Former Astoria Resident Fatally Injured By Bull

Keith Long, Tenant Farmer Near Farmington The Victim; Funeral Tuesday

Keith Long, 44, was fatally injured Thursday afternoon when a bull attacked him as he was working on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Alden Snyder, six and one-half miles southwest of Farmington.

Long, who was a tenant farmer on the Snyder property, was riding horseback through a lane leading from the farm house to the pasture when the bull attacked, knocking the pony down and throwing the rider to the ground. The pony returned to the house riderless, and Lois Anne Long, 15-year old daughter of the victim, raced toward the pasture carrying a board. He was not gored but the enraged animal “butted” him with his head.

She and the injured man were able to withstand the charges of the animal until Long was safely over the fence into an adjoining corn field. Mrs. Snyder, accompanied by Long’s son, Charles, then drove him to the Graham hospital, Canton, where he passed away Sunday morning.

He suffered from crushing injuries to his chest with several ribs broken. He also had severe lacerations about his neck and face and multiple body bruises.

Mr. Long and family formerly resided in Astoria.


Abram Keith Long was born on December 31, 1901 at Bader, the son of Charles and May Stambach Long. He passed away at the Graham hospital, Canton, at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, aged 44 years, 8 months and one day.

He was united in marriage to Bessie Schisler on Dec. 10, 1924. To this union was born six children, Charles, Eugene, Lois Ann, Johnnie and Mary Lou, all at home; also the following brothers and sisters: Harry Long of Astoria; Ethel Long of Sioux Falls, S. D.; Mrs. Addie Geiman, Iroquois, S. D.; Mrs. Grace Howe, and Mrs. Hazel Welker, of Astoria. A son, Buddy, preceded his father in death.

The deceased was a member of the Astoria Church of the Brethren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock in Astoria at the Church of the Brethren, conducted by Rev. Fred Thompson. Burial in the Astoria cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 9/4/1946

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