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Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday's Photo: Rattlesnake RoundUp!

My second cousin, Jane, has been sending me some awesome photos and I am learning more about a part of my Bryan family that I knew little about. Jane's grandmother, Dollie Bryan Wylie, was the sister of my grandfather, Redic Bryan. Jane's father, McNeil Wylie, is in both of these photos. He is the man holding the snake in the picture below.

Bounty on Rattlesnakes 1928
Jane wrote that she always thought that these photos were taken near the Wylie family home in Bronte, Coke County, Texas.

However,  this week, she noticed that the pictures were finished by The Wiseman Studio in Hico, Texas. Were they taken in Hico or just developed in Hico? Did photographers from The Wiseman Studio travel to other areas?

The photos were thought to have been taken in the 1920s. In 1928, Nolan County, Texas was offering a bounty of $3 per dozen rattlesnakes killed. Nolan County was adjacent to Coke County and is known for their Rattlesnake Roundups. 

So, when and where were these photos taken? And, who is the tall man with the dark hat?


© 2014


"Nolan County Offers Bounty on Rattlesnakes." Abilene Reporter-News [Abilene] 19 February 1928. Web. Accessed 2 April 2014.

Photographs used with permission. From the collection of Jane F. Aebersold.

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