02 October 2015

On This Day: Meteorite strikes New York

On This Day in 1880 the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer reprinted a statement written last month by W. Emerson Mead describing a meteorite that just missed his cottage!

Mead’s children and his sister had al gone up to bed already the night of the 22nd. He was sitting at the table in the kitchen writing a letter when all of a sudden the dark night lit up as if it were noon.  

“It was dark out,” wrote Mead, “and the clouds were black and heavy. You could not see your hand before you. All at once it became as light as noonday.” 

He and his sister went out to inspect the item the next morning. The item turned out to be a white rock. Mead said, in his reprinted letter, that the rock weighed approximately 125 pounds.  

The property was in Lakeside, New York, near Schroon Lake.  

Lancaster Daily Intelligencer. (Lancaster, PA), 2 October 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.  


On This Day is a prompt to further explore historical events.

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.