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Chilton Times September 21, 1867

Fatal Accident-Killed By Lightening

During the terrific thunder Storm which was experienced in this section of the State on Thursday night, the 12th inst., we regret to learn that a fatal accident occurred in the Town of Calumet, twelve miles south of this village, by which a young and healthy woman was hurled into eternity without a moments warning. The following are the particulars as we learn them:

A German, named Joseph Kruhn, his wife and child 16 months old had retired to bed but a short time when Mr. K. and his wife were struck by lightning, while the child lying between them escaped unharmed. Mr. K. must have become insensible for the first thing he remembers was being awakened by the crying child. He endeavored to awake his wife but being unable to do so he became alarmed, got up, struck a light and his horror can be imagined to find his wife a corpse. Upon examination no mark could be found upon her person except a small black spot in the pit of the stomach. Mr. K. during the excitement of the moment paid no attention to himself, but he afterwards found a long black mark on the back of one of his legs. It is a singular fact that no place can be found where the electric fluid entered the building, and no damage was done to anything about the premises except as above mentioned.

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