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Sheriff Hammel and Deputies Lend |
Helping Hand When Shivering
Unfortunates Wade Through
Flood to Land
(Continued from l'ar» On*)
its old channel, and, until Friday, the
land on which the marooned individ
uals were located was tilled. On the
adjoining ranch, owned by Z. B.
Slater, Henry Moulton and his fam
ily of five live. For a time Mr. Moul
ton was menaced, but with the reced
ing of the stream danger lor him
passed. When he was asked if he
wished to be taken to dry land he re
plied in the negative. Although he
v. ill be mired many times before he
reaches sound earth, he can walk from
his home to the road in ten minutes.
Women in Torrent's Path
The women and boys, however, were
located in the direct path of the
stream. Their home was partly under
water, and with every minute fear was
felt that the force of the current would
carry away the little frame dwelling.
Nobody could face the stream's fury,
and the position of the women was
extremely perilous.
When all had been made ready, anil
when a proper place on the bank had
1 n found for launching the little
rowboat, Toenjes and MeManu»,
dressed only in swimming trunks,
stepped into the craft and were
whirled away down stream at twenty
flve miles an hour.
Each of the five young men from
Venice was more than anxious to go
out into the torrent, but Toenjes and
McManus, the former a second lieuten
ant and in charge of the party, were
the choice.' , .
Fred Fair, Stanley Townsend and
David Moreno were left on the bank
to rescue the rescuers if necessary
The men all realized that they were
risking their lives by attempting to
cross the raging stream, but that did
no t deter them from doing what to
them seemed a simple task or duty.
Passage Was Perilous
As Toenjes and McManus pushed off
into the stream their boat was whirled
about like a thing of paper in a gale.
Toenjes held the oars and McManus
; , ,'l«,l to some extent with an impro
vise! paddle. It was only because of
the great strength of the young men
that the boat was kept from capsizing
several times. In order to make a sate
launching it was necessary to go into
the stream nearly half a mile away
from the marooned people, and the trip
to them was anything but pleasant.
McManua finally, in order to aid in the
navigation of the boaU. stood bolt up
right, risking his life every time the
craft was tossed by the big waves.
The first landing was made in shal
low, still water. The two life-savers
managed to wade in water waist deep
and in mud which clung heavily to
their feet to reach Moulton's home first.
He declined to leave, although urged to
do so by his wife and aged mother,
who seemed almost paralyzed with fear.
He argued that he could get to safety
in a few minutes and told the young
men to t?o to the aid of the women
farther up the stream.
Second Start Made
Once more the life-savers went out
into the icy, turbulent waters. By this
time a dozen residents of the vicinity
had gathered on the bank, among them
Constable David Witherspoon of Dow-
The perilous progress of Topnjes and
McManus was watched with almost
bated breath. Cries of "There they
are!" "They will be dashed to pieces!"
iind other exclamations were uttered
almost constantly until a safe landing
was made at the Armstrong home.
Toenjes and McManus were chilled
to the marrow when they reached their
second landing. For fifteen minutes
they remained inside the house, where,
although there was no fire and water
ran on the floor, they were enabled to
get a little warmth into their bodies.
At 8 o'clock the boat was again put
off, this time with five passengers. Me-
Manus swam and waded in order to
lighten the load and to aid in keeping
the boat from capsizinc.
Journey Took an Hour
Toenjes remained in the boat to guide
its progress. He is a muscular young
fellow and an expert on aquatics, and
it was largely due to his calm judg
ment that no harm came to his pas
sengers on their trip to the southeast
bank of the river. Part of the journey
WM in the shallow water and over
strips of sticky mud. When the shal
low water was reached both the life
savers waded, towing the boat, and
when the mud was encountered they
doubled their efforts and dragged it
again Into \vp.ter.
It is Nome 300 yards from the Arm
strong house to safety at Hunt's cross
ing, but it took an hour to make the
journey. Half a hundred men had
gathered at the crossing to aid the res
cuers, and their efforts counted great
ly, for when the two young men finally
reached whore they were exhausted
with their battle against the stream
and stumbled forward into the waiting,
cheering crowd. By land and bridge
it is nearly two miles from the point
where the boat entered the stream to
Hunt's crossing.
Sheriff Saves McManus
At almost the last lap of tho perilous
Journey a serious accident threatened
MiManua. He was standing in the
Blrpam, fighting it with all his strength
ami attempting to get to shore with the
tow rope. He lost his footing and fell
forward and would have been hurled
nn down stream to his death had it not
been for the quick aid of Sheriff Ham
As McManus fell Sheriff Hammel
jumped Into tho stream, caught the
young man and held him fast until
both were pulled to shore. McManus
would have been dashed to pieces had
it not been for the sheriff, and the sher
iff risked his own life to save the
young man's.
A landing was made first at a point
twenty-five yards north of Hunt's
crossing, but because of the deep mud
It was impossible to get the party to
safety there. The boat was put out
into the stream and allowed to float
down. The current was so swift that
it was all ten men could do to keep it
from being carried away.
