Jeannette, PA Bursting Dam Causes Flood, July 1903

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SCORES OF PEOPLE DIE IN DELUGE.

PLEASURE SEEKERS IN SMALL PARK AT JEANNETTE, PA., OVERWHELMED BY RUSH OF WATER FOLLOWING A CLOUDBURST -- BURSTING DAM LETS LOOSE DEATH DEALING FLOOD.

Jeannette, Pa., July 6 -- At 10 o'clock this morning it is estimated the loss of life through yesterday's cloudburst will reach seventy-five.
Twenty bodies have been recovered. Many are foreigners and have not been identified.

Jeannette, Pa., July 6 -- Dawn broke today on a scene of devastation and ruin along the Brush Creek valley. From the site of the break in the dam at Oakford Park to Wilmerding, taking in the towns of Jeannette, Larimer, Greensburg, Irwin, Burrell and Manor, the awful power of the rushing waters following the breaking of the dam is apparent on all sides.
The damage to property will be not less than $700,000, while the number of lives suddenly blotted out is still uncertain, the estimates running, all the way from fifty to one hundred and fifty.
A bureau has been opened here where the names of the identified dead recovered and the missing were registered, together with a description of the bodies recovered and not identified.
A revised list of the dead and missing, so far as known, follows:
MISS GERTRUDE KEEFER, aged 19, of Jeannette.
KATE KEEFER.
JOHN FLEMING, a stable boy.
GEORGE WHITMAN, of West Jeannette.
MRS. LEVI BAKER, of West Jeannette.
LUCY CRUM, of Jeannette.
JOHN McGURKEY, aged 40, West Jeannette.
GEORGE WILLIAMS, aged 35, Jeannette.
ALEX VICTOR, Jeannette.
MRS. NIGG and four children, West Jeannette.
EDWARD SMITH, a 10-year-old negro boy.
MISS DAVIS, 13 year old daughter of Fred Davis, of West Jeannette.
JAMES WESTWOOD, aged 25.
MISSES. SILK, two sisters, of West Jeannette.
EDWARD O'BRIEN, of Latrobe, an employee of Brown, Ketcham Company.
JOSEPH OVERLY, of Indianapolis, Ind., employed by Brown, Ketcham Company.
Councilman JOHN G. LIGHT, wife and two children, of Greensburg.
WILLIAM M. ROLLINS, of Greensburg.
WILLIAM FLEMMING, of Greensburg.
ALFRED SEIPP, aged 9.
MR. and MRS. HENRY FINK.
JOHN MILLER.
Stories of thrilling rescues are heard on all sides, and many acts of bravery are reported.

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