Stockmen may offer bounties on bobcats

February 9-11, 1960 A group of McCulloch County livestock men organized a new “Cat and Wolf Club” Thursday night to offer a bounty on predatory animals which have been raiding the county’s lamb and kid crop. David Dutton will serve as president of the new club with Fred Wulff Jr., as secretary-treasurer. The club is considering offering the following bounties: $50 for a wolf, $25 for bobcats, $3 for red foxes and 50 cents on coons and grey foxes. To build up a bounty fund, the club is asking that ranchers donate five cents per head on adult sheep and goats and one cent per acre on land not occupied by sheep and goats. The one-cent per acre donation is designed for ranchers who run only cattle. Their places are havens for predatory animals, and they probably should help with the problem, although as cattlemen they are rarely bothered by losses to wolves and bobcats. Claimants for the bounties must sign an affidavit declaring on whose place in McCulloch County the kill was made. For bobcat and wolf bounties, the claimant must also get the landowner or nearby neighbor to verify the kill. The evidence must be a fresh scalp. County commissioners, meeting Monday, also began studying the problem of predatory animals, but delayed making a decision until they see what success the new club has. The club appointed the following community chairmen to publicize the program and collect donations: E.L. Green of Melvin, Bill Jordan and D.R. Jordan of Voca, Raymond Morris at Camp San Saba, David Bratton and H.S. Moseley at Rochelle, Paul Moore and Hilton Moore at Lohn, Walter Haby at Calf Creek, Tol Roberts in Brady, James Finlay Jr., at Fife and Colton Taylor and Charles Miller at Doole. * * * Cisco promotes Rochelle’s Rice to head coach Jerrell Rice has been named to succeed Zac Henderson as head football coach and athletic director at Cisco High School. Rice, coach at Rochelle for three years, has been assistant coach at Cisco since last August. Henderson resigned to become head coach at Breckenridge, succeeding Emory Bellard, who in turn moved recently to San Angelo’s Central High School. Henderson offered to take Rice with him as first assistant at Breckenridge, and Rice admits he was tempted: “In my opinion Breckenridge is the best AAA school in the state for a football coach.” In the meantime, however, the Cisco school board offered him the top job at Cisco with a two-year contract, and Rice accepted. A graduate of Rochelle High School and Howard Payne College, Rice returned to Rochelle in 1956, coaching there until resigning last May. * * * Mercury News On Friday evening, Jan. 29, at the Pentecostal Church in Brady, Miss Kay Turnell and Robert Carroll were married. Pastor of the church, Elmo Turnell, performed the ceremony before a group of friends and relatives. Friends from Placid, Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Harkey, the Preston Cowans, Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Jordan and Mrs. Margaret Jordan accompanied the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Walker Turnell and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Turnell to Brady for the wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Duard Cathey and boys visited in the Grady Yates home Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Margaret Jordan visited her niece and husband the Bill Schaeffers at San Angelo Saturday night and Sunday. Bob Cates, from the Air Force Base in Winnemucka, Nev., is here for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Jud Bratton. * * * Brady Aggie Hurt in Wreck James Davis, 18, Brady freshman at Texas A&M College, was injured just before midnight last Thursday when his 1958 Chevrolet and a diesel tank loaded with acid collided. The head-on crash occurred about 20 miles west of Houston on U.S. 290 . Davis was pinned in his car and a door had to be torn off to get him out. The truck driver was not hurt, although both vehicles were demolished. Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Davis of Brady, was taken to the Methodist Hospital in Houston. Despite the damage in the wreck, Davis escaped serious injury, suffering a cut above his eye and a fractured ankle. X-rays Monday revealed no other serious injuries. * * * Auto, train hit; Brady man hurt in Santa Anna Charlie Matthews, owner of the McCulloch County Public Warehouse and former manager of Brady Mills, was injured Monday night when his car and a train collided in Santa Anna. Matthews’ car was demolished, and he was taken to the Santa Anna Hospital. His mother, Mrs. Nannie Matthews, visited him Tuesday afternoon. “He’s bruised up. His knee is hurt, and he has four broken ribs, but he’s getting along all right,” she said. The accident occurred about 9 p.m. at the railroad crossing on U.S. 282 (the Coleman highway), just a block south of Santa Anna’s main street. Matthews was headed north en route to Coleman. PERSONAL MENTIONS Returns home from hospital Christy Carlson has returned home from a Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas where she underwent surgery on her right leg Jan. 25. Mrs. Carlson and Hugh Cox brought her home Sunday. She will return to the hospital on March 11 to adjust her casts. * * * Speech Club elects New officers, who will serve this semester for the Brady High School Speech Club, were elected this week as follows: Roger Spiller, president, Bobby Barsch, vice-president; Tommye Low, secretary-treasurer and Charlene Brown, reporter. * * * Junior class officers Dan Salter has been elevated to president of the junior class of Brady High School, succeeding Melvin Cowan, who moved with his family to Alburquerque, N. Mex. Jimmy Hill was elected vice president by the class, when Salter moved up to the presidency. * * * Third child to Gordans Dr. and Mrs. R.L. Gordan of Corpus Christi, are parents of a son, born Saturday, Feb. 6 in Corpus Christi. The baby weighted eight pounds and 15 ounces. The Gordans have two other children, Gloria and Edwin. Mrs. Gordon is the former Betty Jo Sansom, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Sansom of Brady. * * * Guests of parents Miss Sherron Smith was a weekend guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Smith. She is teaching homemaking and science in Lamar Junior High School in Austin. * * * Here from Coleman Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo Rubio of Coleman, were guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs.. Alonzo Dominguez and Mrs. Florensia Rubio the past weekend.

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