Upton County

Death Notices

Thomas Stonehouse, San Angelo, Texas  Dec 16, 1920, 95 years old, treasurer of Irion County, from the date of its organization in 1880 until he resigned  two years ago, died Wednesday (Dec 15) at his home in Rankin, Upton County, it was learned here today. Stonehouse was a veteran of the Mexican War and the War between the States. A wife and several children survive.
Charles C Henderson, Big Spring, May 7, 1929 Charles Henderson, 29, oilfield worker was instantly killed Monday night nine miles south of Big Spring, when his car ran into a load of pipe. The car was demolished. He is survived by his wife of McCamey.Funeral arrangements are pending.
C F FORTUNE, McCamey, Texas Nov 30, 1931 --McCamey city commissioner died on Monday Nov. 30..
R C Harlan, 2/16/1933 San Angelo, Texas  -----R C Harlan, 56 one of the organizers of Upton County, for ten years it's County Clerk , and owner of the Harlan Hotel there,  died at Rankin Thursday of bronchial pneumonia. He was largely instrumental  in the moving of Upton County seat from Upland twelve years ago. He will be buried here Friday afternoon.
LEE BURROW, July 15, 1934 Lee Burrow driver of a daily ice truck from McCamey to Texon, was killed Sunday on the highway nine miles east of McCamey, when his heavily loaded ice truck crashed into a concrete culvert at the side of the highway and burned .The impact telescoped the cab of the truck and crushed Burrow. Burrow's body was not found until several hours afterward. He lived here five years. Surviving is his father of El Campo.
G W WEAVER Sept 30,1936  George W Weaver 26, oil well tool dresser, was found fatally wounded in a hotel room here Sunday. A large caliber pistol lay beside him.  Friends said he had been despondent for several days.
Priest Tommy, 9, San Angelo, July 20, 1939 Tommy Priest Rankin youth stricken with infantile paralysis died early Thursday while in the iron lung in the hospital. here. He was stricken Thursday. The youth was the son of Mr and Mrs Roy Priest of Rankin. Priest is a former District Attorney.

Power Official Dies Of Electric Burns McCAMEY (AP)— Joe N. Edgingtqn, 37, vice-president of the Pecos Valley Power and Light company, died in a hospital here Tuesday ( June 18, 1937) of burns received on June 8 when he contacted a power line arrying 66,000 volts of electricity, He. was burned while Inspecting a lightning arrester K at the company plant, 12 miles west of here. Survivors include the widow, one daughter, the parents, one brother and three sisters. Big Spring Herald June 19, 1937.

Blast Injuries Fatal.
FORT STOCKTON. Texas -April 11—Raymond Moody, 20, injured Wednesday in the explosion of a gasoline vulcanizer at Mt. Carney, died Thursday from burns. The building in which the explosion happened was destroyed by the fire. (Friday, April 12, 1929  Dallas News)

CORN, LEON "Cowboy"
Pool Hall Owner Killed at McCamey
McCAMEY, Texas Sept. 19 (AP) — Cowboy Corn, about 43, pool hall operator and well known in the surrounding oil field, was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon as he entered a confectionery. Corn was struck by two bullets from a .45-caliber pistol, the last bullet puncturing his heart and causing death almost instantly. Harry Appell, operator of the confectionary, surrendered to Deputy Sheriff Shannon and was taken to Rankin, where he was placed in the county jail pending and examining trial before Justice H. R Bristow. Several witnesses to the slaying stated in testimony before Justice Bristow, who held an inquest, that Corn entered the front door of the confectionery with a large open pocketknife and started toward Appell. Corn fell on the open knife on the porch of the confectionery a few seconds later. (Source: September 20, 1928 - unnamed newspaper clipping)

Appell Acquitted in McCamey Case
RANKIN, Texas, Oct 3 — Because of alleged threats that had been made against his life, Harry Appell Wednesday stood acquitted of the murder of Leon Corn at McCamey on the afternoon of Sept. 18. Corn, witnesses said, on the day of the slaying went to Appell's place of business with a knife. Appell cautioned him not to enter, but Corn stepped across the threshold and fell with  two bullets in his body, dying almost immediately. A jury Tuesday night acquitted Appell of murder after less than forty minutes deliberation. (Source: October 4, 1928 - unnamed newspaper clipping)


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