March Exits Like a Lion (Part II) in 1913


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 4/1/1913.

Great Floods Sweep Over Country

For the past week nearly the entire United States has been deluged with waters, and in many sections thousands of lives have been lost and millions of dollars of property destroyed.  The floods have been confined to no particular section of the country, the East suffering along with the West.

On Saturday the Ohio reached a stage of over fifty-nine feet, the highest ever known.  No mail has been received at this place since Wednesday night, and we are unable to give any of the particulars from the floods.

The following dispatches were taken from papers received here Wednesday.

Akron, O., March 25.  -- Five hundred people are homeless, more than a million dollars damage done, property in the business and commercial centers is crippled and the city and interurban and steam railway traffic practically tied up by the overflow of the Little Cuyahoga river and the Ohio canal early today.

The waters are still rising and unless the rains stop soon it is feared the business section of the city may be inundated.

It is feared the Goodyear dam will let go from pressure on the high water.

Cincinnati, March 26.  -- The report from Springfield that a message from Dayton placed the death list in that city at five thousand was lent credence by railroad reports, received independent of the press reports.  It is said that at least five thousand have lost their lives in Dayton and 1,000 in Hamilton, due to be breaking of a reservoir.  Direct news from either city is impossible to secure.  The streets are said to be raging rivers, running high with dead bodies.  Human bodies, horses, dogs and other animals are floating intermingled with debris.  It will be days before the full extent of the disaster can be learned.  Both cities have been devastated, according to the report.

Indianapolis, March 25. -- Two hundred or more were drowned at Peru, Ind., according to a message from the governor of that place.  The governor's informant, named Barker, asked that 200 coffins and food and clothing be sent to Peru at once.

"This will be the last message you will get from Peru," said the man, "200 are drowned and the remainder are grouped on a hill waiting for daylight."