The Huntington Herald (Huntington, IN) 3/13/1928
- - S - . . t. ; . v , , ; j; ., ' .. IT the to - his to it of by of j no ! I - a - - - ' - " Death arid Destruction Spread by Waters Released When Biff . Concrete Structure Collapses; Many Bodies Are Caught In Wire Net Stretched Across River Below Disaster Scene; Ranches, Towns and Power Plants Demolished. . : :.:v..V. ";v.." LOS ANGELES, CaU March 13 (INS) The list ot missing: in the San Francisquito flood passed the 500 mark this afternoon with the death toll estimated at 150 .lives. The known dead was placed at 139. OS ANGELES, Cel., Msreb 1J (IN8) The toll of life snd damage token .when the waters of San Franolqulto canyon buret through the 20e - fqot St Franola dani near Saugua early thia morning and flooded Term ana ranch landa In Santa1 Clare1 valley fourteen mllee below mounted today as reports trickled In here .ewer crippled wire facilities. , . - t. ; The cost ef human life taken by the disaster haa been variously eetliriat sd st between 100 and 900 persona believed, to have been drowned In tha anruahlng watera.. " Ninety - eight bodies of victims hsve beea. fished out of the Santa Clara river, fourteen milea away, according to a report received here today (by Deputy Sheriff R. H. Wright. Twenty - live additional bodlea have been recovered in the Saugua and Nawhall districts,, according to a compilation of reports from 200 deputies sent into the flood area. 'The bodies reported recovered from tha Santa Clara river, awoUen with tha flood waters of the broken dam and the debris of - drifting homes, were,' caught in a wire .net strung across the stream at a point between Piru and ,Santa Paula' In Santa CIsra valley according, to the aherllf'B of - flea.. ;,' - : ; t ' ' Advices - from - Newhall aald not a house was left standing In the flood - Swept Santa Clara vallev., - , Property damage vden to the St. Francia dtnt and the power plant two milea below, both owned! by the city of Loa' Angeles, was placed at $$.$00, - t6oo. .... . : , , ;; ,rhelwnvtest' ath - - toltts - berlsted to hf.te been exacted in the Santa Clara valley . where ' 100 . out of 178 men employed by tha Southern California Edison company in A construe - - 'v. ,... .. - , k: issing i tOS' ANGELES, Cal., March 1$ (INS) Here la the. list of dead and reported missing up to 10 o'clock thia morning in' tha 'Ban Pranchlsqaito canyon flood: ' . ', - J KNOWN DEAD George. Basolo, twenty - one, Bards - dale. Eearl Caaber,' Berhett ranch. Holitloth, a baby, on the Hell ranch Holseloth, a twelve - year old girl, on ihe Hell ranch. ' ' " ' 1 liinora Burns, ciotbu, un vi 'ZnA Mm Ttnu RnrfiB. The narante are misting. Mrs. Jsmes J. Erratchu, whoae" hua - bant) and baby boy are missing. William Y. ,Weinlana, power plant employee. ,, ,' ' ,' ', ' . ' Kenneth Coe. three - year - pld ' son ot Homer Cos; power plantenPl0M' v, missing - A - ' ; j Carl J. Mathews, In charge of the Loa. Angeles water. apd power department power plant No. tt his wire and four cblldrsn. - Miss Vlda' Mathews, ' Lynwood, a niece of Maths wa.' ' ' . Oriffltb p.. - . L Hughes, .chief 'power plant operator, bis wife and two chil - ureu, - , , j;. , Harley S. Berry, and wife. ; Hsnry r. Mathls, wife and two chil drba., : ' ' " . ' " ' Harry. J.. Burns, his wifs and two children.' .' . '."' William. Y. Wethlaadr his wifs and one child. ' . ; . - ' . ' ' Terrell P. Hopap,' hia wife and one child. , . . ... ... .. . ; ,'. , Raymond .B. Rising, '. hia, wife and three or four children.. Homer. Coo. bla wife and one child. . Lyman W. turtle, hia wife and three children. ,) t . ;. . - - , All of the above mentioned persons reported .mUsIng 'were employes of the LQa,Angeiea water ana power ue - partment and their families who lived in cottages, at power plsnt No. 1 sppraximately a mile , below the dam, , Mra. Nellie Hanson, miss ainei coc - hams, Frances R. Rows, Raymond I. Kern. .Max Bowaky, Alonso J. Nelf, George; A. Mann, alt of , tha power plant ciuonouse.' , - i William W. NeUaon; hia wife, two. or three children, and Nallson's father; kll of whom lived at tha foot of the i Tony '.Hsrn4chfegsr. watchman at ths dam, who 'lived at the foobot the atructure'with his mother, and with hson.l I ' :. (.,. ,J;. j ' . 