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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. III - Page 212« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Howard Leslie Brennan Resumed)

Testimony of Roy Sansom Truly

Mr. Belin.
Next we will call Mr. Truly.
Mr. Mccloy.
Will you raise your right hand, and stand.
Do you solemnly swear the testimony you will give in this case will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Mr. Truly.
I do.
Mr. Mccloy.
I would like to state, Mr. Truly, what the purpose of this hearing is.
This is to hear the testimony of several witnesses, or people close to the event of the assassination of the President, to get as much knowledge as we can of' the facts concerning that event, which largely centers around the School Book Depository and the people in it, on the afternoon of November 22d.
Will you state for the record your full name?
Mr. Truly.
Roy Sansom Truly.
Mr. Belin.
Mr. Truly, where do you live?
Mr. Truly.
I live at 4932 Jade Drive, Dallas, Tex.
Mr. Belin.
Are you originally from Dallas?
Mr. Truly.
No. I have been in Dallas since 1925.
Mr. Belin.
Where were you born, sir?
Mr. Truly.
Hubbard, Tex.
Mr. Belin.
And what was your birth date?
Mr. Truly.
August 29, 1907.
Mr. Belin.
Mr. Truly, where did you go to school?
Mr. Truly.
I finished high school at Hubbard--
Mr. Belin.
In Texas?
Mr. Truly.
In Texas.
Mr. Belin.
And what did you do after you finished high school?
Mr. Truly.
Well, I came to Dallas in the fall of that year and I have been there ever since.
Mr. Belin.
For whom did you become employed when you came to Dallas?
Mr. Truly.
I believe my father ran a cafe here in Dallas, and I worked with him a short while. And then in the fall of 1925, I went to work for Higginbotham, Bailey, Logan Co.
Mr. Belin.
What business is that?
Mr. Truly.
That is wholesale drygoods.
Mr. Belin.
And how long did you work with them?
Mr. Truly.
I believe a little less than a year.
Mr. Belin.
And then where did you
Mr. Truly.
I went to work for National Casket Co.
Mr. Belin.
And about how long did you work for them?
Mr. Truly.
I couldn't be certain. Several years--maybe 3 or 4 or 5 years.
Mr. Belin.
And in what capacity did you work for them?
Mr. Truly.
Well, I worked in the cloth room, learning the trade of putting in the drapery and things in the caskets.
Mr. Belin.
And from there, where did you go?
Mr. Truly.
I worked a short time at the Dallas Coffin Co., several months. It wasn't very long. And I left there and during the depression I worked for several things. I drove a laundry truck off and on for a couple of years.
(At this point, Representative Ford withdrew from the hearing room.)
Mr. Truly.
I believe I even worked for the WPA back there in those days.
Mr. Belin.
All right.
And after the depression, where did you start working then?
Mr. Truly.
I went to work for the Texas School Book Depository in July 1934.
Mr. Belin.
And have you been employed by the Texas School Book Depository since that date, since July 1934?
Mr. Truly.
That is right.
(At this point, Mr. Dulles entered the hearing room.)
Mr. Belin.
In what capacity have you worked for that company?
Mr. Truly.
First, when I first went to work for this company, I had charge of
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