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Fires, murder and wrecks; 1908, 1911,1912,1917

From :Tracy Drane

Wichita Daily Times|
Jan 27, 1908

Ira John   Shot at Ardmore - Dan Painter Charged With the Killing
  Ardmore, Ok., Jan. 28 - Ira John, aged 24 years, of Denison, Texas, was shot and instantly killed here early this morning.  Dan Painter, proprietor of a rooming house, formerly of Sherman, Texas, has been arrested charged with the killing.

Wichita Daily Times
Oct 30, 1908

  Bonham, Tex., Oct 30 -- An M. K. and T. passenger train late last night collided with a work train on the main line near Bonham Junction.  Express Messenger J.B. Hamilton and Conductor Buckalew were injured, the former seriously. The passenger engine was demolished and one was secured from Denison to bring the train through.  This is the first wreck on this branch line since the road was built seven years ago.

Wichita Weekly Times, Mar 15, 1912

Live Wire Charges Clothes Line, Killing Ira Davis and Bob Mayo   Whitewright, Texas, March 12. -- A live wire that had fallen across a clothes line caused the death of two men here yesterday evening at 7:40 o'clock.  Ira Davis, a telephone line man, and Bob Mayo, a carpenter, were electrocuted within a few seconds of each other.  The accidents occurred in the back yard of Ira Davis.
  Mrs. Davis, wife of one of the dead men, was severely shocked while attempting to free her husband from the wire tha killed him and but for the efforts of Postmaster Lon Davis, she, perhaps, would have met death in the same manner as did her husband.
  No one saw Mr. Davis come in contact with the wire, but his shouts attracted others near by, among them Mr. Mayo, who was on his own premises more than fifty feet away.  It was while the latter was making a dash to render assistance to the lineman that he met his own death, though at a point several steps away from Mr. Davis when he touched the wire.
  Wind, it is thought, caused a hanging wire to come in contact with that in the yard.   Mr. Davis leaves a widow and one child.  A widow and two children survive Mr. Mayo.  Up to a late hour no arrangements have been made for the funerals, though both bodies will probably be buried late today.

Wichita Weekly Times
Dec 28, 1917

Sherman, Tex. Man Is Killed Result Accident To Auto
By Associated Press
  Sherman, Texas, Dec. 24 - Gillis Williams of Whitewright died here today from injuries received in an automobile accident yesterday.  Ben Patterson and Mrs.
Albert Patterson, both of Denison, and Frank Henry and Mrs. Jerome Brown of Whitewright were seriously hurt but will recover.


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