Clark County Clipper, July 9, 1885

Killed by Lightning

We learn from Mr. Gibson, of Protection that Ottie Ross was killed by lightning near that place on the night of the 4th.  At the close of the celebration and dance at Protection Saturday night Mr. Ross, in company with E. G. Phelps, editor of the Echo, and several other gentlemen, went out to his father's place just north of town, and after some talk he decided to stay with his parents, and the balance of the party went over to an adjoining claim to sleep, and he lay down on a bed on the floor.  As indicated by the clock, which was stopped by the shock, the lightning struck the house at 3:45 in the morning, passed down the side of the house to where a stovepipe passed through the wall, then followed the pipe a few feet to the elbow, and then struck the young man lying on the floor killing him instantly.  The only mark visible was across his face and breast.  Mr. Ross was about 20 years old, & printer by trade, and highly respected by all who knew him and at the time of his death was employed on the Echo.

Submitted by ~Shirley Brier~ in September 27, 2005.



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