1. Albert Bert Clarendon Hise was born on 5 Sep 1876 in Marion Co, Tennessee. He died on 6 Feb 1948 in Brown Co, Texas. He was buried in Greenleaf Cemetery, Brown Co, Texas.
Sheriff of Brown Co lived in Old Jail
Bert HISE was elected on November 7, 1922, re-elected November 4, 1924, and served until January 1, 1927. Contributed by Patsy Johnson in Brownwood at email@example.com
His was also Chief of Police in the 1930’s.
“In about 1925, a Negro man who had killed Coleman County Sheriff Dick Pauley, was brought to Brown County for trial in District Court.
About midnight on the date the Negro was brought to Brownwood, the late Bert Hise, then Brown County Sheriff, received a phone call from a man in Santa Ann, who reported that ‘lots of Coleman County cars are passing through here headed for Brownwood’. When the mob arrived in Brownwood, some thirty minutes later, the sheriff and what men he could muster were waiting for them. The mob, armed with rifles, pistols and clubs, collected outside the jail and demanded that the Negro man be turned over to them.
Sheriff Hise was faced with the tormenting choice of turning the prisoner over to the restless mob, who would have taken justice into their own hands or defending the jail if the mob stormed it in an effort to get the Negro.
Fortunately, he did not have to do either Fred Abney, mayor at that time, and Walter Early, then District Attorney, arrived on the scene to provide a dramatic climax to the night’s stormy activities.
Both Abney and Early, with undaunted courage, spoke to the angry mob, promised them that justice would be carried out here, and urged the Coleman people to go home and go to bed.
It was a moment of personal triumph for both men, when they persuaded the mob to disperse and return to Coleman. And as they had promised, the Negro’s trial went before the District Judge the next day. He was convicted of murder and later executed at the State Prison.” Copies from the Brownwood Bulletin, Issued September21, 1952, compiled by Brown County Historical Society. (In the Life and Lives of Brown County People; Brown County Historical Society Book 1 Second Edition Indexed 1988, complied by Lorene Bishop assisted by Melba Coursey; pg 22)
Hise was awarded a medal by the NAACP for defusing a mob that came to Brownwood From Coleman to form a lynching party. They were met at the county line in the middle of the road by Sheriff Hise with a Shotgun. (website of Brown Co Historical Society)
Albert married Francis Pearl Monroe on 24 Dec 1900.