimer.  She intends to teach after she leaves school.

Mohon – Cleghorn

            The marriage of Miss Iris MOHON to Mr. Leonard CLEGHORN, occurred at the home of the bride’s father, Mr. Geo. MOHON, at nine o’clock a.m. last Sunday.  Rev. Montie A. DAVIS pronounced the impressive ceremony.  Besides members of the family, Mr. and Mrs. Alf SLOAN were present.  Immediately following the ceremony, young Mr. and Mrs. CLEGHORN left in their car for a honeymoon trip, the destination of which was not disclosed, even to their closest friends.

            Mrs. CLEGHORN is the second daughter of George MOHON and was reared in De Leon, educated in De Leon schools and at Howard-Payne College, at Brownwood.  Returning home she taught in her home town schools for a number of years.  She is of quiet and unassuming disposition, and has scores of friends.  She will continue to teach here for another year.

            Mr. CLEGHORN is a young business man of Dublin, where he was reared and where he is reputed to have many friends.  The young couple will make their home for the present in Dublin but plan to live in this city the coming winter.  Best wishes of many friends attend them as they start life together.

Doggett – Thornton

            Miss Doris DOGGETT, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. B.O. BYERLY of Sudan, was married to Mr. Earl THORNTON in Clovis, N. Mex., on May 12.

            Mrs. THORNTON graduated from the Comyn school and later attended John Tarleton College.  For the past two years she has taught school.  Last year she was a member of the Sudan faculty and it was while teaching here that the romance with Mr. THORNTON had its beginning.

            Mr. and Mrs. THORNTON are now visiting relatives in Spur and are expected to arrive at Comyn next week to visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.L. DOGGETT.

Mrs. Byers Honors Bride Elect

            Of wide social interest to many people and friends in Ranger is the announcement of the approaching marriage of Miss Alpha MOORE, popular Ranger teacher of Hodges Oak Park school, to Mr. Ronald SHANDS of Stamford and formerly of Ranger.

            Lovely pre-nuptial parties will compose an important share of this week’s social calendar, given in compliment to Miss MOORE.

            Mrs. E.C. BYERS honored the bride-elect at her home yesterday afternoon with a daintily appointed bridge party, with the color note carried out in colors of yellow and orchid.  Tall, graceful vases and low bowls filled with pretty clusters of nasturtiums and lilies entwined with fern were strikingly arranged about the living room.

            Bridge was played at beautifully appointed tables with pale touches of the color note repeated.  High score was made by Mrs. A.H. BAKER and second high, Mrs. Bob HAMRICK.  The winners presented the honoree with the prize favors, with the hostess presenting the honor guests with a lovely gift in pretty wrapping.  A lovely refreshment course was served at 5 o’clock to the following afternoon guests:  Misses Eva LONG, Vesta HUGGINS, and Mmes. Bob HAMRICK, A.H. BAKER, Grady DAVENPORT, E.W. MABEN and O.A. KINNEY. – Ranger Times

Miss Patton is Honoree at Bridge Party

            Miss Mary Frances PATTON of Rotan was the honoree of a bridge party Monday night at the home of her sister, Mrs. Horace CARLISLE.  Others were:  Frances HARVEY, Eldora COONER, Grace SHORT, Christine AYERS, Evelyn GOLIGHTLY, Sarah JETTON, Eloise NANCE, Henry SHARP, Billie WILLIAMS, Jack PEARSON, Merton BELL, W.C. GRAY Jr., Charles MORELAND, Rodney CULPEPPER, Clarence LIGHTFOOT, C.H. TIMMONS and Albert COZBY.

J. D. Brush Dies May 12, Buried at Zion Hill

            James David BRUSH was born May 19, 1863 in Lexington, Kentucky.  At 9:00 o’clock, Monday, May 12, 1930, the death angel came.  Mr. BRUSH was laid to rest in Zion Hill Cemetery Wednesday afternoon following.  His death was caused by paralysis.  Rev. Clarence BRYANT conducted the funeral services.

            At the age of seven years, Mr. BRUSH went with his parents to Missouri.  Living there six years, they came to Texas in 1876 settling near Aquilla in Hill County, where he lived for a number of years.  He became a member of the Church of Christ at the age of eighteen and was a firm believer in that faith.

            He was first married to Nancy E. LAWSON on Feb. 20, 1887.  To this union seven children were born.

            Mrs. Nancy BRUSH died Feb. 20, 1903.  He was later married to Mrs. Martha COKER, March 13, 1904, and to this union ten children were born.  Mr. BRUSH is survived by his wife and thirteen children:  Mr. and Mrs. B. F. BRUSH, Ft. Worth; Mr. and Mrs. A.O. BRUSH, Albany; Mr. and Mrs. W.J. BRUSH, Albany; Mr. and Mrs. S.A. TOWRY, Moran; Mr. and Mrs. B.E. BRUSH, Moran; Mr. and Mrs. J.S. CULBERTSON, De Leon; Mr. and Mrs. V.B. BRUSH, De Leon;  Mr. and Mrs. W.C. BRUSH, Milford.

            Five children at home are Nora, Marshall, Dallas, J.D., and Finis.  He is also survived by twenty grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Beckie MEYERS of Aquilla, Texas.

