Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal Friday, 31 May 1901
A special from Thorntown says: “John S. Couchman, a well known farmer, of this vicinity, while here yesterday afternoon, drank to excess, and started homeward in his buggy. His horse shied at a log, and he was thrown out, striking on his head and breaking his neck. Death was instantaneous. Couchman was an industrious and successful farmer, owning one of the best farms in this vicinity. His great weakness was tippling. He leaves a wife and seven children.