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THE WESTERN STAR, 24 May 1890
Obituary of J. F. EARLY
KILLED BY LIGHTNING.

J. F. Early, a farmer who resided with his family on the Shepherd place in Irwin township, this county, was struck down by lightning and instantly killed between 4 and 6 o'clock Tuesday evening. At the time the bolt of lightning struck Mr. Early, he was hoeing in his cabbage
patch a short distance from his door. Mrs. Early, who was in the house at the time, and who had warned her husband not to leave the house until the storm was over a few minutes before, rushed out of the house to where he lay, but when she reached him, he had ceased to breathe, and the only sign of life was the beating of his pulse. The lightning struck him on the head tearing his hat in twain and following its course downward, tore his clothing into fragments and even his shoes were torn
from his feet. His death must have been instantaneous and painless. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his sudden death.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier


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