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Born on March 24, 1910 to Henry Barrow and Cumie Walker, on a farm in Telico, Texas.

Clyde came from a large family of migrant farmers. He had 3 brothers; Elvin "Jack", Marvin Ivan "Buck" and LC Barrow. He also had 3 sisters; Artie, Nellie and Marie Barrow. LC and Marie were the only Barrow children that were younger than Clyde.

The older Barrow children had moved out by 1921 when Henry Barrow moved the remainder of his family to Dallas, Texas in hopes of making a better life for them. Their first home in Dallas was in a tent at a campground under a West Dallas viaduct. Henry supported the family by peddling goods from his horse drawn wagon. He began building a tiny framed home that could be moved on the back of his wagon to a permanent location at a later date. With the help of his second oldest daughter Nell, Henry was able to purchase a small piece of land on Eagle Ford Rd. (now Singleton Blvd.) He eventually turned the main part of the house into the Star Service Station after he added on modest living quarters.

Clyde moved back and forth from the campground to his uncle Frank's farm and then the Barrow home on Eagle Ford Rd. Clyde's older brother Buck was somewhat lazy and preferred to steal something rather than work for it. Clyde was impressionable at the time and followed in his bother's footsteps. He was caught on a charge of stealing turkeys with his bother but Buck took all the blame and Clyde got off the hook. Clyde had worked at several jobs, but soon joined up with his brother on some of his illegal activities. It didn't help that he took up with the likes of Frank Clause who had already established a reputation as a thief.

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December 3, 1926 at the age of 16, Clyde was arrested for stealing a car, but the charges were dropped. He was arrested in March of 1930 at the home of his new girlfriend Bonnie Parker and extradited to Waco on charges there. He quickly escaped the McLennan County jail with a gun smuggled into him by Bonnie. Clyde, William Turner and Emory Abernathy escaped stealing cars as they made their way to Middletown, Ohio. Within a week of his escape, he was cornered and surrendered. This would be the last time Clyde Barrow would ever surrender.

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