Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sneed, Joseph Tyre, Jr. -- Once lived at 2123 S. Harrison St.

This magnificent house at 2123 South Harrison Street was once the home of cattle baron Joseph Tyre Sneed, Jr., who bought one third of the vast LX Ranch holdings when the ranch was liquidated in 1906. The two men who bought the other two thirds of the ranch were Robert Benjamin Masterson and Lee Bivins. I have heard the house is now, or soon will be, on the market.

The house was built in 1920 and has a pool and an apartment in the backyard. I have also been told this house will be on the home tour that will be given on September 7, between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The story of Joseph Sneed is interesting, but the story of his brother John Beal Sneed is even more interesting because it involves, at least, two murders, one of a man who supposedly had a romantic relationship with John's wife, and the other of the man's father, who was accused of helping his son run off with John's wife.

The father of the man who had the affair with John's wife was shot in the lobby of the Metropolitan Hotel in Forth Worth, Texas in January 1912, and nine months later the son was shot in front of the Polk Street Methodist Church here in Amarillo. John's wife was sent to a sanitarium in Fort Worth to be treated for "moral insanity," but after she was cured, she came back and lived a long life with her husband.

The first link is to the story of Joseph Sneed. The second link is to the Texas State Historical Association story of the murders involving John Sneed, which is referred to as the "Boyce-Sneed Feud." The third link is to the Wikipedia story of the feud.

1) Story of Joseph Tyre Sneed, Jr.
2) Story of John Beal Sneed and the Boyce-Sneed Feud
3) Wikipedia's version of the Boyce-Sneed Feud


The old Joseph Sneed Home at 2123 S. Harrison St.

The old Joseph Sneed Home at 2123 S. Harrison St.

The old Joseph Sneed Home at 2123 S. Harrison St.

The old Joseph Sneed Home at 2123 S. Harrison St.

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