Bio: Rupnow, Fred (Lightning strikes barn - 1946)
----Source: Humbird Enterprise (Humbird, Clark Co., Wis.) 08/10/1946
Rupnow, Fred (Lightning strikes barn - 2 AUG 1946)
Early last Friday morning, during the most severe electrical storm of the year, lightning struck the large new barn on the Fred Rupnow farm. The ball of fire was seen by numbers of people who were awakened by the storm. It is thought to have entered through the hay mow door and carried a tunnel of fire down through the hay to the basement. Mr. and Mrs. Rupnow endeavored to put out the firt blaze, but it was impossible to fight it. The barn was a new one, 36 x 80, and had a shed attached. It was full of new hay and other feed, all of which was lost, with a large sow, and all barn tools. The horses and some young stock, and the milking machines were saved. Seven years ago, in threshing time, the barn with all its contents was destroyed by fire. The barn, which replaced it, was modern type with all steel roof and electric light and power. The loss is estimated at $7,000, with an insurance policy that partly covers it. Mr. Rupnow is considering an all steel barn, as lumber is unobtainable.
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