Sallisaw, OK Lightning Strike, July 1914

Oak Street Sallisaw OK 1905

PICNICKERS KILLED BY LIGHTNING.

TWO DEAD, FIFTEEN ARE INJURED WHEN BUILDING IS HIT.

CELEBRATION HAS TRAGIC ENDING IN OKLAHOMA.

Sallisaw, Okla., July 4. -- Two persons were killed and fifteen seriously injured at a picnic ground near Sallisaw late yesterday, when a building in which many persons had taken refuge from a storm was struck by lightning and wrecked. Several thousand persons were on the ground attending a Fourth of July celebration and political rally. United States Senator T. G. GORE, who had just finished speaking when the crowd was driven to shelter, was not injured.
The dead are:
HOOPER McKAILL, a youth of Sallisaw.
JOHN STEWART, a farmer of Atkins, Okla.
Probably fatally injured:
GEORGE MARTIN, superintendent of Sallisaw Llight and Power Company.
JAMES REDDING, a lineman.
ALBERT PETERS of Sallisaw.
MRS. MARTHA FOSTER of Sallisaw.
Besides those seriously hurt a score or more persons were knocked to the ground and bruised.
Five others are reported to have met death in the storm. It was said today that two women injured on the picnic grounds had died after being removed.
A rumor also said three children had been killed by lightning in a gypsy camp near the town.

Oakland Tribune California 1914-07-04

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Sallisaw lightning strike

George Calvin Martin, among those listed in this article as "probably fatally injured," was my great-grandfather. My mother knew that her father's father had been the superintendent of Sallisaw Power and Light and had died from a lightning strike at a Fourth of July picnic when her father was 12 years old. I have found that he actually died Aug. 1, 1914, so he lingered nearly a month. How tragic! I am so glad to find this article!