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Archive for Sunday, April 7, 2013

100 years ago: Lightning strike shocks family, damages house

April 7, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 7, 1913:

  • "The beautiful new home of Vic Johnson in the Johnson Block in West Lawrence was struck by lightning last night during the storm and the family had a very narrow escape from injury. As it was they escaped with a bad scare but the house was considerably damaged. At 4:15 this morning the family was awakened by a shock which shook the entire house, there was a sound of falling timbers in the attic and the house was filled with smoke and a strong odor of something burning. After the family had recovered from the shock an investigation was made and showed that the house had been struck by a bolt of lightning and a hole torn in the roof. The plastering was knocked from the ceiling in the attic and the floor was covered with splinters and shingles and plaster. The damage has not yet been estimated."
  • "A feud which seems to have been existing for some time between two Leavenworth county farmers, both living near Six Corners, culminated yesterday morning in the stabbing of one of the men, James Jones. The injured man is now at the Simmons hospital in this city with wound in his side which threatens to claim his life.The stabbing occurred yesterday morning on the George Sheets farm at Six Corners. Walter Atwood, who is alleged to have done the cutting, is being sought by the Leavenworth county officers, but so far the search has been fruitless. Atwood disappeared shortly after the trouble and neither he nor any of his family have been seen in the neighborhood since. A warrant has been issued for his arrest."
  • "Yesterday afternoon a lady driving west on Winthrop [Seventh] street saw a taxicab coming down the hill and as it showed no disposition to turn she got out of its way, but not without frightening her team. The taxi continued on its way and then turned and ran into a telephone pole. The car had been left by its driver in the street just north of the Eldridge and the brakes not being set tight enough had started down the hill alone."
  • "Henry Clinton Hill, Professor of Law at Kansas University, died this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Simmons hospital of pneumonia. The word that Prof. Hill had passed away comes as a sudden shock as very few persons, either on the hill or down town knew of his illness. He was a popular professor with the students of the University and the news of his death caused a general feeling of sadness at the University and among his friends in Lawrence."

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