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obit: Dee Skalicky? Griffice

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  • Rosemary Ermis
    MRS. DEE GRIFFICE KILLED TUESDAY A deplorable tragedy was enacted seven miles west of Big Spring about 3:30 o clock Tuesday afternoon as a result of which Mrs.
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      A deplorable tragedy was enacted seven miles west of Big Spring about 3:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon as a result of which Mrs. Dee Griffice is dead and her husband is held on a charge of murder.  At the time of the shooting Mrs. Griffice and J.C. Dale of Midland were en route to this city in a Ford coupe, and two shots from a 30-30 Winchester were fired at the car as it approached by Mr. Griffice who had gone in search of his wife.  The bullets were evidently intended for Dale.  One of them knicked the steering wheel and struck Mrs. Griffice near the heart.
      Dale drove his car to the front of the court house in Big Spring with his injured companion therein and she died before she could be moved, and just as the physician arrived.
      Mr. Griffice was not aware that a bullet had struck his wife but as soon as he learned of her death he called at the Sheriff's office and surrendered.  At at preliminary hearing held at about 5:30 o'clock Tuesday evening Mr. Griffice was granted bond of $6,000 on a charge of murder and $5,000 on a charge of assault to murder; and a large number of friends were present to make this bond.  Dale was placed in jail shortly after he reached here but was released about nightfall since no charges could be preferred against him.
      Dale is said to have a family at Midland and formerly served as a deputy sheriff of Mitchell county.
      Deceased, 36 years, five months and three days of age, is survived by her husband, Dee Griffice, two children, Mrs. Clarence Henderson, of Colorado and Miss Zudora Griffice of this city; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Polacek of Big Spring; six brothers, J. C. Skalicky of Mangum, Okla., J.F. Skalicky of Sweetwater, Louis Skalicky and Fred Polacek of Big Spring, Albert Polacek of Fort Worth and Eddie Polacek of San Angelo, and four sisters, Mrs. C. F. Bauer of Fort Worth, Mrs. Pearl Pace of Fort Worth and Mrs. Frances Thomas and Miss Bessie Polacek of Big Spring, all of whom were here to attend the funeral services.  Other out of town relatives here were:  Mr. and Mrs. Hardy Jones of Iowa park, Mrs. S. L. Griffice, Ranger, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. Henderson of Colorado.
      Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Polacek, 203 Owens street, at 3:00 o'clock Thursday afternoon.  George J. Ruth, minister, officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery.
      Big Spring Herald, Friday, March 26, 1926
      Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
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