A Genea Daily Prompt: describe murders, bizarre accidents or other thrilling stories in your family tree
A bad ending to a run of the mill day
My 3rd great uncle.
Jacob Decalb Covert
New Castle News
August 16, 1899
Jacob D. Covert, a brother of Mrs. Anna D. Turk of this city, was killed in a runaway accident near Grove City this week. In company with J. T. Smith he had been assisting A. C. McCoy in stacking hay, and was on his way home in a buggy when he stopped to exchange a bridle at a neighbor's.
Smith got out of the buggy and as the horse had on a halter in addition to a bridle it did not seem to be an unsafe proceeding to remove the latter. Just as the bridle was removed, the horse took fright at some noise and began to run.
Smith held on but was finally thrown to the ground. Covert jumped and alighted on his head and shoulders. When picked up the blood was streaming from his mouth and he died in a short time. He was 70 years of age and survived by his wife and eight children.
A reminder to live each day to the fullest in peace and harmony.