|Birth: ||May 14, 1876|
|Death: ||Jul. 4, 1940|
William Bailey was the son of Thomas Pinkham and Mary Jane "Morgan" Bingham. He married Emma Garrett in 1899 in Arapaho, OK. He was sheriff of Stonewall County, Texas for a number of years.
HIS OBITUARY: The Stamford Leader, Friday, July 12, 1940
William Bailey Bingham, died last Thursday, July 4, and funeral was held at the Baptist church in Aspermont, Stonewall County, July 5 at 3:00 p.m. Rev. J.B. Rowan, pastor of the Baptist church, at Aspermont was in charge, assisted by Judge J.P. Stinson and Grindstaff of Abilene. Interment in the Aspermont cemetery with Kinney Funeral home in Stamford, Jones County, was in charge of the burial.
Deceased was born in Texas May 14, 1876. He had lived in Stonewall County since 1907. He married Emma Garrett in 1899 in Arapaho, OK, who survives him: Also three sons: Clyde Bingham of Aspermont; Houston Bingham of Phoenix, AZ; Bill Bingham of Piedmont, MO; Daughter: Mrs. Mack Scoggin of Phoenix, AZ; 6 grandchildren; Brother: Tom Bingham of Tatum, NM; Sisters: Mrs. R.L. Cathy of Jayton; Mrs. John Gaither of Lovington, NM; Mrs. B. Hardin of Forsythe, MO.
Member of Baptist church and a Mason. He was sheriff of Stonewall county for a number of years.
From the Stamford American, 1940:
Bingham served Stonewall county as a peace officer 24 years. Soon after he came to Stonewall County, in 1910, he was appointed city marshall and deputy under Sheriff Sam Lanier, and was reappointed by Sheriff Fred Senter, who served the 1915-1917 term.
He ranched and farmed, ranching the first two years, and raising his only crop in 1919. The latter was done with no help other than that of his three sons, Houston, Clyde, and Bill. The agricultural venture truly was a windfall. Cotton sold at 35 cents a pound that year, and they made 200 bales.
Bailey Bingham was ready to go back to law enforcement the following March, appointed to succeed Tol Ginn, resigned as sheriff and tax collector. He remained until Jan. 1, 1937.
In 1931, the "gunless sheriff" was elected president of the West Texas Sheriff's Association.
"I carried a gun, all right, but the persons I was questioning did not know it. I didn't believe in gun play and never allowed one of my peace officers to carry a club. When they had a gun, it was always concealed. I believe that "peace officers" meant peace officers.
In his long tenure, he only had three deputies: Tom Long for 15 years, Fletcher Vahn, nine years; Charley McLaury, nine year. John Hoy of Swenson was deputy on call three years; H.E. Carr deputy on call in Old Glory for 10 years.
-----Obituary courtesy Dorman Holub.
Thomas Pinkham Bingham (1840 - 1928)
Mary Jane Morgan Bingham (1847 - 1886)
Emma Garrett Bingham (1882 - 1945)*
Clyde Garrett Bingham (1900 - 1981)*
Sam Houston Bingham (1902 - 1950)*
William Harrell Bingham (1904 - 1978)*
Emma Dean Bingham Scoggin (1917 - 2004)*
Nannie Lee Bingham Cathey (1870 - 1956)*
Thomas Swindell Bingham (1872 - 1944)*
Ida Bingham Gaither (1874 - 1951)*
William Bailey Bingham (1876 - 1940)
Eddie Bingham (1878 - 1889)*
Mary Eva Bingham Hardin (1881 - 1967)*
Ola E. Bingham (1885 - 1887)*
Created by: Ruby Mordecai
Record added: Jan 13, 2010
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