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Attica Ledger Press (Newspaper) - March 28, 1913, Attica, Indiana The Attica Ledger press Ross Brothers publisher Attica Indiana. Friday March 28. 1913. Established 1851-l.-p. Vol. 2, no. 26 record breaking floods cover Wabash Valley River reaches highest stage in history and Many lives los forty Attica families driven from their Homes. Amp e. I. . Grade and Wagon Bridge levee rising 27 feet River began to recede yesterday danger is now thought to be past and plans Are already on foot to care for the sufferers and repair the damages. Ings fences and woodpile were washed away. Of the forty houses in quot Texas quot thei e was but two that the water did not get into. One of these is the Foreman House at Mill and Market streets and the other is the Walton Home a Block South of there. The Tov path train made its regular run to Covington monday Forenoon but has not attempted to go since. From Jones Bros elevator southward practically All the Way to Covington the track is under water and it is reported that several of the culverts Are washed out. Among these is that at wide water just West of the National Plant. Monday the rising Waters broke thru the Young levee South of the City and flooded about 500 acres of farm land. The levee washed badly entailing considerable loss. Since then the Waters have covered it entirely so that How much of it is gone cannot be determined. The Carmichael and Attica gravel pits Are flooded and the Carmichael Plant has been closed Down All week. Cars standing in the sidings were almost entirely submerged but it is never before during the Hundred years that White men have dwelt in the Beautiful Wabash Valley has there been such a flood As that which has swept across the state this week leaving death and destruction behind it and establishing a record for High water that ought that Hittle damage will result i except in lumber floated away. The will probably i it in a once Ului a score of Indiana cities and As Many More in Ohio have suffered from the flood and there have been hundreds maybe thousands of lives lost and million of dollars Worth of property damaged and destroyed. In comparison with other cities situated farther up the River Attica is fortunate altho much damage has been done Here. The Crest of the flood reached Here at 2 00 o clock yesterday morning and the water has been receding at the cite of about half an Inch an hour since. Superstitious Folk May find some connection Between the fact that the coming of easter within two Days of the Wagon Spring solstice a earlier than it Viil come again for three Hund de years and the fact that it was theve attest in the history of the old inhabitant. All d in sunday and monday heavy Rains fell All Over the entire Corn Belt the very reservoirs of heaven seeming to be poured out upon the Eastern part of Indiana and Vestern Ohio. According to the official record 2.8 inches of Vater fell Here on sunday and 2 28 inches on monday making a total of Over five inches. This amounts to about 140,000 Gallons per acre and when this enormous amount of water was poured into the water courses it swelled them quickly to overflowing. The tributaries of the Wabash Drain a great expanse of territory and As the Waters converged into the main Stream it grew until All precedents were broken. At 7 00 o clock sunday morning the River stood at six feet above the established base of measurement which is the Bottom of the Mill Street sewer. Monday the River had risen to 15 it. And tuesday it was 24.6. The Rise continued steadily until about 11 00 o clock wednesday night according to Meas Ruments taken at the City Light Plant. It remained about this height until 2 00 a. M. When it began to fall and up to 11 00 o clock i st night had fallen loj inches. The official Reading of the River observer at 7 00 o clock yesterday morning showed 33.4 feet and this will be recognized As the official High water record. This is a Rise of 27.4 feet since sunday morning. The High Point reach in 1875 is recorded As 27.5 feet above Low water Mark so that the present flood exceeds it by six feet. Early tuesday it became apparent pits North of the City were not affected. All of the three River Bridges across the Wabash Here a Ere endangered but so far As can be known now none of them has been permanently damaged. The c. Amp e. I. And Wabash roads have had men Matching their Bridges All the time and yesterday loads of broken tile were dumped along the North Side of the East approach of the c. Amp e. I. Bridge where there seemed to be danger of the Swift current undermining the approach Mohmd the abutment. The water Rose to the top of the pier a on this Bridge and also on the Bridge this being about five feet below the floor of the Bridges. The Long trestle at fhe West end of the a. Amp e. 1. Bridge was endangered and some of the piling has been worked Loose. Tre v est end of the Structure has been warped out of line but it is still standing. The Grade West of the trestle is under water from a Point a few rods West of the Bridge northward to the Pine Creek Bridge. For two Days the water has been pouring thru the Tunnel under