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Guthrie Daily Leader
Thursday, April 29, 1897

APPALING CATACLYSM
Most Frightful Calamity Ever Known in the Territory
West Guthrie a scene of Horror
Believed that scores of lives have been swept away by an unparalleled deluge.
Water spout and continued rains cause an overflow of the Cottonwood and Cimarron rivers.

Rushing waters swoop down on sleeping people and bury then from sight - Two hundred thousand dollars worth of property destroyed - Six bridges washed away - search for bodies - work of rescuers.
The most appalling calamity known in Oklahoma since the opening of the country visited West Guthrie yesterday in the shape of a cataclysm.
Within ten minutes it is estimated that one hundred people found watery graves, and that property and crops worth $200,000 were destroyed.
It was a vast, mighty deluge caused by the overflow of the Cottonwood and Cimarron rivers, the overflow being caused by twelve hours continuous rain, and a cloud-burst near Seward at 4 o'clock yesterday morning. The Cottonwood river had been on the rise several days. On Sunday it crept up its steep banks at a merry clip, but began to recede Monday. On Tuesday at 10:30 o'clock began the heaviest precipitation ever known in this section of the territory. Water fell in sheer sheets, and within a few hours the Cottonwood was on the rampage.
West Guthrie is separated from the city proper by the Cottonwood, and although its site is on low land, there has never been any uneasiness among its denizens from fear of inundations.

Thought Themselves Safe
Since the opening of the country the Cottonwood has behaved admirably and the people of the west side sought their beds with no thought or inkling of the awful calamity in store for them. On Tuesday night the backwater of the Cottonwood, near the waterworks plant, loosened the supports of the fair grounds bridge and shifted the moorings on one or two like structures spanning the river at other points. The Cimarron bridge was also shaken by the surging waters, but all this play of the water Updated no special alarm and was thought to be of brief duration.

Terrific Sweep of Waters
At dawn yesterday morning the water in the Cottonwood was still rising, and at many places had crept out of its banks. It had slopped over into the road, and at the end of Oklahoma avenue was quietly seeping into the cellar of Merten's commission house and Heim's brewery plant. The water was sad-visaged and collicky, and rolled and tumbled, with angry accompaniments - a precursor evidently of what followed.
At ten minutes to six o'clock people crossing the Fifth street bridge and those boarding the north bound passenger train were appalled to see rushing from the south toward them a veritable wall of water fully eight feet high. It bounded and leaped and spread. The belly band of the Cottonwood was bursted and volumes of water spread out in every direction, inundating, as if by magic, entire West Guthrie. Five minutes later another wall of turbid, muddy water followed the first, and the west side was laid to rest. With a crash the Fifth street bridge broke away and was carried with the swiftness of a catapult down to Noble avenue, where it dashed into the heavy bridge at that point.

Everything Gave Way
Then everything gave way - bridges, houses, and everything capable of floating, from human life to beer bottles, swished and swirled in the raging torrents. Dwellers were dashed to smithereens against trees, and amid the wreckage floated unfortunate people who were tossed from their beds without warning into the raging current. At least twenty-five people were on the Fifth avenue bridge when it went down and many of them are known to have perished in the water. At 9 o'clock the flooded district was fourteen miles long and over a mile wide and the water from three to fifty feet in depth. The entire valley, from hill to hill, was one sheet of broiling water which rushed frantically with its burden of debris and human life to join the angry waters of the overflowing Cimarron. In all this vast district there was but one oasis. That was a pit of high ground on which stands the Lincoln school building. To this spot hundreds of people flocked where they were subsequently rescued. Many were compelled to swim in water from 10 to 30 feet deep. At the devil's elbow almost every house was upset and floated away. Island Park, the fair grounds and Wooded Island were submerged and much valuable property destroyed. Six bridges spanning the Cottonwood were torn from their fastenings and destroyed. Two of these floated down from Seward and bumped into the Fifth street bridge. The Cimarron rover growled and bellowed as it swallowed up the houses which floated into it from West Guthrie. The Cimarron Bridge was demolished and not a trace of the Perkins Bridge which spanned the same stream can be found.
All day yesterday thousands of people lined the borders of the flooded district, watched the devastating work of the waters and applauded heroic attempts to save human lives.

