Posted: Aug 4, 2014 5:58 PM by Pat Shingleton
Updated: Aug 5, 2014 4:00 AM
Expect episodes of lightning today. Around 300 A.D. a father was so enraged when his daughter converted to Christianity, he beheaded her. Following the decapitation he was killed by lightning. His daughter was anointed St. Barbara Dioscorus, patron saint of lightning victims. British military officer, Maj. R. Summerford, while on the battlefield in Flanders on February, 1918, was knocked off his horse by a bolt of lightning, paralyzing him from the waist down. In 1924, while fishing with two friends, lightning hit him again, paralyzing his entire right side. In 1934 a third lightning strike hit him, leaving him permanently paralyzed. Two years later he died and after his internment, lightning destroyed the tombstone of Major Summerford.