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Historical Commission Dedicates Memorial Marker

The Plaque reads:  
 "In Honor of 
Sheriff W.B. "Bill" Arthur  
Three term Sheriff of Dickens County who was shot and killed during a jailbreak that
occurred on October 25, 1934. This popular sheriff was called by his first name by both
adults and children alike. His prisoners even had a respect for him. Dickens High School
boys were pallbearers for the sheriff. Sheriff Bill´s killer was executed by the State of
Texas on May 4, 1936.
Dickens County 
Historical Commission"  

Saturday, June 10, 2000

© 2000 - The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

  Dickens County Sheriff, Kenneth Brendle salutes the memory of Sheriff W.B. "Bill" Arthur, during a Memorial Plaque Dedication ceremony for Sheriff Arthur who was killed in the line of duty in 1934.
A-J Photo/Chase Perry
Grandson attends service honoring fallen grandfather

DICKENS — Since he was unable to attend the funeral, Granvile D. Arthur has always felt that he was never given the opportunity to honor his murdered grandfather.

However, on Friday, Granvile was among more than 100 people gathered at the Dickens County Courthouse to dedicate a plaque in honor of former county sheriff Bill Arthur.

Arthur, who died on Oct. 27, 1934, is the only Dickens County sheriff ever to die in the line of duty. He was shot by two county inmates who were trying to escape.

"This was a big deal for me, and I'm real appreciative of everything the county has done," Granvile said of the ceremony. "My grandma always talked about how (grandpa) loved the people of Dickens. Now I can see why."

  Granvil Arthur, grandson of late Dickens County Sheriff W.B. "Bill" Arthur, unveils a plaque in memory of his grandfather who was slain in the line of duty.
A-J Photo/Chase Perry

Speck Green was 16 years old when the murder occurred and served as a pallbearer in the funeral.

"He was such a likable fellow to every man he met," the 83-year-old Spur resident said.

Current county sheriff Ken Brendle knows firsthand the impact Arthur had.

"I have found that no matter how long it been, every body knows Bill Arthur," Brendle said. "He died before I was born, but I feel a kinship because he was in law enforcement."

Brendle dedicated the plaque, reading it out loud for those in attendance. Then the ceremony concluded with the traditional playing of taps.

"I knew they were going to play it, but I, for little while there, I was afraid that I was going to lose it," Granvile said. "But I got through it OK. It was really emotional for me."

Granvile still has his grandfather's badge and the deadly bullet, which he received from his father.

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