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Flood of 1913 (Oct 26 1998) |
Hamilton Flood - March 1913 (Jan 24 2000)
1913 Flood in Hamilton, (Aug 5 2000)
|Miami Conservancy's History of the Flood Protection System|
A Ramseyer Family Flood Story
The 1913 Flood:
Contributed by Kathleen Dewey, email@example.com
The 1913 Flood: Hamilton, Ohioby Mary Ellen Jones
My father told me a story of his mother's, Mildred Lewis Schrichte, of the day when the bridge was swept away.
Grandma Mildred worked at the Champion Paper Company at that time. It was a couple of blocks north of the bridge on the west bank of the Miami river.
She told the story that the company advised all the people who lived on the east side of town had better go across the river while the bridges were still open and that the city was considering blocking all travel across the river.
She and a group of other girls (paper sorters) left immediately and headed for Main street and the bridge. When they got there the men were putting the blockades in place but they allowed the group, about 15, to go across. She said that about halfway across they wished that they had not started. They ran all of the rest of the way and made it safely. She said that they stood around awhile and watched the trees and other debris coming down the river get dammed up by the bridge. They left after a little while and she headed home. She lived on South Second street about six or seven blocks south of Main (High) street. When her group got up to where the Courthouse is on High street they heard a loud roar and noise and as they turned around they saw the steel framework of the bridge being swept down the river. That group of girls from Champion was the last to cross the bridge about half an hour earlier.
It was several days before the river drained back to normal and the stranded, on both sides of the river, were able to cross, by boat. Later pontoon bridges served the city until the present High-Main street bridge was built.
My grandmother, Mildred Lewis Schrichte lived almost all of her life on
the North End of Hamilton. She was born 27 September 1895 in Frankfort,
Kentucky to Alice Glore and Dennis Lewis. After Dennis' death, Alice
married Lorain Allgaier in Kentucky. The family moved to Hamilton around
the turn of the century. Mildred married Ernest Schrichte 2 February 1916.
She worked as a cook at the Paddock Club on N. Second and the 150 Club on
High St. I remember her working at "Lou's" tavern on Fifth and Vine. She
was active in the women's organizations at St. Stephen's church. She died
28 February 1978.
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