La Crosse, WI Storm & Flood, June 1889

Destructive Rainstorm.

La Crosse, Wis., June 13. -- The worst rainstorm in 17 years swept over this section. Nearly five inches of rain fell. It came down in sheets, doing great damage to railroad property. Practically all railway communication is cut off. Fifty families in North LaCrosse were compelled to desert their homes in boats, and the water is still rising. Over 100 head of live stock were drowned, and nearly every bridge in the La Crosse river valley is gone.

The Sandusky Star, Sandusky, OH 13 Jun 1889


Two Drowned.

La Crosse, Wis., June 11. -- The water continues to rise in the La Crosse and Mississippi rivers. Thousands of dollars of damage has been done to farm property in the vicinity. C. A. Larson and his eight-year-old son were drowned while attempting to pass under the Burlington bridge over La Crosse river.

Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, WI 14 Jun 1899


Four Drowned in Flood

Onalaska Couple and Man and Boy Victims of Overflow.

La Crosse, Wis., June 13. -- One of the most destructive floods that has ever visited this section is raging here. A portion of North La Crosse is under water and about fifty families have been obliged to flee to higher ground for their lives. Water is not slowly reseeding but a soaking rain has set in and it is though it will rise again.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Larson of Onalaska, five miles north of here, were drowned while viewing the debris of a railroad bridge which had swept away. The flood had taken the earth from a portion of the roadbed and in walking over the ties which suspended from the rails, one gave away. They were plunged into surging waters and swept away. A large crowd witnessed the disaster.

Nearly every railroad and wagon bridge within ten miles of the city has been washed out. The Burlington & Milwaukee trains (Southern Minnesota division) are the only ones running. The mills at Bangor, West Salem and Holman have gone out. A man and boy were drowned this afternoon in La Crosse river, opposite the city. They were in a boat which capsized. Their names are unknown.

Centralia Enterprise and Tribune, Centralia, WI 17 Jun 1889