Hurt While Riding On A Running Board?

If you are like me, you love to find tidbits about your once upon a time family. The following is from a 1936 Comanche Chief about an accident in Comanche County. Why grown men were rolling down the road on running boards is a little beyond me, but that’s the way it was!

B. Ray McCorkle Hurt Here Friday

B. Ray and Eva McCorkle

B. Ray and Eva McCorkle

B. Ray McCorkel, county superintendent, is in a Gorman hospital as a result of an accident here about 1 o’clock Friday afternoon when his foot was crushed in an automobile collision. About one third of his right foot was removed at the hospital Friday afternoon, and his progress since that time has been reported satisfactory. Should complications set in, the foot would have to be removed above the ankle hospital authorities state.

Mr. McCorkle was returning to work and was riding on the running board of a car driven by a small Pinkard boy when a car driven by Miss Viola Harris sideswiped with the Pinkard car. I.E. Pinkard was riding on the running board on the other side of the car from McCorkle.

Mr. McCorkle was not knocked from the car, and neither car was badly damaged. Neither car was being driven more than 15 miles an hour when the accident happened, according to eyewitnesses.

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for and marketing small-town Texas.
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One Response to Hurt While Riding On A Running Board?

  1. Missy Jones says:

    Driving 15 miles per hour. Here is a story that I have told to the young people in the family, and they didn’t believe me. But, in the early days of the county, people didn’t “cut through” a person’s farm for a road, they made a sharp turn at the property lines. So, if you were driving down this country road and there was a corner just ahead, the man would start honking the car horn before they got to the turn, to let the people on the other road know that they were approaching the corner, and the other people would also honk their horn.

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