Jessie Rhonol Holloway was born in 1905 in Erath County, the son of Thomas J. Holloway and Katie Roch, of Comanche County, where the couple married in 1904.
The family lived in the Cow Creek Community, and in October of 1915, young Rhonol was herding cattle on horseback, moving them from one pasture to another, when a calf broke free, running across a pasture of tall grass.*
The boy took off after it, not realizing that there was a well that had caved in right in his path. Thankfully, it had filled in on top of itself until it was only about fifteen feet deep, deep enough to be a problem, but at least not the original eighty or so feet that it had once been.
The calf went in first, landing in the very muddy well bottom. The horse, with the boy still astride went in after the calf, landing on top of the calf with the young Holloway still in the saddle. Thankfully, he was able to remain in the saddle while the two animals fought the mud and each other for the hour it took for the neighbors to dig them out.
What a day it was for what had to be a very exhausted ten-year-old little boy!
*So the story goes, the well was on a place owned by E.C. Fewel, but I have no personal knowledge of that or that I even have the correct spelling of that name. Jesse Rhonol Holloway lived out his life in Erath County. He died in 1959 and is buried in the Cowcreek Cemetery in Erath County.
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