Abbott Alexander, residing two miles north of Roll, received a telegram this morning informing him of the death of Mrs. Ace[sic-Asa] Alspach, a former Wells county resident, who died this morning at the Northwest hospital at Amarillo, Texas, of a peculiar throat ailment. Her husband is also critically ill from the same disease.
A second telegram received this afternoon brought the information that both Mr. and Mrs. Alspach had paralysis of the throat. Diagnosis of the particular disease which caused the paralysis had not been made, the telegram stated.
Mr. and Mrs. Alspach formerly resided in Wells county near Asbury chapel in Chester township. They moved from Wells county to Texas about ten years ago. No word has been received concerning funeral plans for Mrs. Alspach. -----------
Tues, Oct 20, 1931 "The Amarillo Globe", Amarillo, Texas
Mrs Mary (Mamie) E. (Card) Alspach, 56, of Borger, died at 7 o'clock this morning at Northwest Texas Hospital of some mysterious cause, and her husband, A.B. Alspach, general supervisor of production of the Prairie Oil and Gas Company, was believed to be slowly dying from the same malady. He was growing weaker at 1 o'clock this afternoon and little chance is held for his recovery. An autopsy was held this morning by a group of eight local physicians to determine the cause of Mrs Alspach's death. The autopsy was ordered when Mr Alspach became suddenly ill at his wife's bedside. It will be 24 hours before a report on the chemical analysis of Mrs Alspach's viscera is received, and physicians fear the result learned will be too late to aid in combatting the malady to Mr Alspach's case. Mrs Alspach was taken ill Sunday at her home in Borger, but her condition was not considered serious. Later, however, her tongue began swelling and Dr. B.F. Clutter, of Borger, the attending physician, ordered an ambulance and rushed her to the local hospital at 3 o'clock Monday morning. Alspach was soon taken with the same symptoms and was placed under care of hospital attendants just two hours prior to his wife's death. Dr. R.A. Duncan, one of the attending physicians, expressed the belief the malady may be arsenic poisoning. He said that Alspach was growing gradually weaker. He stated that both Alspach and his wife had registered a fast pulse but no temperature. Mrs Alspach remained conscious until shortly before her death. Alspach was slowly losing consciousness shortly after noon today, hospital attendants said. The fact that a chemical analysis of Mrs Alspach's viscera would not be available until some time tomorrow might be too late to save Alspach's life. The malady was described as being rare. The Alspach's had returned to Borger about two weeks ago from a vacation, in the west. During the trip, Borger friends of the couple received word that Mrs Alspach was ill. Upon her recovery they returned to Borger. They had experienced a similar illness on several former occasions, it was said.
Before being stricken with the illness, Alspach told hospital authorities that he and Mrs Alspach had eaten some imported sausage Sunday, together with some canned foods. Borger health authorities today had gathered all remaining foods in the Alspach home and began to make an analysis. The Alspach's moved to Borger in January, 1927. They were prominent in the social life of that city. There are no children. Little is known here of the relatives of either. However, Mrs Alspach is said to have two brothers living in Oklahoma, one an employee of the Prairie Oil and Gas Company. The Griggs Funeral Home has charge of Mrs Alspach's body. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Warren, Huntington Co, Indiana.