Faces Showed Suffering
A« the two women waded through
the mud to the road they showed In
ihtir faces their relief and their suf
fering. Each woman was supported
on either side by a deputy sheriff, so
exhausted were they from their trinls.
They were wet to the skin and chilled
thro'ueh. It was with difficulty that,
Victims of Raging San Gabriel Are Forced
to Wade Through Icy Waters to Place of Safety
' .
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tj t*" ■ -■->■■ .: ■ ■-'" v ■ ■■■- <
Leading Mrs. Clara Armstrong from
boat to the shore shown in top
picture. Middle picture shows res.
cuers loading boat on truck ready
for return. Lower cut shows four
of the Venice rescuers. Reading
from left to right they are David
Moreno, Stanley Townsend, Lieut.
Adolph Toenjes and George Mc-
"Never have my eyes seen
a more welcome sight than
that of those two brave young
men coming down the racing
stream toward us," said Mrs.
Effie Wells after the rescue.
"We were all on the verge of
collapse from the exposure and
lack of nourishment under
gone the last two days, but
immediately the boat shot into
view we all rushed across the
water-covered floor to shout
our thanks for deliverance.
"As long as I live I will
never cease to thank those two
brave boys and the many dep
uties of Sheriff Hammel, who
labored with their chief at the
crucial point of our crossing
the roaring stream —our land
ing. And above all I will never
cease to think with deepest
feeling of The Herald, which
took such an efficient course to
free us from a danger which
would have ended our lives in
a few hours more."
they were able to articulate their
Both the women were bundled quick
ly jnto a waiting automobile and
rushed with all possible speed to the
home of Mr. Parsons nearby. As they
had been without proper food and
drink for thirty-Six hours, these were
the first aids given the brave women.
They denied themselves to callers and
after a hearty breakfast retired for a
good sleep. Although each woman is
in middle life and is none too strong,
the experiences in the marooned house
will not tell heavily upon them. Be
yond cold and hunger and loss of sleep,
none of the unfortunate quartet ',n
the little house caught in the San Ga
briel flood will -suffer.
Storm Records Broken
According to D. L. Strine and J. H.
McCullough, old residents in the vicin
ity of Downey and at present en
gaged In business there, the present
high water breaks nil records, since
1801, when the same land w;ik Hooded.
For several years the San Gabriel
river has been flowing In a new course
and the land now inundated has been
considered farming land.
Indications yesterday pointed to a
rapid decrease in the stream and it
probably will be normal in a day or
two. Whether it will continue in its
present course or go buck to the other
one is a matter of conjecture. It prob
ably will not go into the other river
bed, for the channel cut by the present
storm is so well defined that a change
would be almost impossible.
So grateful are the residents of
Downey and in the Hooded section for
the valiant work of the life-savers that
a movement is now on foot to raise
a handsome purse for the young men.
D. L. Strine, J. H. McCullough and
David Witherspoon have charge of the
After the rescuers had been given
hot coffee and stimulated at the scene
of their endeavors they were rushed
to the city by Jack Fryer in Sheriff
Hammel's automobile. The big offi
cial accompanied them, and insisted
on entertaining them at the county
jail, where the young heroes were
shown every consideration. Hot coffee
and the best repast thut could pos
sibly be served anywhere was spread
before them, anil it was only to gain
much needed repose that the life-say-
ing squad finally wended its way
toward Venice and what was most
welcome of all—bed.
With the rescuing party was Ser
geant G. E. Bennett of Company A,
national guard signal corps. It was
planned at first to carry a line across
the stream by the big balloon, signal
corps No. 3, but this was abandoned
on account of the impossibility of in
flating the big bag in time to rescue
t'.ie sufferers. Sergeant Bennett was
one of the most intrepid and fearless of
the party and did much in making the
expedition a success.
Volunteer Rescuers Cheerfully Ac.
company Herald Representa.
tives to Scene Where Four
Persons Are Saved
On all sides The Herald was lauded
for its prompt and efficient methods in
effecting the rescue of four persons on
the verge of deuth from exposure and
lack of i.jurishment. While this news
paper is not of the kind which takes
on itself all credit for humane' acts
which naturally come within its
sphere, yet it Is pleased at the suc
cessful outcome of its rescue.
To the Venice lifesavtng corps ail
honor is due. The boys, with Second
Lieuto:.ant Adoph '\enjes in the lead,
never once faltered during tho long
night of search, bravely facing th«
Icy winds and cutting rain in their
effort to read, the spot from which a
rescue could b* Inaugurated.
When it iinally became light enough
to attempt the passage of the verit
able Niagara, "which lay between the
rescue party and those in d&ngUi To
enjes looked a; his mates. "Boys," In:
said, "we' c pretty near ready to
start; who's going." Ho gave them no
chance to speak in reply, for on every
pair of lips the answer was already
framing, "I'll go." .
George McManus was the chosen one,
the leader picking him without any
hcitatlon. Not that there was any
thing to choose, tor every one of the
others, Stanley Townsend, David Mo
reno, Fred Fair and R. E. Bennett,
were ready and more than willing to
cast out on the turbulent waters in
their frail craft with their lieutenant
as companion. But McManus was the
favored one, and not until a landing
with thß rescued was effected did the
others have a chance to exhibit the
lofty courage which animated their
every net.
