Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


January 4, 2007

Mines on the Interurban to Mystic


Some of the excursions on the Interurban could get pretty exciting when the train was in is heyday. On one fine day in 1922 when the train was tootling along the track north of Centerville, the railroad men were observing a herd of unruly cattle milling about in a peculiar way in a pasture not far from the track. As they watched, the cattle suddenly parted and disclosed a huge bull down on his knees with his head boring toward the ground. A train man named Bandfield cried “Look, A man is down”. With that, Dewhurst applied the air and brought the train to a dead stop. Bandfield grabbed his coal pick, leaped from the cab, hurdled a fence and ran to the aid of the 35 year-old man.

Bartledd, the unfortunate man on the ground, had his arms locked about the bull’s head to keep from being fatally gored. As the animal raised his head, Bartledd was lifted from the ground. The beast ran, clawed Bartledd with a sharp hoof at every step, then stopped. He twisted and shook furiously to loosen his victim and pinned the man to the ground with his head. Bartledd’s clothes were in shreds, and blood was streaming from his mouth and nose. His strength was growing weaker.

When Bandfield arrived at the wounded man’s side the bull stopped his attack and looked at the newcomer. The beast had become so enraged that his eyes were purple. “Shall I kill him?” Bandfield asked, taking advantage of the pause. “Yes” the almost exhausted man replied.

Bandfield struck the bull between the eyes with his coal pick. Bartledd loosened his grip, and the animal backed off a short distance, where he sank to his knees. Bandfield picked up the injured man and started toward the fence. He had gone only a few steps when the bull charged again. Bandfield turned and stopped the attack with a heavy blow across the animal’s nose. Bartledd was taken to the side of the engine where his injuries were examined. Several ribs were broken, but at his request he was left by the track. He told the crew that he had been fighting against the attack of the bull for 30 minutes and could not have lasted more than five minutes longer.

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