Saved His Hogs
Barnard, the hog man, felt there was a flood coming and at 2 o'clock yesterday morning removed a hundred head of hogs from his yards along the cottonwood and loaded them in Santa Fe cars, getting the company's receipt for them and they now have the hogs to care for. Mr. Barnard afterwards warned hundreds of people in West Guthrie, but most of them refused to heed the warning until the water was upon them.

Death Claims Three
A small house floating in the main channel went to pieces at the foot of Harrison avenue and a man, woman and little babe, who were on the roof, sank to rise no more.

Still Another Victim
Another one of the rescue boats capsized at 7 o'clock last night and one of the men manning it was drowned, but no boat coming over later it was impossible to learn his name.

Gen. Jamison's Severe Losses
Adjutant General Jamison is one among the heavy flood sufferers. The general was aroused near seven o'clock by the rush of the waters. Twenty minutes later the land, in proximity to his dwelling on First street, west, was a flood of seething waters. All south of Perkins street was a vast sea. General Jamison sent his wife and daughter to dry land and he and J. M. White remained to save what they could in the house. Ten minutes later the general cut the rope attached to his fine Jersey sow, staked in the yard, and started for higher ground. The cow followed bellowing. For three blocks the general and Mr. White plowed through water reaching their waists. The cow got stuck in a fence and two fellows cut her loose, subsequently demanding 5 dollars for the job. There are mean men left in Guthrie. All the wearing apparel of the Jamison family is lost or so seriously damaged as to render it unfit for wear. General Jamison's splendid miscellaneous library, valued at $2,000, is a total loss. The house is off its foundation, the stables have floated away and the furniture and clothing are submerged in four feet of water.

Good Work for Heroic Fellows
While the waters were tossing and surging near Noble avenue, plaintive cries from two women perched in trees attracted the attention of the crowds. The women were in a perilous position and that they needed instant succor was apparent at a glance. Quicker than a flash, Gus Platt rushed through the thick crowd, and hastily stripping, dashed into the water. George Willis was with Platt in an instant and John McCartney followed. Onlookers stood aghast at the nerve of the young men, since the condition of the turbulent channel was frightful - a false stroke meant death. Gus and George breasted the waters with the agility of trained athletes and made good headway, McCartney, handicapped by a log, was drawn under the waters and whirled with the rapidity of lightning down the stream. He was given up for lost. Ten minutes later he was miraculously rescued two miles north by being lassoed. Platt lodged in a tree and Willis made fast to a pile of lumber. In a jiffy the boys pulled the large excursion boat out of the floating wreckage and then made a heroic rescue of the unfortunates in the trees - six in all. They were Mrs. J. H. Mitchell, her son aged 4 years, and her guest, Mrs. D. G. Woodward, N. M. Carter, E. I. Saddler and a negro boy. The ladies were en route to town on a shopping tour. As the bridge was moving, a man grabbed Mrs. Mitchell's infant and rushed safely to shore, while Carter and Saddler hastily lifted the ladies and the two boys into tree. Hundreds of throats cheered the gallant rescue work of Mesers. Platt and Willis, and they are deserving of warm commendations. The flood suffers were landed with difficulty, but the boys in the excursion boat never weakened and during the day they rescued twenty five other unfortunates.

Aged Couples's Escape
Capt. D. B. Arrell and Frank Der were out all day in a boat built by the Richardson Lumber Company. They rescued twenty people, among them an old man named Nelson, and wife. Nelson is 90 years old. He and his wife have been very ill for several weeks. Nelson, however, summoned strength enough to cut a hole through the ceiling of his house and climbed to the rafters, followed by Mrs. Nelson. When rescued, Nelson was unable to stand

Mayor Berkey Says 125 Perish
"No man can tell how many persons perished in the flood," said Mayor Berkey last night. "I went over the flooded district and believe that the next few days will give up 125 corpses. Scores of people were asleep in their beds when the terrible rush of waters came."

