Henry Basil Barrow

Henry Basil Barrow

Alabama, USA
Death 19 Jun 1957 (aged 83)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 6210610 View Source
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Henry Barrow was born on January 10th 1874.

Henry was one month shy of his 18th birthday when he married Cumie Walker on December 5th 1891 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Henry was the father of Clyde and Marvin "Buck" Barrow, but he and Cumie had seven children in all: Elvin, Artie, Marvin (Buck), Nell (Nellie), Clyde, Leon (L.C.) and Lillian (Marie)

Henry was a patient nose-to-the-grindstone hardworking man that started out life in farming. He worked as a share-cropper farmer in Telico, Texas-Ellis county when his kids were young.

Henry left his family to farm each morning at sun-up and came home at sun-down. Toiling long hours every day to make ends-meat for his growing family.

In 1918, a serious drought hit Ellis county which would have resulted in a zero harvest year. Henry's family suffered the direct impact of the drought. 1918 was a discouraging year for Henry and meeting the needs of his family.

Predictive speculating...In 1918, without a crop in the field to tend to, a 44 year old Henry might have used this time to head into Dallas to see what opportunities might exist there for him and his family.

In 1921, at age 47, having become disenchanted with farming not being able to support his family's needs, with his body feeling the age, he made the decision to move his family (the remaining younger children) to Cement City (West Dallas as it's known today) in hopes of a better life. The family lived in a tent in an established campsite under the viaduct known as "The Bogg" for around a 5 year period of time until Henry worked and saved enough to purchase a home. As far as we know Henry did the salesman's hustle during his time in the Bogg selling goods and products from a wagon.

The Bogg was primarily a wet-land area without any sanitation where raw sewage was exposed and mosquitoes were abundant. Life was difficult in the Bogg more so if the kids fell sick.

Henry's hardworking, sincere and honest demeanor helped him to secure sales where he diligently saved the proceeds of.

Sometime around the year 1926, Henry purchased a small house (built circa 1910) off of Eagle Ford Road (Singleton Blvd) to bring his family to. Shortly thereafter Henry began construction to add a front part to the home to serve as a store and petrol service station completed around 1930/31. Henry owned and operated the "Star Service Station" for about 10 years until around 1939 where it was sold in late 1942/43 shortly after Cumie's death.

Today the building known as "The Barrow Filling Station" still stands at 1221 Singleton Blvd, Dallas, a testament to Henry Barrow's craftsmanship on the front part of the building.

Henry started life as a farmer then was a salesman in the city and finally an entrepreneur-businessman.

Henry harbored the kind of fatherly guilt any father would have had when he mentioned that he should have spanked those kids more. Having two of his adult sons turn outlaw and with so many deaths centered on his family's name would have been a crushing blow to a hardworking man that never had any excuses.

Henry's life in the 1930's would have seen public backlash which would have taken a toll on him and his family for their safety and business.

In 1934 both Henry and his wife Cumie attended funerals (on separate days) for Bonnie Parker and then for their son Clyde.

Henry was widowed on August 14 1942, after Cumie's death.

Henry died 15 years later on June 19th 1957 he was 83-1/2 years old.

Parents: James "Jim" Reeves Barrow
Lonnie June Bertie

Brother -- Hiram Frank Barrow

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