that touched our ancestors' lives


Fires Floods Tornadoes Train Wrecks

  Home Earthquakes Hurricanes Ship Wrecks Explosions More...



Ohio Disasters
Disasters by Location
Disasters by Type
Ohio Genealogy
Search Ohio Birth, Death, Marriage and other records
Vital Records, searchable by surname. Find your ancestors.
Search Historic Newspapers Online
Find your ancestors in over 1000 old newspapers from the 1700s-1900s
Search US Federal Census Records for Your Ancestors
Searchable by surname and location, index and images, 1790-1930
Social Security Death Index
Search SSDI records on millions of Americans, updated frequently
Search Historical Documents
Find Your Ancestors in City Directories, Civil War & Revolutionary War Records, Naturalization Records
Obituary Collection

Search full-text obituaries from newspapers across the country

Ohio Old Photos
Old Photos & Genealogy Blog
Search Over One Million Family Photographs

Search Over One Million Old Photographs!

Search user-submitted photos and family trees, both FREE databases at  Your ancestors just might be there!


Front St., Marietta, Ohio During the 1913 Flood Click to enlarge, View more photos   Union Depot, Marietta, Ohio
Click to enlarge, View more photos





Marietta, Ohio Flood

March 1913


Floods in Stream From Mouth to Marietta, Ohio, Cause Thousands to Leave Lowlands and Seek Refuge on Higher Ground

--No Loss of Life Reported-- Property Damage Large.


Floods in the Ohio river from its mouth to Marietta, Ohio, due to the great volume of water poured into it during the last week by its tributaries have caused thousands of people to leave the lowlands along the river and seek refuge on higher ground.

Early today the water is still rising and at every city along the river heavy damage to property is reported. Railroad traffic has been impeded and many miles of track washed out.

The Bellingham Herald, Bellingham, WA 31 Mar 1913



MARIETTA, O., March 30.-
-Flood water of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers reached a stage of 58.6 feet here today, almost six feet higher than the record flood of 184, and is now receeding. [sic] Property damage is estimated at $2,000,000. Hundreds are homeless, many buildings and swellings have been ruined, while the water, lighting and telephone facilities are out of commission.

The Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY 31 Mar 1913



MARIETTA, Ohio, March 29.
--(Via Courier to Whipple, Ohio, via telephone to Cambridge, via telephone to Pittsburgh.--Flood conditions in Marietta today are beyond description. All the business section of the town is flooded and many residences are under water. There are no public utilities in operation, and food and medical supplies are needed. There are many rumors concerning the loss of life, but the swift current prevents communication to those parts of the city where persons are said to have be drowned.

Immediately upon the receipt of the message from Whipple, Ohio, a station on the Marietta branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, that Marietta was under water, preparations were made by the railroad company to send out a relief train.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 30 Mar 1912



Communication Restored After Seven
Days of Isolation.

Columbus, Ohio, April 2.
--Completely cut off from the outside world for seven days, the city of Marietta, Ohio, today, through the Associated Press, for the first time, learned the J. P. Morgan is dead; that Adrianople had fallen; that the Allens had been executed; the Columbus, Dayton and nearly the entire State of Ohio is emerging from the worst flood disaster in its history.

No lives were lost at Marietta, but the damage to property was very heavy.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 3 Apr 1913

Articles Transcribed by Marietta Lady.  Thanks Laraine!


Search for more information on the Marietta Flood and other disasters in the Historical Newspapers on line at Search over 1300 different newspapers.

Search for your ancestors from Marietta, OH among the billions of names at Find birth records, census images, immigration lists and genealogy other databases for your surnames.   Use this Free Trial to search for your ancestors.

Ohio Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2002 Searchable database at Use this Free Trial to search for your ancestors.


Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900 Searchable database at Use this Free Trial to search for your ancestors.

Search Ohio City Directories Search directories from Dayton, Cincinnati, Youngstown, Toledo, Tiffin and other Ohio cities and towns. Use this Free Trial to search for your ancestors.

Ohio Old Photos