Supt. Dolan Talks
Division Superintendent Dolan came in last night on a special from Wichita. "This is about the worst I've ever seen," said Mr. Dolan to the Leader last night. "Our company will suffer considerably. We propose to run passenger trains north tomorrow (Thursday) morning. Passengers will be transferred at the Cimarron bridge. I have a large force at work repairing tracks and everything north of Guthrie will soon be in proper shape. I can say little of the condition of the road south. The wires are down. There will be no trains south for two days."

A Hero's Death
At 11 o'clock a rescue party composed of Teague Ray, George Owens, Richard Pierce and another man started to cross into West Guthrie, southwest of Tarlton's mill, but the boat ran into a tree top and was capsized. All the men got into tree tops and were afterwards rescued except Owens, who floated down stream holding to an oar, but was struck with a log and went down in the seething torrent. Last night it was reported that he had not drowned, but was in a tree top near the mouth of the Cottonwood, though the report could not be authenticated.

Searching for Loved Ones
Up to 12 o'clock last night it was impossible to obtain a correct list of those who are supposed to have perished in the flood. Twenty-five rescuing boats were at work all day and many unfortunates were taken to unknown places of safety. It is believed by that, not less than 100 people were drowned, but the real facts cannot be ascertained until the waters recede. During the long hours of last night the streets were thronged with fathers and mothers, husbands and wives searching for lost ones. Many of the colored men who lived on the west side are employed on farms adjacent to the city. Many were ignorant of the calamity until last night, when they returned to their homes to find themselves homeless. An anxious, agonizing search was instituted for loved ones. In some cases such searches were rewarded. In others despair was the portion of the searcher.
Up to 7 o'clock last night six bodies had been taken from the water. The search for bodies will be resumed today with avidity.

Prayer Meeting on a Roof
For three hours yesterday nineteen colored people found refuge in the roof of the Riggins & White's stable, where they alternately sang and prayed for deliverance from a watery grave. A preacher was among them. He was very nervous, but he made the best of his opportunity and kept several hysterical women from flinging themselves into the raging stream by timely exhortations and stories of Noah and the ark. Mrs. Calhoun was especially demonstrative, and her cries of "Bless de Lord," resounded with vigor, and could be heard at the depot. The roof party was composed of Mr. and Mrs. Calhoun, Lena Preston, Tons, Dina and Sarah Smallwood, Sam Smith and wife, Wade and wife, Tom Butler and wife, Anne Smith, Wesley and wife, Wade Preston, Ella Preston, Willie Tolliver, Ned Preston and Riggins. All were brought safely to land by Platt and Willia's excursion boat.

Guthrie Club Relief
The Guthrie club held a special meeting yesterday afternoon and appointed relief committees as follows. On immediate relief a committee of seven as follows: J. D. DeBois, O. R. Fegan, F. W. Hewitt, Robert Henderson, Lee Homsher, F. W. Furrow and Harry Gray.
On permanent relief a committee of seven, as follows:
O. R. Fegan, Bert Leonard, H. E. Asp, L. E. Kimball, F. W. Ramsey, C. Gr Horner and A. P. Sanders.

