WEEK 6 2022

Lightning Kills Five

During Past Month In The State of Wyoming

Residents now grow restless whenever thunder storm is seen gathering

Cheyenne, Wyo.,—Three persons killed by lightning during a week, five during the past month, and probably a dozen since the beginning of the year, has caused the people of the state to begin to regard approaching thunder storms with apprehension.

The three victims of the past week met death in widely separated points.

Peter Elbert, 30, was struck and killed while sheltered in the lee of a haystack near Granger, awaiting the passage of a storm. Four other men and a boy were stunned by the bolt, two horses standing nearby were killed, and the haystack was set afire. Two of the stunned men recovered consciousness in time to rescue their companions and the body of Elbert from the flames.

J. M. Reilly was killed near Lander while returning to his ranch through a severe storm. His horse also was killed. The bodies lay beside the road until discovered by a stage driver.

Roger Sutton, 10, was killed ten miles north of Cheyenne when lightning struck a school house. Edwin Ridley, 12, was severely hurt by the bolt and four other persons were stunned.

Ralph Creer, a ranchman, was killed by a bolt near Sunrise and George Maxwell was killed near Wheatland. A short time ago, E. W. Whitcomb, a wealthy stockman, was struck and killed near his Moorcroft ranch, his horse being killed also. Earlier in the summer and spring numerous sheep herders and others were struck and killed or seriously injured and many head of livestock were killed by bolts.

G. L. Biddle, a homesteader residing in the Highlands district, twelve miles northwest of Cheyenne, was struck by lightning during the severe thunder storm which prevailed over that district for an hour, and narrowly escaped death. He was unconscious for an hour, and his right arm is paralyzed. Two horses in a nearby pasture were killed.

Two horses owned by Patrick Fox and ranging in a pasture adjoining the Biddle farm were instantly killed by lightning during the storm.

The point where Biddle was struck is about ten miles distant from the Ridley school, where Roger Sutter was killed by lightning.

The Goshen County Journal (Torrington, WY) Thursday, August 26th, 1915

Edwin A. Hoadly, 6-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Hoadly of Cheyenne, died in a Denver hospital from pneumonia which developed when the air passages to his lungs had been obstructed by a large nail he had swallowed last week.

The Burns Herald (Burns, WY) Thursday, September 23rd, 1920


The Logan county farmer whose reputation for morality needs repairs, was lately made a target for rifle practice at long range and barely missed getting a bullet put through his neck.

The Sioux County Journal (Harrison, NE) Thursday, January 27th, 1898

Littleton, Colo., June 2.— Lucille Rider, 17, of Littleton, was electrocuted near here today when she stepped from her automobile after having crashed into a telephone pole, knocking a high tension wire to the ground.

The girl had been swimming in a small lake on the Platte canyon road, and was returning home when she lost control of the car and went off the road into the sand. The car struck the telephone pole, breaking it off near the ground, and the high tension wires carried by the pole fell across the car.

A passer-by who witnessed the accident called to the girl to stay in the car, but, apparently frightened by the accident, she paid no attention, and stepped to the ground, receiving the current from the broken wire when her foot touched the ground.

The Western Nebraska Observer (Kimball, NE) Thursday, July 4th, 1929

What might have resulted in a serious accident happened Saturday night when Robert Curry ran into a telephone wire, which had been cut and let lay, striking him across the throat and jerking him off his feet.

The Hemingford Herald (Hemingford, NE) Thursday, October 28th, 1909

Torrington, Wyo., June 19.—Frank Faust may die as the result of a runaway which occurred while he was carrying the Springer mail. While going down a long hill the shafts of the vehicle broke and the horse ran away, throwing Mr. Faust out of the buggy, breaking two ribs and hurting him internally.

The Tribune Stockman Farmer (Cheyenne, WY) Friday, June 23rd, 1911