Jacobsburg, OH Lightning Kills Girls, June 1897


The lives of three young women were blotted out by lightning while they were on their way home from church at Jacobsburg, Ohio. The victims are MINNIE MCGUIRE, daughter of the REV. THOMAS MCGUIRE; ALPA TAYLOR, daughter of WILLIAM TAYLOR; and EMMA WHITE, daughter of SIMON WHITE, all about nineteen years old. SARAH BOHRING was badly stunned. They were residents of Jacobsburg and were walking together in the road about a hundred yards from the church when they were struck by lightning. It is believed that the steel corsets worn by the young women led to their deaths, as MISS BOHRING, who was only stunned, wore none.

The County Record
June 24, 1897
page 7