Relief Fund
The committee appointed by the meeting of the citizens at the Guthrie club on yesterday succeeded in raising a fund of $684.05 after a short canvass. The committee is composed of Messers. J. W. McNeal, John D. DeBois and John W. Shartel. Any one wishing to give anything to aid the suffers may call on either of these gentlemen and subscribe to this relief fund. It is estimated that it will take from $4,000 to $5,000 to relieve the want and suffering caused by this awful calamity.
The appeal for help is to all who have not been overwhelmed by this catastrophe to respond.
The following is the list of subscribers to date:
Asp, Shartel & Cottingham		  $100.00
State Capital				   100.00
Daily Leader				   100.00
Houston & Mangum, Woodward, OK	            25.00
I. B. Levy				    25.00
Ramsey Bros.			  	    25.00
Gov. W. C. Renfrow			    25.00
G. M. Sharum				    25.00
G. M. Waller & Bro.			    25.00
G. F. Berkey				    10.00
G. S. Cummingham			    10.00
G. D. DuBois				    10.00
Edgar W. Jones				    15.00
G. A. Hughs				    10.00
Bert Leonard				    10.00
Case & Moore				    10.00
Felix Adler				    10.00
C. H. Stowe				    10.00
J. W. Brown				    10.00
W. M. Bronson				    10.00
George E. Ford				    10.00
Henry H. Dodd 				    10.00
A. J. N. Crook				    10.00
F. M. Rhinehart				    10.00
H. C. Barney				     5.00
D. S. Johnson				     5.00
Eagle Drug Store			     5.00
L. C. Wackerman			             5.00
A. P. Sanders				     5.00
John McGrath, Woodward		             5.00
N. F. Cheadle				     5.00
John Kedash				     5.00
J. W. Wilson				     5.00
H. S. Smith				     5.00
Mose Wineberger			             5.00
L. W. Baxter				     5.00
Spencer & Co.				     5.00
George Sabin				     5.00
Reaves Bros.				     5.00
W. S. Stiles				     2.00
L. B. Jackson				     1.50
Cash					      .55
                Total                     $684.05


Miles of Chord Wood
Water Works Plant Crippled - Some
Heavy Losses
The damage suffered at the water works plant will amount to $10.00. The machinery is under water and all the south town mains were rolled into the river bed. Over 1,00 cords of wood floated from the plant
Rev. J. M. Shephern did valiant work saving property and was bound to swim the stream. He declared he could out swim anybody in his youth.

Lost or Drowned?
Appalling list of persons supposed to have perished
The following is a list of persons missing or drowned.
George Owens
Henry Soloman and wife
Mrs. Watt
Morris Taylor and two children (colored)
Charles Freeman (colored)
H.  H. Bockfinger
Grandpa Bockfinger
Grandma Bockfinger
Chris Weymeyer
Two Baker girls
James Lilly
Ella Dumas (colored)
Mrs. Dumas (colored)
Mrs. Drummins (colored)
Mrs. Watson and son
Miss Kaiser (city school teacher)
Farmer Beard
Two unknown negroes
Francis Moore (colored)
Mrs. Sue Williams (colored)
Mrs. George Callahan (colored)
Mrs. Watkins (colored)
Mrs. Dennis and two children (colored)
Two Clemens children (colored)
M. W. Sawyer
Fannie Ruffin (colored)
Woman and three children (unidentified bodies on west side)


