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C.D. Calbreath mauled while crossing a pasture near the outskirts of Prineville

PHOTO COURTESY OF BOWMAN MUSEUM
 - The bull that attacked C.D. Calbreath didn't cause any alarm at first, but got enraged for unknown reasons.

C.D. Calbreath was walking through a pasture on the way to milk his dairy cows near the outskirts of Prineville on June 15, 1945. His wife became concerned when he did not return home at his usual time. She went looking for him and discovered his gored body in a pasture with a bull.

Evidently, the bull became enraged as Mr. Calbreath walked through the pasture and charged at him. He evidently was unable to avoid the charging bull. Police officers arrived at the scene after being summoned by Mrs. Calbreath. Since it was obvious what happened, there was no inquest into the death. It is not known what happened to the bull.

Clarence Daniel Calbreath was born in Philomath on April 24, 1875. While a young child, his family moved to Hay Creek in Central Oregon. His family moved away when he was 9 years old. When he was 23, he went to Moro to work in the wheat fields of Sherman County. He met Effa Powell, and the two were married on May 2, 1900. That same year, they moved to Crook County and operated a farm on McKay Creek.

The Calbreaths moved into Prineville in 1905 and C.D. operated a wood yard. In 1909, they moved to Redmond and he owned a barbershop. Over the next several years, they moved to other locations in Oregon. They finally returned to Prineville in 1931. Clarence and Effa had two children. One son was born in 1901 and another in 1908. The youngest died at less than 2 years old. Their surviving son died in 1931, and their only grandchild died at age 4.

Mr. Calbreath had been active in the local First Baptist Church in Prineville and was also active in the Oddfellows and the Ochoco Grange. After his tragic death, he was buried in Juniper Haven Cemetery in Prineville. Effa lived on for several years. Later in her life, she moved to Salem and passed away there on Aug. 2, 1963. She is buried beside Clarence in Prineville.


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