Great Flood of 1937 headlines

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1 ' WH AS Page 5 Section 2 wttffff A 1 58 Pages 6 Sections VOL. CLXV. NEW SERIES ISO. 24.861 LOUISVILLE, SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 24, 1937. SECTION 110 PAGES SUNDAY PRICE 10 CENTS. Hundreds Are Saved In Flooded West End Evacuation of State Prison Is Ordered wht 3 9 24 Make Break For Liberty Bv Leaping Into Ice-Cold Ice-Cold Ice-Cold Water Governor Commands Flooded Penitentiary Aban-doned Aban-doned Aban-doned Because of Danger of Pestilence and Illness. 2,900 Prisoners to Be Barracked In East Frankfort; Frankfort; Shooting Within Walls Ad- Ad- v milted Bv Officials. Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 23 being abandoned late today following a day and night of disorders during which twenty-four twenty-four twenty-four of the break for freedom. Evacuation of the prison was ordered by Gov. A. B. Chandler as flood waters of the Kentucky River swirled six feet high within the prison walls. Arrangements were made to barrack the convicts in State property near the feeble-minded feeble-minded feeble-minded institute in East Frankfort. The removal order, the Governor said, was decided on because of the danger of pestilence and illness in the prison. There -was -was no immediate danger of the waters rising higher. Pricnn ITnrlpr Afat-tiil Afat-tiil Afat-tiil " - i Boats were commandeered from j t m r mrailoVl nlapo in Vietr . State police, prison guards and j I 1 "1 J m National Guardsmen evacuate thejJ- thejJ- 1 O O tl T ICillllS prisoners. The prison was under;-- under;-- under;-- p ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ martial law. Ij C I f HOmClCSS The majority of the prisoners j probably will not be removed un- un- til Monday, the move depending upon the arrival of tents, cots, field kitchens and other equipment. equipment. Reports of continued disorders at the prison stirred the flood-stricken flood-stricken flood-stricken State capital throughout the day and were promptly denied denied by Warden James Hammond, and Maj. . Joseph E. Kelly, in j charge of the military forces assigned assigned to the prison. That there actually had been shooting within the prison was admitted by the warden and Kelly. They emphatically denied reports that stirred the town all day to the effect a gang of men convicts had broken into the women's Kentucky's State Prison here was 2,900 flood-bound flood-bound flood-bound prisoners made a 50,000 State I Cold Wave Adds to Misery Federal Aid Fund Sought. (By the Associated Press.) Kentucky, gripped by the most devastating flood in the history of the Bluegrass iState, sought re-1 re-1 re-1 Scores of communities were lief Saturday night for more than i without heat, gas or light. A 50,000 homeless persons. drinking water shortage devel- devel- With the waters of the Ohio;Ped- Ohio;Ped- Many communities were Valley continuing their rise, bitter j lsoI1tate,d: . cold weather added to the suffer-! suffer-! suffer-! Health conditions were gener- gener- ng of thousands of persons forced from inundated homes National Guardsmen patrolled the flood districts of stricken cities. Water m t, Food, Water Shortages 11 illc 300,000 Refugees Suffer; Suffer; Epidemic Danger Danger Scouted. Looter Shot In Cincinnati; Cincinnati; River Practically Practically At Stand There. (By Associated Press.) Cold, hunger and snow plagued nparlv 300 000 rpfufpps ririvpn from their homes b icy waters Saturday. Twenty-six Twenty-six Twenty-six deaths were counted, as a record-smashing record-smashing record-smashing flood cut an ever widening swath through the lower Ohio Valfey and the menacing Mississippi burst through its levees. Property losses estimated at approximately $10,000,000 in Ohio alone increased hourly. President Roosevelt issued a proclamation asking the Nation to contribute $2,000,000 for relief of the homeless. He ordered Federal agencies to lend their fullest assistance. assistance. Spurred by pleas for aid, mercy trains, boats, trucks and planes sped food, fuel, medicine and bedding bedding to the inundated areas. Workers Rushed to Floor Areas. Some 20,000 W.P.A. workers were rushed to flood centers. Midwestern directors were reaJy to assign 50,000 more to help the growing army of men, women and children forced to evacuate in snow, sleet, and freezing temper- temper- : atures au gooa ana Cincinnati meaicai authorities expressed the belief epidemics were not threatening. "Shoot down looters," officials ordered police and National Guardsmen patrolling flooded 1 TW"f - j j ? ; tJtzs III - 33 - j J rill l vni fulfil 1 r l I j -j -j j iC.-J. iC.-J. iC.-J. Photo by Art Abftor. The story .u'i i- i- greatest jltutd i. etitom izetl in this xrrnr in tlie Cane Hun lid. sertinn. fyrain and urnrry irritten in every tine nf his fare, the man, trearing large mttnn glnret tenderly clasps an infant flood refugee brought to dry, safe ground. A Flood Victim Safe At Last Brave Figlit Waged By Rescue Crews; 2 Are Known Dead Ohio Nears Crest of 52 Feel, Expected lo He Reaclieil Sumlay At Louisville. Property Damage 3Ioimts Hourly As Husincss Is Halted and Ulililies Are (Irippled. Complete orjranization of relief and rescue work In the Louisville area has been worked out by Mayor Neville Miller. Details will be announced over WUAS at 8 a.m. Sunday. All citizens of Louisville are urged to tune In at this time and to be prepared to take notes on the information given. With two known dead, and the West End presenting the gravest rescue problem ever faced by Louisville, the city Saturday nifiht settled settled down to a week-end week-end week-end of grim battle against the most devastating flood in the history of the Falls Cities. Henry Arnold, 74. died of exposure at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Minnie Gassoway. Manslick Rd., after he was rescued from his flooded home in Bullitt County. John Schmidt, 55, rear of 540 F. Walnut, was dead on arrival at the City Hospital. He was stricken fatally with exposure and - exhaustion from relief work. Boat Patrols Assisting In Relief Tasks Committee ('all- ('all- avor ! for Public Co-operation Co-operation Co-operation In Emergency. The Mayor's committee Saturday Saturday announced it has not received, but must have, cooperation cooperation from the public. The committee has obtained full co-operation co-operation co-operation on the economical economical use of eas, electricity and water. It has not received co-operation, co-operation, co-operation, co-operation, it said, in the curtailment of social and non-essential non-essential non-essential telephone Police were ordered to shont to kill looters found in the flooded areas. About 40 per cent of the city's residential area was inundated. inundated. Water hacked through sewers to low spots in the heart of the downtown business section. Life was stripped to bare necessities, necessities, and luxuries banned entirely and every-day every-day every-day conveniences curtailed curtailed to the bone. Marooned families were being rescued at the rate of more than 100 persons an hour by a weary ! corps of oarsmen in every avail-! avail-! avail-! able boat. At one relief depot 1 alone, that at 32d and Uroadway, !the rate of rescue was seventy-; seventy-; seventy-; five persons an hour. Other hav- hav- ens of relief were set up at the Shawnee Park Police Station. 27 1 Iv and Broadwav, and 14th and Market. Market. j River Creeps I'pward. j The intense suffering of tlmu-' tlmu-' tlmu-' sands of homeless, and llic grow-I grow-I

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 24 Jan 1937, Sun,
  3. Page 1

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