May 17, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 2d page)
On last Monday lightning struck four of the telegraph poles near town, making quite an alarming report. The effect was rather exciting in the town office, but not in the depot office. All the connecting wires in the town office, at the bottom of the instrument were broken and some of the wires melted. The young operator was surrounded with too much electricity just then to feel exactly comfortable, and we predict that if a few more such clicks come over the wires he will be for quitting the business. Mr. L.L. Kitchin was knocked down by the stroke.