Spruill – McCharen

            Mr. Roy SPRUILL and Miss Enola McCHAREN were happily united in matrimony Sunday, May 18th, in Comanche at 9:00 o’clock.  Rev. Gordon BARRETT officiated.  Mrs. SPRUILL is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.S. McCHAREN.  Mr. and Mrs. SPRUILL have many friends in their community, she having served as primary teacher the past four years at New Hope.


S.W. ROBERTS returned from Weatherford a few days ago where he had been to rebuild the house and barn on his farm just outside the city limits, the place being occupied by a tenant.  Mr. ROBERTS said his house was considerably wrecked, and his barn was blown for half a mile in the recent storm.

Mr. and Mrs. W.R. HEIZER were here the past week guests in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. WATSON.  Mr. HEIZER, who taught vocational agriculture at Throckmorton last year, will teach the same course in Breckenridge high school next year.

A baby girl was born to Dr. and Mrs. Henry RAY in Dallas recently.

Miss Evelyn KINCHEN accompanied her brother, C.L., back to Abilene Sunday to attend commencement at Simmons University.

Mrs. E.E. DABNEY is spending the week with her daughter, Mrs. V.G. LOCKE of Cisco.

Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN has gone to Waco for a visit with her son, B.J. PITTMAN, Jr.

Mrs. Olen RIDENOWER and children of Junction are visiting her mother, Mrs. J. Doss MILLER.

Mrs. Charlie MORRIS gave a party Monday, May 19th, the thirteenth birthday of her twin daughters, Misses Connie Fay and Donnie Mae.  After a number of games were played, the youngsters enjoyed a swim.  Eleven children enjoyed the party.

Dorothy May COURT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. COURT is suffering from a broken ankle which she sustained when she fell from the  rafters in a barn.

S.S. SOUTHALL of Roaring Springs died on Tuesday, May 13 and his body was shipped here and burial made in the Round Grove cemetery Thursday afternoon.  Rev. BAYS of Lingleville conducted the funeral service.  Mr. SOUTHALL had been suffering for some time with paralysis.  He is survived by his wife and two children by a former marriage, his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. P.O. SOUTHALL and the following sisters and a brother, Mrs. F.P. BARKER of Comyn, Mrs. H.E. SPINKS of Lamesa and Porter SOUTHALL of Friona.

Wade HODGES, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. HODGES, was bitten last week by a copperhead snake which was hidden in their corn crib.  As he reached for an ear of corn, the snake bit the middle finger of his right hand.


A heavy rain fell here Saturday afternoon.  The hail left a path of destruction.  Many roofs, garages and houses were in need of repair the first of the week.  The wind did considerable damage.  The home of Mrs. Jim BLANKENSHIP was almost wrecked.

Miss Myrtle LAWRENCE of Hico spent the past week with her grandfather, A.J. CUMMINS.  Mr. CUMMINS and Bonnie Fay CUMMINS returned home with her for a visit.

Several from here attended the funeral services of Scott SOUTHALL at Round Grove Thursday.

Oliver Springs

It was announced recently that Miss Lona WOODS of Gorman would teach the intermediate grades here next year through a mistake.  Mr. Lester HIGGINBOTHAM will be intermediate teacher.

Mrs. Gordon MILLER is on the sick list this week.


Milton KING and his family are planning to move to Oklahoma soon where Mr. KING will be engaged in oil field work.

School closed at this place Friday with an appropriate program.  An address was made by Rev. Gordon BARRETT of Comanche.  Dinner was spread on the outside.  The exercises of the school were carried out in the afternoon and a number of special songs were sung by the children and after these exercises an interesting baseball game was played.


Mr. and Mrs. J.N. BOYKIN and children visited this week with Mrs. BOYKIN’s brother, R.O. BANKHEAD and family of Hamilton.

Mr. and Mrs. G. SWANNER and children of Downing, spent the week-end with her mother, Mrs. C.S. SWANNER.

Mr. and Mrs. Amos FLOYD and baby of Crane, spent last week here, visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N.H. FLOYD and other relatives.  They left Monday for Galveston taking Mrs. N.H. FLOYD with them to spend a week on the gulf before going to their home.

Graves ROSS and sister went to Dallas Friday where Mr. ROSS is under treatment of a physician.

Mrs. Charlie ROLLINS and baby of Stamford are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.H. COX.

Mr. and Mrs. W.R. HEIZER of Throckmorton, spent the week-end here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. WATSON.  Mr. HEIZER has been employed as vocational agriculture teacher in the Breckenridge school for next year.

Thurman SWANNER and Royce HALL of Oklahoma City were visiting relatives here during the week-end.  They left Tuesday taking with them Mrs. SWANNER’s mother, Mrs. C.S. SWANNER, who will visit another son, Walter SWANNER and family.

J.J. MONTAGUE returned Monday from Buda, near Austin, where he had been called on account of the serious illness and death of his brother, Henry MONTAGUE.

Mrs. F. SIDES of Estancia, N. Mex., is visiting Mr. and Mrs. Whit SIDES and family.

Miss Velma GEORGE was taken to Gorman Saturday, where she was placed under treatment at the Blackwell Sanitarium.

The hail and wind storm last Saturday afternoon and night did serious damage to some parts of the community.

Dorothy May COURT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. COURT, is suffering from a broken ankle which she sustained when she fell from the rafters in a barn.


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