William Allison “Bud” Browning

William Allison “Bud” Browning

Death 5 Dec 1941 (aged 83)
Burial Craig, Holt County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 132569071 · View Source
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Spouse: Julia MAY Browning
Spouse: Katie BAIN Browning
Father: Elias W. Browning
Mother: Anna GALLOWAY Browning

An attack by a ram caused the death of William A. Browning about 3 o'clock Friday afternoon, Dec. 5, as he entered the orchard pasture south of the road from the Omar Yandell farm home where the herd of sheep were grazing. Facts pieced together afterwards indicated that he was attacked several times about the face and head. His body was not found until about 6:30. When he did not return at dusk, Omar Yandell, his son-in-law, with whom he made his home and Harold Overly, teacher at Star school started a search for him. His body was first sighted by Mr. Overly. Dr. J.C. Ottman was immediately summoned. After a brief examination, Dr. Ottman called the coroner, Dr. D.C. Perry of Mound City, who pronounced the cause of death as accidental. Craig Tribune.
Holt County Sentinel-Dec. 19, 1941 (from the files of Carolyn Kent)

From The Mound City News-Independent, December 11, 1941, Page 1:

"W.A. Browning, age 83, was found dead in a sheep lot, or pasture, at one of his farms northwest of Craig, where he had gone to attend some sheep. The farm had until recently been occupied by Mr. and Mrs. William Troxel. Mrs. Troxel is his daughter.

He had last been seen about 2:00 p.m. When he did not return to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Omer Yandell, for supper, a search was made. The body was found by Henry Overly.

Dr. D.C. Perry said, after viewing, the body that undoubtedly he had been killed by a ram. He had skinned places on his leg, the skin was torn and slipped on his forehead, his nose was broken and his skull was fractured.

His hat was some thirty or forty feet from the body, downhill, north. The wind was blowing from the north. The coroner believes he was knocked off balance by the ram. Then as he came to a sitting posture must have been struck by a second assault. He believes that the location of the hat indicates where the first assault took place.

The ram was known to be vicious. Mr. Browning had repeatedly warned the women to stay out of the lot where he was, according to Dr. Perry.

The funeral was held Monday, December 8, at the Craig Methodist Church. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Omer Yandell, Craig, Mrs. Wm. Troxel, Bigelow, and Mrs. Clara Fitzgerald, Modesta, Calif., and a son, Ray Browning, Easton, MO."


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