Mrs. Henry Buck, Brownwood, Texas, Injured 1908

From a January 23, 1908, issue of the Brownwood Daily Bulletin.

My "gut feeling" tells me that this is the W.A. Osburn mentioned in this article. He died about 11 months after Mrs. Buck was dumped in front of his house.

My “gut feeling” tells me that this is the W.A. Osburn mentioned in this article. He died about 11 months after Mrs. Buck was dumped in front of his home.

If you know Brownwood, Texas, then you probably know Melwood Avenue, an older street in an older part of town. In 1908, the mode of transportation in Brownwood was a buggy pulled, of course, by a horse, which was exactly how Mrs. Henry Buck was traveling on January 22, 1908, when her horse suddenly decided to whip around right in the middle of Melwood Avenue.

I have no idea in which house W.A. Osburn lived, but it was apparently right in front of his home that Mrs. Buck’s horse suddenly spooked at the “street roller” and whirled around so quickly that he dumped the poor woman out into the street.

Mrs. Buck was injured only slightly. The terrified horse slammed into a tree, breaking the buggy shafts. All in all, both were left in much better shape than they could have been! And I am just assuming here that since streets would have been nothing but dirt roads in 1908, a street roller was something used to pack the streets down for easier travel.

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