A MADDENED SPARROWBUSH BOVINE ON THE WARPATH
WM. C. VANSICKLE ATTACKED AND INJURED—HIS LIFE SAVED BY HIS WATCH—ANOTHER CASE AT MIDDLETOWN
Mr. Wm. C. Van Sickle, who lives on the old Anson Raymond farm in Sparrowbush, some two and a-half miles west of this village, came very near being gored to death by a vicious bull, between five and six o’clock Friday morning.
Mr. Van Sickle has a bull of his own raising, some thirteen months old, and unusally [sic] large for its age. The animal is kept in a stable daring the day, but is allowed to run out in the barnyard all night.
Early that morning he turned the cows into the yard lo be milked, and, as is his usual custom, he started to drive the bull into the enclosure, when it turned upon him in a furious manner and tossed him into the air. Mr. Van Sickle fell upon a pile of manure near by, when the enraged animal made repeated lunges at him and trampled on his body. He arose with great difficulty and was endeavoring to escape, when he was again struck and knocked against the barn, the vicious beast meanwhile keeping up a series of vigorous thrusts.
But for a silver watch which he carried in the waist pocket of his pantaloons, he would have been fatally injured. One of the bull’s horns struck it, making a deep indention in its case.
Watching a favorable opportunity, Mr. Van Sickle seized a club that lay a few feet from him and dealt the bull a heavy blow across the lace that blinded it and allowed him a good chance to get out of the animal’s
Mr. Van Sickle soon after returned with help, and, after a desperate contest, the belligerent was forced into its proper quarters.
After the excitement wan over Mr. Van Sickle’s injuries began to tell upon him, and be was obliged to be assisted to his house. On examination it was found that both thighs were badly lacerated, his arms cut and head gashed, and chest bruised. He remained in bed all day.
The bull had acted strangely for some days past, and a day or two since attempted to gore Emmett, a son of the injured man.
Mr. Van Sickle was feeling more comfortable this morning, although very sore from the effects of his rough handling.
Source: Port Jervis Evening Gazette, June 9, 1877.