Lamoni people were shocked and startled last Thursday evening when the news was flashed about town that Thomas E. OLSEN had been found dead on his farm one mile north of town.
Mr. OLSEN had been hauling out manure from a cattle shed and sent up Thursday morning to finish it up. He left home between eight and nine and expected to be home at noon. When he failed to come home at noon, Mrs. OLSEN began to worry about him but she waited until four o'clock when she sent her daughter, Mable, to look for him. Mabel, however, became timid and returned and her mother accompanied her to find the husband and father cold in death. John RANDALL and George EVANS who were hauling sand came along just then and Mr. RANDALL ran to a nearby telephone and sent the news to town. James DILLON, James NELSON, Otis WHITE and E. H. SMITH went immediately to the scene.
Otis WHITE got in communication with Coroner BOWMAN, who gave permission to take the body home and afterward directed that Drs. HORNER and GOFF examine the body. They did so and decided that death resulted from a cerebral hemorrhage and considered an inquest unnecessary.
As near as could be determined Mr. OLSEN must have died not far from ten a.m. He had left home a little before nine, and, as near as could be judged, had only loaded a part of a load, there being no indication that a load had been hauled out that morning. He had evidently felt bad and sat down with his back against the barn and his feet well up under him, and from this position he had fallen over to the left onto his face. His left arm was doubled up under him and his right hand was palm up on the ground. It is thought that he was dead when he fell over, as the position of the hands would indicate that there was no effort to catch himself. There was no evidence of any move after falling, even his feet were doubled up as they were when he was sitting.
The team and wagon was standing about four feet from the shed, and the body was between the shed and wagon. The horses had stood patiently stamping flies all day.
Thomas Edward OLSEN was born at Mission, La Salle county, Illinois, on July 9, 1863. He was married to Miss Nellie HOUGAS on December 5, 1883. In the spring of 1888 he moved to Lamoni where he has since resided. He leaves a wife, two daughters, father, mother, two brothers and other relatives and friends to mourn. The funeral was not held until Monday, September 10, at 3 p.m., to give his oldest daughter, Maud, and husband, A. R. JUDSON, time to get here from Cody, Wyoming. The funeral sermon was by Elder Asa S. COCHRAN. The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs attended in a body. The interment was in Rosehill cemetery.