Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April 1, 1932: Dave Tillus

Today we learn of a Texas lynching from the Daily Capital Journal (Salem, Oregon) dated April 2, 1932:


Crockett, Tex., April 2 (UP)—Dave Tillus, 52-year-old negro identified as the black who attempted to assault a white woman near here this week, was lynched last night by a party of white men, it was revealed today.

Tillus' body was found hanging to a tree 15 miles from here on the San Antonio highway. It was the first lynching in Texas in nearly two years.

Arch Maple, owner of the river farm on which Tillus worked, told Sheriff J. L. Hazlett that the negro appeared at the home of a white woman two nights ago and announced that he planned to spend the night with her.

She drove him away with an axe and threw his boots, which he had removed, after him.

Tillus failed to appear for work yesterday and when Maples heard of the incident he said he located Tillus last night and started here with him.

Halfway here Maples said he was stopped by four white men who bound the negro's hands behind him and swung him from a tree limb 200 yards from the road. The negro's body was found about 1 p. m., and was brought to the jail here today.

District Attorney Ben Greenwood arrived here today and said he would make a full investigation of the affair.

Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.

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