Guthrie, OK Flood, Apr 1897
Systematic relief is now being carried on, and ferries are being worked across the river, so that supplies and clothing can be sent to all.
It is now certain that the flood was caused by a cloudburst about twenty miles up the valley, and everything was swept before it. Had it come two hours earlier, one thousand people must have perished, but not reaching the city until nearly 7 o'clock, and a general alarm preceding, the majority were able to escape to high land.
The banks of the river today are littered with the carcases of horses, pigs and chickens. Among these the people are searching for human bodies. Every house, scrap pile and tree is being examined to see if they contain any dead. It will probably take a week to accurately tell the number of lives lost. Many bodies are believed to be under the surface weighed down by timbers and wrecked houses and bridges. Fifteen hundred people were fed and sheltered last night, and additional relief committees were formed today. The sun is shining brightly today, and wheat fields have gradually been straightening up, and it is thought that many will be partially saved.
Aspen Weekly Times Colorado 1897-05-01
Additional information from the Weekly Wisconsin Milwaukee 1897-05-01.
Guthrie, Ok., -- At dark last night only two bodies had been recovered. The bodies recovered are those of the following:
ANNA KAISER, a school teacher.
Others known to have been drowned:
J. H. CALHOUN, wife and child.
CHARLES REFNER and wife.
MRS. WESLEY McGILL and five children.
MRS. JAMES MONTGOMERY.
H. H. BECKFINGER.
MRS. FRANCES MOORE.
MRS. SUE WILSON.
MRS. KIT WATSON and five children.