Glendive, MT Flooding Disaster, Apr 1899

Birth, Marriage & Death Records

TWELVE ARE DEAD.

ADDITIONAL LOSS OF LIFE IN THE MONTANA FLOODS IS CONFIRMED.

MAY REACH INTO MILLIONS.

HEAVY DAMAGE TO PROPERTY REPORTED IN ALL PORTIONS OF THE STATE.

MILES CITY UNDER WATER.

WATER BACKED UP BY AN ICE GORGE IN TONGUE RIVER AND FORCED NEARLY A HUNDRED FAMILIES TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES -- RIVERS OUT OF THEIR BANKS -- TRAINS ARE DELAYED ON ALL LINES.

Glendive, Mont., April 10 -- (Special) -- At a late hour last night the death of JAMES SULLIVAN, his wife and six children was confirmed. A searching party, headed by Sheriff Aiken and Charles Parker, crossed the river and reached the SULLIVAN house. They found the entire family dead.

Glendive, Mont., April 9. -- (Special) -- The total of lives lost in the floods caused by the ice gorge in the Yellowstone River may reach twelve. The loss of four people, reported drowned yesterday, has been confirmed, and eight more who are missing may have shared the not only heavy, but that there was continuous cold and all the snow is still lying. The last two days have been exceedingly warm and the snow began to move all at once. Not a railroad in the state is running trains on time owing to heavy washouts. Railroad officials here today said that if the weather continues warm two days longer the loss to railroads alone will aggregate millions. The loss to the counties in bridges and roads and to individuals in live stock and other property will reach millions more.

Miles City, Mont., April 9 -- (Special) -- The ice gorged at the mouth of Tongue River and also near the railroad bridge, about 3 o'clock this afternoon, and the water rose rapidly, completely inundating all that part of the town south of the track, making a runway of water at least one mile wide. Tonight at least seventy-five houses are abandoned, many families being rescued in boats.
At 7 o'clock tonight the water broke over the railroad tracks and the main street is a regular stream. This is the highest water known here since 1851.
The city fired several shots of dynamite, which started part of the gorge, taking out the ice on the west side of the bridge, relieving some of the water. At 10 o'clock the water is falling and the worst is over. The county bridge over the river has been washed away.
It is reported today that HARRY BROWN, foreman for Joseph Scott, is drowned.
Several washouts east of town are reported. The loss here will reach several thousand dollars.

St. Paul Globe Minnesota 1899-04-10