Taylor Station, MO Lightning Strike, Jun 1897

Lightning Bolt Finds Two Victims

Quincy, Ill, June 20-- Two men were killed by lightning near Taylor Station, Mo., today. The victims were James H. Smith, who lived on a farm of Mrs. James J. Jarrett of Quincy, and Samuel H. Hickman, who boarded with him and worked the adjoining farm. Hickman was in the barn at 5 o'clock a.m., when Smith went out to call him to breakfast, A bolt of lightning struck and killed Smith just as he entered the stable door. The same flash fired the barn and it was burned. Hickman was roasted to a crisp and two mules and three horses were burned to death.

The Greeley Tribune, Greeley, Weld Co., CO, 24 Jun 1897