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THE WESTERN STAR, 23 October 1908
Obituary of JOHN L. KANNIER
KILLED BY LIGHTNING.

John L. Kannier, foreman on the Platt ranch, 20 miles southeast of Coldwater in the county, was struck by lightning and instantly killed between 10 and 11 o'clock on last Monday morning. Charley Brown of this city, also worked on the ranch. He and Kannier stayed ("batched") at the house at the old Evansville town site. On Monday morning they hitched a team to a wagon and started over to the other place. It was raining at
the time and they took along their slickers. A plow was in the wagon with them. On the way a bolt of lightning struck in the immediate vicinity of the wagon and it happened that Mr. Kannier was in its range. He fell forward and would have fallen out of the wagon had not his foot caught. Death was apparently instantaneous. Charley Brown, who was also in the wagon, was stunned but soon recovered consciousness. One of the
horses was also stunned and knocked down.

Deceased had been working on the Platt ranch for about 3 years and was a trusted and faithful employee. His mother and other relatives live near Freedom, Oklahoma. Two brothers came and on Wednesday accompanied the body to Coats, Kans., for burial. It was a sad occurrence. Thus again is shown the uncertainty of life.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier


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