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Archive for Wednesday, August 25, 2010

100 years ago: Lightning kills 3 heifers and a mare

August 25, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for August 25, 1910:

“The auto of Dr. A. B. Sellards became obstreperous yesterday and almost ran down its owner. The doctor had left it standing on the street, and his little boy climbed into the seat and set the clutch at low speed. When the doctor cranked the machine it started forward with a jerk. He escaped being caught and dragged by throwing himself at full length on the pavement. The car ran into several bicycles parked near the curb, slightly damaging two.... When Wm. J. Pettinghill entered his pasture yesterday morning he found three fine heifers and a trotting bred mare dead, presumably by lightning. The heifers had evidently been reaching through a barbed wire fence to graze when the bolt hit the wire and all went down in a bunch, but the horse, a fine young animal, was in another pasture and was at least sixty feet from the fence. It is probable therefore that lightning broke the old time rule and hit twice very near the same place.”

Comments

Sarah St. John 4 years, 3 months ago

And the word for today is.... "obstreperous."

Ruby81 4 years, 3 months ago

I love how exciting the writer(s) made these events sound!

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