09 Nov G.S. McGough & Russell McGough Killed by Lightning
June 5, 1906
G.S. McGough & Russell McGough killed by lightning
At about 6:30 p.m. a bolt of lightning hit the veranda and went through the home of Judge and Mrs. B.L. McGough on Railroad Street. Glen S. McGough, aged 23 and his nephew Russell, aged 13 were both struck and thrown to the floor dead. Harry, the brother of Russell was also at the scene, but unhurt.
The bolt went about the house, splitting a post on the veranda, the bedstead and dresser in the front room was struck and split, and another bedstead was split at the headboard and footboard. Misses. Lizzie and Gladys McGough and Bessie Smith who were in the bedrooms were not hurt.
Glen and Russell are buried side by side at the Historic Cemetery of Fayetteville.
By Angela Pendleton
Sources: News article in McGough Family file