Wichita Falls, TX Apartment Fire, Nov 1959

Ex-UT Grid Star Dies In Wichita Falls Fire

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) - A husky former University of Texas football star and a tiny baby boy died in a big downtown apartment fire Thursday night.

The man was 43-year-old Lewis Allen (Bullet) Gray, who was blocking back forthe Texas Longhorns under Coach Dana X. Bible in 1937-38-39, and in his adult years was a petroleum engineer.

His body was found in the charred ruins of his apartment in the fire-damaged K Apartments located just west of the courthouse in this North Texas city.

The baby was 3-month-old Carl Sweeten Jr., who died in a fall from a second story window as the Sweeten family were fleeing from the racing flames.

Damage to the 2-story frame dwelling was estimated at between $60,000 and $70,000.

Gray, a native of Gorman, Texas, went to the University of Texas after playing his early collegiate footbal at John Tarleton College in Stephenville.

Oldtimers remember him as a happy, popular student at Texas. He graduated from the University in 1940.

He was a petroleum engineer for the Atlantic and Pacific Oil Co., and for the past two years had been in Venezuela. He came to Wichita Falls two weeks ago to visit his two children, who are staying with his mother. His wife is dead.

The Sweeten baby was killed when he and his mother, Mrs. Marjorie Sweeten, 19, fell from a second story window. The mother was injured, and was reported in good condition in a hospital.

Just before the fall, the father dropped a 2-year-old son from the window into the arms of firemen.

The fire broke out shortly after 11 p.m. and was brought under control an hour later.

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 21 Nov 1959