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AND THROUGH THE BLACK NIGHT OF TERROR

The 1913 Flood in the Northern Miami Valley

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And Through The Black Night of Terror

Scott D. Trostel

188 pages | 8 1/2 x 11 | 131 photos | 40 illustrations and maps.
Soft Cover | ISBN 978-0-925436-69-6 | $34.95

Letters From The Attic

Scott D. Trostel

128 pages | 5 1/2 x  8 1/2 | photos | illustrations and maps.
Soft Cover | ISBN 978-0-925436-73-3 | $18.95

Railroads of Western Ohio in The
 1913 Flood

Scott D. Trostel

96 pages | 8 1/2 x 11 | photos | illustrations and maps.
Soft Cover | ISBN 978-0-925436-74-0 | $23.95

 

 

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

AND THROUGH THE BLACK NIGHT OF TERROR

Told for the first time is the gripping story of the worst flood in the northern Miami Valley and in Ohio history. Read stories of the greatest tragedy to hit the five northern counties of Darke, Miami, Champaign, Logan and Shelby.

Covering the five Northern Miami Valley Counties: Darke, Miami, Champaign, Shelby and Logan

Between March 24 and March 28, 1913, 65 people died  in the northern Miami Valley, hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed and an entire region was isolated by a flood of the worst kind. Entire families were lost to angry flood waters. Commerce ceased, communications with cut off, electric was out and all commercial forms of transportation was shut down, much of it was under water. Every county sustained heavy bridge losses.

Read about volunteers who made desperate rescues of hundreds of people trapped on roof-tops and in flooded homes. Three rescuers gave their lives trying to get others to safety.

The stories of those who didn't make it are revealed; a man who lost his wife and children, home, business. Parents who helplessly watched as their children disappeared in the black flood waters. And the Italian immigrants whose train was washed into a creek, and five drowned.

Without government aid communities throughout the region quickly responded with aid.  Sewing circles made clothes, door to door solicitations brought many box car loads of food to the stricken cities: Piqua, Troy, Sidney, and other towns.  Even communities that sustained flood damage saw to the needs of flood sufferers in neighboring communities.

A POWERFUL AND GRIPPING STORY!

TABLE OF CONTENTS FROM THE BOOK

MAP: Counties of The Northern Miami Valley
The Coming Flood
The Monday Situation
Monday Morning
The Transportation Situation
MAP: Railroad and Interurban Railways
Map of The Northern Miami Valley

MIAMI COUNTY
Rossville Goes Under Water
MAP: Miami County 
The Flooding Begins At Piqua  
MAP: Piqua  
PHOTOS: Rossville 
MAP: Rossville    
PHOTOS: Shawnee     
MAP: Shawnee District   
Stories of Desparation    
Water Supply is Threatened  
A Plea For Aid      
PHOTOS: East Piqua    
MAP: East Piqua   
The Lewistown False Alarm   
Damaage and Destruction to Piqua Factories

The Flood At Troy     
MAP: Troy       
The Nineveh Rescues 
Outside Relief and The Troy Relief Committee
Flooded Factories   
The Rescues in Troy 
Troy Telephone Exchange 
You Can’t Get There From Here   
County Bridge Destruction

The Isle of Bradford    
West Milton Area    
Laura       
Covington 
Send Yeast! 
Rural Areas 

SHELBY COUNTY       
MAP: Shelby County    
MAP: Sidney     
The False Alarm     
Sidney Relief Committee 
Lockington      
Port Jefferson    
Newport Region      
Fort Loramie and The Reservoir  
Relief  
Rural Situation 
Bridge and Roadway Destruction

DARKE COUNTY      
MAP: Darke County   
The Situation in Greenville 
At New Madison  
The New Harrison Bridge Collapse  
Compassion and Service to Others  
Versailles
Rural Darke County  
County Bridges and Roads  

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY      
MAP: Champaign County   
At Urbana and St. Paris   
Scoured Land  

LOGAN COUNTY    
MAP: Logan County     
West Liberty Village Problems 
Flooding At Bellefontaine 
At The LEwistown Reservoir  
Logan County Drowning   
The DeGraff Situation   
Other Logan County Relief Efforts 
The Relief Trains at West Liberty 
Bridge and Roadway Destruction

A Look Back

Death Toll

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX 

 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

The book is fabulous!” From a librarian

“I didn’t know there was a flood north of Dayton until your book came out.” From a reader

“The family spent all day Sunday looking at it, they couldn’t put it down.” From W.B.

