St. Louis Post Dispatch
St. Louis Post Dispatch
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Description: Struck by Lightning. WERKMEISTER

Date: May 4 1888

Newspaper published in: St. Louis, MO

Belleville.

During the storm yesterday, Mrs. Mary WERKMEISTER, the wife of a coal miner who lives a short distance from the County Farm, was struck by lightning while gathering lettuce in the garden at the rear of her home, and was instantly killed. Mr. Abraham GOODING saw her fall and rushed over to where she lay. Her dress was in a blaze, but the fire was extinguished quickly by Mr. GOODING, and several neighbors who had also been attracted to the spot, and the body was then removed to the house, none of those who helped carry it in being aware that the woman was dead. Efforts were made to bring the unfortunate woman to, but without effect, and when Dr. RAYBILL, the County Physician, who had been dispatched for, arrived, he pronounced her dead, and said the shock must have killed her instantly. There was no abrasion of the skin on the body to show where the lightning had struck but the face was blackened and discolored. The lightning seemed to have entered the head and passed downward through the whole body, tearing her shoes to pieces and burning the leather. The deceased was the mother of five children.

Submitted: 10/21/14

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