Sheriff Saves Life Guard's Life
After the women and boys were
placed In the boat, Sheriff Hammel and
his deputies, Dan Crowley, Alexander,
Claude Mathewson and Wright, togeth
er with Jack Fryer, proved their cour
to its very extreme. Once McManus
missed a thrown lifeline and went
plunging down the mad waters, the
(Continued oil rag:* Eight).
"The Herald showed commendable
newspaper enterprise In planning anil
superintending the rescue work at
Gage. Irom all accounts, the Venice
boys did themselves proud. It certainly
wan a creditable piece of work, and 1
wish to publicly thank the young men
for the Venice chamber of commerce
for their grave work on thin occasion.
"The members of the life saving corps
deserve a great deal of credit for their
self-sacrificing performance, the more
so from the fact that their work I* en
tirely without remuneration. They don't
get a -cent for risking their lives. In
view of this fact. It seems to me they
ought to get more hearty support from
the people whom they benefit than they
have In the put. Their life saving
equipment Is old and Inadequate and
should be replaced at once. The people
of the beach have done much for them.
Now la the time for the people of Los
Angeles to show their appreciation of
the life saving work by encouraging the
corps financially. . I would suggest that
The Herald call attention to this, as I
consider It a very worthy cause."
President Venice Chamber of Commerce.
WHITTIER, Jan. 2.—This place is!
facing a meat famine as a result of the I
Hood conditions. The butchers and
grocers have been unable to make ar
rangements for shipments, and it isi
very probable that the present stock
will have to suffice for a day or two. |
The meat stocks have been depleted.
The town Is practically Isolated, and
one train over the Santa Fe Is all that
has passed through here since flood con
ditions obtained. There are mveral
hundred visitors at the hotels, and they
will not be able to get out until bridges ;
and approaches have been repaired.
Great loss has been occasioned in the
surrounding districts from Inundations.
The L,ucky Baldwin estate, consisting
of 600 acres, is a veritable lake, and
the Temple estate, adjoining, is partly
The house, barn and other buildings,
together with fifty tons of alfalfa, be
longing to A. Germain, in the Rivera, ;
were swept away, the total loss being |
The'barn and pumping plant of the '
Dyher estate, to a total value of $6000, ;
were carried away. The 60-acre ranch j
of I. L. Broadbent is inundated and a|
large barn was swept down the valley. I
The 100-acre alfalfa ranch of Tweedly,
Bros. Is covered to a depth of several
feet and 100 tons of hay were swept j
away. The 40-acre ranch of J. <'.
Clemens, In the Rivera, is fiooded^and
the Hadloy Ranch company has suf
fered a loss of several thousand dol-'
lars, as Its 100-acre ranch Is entirely!
submerged. The 160-acre ranch of I
Matthews, Hadley & Scott Is under two
feet of water.
Other ranches in the district covered
by water are:
L. Young, 70 acres: M. Coter, 20
acres; T. Park, 30 acres; C Pragen, 87
acres; J. Coffman, 30 acres; Ceymon,
30 acres; L. Soyer, 30 acres; G. W.
Scott, 160 acres.
JOUET, 111., Jan. 2.—The westbound
Golden State Unified on the Rork In
land railroad Jumped the truck near
Minook, 111., early today and rolled
down a ten-foot em ban kment. No one
was killed and few hurt.
A cylinder head of th* locomotive
blew out, it Is said, throwing the rails
apart and upsetting the train, which was
running at about sixty miles an hour.
THE depositors of the Security Savings Bank and the
public generally are invited to give special attention
to the following figures and tables, showing the
steady and persistent growth of this, the oldest and largest
savings bank in the Southwest:
Total Resources January Ist, 1910 $27,097,631.97
Total Resources January Ist, 1909 $20,610,523.44
Increase During Past Year $6,487,108.53
Number of Open Accounts 54,921
Increase of Deposits During Past Year ..... $6,152,010.33
Interest Paid Depositors During Past Year $680,899.16
Comparative Statement Showing Growth of Security
Savings Bank During Past 20 Years
Jan. 1. Capital and Reserv.e Resources. Deposits. Depositors.
1891 $ 78,805.86 $ 548,598.34 $ 453,190.66 1,053
1893 120,711.14 967,689.96 846,978.82 2,297
1895 132,496.31 673,510.11 540,724.50 1,880
1897 143,514.37 1,028,062.14 884,315.87 2,551
1899 152,964.73 1,678,824.78 1,525,860.05 3,435
I^ol 166,943.91 2,455,091.09 2,288,147.18 5,211
1903 194,973.35 4,627,999.70 4,433,026.35 8,919
J905 567,705.85 10,769,390.64 . 10,201,684.79 15,668
1907 795,011.00 16,310,361.35 15,515,350.36 23,801
1QO q" . 1371,392.11 20,610,523.44 19,239,131.33 48,007
1910 (i' year) '.'.'.'.'.'.'.'..., 1,706,490.31 27,097,631.97 25,391,141.66 54,921
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