WAS KILLED BY THE HOGS
From THE PORTLAND OBSERVER, October 9,1901
One of the most horrible accidents which has been our dutyto chronicle occurred at Sebewa last Wednesday and the most distressing featureabout it is that the accident resultedfatally. About noon Mrs. Ansel Green[akn (Hannah Elizabeth "Boyer" Green)], living 1 1/2 miles west ofSebewa Corners,
desiring eggs enough to fill out a crate to take to town,went to a straw stack in the barnyard to see if she could find the necessarynumber. In the yard was a sow and pigsand some shoats, Weighing perhaps 125,#or 140#, the sow being a large hog,probably weighing 250#.
Mrs. Green hadscarcely got into the yard -when she was attacked by the whole bunch and thrownto the ground. The clothing about thelower portion of her body was torn from her and her legs horriblymutilated. Her left arm and hand werelaterally chewed to a pulp and the under part of her right arm between the elbow and the shoulder was torn intoshreds. The right side of her face andneck were also horribly mangled and her breasts showed where the hogs had puttheir teeth upon her when they weretearing her to pieces.
How the hogscame to attack her will never be knownfor she did not regain consciousnesssufficiently to tell the story. Neitherwill it be known how she managed to escape from the beasts for the same reasonbut she had strength and presence of mind enough to get to the fence and dragherself over it before her son attracted by the unusual noise of the herd, found her and conveyed herto the house in an unconscious condition.
Dr. Morse ofSebewa was first summoned and he, with the assistance of neighbors., bound upthe torn and lacerated body as best he could and Dr. Peacock of Sunfield wassent for. As soon as he arrived, thewounds were properly dressed and the sufferer made as comfortable as possiblebut the flesh and muscles were so torn and mangled and the bones so crunchedand broken that nothing like satisfactory surgery could be performed. She lay in a semi-unconscious conditionuntil Saturday morning about 9 o'clock when she was relieved from her awfulsuffering by death and it must have been a welcome visitor to herself andfamily as Dr. Morse said that , had she lived, she must have sufferedamputation of the left arm and she would have been crippled for life in armsand legs and her face would have beendisfigured horribly. Just before shedied, she recovered consciousness sufficiently to converse a little with thoseabout her. When asked how she managedto get away from the hog she said she firstgave up and thought she surely must be eaten up alive and then she prayed toGod to give her strength to get away from them and she seemed to have it, to belifted up from the ground and carried to and over the fence. Mrs. Green was 53 years of age and a sisterof Mrs. W. H. Darken [akn (MargaretEliza "Boyer" Darken)] of this village. Her maiden name was Boyer and she formerly resided nearHoytville. Besides a husband, she leaves four children three sons and a daughter, the latter a studentin the Portland schools.
She was a most estimable lady, well loved by all her neighbors and acquaintances.Funeral services over here remains were conducted Monday afternoon. While onthe way to the bedside of Mrs. Green, her sister, Mrs. Benjamin Probasco [akn(Mary Jane "Boyer" Probasco)], was thrown from the Buggy by the horsegoing into the ditch and she was quite severely injured, she having had one ribbroken and being otherwise quite badly injured.
shoat also shote (shot) noun A young pig just after weaning.
Sue Thompson & Robin Lee Boyer found this article inLetha Marie Phelps files while doing research in Lansing at Dave & AudreyCooper home, niece of Letha Marie Phelps.