Williamsport, PA Flood, Jun 1889


Large Numbers of Destitute People.

Property and Life Destroyed.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., June 4. - Williamsport has been stricken by the most severe flood ever known in the state. All have suffered great loss. Large numbers of our citizens are wholly destitute and suffering for the necessaries of life. Those of our people able to do so, are giving what they can, but are unable to furnish the relief needed. We appeal to a generous public in the name of God to help us. Let everything be sent to the mayor of Williamsport.

The water here rose 34 feet, flooding three-quarters of the city. About 200,000,000 feet of logs. 40,000,000 feet of timer(sp), several mills and factories and much other property have been carried away or destroyed, and a number of lives lost. Many business men suffer heavily, but the largest loss is to the lumber men.

Two children of Charles Edwards, three of a family named Schultz, a child of William Dietrich, a man named MITCHLER and an unknown man perished in this city.

At Nippenose, twelve miles up the river twelve persons were drowned. They were members of the families of George and William Youngman, and two young lady visitors.

ABRAM FEDERICY and his 14-year-old son were drowned by being carried over the falls.

Five men and a baby were drowned at Baker's Camp, northern part of Lycoming county. All bridges on the Pennsylvania railroad from Linden to Sunbury were carried away. Railroad traffic is almost suspended.

The Olean Democrat, Olean, NY 6 Jun 1889


Five Million Dollars Loss on Lumber Alone - An Epidemic Feared.

HARRISBURG, Pa, June 5. - The following telegraph correspondence passed yesterday between Governor Beaver and Mayor Foreman of Williamsport:

To Governor Beaver - The situation is this: The boom has been cleaned of logs from the principal yards along the waterfront and the manufactured lumber has been swept away. The houses of the poor people nearest the river front have been carried away with all they possessed. Thousands of people are homeless and without anything but the clothing on their backs. Provisions are scarce and are needed quickly. Many of our people are in absolute want for the necessities of life. * * * We badly needed disinfectants. Dead animals and all kinds of filth are strewn upon the streets and grave fears of an epidemic are entertained. Stocks of goods in stores are ruined. It is impossible to estimate the loss and damage to property. Five million dollars is a low estimate on lumber alone. Other losses larger.

In the Adjoining Country.
"The surrounding country has suffered just as badly. Booms, bridges and villages have been swept away and the loss of life has been considerable. Judge Cummins is treasurer of the relief fund and will see personally to the faithful distribution of all contributions. Responsible relief committees are now organized in each ward of the city and aid is administered as fast as we get it. Please God we are not dismayed and rely in his guidance, the generosity of our own state and country to aid us in this, the hour of our dire necessity. One thousand military tents will afford the greatest possible relief to our people who are now without shelter. Send us several large mess tents where we can fee the people in large numbers. The low ground where these people reside is an unfit place for them to return to for sanitary reasons. MAYOR FOREMAN.

The governor replied, assuring the mayor of prompt assistance.

The Olean Democrat, Olean, NY 6 Jun 1889