the Wabash Grade to a depth of several feet and it is thought that much of the c. Amp e. I. Grade is washed out both on this Side ind the North Side of the Wabash Grade. The Bridge Over Fine Creek is surrounded and is thought to have been weakened but its condition cannot be definitely ascertained. The water went Over the levee West of the Bridge monday night and tuesday morning was sweeping across it several feet deep and washing badly. At its highest the water was about eight feet above the a Grade and great revises have been Cut thru it. Wednesday a crack appeared in the approach at the West end of the Bridge and supt. Marshall feared that it was caused by the water undermining the abutment at the North end but he was unable to and it appeared Little worse yesterday afternoon than the evening before. Yesterday noon a similar crack appeared in the approach to the Bridge next the City but this was nearly a Hundred feet from the Bridge and appears to be Only the settling of the Earth at the Side of the Grade. At Independence the levee extending to Riverside has been greatly damaged great gaps being washed in it. The that the residents of the portion of the up a City lying West of the Covington Branch of the Wabash Railroad and known familiarly As quot Texas quot would have to vacate their Homes. John Myers suddenly awakened at 5 00 o clock to find the water up to his Doorstep and he hastened to remove his family. Others followed during the Day until about two thirds of the forty houses endangered were vacated. The others who occupied slightly higher ground decided to take their chances on remaining longer and As a result some of them had to move out As late As 11 00 o clock that night As the water still continued to Rise. Others stored their furniture on the second floor or piled it on boxes or chairs supposedly out of the reach of the Waters. Will White left a piano in his Home supported in this Way and yesterday the water was five feet deep in the room. Others rescued some of their possessions in boats but there will still be great loss. Dozens of chickens were drowned and Many Small out build of several feet and no one knows yet How much of it is gone. It was reported hero wednesday that John Haines and Fred Buck two of the Best known residents of that Village had been drowned but these reports were canards. The Attica Wagon Bridge itself is not believed to have sustained any damage of consequence altho it has been subjected to tremendous Strain. Tuesday Mel Marshall who is superintendent of of the Bridge was deputized As a policeman and he has been in charge of it Ever since. Ropes were stretch and red danger flags put out to keep the crowds of eager sightseers off the Bridge. Thousand is have visited the seen e. The water Rose at its highest to within to inches of the top of the piers and this will remain As a popular highwater Mark. The Force of the current piled the water up Over the top of the Stone on the up Stream Side but below it was two or three inches is hard hit. At Lafayette the Wabash Rose to the highest Point in its history and the City suffered thousands of dollars damage. As a result the City pumping station is shut Down the Street lights Are out two spans of the Brown Street Bridge Are gone the main Street Bridge is damaged both levees overflowed and badly washed cutting off West Lafayette from the City Street car service is badly crippled and the railroads running into the City Are running but few trains none of them freights. The Lafayette boxboard works the Thieme amp Wagner brewery the merchants electric lighting association and numerous other concerns were compelled to close on account of the water getting into their plants. The Witer reach its highest Point at 10 o clock wednesday night and has been slowly receding since that time but at the present rate it will be monday before any of them can be started up. The City schools and Purdue University closed Down and the City is facing some grave problems. The flood Laid waste the Section Between the main Street levee and the Railroad embankment. The last building to be swept away was the infirmary owned by drs Funkhouser and Whit sell. It left its foundation at 5 o clock wednesday and floated toward the River. When it struck the Channel of the River it was driven with terrific Force against the Railroad Bridge and was completely demolished. Pieces of Timber were thrown in every direction and the House was demolished As completely As if Thad been knocked to pieces with sledges. After the infirmary building went out nothing was left Between the levee and Railroad except the red wharf the building occupied by the Lafayette Fence and machine company and the building occupied by the Esterline company. All of the Frame buildings Between the two were washed away and the Brick and Concrete buildings that remained Are under water. The top of the main Street levee was washed away and the Asphalt pavement completely destroyed. The flood did its worst damage on tuesday when it find armied the piers of the Brown Street Bridge and let two spans of the Structure sink into the River. The pier that gave Way was one that had been standing