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Muskingum County, Ohio
Genealogy and History



News Stories of
Fires, Accidents, Train Wrecks
and other Calamities

Melancholy Occurrence: The barn of Mrs. Given, about 15 miles from Zanesville, Ohio on the Wheeling road was struck by lightning on the 1st inst., and her two eldest sons, John and Wm.
Given, promising and amiable young men, in the prime of life, who were threshing in the barn, were instantly killed. The barn was good and new and contained as was supposed about nine hundred bushels of wheat, the whole of which was burnt up. [Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Penn) August 24, 1825 - Sub. by Nancy Piper]

Zanesville, O., Jan 29 - Paul McGinnis, of Frazeyburg, was instantly killed by a Pennsylvania passenger train today. [Lima Daily News, Jan 29, 1906]

Zanesville, Apr 3 - While attempting yesterday to save his brother, who had become entangled in a guy wire, Carl Urban, aged 12 years, stepped into a mud hole, thus completing a ground circuit that electrocuted him in the presence of hundreds of school children on front of Grant school. Paul Urban the youngest brother is still unconscious and will probably die. [Lima Daily News, Apr 3, 1906]


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