‘Country doctor’ dies at Lohn home

December 13-16, 1960 Dr. W.M. Land, a “country doctor” at Lohn for almost 50 years, died at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at his home, a mile east of Lohn. He was 89. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday at Wilkerson Chapel, Brady, with burial in the Lohn Cemetery. Dr. Land served some families at Lohn as their family physician through three generations, and many remember going to him during their childhood. He would reward them with a stick of peppermint candy “if they were good.” Born March 12, 1871, in Georgia he attended medical school in Birmingham, Ala., in Chattanooga, Tenn., and had two terms at Tulane University, New Orleans, La. In 1900 he came to Texas, opened an office in Taylor and was married in 1901 to the former Oma Carroll at Granger. It was in January, 1908, that Dr. Land moved to Lohn and opened a small office upstairs over the post office, a building later destroyed by fire but on the site now occupied by the Masonic Lodge. He was among the first in the community to buy an automobile, an Auto Buggy in 1908, and he often drove across rough pastures, muddy fields and through wire gates to reach his patients. Sometimes he took one of his children along to open the gates. The weather was never too bad for him to answer a call. During a flu epidemic of 1918 Dr. Land was busy day and night and had to send medicine to many patients whom he couldn’t get around to see. For many years Dr. Land owned a drug store in connection with his office in Lohn, the store being operated by his business partner, the late Miss Myrtle Necessary. Dr. Land retired form practice in 1955. His survivors are his wife; five sons, Henry of Brady, Ernest of Waco, Carroll of San Angelo, Orvil of Lohn and Oron of Waco; and two daughters, Mrs. Mae Bissett of Lohn and Mrs. Cleo Jackson of Dayton. Also surviving are a brother, J.L. Land of Montgomery, Ala.; two sisters, Miss Dallas Land of Montgomery, Ala., and Mrs. Exa Crouch of Columbus, Ga.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. * * * 4 scouts attend leadership class Four members of Boy Scout Troop 402, sponsored by the First Methodist Church, attended a junior leaders training school at Camp Sol Mayer Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3. James Micklethwait, Melvin Tittle, Jimmy Howe and Kenneth Wilton were accompanied by their scoutmaster, Ed Tittle. Fifty boys from the Tri-Rivers District of the Concho Valley Council were present. Methods of troop leadership by patrol leaders was taught and demonstrated. * * * Pupettes clip Ballinger girls The Brady High Pupettes defeated the Ballinger girls basketball team Monday, 28-21, and took the B game also, 19-15. Scoring for Brady in the A game were Josephine Hernandez 12, Ernestine Sandoval 9, Mary Jo Trammell 4 and Judy Davenport 3. Vickie Helberg was high for Brady in the B game with 14 points followed by Mary Rose with 3 and Danny Dial with 2. The Pupettes dropped two games here last Thursday to Coleman, 37-33 in the A game and 34-32 in an overtime B tangle. Brady scoring in the A game: Sandoval 12, Hernandez 10, Davenport 9 and Linda Taylor 2. Scoring in the B game: Herberg 17, Trammell 14 and Rose 1. * * * Help needed quickly for aged couple here Emergency help is needed for an aged Latin-American couple here. “They are at the mercy of what people can do for them,” said Miss Arvie Wegner, field representative for the State Department of Public Welfare. “They have no means of support at all and have been living in a one-room house with a two burner oil cook stove as the only heat, with no lights and no water. “They had been sleeping on the floor until somebody brought them a bed.” The woman is 60, and the man is 59. He is permanently and totally disabled with a crippled hip injured in an accident. Miss Wegner said two agencies are working on an application to get assistance for them, “but it will take 60 days to determine eligibility. “The County is trying to supply them with a minimum amount of food, but they still need some more food, an old table and a couple of chairs, some old quilts and some clothes. “These old people are in an awful shape. They’ve had a hard life anyway.” * * * Aged couple given help; more calls due during winter Brady people “responded generously” to an appeal Tuesday for aid for an aged Latin-American couple here, left without any means of support. “I want to thank everybody. We pretty well have this couple cared for now until we can get them permanent help,” said Miss Arvie Wegner, field representative of the State Department of Public Welfare. “But there are lots of other families, and we are going to have many calls through the winter months.” Warm clothing, shoes and bedding will be needed for men women and children. The County has set up a “clothing store” to handle requests for help. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Saturday guests Luncheon guests of Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Lackey on Saturday were Chap and Mrs. M.L. Nelson of Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene. The Nelsons have just returned from a three-year tour of duty in Germany. Mrs. Nelson is a niece of Mrs. Lackey. * * * Visit with J.L. Garys Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Gary of Lohn were happy to have their three daughters home for Thanksgiving. They were Mrs. L.S. Batey, Corpus Christi; Mrs. E.A. Fowler, San Angelo and Mrs. Fount Stroope, Brady; two grandsons and their wives, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Stroope, Brady; and Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Batey of Austin. In the afternoon they all came to Brady for a visit with their son, W.T. Gary and family. * * * Daughter to couple Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Hext of Brady are glad to announce the birth of a daughter at Brady Hospital Tuesday, Nov. 29. The little Miss weighed seven pounds and one ounce and has been named Elisabeth Ann. Mrs. Ruth Koehler of Cuero is the maternal grandmother and Mr. and Mrs. Barber Hext of Brady are the paternal grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. H.P.C. Evers of Brady are the maternal great-grandparents.

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