B. W. Hudgins
PROF. B. W. HUDGINS KILLED BY TRAIN
Newspaper, August 3, 1918.
Vernon, Texas, Aug. 1 – Prob. B. W. Hudgins, principal of the John Henry Brown Public School of Dallas, was instantly killed about 8:30 o’clock yesterday morning when the automobile in which he was riding was hit by northbound freight train No. 19 on the Fort Worth & Denver Railway at a crossing two miles northwest of Vernon.
Mr. Hudgins was en route to Clarendon, Amarillo and Snyder with his wife and four children. Mrs. Hudgins and children escaped injury.
As Mr. Hudgins approached the crossing he saw the train coming and endeavored to stop his automobile but he was on the track before he could do so. All of the family succeeded in getting out and to the safe side of the track. Mr. Hudgins, thinking one of the children was still in the car, went back and attempted to roll it off the track. It was while pushing the car that he was struck and killed.
The body was shipped to Snyder today for burial.
Popular as Principal.
Mr. Hudgins came to Dallas in 1912 from Abilene. After serving as principal of the Lamar School for four years he was transferred to the John Henry Brown School, where he has been for two years. He was regarded as a very popular principal.
Last Friday he completed a term of instruction in the Young Men’s Christian Association summer school. He left Saturday morning with his family for an automobile tour of West Texas.
J. R. McCormick, president of the Board of Education, was advised of the death in a telegram from A. W. Hudgins of Vernon. J. F. Kihmball, superintendent of schools, expressed keen regret on receiving the news.
Mr. Hudgins was a capable principal and his death will be a loss to the public schools. Dr. Kimball said, “He was affable and courteous and very popular with the patrons. His death is to be regretted very much.”
Burial at Snyder.
Snyder, Tex., Aug. 1 – Prof. B. W. Hudgins, the Dallas teacher killed this morning in an automobile collision at Vernon, was formerly superintendent of the Snyder schools. The body is expected to arrive here Tuesday for burial.
Formerly of McKinney.
Prof. B. W. Hudgins, whose tragic death is told of in the above dispatches, formerly lived in Collin county. For several years he was principal of the McKinney High School, later taught at Petersburg and Allen and for several years served as a member of the Collin County Board of Examiners under the administration of County Superintendent T. A. Coleman. Prof. Hudgins was a popular teacher and stood high in the esteem of everybody. His untimely death caused genuine sorrow in many hearts in this city and county. We deeply sympathize with the bereaved family.