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Transcribed by Janet Barrett Hobizal

from Inquest Book at Wharton County Museum

April 20, 2007

Griffin Verde - - 02/17/1949 at Ida Griffin home natural causes prob heart attack - found in bed by his sister
Baca Hamlin Needville resident married 5 children - 1949 in car on road burned to death - had come to visit cousin Arnold on Kubela farm, had supper with them, left to go home as wouldn’t stay, left in his Plymouth and ran off road, his body was found in back seat sitting straight up and charred beyond recoginition. Folks told him to get out of car but he wouldn’t, said he would stay in car, must have fallen asleep with cigarette, he was drunk, found by his cousin
Barnes Tom 6’ very black military service Glen Flora - 07/30/1949 in road north of catholic cemetery shot by Gillie McClure 20 Barnes went to store to cash check, they refused, he cursed them and they threw him out of store and called law. McClure found Barnes a short distance put him in car Barnes took McClures gun and then Lampkin took it back and gave it back to McClure, they then put handcuffs on him. JP Inquest says: I found Barnes body on road he had been shot with small caliber gun hole in back of head, several wounds all over his body, police car was next to fence.
Zomara Claudia cotton picker from McAllen, Tx Mexican woman - 08/31/1948 Hwy 59 auto accident- skull fracture 45 run over by car on 59 while crossing with her daughter
Meyers Lawrence oilfield worker, sandy hair freckle compl. 160# - 09/24/1949 Pierce Ranch Heart Ailment 45 said he may have eaten something that didn’t agree with him while he was at work that morning, then went in tool shed, another worker found him in there dead
Clay June negro child - 11/01/1949 at home burned to death 3 yrs Father James Clay went to work, mother went to store to buy kerosene and left kids at home, the stove exploded while she was gone
Clay Edward negro child - 11/01/1949 home burned to death 5 yrs see above
Garcia Pancino Mexican man cotton picker - 11/05/1949 El Campo fell down in front of Normans Theater Heart attack 45 died at hospital
Cizek Royce Gene resident of Garwood - 05/27/1950 American Legion Swimming Pool drowned 12 bruises all over body, seemed to think it was done while someone tried to resesitate boy??? Bruises all over legs too
Green Aucel F. 5’5 rudy compl. Blk hair and eyes s/o Tom Green of El Campo - 07/04/1950 home of Richard Hubenack heart attack 45 died while working on Hubenack house
Guerrea Porfinia Mexican man resident of Mexico 5’5 140# dk brn hair - 09/25/1950 Hahn car accident and drowned 18 car overturned in short curve in Hahn and couldn’t get him out of car he drowned
Edwards G.W. oil field worker 5’5 dark eyes and moustache, scar on forehead caused by previous wreak /brwn hair/ resident of Corpus Christi - - - heart attack 40 worked for Superior Oil in Columbus/O.C. Johnson took him to hospital where he died on the way
Humpfres Thomas A. 5’10 drk compl divorced insurance business - 11/01/1950 El Campo Henry Peyton house 401 Merchant St. heart attack or stroke 67 someone looked in his window and saw him laying on floor between bedroom and bathroom dead, cut on his head a lot of blood from hitting his head on the bathroom door
These were the only entries in Book III.jbh