January 13, 1897
Shiner, Tex. 1893-current
Guthrie, Ok., Jan. 9. – The attendance at the territorial poultry show yesterday was large, and Judge H B Savage, of Belton Tex., finished the scoring. The association elected officers yesterday for the year: President, J. J. Wallace, Oklahoma City, reelected; first vice-president, Thomas Morris, Guthrie; second vice-president, F. C. Brown, of Kingfisher; secretary and treasurer, L. F. Laverty, Guthrie, reelected; executive committee, L. Obreiter, of Edmond; Frank G. Kress, of Guthrie; J. J. Cumings, of Perry, and I. A. Deware, of Oklahoma City.
|The Saint Paul Globe.|
April 30, 1897
St. Paul, Minn. 1896-1905
DEATHS AT GUTHRIE
PROBABLE TOTAL OF THOSE DROWNED BY FLOOD REDUCED TO TWENTY
HUNDREDS OF DESTITUTE
HEROIC EFFORTS MADE TO RELIEVE THE DESTITUTE IN THE VALLEY
HUNDREDS OF HOMES SWEPT AWAY
Whole Blocks Stripped Bare and Huge Trees Torn Up by the Terrific Torrent
GUTHRIE, Ok., April 29. – In the flood-stricken valley of the Cottonwood river, today has been one of heroic effort towards the rescue of those unfortunates whose lives were still endangered, and for the relief of the hundreds of destitute and hungry. Tonight it seems a certainty that the loss of life in yesterday's deluge will not exceed twenty. All day missing people, supposed yesterday to have been drowned, have been found clinging to bushes or driftwood down the stream, on the West Bluffs or scattered in farm houses for miles. During the greater part of yesterday the roaring torrent of water cut off communication with the submersed district, and in the excitement the death list was swelled to hundreds. The negroes who lived in the stricken portion of the town had, in their terror, given up their missing friends or relatives as lost, and it was the general belief that scores had perished in their homes or in tornado cellars, but when daylight came this morning the flood had subsided and examinations to of the houses and cellars failed to confirm the exaggerated reports of loss of life.
For miles along the scene of devastation, 1,500 people, homeless and half ill from exposure and hunger, passed a miserable night, and morning found most of them too weak to give much assistance either to themselves or others. The river fell rapidly during the night, and when the sun rose the extent of the damage done to property could be seen. The river banks were littered with the dead carcasses of farm animals. Whole blocks, where yesterday stood a home in nearly every lot, were stripped bare, and huge trees torn up by their roots were scattered every where.
With the first ray of daylight the work of rescuing and relief was taken up with a vengeance and kept up with tireless energy. Raftsmen did effective work today and one by one the people were transported from their perilous positions to places of safety inland. The family of Wesley McGill, reported yesterday as drowned, was found safe. The only bodies found during the day were those of Mrs.Fannie Ruffin and five children, all lodged in a pile of drift wood. These, with George Owen, the butcher, drowned while rescuing others; Frank Myers, Mrs. Jane Watt, Mrs. Francis Moore. Mrs. Drummond, Mrs. Dennis and child and Mrs. Watson are the only identified dead, though many are still missing.
During the day systematic relief was perfected and carried on. Ferries plied across the river, carrying provisions and clothing everywhere, and returning with any injured or urgent cases of distress. Such were carefully cared for in private homes in Guthrie. By nightfall ample arrangements had been made for the immediate care of the homeless and there was an assurance of no further suffering at least for the time being. Five hundred homes had been swept away, 150 houses were wrecked and 20 stores devastated, leaving 1,000 people homeless and half as many destitute.
The damage along the Cimarron river east is very extensive, and hundreds of farms have been devastated along Deep Fork in Lincoln county. Hundreds of men worked all day rebuilding houses. The damage to property will be in the neighborhood of $100,000, while that sustained in crops may equal or may perhaps double that I amount.
For a more detailed report read Flood of 1897
|The Salt Lake Herald.|
September 18, 1897
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909,
All in the Family
Washington, Sept. 17. – In the list of nominations today is a cousin of President McKinley and also one of Vice President Hobart, Frederick E. McKinley becoming receiver of public moneys at Guthrie, Ok., and Edward F. Hobart, who was a candidate for governor of the territory, receiver of public moneys at Sante Fe, N. M.