Jacob Aaron Lesh
Week of March
13-March 20, 1937
J. I. Lesh,
Prominent Oil Operator, Fatally Injured in Accident Is Crushed
by Falling Tubing Block at Well Near Caps Corner
John I. Lesh, well
known Nocona oil operator, died in the
Bethania Hospital in Wichita Falls at 10 a.m. Sunday,
March 13, after receiving fatal injuries caused by a falling
block at a well near Caps Corner Thursday, March 10, about
Mr. Lesh was
cleaning out a well for Benton and Holmes on the Reed place with
a spudder when the accident
occurred. After close inspection of the scene of the accident,
it was thought that in pulling tubing a line ran up over the
sharp edge of the pulley, cutting the line and letting the
tubing block fall. Mr. Lesh received a crushed shoulder, three
broken ribs, fractured vertebrae, and internal injuries. Mr.
Lesh was born September 18, 1881, at Quaker Hill, Pa., and died
at the age of 55 years, 5 months, and 25 days. He moved to
Nocona about twelve years ago, and drilled the first producer
here. He had been engaged in drilling activities for about
thirty-five years, having drilled several tests in the Petrolia
field. His career in the oil game began in Pennsylvania, and he
had worked in fields in Indiana, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Texas.
were held at the First Baptist Church at Nocona at 3
o’clockMonday afternoon conducted by
Rev. H. T. Tinsley of Decatur Baptist College, assisted by the
pastor, Rev. L. E. Rambo. Rev. Tinsley called attention to the
fact that a large majority of the congregation, which filled the
auditorium and overflowed the balcony, and stated that this in
itself was a great tribute to Mr. Lesh. In eloquent and forceful
language, Rev. Tinsley paid a deserved tribute to the life of
Mr. Lesh, emphasizing his loyalty and faithfulness to every
obligation to his fellow workers, neighbors, the community and
Interment was made
in the Bellevue cemetery under the direction of the Daugherty
Pallbearers were G.
I. Yarbro, E. W. Patterson, James
McCall, Joe Benton, W. F. Leonard and Jesse D. Woods. Honorary
pallbearers were A. C. Parks of Wichita Falls, R. J. Brown of
Henrietta, Cad McCall, A. A. Folsom of Gladewater, Leland
Fikes of Dallas, and Lloyd Sigler of
his wife, Mrs. Lesh, and three sons, Jack Lesh, a student at
Texas A & M College, Tom Lesh of Wichita Falls, and Daniel Lesh
of Nocona; two brothers, Phil Lesh of Nocona and D. B. Lesh of
Punxsutawney, Pa.; his father, J. A. Lesh, of Duncan, Oklahoma;
and mother, Mrs. G. M. Horton, of Wichita Falls; one
half-brother, Charles W. Horton, of Wichita Falls; and one
half-sister, Mrs. Oscar Vinson, of Velma, Oklahoma.
out-of-town attending the funeral were: J. A. Lesh of Duncan,
Oklahoma; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Vinson of Velma, Oklahoma; Mr. and
Mrs. D. B. Lesh, Jr. of County Line, Oklahoma; Mr. and Mrs. G.
M. Horton of Wichita Falls, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Harvey of Vernon,
Mr. and Mrs. Mack Thorne of Dallas, Rev. and Mrs. W. H.
Neeley of Bellevue, Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Ramsey of Ponca City, Okla., Zeb
McGuire of Comanche, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Kincaid of
Chandler, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. Scottie Sutton and children of
Electra, Mrs. Kate Howell of Duncan, Okla., Sam Kruger of
Wichita Falls, A. C. Parks of Wichita, R. J. Brown of Henrietta,
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Peter of Petrolia, Mr. and Mrs. E. B.
Kirley of Petrolia, Herbert Perkins
of Petrolia, Mr. and Mrs. Ross of Petrolia, Mr. and Mrs. O. V.
Kline of County Line, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Kline of Saint
Jo, Mr. and Mrs. Bill McAdams of Henrietta, Mr. and Mrs. A. A.
Folsom of Gladewater, Leland Fikes
of Dallas, Mr. Mitchell of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Tillman of
Wichita Falls, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Begley of Tomball, Mr. and Mrs.
Temple Yarbrough of Bowie, J. W. Whitman of Bowie, Mrs. Hazel
Houseman of Bradford, Pa., Jack Roberts of Saint Jo, Mrs. Hattie
Gillem of Bellevue, Miss Ida Duncan
of Bellevue, Mr. and Mrs. Hodges of Bellevue, Mr. and Mrs. W. H.
Reid of Dallas, M. J. McGuigan of
Wichita Falls, R. D. Brotherton of
Wichita Falls, and Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Kelly of Olney.
Mr. Lesh was a
modest man who shunned the spotlight, and many of his deeds of
benevolence and charity were unknown to even his closest friends
and associates. He had a feeling of compassion for the
unfortunates and underprivileged which manifested itself in many
ways, often anonymously. He was one of Nocona’s most esteemed
citizens, and his sudden death cast a spell of sadness over the
entire community. The business houses closed their doors during
the hour of the funeral service in his honor, and at this time
the many friends of Mr. Lesh extend their sympathy to the family
during their bereavement.