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Ira Grantham

Ira Grantham

Male 1887 - 1951  (63 years)

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  • Name Ira Grantham  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 12 Aug 1887  Whitney, Hill County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date/location are from World War I Draft Registration Card
    Gender Male 
    Census 1900  Callahan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Indexed incorrectly as "Try" Grantham, age 12 born Aug 1887 in Texas; Living in Justice Precinct 4; white male son of Hillery Grantham, age 44 and Margaret Grantham, age 40; Brothers: George, 22; Jesse; 20; Orlando, 18; and Marion, age 15 
    Census 1910  Callahan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Indexed as Ira Grantham, age 22 born 1888 in Texas; Living in Justice Precinct 4, white male son of "Hilliar C. Grantham," 55 and margaret A., 45; brothers: Jesse R., 32; Orlando, 20 (actually 28) and niece May Grantham, age 3; Older brother Marion lives nearby with his family 
    Residence 1917-1918  Oplin, Callahan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    World War I Draft Registration Card - not dated: Indexed Ira Grantham; Age 29, resident of Oplin, born Aug 12, 1887 in Whitney, Texas; farmer; married; describes himself as medium height and slender with brown hair and blue eyes 
    Ira Grantham
    Ira Grantham
    World War I Draft Registration Card
    Census 21 Feb 1920  Taylor County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Living in Justice Precinct 3: Indexed "Ira," 32 born 1888 Texas, hired man/farm for John Windham*, 34; Living with wife misindexed as "Allie," age 28, servant; Both can read and write; Ira's father's second wife was Windham - perhaps there is a connection? 
    Politics 11 Apr 1925  Lawn, Taylor County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Dallas Morning News 4-11-1925

    LAWN, NEWEST WEST TEXAS TOWN, INCOPORATES
    Special to the News
    ABILENE, Texas April 10 --- Lawn is the newest West Texas town to Incorporate. Lawn is located in the southeast corner of Taylor County, in the heart of the fruitful valley of the Jim Ned. P H Armistead was commissioned Mayor, and the following were also installed: Willis Windham, City Marshal; C D Richards, C P Borden, "Ira Grantham," C C Selman and S C Parnell, Aldermen.

    The proposal for incorporation was carried, sixty-one for and none against. By-laws and a charter are being drawn now. The purpose of the incorporation was the installation of a water system.  
    Travel 20 Mar 1927  Abilene, Taylor County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Published Abilene Morning News 3/20/1927: Mr. and Mrs. Ira Grantham were in Abilene on business last week.  
    Ira Grantham
    Ira Grantham
    Snippet published Abilene Morning News 3/20/1927
    Census 2 Apr 1930  Lawn, Taylor County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Indexed as Ira Grantham, male born abt 1890 in Texas, age 40; white; married; head of house; Living with wife Ollie V. Grantham, 37; Own a home worth $2,000 on Avenue F, no radio; married at 25; salesman for a grocery store  
    Politics 6 Apr 1932  Lawn, Taylor County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Re-elected to Lawn City Counsel 
    Ira Grantham
    Ira Grantham
    Re-election to Lawn City Council: Published 4/6/1932 in Abilene Morning Reporter-News
    Arrival Mar 1941  Hobbs, Lea County, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Newspaper account of his murder states that he had lived in Hobbs since March 1941 
    Died 7 Jul 1951  Hobbs, Lea County, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Sometime in early 1941 Ollie and Ira relocated to Hobbs, Lea County, New Mexico. There he worked as a sales clerk in a clothing store ( K.C. Store). Shockingly, and sadly, on 7 July 1951, Ira Grantham was murdered in a shoot-out that also killed a Hobbs, New Mexico police officer. Excerpts from the Hobbs Daily News, published on 8 July 1951:

