Sherman, TX Grayson County Courthouse Burned by Mob, May 1930

Escape by Ladders.

Judge R.M. Carter and Prentice Gafford, District Clerk, left the building by ladders when the flames curst forth. The rangers were seen by a number of people to leave the burning structure, and they did not have the negro with them.

At 4 o’clock the building stood in ruins, the walls only remaining. It was an old structure, built in the ‘80s and remodeled about ten years ago.

Deplored by Governor.

Austin, Texas, May 9 (AP).-Governor Moody Friday night deplored the scenes of violence at Sherman incident to the trial of George Hughes, negro, on a charge of criminal attack on a white woman and at the same time promised the use of every power of the State to prevent any interference with the orderly procedure of justice.

Definite instructions were issued by the Governor to Lieut. Col. Lawrence McGee of Dallas, who was dispatched to Sherman with a company of National Guardsmen, to prevent any mob violence. The troops were sent to Sherman at the request of District Judge R.M. Carter.

Governor Moody said: “It is regrettable that the State is forced to take the extreme steps of calling out the National Guard to prevent mob violence but this is a government of law and order and not of mobs. The power of the State Government should be utilized to the fullest to protect the orderly administration of justice in accordance with the law of the land.”

The Governor was keeping in close touch with the situation at Sherman and said further steps would be taken in conditions warranted.

Governor Moody said Friday night he had previously instructed rangers to “keep a mob from getting that negro, and to avoid any trouble if they could.” He said reports that he instructed rangers “not to shoot,” were erroneous.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 10 May 1930


Grayson County Files Claim for Courthouse

Special to The News.
Sherman, Texas, May 27.-Claim for $100,000 in insurance on the Grayson County Courthouse, destroyed by fire here May 9 when a mob lynched George Hughes, negro, was made Monday by the County Commissioners Court. The policies carry an invalidating clause preventing payment in case of destruction of the courthouse by incendiary rioting and the move is regarded as a formality.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 28 May 1930