zondag 26 maart 2017

Margaret Smell -- 26 maart 1913

• Margaret Smell (?-?) was op bezoek in Dayton, Ohio, toen daar de overstroming plaatsvond. Dagboek.

Oh! what a sad, sad sight met our eyes on Wednesday morning when daylight appeared with the mad water almost touching the floor of the second story of the house we were lodged in, with all kinds of furniture floating down the street, pianos included. Towards noon relief parties came by boat to rescue those in perilous positions, and bringing food to the rest of us we were seeking safety in the attics around. As the water had now reached its highest point in the memorable morning of March 26th at one o’clock AM and was now at a standstill. For many hours our food was handed to us from boats through the windows of the second stories. Never shall we forget the brave heroic efforts on the part of the more fortunate ones to get food and sustenance to those imprisoned by the deep water and what a problem it must of been to immediately procure cooked food sufficient to feed thousands of people. But thanks be to God and to the great and noble Mr. Patterson and numbers of other unselfish blessed ones who so nobly responded to the aid of the suffering people until outside aid from other cities could come with their generous donations.

Oh! the loving noble work of people many, many miles away who had heard of the desperate conditions the people were subjected to in all the flooded districts. Now we know they worked with might and main so valiantly to reach us with necessities of life after the terrible raging waters had subsided so that boats could not float and with the thousands of horses drowned. We wondered how aid could be brought but were not long kept in suspense when large express wagons with large stout horses driven by larger hearted drivers through the mud and slush they came to our aid with well filled baskets of ready prepared provisions, good homemade sandwiches, boiled potatoes and eggs, cookies and apples. Each basket containing bottles of fresh water which was highly appreciated. Oh! how our hearts did turn to the bountiful giver of all good, who touched and tendered the hearts of so many dear people to work so valiantly and tirelessly to send food and aid to the suffering many.

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