EXPERIENCES AND LOSSES
Thrilling Tales of Rescues and Escapes from Watery Graves
Many are the thrilling stories told of the rush of the great flood and subsequent rescues of unfortunates by heroic people.
Butcher John Metz says he heard the alarm at 7 o'clock and ran across the Noble avenue bridge and untied a boat and attempted to get to his residence, but failed. The water was two and one-half feet deep at 7:10. Mr. Thornton was with him but jumped out to rescue some ladies, who were placed in a boat. Metz saw a colored boy near with his head above water, and started towards him, but the current carried him down stream, and he lodged in a tree top till a rescuing party saved him. The rescuing party was composed of John McCrary and Rexroad. His loss will be about $100. His family came over early in the morning.
Chris Weymeyer's fine house went down stream. It was located on corner of Fifth and Noble. Loss $600.
H. H. Bockfinger's horse and buggy were found about noon on a drift. The harness was on the horse, and unhitched from the buggy. Nothing has been seen of Bockfinger.
Houghton's fine stock of dry goods, groceries and gent's furnishing goods is entirely destroyed by water. Loss $15,000.
Baker, the second hand man, came in from the country at 8 p. m., and immediately built a boat and started over to his residence near the cotton gin to see what had become of his children.
Colored men who were property owners west of Sixth say that the damage to resident negro property will amount to about $20,000.
Secretary Lowe, who was raised upon the river banks, gave some good advice to rescuing parties, which proved valuable.
Houses that stood on stone foundations were swept away. Those spiked to posts in the ground remained standing.
A. H. Richmond, who lived on the corner of Sixth and Cleveland, was awakened by his wife at 5:30. She said the river was about in the house. The water was one and a half feet in the yard. They ran with the children to the Fifth street bridge but it had gone. With great difficulty they arrived at the Noble street bridge and crossed it just as it went down. Richmond's house and all his furniture went with the waves. Loss $1,000.
Dr. Sargent was aroused by the rocking of his house. He got up and looked out and realized that he was in the middle of an ocean. He was rescued from his house about one-half mile north. His loss will reach about $200.
M. W. Sawyer, who was badly injured in the Chandler cyclone, was left in his house in a crippled condition with his wife. They loved on the corner of Sixth and Cleveland. Nothing has been heard of them.
Mrs. James Montgomery, wife of Jailer Montgomery, ran over to the jail early with the children and then returned after her husband who was asleep. Just as she crossed the Noble avenue bridge, on the west side, it went down and nothing has been seen of her or her husband.
Later - Late last night it was reported that Montgomery and wife were at McNea's house.
A raft was built at the foot of Oklahoma avenue and Walter Olds, Eugene Gill and a clerk at the 'Cyclone', with poles, started to rescue two women and a child lodged in a small tree near Noble street. The raft became unmanageable as soon as it struck the river current and down it drifted with a 3:40 gait and landed the boys in a tree about one mile north. The rescue of these boys was a miracle. Joe Rhodes shot a string across the tree with a sky rocket. A clothes line was attached to a string, and a rope to the line. The boys were soon on dry land.
Wm. Workinger, the gardner for E. Brown & Co., just across the Noble avenue bridge, says he was asleep in his house when the water was wetting his bed clothes. He jumped and arrived just before the bridge went under. The loss of E. Brown & Co. will amount to $1,000.
Jack Seixas, an old-time West Guthrieite, says that a number of people with lanterns watched the rise of the river during the night. At sunrise he made a survey of the Fifth street bridge, witnessed the Perkins street bridge crash against it and then began a general alarm to the people. The streets were soon flooded with water, and he made haste for Guthrie, arriving over the Noble street bridge just in time. Saw colored man Dumas and his wife floating on top of house. His loss is about $200.
Jennie Henderson, landlady of the Santa Fe house, was rescued at 3 p. m. by Jim Wheeler, who has previously rescued about twenty-five. Jennie says "I just came in from milking, saw the flood coming, turned the cows out of the yard, and ran up the stairs and witnessed all the cows, hogs and chickens floating down the stream." Contractor Mike White and Councilman Henderson waded across to the depot. Her loss will be over $1,000.
Mrs. A. Hixon, who resides in a pretty home in West Guthrie, came over the night before and said yesterday that all of her furniture and poultry were gone. The loss will amount to about $900. Al started over early in the morning, but kept running to the far west side and is still there.
Miss. Ruby Jones was rescued at 3 p. m. by Frank Cross. Miss Pearl Jones by Ed Donnelly. They were at the Cannon building in West Guthrie
Sister Maggie Strode landed from the school house at 4 p. m.. She saved two little children of Sister Fannie Ruffin, who went to a watery grave with Sister Francis Moore and Brother Frank Myer. Sister Maggie also saved Grandma Taylor, wife of Dad Taylor, an early-day settler.
Sister Emily Pearlee Simmons came as far as Black's bottling works with some laundry at sunrise, leaving her four children at home. She said "I seed the water coming. I gave Mr. Cheadle de washing to take care of and ran back to save de children, but Lawd me, before I could see the houses and people were floating down stream and I prayed de Lawd dat de chillen was in heaven but was so glad to hear that dey was saved by de good sisters in the school house. At supper time I was so happy to seed my chillen once more."
Mrs. Maude Davis, with her mother, ran to the Catholic school house at 6 a. m. She says the coming of the flood and the scenes of fleeing people are indescribable. Over 300 half-clad, without breakfast or dinner, watched the rushing waters carry people away. One shack had over twenty-five people on the roof until it sunk and its occupants either landed in trees or went under. Mrs. Davis's home is destroyed and their loss is about $500.

Driftwood
The raise of the river was fully 30 feet.
The Santa Fe expects to start trains today.
Three people went down with the Noble avenue bridge.
Fully one hundred houses went down to the Cimarron.
Twenty people are said to have gone down with the Perkins avenue bridge.
The water was four feet deep on the railway track at the north end of Division street.
Many people were rescued in West Guthrie by riders on horseback who at many places swam their horses.
A house with John Dumas and wife went to pieces at Fifth street and Mrs. Dumas perished.
Hundreds of refugees, both black and white, who reached the east side, have been taken to private homes.
The rearing of the flood could be heard for an hour before it struck the blow but few people paid any attention.
Many people were taken off floating trees and parts of houses at the bend of the Cottonwood a mile north of the city.
Wesley McGill, who mourned his wife and children as lost all day, found them all right at the Lincoln school last evening.
Several hundred people slept in the Banner school house in West Guthrie last night. They will need clothing and provisions today.
Domestic animals and dogs were restless all night and kept up a continued uproar, preventing many people from sleeping.
One house with a white man, one colored man and two women on the roof turned over near the mill and it is thought all perished.
One strange thing about the flood was that the river fell steadily all night and at 6 o'clock in the morning at Noble avenue was ten feet lower than it was on Monday.
The water was within a foot of the floor of the Model Roller mills on Division street and did a large amount of damage in the engine room and storage room.
One Berkshire pig mounted a plank with his front feet and swam the main channel near the ice plant, crawled off on the railway track and shook him self off with satisfaction.
A woman was seen wading waste deep in the water on West Warner avenue with a baby on her shoulders when a higher wave swept over her and both sank out of sight.
Indians and cow men have been telling for years of the great flood of 1879, when the water was 20 feet deep where West Guthrie now stands, but nobody believed them. They do now.
Parties who have bed-clothing and wearing apparel to donate to flood sufferers will please take it to the De Steiger building on Oklahoma avenue, where the Ladies' Benevolent Society will gladly receive and distribute it.
The great flood of water came down a quarter of a mile wide and covered the entire valley at one sweep. Hundreds of people who were warned seemed dazed and stood until the water rushed upon them.
H. A. Booth, who was rescued with his family from their residence on the west side late in the afternoon, says that just before noon a woman who was on top of a grape arbor some distance away gave out and fell into the water backward never to rise.
Edgar Jones did heroic work with a lariat. He rescued several people.
Ed Donneliey believes in saving the bacon. Besides rescuing several humans, he pulled out several struggling hogs and received a duckling.
Ned Cheadle's Heim plant was badly damaged. The loss is $1,800. Over $400 worth of bottles floated away.
Frank Kress wasn't raised in a Michigan pinery for nothing. He manns a boat like a gondolier.
W. H. Coyle performed good work.
Rope ferries will be in operation today.
Dr. Blesh, on the extreme west side, threw his house open and served coffee and victuals to the rescuers.
Food is needed on the west side at once.
Ed Writhe did good rescuing work.
Farmer Beard's boat capsized last night. He went under and has not been seen since.
Messers Guss and Humphrey were detained on the west side all day. They had just driven in from Downs.
Loaie Baker, the 10-year old daughter of Al Baker, living at the "Elbow," swam one mile and saved herself. Lucky girl!
The dead bodies of an unknown woman and her thre children were taken from a house south of the "Elbow."
Thompson & Blincoe's boats were good sailers.
Banker Hench paddled, while Ed Donnelley rowed.
H. H. Hagan's fine residence is badly dilapidated. It was in 8 feet of water. Mr. Hagan's loss will amount to $8,000. His wheat crop is damaged.
The Santa Fe tracks on Bear creek were washed away.
Gammon, the negro prophet says "I predicted dis flood. Cyclone, den flood, den earthquake."
West Guthrie poultry roosted high yesterday.
About 1,600 colored people resided adjacent to the "bend."
Seven hundred rushed on to the high ground at Lincoln school.
Some had gone to their work in the city; some went down on the Perkins bridge; some rushed to the west bank and many were carried down with the swift current.
Much credit must be given Cyrus McIntyer and Dr. Turner for their work in rescuing many people. They visited many houses and took extra pains to see that all were out before the darkness overtook them. They are professional river men.
The new water works will is a sorry sight. The damage there will reach $3,000.
The Banner school house on the west side has been turned into a hospital.
Mrs. Calhoun, a colored woman, was drowned while sailing down on a large dry goods box.
George W. Munday saw many people floating down in houses that were rolling over, and escaped into trees or were drowned. He lost about $300 worth of baled hay.
T. W. Calvert, the house mover, is loser to the tune of about $500.
Nineteen negroes were perched on a stable three hours.
Fifteen hogs floated to May's grove from near the Pabst plant. They were removed by Barnhart.
Henry Asp says that there are 3,000 people homeless, and over 150 drowned. Two and a half miles of track are gone south of the city on the Santa Fe.
Mrs. Dumas, a colored woman fell off a small shack near the Pabst ice plant. The water was waist deep, and she stood still until the water rose over head, and out of sight she went.
Mrs. Sue Williams and her husband, living near the flouring mill, went with the waves.
Grandpa and Grandma Boeckfinger are lost, and their son, H. H. has never registered on land since the roaring of the waters.
H. H. Hagan saw the first huge wave, and rescued his neighbor's little children, then he took out his own folks. Hagan says his wheat alone is damaged $2,500.
Young Merten was rescued a mile north of town on an overturned house.
A heroic fellow in Andy Penland's boat saved 26 people.
Ed Kelley, Jim Wheeler and W. S. Spencer rode in an old tub boat and rescued 28 people.
The low lands around Perkins are inundated. Much stock is killed and large crops are destroyed.
J. Turner rescued a woman and babe from a tree top.
The Hotel Barnes is ruined. The guests had a narrow escape at ten o'clock last night.
A shack standing near Severns' place was burned to the waters edge.
Geo. Washington, depot janitor, was treed with his family until 9 o'clock last night.
Henry Painter rescued five women from a floating veranda.
The waters began receeding at 10:30 o'clock.
President Horner, John Shartell and Judge DeBois were busy looking after the relief fund and sending boat lumber the flooded district.
Mrs. Watson, (col) had drifted a mile in a clump of weeds when picked up by the McEntire relief boat.
The Cimarron has a nine foot fall, and the waters roar very Niagara like.
The Andersons were penned up in their house all day.
It was indeed a pitiful sight to see the struggles of hogs, chickens and dogs in trying to reach places of safety.
Charlie Filson lost $500 worth of live stock.
John Hall, who works for Ned Cheadle, and family rushed from their house on Noble avenue in their night clothes. Their escape was miraculous.
The City council held a special meeting last night and donated $1,000 to flood sufferers.
Bill Orane and Harvey Olds gave up their quarters to sufferers.
Telegraph wires south are down.
Several cities have wired volunteering aid.
Sheriff Rhinehart and City Marshal Baxter and force did laudable relief work.
Johnson, of Langston, says he saw a rooster perched on a beer case floating in the Cimarron seventeen miles from the city.
Bill Knowles, A. Krebs, and Frank McCann picked up a number of people.
Beadles lost a $100 registered bull, pastured on Hagan's farm.
Charlie Laux says a rat can swim. He counted forty-six rodents making for Paul Jundt's private office.
The wrecked bridges were worth $40.000.
Messers. W. H. Merten, Joe Severns, H. H. Hagan did splendid work in caring for the afflicted. Me. McNeal's home is a temporary hospital.
Joe Severans' beautiful Arbor Dell is no more. Joe's loss will reach $3,000.
Six Leader typesetters living in West Guthrie quaintly mused on house roofs several hours yesterday.
Mayor Berkey was kept busy issuing orders for "more boats." Gen. Twamley made his horse swim the channel six times towards evening. At each swim the horse carried Twamley and some flood sufferer.
John Matthews' barn helped save many lives.


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