Walter Harvey Plummer
(1888-1967)
Margaret Elizabeth Graves
(1894-1977)
Atha Lea Plummer
(1911-1942)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Thomas Francis Dugan
2. Fredrick Jackson Beher

Atha Lea Plummer 2 3 4

  • Born: 24 Jan 1911, Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX, USA 2 3
  • Marriage (1): Thomas Francis Dugan in 1929
  • Marriage (2): Fredrick Jackson Beher in Mar 1941 in Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX, USA 1
  • Died: 2 Mar 1942, Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX, USA at age 31 2 3 4 5
  • Buried: 5 Mar 1942, Fort Worth: Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park, Tarrant, TX, USA 2 3

   FamilySearch ID: L1DJ-S3P.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Newspaper: Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Marriage Licenses: F. J. Beher, 3632 Calmont, and Atha Lee Dugan, 2507 Lincoln., 9 Mar 194, Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX, USA. 1

2. Residence: 3632 Calmont Avenue, Fort Worth, TX on 16 Feb 1942 in Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX, USA. 6

3. Cause of Death: St. Joseph's Hospital: Murder. Gun shot in stomach inflected by F. J. Beher at 2301 N. Main St., 2 Mar 1942, Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX, USA. 3

4. Occupation: comptometer operator at Armour & Co. On 2 Mar 1942 in Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX, USA. 3

5. Residence: 3632 Calmont, Fort Worth, TX on 2 Mar 1942 in Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX, USA. 3

6. Newspaper: Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Railroad Car Inspector Kills Wife and Himself at Drive-In Stand Here, 3 Mar 1942, Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX, USA. 4
Railroad Car Inspector Kills Wife and Himself at Drive-In Stand Here

F. J. Beher, about 35, a railroad car inspector, at noon Monday fatally wounded his wife, Mrs. Atha Lea Beher, while she stood near a drive-in stand at 2301 North Main Street, and then took his own life by shooting himself through the head.
Mrs. Beher died about an hour after the shooting.
Justice of the Peace Hurley returned an inquest verdict of murder and suicide.
The Beher home as at 3632 Calmont Avenue.

Two Cars Drove Up.

W. M. Alford, 1612 Elizabeth Boulevard, an employe at the drive-in stand, told Hurley that about noon Monday an automobile containing three women drove up to the stand and that almost immediately a second car driven by a lone man arrived.
The man, Alford related, went to the automobile containing the women, but found the car doors locked. He then talked to the woman in the rear seat and she finally left that car and walked to the automobile driven by the man.
"Suddenly the man pulled out a pistol and shot the woman through the stomach, and then shot himself in the head," Alford said.
The woman staggered to the drive-in stand, but the man fell dead, in the driveway. Alford reported that the two women in the other automobile drove off immediately.
Identified at Scene.
Beher whose body was taken to Shannon's North Side Funeral Home, and his wife were identified to police at the scene of the shooting.
Beher is a nephew of J. F. Beher, 825 East Mulkey Street, who said that his nephew borrowed his automobile Sunday and had not returned it. J. F. Beher said his nephew and his nephew's wife had "been having trouble lately."
Mrs. Beher filed suit for divorce from her husband last Monday and obtained a temporary restraining order to prevent his disposing of any community property. The suit was set in Seventeenth District Court.
Cal Estill, attorney for Mrs. Beher, said the pair had been having trouble for some time and the Mrs. Beher had told him Monday morning that her husband threatened to kill himself. They had been married about a year, Estill said. Beher had a son by a former marriage.
Mrs. Beher was employed at Armour & Co. Beher had been employed by the Texas and Pacific Railway for 19 years.

Went to Lunch with Mrs. Beher.

Two other Armour & Co. employes, Mrs. Eddie Orand, 3420 West Sixth Street, and Mrs. Billie Lou Molder, 2208 Roosevelt Avenue, had gone to lunch with Mrs. Beher.
They told City Detective Hoote they had no idea Beher was following them until they had turned into the drive at the stand.
Beher left two notes in a writing tablet in the car he was using. Both noted were dated March 1.
The first, addressed to Beher's attorney, Will R. Parker, said: "Mr. Parker, this gun (a .45 caliber revolver) belongs to Wolf & Klar. I paid $5 down on it so take it back so their will be more money left for Bobby Jack. Also the car I'm driving belongs to my uncle. Please see it gets to him." The note was signed "Fred Beher."
The second note, signed "Fred" was addressed to "friends of Atha Lee's." One paragraph addressed to "Mrs. Parker" said: "Go get Bobby Jack. He is in school."

7. Obituary: Fort Worth Star-Telegram on 7 Mar 1942 in Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX, USA. 7 BEHER, FREDERICK JACKSON, age 41, residence 3632 Calmont, died Monday, March 2. Survived by son, Boobie Jack; three sisters, Mrs. Mable Gibbany, San Diego, Cal.; Mrs. Elta Bagley, Miss Ruby Beher of Los Angeles, Cal., who are here for the service. Service 4 p. m. today, Shannon's North Side Funeral Chapel, Rev. T. A. Keenan, Brooklyn Heights Baptist Church, officiating. Interment Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers, Will R. Parker, Ben Williams, C. A. Senior, H. S. McMullen, Ed Beldon, E. L. Dodd.


Atha married Thomas Francis Dugan in 1929. (Thomas Francis Dugan was born on 9 Nov 1910,8 died on 26 Sep 1950 8 and was buried in Fort Worth: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Tarrant, TX, USA 8.)


Atha next married Fredrick Jackson Beher, son of Jefferson D. Beher and Willie Elizabeth Jett, in Mar 1941 in Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX, USA.1 (Fredrick Jackson Beher was born on 29 Jul 1903 in Elwood, Madison, IN,6 9 died on 2 Mar 1942 in Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX, USA 4 5 9 and was buried on 6 Mar 1942 in Fort Worth: Greenwood Memorial Park, Tarrant, TX, USA 9 10.)


Sources


1 Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX), 9 Mar 1941, page 31.

2 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/113704967.

3 Texas State Registrar Office, "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database, FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org), https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K3D7-NLR Atha Lee Beher, 02 Mar 1942; citing certificate number 14497.

4 Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX), 3 Mar 1942, page 1. Railroad Car Inspector Kills Wife and Himself at Drive-In Stand Here.

5 The Vernon Daily Record (Vernon, TX), 4 Mar 1942, page 4. Murder and Suicide Is Death Verdict for Man and Wife.

6 Ancestry.com, U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Frederick Jackson Beher, b. 29 Jul 1900 Elwood IN.

7 Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX), 7 Mar 1941, page 13.

8 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/110124543.

9 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/120739469.

10 Texas State Registrar Office, "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database, FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org), https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K3D7-NLB Fredrick Jackson Beher, 02 Mar 1942; citing certificate number 14498.



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