Patrick "Pat" Grant Cherrington
Lost Springs Rancher Succumbs to Heart Attack While Putting Up Hay; Attempts to Revive Victim Futile
A sudden heart attack while he was atop a hay stack putting up hay on his ranch just south of Lost Springs, Tuesday afternoon claimed the life of Patrick Cherrington, 59. The victim's wife, Ruth, was nearby on the ground when the man collapsed.
She got into the family car which was close at hand and raced to the highway for help, and seeing a highway patrol car, caught up with Patrolman Harold Ogburn who was on cruising duty and asked for help.
He rushed back to the scene, climbed the stack and reached the prostrate form, only to find there was no pulse. He applied artificial respiration but attempts to revive the man were futile.
Meanwhile he radioed over the patrol's short wave system through Newcastle, and notified State Highway Cpl. M. S. Jordan in Lusk, and at the woman's request, called for Dr. Reckling of this city. The Stark funeral home at Douglas was later called, and the remains of the victim were placed in charge of that mortuary.
It is understood the Cherringtons have resided in the Lost Springs community for the past four or five years, and that Mr. Cherrington had not been in the best of health for some time past. It is believed the attack was due to excessive heat and overexertion.
The Lusk Herald
August 11, 1955
Lost Spring Rancher Dies While Haying
Patrick G. Sherrington, 59, Lost Springs rancher, died of a heart attack at 2:10 Tuesday afternoon while stacking hay.
Mrs. Sherrington was working with him at the time of the fatal attack. She was running the sweep and he was doing the stacking on top of the stack. Just as he was signaling her where to place the next load he fell over dead.
Highway Patrolman Harold Ogburn drove into Lost Springs at the time of the accident. Mrs. Sherrington hurried to his Patrol car which was only a few hundred yards away. Patrolman Ogburn radioed for a doctor and administered artificial respiration to the victim but soon found that it was too late.
Mr. Sherrington's body was taken to Douglas and funeral arrangements are not yet known here.
Mr. Sherrington had been under the care of a physician for a heart condition for sometime. The Sherrington ranch is often called the old Daisy Shippen ranch.
The Lusk Herald
September 1, 1955
Funeral Services for P.G. Cherrington Held
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, August 19, at Stark's Chapel in Douglas for Patrick G. Cherrington, 59, Lost Spring rancher who died of a heart attack the previous Tuesday while stacking hay on his ranch.
Ashlar Lodge No. 10, A.F.& M. was in charge of the service. Interment was in Douglas Park cemetery with casket bearers: T. C. Daniels, Tony Funk, Bert Jones, Clarence mason, Wilbur Wright and Henry Amend.
Patrick Grant Cherrington was born February 27, 1896 at Acoma, S.D., the son of Grant L. and Bessie R. Cherrington. He married Ruth Shippen Swickhamer in Denver June 16, 1950 and the couple continued to live in that city until September, 1952, when they moved to their Lost Springs ranch.
Mr. Cherrington had been under the care of a physician for a heart condition for some time prior to his death. Tuesday afternoon, August 16, he and Mrs. Cherrington were stacking hay. She was running the sweep while he was doing the stacking on top of the stack. As he was signaling her where to place the next load, he fell over dead.
Highway Patrolman Harold Ogburn, who had just driven into Lost Spring and was informed of the rancher's condition by Mrs. Cherrington, radioed for a doctor and administered artificial respiration to the victim but soon found that it was too late.
Mr. Cherrington is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ruth Cherrington; a daughter by a former marriage, Mrs. Verley E. Nagel of Iowa; his mother, Mrs. Bessie R. Cherrington of Denver; a sister, two brothers and three grandchildren.