Hit By Lightning

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Hit By Lightning

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Most of those that got hit by lightning lived in rural areas, and many were farmers. Why then are people not fried by bolts in increasing numbers? The answer, in part, is plumbing and tractors– how about that…

In the 1890s, lightning most commonly killed people asleep on their beds inside their homes like Henry Crampton in Scotch Corners. That doesn’t happen anymore. If lightning strikes a home now, there’s enough wiring and plumbing for the electricity to ground out.

Did you know that in the 1920s, only 1 percent of homes in the U.S. had electricity and plumbing? By the 1930s, Canada had developed codes regulating both, and as more buildings followed those regulations they became safer. Since the 1950s, nearly all homes in the U.S. have both electricity and plumbing, and consequently very few getting hit by lightening.

But this is the first time I have ever heard that someone was tattooed by lightening.

 

Clipped from The Coffeyville Daily Journal,  02 Jan 1897, Sat,  Page 2

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  29 Jul 1898, Fri,  Page 1

 

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

relatedreading

Killed by Lightening– Martin Rachfort

Hit By Lightening— The Sad Tale of Henry Crampton

Lightening Strikes Again –The Storm of 1972

The Day The Wizard of Oz Came to Carleton Place

 

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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