Lightning Strikes

From the July 21, 1899 Skidmore Standard:

Mr. Reuben Barrett was in town Saturday and related some freaks of lightning during the storm two weeks ago.  He said the lightning struck six times within a mile of his house.  A young cow of Frank Sloper’s was killed.  A tree in Taylor Brown’s yard was struck and Mrs. Brown was knocked down by the shock.  At a spot in the cornfield where a spark struck the corn was burned so completely that within a radius of six feet there wasn’t a vestige of a stalk or blade visible and around the edge of the circle the corn bore a scorched look.  Mr. Barrett says it was the greatest electrical storm he ever witnessed.

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