February 20, 1925
Death at the Road's Curve
When the Ford Car Driven by Fred Estes' Overturned and His Chum was Killed
Fred Estes, still sore and suffering from the injuries he received when on Thursday of last week, Feb. 12, the Ford car he was driving suddenly overturned as it rounded a sharp curve on the Cisco-Breckenridge Highway, 6 1/2 miles NE of Cisco, just SW of where that thoroughfare crosses the Cisco and Northeastern Railway tracks. He and his chum Fred Frazier, were crushed beneath the shattered car, says: "Just before we made the curve-we were running at about 25 miles an hour-poor Fred remarked: "'On a fine road like this you never notice how fast your car is running.' 'Sure!' I agreed, and at that very moment over went the car and I found myself crumpled among the wreck with the body of my friend pinning me down. He was gasping feebly and I knew he was dying!'"
A passing motorist rescued the two men and sped with them at top speed to Cisco. Before the car reached that city the rigor of death had gripped Fred Frazier and his body was taken to an undertakeing parlor, where it was discovered that his neck was broken and that he had recieved internal injuries which in themselves would have proven fatal.
Fred Estes was badley bruised and battered about his arms, shoulders and upper torso, his face was bruised and scratched. His escape from death was miraculous.
When news of the fatality reached Baird, Mrs. Fred Estes, Mr. & Mrs. Lee Estes and Ed Frazier, brother of the dead man, whose body was taken to a Cisco mortary parlory, hastened to that city.
The body of Fred Fraizer was shipped to the Frazier home in Baird that night. Friday evening it was committed to its last resting place in Ross Cemetery. Rev. P. D. O'Brien, pastor of the Baird Baptist Church, conducted brief religious exercises at the graveside. He read a passage of scripture and paid a merited tribute to the many good qualities of the deceased and a volunteer choir sang several touchingly appropriate hymns.
Eugene Bell Post No. 82, headed by Commander J. A. Dubberry took charge and committed the body to its last resting place with military honors, three rifle salvos being fired over his grave and Bugler Horton Hornsby of the Baird Municial Band sounding taps.
A large crowd paid the last tribute of respect to the memory of the deceased, as he was universally esteened and the tragic manner of his being taken off touched the hearts of all.
Ira Fred Frazier was born in Baird December 23, 1887, just fifteen days after the first issue of the Baird Star was published by the present editor. He grew to manhood in Baird, where he had lived all of his life....
Fred Frazier was one of the first contingent called into World War service from this county, on September 5, 1917. The four others were --- Taylor, Jesse Miller, Fred Heyser and Perry Gilliland. The latter was placed in charge of the squad. The went from here to San Angelo and all were sent to France.
The deceased is survived by his aged mother, his father having died several years ago; two brothers, Ed and Frank, and two sisters, Mrs. A. W. Hunt of Baird and one living in California, who reached here after the funeral.
Mr. Hunts's father was seriously ill in Ranger and he and Mrs. Hunt were there when news of Fred's tragic death reached them. Mr. Hunt senior died Friday morning, but the son and wife came up to Baird to attend Fred Frazier's funeral, Mr. Hunt returning to Ranger after the funeral, to follow the body of his father to the grave the day following.
George Frazier, a cousin, who formerly lived in Baird,was also here to console his aunt in her great sorrow, over the sudden and tragic death of her beloved son.
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