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  • Rosemary Ermis
    Kaufman, Tex., Jan. 18.-- Death and arrest was the aftermath of the robbery of the First National Bank at Kemp yesterday afternoon. The body of Ervin Bobalek,
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      Kaufman, Tex., Jan. 18.-- Death and arrest was the aftermath of the robbery of the First National Bank at Kemp yesterday afternoon.
       
      The body of Ervin Bobalek, one of two young men charged with the robbery earlier in the day, was found today in a wooded pasture near Murdocks Lake.  He had died of bullet wound, the freshest one self-inflicted.
       
      A short note was found by the body saying the youth was taking his own life.
       
      George Wheeler... was in jail here charged with robbery with firearms.  In a statement to officers he said that Bobalek was his companion, and charges were placed before officers knew Bobalek was dead.
       
      The body was found near the spot where the bandits abandoned their car yesterday when pursued by a citizens' posse.
       
      Immediately after news of the robbery spread a posse was formed.  About dusk Bobalek was located in the woods and ordered to surrender.  He opened fire and his shots were returned.
       
      Not knowing they had wounded him, members of the posse gave up the search when night fell.  Early this morning they returned to the place and found a trail of blood leading to the body, and the note in his hand.
       
      Wheeler was captured by Sheriff Adams a short time after the robbery.  Both youths attended public school here.
       
      Bobalek's body was first taken to Kemp where it was identified by his father and where, at the coroner's inquest, Justice of the Peace Harry Peel rendered a verdict of suicide.
       
      Wheeler, apparently undisturbed by Bobalek's death, talked freely of the robbery.  Nearly $360 was taken from him, and about $400 was found near Bobalek's body.
       
      Funeral services for the dead boy will be held Sunday at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bobalek, well -known farm family of near Kaufman.
       
      Galveston Daily News, Sunday, January 19, 1930
       
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      Funeral services for the dead boy will be held Sunday at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bobalek, well-known farm family of near Kaufman.
       
      San Antonio Express, Sunday, January 19, 1930
       
      Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
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