Dakota Datebook

Lamoure Lightning

Sunday, May 12, 2013

A terrible thunderstorm featuring winds of “cyclonic proportions” and widespread lightning struck southern North Dakota on the early morning of May 9th, 1922. The worst of the storm’s damage spread from southern Stutsman County to the southeast corner of the state, and damaged farm buildings and equipment worth an estimated value of $50,000. The worst of the storm was felt by LaMoure County, where two children of area farmer John Weber were left clinging to life after both were simultaneously struck by lightning on their farm near Dickey. Despite the initial danger and prognosis, the improved condition of the fortunate Weber children was reported on this date in 1922, when it was announced that they would make a full recovery.

 

Dakota Datebook written by Jayme L. Job

 

Sources:

http://www.infomercantile.com/dakota_death_trip/Children_Struck_1334432973.html (Dakota Death Trip blog posted by D. Dahlsad, The Bismarck Tribune, May 12, 1922).

 

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Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

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