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14 Apr 1930
Submitted by Annie Whiteman


Mrs. Grace Settlemyer Attacked by Enraged Animal On Farm Near Ashville

While her six-year-old son, Leroy, looked on, Mrs. Grace McGuire Settlemyer, 30, was fatally wounded about 6:45 p.m. Saturday when attacked and gored by a maddened cow in the barn of her farm home between Ashville and St. Augustine, Cambria County.

With the exception of her son, no one witnessed the attack but the theory was advanced that while milking the animal it turned on her, pinning her against the side of the barn. One of the beast's horns tore a gash approximately seven inches along in the right side of her body near the groin, severing the ihac artery, causing her to bleed to death.

P. J. Kelly, Patton physician was summoned. The woman was unconscious when he arrived, and died while he was treating her. The physician said the direct cause of death was loss of blood. An examination, he said, revealed that the beast only gored her once, as there were no other wounds on the body.

The physician said that the animal was quietly munching hay when he arrived. At the time of the attack, the woman's husband Clarence Setlemyer was on a fishing trip in the Bedford district. He arrived home about 2 am yesterday. He is employed in the Altoona Works of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company.

Surviving are her husband, three children: Leroy, 6; Clarence, 4; and William, 2. she is survived also by her aged father Hiram McGuire, 85, a veteran of the Civil War; two brothers, William McGuire, Dysart; Thomas McGuire, Fort Benning, GA; two sisters, Mrs. John Zerbe, Chest Springs; and Mrs. Margaret Beers, Carrolltown.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning with requiem mass at 9 a.m. in St. Augustine Catholic church. Burial will be made in the church cemetery.

It is not expected that an inquest will be conducted.

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