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Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday’s News: Jail Delivery

Fifty-five year old, Terrell Bryan,
my great-grandfather, was the citizen
who heard the cries of Mr. Dunn. Born in
Bienville Parish, Louisiana, Terrell
settled in Stephenville in 1878.

Jail Delivery

The Acting Jailor Overpowered by Two Outside Men

STEPHENVILLE, Erath Co., Tex., July 4.
-Four prisoners escaped from the county jail about 1o’clock this afternoon. Sheriff Shands and his deputy attended the celebration at Huckaby today and left R. Dunn in charge. When Dunn went up to give the prisoners their dinner he was seized just as he entered the corridor by two strong men who had secreted themselves and had been laying for him since breakfast.  One of them held him secure while the other opened the cell. They then told all the inmates who desired to celebrate independence day to vacate quickly. Four prisoners walked out and four remained in their cells.  Mr. Dunn was then incarcerated, the lock thrown on and the four men rain down stairs, jumped the fence and were at liberty.

About 2 o’clock Mr. Terrell Bryant’s {Bryan’s} attention was attracted to the jail by Dunn’s loud cries for help, and going there he learned the facts.  After releasing Dunn they raised the alarm and soon every man that could muster a gun and horse was in pursuit.  T. M. Creswell brought in a pair of the boys this evening and the other two, Phil Roberts, wanted in Tennessee for assault to murder, and Jack Kimball charged with horse theft here, are still at large.  A strong posse still pursues them. The prisoners have with them a Winchester and it is thought will make a fight when overtaken.
                                                     Dallas Morning News – July 5, 1891


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