Wallace James Lincecum, born 19 July 1908 in Denton, Texas, was a son of Val Dies Lincecum (who I was supposed to write about yesterday, but life happened) and Mary Elizabeth Murray (d. 1949). He was also a half-brother to Edgar "Bud" Lincecum. I wrote about Edgar's wife Ida Weeks for the letter I.
By the time Wallace was in his early twenties, he was working in the Texas oil industry. Some job titles he had include oil drilling rig laborer, oil field rotary rig helper, and oil driller. He seemed to make a life-long career of it.
Before 1935, Wallace married Sybil G. Flowers. The couple had at least one son.
Something a bit more notable surrounded Wallace about the age of 23 – he witnessed the death of his uncle, Lucullus Garland Lincecum.
Dallas Morning News (Texas)
27 June 1931
Ambush Slayer Makes Getaway After Man Dies
Killer Rises From Ditch and Opens Fire on Truck Rider.
Special to The News.
HOUSTON, Texas, June 26 -- Officers Friday night were searching for the slayer of L. G. Lincecum, 55, of West Columbia, who was shot from ambush as he rode in a truck toward Houston near West Columbia, about forty miles south of Houston.
Wallace Lincecum, who is a nephew of the slain man, and who was driving the truck, said the slayer rose from a ditch by the side of the road and fired two shots. Only one bullet struck Lincecum and it pierced his heart.
So close did the slayer stand that the elder Lincecum's clothes were powder burned. A rain in the West Columbia section obliterated any trail the slayer might have left and Sheriff John McKinney of Brazoria County called for bloodhounds.
Wallace Lincecum could not identify the slayer nor give a motive for the killing.
Here is an image of L. G.'s death certificate. Up the right side it was noted: Murdered June 26 - 1931 - by parties unknown. And you can see Lucullus's brother (and Wallace's father) was the informant.
But did Wallace do something more than witness the murder? The following news item from almost nine months after the killing seems to suggest he did.
Dallas Morning News (Texas)
6 March 1932
Lincecum is Given Five Years, Suspended
ANGLETON, Texas. March 5 (AP) -- Wallace Lincecum, 22, was convicted Saturday of the murder of his uncle, L. G. Lincecum, and assessed a five-year suspended sentence.
The jury reported at 10:20 a.m.
The elder Lincecum was shot to death on a highway near here last June. The prosecution sought to show the nephew slew him to benefit by a $500 legacy provided in the elder's will.
The defense pleaded the uncle, a Houston contractor, had committed suicide, offering depositions as well as witnesses.
Why the suspended sentence?
Wallace died 9 October 1967 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. A few days later, his remains were laid to rest at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston.
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