Freakish Lightning at Isaac Smith’s House

From the September 9, 1902 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

Freakish Lightning.

During a recent electric storm in the Hopkins vicinity, lightning struck Isaac Smith’s house and cut all kinds of antics. In reporting the occurrence the Journal says:

“It struck the upstairs corner of the house, running into a bedroom, tearing to pieces and setting on fire a bed upon which two of Mr. Smith’s daughters were sleeping, going on to the bedroom below where it shattered the bed Mr. Smith and his wife were occupying, the shock throwing them from the bed as if they were puffballs. A dog that was sleeping under a window just outside the house was killed.”

“Mr. Smith and family attributed their escape to the fact that springs were on both beds which counteracted and carried off the lightning.”