McDonald, PA Storm and Lightning Strike, Mar 1902

As Rev. J. W. English, pastor of the Robinson Run U. P. church, near McDonald, was raising his arms to pronounce the benediction, lightning struck the church spire and it toppled upon the roof, crushing it and injuring a number of worshipers two of whom will die.

The injured are:
Robert Patterson, aged 10, skull fractured, will die.
Leon Averill, skull fractured, will die.
Mrs. John Patterson, mother of Robert, severely bruised about body.
Mrs. Mary Patterson, arm broken and badly bruised.
Miss Mary G. Wallace, badly bruised.
Mrs. Mary Averill, mother of Leon, head and arms cut and bruised.

The spire and portions of the roof of the U. P. church at McDonald was torn off and the building considerably damaged, but no one was injured.

The Forest Oil Company had between 200 and 300 derricks blown down in its McDonald region and considerable damage was sustained by its pipe system.

The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA 13 Mar 1902