Hollie Norman Tilley

Male 1904 - 1938  (34 years)


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  • Name Hollie Norman Tilley 
    Born 15 Jun 1904  Big Foot, Frio County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Jul 1938  Freer, Duval, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Jim Wells, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Old Alice Cemetery
    Person ID I6842  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 22 Feb 2020 

    Father Valentine Harris Tilley,   b. 14 Feb 1866, Hondo, Medina, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1921, Pearsall, Frio, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Nancy Pairlee Yarbrough,   b. 28 Apr 1877, Tilden, McMullen, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1968, Laredo, Webb, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1 Jun 1898  La Salle, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Family ID F2381  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Whitley 
    Last Modified 22 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F2380  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Jul 1938 - Freer, Duval, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Jim Wells, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • - Red died in Thomas Sphan Clicnic.

      "No Eared Joe" hung around with the drunks and the roughest crowd in town. His usual haunt was the Duval Club, a beer parlor on Main Street. He was known to be a decent fellow until he got drunk, then he could be a real scoundrel. Most people thought he had lost his ears in an oil rig fire, but the fact is he was born without them.

      One of "No Eared Joe's" good buddies and drinking partners was in a drunken rage in Saunders Cafe on Main Street on the Fourth of July about 1938. He was stacking furniture, tearing the place apart and had cleared everyone out. Carl Pugh, the local peace officer, was a stocky cigar-chewing man, who was known to be a pretty tough hombre himself. Pugh arrived at the scene with gun in hand and faced the roughneck, but he ignored Pugh and continued his one-man riot. Pugh then shot once over the man's head to frighten him, but he was too drunk to scare and came at Puth with a vengeance. Pugh then stopped him with a bullet right through the stomach, and turned to a companion of the brawling man and said, "Do you want some of the same or do you want to go peacefully to jail?" The bullet had passed through the man's stomach, severing his spine, which paralyzed him. He died later that night.

      Renee's Note: The above was taken from the History of Freer, and can be found under Chapter Two, Goings-on Around Town. The man that was killed was Red Tilley. I had heard bits and peices of this story growing up. When my friend Don Crawford had mentioned that he owned the book I asked him to look for the story. Red died in 1938 or 1939.

  • Sources 
    1. [S126] Ancestry World Family Tree.
      Submitter Renee Pierce Smelley

    2. [S1051] 1930 Census of United States, Texas, McMullen, Justice Precint No. 1, population Schedule; Online Images, E. D. No. 156-1, sheet no. 5A, dwelling 92, family 96, A. B. Brown household, accessed 24 April 2017.
      Includes wife Parlee; step-sons L. C. Tilley, Holley N. Tilley, Leon Tilley, and U. L. Tilley; and step-daughters Adine Tilley, Virgie Tilley, and Carmen Tilley