Guthrie, OK Flood, May 1908

Improvement In Situation.
First Train in Two Days Runs Between Guthrie and Oklahoma City. Feeding Victims.

Special to The News.

Guthrie, Ok., May 25.—the flood situation throughout Oklahoma is vastly improved today, although there has been but little traffic resumed on the railroads because of many bridges being out. At 5 o’clock this afternoon the first trains in two days were run between Guthrie and Oklahoma City of the Santa Fe main line, where over half a mile of rock ballast track was washed out. As fast as the water receded today men were placed at work and the track is now resting on stacks of ties, which were rushed in by special trains from the North. Many south bound passengers were marooned in Guthrie and many north bound ones in Oklahoma City.
So far as can be learned the Santa Fe is the only company yet operating in the State. Practically all the bridges are out on the Eastern Oklahoma division of the Santa Fe between Guthrie and Pawnee. In order to save railroad bridges long strings of freight cars were used to weight them down, and armies of men with long poles kept the drift away. Both the D. E. and G. and Fort Smith and Western bridges over the Cottonwood River here were swerved out of the line, making traffic impossible. In West Guthrie, where the water stood five feet in places over the street car lines, it has receded so that cars were running again tonight. Hundreds of people who were forced from their homes returned lat today, having spent the night in churches and school houses. A resolution presented by Representative “Stump” ASHBY passed the Legislature today authorizing Adjutant General Frank CANTON to provide flood victims with militia tents. The victims quickly cleaned the bakeries of all bread early today. The Cottonwood River has fallen ten feet since last night. On driftwood which lodged against a Cimarron River bridge, north of Guthrie, was found today the partially decomposed body of an unknown man, only the back bone, thighs and lower limbs have thus far been recovered, and identification is impossible, unless it be made through a pair of dark colored trousers, which a leather belt still held to the body. It is thought to be probably the skeleton of Chas. LITTLEFIELD, of Georgia, a member of the National Bill Postens’ Union and an employe of Sells-Floto Circus, who was lost in the Rock Island wreck, when the passenger train plunged through the Cimarron River bridge near Dover, Ok., over a year ago. Coroner PATTERSON tonight notified the national secretary of the union and attempts will be made to identify the body.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 26 May 1908