Lightning Fire: Blaze on Earl Lehman Farm
Struck by lightning,
a large frame barn on the farm of Earl Lehman, Long’s Gap Road,
about a half mile north of Bellaire Park,
was totally destroyed by fire
about 10:40 o’clock last night at the height
of one of the summer’s worst electrical storms.
with the structure were
and a few other farm implements
and a considerable quantity
of wheat, hay, and barley.
A member of the family said the damage
would exceed $10,000.
Lehman, a young farmer, and his wife
were about to retire for the night
when the fire broke out.
Lehman, the son of Jesse Lehman, who lives nearby,
summoned his father
and other neighbors
and called the Union Fire Company.
The barn burned
with great rapidity
and was hopelessly
enveloped in flames when
the Union firemen, riding in a driving rain, arrived
with their rural service pumper.
The family car and another auto owned by Lehman’s brother, Roy,
were saved before
an implement shed burned down.
The fire burned
a Pennsylvania Power and Light wire,
disrupting electricity service to the area
for several hours.
The storm struck here about 10:15
and continued for almost two hours. Rain
was very heavy in the first half hour
but slacked after that. Vivid lightning and heavy thunder
continued to midnight.
Damage in town was negligible.
Having lost my barn and most of my feed by fire
I will offer at public sale
at my farm
located 2-½ miles north of Carlisle on Long’s Gap Road
Certified and Accredited
13 milk cows, several fresh by day of sale.
2 yearling heifers,
This is a young herd with a very good test.
Records up to 500 pounds fat in DHIA.
Oliver tractor spreader on rubber tires, new in 1943
1 rubber tired trailer with flat
1 wagon with flat
MM 7’ tandem disc harrow 18” discs
MM 14” two bottom high clearance plow
Western sprocket pulverizer 8’
McCormick mower 6’ cut
10’ x 12’ brooder house on skids
9’ x 10’ range shelter on skids with steel roof and celotex insulation
Cyclone electric brooder 500 chick size
chicken feeders and fountains
Prime electric fencer
platform scales 500-pound capacity
2-hole corn sheller
and a canoe
single-unit Surge milking machine, used less than a year
3-can Esco electric milk cooler, new in 1944
Dairymaid electric water heater
metal can rack for 6 cans
6 very good, 85-pound milk cans, pails, strainer, etc.
late model Home Comfort coal and wood range with water jacket installed and reservoir
2 Ivanhoe 3-burner kerosene stoves with ovens
2 davenports both convertible to double beds
2 occasional chairs
2 end tables
complete set Encyclopedia Britannica
9 pc fumed oak dining room suite in good condition
decorative plate glass wall mirror
upright piano in very good condition
sectional 12-drawer solid oak filing cabinet like new
three table lamps
double wood bed—
new cell springs and mattress,
double bed size,
used one week—
2 small dressers
round extension table
large work table
several small tables
several large upholstered chairs
modern baby bathtub
some dishes and cooking utensils
large lot of Mason jars in perfect condition
EARL M. LEHMAN,
Rural Route 2.
photo credit: Elmer Canas, Unsplash