TEXAS: A Famous Man

Stocky, cheerful W. O. Hodges, 45, was sheriff of Denton County (pop. 41,365), Texas for only four years, but he died last week a famous man. Before taking office, Hodges was just an ordinary sort of fellow; he grew up in a little cow town named Aubrey, spent a year at Texas Christian University, got a Depression job as a cop in the county seat, went to war as a coast guardsman, came home and started running for sheriff. He made it the second time out.

Seven days after he took office, a farmer named Joe Allen Goforth went crazy and...

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