Snake-bite kit: It’s hunter’s best friend

October 11-14, 1960 An Austin man told his wife, just before she left on a dove hunting trip Monday to Brady: “Here, I bought you a snake-bite kit. Hope you don’t need it.” She needed it. Mrs. Woodrow Patterson was bitten Monday afternoon while hunting on a Perry Bradshaw place at Calf Creek. With her were her brother, M-Sgt. Donald A. Wilson, and their mother, Mrs. Edna V. Wilson of Austin. Mrs. Patterson had kicked a rock into a pile of brush, and suddenly she heard the rattle and felt the snake strike almost instantly at her heel. “It was the first rattlesnake I had ever seen outside of a zoo. It was big, maybe five feet long, and it jumped into the air after it bit me.” Mrs. Patterson called for her brother, and he carried her back to the car where they had left the snake-bite kit. “I never thought I could cut myself, but I did it,” she said in telling about opening the would to use the snake-bite suction kit. Mrs. Patterson was brought to Brady Hospital for further treatment. She was still in the hospital Thursday. Her leg was still swollen, but she was recovering. She came here to hunt doves at the suggestion of her brother, an Air Force sergeant who is on three weeks’ leave while being transferred from the Strategic Air Command base at Omaha, Neb., to the Canal Zone. They came to the Bradshaw place because Mrs. Patterson is a friend of Mrs. Ruby Bradshaw Ray of Austin, a sister of Perry Bradshaw. Mrs. Patterson has a word of advice to other dove hunters: “Buy a snake-bite kit when you buy your shells.” * * * No breathers for Bulldogs There’s not a breather in the bunch for the Brady Bulldogs this year. Friday night they take on the AAAA-Sam Houston Cherokees from San Antonio. It’s the heaviest team they’ve met this year and the heaviest problem in several years. “Their line averages 188 and that’s pretty close to 190,” said Brady coach K.Y. Owens. The Cherokees were district champions last year and are being doomed to repeat in District 14-AA again this year. With a 4-1 record, the Cherokees hold victories over MacArthur (7-0), Lanier (26-6), Central Catholic (20-0), and Edgewood (36-28). Their only loss was 20-12 to Port Lavaca. Owens rates Wesley Robinson, a 156-pound halfback, as probably Sam Houston’s best ball-carrier, although the Cherokees have a supply of backs with about equal ability. At quarterback is Mike Crocker, a 175-pound 6-1 senior and son of Cherokee coach Glen Crocker. Crocker, however, missed last week’s game with Edgewood because of an ankle injury and was replaced by Randoph Johnson, 160 pounds, 6-1 1/2 junior. Right halfback John Ziebell, another 6-foot senior, gained 105 yards on six runs against Edgewood, and Mack DuBose, also a senior halfback, accounted for 80 yards in 17 times with the ball. Fullback Ronald Christians, 5-9, is captain of the Cherokees along with Perry Calk, a 6-1 senior end. Brady center Gene Rowell got a bruised hip in the Belton game here last week and is a doubtful starter Friday. If he can’t go, Dean Hahn will fill in and Bill Harbour will move to Hahn’s guard position. The Bulldogs this week also were having fullback troubles. Jimmy Hill missed the Belton game but may be ready to go by Friday. Gene Henderson, who subbed for Hill, also had been ailing with the flu this week and worked out for the first time Wednesday. * * * Mercury News Mrs. Sidney Berry passed her 101st milestone Monday, Oct. 10. All of her surviving children were here with her; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Munson, Riverside, Calif; Mr. and Mrs. Dick Lansdoune, El Paso, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Keating, Bisbee, Ariz.; and Miss Erie. Even though Mrs. Berry is very frail and has to stay in bed most of the time, she enjoyed having her friends and family come to see her. Ruby Beckham received a letter recently from a sister-in-law, Mrs. Lee Beckham, Eunice, La.; telling her that Lee, who had been in Legion Hospital in Crowley, La., suffered from serious injuries received in an automobile accident in August and would probably be able to leave the hospital soon. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Penn and three children of Brady and Mr. and Mrs. Luton Willis visited Mr. and Mrs. Ed Penn Saturday night. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Visits at Lubbock, Levelland Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Bradley were recent guests in the home of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John L. Davies and family of Lubbock. Mrs. Emma Powell of Waldrip went with them as far as Lubbock where she met her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Powell, of Levelland, where she visited a few days.

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