Rapid City, SD Flood and Drownings, Jun 1907


Rapid City, June 25.----Five people are known to have been drowned in the terrible flood in the Black Hills last week, and it is greatly feared that others will be found when some of the ranches within a radius of thirty or forty miles of Rapid are visited. Word was received here Sunday that Clint Davis and his family have not been seen since the flood, and as the house has been carried down and cannot be found, it is feared that the family were in it. The ranch house of Eardly Ham was struck in the night by the flood and the family were compelled to take refuge in an upper story until 5 o'clock the next afternoon, when they were rescued from their perilous position. Another family in this vicinity were forced to abandon their home and spend the night out of doors on a slightly higher place, either standing or sitting in the water. John E. Murphy, in charge of the government irrigation dam at Belle Fourche, last night received word from his wife that a child had been drowned and asking him to return home. Mr. Murphy, thinking it his own child, was greatly alarmed, and as the railroad track was washed out secured a team. He rode all Friday night over the terrible roads, at several places fording the swollen and dangerous streams and once losing his way so completely that several hours were spent in getting back upon the road. Mr. Murphy safely reached Whitewood, where he telephoned his wife and ascertained that it was his nephew instead of son that had been drowned. The child was drowned in the cloudburst that swept down Stage Barn gulch.

Aberdeen Daily American, Aberdeen. SD 26 Jun 1907