Albany, NY Freshet, Feb 1857
The congregation of St. Joseph's Church has raised a relief fund of $400, and opened soup houses near the flooded districts. It is a singular fact that the greatest suffering of the flooded families last night arose from the want of water, that is, drinking water, the pipes through which it flowed being frozen or submerged. It is reported that Mr. Moore, keeper of the large garden on the Island, opposite the City, and another family residing on the Island, have perished. They have not, at least, yet been rescued. St. John's Church, on the corner of Ferry and Dallius streets, was materially damaged, the floor and pews being torn up.
Mr. Wetmore, book-keeper of Messrs. Gibson & Dalton, had a narrow escape. He was in the building when it took fire, but was found and rescued by the firemen when nearly exhausted. His escaped had been entirely cut off, the firemen having to reach the building on boats and rafts.
ALBANY, Tuesday, Feb. 10.---P.M. The weather is cold and stormy. Lola Montez and her sister, who have been playing an engagement here, engaged a boatman to take them across the river in a skiff. They were landed safely, after a hard and perilous row. They were the first that have crossed the river since the storm. On the second trip across the three men in the boat got exhausted, and were carried away down the stream below the city. The fire bells were rung, in order to call out assistance, but fortunately when the men had been carried some distance down the river, they were enabled to guide the boat to a spot where it struck the ice without injury, and the men were rescued from the Greenbush ice. They have not attempted to return, but will come by way of Troy.
The passengers who left New York by the Hudson River Road on Monday morning, reached here at 5 o'clock this evening. Some of them crossed the river in a skiff at great hazard, among whom were Senators Brooks, Petty and Kelly. The track for miles from Albany is covered, and in some places torn up. The passengers got to Livingston Creek, five miles north of Hudson, and from thence most of them walked to Oak Hill where they got sleighs for Greenbush. A portion of them went round by the way of Troy.
The New York Times, New York, NY 11 Feb 1857