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Struck by lightning

Struck by lightning
County Tales
Store in Rednersville. Sketch by Susan Moshinski

Store in Rednersville. Painting by Susan Moshynski

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”.

About Janet Kellough

The tragic tales, outrageous gossip and fascinating history of Ontario’s Prince Edward County are all grist for the mill for writer and storyteller Janet Kellough. From shipwrecks to lost love to the romantic legacy of the dance hall era, Kellough’s writing captures the essence of a unique people and a very special place. Visit Janet at janetkellough.com
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