Cleburne Morning Review

Tuesday, May 6. 1924
Front Page

Car Turtles;
Albert Wilm May Die

Morgan Man Is Probably Fatally Injured As Auto Rolls Over Embankment

Albert Wilm, wealthy young rancher of Morgan, is dying at the Cleburne Sanitarium as the result of a car turn-over about a mile and a half north of town on the Fort Worth road Monday night. Stilllman Nichols and John Ringer, both of Morgan, were in the car with Wilm.

Ringer suffered a cut on the left hand, but Nichols escaped without a scratch. The car was a Dodge touring. Wilm, who was driving, turned sharply to the right to miss two cows standing in the road, according to Ringer, and the car rolled over the steep embankment.

Wilm was caught, face down, under the back of the front seat. Ringer, also in the front seat, was able to crawl out from under the wreck and helped Nichols out.

The car was pried up with a jack and Wilm taken out, unconscious. A man named Daniels, passing in a Ford car, brought the three to the sanitarium, where they were treated by Dr. U. D. Ezell.

A blood clot had evidently formed on the brain, Dr. Ezell stated, and shortly after 11 o’clock said that the boy was dying. His injuries were described as shock and concussion of the brain. Wilm is about 25 years old.

Nichols owns a dry goods establishment in Morgan, and Ringer is assistant cashier in the First National Bank there.

Wilm was driving to Fort Worth to get his mother, who had visiting there. After the accident, the mother and Dr. D. L. Davis of Fort Worth, a brother-in-law of Wilm’s were notified and started for Cleburne in a car.

Wilm never regained consciousness after the accident and was at first thought dead.

The car was not going at a high rate of speed, according to Ringer, who declared that the accident was due entirely to rolling over the embankment. Ringer estimated the speed of the car at about 20 miles an hour.

Wilm owns about 5,000 acres of land near Morgan and a considerable stock of cattle and sheep. His father, Sam J. Wilm, was known as a cattle man over Texas and Oklahoma.

Besides Wilm’s mother there are five sisters: Mrs. Clay Cooke of Fort Worth, Mrs. L. A. Papineau of Idell, Mrs. D. L. Davis of Fort Worth, Mrs. J. B. Snell of Amarillo and Miss Iona Wilm of Morgan.

S. B. Capps was the first to notify the Review of the accident, when he stopped in to ask for particulars.

I. T. Gower, Formerly Employed Here,
Dies In North Carolina

I. T. Gower, the mechanic at the roundhouse here who was sent home recently by fellow workmen of the Santa Fe, died Saturday morning at his home at Clayton, North Carolina.

Word was received hereby R. E. Chatham of the Shop Craft Association. It was Mr. Chatham who accompanied the young man home to die.

The bond between the mechanic and his fellow workmen endured through distance and separation, as is shown by the correspondence which sprang up between members of Gower’s family and the families of his fellow workmen in Cleburne.

Mrs. J. T. Andrews, 203 Locust Street, wife of a fellow employee of young Gower, has been writing to Gower’s sister, Miss Mabel A. Gower.

Following his return home to North Carolina, hope for his recovery was revived when he seemed to be gaining strength. More recently, however, his heart showed signs of getting weaker, according to letters Mrs. Andrews received.

Mr. Gower had been in a hospital at Temple undergoing treatment bedore he was removed to his home.

The young man was aware of his serious condition when he left Cleburne, for he remarked to his comrades at work that he was “going home to die.”

Two marriage licenses were issued at the courthouse late Saturday: C. A. Rainers and Miss Lela Kennermer; Jessie Thomas and Lena McVea, negroes.

Three Boys Injured When Match
Ignites Gasoline In Tank

Homer McGowan, son of Mrs. May McGowan of East Willingham street, received a broken arm; Bevy Warren suffered a burned face, throat, right arm and side; Leroy Autrey was slightly scratched, and Everett Mickey and Orian Warren were a bit shaken up Sunday afternoon about 4:40 o’clock when Homer McGowan struck a match and looked into a fifty gallon gasoline container at the rear of the Chapel Tailoring Company, 209 East Henderson Street. It is understood that the container contained but a small amount of gasoline, but just the same, the gases were too strong to remain in the drum, an the explosion which resulted was heard over practically the entire city.

