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From: RMendelson <>
Subject: Re: [TXHOOD] 1932 Murder of John H. Foss in Hood Co.
Date: Mon, 2 Aug 2010 15:15:10 -0500
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Wish I could help, but don't live in the Granbury area. I did grow up about 35 miles from Granbury and I do have a couple of thoughts. Hood County and Hildalgo County are at the opposite ends of the world, almost. If your man lived in Granbury in 1932, I have doubts about owning land in Hildalgo County, especially a pecan orchard. It's possible but not likely. We have pecan orchards in the area of Hood County, also - De Leon, Texas, just a county or two over in Comanche County, comes to mind.
There is no John Foss listed in the Hood County Cemetery Book, so he's not there unless he is in an unmarked grave.
Granbury did have a newspaper at that time. Maybe someone on this list in Granbury can do a lookup. You might also try the Fort Worth Star Telegram. A murder might have been mentioned in that paper.
Good luck!

In a message dated 08/02/10 14:11:04 Central Daylight Time, writes:
Am searching for information on John H. FOSS, born March 18, 1858 in Norway and died in Hood Co., TX December 21, 1932. Apparently he was murdered, and was buried in an unknown location before family in North Dakota was even aware of his death. I found his death listed on the Hood county deaths index from 1903-2000.

Son Peder Foss made a trip to Texas to investigate the murder and found out nothing. I'm told John owned a pecan orchard at or near Donna, TX., so Peder may have investigated in Hidalgo, the wrong county. Family was informed years later of land he owned at Donna, TX. They are not aware of what happened to the land.

John's wife Pernelle apparently left him in Texas, possibly even before 1920, and returned to ND to live with her son until her death in 1935. It apparently wasn't a happy marriage.

I've gleaned this information from a grand-daughter and am hoping to provide more information to her as a distraction. She is right now dealing with her husband's terminal cancer and can use any distraction from that stress.

If anyone has any information on this murder, or a newspaper exists that might have mentioned it, I would be so grateful. Thanks so much. Judy Olson

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