This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I see a discussion in the Gardener's Monthly of this question, as to whether the Beech tree is ever struck by lightning. With the general opinion against such an occurrence I think there is no question. The event is exceedingly rare: but from my own observation, I know the rule has exceptions. I remember some twenty-seven or twenty-eight years ago a Beech tree standing in a wood just back of my father's residence, near the village of Blountsville, not far from the north-east corner of Henry county, Ind., was struck by the electric fluid. According to my present recollection, the tree was struck some twenty-five feet from the ground, and a piece three or four inches wide, and one and a-half inches deep was torn out from that to the roots. This is the only case of this tree being struck with lightning that ever came under my observation, although it was a common occurrence for other species of timber to be destroyed by this cause. The Beech makes an excellent shade tree, and is probably as free from danger from lightning as any that can be used for stock shelter in pastures, or for lawn shade trees.