Judge Jesse Reed Bond

Entered office: January 01, 1927 | Left office: January 01, 1929
Date of birth: August 29, 1891 in Mississippi
Date of death: January 21, 1932 in Morton, Cochran County, Texas
Place of burial: Morton Memorial Cemetery, Morton, Cochran County, Texas



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Jesse Reed Bond was born August 29, 1891 in Mississippi. He served in World War I, during which time he was heavily gassed and spent twenty-two days recovering in a hospital in France. His lungs would remain weakened from the gas for the rest of his life. Bond, his wife, Nora, and their three children moved to Morton from San Angelo in 1924. In 1926 Bond was elected Cochran County Judge, he served one term. Bond bought two buildings in Morton on the north side of the square, one became the abstract office, where he and his family lived in the back, and the other became a hardware store operated by Bond and Floyd Rowland. Bond later purchased six lots on the south side of the courthouse and two houses adjacent to the present Methodist Church. Jesse Reed Bond died of pneumonia on January 21, 1932 at the age of 41.
Bond was the first veteran to pass away in Cochran County and the American Legion Jesse R Bond Post Number 374 was named in his honor.



Source: Texas Sesquicentennial Texas ’ Last Frontier Cochran County 1836-1986 Volume 1. Copyright Cochran County Historical Commission written by Doris Bond McCulloch circa 1985 adapted by Mary Helen McKnight 2016



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