STEINBAUGH, Garland - Fountain County INGenWeb Project

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Source: Iva Lewis Obituary Scrapbook
Garland Steinhaugh, 41, one of the best known business men in Fountain county and a resident of Kingman for a number of years, was found dead in his automobile parked in the Harveysburg cemetery, one and one-quarter miles northwest of here early Tuesday morning. Coroner Clifford Crumley, of Covington, who investigated the death, returned a verdict of suicide. A letter addressed to his wife was found in a pocket of Mr. Steinbaugh’s coat, but the contents of the letter were not made public. Mr. Steinbaugh, who had been in the automobile business here for years, went to Indianapolis early Monday afternoon on business. No one saw him here until Tuesday morning at 6:30 o’clock when his body was discovered by Loren Jones, a farmer, while on his way to Kingman from his home northwest of here, Mr. Jones noticed Mr. Steinbaugh’s automobile parked in the cemetery drive with the motor running. Upon looking back he saw Mr. Steinbaugh slumped in the front seat and immediately notified the employes of the Steinbaugh garage who hurried to the cemetery with Dr. Ratcliff. Dr. Ratcliff pronounced him dead upon his arrival Upon examination of the automobile it was discovered that a connection had been made with the exhaust pipe to carry carbon monoxide gas fumes into the riding compartment of the car. It was not determined how long the car had been parked in the cemetery or how long Mr. Steinbaugh had been dead. Windows and doors of the car were closed tightly and the motor was still running when discovered. Relatives and friends of Mr. Steinbaugh were at a loss to know why he should take his own life as he was said to be enjoying excellent health when he left here Monday afternoon sometime between 1:30 and 2 o’clock. The cause of the act may have been revealed in the letter but the family refused to divulge its contents. Mr. Steinbaugh was born at Waterman in Parke county on October 9th, 1990, a son of Clayton and Luella Savage Steinbaugh. He was graduated from the Kingman high school and entered Wabash college at Crawfordsville where he was a member of the class of 1914. At Wabash he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. The deceased was a veteran of the World War, having served as a lieutenant in Company B, of the 151st Indiana Infantry. He was a member of the American Legion and of the Masonic lodge at Attica. He also was a member of the Kingman Christian church. On Feb. 21, 1916, Mr. Steinbaugh was united is marriage to Miss Genevieve Booe, who survives along with his mother and two brothers, James of Attica and Robert of Kingman. Short funeral services were held at the home Thursday after noon at 12:30 o’clock in charge of Rev. O. W., McGaughey of Veedersburg. The body was then taken to the Christian church where services were held. Interment was in the Harveysburg cemetery. – jlr
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