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KILLED BY LIGHNING WHILE IN THE WATER 

Peculiar Circumstances Surrounds the Death of Halsey Brown - 
Dying Man Rescued by Companion Halsey Brown was killed in a 
peculiar manner, Saturday night, lightning being the direct agent of 
his death. In company with Lee Dees he had been "logging" in the 
creek, south of the city, in McClellan township, and was getting out 
of the water. A wire fence crossed the creek, and Brown was in the 
act of crawling through the fence, when a bolt of  lightning hit it some 
distance away, and so charged it that it carried sufficient electricity to 
cause death to the unfortunate man. He cried out and attracted the 
attention of Dees, who had just crawled through the  fence, and was 
out on the bank, rubbing his legs that had been made numb by the 
electrically charged water. Dees rushed to the aid of his stricken friend, 
but when he reached him there was no sign of life apparent. He was 
dragged from the water dead. A wife and four children are left to mourn 
the untimely end of the husband and father. Mr. Brown was a farmer and 
38 years old. 

The funeral was conducted at Wolf Prairie, Sunday. 

Source: June 19, 1911 Mt. Vernon Register News 
Submitted by Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera


 
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