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Livermore, Pennsylvania Flood

March 1936

While many stricken communities are still digging out of the worst flood in history in many sections of the country a survey this week shows that Indiana county suffered its greatest loss in the Conemaugh river valley region by the raging waters late Tuesday or Wednesday.

At Livermore 14 buildings and the bridge spanning the Conemaugh River were swept away while other buildings were ruined or badly damaged. Among those whose homes were swept away were Andrew Bolen, John Akey, Harry Clawson, George Cochran, John Lynch, Joseph Miler, William Hazlett, Roy Bricker. The stocks in the general stores of Quinley Griffith and Harry Fairley were ruined as well as the properties of Harry Thompson, John Shirley, the Brandon and the Altier families. The barns of Scott Calhoun, John Shirley and Joe Miller and the garages of Frank Fairley and Jack Lynch were destroyed.

Indiana Weekly Messenger, Indiana, PA 26 Mar 1936

       

R.A. Ewing, of Livermore was here on Monday and made a very pleasant call at our office. While here Mr. Ewing related some of the queer incidents and freaks of the flood in his town, which was next hit by the flood and much damage was done to property.

Indiana Weekly Messenger, Indiana, PA 26 Mar 1936

       

Elmer Leasure, aged 65, of near Livermore, who with his family, suffered from exposure during the flood which swept that community, died on Sunday in Blairsville, where he had been moved by rescuers. Leasure, who had been in ill health for sometime, was unable to withstand the shock of exposure. Born July 15, 1870, in South Mahoning Township, he was a son of Henry and Anna (Colgin) Leasure, and had been a resident for the past 10 years of the Livermore community, where he was engaged in farming. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Laura (Stiffler) Leasure, and these children, Miss Arbie Leasure, of Detroit, Mich., and Calvin, Elmer, and Ellsworth Leasure, residing at home. The funeral services were conducted on Tuesday forenoon in the Streams Funeral Home on Church street by Rev. Charles A. Williams, of town, and interment followed in the Washington church cemetery in Rayne township.

Indiana Weekly Messenger, Indiana, PA 26 Mar 1936

Articles transcribed by Pam Whitmer. Thanks Pam!

       

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