Bio: Poppe, George (Barn Burned - 1938)

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Surnames: Poppe

----Source: Greenwood Gleaner (Greenwood, Clark Co., Wis.) (21 Jul 1938)

Poppe, Geo. (Barn hit by lightning - Jul 1938)

The 36 x 70 foot barn on the George Poppe farm 10 1/2 miles northwest of here (Greenwood, Clark Co., Wis.) on detour Highway 73, was struck by lightning about midnight Monday night and burned to the ground.

Nothing was saved from the barn. The loss included the season's entire hay crop, a cow, calf and bull, hay loader and milking machine. The place had recently been electrified by the REA.

The Poppe family was awake by the time the bolt struck, and said the barn burst into flames immediately, making it impossible to save even the livestock. The barn was built about 18 years ago.

The loss is partly covered by insurance. Neighbors who gathered at the farm were unable to help in any way.