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Serving Live Oak & McMullen Counties Vol. 39, No. 19, Two Sections, 26 pages

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


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Two 18-wheelers are left in shambles after a collision involving three 18-wheelers. Two drivers died, and the third driver survived in his rig, which rolled over a little farther down State Highway 72 about 10 miles east of Tilden in McMullen County. The fatal accident was called in to the Live Oak County Sheriff’s Office at 9:50 a.m. Monday, July 30.

Two die in truck crash By Tim Delaney Progress Editor

TILDEN — Three 18-wheelers collided about 10 miles east of Tilden on State Highway 72 about 9:50 a.m. Monday, July 30. Two of the drivers were pronounced dead at the scene by McMullen County Judge James Teal. A third driver, whose

rig rolled over, was extricated from the tractor rig after about 45 minutes as emergency personnel used the Jaws of Life to free him. The 18-wheelers were carrying gravel and water from drilling. The driver, who survived, was transported by an Airlife helicopter to University H o s p i t a l in San A n t o n i o

with life-threatening inju- expected to be closed until ries, according to a medic 5:30 p.m., so the 18-wheelers could be hauled off at the scene. Department of Public and the roadway cleared.

Also at the scene were the McMullen EMS, McMullen Volunteer Fire Department, McMullen County Sheriff’s Office, Live Oak County Names of the deceased Sheriff’s Office, Live Oak and sole survivor also County Volunteer Fire were not known. Department and Acadian State Highway 72 was ambulance service. Safety troopers were investigating the accident. But how it happened was not immediately known.

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The sole survivor of a collision involving three 18-wheelers on State Highway 72 about 10 miles east of Tilden is pulled from the wreckage of his truck's cab. The accident happened about 9:50 a.m. Monday, July 30.

Man Donations ensured George West’s growth found dead at yard By Tim Delaney Progress Editor

GEORGE WEST — Like many famous Texans who came from Tennessee, George Washington West was a frontiersman who was community-minded. Some know that West made donations to the railroad to ensure the growth of the city of George West, which he founded in 1913. Now, thanks to a generous donation of legal papers documenting those contributions, a historical record of those donations will be added to the Grace Armantrout Museum in George West. Ed Massey of Beeville donated the documents to George West Mayor Sylvia Steele, who also is the curator of the Grace Armantrout Museum. Steele said she had tears welling up to see the documents because they were so important to the city’s history. And she graciously thanked Massey for his donation. Massey was out of

state and unavailable for comment. “Everything we have here is because of George W. West,” Steele said. “He was a very, very, very smart fellow to have everything documented,” she said. “Here we are many years later with things he accomplished.” The documents include one from the Bankers Trust Co. of St. Louis dated June 1, 1912. The document records an agreement between West and J.E. Franklin, who obligates himself to build a railroad through West’s land. If the railroad would not be built, then West would receive a surety bond of $100,000 from the Bankers Trust Co. of St. Louis and Franklin. The surety bond was signed by Franklin; C.S. Marsh, vice president of the Bankers Trust Co.; and the company’s secretary, Henry Carter, who attested the document. Of course, the railroad

was built, and the following year, the city of George West was founded. West’s donation of the land ensured that George West would be the Live Oak County seat because growth occurred where the rail was laid. Another document delves further into the agreement between West and Franklin. It is dated earlier on May 14, 1912, and was filed in Bexar County. “...Party of the first part (Franklin) has made contract with the San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railroad to build a standard gauge railroad for said company from San Antonio, Texas, via Pleasanton and Campbellton to some point on the Gulf Coast of Texas, either in the County of San Patricio or in the County of Nueces, Texas...” The agreement also details the path of the railroad through West’s land. The document was signed by Franklin and

By Tim Delaney Progress Editor

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Copies of old legal documents from the early 20th century demonstrate how George W. West operated and made sure the community of George West and Live Oak County prospered. The original documents will be on display at the Grace Armantrout Museum in George West.

(See West, 3A)

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George W. West, right, wanted to ensure that his community would grow and prosper, so he made donations to the railroad to attract rail through his ranch. Then he made donations to the community, including a courthouse, parks and churches.

WHITSETT — A man was discovered dead at a Halliburton yard where sand is loaded onto 18-wheelers. Sheriff Larry Busby said the call came in about a man lying on the ground at 6:52 a.m. Monday, July 30. Busby said the yard is located on Alternate 281 on the way to Whitsett from Love’s. Wayne Bernard Moehring, 57, from Spring Branch, was dead at the scene. Busby said Moehring apparently had loaded up with sand and had pulled forward to close the hatches on top of his rig. Then Moehring apparently fell off his rig and hit his head on the ground. “The next truck in line saw him lying there,” Busby said.

Man injured in trailer-car collision By Tim Delaney Progress Editor

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A Bell Supply tool trailer broke free from the white Chevrolet pickup that was pulling it on State Highway 72 when it broke free and its hitch ripped off the wheel of an oncoming Mustang. To subscribe contact circulation at:


THREE RIVERS — A man received neck and back injuries in a trailer-car collision Wednesday, July 25. Isaiah Guajardo,



21, of Jourdanton, was traveling in the eastbound lanes on state Highway 72, about 4 miles from Interstate 37, when his 2005 Mustang was struck by a Bell Supply Company tool trailer.









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The trailer broke free from a white Chevrolet pickup, traveling in the westbound lanes, accordTim Delaney photo ing to Department of A 2005 Mustang had its left rear tire ripped off by a hitch on a Public Safety Trooper trailer that broke free while being pulled in the westbound lanes Gabriel Llanas. on State Highway 72. The driver was transported via helicopter to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi. (See Trailer, 2A)


Index Obituaries 2A Viewpoints 4A George West 5A Comm. News 6A Three Rivers 7A

Farm & Country 8A Church 10-11A School 13A Sports 15A

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