Dallas, TX Three Youths Drown in White Rock Lake, May 1929

Two of the Boys that Drowned, Roy Groves & Clifford Hall, May 1929

Every resource of the fire and police departments was put into used as the search progressed.  Fire Chief Jesse Coffman directing the early part of the work until he had to return to duty, leaving the task with Assistant Chief Wolff.  Assistant Chief Bert Dellinger had charge of the police at the lake.  Besides the assignment of police to the actual search, the heavy traffic around the lake kept a squad of police busy.  Automobiles of person come to aid the search and others loaded with curious presented a serious problem, Chief Dellinger said.

Tuesday morning the fire department made additional grappling hooks to use in dragging the thirty-foot water in which the boat was capsized.

The heavy rain which started in the morning was at its height when the bodies were recovered, making the work more difficult.

All persons having boats at the lake were called to place their equipment at the service of the searchers.

Fred Webber, who operates a grocery at 3231 Swiss avenue, sent a consignment of food and coffee to the lake and the searchers were served sandwiches and coffee by Mrs. Henry Garrett, wife of the superintendent of the fire and police signal system; Mrs. W. B. Odom, 5316 Lewis street, and Mrs. Eli Pratley, wife of City Electrician Pratley.

Many of the persons had been without food since Monday Night.

Boat Homemade.

The boat in which the boys were riding when the tragedy occurred was corrugated metal, of home construction, and had been used by the boys frequently, it was said.

Among those who took part in the search were B. B. Owen, C. P. Van Winkle, Earl Hart, guard at the lake; City Electrician Pratley, T. R. Mailn, superintendent at the lake; R. M. Coleman, concessionaire; City Detectives Ernest Bell and Bob Abbott, H. S. Cherry, 5604 Junius, employe of the Federal Reserve Bank: O. J. Coerver and Jess Illingworth.

Funerals Planned.

Funeral arrangements incomplete Tuesday night, were for services Wednesday for the youths.

Services for Hall are set for 2:30 p.m. at the Plano Baptist Church. Surviving him are two brothers, Leonard Hall of Fort Worth and Dave Hall of Dallas, and six sisters, Miss Emma and Dora Hall of Wylie Miss Annie Hall, Dallas; Mrs. R. E. Flanaga, Garland, and Mr. Emmett Connel, Fort Worth.

McGuire was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John McGuire of Clear Lake, seven miles northeast of here.  Besides his parents he is survived by two sisters, Miss Juanita and Miss Oneita Fay McGuire, and three brothers Jesse, Orville and Ferfel McGuire.  The body was taken to the residence late Tuesday.

Groves was one of two sons of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Groves, whose home is a mile south of Wylie.  Besides his parents, the brother, Roddy, and five sisters survive him, Miss Oneith, Miss Nellie and Joy Groves of Wylie, Miss Ruth Morris of Palestine and Mrs. Ray Pitts of Wylie.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 29 May 1929

Groves and Hall are buried in Grove Hill Cemetery in Dallas.  Headstone photo from Texas Historic Cemeteries on facebook.