Clyde had first met Eleanor in 1925, while she was still a student at the Forest Avenue High School in Dallas. One day, after a big argument, she left to visit her aunt in San Augustine. After Clyde sulked for a period of time, he rented a car at Nichol's Bros.for the afternoon, to drive to San Augustine in an effort to patch things up. They did make up, and everything was fine. He even stayed there for several days forgetting that he had a rental car in the driveay, two days past due. Meanwhile, the Nichols Bros. rental firm had become nervous about their missing car. After trying unsuccessfully to locate Clyde, they finally discovered, that he had been staying in San Augustine. When two law officers showed up at the house looking for him, he slipped out the back door and started running through the corn field. Clyde had been seventeen years old at the time. After commanding the fleeing youth to Halt, without success, they fired upon him. He had managed to hide in the woods until the heat had died down, and it wasn't until early that evening, before Clyde felt safe enough to return to the farm house. Shortly thereafter, they split up!
It was in Wichita Falls, where Clyde had first met a slim and attractive young girl named Grace. Love followed, and he had her name tattooed on his other arm. They were telling friends and family that they were married, which was a lie. They had rented a room on Liberty Street. They were in love, and Grace was a nice enough girl but she looked for the kinds of things that Clyde could not afford with the paychecks from his job at The United Glass Company. Another subject that kept surfacing, was her disapproval of Anne's name tattooed on his arm, as she was very possessive. Eventually, Grace left him, and returned to Wichita Falls, thus ending the relationship. That was the end of Clyde's involvement with women, until he met the petite Bonnie Parker!
This photo was taken in Eureka, Texas, Navarro County on a property belonging to the Montgomery family. Chambers Creek bordered the east back side of their property for about a mile and was a heavily secluded area. Clyde's Uncle, Frank Barrow, lived on the road leading to the Montgomery land, His house and property was right by the Eureka Cemetery, and Bonnie and Clyde would always rendezvous there on their visits. Carolyn Montgomery Taylor's original of this photo was stolen. It was given to a family member by Frank Barrow himself. Her father had told her that it was easy to know when the "laws" thought that Bonnie and Clyde were coming to Eureka because they would all be waiting at the Court House and never leave. To reference this area on a map, you need only look for Corsicana, Texas which is 60 miles south of Dallas on I-45 and then look 15 miles south of Corsicana on Highway 287 for Eureka, In the event that Eureka isn't shown on your particular map, you will see Richland Chambers Reservoir (46,000 acre lake). The Montgomery family had 1100 acres there. It's now underwater, but that is the property that this photo was taken on. There is an island in that lake which was Montgomery's land which would definitely show the location. Frank Barrow's property was about 2 miles before you got there. He lived next to the Eureka Cemetery. The road that Frank had lived on is now known as Barrow Rd. He had an old junker car in his pasture that kids had shot full of holes. Carolyn Montgomery's father would always tell unsuspecting relatives from the city, that they were looking at one of Clyde Barrow's cars. Looking back now, she wouldn't be surprised if Clyde, hadn't used that car at one time for something! Unbeknownst to anybody, it quite mysteriously disappeared.
In her interview, Billie Jean Parker was in agreement with this version. source: "The Truth about Bonnie & Clyde" Bonnie had been waitressing at Marco's Cafe on Main St. across the street from the court house in downtown Dallas. Shortly after the Stock Market crash of 1929, in the month of November, the cafe had gone out of business. Bonnie found herself unemployed, and after about two months of unsuccessful attempts at finding work, she moved in with a girlfriend, who had lived in West Dallas. This was in mid-January of 1930. Her friend had broken her arm in an accident, and the new living arrangements had made it possible for Bonnie to help her with the housekeeping and share living expenses. One day, Clyde Barrow, a friend of this girl, dropped by for a visit. The girl had introduced Clyde to her friend Bonnie, and the two youths became instantly attracted to each other. From then on, they were seen everywhere together.