since the old Brit age was erected 60 years ago and was not replaced when the new Bridge was erected a few years ago. This will cause a loss estimated by the president of the Lafayette Bridge co. At $30,000. When the Bridge went Down it nearly carried with it two men and this gave Rise to the report that several lives had been lost. There was one a Short time afterwards when Leland p. Woolery of Indianapolis a student at Purdue was drowned As he and a companion endeavoured to Rescue the two men who had nearly gone Down on the Bridge. The latter ran off the West end of the Bridge just in time to escape but after the Bridge was gone found themselves marooned As the Western part of the levee was under water. The two students saw their plight and attempted to Rescue them in a Canoe. Their Craft was caught by an Eddy and overturned throwing the two Young men into the water. One escaped by grabbing an electric Light wire and working his Way along it to the roof of the office of the West Lafayette Coal co., from which perilous position he was rescued by police and fellow students with ropes. The two men were taken from the levee by or. R. B. Whitsell alone in a boat. When Woolery fell into the water he tried to swim to Shore and managed to get about a Hundred feet before his strength gave out and he Sank from sight. The fraternity to which he belonged has offered a Reward of $50 for his body but there is Little Chance of it being found. Industrial concerns of the City were greatly Handicap by the shutting Down of the Power Plant. The Lafayette papers were among these and there was a reversion to Early Day methods in the daily offices in an Effort to meet the demand for news. The shutting off of the Supply of Indianapolis and Chicago papers added to the demand for local papers both in the City and neighbouring towns. The morning journal attach a gasoline engine to its press wednesday night and after setting the larger part of the Type for its edition by hand got out a paper that was eagerly sought. Its associated press wires continued working uninterrupted thru out the flood and storm. Because of the suspension of traffic on All of the railroads entering the City making it impossible to obtain an adequate Supply of fuel the schools of the City have been closed. Quot quot recitations wednesday quot death and in prevail in 3loods, there were no and it will beindiana.peru�?50 to 200 people drowned. Damage will amount to Over a million dollars business Section of the City is under from ten to thirty feet of water. Five Bridges Are out property loss will exceed $3,000,000 thousands Are River pleasant run and Eagle Creek Are out of their Banks River level is broken Stre car traffic is suspended water and Gas plants suspended thousands Are homeless 200 dead in West Wayne st. Joseph Maumee and st. Mary Rivers on a rampage. Town without lights and water famine threatened. Highest water in Twenty Hundred persons forced to flee for their Wood three Hundred persons Ripple one thousand feet of Railroad track washed River Bridge washed out River higher than Ever known. Street lights out and pumping station Lafayette Purdue University closed and town Cut off from water Supply and Lafayette. Leland t. Woolery student Indianapolis River out of its Banks City is in darkness two Pennsylvania Bridges East of City washed away More than Twenty Highway Bridges torn Down 100 Rock Creek s Waters Rose with a Roar and clanging fire Bells warn people to flee business Section cat Creek is one Quarter of a mile wide in heart of City which is in darkness people took Refuge in second stories hundreds Are at water Plant Breaks Cit without fire Protection White River s Waters Force hundreds to abandon Homes traction traffic at standstill big four and c. Amp 0. Bridges washed s Branch a narrow Creek became Ramg torrent municipal Light Plant Wall broke and City is in Tony one Hundred families driven from River highest in thirty three years two reported drowned big Hydraulic dam and big Blue Rivers break levees water within Block of Public Square City in darkness big four track washed and Wabash Rivers Cut off All wire communication two deaths reported ten houses washed Down Stream. Two thirds of City is under water 6 to 10 it. Deep in Hauter Wabash is out of its Banks flooding residence Section Railroad traffic suspended 500 Homes under water water highest in fifty water Ever seen Here. Forty houses in the lowlands Are All under water and several barns have been floated off their foundations. Wagon levee and c. Amp e. 1. Grade water Ever seen Here since 1875. The old covered Bridge in a very weakened condition but still in place e. Grade West of the River is under several feet of River six Miles wide Waters reaching into lower part of the inundated hundreds dead 30,000 homeless 200 bodies dead Many missing 400 homeless Sidney Twenty three dead scores reported killed by breaking of by Ottawa River. Ten solid Miles of trains held up by Wash out in Middle River and Buck Creek both out of their Banks and several Homes flooded. Many factories compelled to ruse inundated. Many persons homeless and much suffering thousand men Are Idle by reason of the