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P.O. Box 118826
Carrollton, TX  75011-8826



Jacob Aaron Lesh 1855-1937


Jacob Aaron Lesh obit (1855-1937)

Week of March 13-March 20, 1937
Nocona, Texas

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 four-thirty o’clock.

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.

Funeral services 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 his family.

Interment was made in the Bellevue cemetery under the direction of the Daugherty Funeral Home.

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 Hollywood, California.

Survivors include 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.

Those from 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.

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