Alpena, MI Hail And Wind Storm, July 1903

BAD WIND STORM FOLLOWED BY HAIL.

SWEPT OVER NORTHERN MICHIGAN LAST NIGHT AND WROUGHT MUCH DESTRUCTION.
FARMER INSTANTLY KILLED DURING STORM.

Alpena, Mich., July 29. -- A terrific wind and rain storm accompanied by hail, passed over Alpena county, last night, and wrought much destruction.
Orchards were leveled and crops in the fields were destroyed. JAMES FINGLETON'S house, in Wilson township, was struck by lightning and FINGLETON instantly killed while his wife and daughter were badly burned.
WALTER PILLSBURY'S farm house, at Greely, was also struck and burned. His son was badly, but not fatally injured, by the lightning. Much damage is also reported from Presque Isle county.

Lima Times Democrat Ohio 1903-07-29

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James Fingleton

Hello,

Thank you for posting! James Fingleton was my great great great grandfather. I have a copy of his death record and obituary, along with a more detailed article from the Alpena News that confirm that he did indeed die from the lightning strike. Please let me know if you would like them.

There was also a longtime resident of Wilson (who I believe is an ancestor of Myra?) named Evelyn Cochrane Mains who mentions that her mother and siblings spent their days at the Fingleton place, and that "the house was supposed to be jinxed because several years earlier, Mr. Fingleton had been killed by lightning that came down the chimney. The story was that lightning might strike in the same place twice."

HAIL STORM IN WILSON TWP, ALPENA

I write a family newsletter for the Herron Family, which was started in Wilson Twp., and was really interested in this article. I will include it in my next newsletter for all the old and current Wilson twp members of this family. Thanks for posting it!