The Rednersville Local 899 Orange Lodge used to meet on the second floor of what is now the Rednersville Country Store.
On July 9, 1926 initiation ceremonies for entrance into the Lodge were being held in the hall when lightning struck the building and followed along the pipes which fed the gas lights. John Wellington Bowers and his son William were sitting on opposite sides of the hall, but both were struck and killed.
All but two of the other members were knocked unconscious. These two rushed down the stairs and out of the parking lot where they attempted to start their cars to go and get help. The lightning had apparently played havoc with the vehicles — none of them would start with the exception of the Bowers car, which was the only one left unaffected!
Fact or fiction? You decide …
Story reprinted with permission of Author Janet Kellough from her book “The Legendary Guide to Prince Edward County”.