From the Chatsworth Plaindealer Chatsworth,Livingston,Illinois
MRS. THOMAS LAHEY DECEMBER 11, 1896
One of the saddest deaths which has occurred in Charlotte township for many years was that of Mrs. Thomas Lahey, which took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Culkin on Wednesday morning, December 9, at 10:30o'clock. It was caused by injuries received the morning previous. While riding in a lumber wagon with her husband on Tuesday morning the most unfortunate accident occurred. Mr. Lahey's brother, who was driving a team just behind the wagon in which they rode, started to go past them, when one of their horses gave a lurch forward and the tongue of the wagon dropped from the neckyoke. The team then started and, the tongue catching in the road, the wagon was raised into the air with a jerk and Mr. and Mrs. Lahey were thrown heavily to the ground. The former struck in the ditch, which was filled with ice and water, and received no serious injuries. Mrs. Lahey fell on the frozen ground of the bank of the ditch, alighting on her head. The shock rendered her insensible and she was carried to the home of Mr. Robert Culkin and medical aid summoned, but she never rallied from the terrible fall, and died at the time above stated without regaining consciousness. Mrs. Lahey was a young woman who had many friends, to whom her terrible death was a severe shock. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John McGuire, living north of Piper City; was twenty-one years old and was married one year ago the third day of last October. She was a sister of Mrs. James Cairns, also a resident of Charlotte township. Mr. and Mrs. Lahey lived on the Thomas Brierly farm, three miles north and two miles west of this city. The bereaved husband is the son of Mr. James Lahey, and is young man of splendid character. He has the deepest sympathy of all in his terrible affliction. The funeral was held this (Friday) morning from SS. Pete and Paul's church and the remains laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery.