Southeastern CO/Western KS flood, May 1936

Four Are Drowned And Three Missing In Colorado Flood

Officers and CCC Youths Hunt Possible Survivors in Stricken States

GRANADA, Colo., May 31 (AP). - Four persons were known dead and three were missing Sunday as high waters in the wake of Memorial Day floods receded slowly in Southeastern Colorado and Western Kansas.

The dead:

DON GATES, 27, Denver, drowned near Stratton.
MRS. JOHN DYATT, drowned near Goodland, Kan.
A. C. BAUMGARTNER, farmer, drowned near Pritchett.
SIMON GONZALES, 30, sheepherder, drowned near Springfield.

Missing are Gonzales' wife, their 3-year-old daughter, and John Garzie, 65, farm hand, who lived in the Gonzales home.

Water still was running high in most of the ordinarily dry creek beds and arroyos, but in most cases was confined to the banks.

Little Hope for Missing.

Sheriff M. R. Jackson of Springfield, who led a posse of officers and CCC workers in the search for the missing trio, said there is little hope of their being found alive.

Gonzales' body was discovered half buried beneath a pile of driftwood and debris on the edge of Butte Creek north of Springfield. Jackson said search of the pile may uncover other bodies. He expressed the opinion it would be a task of several hours to reach the bottom of the driftwood heap.

The bunkhouse in which Gonzales and Garzie lived was washed three miles from where it stood on the edge of Butte Creek.

No other reports were forthcoming of extensive property damage.

The high water, which sent the Arkansas and Republican Rivers out of their banks, came on the anniversary of the 1935 Memorial Day floods, which killed more than 100 persons and caused an estimated $13,000,000 property damage in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska.

Baumgartner was drowned after he is believed to have become frightened and run from his farm home on the edge of Cottonwood Creek. His body was found half a mile a way. The creek had been dry for years.

Gates was drowned as he attempted to drive his automobile through a water-filled dip in the highway near Stratton.

Mrs. Dyatt lost her life as she and her husband attempted to reach high ground after their house was flooded ten miles southwest of Goodland.

Bridges Washed Out.

Long-time residents in the Grenada and Garden City (Kansas) areas, said the Arkansas reached its highest crest since 1921, when the river caused a disastrous flood at Pueblo.

The Butte Creek reservoir near Springfield was full for the first time in years. R. J. McGrath, Water Commissioner, said he believed the water would not flow over the spillway.

The Cimarron River was out of banks north of Boise City, Okla. Two bridges were washed out on the road between Boise City and Camp, Colo.

Rising waters of the North Canadian washed out a bridge and inundated lowlands near Canton, Okla.

Granada residents were busy Sunday cleaning up the damage left by high water in this town of 400 Friday. Holly, in the same section, was marooned from highway travel with two bridges gone. High waters killed nine persons in the district in July, 1935.

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 1 Jun 1936