Young McGowan was rushed to a local sanitarium and his broken arm was dressed. He was reported to be resting easily yesterday.

Orian Warren and Everett Mickey had told young McGowan, Autrey and Bevy Warren that they had two bottles of root beer hidden behind Chapel Tailoring Company, and it was that for which the three boys were looking. When McGowan found the contaner, he thought probably the bottles of root beer were inside and when he struck the match he narrowly escaped death in the explosion that followed. Bits of paper and debris were blown about 100 feet in the air and the container was thrown over a one-story building.

New Liquidating Agent
Arrives In Cleburne

W. A. Whitley of Huntsville, Texas, has arrived in this city to fill the position formerly held by H. J. Jennings, as special liquidating agent, with his office in the Cleburne State Bank.

Mr. Whitley has been in the banking business for some time and will be welcomed to Cleburne.

Mr. Jennings has recently been elected cashier of the Cleburne State Bank.

L. P. Barrow, who has been for some time in West Texas on account of his health, is in the city visiting relatives and friends.

County Clerk Roy L. Doak is attending court in Fort Worth as a witness.

Mrs. George Underhill, who was cut about the head and arms in an auto accident Sunday afternoon, was reported doing nicely at her home Monday night. No serious injuries were sustained.

Mrs. Underhill was thrown into the windshield of the car when it struck a stump. Mr. Underhill was driving.

Two Arrested In Raid
For Stolen Goods

“Slim” Irvin and his wife were arrested at their home a mile and a half north of Keene Monday night in a haul of stolen goods found on the premises by the sheriff’s department.

Among the recovered articles were seven Rhode Island hens, six quilts, a bundle of bed clothing, two chairs, 24 jars of fruit, two hams and a side, a plush rug and four Ford coils.

Complaints about stolen household goods and especially chickens had been coming into the sheriff’s office the last six weeks, according to Deputy Sheriff Joe Crawford, who was in the raid.

Six weeks of work on the case culminated Monday night in the capture of part of the goods and the arrest of the couple.

It is believed that Irvin has sold hundreds of dollars worth of stolen chickens.

He is wanted in Fort Worth for jumping a bond there and also has a jail sentence hanging over him there on a charge of chicken stealing.

Most of the household goods recovered were found to belong to a man named Ross of Alvarado. The meat was the property of a man named Kullpepper, who lives south of Alvarado. The hens belonged partly to Warren, near Keene, and an Alvarado man.

Crawford, Deputy Sheriff C. A. “Speedy” Roberts and Deputy Constable Tobe Turpin of Alvarado made the raid. This is the first “job” in which Roberts has figured since he was deputized April 29, although he has been in the sheriff’s department before.

E. E. Hunter Replaces Joe Stroup
On City Board of Equalization

E. E. Hunter agreed Monday to serve on the City Board of Equalization in place of Joe E. Stroup, who resigned before the board was sworn in.

Mr. Stroup found he could not devote the time to serve.

The board of three members, including Hunt, J. B. Doby and Henry L. Chambless, who werre apointed shortly after Mayor Goldsmith came into office was sworn in Monday.

Mayor Goldsmith says these men should be commended for their patriotic motives in having the welfare of the city enough at heart to serve in this capacity.

A. Arnold Presides At Hi-Y Club
In Place of Thurman Hilton, Injured President

Albert Arnold presided at the weekly meeting of the Hi-Y Club Monday night in the absence of Thurman Hilton, president, who was injured in a train and automobile accident Friday night. Arnold was in the car at the time of the accident but was not hurt.

The club expressed sorrow for the misfortune of its president and transacted its regular busiiness.

It was decided to invite W. S. Ownsby, assistant principal of the high school, to address the organization next week.

W. A. Scott and A. H. Seely
Attend Lions Convention

W. A. Scott and A. H. Seely, members of the local Lions Club, were driven to Paris by C. R. Battaile, to attend the State Convention of Lions Clubs.

More had expected to make the trip, but circumstances cut the Cleburne delegation to two.

Cleburne students on the honor roll at University of Texas for the past term – Grace Oldfather, Meriwether Lewis Sharpley, Wales M. Dement, Mary E. Dunlap, Harper G. Brown and Thomas E. Johnson.