Clifton, TX Storm, Jul 1897
Storm at Clifton.
Clifton, Bosque Co., Tex., July 28. -- The early train yesterday morning dropped off A. D. (Arch) Anderson of Wichita Falls, formerly of this place, who addressed a number of old friends at the opera-house last night on the irrigation amendment. When the speaking had closed clouds were noticed gathering north and south, and before midnight the town had practical irrigation.
This rain, which lasted about an hour, watering the parched earth in this section, was not unaccompanied by electricity. The lightning struck the roof of William Bertrand's blacksmith shop at the apex and followed the eaves, completely ripping the shingles as it went, but did no other damage there. Three blocks north of this it struck a weatherboarded dwelling occupied by Jesse Parish's family. The only pjoint [sic] of contact was about three feet from the ground, tearing off several siding planks and a corner strip, then entering the house by breaking away part of a boxing plank, it exploded an unlighted lamp on the dresser and set in flames the kerosene and combustbles [sic] adjacent.
The fire was soon extinguished and no serious injuries were sustained by Mrs. Parish and three children, who were in the house.
Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 30 Jul 1897