      Dope Addicts Hopped Up, Police Report - Two men were brutally shot to death in busy downtown yesterday afternoon by a pair of hopped-up gunmen described by police as dope addicts. The dead: City Patrolman Robert B. Butler, 68, father of former Hobbs mayor, Ned Butler; and Ira Grantham, 63, a clerk at the K.C. Store, scene of the shooting. The men were killed almost without provocation. One of the attackers was captured immediately. The other was caught less than an hour later while attempting to steal his fifth car in a wild escape effort. He was wounded. The prisoners: Speight Fondren Parks, 27 and Gene Afton Parks, 22, both of 422 West Taylor. Both are listed as employees of the National Tank Company, 623 North Grimes. Speight Parks, was shot and captured by Deputy Sheriff Bruce McCallum, Police Chief Ivan Reed and Bill Carpenter, about nine miles from Hobbs on the Denver City highway, and was quoted by McCallum as saying that he "killed a policeman and another man." Both the brothers are in jail. They were charged on two counts of first degree murder, pending a preliminary hearing. Both Have Police Records - Both men have police records here. Gene Parks, apprehended on Broadway by City Patrolman R. C. (Pinky) Hamlin, had eight or 10 "yellow jacket" dope pills on his person, Hamlin said. Witnesses told this story of the killing: Butler, in charge of parking meters, was walking along Broadway and had stopped to talk with Ira Grantham, a clerk at the K. C. Store, 119 West Broadway, and Phil Veneer, owner of the store. This was about 3:30 p.m. The Parks brothers appeared staggering, and Butler went, to speak to them. He started to put his hand on one of them when the other hit the elderly police officer. In the ensuing scuffle, one of the brothers unfastened Butler's gun holster and removed his service pistol. Butler Grantham and Vener hurried into the store, seeking to avoid being shot. Butler ran down the west aisle, Grantham the east. One of the brothers fired three times at the patrolman. Butler fell about 12 feet from the doorway. Grantham was shot about 25 feet from the door. Vener had hurried to the back of the store to telephone the police as the fight began.
    Ira Grantham
    Ira Grantham
    News article regarding Ira Grantham's murder; Part 1; Hobbs Daily News, July 8, 1951
    Ira Grantham
    Ira Grantham
    Article regarding Ira Grantham's murder; Part 2; Hobbs Daily News, July 8, 1951
    Ira Grantham
    Ira Grantham
    Hobbs, New Mexico, published 7/25/1951 reporting on hearing set for two murderers of Ira Grantham
    Ira Grantham
    Ira Grantham
    Obituary - Hobbs Daily News July 9, 1951 Part 1
    Ira Grantham
    Ira Grantham
    Obituary Hobbs Daily News July 19, 1951 Part 2
    Buried Aft 7 Jul 1951  Hobbs, Lea County, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Prairie Haven Memorial Park Cemetery
    Ira Grantham
    Ira Grantham
    Headstone
    Notes 
    • Notes from Ellis Vener - July 2012:
      I am Phil Vener's oldest grandson. My grandfather owned the KC Store at 117 West Broadway in Hobbs New Mexico where Ira Grantham was murdered in 1951. My grandfather was murdered several years later (1967 or '68 (in his home in Hobbs) by people who were lying in wait to rob him. Outside of the stories my late father has told me about the shoot out in the store - yours is the first account I've come across of what happened and who was involved. Thank you for that. Hobbs was a violent place. Shortly before he died my father told me that one afternoon when he was walking home from school he heard two men arguing and turned to see what was going on - just in time to see a bartender use a shotgun to blow a man's head off. That was in the late 1930s.
    Person ID P330  Curbow Montoya Family | Atwood Family Branch, Curbow Family Branch, Grantham Family Branch
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2012 

    Father Hillard Cisero Grantham,   b. 17 Sep 1854, Union County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1939, Tecumseh, Callahan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Margaret Ellen Dickson,   b. 22 Jan 1858, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1913, Brentwood, Washington County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Family ID F48  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ollie Estelle Arnold,   b. 9 Apr 1890, May, Brown County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1963, Gladewater, Gregg County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married Abt 1912 
    • Date is an ESTIMATE based on 1930 census where Ira states he was married at age 25 - PRESUME they married in Callahan County, Texas