'Jack Ky.' a laborer who lived? et, tbe foot of the dsm, bla wife and two. children.;" . : - . , , . : Mra. Cecilia Small - teacher of the Little dlatrlct' achool which the : children ot the canyon attended ' '. Mra. D. Lebrnn.cand' fouri children: ; Henry Ruli, rsncher, his "wifs and, four, or flve rihiraran. , ' . ' ; - '., Holt., lineman for the Southern California . - Edison ' company, 1 his wtfsfc Mrs. Hoit, ' v., ,i. ; . - , i r - - 6taxborv Helper to HolL ; ;' B$W and i t t ..f:ii 1 ITER TEARS tlon, csmp nesr Del Valle ers ttnao counted for at 10 o'clock thia morning Thirty other persona, residents of, the Little valley communities of Piru. Baridale, and Santa Paula also were unaccounted for after tha flood waters hsd. rushed on toward, tEs Psclflc ocesn. ' , ... Ths first flood victim to be positive ly identified waa George Baaolo, twenty - one, of .Bardadale, whoae body was recovered from the debrla of hia da moliabed home which had been swepl from its foundstion and carried ,s qusrter of a mile down the .Seals Clsra rivsr. . , - Wttnesaea reported ha had i been killed when atruck by a floating tlnv bar aa he fled from hia home. Byery . available man . - in . Ventura county; haa been drafted for relief work snd deputy aheriffs have atrung a wire net acrose the Banta .Clara liver at Santa Paula In an attempt Doaies waich mij to catch any bodlea which might float vown tne swouen strsam. (i Setweea Atteem - anA - tereiUy ladlasf on Harry, Carey's . ranch and trading post, directly la ths San rranelaqulto canyon, were reported drowned when a wall ot water, estimated by eye - wit neaaea as flfty - feet .high struck. Us csmp. - ; ,. ' , Moat of. the bodies recovered were ten miles, from the scene of the" die aster and. were; seen .with their' arms and leca nrotrudina from tha adt and aand which covered the valley, aahe i flood watera TecedeU. ,yewitnesa reports said .ths, wall of water . which - swept - down the . valley was at tlmaa .. flfty - feet high and in the broader reachea formed a river two milea wide. .Tha San rranelaqulto power plant of the. Bouthern California; Edlaon company, located at the foot of tha broken, dam and in the path of - the flood la one of the, company's largest pladta and a aource .of power supply for the Los Angeles district . " ' Theories, flrat advanced by autherf ties, that fhe break In tbe 201 - foot con - ' crete dam which held back aome $$, 000 acre feet of water in 8an Praa - claquito canyon had been caused by either dynamite or by an earthquake, were discredited here today., - t r. r , D. C. Mstthews, of Saugua, employed aa a laborer at the San Francifqaito' power house. late yesterday .reported ha found the soil at tha foot, snd the center of , the. hugs dam to be In a mushy condition. . ,v.V '.;; The big intake gatea were cloeed Immediately. At the time there waa more then 200 fset of water standing behind the arc - angle concrete wall. - SUCKAFOOS RITES HELD ; AT CLEAR CREEK L ... . . . ... ...... . . - . i f - '. ) Funeral , aerrlcea for Mra , Mary BUan Slckafoose ware held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock at the ; Clear Creek M. E. church with tha Rev. John Farmer and the.Rfv.,iC.jiA. Thorn in charge. '. .. . . . Mulc .waa by .Charles Brown... Leo - ta Smith. Bertha My era. and HUdreta Myers with Mrs. Iva . Kaylor at ' the piano. . ';' ' - : - ,. ' ' ' y : Flowbearera were granddanghters and included Gladys Soura and Ger trude Clark. : . . . , Pallbearara ' were George Layman, , Riley Rupler. Henry. RudUv. ' John' WHsbn, - Charlea Vergon. - Peter - Rich - ard. . Henry Hlner and John HUlegaa, ' uunai ,waa at Clear creek. ; , : s Vv .', ' .. - 1 .v COLlEOEPREnilg in SOUTIt IVillTLEY The. mixed, qwartet, from Rnntlnrr - toa Collete. Miaa Erma Burton. Mist . Lilah - Mumma. Wilbur Lamar.' 'ard . CMr,. Bowen accompanied by Ml Lydla .Burton, .wtll . go. . to. Sou'b Whitley next Sunday - evening iwl b , the Rev. X Wj Burton. - , of thia city,, Who will - addreag the audience of ' t Baptlat chdrth of tbat city ott : latry In Mtasta.".' . The.qnartt4 haa, beea foraiar t ; year - i and. j - haa vbrf - ' - t' r - ; wowo. rort'v.arrs. i ...scr i Burton la'iololat with the arj' Uom - '"i ' - .i:..;;..