Lawrenceburg, IN Flood, Feb 1883
There are no tidings yet from Lawrenceburg, Ind., except that the town is at the mercy of the waters.... It will probably continue to rise here to-morrow. People at Lawrenceburg at the last report were virtually helpless, lacking food and unable to procure any. Telegraph and telephone lines are down and there are no means of communication. Arrangements have been made here to mount fire engines on flats in case of fire in the flooded districts.
Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur, IL 13 Feb 1883
From Lawrenceburg, Ind., a few miles below this city, but meager reports are received, communication being almost entirely cut off. But enough is known to warrant the statement that the suffering and loss at that point will practically wipe out the existence of the town. At the highest point in the town the water is six feet deep, and the terrified people are crowded into the Court House and other solid buildings as a last resort before attempting to leave the place by boat. The greatest destruction prevails, and the loss of life and property will be simply appalling when all is known.
Newark Daily Advocate, Newark, OH 14 Feb 1883
AT LAWRENCEBERG, IND.
More than 3,000 people in Lawrenceburg, Ind., have been driven from their homes, and over 200 houses, with their contents, have been overturned by the water, and some have been swept away. It is estimated that the loss will reach over $500,000. Hundreds of poor persons are destitute, losing everything they possessed. Indianapolis, Greensburg, Shelbyville, Cincinnati and other cities are generously sending supplies.
E.H. Dobel’s furniture warehouse fell in last night, carrying the floors with it, on which were thirty persons, and although they went down with the building, not a life was lost. There were $20,000 worth of furniture stored in the building, all of which was lost.
The Market House contained $10,000 worth of furniture belonging to the homeless, all of which was swept away.
The loss of different manufacturers will amount to many thousand dollars. About one-fourth of an acre of land is all that is out of water in the two towns.
A number of children were born, some in the Court House, where 460 people are sheltered.
Oldtown is deserted, excepting the public buildings, and the suffering is horrible.
Newark Daily Advocate, Newark OH 17 Feb 1883
With the slow abatement of water comes increased sickness, and fears arise that the mortality will become fearful, for the shadow of death already darkens the miserable quarters, where hundreds of poor creatures are confined, and dread disease in its most dangerous forms is becoming alarmingly manifest. Children and old people are the most subject, and typhoid pneumonia is the prevailing trouble. Jacob Griffith, father of Officer Griffith has been buried, and Mrs. John Moore died at Garnier’s Hall, Henry Myers and A. Goble at the Court-house, and W.C. Skinner was reported dying, while many others prostrated. Drs. Gatch, Miller, Collins, Terrill and Evans are going night and day attending the afflicted. The suffering may be ameliorated, but can not for the present be abated. Much-needed supplies have begun to arrive. All persons who have friends away from the town or places to go to are leaving to avoid further exposure and almost hourly Colonel Bannister, who is most prominent in his efforts to aid and suggest measures of relief, receives telegrams from abroad from parties inquiring about friends here, for no mail matter has been received or distributed for ten days, and all outside intelligence has been cut off. Petty pilfering has been going on to an alarming extent, as might well be expected. The loss here, by the depreciation of property, and in merchandise and household goods, cannot be approximated.
Newark Daily Advocate, Newark, OH 19 Feb 1883