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Copyright (c) Scott D. Trostel, 2012

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Letters From The Attic

 

For the first time come many personal stories of terror as told by victims in the flood from Sidney to Hamilton Theirs are personal reflections on their situation at the moment the whistles sounded a scream to awaken residents throughout the region that the flood was coming.  This is the gripping story of the human side worst flood in Ohio history. Read stories of the greatest tragedy to ever hit Ohio.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SECTION I

THE FLOOD NORTH OF DAYTON


RESCUE OF THE CONLEY’S
  
At Sidney
THE WRECK OF PRR NUMBER 3
  
At West Liberty
WIFE BEGGED HIM NOT TO MAKE TRIP
  
At West Liberty
THE PLIGHT OF THE LITTLE FAMILY
  
At Piqua
MORTON’S OBSERVATION OF THE FLOOD
  
At Piqua
GROSVENOR’S TRIP TO PIQUA
  
At Piqua
HEAD FOR THE HILLS, THE LEVEE
   HAS BROKEN
  
At Piqua
  

SECTION II

THE FLOOD AT DAYTON

AWAKENED BY THE WHISTLES
  
At Dayton
CHASED BY THE ANGRY WATERS
  
At Dayton
CAUGHT IN THE FLOOD
   At Dayton
MY DEAREST WIFE AND BABY
   At Dayton
SHE DROWNED IN THE RAGING WATERS
  
At Dayton
WE FOUND RENIE AND SAM
  
At Dayton
TRAPPED ON WEST  FIFTH STREET
  
At Dayton
DEAR FOLKS AT HOME
  
At Dayton
JUDGE JONES TRAPPED AT THE BECKEL
    
At Dayton
AMES TERRIFYING EXPERIENCE AT THE BECKEL
   At Dayton
EAST END RESCUES
  
At Dayton
CHOPPED THROUGH DOORS AND SCALED WALLS   At Dayton
YOU HAVE NO IDEA
  
At Dayton
WHAT T.  H.  CROMER, SAW IN TWO DAYS SPENT  IN DAYTON
  
At Dayton
LET ME OUT PLEASE
  
At Dayton
WE ARE SAFE AT LAST
  
At Dayton
WE HAVE HAD AN AWFUL CALAMITY
  
At Dayton
FIRST SCRIBE TO REACH DAYTON FLOOD ZONE
  
At Dayton 
 

SECTION III

DIFFICULTIES IN MOVING THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD AND RELIEF INTO THE FLOODED DISTRICTS AND INTO DAYTON

DAYTON RELIEF -- THE DIARY OF MAYOR SULLIVAN
   At DeGraff, West Liberty and Dayton
CALLING THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD FOR THE FLOODED DISTRICTS  99
TRYING TO FIND AN OPEN ROUTE
COMPANY C ENTRAINED AT LIMA 
THE MOVEMENT OF ONG TROOPS FROM LIMA
CANT GET THROUGH AT TROY
COMPANY L ARRIVES IN DAYTON
LETTER FROM COLONEL AMOS
COMPANY L LEAVES FOR DAYTON
A POST CARD FROM DR. BEEBE
Dr. H. M. BEEBE AND HIS DUTIES
COLONEL AMOS IN DAYTON  
COMPANY C GETS TO DAYTON
DETAILS OF THE MARCH FROM TROY TO DAYTON

SECTION IV

THE FLOOD SOUTH OF DAYTON

THEY WENT TO THE POST OFFICE IN BOATS
  
At Miamisburg
LETTER FROM HAMILTON
   At Hamilton
NOT KNOWING
   At Hamilton
THE PIANOS ARE RUINED
   At Hamilton

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Railroads of Western Ohio in The 1913 Flood

 

The role of the railroads as victims of the flood as well as the first line of transportation in getting into the flood districts is portrayed in this book through stories and photographs.

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