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Gideon J. Post

Killed by Lightning.

On the 20th, Mr. Gideon J. Post, living near the Long & Wheeler mill two miles south-east of Chesterton, a man, of 50 years or more, with a wife and several children, ate his dinner then left home saying that he would go up to the head of the same mill-pond fishing. As he did not come back home at night, a search was instituted Thursday morning, and at 11 o'clock his son, a young man, found him dead beneath a beech tree, just a few rods from the fishing place. He lay upon his back, and had his hands behind him as he used to walk. A perpendicular streak was burnt on him from near three inches over his left eye, along his face and neck, spread out upon his breast, run down his body and both legs, and by his feet a hole in the ground; which indicated that he was coming under that beech tree for shelter from the heavy shower near three o'clock that afternoon, a leteral streak of lightning rand down through the beach tree leaves, struck him upon the head and followed down both legs into the ground. The hair was burnt off from his bosom and pubic region, and his clothes were also slightly burnt, as probably they would have been much worse but for the rain. The burnt part of his skin was of a reddish purple color, and would peal as from a new potato. Not a bone was broken, nor a bruise apparent. Notice was at once sent to the coroner, and an inquest held, which found substantially the facts above narrated, and, as the deceased was poor, his body was committed to the trustee of Liberty township for interment. The family, we hear, are destitute, and dreadfully distressed.

Newspaper: Porter County Vidette
Date of Publication: June 28, 1877
Volume Number: 21
Issue Number: 26
Page: 3
Column(s): 6

Key to Newspaper Publication Locations:
    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

    Newspapers Published in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

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