Wesley Wheeler

Bartow News and Courant
Cartersville, Georgia

July 18, 1901

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One Killed, Two Injured
Lightning’s Fearful Work in a Cotton Field
Prostrates Three Persons
One A Young Man, Has Neck Broken and Killed Outright – Others Will Recover

Lightning did terrible work in a cotton field Tuesday afternoon.

Near the Wheeler ore bank, a mile and a half north of Emerson, Pickney Wheeler, a man about middle age, his daughter, fifteen years old, and Wesley Wheeler, a nephew about twenty years old, a son of W.W. Wheeler, were working with hoes in a cotton field and were in a rush to get the field finished before night.

About five o’clock a storm came up, but they did not stop.  Lightning struck the three persons.

Mr. W.W. Wheeler, who was nearby, hearing the loud peal, went to the place and found them prostrate on the ground. 

Mr. Wheeler viewed them and believed his son and niece were dead, and his brother hurt beyond possible recovery.  He went as fast as possible to Emerson to get some help and telling his story, fiends went with him to the scene.  It was found that the young man was killed outright, his neck being broken, but Mr. Wheeler and the daughter while shocked, had rallied, and will recover.

[NOTES: W.W. Wheeler is William W. Wheeler.  15 year old girl is Annie Wheeler (according to census records)]


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