Mr. Spencer Johnston
a prominent resident of the Briggs section, was so severely injured in
an automobile accident at the intersection of highways 66 and 29 in
Burnet, about sundown last Saturday, October 17th, that he died the
next day. Mrs. Johnston
also suffered injuries, but it is thought that she will recover.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnston
had been in Burnet for some time, the former being under treatment of
Dr. P. N. Cheatham. He had rapidly improved in health and he and
Mrs. Johnston had intended to return to their home on Monday following
the fatal accident. They were taking a late afternoon stroll
along the highway when the collision occurred. The impact of the
cars threw one of them against Mr. Johnston and the other against his
wife. It is reported that the last words uttered by Mr. Johnston
was a remark to his wife that it looked like the two cars were going to
hit. Both Mr. and Mrs. Johnston were given emergency treatment
and taken at once to the Rollins-Brook Hospital in Lampasas by the
Burnet Furniture Co. ambulance. It was feared from the first that
Mr. Johnston, who suffered severe head injuries, could not recover and
death came to him Sunday afternoon. The body was interred Monday
in the Briggs cemetery.
Mr. Johnston is reported to have been a splendid citizen in every respect and his tragic death is regretted by many friends.
So far as the Bulletin is able to recall, Mr. Johnston's was the first
death from an automobile accident ever to occur within the corporate
limits of the town of Burnet.
Texas death certificate information gives burial place as Sulphur,
Oklahoma. His occupation was listed as rancher; his wife was