Pawlenville, NY Lightning Strikes School House, June 1872

A SCHOOL-HOUSE AT PAWLENVILLE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING AND A LITTLE GIRL KILLED.

Kingston, N. Y., June 13. -- During the storm yesterday afternoon a school-house at Pawlenville, in this county, was struck by lightning and a little girl named MERRITT was instantly killed. Several other children were stunned. The storm caused great damage throughout the county. In this city the lightning struck in several places, but no serious damage was done. Near Stone Ridge and High Falls a tornado, accompanied by terrific thunder and lightning, swept over a narrow strip of country, causing great ddestruction. Two barns, owned by ISAAC HOSBROUCK, were blown down and totally destroyed. Two men and a team of horses in one of the buildings destroyed narrowly escaped being crushed in the ruins. Much damage was done by the hail to the fruit trees and grape-vines, and the general damage to buildings, fences and other property was very heavy.

The New York Times New York 1872-06-14