Columbus, OH Flood, Jan 1959

13 Ohio Lives Lost in Flood

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Thirteen persons have been reported drowned in the raging flood waters which have inundated much of Ohio for three days.

Authorities, however, fear that receding stream may bare more victims.

Known dead include:

Diana Meek, 6, Venice.

Johnny Tucker, 17, Lebannon.

Hamilton L. Schweitzer, 31, Willoughby Hills.

Douglas Peterson, 27, Willoughby Hills.

Mrs. Douglas (Virginia) Peterson, 28, Willoughby Hills.

Mrs. Dorothy Peterson, 55, Willoughby Hills.

Ray Kifer, 30, Willoughby Hills.

Henry Munck, 63, Toledo.

Mrs. Henry Munck, 52, Toledo.

Unidentified man at Newark.

John Walters, Cleveland.

Pfc. Gary T. Balsey, 20, Salem.

Earl W. Felock, 43, of near Loveland.

The body of Diana Meek was recovered from the Great Miami River near Venice Thursday night. She drowned Wednesday night when a boat capsized near that community on the Butler-Hamilton County line.

Schweitzer and Kifer, both civil defense workers, died in an attempt to evacuate the Peterson family from their Willoughby Hills home near Cleveland. Their boat capsized in the turbulent Chagrin River. All were drowned.

Munck, an engineer, and his wife, were en route to Toledo from Atlanta, Ga., when their automobile was swept into Derby Creek near Marysville by waters that swirled across Ohio 38. The bodies were recovered later.

The body of Walters, a truck driver, was recovered from the Ohio Canal near Valley View.

Balsey was reported to be in another truck which dropped into the canal. An unidentified passenger was seen riding in the truck before the accident.

The Daily Reporter, Dover, OH 23 Jan 1959