Reading, PA Storm, Aug 1887

pa reading storm aug 1887

READING, Penn., Aug. 2.----One of the most terrific storms ever witnessed in this section passed over Strouchsburg, this county, last night, and many fields and buildings were flooded. In the midst of the storm four vivid flashes of lightning were seen and were followed by loud peals of thunder. Immediately thereafter the historic Christ Lutheran Church, a mile from town, was discovered to be on fire, and in an hour the beautiful church was in ruins, the Sunday school organ alone being saved. The loss to the congregation will be $20,000; insurance, $6,000. This edifice was one of the landmarks of the Lutheran Church in America. Its cornerstone was laid in 1745. The church was rebuilt in 1788, and two years ago was damaged by a dynamite explosion, after which it was improved at a cost of $7,000. Ex-Gov. Andrew Schultz was born in its parsonage and worshipped there. The Muhlenbergs frequently preached there. It was one of the first Lutheran churches built in this country.

The New York Times, New York, NY 3 Aug 1887