closing Down of Mills and factories. The flood is the worst this City has experienced in Hundred and forty lives reported proceedings dismiss. In the circuit court at Covington Friday attorneys representing the City and j. P. Isley and son argued the motion filed by the City of Attica to dismiss the condemnation proceedings by which a portion of or. Isley s land was condemned by the Council to provide a right of Way to open Brady Street thru the old Lithia hotel grounds. It will be recalled that when the City condemned the land for Street purposes the Street committee proceeded on the theory that the increase in value of the remaining lots would More than offset the damage from the amount of land taken for the Street. Or. Isley appealed the m Itter to the circuit court and when it was tried before acting judge Livengood a jury awarded or. Isley $1,000 damages. Recognizing that if there were any damages to pay they should be paid by the property owners of the Vicinity who would be benefited by the improvement an that it would be improper to tax the whole City for it the Council instructed City attorney Milford to enter a motion to dismiss the original condemnation proceedings. Attorneys Purnell and Nebeker argued against this claiming that the City could not recede in its action after having gone thus far. Attorney Milford contended that script of All its Legal phases the proposition was one in which the City was acquiring land upon which the final Cost had not been fit until the jury s verdict had been brought in an that therefore it reasonably follow that since Possession had not Bee taken of the land and it was not actually damaged the City had the right both in Law and e Suity to say after the Price had been finally determined whither it would take the land or not. Judge Schoonover took the matter under advisement for a few Days and finally reached the decision that or. Milford was right. The motion to dismiss the original proceedings was then sustained and the matter is now exactly where it started or. Isley s land is intact and the condemnation proceedings will now have to be gone thru again before the Council can go ahead with the improvements of South Brady Street As it had planned to do this Light rate raised. As a result of the recent discussion concerning the operation of the municipal Light and water Plant the City Council by an Una minus vote on monday night decided that hereafter the general fund of the City would be charged $60 each year making a total of $2,500 annually for the arc lights which Light the City streets. Heretofore the City has been charging itself Only $33 each while the usual rate in cities of this class is from $60 to $80 each. The new rate will Date from March 1st. The motion was made by councilman Schwartz. This will add $2,000 to the income of the Plant on paper and will really place it in nearer its proper relation to the other departments of the City. It will in no Way effect the rate to Light users and the Prospect is that an increase in the residence rate will be necessary at no Distant Day. A contract was entered into Between the Council and Joe Connel d. Westfall and Rufus Epperson to keep the paved streets of the City clean for one year dating from april 1st at the rate of $1400 a year. This includes a daily sweeping of Perry streets from Jackson to the Wabash depot main Street and Mill Street while Mcdonald South Perry and Park Avenue Are to be swept once a month. By 84 majority City to remain wet for at two More years. Least Large vote polled regardless of heavy Snow storm Drys make Good gain in third Ward and Cut wet majority of two years ago but lose heavily in first and second. The vote by wards. 1st Ward 2d Ward 3d Ward total majority dry 181 88 158 427 wet 107 169 235 511 the vote of 1911. 1st Ward 2d Ward 3d Ward total majority dry 168 112 140 420 wet 85 134 221 440 20 the citizens of West Lafayette held amass meeting wednesday night to consider the Coal Supply provisions and sanitary conditions. The meeting took place at the West Lafayette water works office on Vine Street and Everett b. Vawter presided. President Stone of Purdue University placed a Carload of Coal at the Power station at the University to be sold in limited quantities to purchasers. Otterbein sent in word that they would do All in their Power to assist West Lafayette in the Supply of provisions and fuel. The water Supply in the big steel Reservoir was exhausted at 5 o clock wednesday. North third and second streets were also covered by water and the livery barns and other places of business on the two streets abandoned their abodes. At the Thacker livery barn it was necessary to move All of the Stock and vehicles at 3 o clock wednesday morning and the Alkire barn on ferry Street was vacated an hour earlier we is Zzz every business House Nortof main and de. Second streets and North of ferry Street on third streets was completely isolated. The water at 1 o clock wednesday afternoon reached the Yard office at the Monon shops and the switch h in the old bed of wide water filled with empty cars was covered. The Monon shops closed Down wednesday at noon on account of the Lack of Power and water and will remain closed for several Days. The Monon Yards just West of the shops Are crowded to their capacity by the trains that have made further Progress impossible. The Rushing water from Wildcat and the River overflows All the North of the Monon shops and wednesday began to undermine the piers of the Bridge Over the old canal bed at the North end of the Monon Yards and it was expected that the Bridge would go Down at any minute. A Large Force of men were kept at work to save the Structure and their work proved successful. Conti imd on Page five.