County trapper at war against wolves, foxes

January 3-6, 1961 Lonnie Morris, the County’s official trapper, has been making a good harvest of wolves and red foxes during the last three months, although the wet weather has slowed him up. “When it dries up, I’ll start cat trapping,” he said. Once he puts out his traps he has to run them every day to be sure that sheep and goats don’t get caught. During December, Morris got 30 red foxes and one wolf. “It was a bad month. It has been so muddy I couldn’t get in the pastures,” he said. The wolves have been most plentiful in the northwest corner of the county, on the Walker, Hodges and John Yantis places. Morris has caught eight up there so far. “They’re coming in from Coleman and Concho Counties. Every time I think I’ve got them cleaned out, another pair drifts in. I’ve got two more located now. There are some sheep near them, but they’re not killing. I’ll get them as soon as the ground dries.” Morris is working under a joint program financed jointly by the ranchers, the County and the U.S. Predator Control Service. He is available throughout the county. “Anybody who needs me, just notify me,” he said, adding that he will be glad to help if ranchers run into trouble with predators this spring when their sheep start lambing. Morris said local ranchers have been very cooperative with him and apparently well pleased with his work. * * * Gordon Wood to speak for grid banquet Gordon L. Wood, coach of the State AAA football champions, the Brownwood High School Lions, has accepted an invitation as main speaker for the annual Brady High School football banquet. The affair will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the First Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, with the Men’s Fellowship of the church sponsoring the event. All members of the Brady Bulldogs’ A team and the caching staff will be guests of honor. Coach Wood is one of the outstanding high school coaches of the state, and his record the last decade will attest to this fact. He turned out State AA football champions while at Stamford a few years ago, and was at Victoria for a couple of years before moving to Brownwood last summer. In his first season there, the Lions marched to the state championship while losing only to the AAAA Temple Wildcats. “We have a good speaker for our banquet, and we’re planning an outstanding program to honor our 17-AA District champions,” said Lewis. “Get your tickets early and participate in the evening’s enjoyment.” * * * Rabies found; caution urged McCulloch Countians should be on the lookout for another outbreak of rabies. A rabid skunk was found in the East Sweden community about 10 days ago, and a calf, from the northern half of the county, died recently of rabies. “We don’t want to alarm people, but they should be cautions,” said Dr. Richard Winters, Brady veterinarian now associated with Dr. Steve King. Livestock owners should be watchful for any nervous symptoms or any change in attitude among their stock, he said. A rabid cow may appear to be choking and having difficulty in swallowing, “but keep your hands out of the cow’s mouth.” Cases of rabies are being found in large animals and varmints as well as pets. * * * Temporary C-C manager named The board of directors this week appointed George Purcell of Brady to take over the Chamber of Commerce. Purcell will succeed Roger Wheeler, who is resigning effective Jan. 15. “Purcell will help out until we can find a new manager,” said C-C Board President D.A. Harkrider. Purcell began his duties Jan. 1. A retired feed salesman, Purcell has been active in civic work since his retirement, donating his services for many projects. * * * Happy Birthday! The New Year meant a new year for A.J. Herrington of Brady, who observed his 93rd birthday Wednesday, Jan. 4. Mr. Herrington, who is enjoying good health, has resided in Brady for the last 15 years. An early-day blacksmith at Hamilton, Mr. Herrington moved to Colorado City in 1907, and for many years operated the Ford automobile agency there. He farmed in Frio County from 1931 to 1944. Mr. Herrington has three children, A.A. Herrington of Colorado City, Mrs. George Morgan of Rochelle and Mrs. Lona L. Jackson of Bandera. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Dinner in Tetens home Mr. and Mrs. Ernst Tetens were happy to have all of Mr. Tetens’ brothers and sisters and their families as guests for Christmas dinner. They were: Mr. and Mrs. Allan Ledbetter, Melvin; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Amarine, Santa Anna, and granddaughter, Glenda Vineyard; Mr. and Mrs. Bruno Tetens, Garland; Jack Tetens, John and Krista, Eden; Mrs. Bill Harris, Eureka, Calif. Other guests were her brother and sister, Clarence Snider and Mrs. Ruhama Wilhelm, Brady, their three sons and families, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Tetens, Ruthie, Harry and Karin, Altus, Okla.; and Richard Tetens, Lubbock. * * * Guests in Jenning home Thursday guests in the Leon Jennings home were Mr. and Mrs. Gordon McCarley of Dallas, and Miss Sandee Wick of San Antonio, who is still visiting here. Friday night they had as their supper guests, students of ACC on their way home to San Antonio, Larry Royal, Beverly Wick, Jimmy Ward and Malissa Crenshaw. * * * Returns to St. Louis Mr. and Mrs. Ron Brodbeck of St. Louis, who have been holiday guests of her mother, Mrs. Dallas Miller, and Mr. Miller, left Thursday for their home. Mrs. Broadbeck was the former Barbara Brook. * * * Guests in Pointer home Mr. and Mrs. I.C. Pointer had as guests during the Christmas holidays, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Quist, Jr. and sons, Ricky and Terry of San Antonio, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Pointer of Kerrville, and Mrs. Lorene Cawyer. * * * Guests of Fred Halls Mr. and Mrs. Max Morris and small son of Norman, Okla., were holiday guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hall. They arrived in Brady Tuesday, Dec. 20 and returned home Dec. 30. Other guests in the Hall home during the holidays are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mc-Lauchlin of Smithville and Mr. and Mrs. Joaquin Jackson and small daughter of Littlefield. * * * Here from Oklahoma Mr. and Mrs. Odell Olson of Antlers, Okla., returned home Tuesday after spending the Christmas holidays here as guests of the former’s mother, Mrs. C.H. Vincent and other relatives and friends. * * * Virgil Middleton children home Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Middleton of Melvin enjoyed having all of their children and grandchildren with them for the Christmas holidays. Present for the Christmas Eve party Saturday night and also for Christmas dinner on Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Arch K. Jacobson, Dale, Keith and Janet of Sikeston, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Hardin and Karen of Coleman, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Builta, Cathy, Stevie and David of Del Rio and Virgil, Jr., of Post. They all returned to their homes Tuesday.

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  1. Valerie halliburton on February 28, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Lonnie morris was my great grandpa. His daughter viva mae Halliburton and ily jade morris. He was the best.

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