Odell, NE Lightning Strike During Commencement, Jun 1902

CHURCH HIT BY LIGHTNING.

Disturbs Commencement Exercises at Odell, Neb.

ST. JOSEPH, Mo., June 8---During the graduating exercises of the Odell, Neb., high school, held at the First Methodist church, last night, lightning struck the edifice, demolishing a tower in the fore part of the structure and rendering several spectators and graduates unconscious. The building was soon on fire and the lives of many people were in peril. A large tank of water afforded prompt and effective means of extinguishing the flames. It is believed no deaths will result, although several women were removed from the church to their homes suffering from the shock.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE 9 Jun 1902