Niles, MI Storms And Cloudburst, Aug 1912

TWO KILLED -- IN STORM THAT VISITS NILES, MICHIGAN.

Niles, Mich., Aug. 19 -- A phenomenally heavy cloudburst, confined in its devastating effects to an area within a radius of three miles of this city Sunday caused the death of at least two persons, injuries to many others, washed out seven railway bridges, stopped street car traffic in Niles and other towns, held up all trains of the Big Four and the Michigan Central and did hundreds of thousands of dollars damage.
Between 7 o'clock Sunday morning and 2 o'clock this afternoon, 14 inches of rain fell in Niles and vicinity.
The following were killed by lightning:
OTTO SEAVER, 34 years old, farmer, near Niles.
WILLIAM WOCH, 27 years old, farmer, near Niles.
SEAVER and WOCH were putting up a house on the outskirts of Niles. They took refuge in the unfinished house and were there struck by lightning.

Hamilton Evening Journal Ohio 1912-08-19