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1923: Local boy struck by lightning

Posted on January 27, 2015 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Fred Mellen

Down Memory Lane #190
These items were taken from the 1923 issues of the Bow Island Review Newspaper
May 25 – Court News – Ernest A. Anderson appeared at Bow Island on Tuesday the 22nd inst. before E.N. Barker, Police Magistrate of Lethbridge for “preliminary hearing” on a charge of having on or about the 18th day of October, 1922 at Bow Island did, being a servant of the Home Grain Co. Ltd. having received from one J.K. Fortune the sum of one hundred and twenty six dollars and sixty cents, $126.60 on terms requiring him to pay the sum to the Home Grain Co. Ltd. fraudulently convert the same to his own use, contrary to Sec. 355 Criminal Code of Canada. After the evidence in the case, the accused was remanded for trial at the next Court of Competent Jurisdiction at Lethbridge. He was escorted to Lethbridge by Constable Bradner where he was the same day released on bail in the sum of $2,500. F.O. McKenna for the accused and A.E. Smith of Calgary for the Home Grain Co.
– Bow Island News – Miss Faulds is on the sick list this week, suffering from Quinzy, as a result the children in her class have been unable to have school during the past week, it is reported it will be a month until she will be able to resume her duties at the school.
– Bow Island News – The shack which was used at the skating rink last winter by the skaters for changing their boots in, was moved to the Tennis Court of Wednesday this is the second time it has been coved to the Tennis Court.
June 1 – Lightning Bolt Hits Foremost Boy – Foremost – Struck by a bolt of lightning that came out of a small rain cloud passing over here on Friday afternoon about 4:15 Arthur Eagleson the 11 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eagleson, was slightly burned about the head and body. The horse he was mounting was instantly killed. Arthur had just arrived home from school and went to the horse that was grazing about 100 yards from his home. Just as he had one leg over the horses back and his hand touching the mane and the other foot off the ground, the bolt struck through the boy’s cap tearing a strip out of it at least three inches wide, scorching the hair back of his right ear, burning his neck slightly and following part way down his body. He was unconscious about 10 minutes. The bolt struck the horse across the weathers and followed down the outside of both front legs to the ground. At this writing Arthur is doing nicely and will likely be about again in a few days.
– Borden News – Mr. Joseph Ley of Plainview, Minn. has been visiting at the home of his brother Mr. John Ley here enroute to his oil business in Montana.
– Bow Island – We are glad to hear the Mary daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Calder, who is in Medicine Hat hospital suffering from a nervous breakdown, is a little improved.
– Bow Island – The 24th May was celebrated in Bow Island with sports at the local park, by the afternoon a good number of people from the country had gathered and the finishing touch to the day was a dance in the evening.
This is the last newspaper available on the internet for the Bow Island Review, consequently I have no other means of obtaining access to these papers. I hope you have enjoyed at least some of the items I gleaned from these old papers.
This has been another Stroll Down Memory Lane with Old Fred Mellen

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