T. Albaugh was crushed to death by a horse he was riding at his home near Van Wert last Monday. The animal became frightened and reared up and fell backwards crushing Mr. Albaugh beneath its body. The accident was witnessed by people near and Dr. Belding was quickly summoned from Van Wert to attend him. Everything possible was done to save his life but the injuries were too severe and he passed away within a few hours after the unfortunate accident occurred.
His daughter Miss. Leta Albaugh of LaHarpe, Illinois, was notified and came to Van Wert at once accompanied by her aunt, Mrs. Naomi Kerr, also a resident of LaHarpe. The body was taken to Illinois, his old home for burial. Mr. Albaugh had resided near Van Wert for some years. He was well known in Leon. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Decatur County Journal June 17, 1915
A telephone message from Van Wert, Iowa, to the Odd Fellows officials Monday, announced that Theo Albaugh had been seriously hurt by a horse falling on him, and it was thought he would not survive his injuries. His sister, Mrs. M.N. Kerr, was notified and left on the evening train, accompanied by his daughter, Leta, arriving the following morning to learn that he had passed away at 11 o'clock Monday evening, just twelve hours after the accident. They learned that he was riding a horse and leading another and at a gate the led horse pulled back and this drew the horse he was riding over and Mr. Albaugh was caught underneath, the horn of his saddle striking him in the stomach. No one saw the accident. He was found unconscious. Later in the day was able to tell of the occurrence, but soon relapsed into unconsciousness and did not revive again. Medical attention was secured at once but there was no chance for relief.
Mr. Albaugh owned a farm about 1 1/2 miles from Van Wert where his death occurred. The Odd Fellows went to the home upon learning of the accident and gave all the assistance possible, and when his sister and daughter came, gave them every attention and assistance, and taking charge of the body arranged for its shipment here. Short religious services were conducted by the Lodge officials.
Theopolis Albaugh was the youngest son, of Jesse and Francis Albaugh. He was born at Canton, Illinois, and was 57 years, 1 month and 24 days of age. His death occurred Monday, 11 o'clock, June 7, 1915. He was twice married. He leaves a daughter, Leta, of LaHarpe, and a son, Theodore, of Oskaloosa, Iowa, and two sisters, Mrs. M.N. Kerr, residing here and Mrs. Hoblet, of Christoval, Texas.
The body arrived here Wednesday afternoon, and was taken to the home of his sister, where funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, Reverend Yemn, officiating and burial in LaHarpe Cemetery, the Odd Fellows in charge.