Mazuma, NV (Other Towns) Flooding, July 1912
MAZUMA DEATH LIST FIXED AT 9 PERSONS AND LOSS $100,000.
BRING REMAINS OF VICTIMS TO THIS CITY.
ONE CHILD IS STILL AMONG THE MISSING.
P. E. GROESBECK RETURNS FROM SCENE OF TRAGEDY AND GIVES DETAILS OF DISASTER.
Lovelock, July 20. -- The list of dead in the Mazuma disaster still remains at nine persons and nine were injured. Additional details fix the approximate loss due to the flood at about $100,000.
P. E. Groesbeck of the undertaking firm of Groesbeck and O'Brien of this city returned from the scene of the flood-stricken Mazuma district this morning.
"I reached Lovelock about 3 o'clock Friday morning in response to a call sent out from that place. I found no automobiles or other conveyances awaiting, and, known that the services of an undertaker would be one of the crying necessities of the hour, proceeded toward Mazuma on foot. The first automobile which I found returning from Mazuma I stopped and, explaining the situation to the driver, he consented to take me back."
"We got into Mazuma about 8 o'clock Friday morning, accompanied by a nurse and my assistant, a Mr. Bird of the Coalition Mining company. I met the officials of the mining companies, who in turn took me to the building where the remains of MRS.RUDDELL, MRS. FONCANNON, MICHAEL WHALEN, the youngest KEHOE boy and the 6-year-old son of MR. GILLESPIE of the Mazuma Hills Mining company had been placed."
"The condition of all these bodies was terrible to behold. They were bruised from head to foot and were almost completely beyond recognition. The bodies were entirely denuded when found. They were covered with debris, dirt and sand. some of the bodies, were picked up several miles from the place of residence."
"Many of the escapes from death were miraculous. The flood apparently came without warning and swept down on the victims in a moment. Many of the survivors had to be held back from rushing into the flood in an effort to rescue minor effects."
"MICHAEL KEHOE had just retired when the flood struck the building. He jumped from his bed and ran to the door. He saw the body of the smallest KEHOE boy float by him on the crest of the flood and lost his life trying to save the lad."
"The entire town, with the exception of one or two buildings located high on the hill, was wiped out. The Coalition Mining company lost nearly its entire plant and its big vault where in the neighborhood of $20,000 worth of bullion was stored. The bullion was all lost."
"One of the KEHOE children still is missing. There is no doubt but what the unfortunate child is dead. The remains are either covered with debris or have been buried in the mud."
"The remains of MR. RUDDELL and MRS. FONCANNON were brought to Reno this morning and will not be disposed of until instructions are received from relatives. The remains of WHALEN will be brought to Reno to await the coming of his mother, who has started from his home in Illinois to take charge of them."
"The property loss is estimated in the neighborhood of $100,000."
Casualties as known:
GEORGE S. KEHOE, aged 4 years old.
JAMES C. KEHOE, aged 6 years old.
RONALD M. KEHOE, aged 1 1/2 years old.
JULIA FONCANNON, wife of Floyd.
PERRV GILLESPIE, son of Matthew, 10 years old.
MRS. KEHOE, wife of William.
MRS. McCLEAN, wife of Alex.
MARGARET O'HANLON, wife of Steve.
MAUDE EDNA RUDDELL, aged 33 years.
MICHAEL WHALEN, aged 45 years.
Reno Evening Gazette Nevada 1912-07-20