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Dillon - Blanton Tragedy
Sherman Democrat, June 21, 1943, p.1
  FIVE DIE, FOUR HURT IN WHITESBORO CRASH -Whitesboro - Five persons were
killed and four seriously injured in a grade crossing  accident on highway 10 in south
Whitesboro Monday at 8 a.m., the car in which they were riding reported to have been
split in two by a Katy passenger train.  // The dead are Ralph Dillon, 18, Billy Ray Dillon,
9, and Gerald David Blanton, 8, Beverly Ann Blanton, 4, and Mac Young, 15.  // Seriously
injured and in a Sherman hospital is Mrs. Edith Dillon, 48, mother of the Dillon children
and grandmother of the Blanton children.  // Other injured are Mrs. David Blanton, 28,
daughter of Mrs. Dillon and mother of the Blanton children; W.D. Dillon, 22, son of Mrs.
Edith Dillon and his baby daughter, Brenda Joyce, 15 months old.  These injured were
treated at the Whitesboro clinic.  // Mac Young is a son of Jess  Young of Sherman and
Mrs. Mamie Young of Whitesboro.  The father of the Dillon children, John Dillon, died
about nine years ago.  // The dead were identified by Mrs. O.N. White, sister-in-law of
Mrs. Dillon.  According to meager details available, the Dillon automobile was enroute
 to Whitesboro when the crash occurred at the Katy railroad crossing.  Some of the victims
had employment in Whitesboro and others planned to do some farm work north of here.  //
Mrs. David Blanton and her two children, former residents of Whitesboro and Collinsville,
arrived Sunday from Bakersfield, Calif., and were visiting her mother, Mrs. Edith Dillon of
near Whitesboro and her mother-in-law, Mrs. George Bowlin  of Collinsville.
(Researcher?s note:  Mrs. George Bowlin was the former Zade Creech widow of David
Elijah Blanton.)

Sherman Democrat, June 22, 1943, p. 7
 FUNERAL SERVICES FOR CRASH VICTIMS - Whitesboro - Funeral services will be
held at Collinsville Wednesday for the Blanton and Dillon  children, victims of a grade-
crossing accident near here Monday morning.  For the Dillon children services will be held
at the Baptist church and for the Blanton children, at the Church of Christ.  Further
arrangements were pending the arrival of David Blanton, father of the Blanton  children
and brother-in-law of the Dillon children, who was to have arrived in Whitesboro Tuesday
afternoon.  // Ralph Dillon, 16, was born Oct. 10, 1926, at Collinsville, a son of Mrs. Edith
Dillon and the late John Dillon.  He had lived most of his life in Whitesboro.  Billy Ray
Dillon was born Oct. 26, 1934 at Collinsville.  Both were pupils of the Whitesboro school.
Survivors of the Dillon children are the mother and the following brothers and sisters:
George Dillon, Dan Garland Dillon and W.D. Dillon of Whitesboro, Private John W. Dillon
of MacArthur's arm in    Australia, Mrs. Bill Fike of Denison, Mrs. David Blanton of
Bakersville, Calif., and Pauline Dillon of Whitesboro.  Also surviving are the grand-
parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Dillon of Whitesboro.  // Born in Collinsville, Gerald David
Blanton would have been eight years old Tuesday.  Beverly Ann Blanton was born July 21,
1937 in Bakersville.  // Survivors of the Blanton children are the parents and two
grandmothers, Mrs. George Bowling of Collinsville and Mrs. Edith Dillon, a patient at St.
Vincent's hospital in Sherman following the accident, also the great grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. J.H. Dillon.

Sherman Democrat, June 1943
FUNERAL SERVICE FOR ACCIDENT VICTIMS - Collinsville - Funeral services were
held Wednesday afternoon for four of the victims of a grade crossing accident, Monday
when five persons were killed in Whitesboro.  Services for Ralph Dillon and Billy Ray
Dillon, sons of Mrs. Edith Dillon, who was injured in the accident, were held at 4 p.m. at
the Baptist church with the Rev. Nat Farley officiating.  Interment was in the Collinsville
cemetery, directed by Summy.  // Services for Gerald David Blanton and Beverly Ann
Blanton, children of Mr. and Mrs. David Blanton, were held at 3 p.m. at the Methodist
church.  Interment was in the Collinsville cemetery with Tally in charge.  Mrs. Blanton
also was injured in the accident and Mr. Blanton flew here from their home in Bakersfield,
Calif.

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