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Athens, OH Flood, Mar 1907

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Lives Lost and Property Destroyed.
Eleven Dead in Athens County.

Athens, O., March 16.--The raging waters of the Hocking river have claimed seven lives in this city and four elsewhere in the county, and for several days Athens has been cut off from the world, telephone and telegraph wires all being down. Communication by telephone has been restored. Those drowned in Athens are: ED SWEET, single; ALBERT SWEET, married, painter; MR. TURNER and WIFE; MR. YOUNG; CHARLES BEAHRS, hack driver; OTTO BARTH, a miller. All the persons, with the exception of Barth, were in one skiff, the boat being in charge of Ed Sweet and Beahrs when it was capsized. The other drownings occurred at Nelsonville, where three lost their lives, and one at Trimble. The roadway of the Baltimore & Ohio railway north of the river broke, allowing the waters to rush into the city. Fifty houses were swept away, and 50 more are tottering on their foundations. A thousand persons are homeless and are being cared for in churches and halls.

Coshocton Daily Age, Coshocton, OH 16 Mar 1907

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Athens, O., which has been cut off from communication with the outside world for two days, reports seven deaths from drowning in that town. They are EDWARD and ALBERT SWEET, JOHN TURNER and WIFE, GEORGE YOUNG, CHARLES BEAHRS and OTTO BARTH. All, with the exception of Barth, were in one skiff escaping from flooded homes when it capsized. Three lives were lost at Nelsonville and one at Trimble.

Fort Wayne News, Fort Wayne, IN 16 Mar 1907



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