Johnstown, PA Flood, May 1889
Names of Prominent People Drowned.
Johnstown, Pa., June 8. -- Some of the most prominent citizens of this city and of the state are among those who have perished. JOHN FULTON, President of the Constitutional Amendment association and General Manager of the Cambria Iron works is drowned with his wife and children. HOWARD J. ROBERTS, cashier of the First National bank, and JOHN DILBERT, a banker, were drowned, the formers son perishing with him. The wife and daughter MINNIE, of CYRUS ELDER, one of the greatest authorities on the tariff in the country are dead. H. A. SCHUMACHER, prothonoetary, of Cambria county, H. G. ROSE, District Attorney, DR. JOHN LOWMAN, the wife and eight children of Chief of Police HARRIS, and the wife and three children of T. W. WIRLAND, a well known jeweler are dead. C. T. SCHUBERT, editor of the Free Press, is also believed to be drowned.
THE OTHER TOWNS DESTROYED.
Some of the Villages Entirely Wiped Out of Existence.
Johnstown, Pa., June 3. -- Conemaugh, Woodvale, Wernville, Cambria City and other surrounding towns in the flooded district are as badly off as Johnstown.
At Conemaugh the inhabitants of the lower lying portion of the town have been literally wiped out of existence.
At Woodvale, the percentage of death is even greater than that at Johnstown.
Wernville has only a house or two as monument to its former respectable proportions.
Cambria City is not even a ghost of its former self, while all along the line of the torrent the isolated houses of hundreds are without occupants.
The relief provisions for Johnstown must be extended to these other places as rapidly as railroad transportation facilities can be furnished.
The towns named all lie between Johnstown and the South Fork dam, whose bursting caused the disaster.
At Woodvale the dead bodies of hundreds are lying in the debris relatively as numerously as they are in Johnstown.
At Conemaugh the same condition of things prevails. The scarcity of the living at both places makes the recovery of bodies very slow work.
A special train of twelve cars loaded with provisions for the sufferers has just arrived.
BURYING THE VICTIMS.
The Sad Work Begun, Which Will Fill a Large Cemetery at Once.
Johnstown, Pa., June 8. -- The work of burying the dead began Sunday morning and has been kept up ever since. The bruising of the bodies by logs and trees and other debris, and exposure in the water, have tended to hasten decomposition, which has set in in scores of cases, rendering interment instantly necessary. Bodies are being buried as rapidly as they are identified. The work of undertakers in enbalming the dead has rendered it impossible to keep all those embalmed two or three days longer, but his is only desirable in cases where identification is dubious and no claimants appear at all.
Yesterday the cars sent out from Pittsburg with provisions for the living were hastily cleared in order to contain the bodies of the dead intended for interment in suburban cemeteries and in graveyards handy to the city, and formality is dispensed with. In some instances only the undertaker and his assistants are present, and in others only one or two members of the family of the dead.
TELEGRAPH OPERATORS DROWNED.
Mrs. Ogle, the Manager, Stood by Her Post and Bravely Met Death.
Johnstown, Pa., June 3. -- It has just transpired that the whole corps of Western Union telegraph operators was lost Friday evening. Among them were MRS. OGLE, manager, who for twenty-five years has acted as receiver of Associated Press reports at this place and her daughter MINNIE, also well known, also MISSES GORMAN and WATKINS and three messenger boys, who were unable to escape from the building.
MRS. OGLE will go down in history as a heroine of the highest order. Notwithstanding the repeated notifications which she received to get out of reach of the approaching danger, she stood by the instrument with unflinching loyalty and undaunted fearlessness sending words of warning to those in danger in the valley below. When every station in the path of the coming torrent had been warned, she wired her companion at South Fork: "This is my last message," and as such it shall always be remembered as her last words on earth, for at that very moment the torrent engulfed her and bore her from her post on earth to her post of honor in the great beyond.
The Newark Daily Advocate Ohio 1889-06-03
(Transcriber's Note: You can find page after page and article after article on this most famous of disasters. This is just one article example along with several photos. You may find a list of the flood victims at www.nps.gov Flood Victims Johnstown Flood 1889 also very informative site is www.jaha.org the Johnstown Heritage Association site. This is merely a small example of the articles which flooded newspapers for day after day, far too many to repeat here. There is a large amount of information of the Johnstown Flood on line, both articles, photos, and books. It is a tragedy and both a most compelling disaster to study and gather information about.)