Family survives hurricane in floating house, 1928

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Family survives hurricane in floating house, 1928 - 10 Mrs. C. W. Sutton Tells Graphic Graphic...
10 Mrs. C. W. Sutton Tells Graphic Graphic Story of Miraculous Escape from Death Yesterday, the survivors of Krea-mer Krea-mer Krea-mer Island in Lake Okeechobee were brought to Belle Glade by Jim Krey-erson Krey-erson Krey-erson of Moore Haven. The first four of them to reach AVcst Talm Beach were brought in lale yesterday by Clarence K. Bosworth, acting under instructions from Manager Hoffcn-bersror Hoffcn-bersror Hoffcn-bersror of the Red Cross transporta- transporta- tion department. In this group were Mr. and Mrs. C. V. Suttons. who told of a day of terror and days of desperate desperate need. "Our bouses," said Mrs. Sutton, actually floated and raved our lives. If it hadn't we should all have been dei'd. "At the first part of the storm, we stood on the porch fearing' the house would collapse and kill us. 'But the water rote so fast that it soon . covered the island and the wind swept the trees away. "The wind seemed to change and I stepped off the porch and immediately immediately disappeared in water over my head and my husband grubbed me and pulled me back. Our house was afloat, it floated for more than half a mile over a pear orchard and across a five-acre five-acre five-acre tract, We realized afterward afterward that what we thought was the wind changing, was really our house being turned by the wind as it floated floated along. "As the house settled in the water we had to climb through windows and up onto a table so that we'cotl'd keep our heads above It. That table saved our lives. "We had neither food nor water until Tuesday when the American Legion sent beans, bread and, water out to us. Nothing ever looked so good to us because we had had neither drink nor food since before the storm. "The trees, orchards, houses and everything else on'Krcamer Island have swept away and it is just a bald spot in the lake. We had forty, one white people and about fifty colored people on the island. All but six of-the of-the of-the white people have beqn taken off and must of the 'colored. The rest will be brought to Belle Glade tomorrow, they tell us. "But we came through alive," Mrs. Buttons continued. "They didn't do so well In Belle Glade where the man In charge of the groceries was talking talking to a man while I was there who said that sixteen members of his family had been killed or drowned, and he pointed out one woman to me who lo.it four of her children and then tore her clothing from her body lied herself to a telegraph pole and he and another man cut her down alive after the storm. Oh, yes they had it much worse in Eeiie Glade than wo did," she concluded. SIGHTSEERS LIKELY TO BE BARRED CITY While there was talk of stopping all curiosity seekers at Stuart and Deerflcld, orders had not been issued last night pending a conference between between Sheriff Baker and Adjutant General Vivian Collins. FIpil f'rnss 'nffirinls rmnpstnrl Kuril action after hundreds of automobiles from both north and south had streamed into West Palm Beach during during the afternoon. The request was transmitted to Major E. N. Ward, National Guard commandant here, and the adjutant general, who was to confer with the sheriff on the proposal.

Clipped from The Palm Beach Post20 Sep 1928, ThuPage 6

The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Florida)20 Sep 1928, ThuPage 6
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