||of, Waterloo Region, Ontario
||Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario
|killed by lightning |
||Frederick Long |
|Eby ID Number
||Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario 
||15 Mar 2017 |
||Rosina Bernhardt, b. 6 Dec 1831, Buffalo, Erie, New York , d. 28 Dec 1922, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario |
||17 Sep 1848
||, Waterloo Region, Ontario 
| ||1. Caroline Lang, b. 1849, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario , d. Yes, date unknown|
- Dreadful Accident from Lightning at New Hope
It falls this week to our lot as public journalists to record one of the most awful, sudden and frightful catastrophes, by which in the twinkling of an eye, unthinking mortals are occasionally hurried off the busy scene of human life, which we recollect as happening in our immediate neighbourhood. On Sunday last, about 5 o'clock in the afternoon, and when the heavy thunder storm which visited this quarter on that day, was raging at its height, just as three men, Frederick Long, Henry Barnhart and a German known as the "Little Waggoner" were in the act of leaving the stoop of the tavern in the Village of New Hope, kept by Mr. Adam Scott, a terrific flash of lightning struck the party and felled them all instantaneously to the earth.
Melancholy to relate, Long was found to have been killed on the spot, his shirt and skin across the breast being most severely burned and singed and part of his clothes rent and torn into shreds by the fearful, yet incomprehensible violence of the electric shock. Barnhart was discovered to have been struck completely blind and has remained so ever since, besides being otherwise severely stunned, burned and injured. The other person, who seems only to be known by the cognomen of the "Little Waggoner" (being a wagon maker in New Hope), was only slightly affected in the foot, in which, however, he experienced a strange, yet painful sensation. Dr. Ebert and Mr. Klotz soon arrived from Preston, but all attempts at reviving Long were tried in vain. Barnhart, who is a brewer in Preston, has since been conveyed home, but notwithstanding every attention medical and otherwise, the poor fellow enjoys little hope of recovering his eyesight, if indeed, his life be spared as he now lies in a precarious condition. Long was 24 years of age, and son-in-law of old Mr. Barnhart and head cooper to Mr. Hespeler, of Preston and had lately been employed at Mr. H's Mills at New Hope. He leaves a wife and child to lament his untimely end, and the bereavement of a kind husband and fond father.
At the time and place where the lightning struck, an extremely strong, sulphurous and suffocating smell pervaded the surrounding atmosphere and even clung to the bodies of the killed and injured, so much so that for some time there was great difficulty in breathing in the vicinity of the spot where the dire calamity occurred.
The Niagara Chronicle of 8 Aug 1850
Picked up and reprinted from The Dumfries Reformer, Galt Ont
- [S270] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1852, Pg 1.
- [S13] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - Wellington District Marriage Register Part 1 1840-1852, Marriages By Rev'd Jacob Huttner #120.
Fred'k Lang, To Rosane Bernhardt. 17 Sept. 1848