Dr. McKnight, early Brady physician, dies

Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 1961 Dr. J.B. McKnight, 91, an early day Brady physician and for whom the McKnight State Tuberculosis Hospital was named, died at his home in San Angelo Friday. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, and burial was in Fairmount Cemetery, San Angelo. Born in Dallas Nov. 7, 1869, he moved with his family to Austin and then later to Mason where the family lived on a small ranch. Dr. McKnight rode 16 miles on horseback daily to school in Mason. He received his M.D. degree from the Memphis Hospital and Medical College, now the University of Tennessee, in 1893. Dr. McKnight practiced in Menard for 15 years and then moved to Brady in 1910 where he was associated with Dr. J.S. Anderson and the late Dr. J.G. McCall. He left Brady in 1914 when he was appointed to take charge of the tuberculosis colony at Carlsbad near San Angelo. At that time the hospital had facilities for only 57 patients, but during Dr. McKnight’s 36 years as superintendent the hospital grew into a tuberculosis treatment center with 1,000 beds. More than 280,000 patients received treatment during his stay at the hospital. He retired in 1950. Dr. McKnight married the former Mabel Latham of Fredonia in 1895. They were the parents of two children, Mrs. W.F. (Mary) Lewis, who has been living with her father, and the late John McKnight of San Angelo. * * * Schoolboy golf match Saturday Nineteen school boys are out for Brady’s golf teams this year and will play their first match here Saturday at the Municipal Golf Course with Abilene, Brownwood and Coleman. Brady High boys out for the team are Bob Archer, the only letterman from last year’s state AA championship team; Jim George, Martin Broad, David Barker, Ricky Rodrigue, Don Wallin, Bill Geeslin, Ken Hudspeth, Charles Dicker, T.A. Wilton, Jim Criswell, Melvin Tittle, Robert Floyd and Gil Engdahl. From Junior High are Karlton Steffens, Butch Thornton and Skip Priess. Two fifth-graders are playing also, Ted Archer and Dayton Archer. * * * Lynx cat killed on Voca ranch A lynx cat is something unusual for this part of the country. Anyway, there is one less in the Voca community. Marvin and Billy Burns, Voca ranchers, in one of their pastures the first of the week noticed a newly killed fawn with its side practically eaten. The ranchers baited a big steel trap with some of the flesh from the slain fawn. The trap was tied to a tree with heavy wire. The following morning they went back to the scene and they had the old boy caught, but he wasn’t dead. They finished the job with a .22 rifle. The lynx weighed in the neighborhood of 30 pounds. He was equipped with a set of destructive teeth and long, killer claws. * * * 3 plead guilty, draw sentence Three men pleaded guilty and were sentenced here Wednesday in 35th District Court by Judge Joe Dibrell. All three had been indicted by the McCulloch County grand jury last week. Felix Niaves Zapata of Brady received a five-year probated sentence on a charge of unlawful possession of narcotics. Jose Leija, 34, of San Antonio was sentenced to three years in the state penitentiary on charges of theft of an automobile from Mrs. Connie Colvin of Brady last Dec. 31. Johney B. Allen, about 26, of Brady, was sentenced to two years in the penitentiary on a charge of passing a worthless check to George Veazey of Placid last Oct. 31. * * * BHS students told: Journalism makes ‘exciting career’ “Journalism as a Career” was the title of a talk by L.B. Smith, Standard-Herald publisher and president of the Texas Press Association, at an assembly of Brady High School, Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. His was one of a series of career talks sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Smith told the students that editing and publishing a newspaper was “exciting and interesting,” and that “we wake up in a new world each day.” He urged those who wish to follow journalism as a career to take all the courses they could in English, learn to be good spellers, be alert, aggressive and develop a nose for news. Smith was introduced by Jimmy Hill, president of the Brady High Student Council. George Purcell, acting manager of the Chamber of Commerce, also was introduced to the student body. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Here for Childers funeral Mr. and Mrs. Charles New and daughter, Charlene, and Mrs. New’s son, J.D. Finlay, wife and daughters, Cathy and Christy of Austin, attended the funeral of Mrs. New’s father, D.J. Childers in Brady, Saturday. Mrs. New will be remembered in Brady as the former Fay Childers. * * * Guests of Bartons Mrs. Martin DeStephano and two children of Austin, were weekend guests of her parents. Mr. and Mrs. A.T. Barton. Mrs. DeStephano was a guest at the Wilkerson-Pierce wedding last Friday evening. They were accompanied to Brady by Charles Shurtleff, student at the University of Texas, who visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Shurtleff. * * * Friday 13 birthdays Mrs. Joe Priest, Seagoville, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Benefield, observed her birthday on Friday, Jan. 13. The only other Friday the 13th in the year is next Oct. 13 and that is the birthday of her brother, Rober M. Benefield. Friday the 13th was lucky for these two. * * * Here for wedding Mr. and Mrs. Pete Tomlinson of Lubbock, were weekend guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Samuelson and Mr. and Mrs. S.P. Tomlinson. Mrs. Tomlinson was matron of honor in the Gault-Spiller wedding Sunday afternoon. * * * Visiting in Brady Mrs. Julia Bruggman of Fort Worth, is a guest of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Barley and son, Donald.

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