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Don LaJuan Brown
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Birth: Jan. 26, 1930
Death: Apr. 5, 1948
Hutchinson County
Texas, USA

A lugubrious air was suspended over the tri-city area today as a result of death playing tag along the Borger-Pampa highway yesterday, taking a toll of three lives, two persons critically injured and one slightly injured.

The dead are: Dean Burleson, 17, 904 N. McGee; Diane Foster, 15, Skiatex Camp; Donald Brown, 17, 805 N. Deahl (4:45 p.m. today).

Also injured critically is Richard Manning, 18, 701 East 9th St. He sustained a cut through the left ear and left chin. Other injuries are undetermined.

Lonnie Tilson, 17, Apt. 2, Second St., Philrich Branch, suffered a sprained ankle.

Barbara Newcomb, 15, 219 West Adams, sustained a contusion of the left temple.

All occupants of the car were Borger high school students.

The Sunday joyride ended in tragedy when the 1937 Chevrolet driven by Manning crashed into the rear end of a Santa Fe switch engine backing south from the direction of Phillips about 9:30 p.m. The car was traveling east. The tragedy occurred at the Brain street crossing.

Earl Smith, 321 Brain Street, who witnessed the accident from the front porch of his house about a 100 feet from the scene of the disaster said that, "the engine was coming from Phillips. They (the riders) didn't seem to stop."

Smith summoned the ambulance then he said he fainted. He was still pale when he related the story to reporters.

Engineer G.H. Cash, at the throttle when the accident occurred, stated that the "car hit the engine (which) just knocked it (car) around. We didn't hit them at all."

Then Cash added, "Apparently (they) didn't see us at all. The whistle was sounding and bell (was) ringing at crossing."

The car, which just scratched the rear of the engine was knocked approximately 30 feet against a steel pole where it came to rest. The pole prevented the car from falling down a small steep incline.

Car accessories were strewn over the area and an exterior rear view mirror was lodged in the nook at the end of the engine where the auto collided.

A peculiar aspect of the tragedy was the illuminated stoplight glowing steadily in the dark night though the car was a total wreck.

Word of the mishap, which occurred only four blocks from Main street, spread like wildfire and within a few minutes eager spectators crowded the crossing jamming traffic.

A milling crowd around the wrecked vehicle buzzed like bees inquiring anxiously of those involved in the tragedy, and hampered policemen who tried vainly to restore order.

At the hospital, students packed the corridors as nurses weaved their way through the groups to rush emergency aid to the victims.

Chet Landers, hospital manager, urged today that during such incidents people should refrain from calling and appearing at the hospital demanding nurses time when attention is needed for wounded.

J.C. Knowles, principal of Borger high school, stated today that in view of the tragedy, which deeply touched the student body and faculty, those members of the school wishing to attend the funerals will be permitted to do so.

The tragedy was discussed through the tri-city area. Mothers, friends, and citizens of the community spoke of the horrible accident at the post office, coffee shops, bank, and other places about the city.

Funeral services for Lewis Dean Burleson will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist church with the Rev. Paul B. Cullen officiating.

Minton Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

Immediately after the service the body will be taken to Elk City, Okla., where final rites will be held at the First Baptist Church.

Interment will be at Elk City cemetery.

Survivors are the parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Arthur H. Burleson, two brothers, Jimmy Dale and Ronnie Ray; grandmother, Mrs. Myrtle Blanche Burleson of Elk City, Oklahoma.

Casket bearers will be Bob Hawkins, Gale Manning, Leland Meeks, C.E. Coleman, Tommy Short and Howard Pilcher.

Funeral services under direction of Blackburn-Shaw-Brown Funeral for Kay Diane Foster will be held Wednesday at 2:30 at the First Baptist church with the Rev. Paul Cullen officiating.

Survivors are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Foster; sisters, Mrs. Harvey Konesky, Andrews, Tex., Patsy, Lillian, Judy and Susanne, two brothers, Van Roy and Larry, both of Borger; and paternal grandmother, Mrs. Della Foster, Amarillo.

(Published in Borger News Herald, April 5, 1948)

Funeral services for Don Lajuan Brown, 18, will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the First Baptist church with the Rev. Paul Cullen officiating.

The high school youth died at 2:45 p.m. yesterday as a result of injuries sustained in the auto-train crash in which two others were killed.

Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Brown, 805 Deahl, and a half-brother, Everett J. Inscore, Borger.

Casket bearers will be A.G. O'Hara, L.E. Fagg, R.C. Dalton, Jerry Glass, Jerry Chitwood and Mack Leonard.

Interment will be in Highland Park cemetery under the direction of Minton Funeral home.

(Published in Borger News Herald, April 6, 1948)
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  Johnny Bruce Brown (1908 - 1950)
Highland Park Cemetery
Hutchinson County
Texas, USA
Created by: Edith Guynes Stanley
Record added: Aug 25, 2009
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Don LaJuan Brown
Added by: Edith Guynes Stanley
Don LaJuan Brown
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- Lance
 Added: Mar. 5, 2013
God bless you on your birthday and always. Rest in Peace.
- Thelma
 Added: Jan. 26, 2013

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