      Atwoods and Granthams and Arnolds:
      Eunice Mae Arnold married Edgar Claude Atwood
      Emma Arnold married Columbus Eugene Atwood
      Ollie Arnold married Ira Grantham
    Notes 
    • Ollie Estelle Arnold and Ira Grantham had no children. After the murder of her husband Ira Grantham, Ollie went home to live with her sister, Eunice Atwood - she never remarried.
    Last Modified 29 May 2012 12:16:54 
    Family ID F238  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Aug 1887 - Whitney, Hill County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Indexed incorrectly as "Try" Grantham, age 12 born Aug 1887 in Texas; Living in Justice Precinct 4; white male son of Hillery Grantham, age 44 and Margaret Grantham, age 40; Brothers: George, 22; Jesse; 20; Orlando, 18; and Marion, age 15 - 1900 - Callahan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Indexed as Ira Grantham, age 22 born 1888 in Texas; Living in Justice Precinct 4, white male son of "Hilliar C. Grantham," 55 and margaret A., 45; brothers: Jesse R., 32; Orlando, 20 (actually 28) and niece May Grantham, age 3; Older brother Marion lives nearby with his family - 1910 - Callahan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - World War I Draft Registration Card - not dated: Indexed Ira Grantham; Age 29, resident of Oplin, born Aug 12, 1887 in Whitney, Texas; farmer; married; describes himself as medium height and slender with brown hair and blue eyes - 1917-1918 - Oplin, Callahan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Living in Justice Precinct 3: Indexed "Ira," 32 born 1888 Texas, hired man/farm for John Windham*, 34; Living with wife misindexed as "Allie," age 28, servant; Both can read and write; Ira's father's second wife was Windham - perhaps there is a connection? - 21 Feb 1920 - Taylor County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPolitics - The Dallas Morning News 4-11-1925 LAWN, NEWEST WEST TEXAS TOWN, INCOPORATES Special to the News ABILENE, Texas April 10 --- Lawn is the newest West Texas town to Incorporate. Lawn is located in the southeast corner of Taylor County, in the heart of the fruitful valley of the Jim Ned. P H Armistead was commissioned Mayor, and the following were also installed: Willis Windham, City Marshal; C D Richards, C P Borden, "Ira Grantham," C C Selman and S C Parnell, Aldermen. The proposal for incorporation was carried, sixty-one for and none against. By-laws and a charter are being drawn now. The purpose of the incorporation was the installation of a water system. - 11 Apr 1925 - Lawn, Taylor County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTravel - Published Abilene Morning News 3/20/1927: Mr. and Mrs. Ira Grantham were in Abilene on business last week. - 20 Mar 1927 - Abilene, Taylor County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Indexed as Ira Grantham, male born abt 1890 in Texas, age 40; white; married; head of house; Living with wife Ollie V. Grantham, 37; Own a home worth $2,000 on Avenue F, no radio; married at 25; salesman for a grocery store - 2 Apr 1930 - Lawn, Taylor County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPolitics - Re-elected to Lawn City Counsel - 6 Apr 1932 - Lawn, Taylor County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsArrival - Newspaper account of his murder states that he had lived in Hobbs since March 1941 - Mar 1941 - Hobbs, Lea County, New Mexico Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Jul 1951 - Hobbs, Lea County, New Mexico Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 7 Jul 1951 - Hobbs, Lea County, New Mexico Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Ira Grantham
    Ira Grantham
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    Ira Grantham
    Ira Grantham
    The photograph was taken in the men's clothing store where Ira Grantham worked (and was murdered in) in New Mexico.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2625380337] 1900 United States Federal Census, (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, ), Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 4, Callahan, Texas; Roll: T623 1617; Page: 20A; Enumeration District: 16.



    2. [S2624649626] 1910 United States Federal Census, (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1910. ), Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 4, Callahan, Texas; Roll: T624_1534; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 11; Image: 970.



    3. [S2625333136] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.Original data - United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Admi), Registration Location: Callahan County, Texas; Roll: 1952398; Draft Board: 0.



    4. [S2624660385] 1920 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1920.), Year: 1920; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Taylor, Texas; Roll: T625_1851; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 266; Image: 337.



    5. [S2626335774] 1930 United States Federal Census, (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626), Year: 1930; Census Place: Lawn, Taylor, Texas; Roll: 2400; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 32; Image: 167.0.