From the Andover News, September 20, 1912.
Transcribed by Joseph Damiano.
Death of a Prominent Andover Physician- Funeral Sunday
The grim messenger called one of Andover’s prominent and much loved citizens and successful physicians last week Thursday morning after an illness of a little over a week.
Sunday morning September 1, Dr. W. H. Loughhead was suddenly taken with an acute pain in his right side. He recognized the symptom as appendicitis and called Dr. C. W. O’Donnell, who also pronounced it appendicitis. Responding quit readily to medical treatment, it was thought an operation would be unnecessary, but Wednesday afternoon the pain returned and Dr.Jack of Hornell, was summoned and Wednesday night he was taken to Hornell where an operation was preformed that night.
The operation was very successful, but a gangrenous condition of the “colen” was discovered which all the best medical skill and nursing was powerless to remedy, death coming Thursday morning, September 12th.
Dr. W. H. Loughhead was born in Elmira, April 6,1861. He received his education in that city and at the old Buffalo Medical College, besides a post graduate course at Chicago, a few years ago. He has been a very successful physician and has practiced medicine at Troupsburg, N.Y., Newfield, Pa., Pine City, Nile and Andover, N.Y. He was located at Nile nine years and has been in Andover, the past six years.
Dr. Loughhead was a physician of state wide reputation and the medical profession has lost an able man, and Andover people a doctor who was always ready to start to those in pain, and suffering, no matter what the weather, roads, or time of day. He was a specialist in the treatment of heart trouble and several other diseases and his council and treatment has many living testimonials all over western New York.
Dr. Loughhead was a fraternal man and church man. He was a member of the Andover Seventh-day Baptist church, and lived up to his profession and belief. He was also a member of the Andover Masonic and Odd Fellow fraternities, in which organizations he was always active.
Dr. Loughhead is survived by his wife and four children, Misses Genevieve and Isabelle, and William and Alva Loughhead.
The funeral services were held at the Seventh-day Baptist church in this village Sunday afternoon. Rev. E. E. Sutton of Little Genesee presiding, assisted by Pastor Clyde Ehret of the Andover Seventh-day Baptist Church.
The remains were laid at rest in the family plot in Hillside cemetery.