The Barrow filling station, 1221 Singleton Blvd.

The Barrow filling station on Singleton Boulevard. (Photos courtesy of the Texas Panhandle Plains Museum, the Dallas PUblic Library and the Dallas Municipal archives)
The Barrow filling station on Singleton Boulevard. (Photos courtesy of the Texas Panhandle Plains Museum, the Dallas PUblic Library and the Dallas Municipal archives)

Henry and Cumie Barrow moved their shotgun house from Muncie Avenue to this site on what was then called Eagle Ford Road.

They added on a filling station with proceeds from an insurance settlement and lived in the attached house.

The Barrows of West Dallas did their share of neighborhood brawling.

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In 1938, a “23-year-old Dallas hoodlum” named S.J. “Baldy” Whatley threw a Molotov cocktail onto their roof.

Whatley had been feuding with Clyde’s brothers Jack and L.C. for years. One night, after a barroom fight with them that involved broken chair legs and beer bottles, he drove by firing shotgun blasts into the filling station and injured Clyde’s 65-year-old mother. She lost an eye and almost died. Whatley was given 12 years for aggravated assault.

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