Madison, IN William Turner Killed by Lightning, June 1890

Madison Daily Democrat newspaper, Madison, IN
Saturday 14 June 1890; Front Page, Column 3

LIGHTNING'S FATAL FREAK

Mr. Wm. TURNER, of Pleasant Ridge, Instantly Killed and His Barn Burned

Last night, about 9 o'clock, shortly after the heavy thunder storm that passed over this city, the rumor flew over the town that a man had been struck by lightning and killed above the city, and that his barn and all his stock was destroyed.

A Democrat reporter started out for the particulars and gained the following information, which was confirmed by Mr. Mathias Wolf and others who lived in the neighborhood of the fatality and attended market this morning.

It appears that Mr. Wm. Turner, an old and very much respected citizen living on Pleasant Ridge, about one and a half mile east of Mr. Wolf's farm, was in the city most of the day yesterday. Returning home in the evening he was in the stable attending to his horses when the storm passed over about 7 o'clock. The old gentleman was standing by one of the horses just inside the stable door, and his son Frank, who had just come in with his team, was standing immediately outside the door unharnessing his horses, when a heavy bolt of lightning struck the barn, killing the old man instantly and knocking down Frank and the horses.

The son soon came to, and though dazed, realized the position, as the barn was on fire. Calling his brother, who was at the house near by, they succeeded in getting their father's body, and also the horses and a calf that was in the stable out before they were consumed. The fire had too much of a headway to be checked, and in a very short time, the stable and barn and all the contents were
destroyed.

Neighbors about that time arrived to lend their assistance, but too late to do much good. A son of Mr. Mat Wolf who lives in sight of the Turner place, then came to town, gave the news and telegraphed the fatal event to relatives of the old gentleman near Indianapolis.

Fatality has appeared to follow the old gentleman for several years. A few years since he buried two children in one grave; shortly after wards he lost his wife, the partner of his life; he married again, but the marriage proved an unhappy one, and only a short time since he was an applicant for a divorce, but withdrew the suit.

The old gentleman was one of the securities on the Spleen estate and lost about all he owned.

Not long ago, we are informed, he had two horses killed by lightning, and now the old gentleman is himself a victim of the terrible electric bolt.

Mr. Turner was a highly respected citizen of the township and had lived for many years on the farm on which he met his death. He was one of the solid Democrats of the township.

He leaves two sons and a daughter, all unmarried and at home. The old gentleman's death is peculiarly a sad one, and his bereaved children have the sympathy of the entire community.
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Madison Courier newspaper, Madison, IN
Saturday 14 June 1890; Page 4, Column 3

A FATAL BOLT

Wm. Turner Struck By Lightning

During the heavy rain and thunderstorm last evening, at seven o'clock, lightning struck and destroyed the barn belonging to William Hunter(sic), on Pleasant Ridge, and instantly killed Mr. Hunter(sic), a gentleman of about sixty years of age.

Mr. Hunter(sic) had just returned from the city and was in the barn in the act of unhitching his horse when he received the fatal stroke. One of his sons, Frank, who was ungearing a horse under a shed just outside the barn, was felled to the ground in an unconscious condition, but soon recovered and called to his brother, Lew, and the two, with others who arrived later vainly strove to save the livestock and other valuable contents.

Mr. Turner was a well known farmer, and leaves a wife and several children, though Mrs Turner and her husband had not been living together lately.

The Atlanta Constitution newspaper, Atlanta, GA
Saturday 14 June 1890; Front Page, Column 5
A STORM IN OHIO
Cincinnati - June 13 - At midnight west of here, a furious lightning storm is in full play. A Commercial Gazette apecial reports that the barn of William Turner at Pleasant Ridge, near Madison, IN, was burned by lightning, consuming Turner and his horses and cattle.

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