$1137.72 raised for flood refugees. On the Call of mayor Reed about three dozen representative citizens of Attica met in the merchants room last night and took Steps towards providing assistance for those driven from their Homes by the High water. The mayor acted As chairman and b. S. Orr was selected As treasurer d. C. Reed and h. W. Briggs who had informally canvassed the City asking for contributions for the sufferers reported they had secured $707.72 Cash and about $8.00 promised that was not paid. J. W. Harrison reported that the Emy Loyes of the car Coupler Plant had contributed $130 and that he had $300 to report from another source. This brought the total Cash secured up t9j$1137.72. It was the sense of the meeting that the Attica Charity Bureau should have general charge of distributing Aid As its officers and committees were in touch with the worthy poor of the City and could work the matter intelligently. The Bureau was also instructed to appoint a building committee to look after needed repairs to the damaged houses As soon As the Waters recede. A committee of physicians is also to see that All the flooded houses Are made sanitary before people move Back into them. Or. C. G. Beckett was in Veedersburg saturday. The wet and dry Campaign which has been conducted in Attica for the past three weeks closed wednesday with the Battle of the ballots and the adherents of the wet cause won by a majority of eighty four. The polling places were opened at 6 00 o clock wednesday morning and the votes began coming in Early. At noon More than half the votes had been cast. Automobiles were brought into service in the Ai Ternora by both sides and every available voter was gotten to the polls. Altho there were a number in the City who professed to have no Choice in the matter and would not vote and some who were out of the City and unable to get Home on account of the flood conditions the total vote was larger than any Ever cast at a City election. During the last three hours pre feeding the closing o. The polls a terrific Snow storm raged covering the City and country with More than three inches of the Beautiful. This hampered the work of the workers around the voting places and the wets and Drys mingled together Good Nat redly around the Little Camp fires at the voting places which were practically smothered out by the falling Snow. It was a hard fight for both sides. Early in the struggle the contesting forces decided to resort to a quot Gumshoe quot Campaign. This was carried out with the exception of the mass meeting held in the methodist Church tuesday night. Rev. Swadener of Indianapolis a representative of the anti Saloon league and Emerson Ballard of Crawfordsville who were billed to address the meeting could not get to Attica on account of the High water so the meeting was addressed by a half dozen local men of ability. By agreement the saloons All closed at 8 00 o clock on the night proceeding the election and so far As is known remained legally closed All Day wednesday. The Saloon keepers and a number of lieutenants were Active All Day but Only a few appeared at the polls to vote who were under the influence of liquor. Taken As a whole it was about As clean an election As was Ever held in the City. A number of wet votes and a few dry ones were challenged but these matters were usually adjusted one Way or the other and no trouble resulted in either Ward. By comparison of the above table it can easily be seen just where the wet cause made its gain. The third Ward which has been so frequently referred to As the wettest Ward in Attica yielded this distinction to the second at the close of the Battle wednesday. Altho the total vote in the third was greater by 32 than two years ago the wet majority in that Ward was Cut Down four. In other words there were 18 More dry votes in that Ward than at the previous election. The second Ward voted wet by 81 which is a gain for the wet majority of 57, altho there was a gain of Only eleven votes. This indicates that the Drys lost 24 from two years ago. The first Ward the Only dry Ward in the City made a larger gain in votes than either of the other wards but the Drys did not even hold their own As compared with two years ago. The gain in votes in that Ward was 35, the Drys losing 13 and the wets showing a gain of 22. With the exception of Veedersburg Attica is the Only City in this part of the state that has voted on the wet and dry proposition this year that has not either voted dry or else reduced considerably the wet majority of the previous election

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