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THE EVENING STATESMAN.
Peopie Needs Help in Burying
eir Dead —Issue an Appeal
via lon<». June 16. —The
f (tregon and many cities
• oi the northwest are
3 to stricken Heppner.
railway tracks and bridges are
ravines are flooded, mak
e difficult. The numUer
,v placed at 300. Relief
- at lone, from which,
akers are leaving for the
i)odies so far recovered
Heppner is almost en
shed Portions of houses,
: dead bodies encumber
ti : streets. There was
at Lexington, although
~ rty '..image is heavy.
burying the dead are
c willing hands are idle.
, ao way of getting into the
by wagon or on horse
rails on the railroad were
* , rop< s. Bvery available
n pressed into service to
and supplies into the
riot 1 rom the relief trains
junction, 45 miles away.
June Pi. —Thirteen famil
s at Lexington as the
flood. They have been
a - hool house since Sun
n ■ s. orchards and farms
\a y in a twinkling. One
lings that escaped de
li ppner was the Palace
a is on high ground where
oi pi ople went co escape
i : water. Debris was
high in the streets of
Lcxinston. Workers at :! this morn
vered 1- bodies. The force
va= showne by the fact
; if a woman was carried
rim Heppner to Lex
s. When the pile of
n Heppner it was
ks away lodging
list church. A cour
' le] says it will take
a two iv< ks to clear away the
.<■ •• and recover all the bodies.
An Appeal for Help.
( Poi md June 16. —The first press
• latcfa it of Heppner came by a
courier ria [one. Rev. C. H. Lake
laj and all night saying bur
al -• rvic< s over the dead as they were
away in crude coffins. The sur
• have been working since the
master in uncovering the bodies,
were fainting with exhaustion
the first outside relief party ar
this statement to - he outside
'We need men and tools to bury
■■■ ad. Th< d ad must be buried
■ as fas as possible. It will be
1■ i ire the town resumes a
•••••an. c of i s normal condition."
- tl •• ; ■ nun has been late in
k; out, Heppner suffered a severe
st Thursday. A heavy black
ke almost directly over the
mil the ground was inundated.
•'• iter up.);, the platform of the
as IS inches deep. This dis
ol communication and
l)< en out in the cold ever
N HABITANT OF TOWN
IN TERROR TO THE
-. June it,.—For over ♦
last night not a living ♦
in lone. A fearful elec- ♦
torm broke over the viL ♦
30 and the inhabitants ♦
" • hills, fearing a re pet i- ♦
Sunday night's catastro- ♦
- emed that all pent-up ♦
'token loose and death ♦
ion every side. Four, five ♦
'• streaks of lightning were ♦
- at once. Water in tor- ♦
•II on unprotected women ♦
' n, while the fiery fluid ♦
tattoo on the high peaks ♦
alt to the north, south and ♦
Every gully was a rushing ♦
■ ; in a few seconds. The ♦
•:s of the town were covered ♦
water, and within a few ♦
• s of the mark of the flood ♦
* 15 'i-day night. ♦
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TOWN OF HEPPNER IS A SCENE OF DESOLATE HORROR
Hundreds of Dead, Victims of Sunday's Calamity, Have Been Recovered From the
Piled Up Debris and Buried.
TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION OPENED LP WITH THE STRICKEN TOWN EARLY THISfFORENOON
First Estimate of the Dead It Is Believed Will Fall Short. A Thousand Searchers Are at Work. Humid
Temperature Makes Immediate Burial of Victims Imperative. Provisions Are
Running Short. Relief Parties Arrive.
DIRECT COMMUNICATION WAS OPENED UP WITH HEPPNER THIS MORNING FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE SUNDAY NIGHT'S
AWFUL FLOOD. WHICH PRACTICALLY WIPED OUT TWO-THIRDS OF THE ENTIRE TOWN AND CAUSED A LOSS OF LIFE ESTIMAT
ED AT THIS TIME TO EXCEED 400. THE FIRST REPORTS SENT OUT YESTERDAY BY COURIERS GAVE THE ESTIMATED LOSS AT
350, BUT A THOUSAND SEARCHERS ARE BRINGING IN BODIES FROM OUTLYING DISTRICTS EVERY FEW MINUTES. UP TO NOON
TODAY 225 BODIES HAD BEEN RECOVERED. BUT THE LIST OF MISSING IS STILL GROWING AND IT IS FEARED THE DEAD WILL
NUMBER 400. THE TOWN PRESENTS A DESOLATE SCENE. EVERY WOODEN BUILDING WAS PRACTICALLY SWEPT AWAY AND THE
STREETS ARE PiLED HIGH WITH DEBRIS OF ALL DESCRIPTIONS. SEARCHING FOR BODIES IS NECESSARILY SLOW OWING TO
THE LARGE AMOUNT OF DEBRIS IT IS FOUND NECESSARY TO REMOVE. PROVISIONS ARE RUNNING LOW AND IT IS FEARED IF
RAILROAD COMMUNICATION IS NOT SOON ESTABLISHED THE SURVIVORS WILL SUFFER FOR FOOD. YESTERDAY TURNED OFF
HOT AND IT WAS FOUND NECESSARY TO BURY THE DEAD AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. FUNERALS WERE HELD EVERY HALF HOUR.
THE FORMALITY OF CHRISTIAN SERVICE WAS DISPENSED WITH IN MANY INSTANCES.
The following is a list of Heppner's
chad as far as obtainable at the time
of going to press this afternoon:
('HAS. MACLAREY'S child of Pen
LOY EST ESS.
.MRS. CLYDE WELLS.
ANDREW PETERSON, of Hillsboro
.1. J. HARRIS.
MRS. N. DAVIS.
MRS. ELIZA WILLS and daughter.
Family of GEORGE S WACO ART.
15. JAMES, wife and daughter.
J. L. AVERS.
T. W. AVERS.
MRS. PEACH HYND
MRS. GUY BOYD.
FISHER, of Spray.
MRS. C. L. ANDREWS and children.
DR. B. F. VAUGHN apd wife.
JOHN STEER, of Portland.
W. A. PETERSON.
W COO LEY.
ASSESSOR W. L. S A LING and wife.
Three Japanese, seven Chinese.
GEO. KENTZLEY and wife.
MRS. (). G. BOYD and children.
A. S. WELLS.
MRS. CLYDE WELLS.
MPvS. CURTIS and c hild.
MPS. NORA ADKINS.
Baby of J. K. Carr.
MRS. DAVID HAMILTON ami two
MR. ami MRS. JAMES JONES and
HARRY HANDI.EY and wife.
Mother anil one child.
PERT HA FRISTOW.
MRS. LUM RHEA.
JAMES WILLIS and children.
WILLIAM DAWSON and wile.
MRS. THOMAS MATLOCK.
J. S. HOCKET and two children.
Son of William Ayres.
W W. Allen, wife and daughter.
MRS. JAMES JONES.
A. C. GEIGER.
PERCY DAWSON, baby and two)
MRS NORA FLORENCE.
MRS ADA CURTIS and baby.
MRS C E. REDFIELD.
STATION AGENT KERNAN and
* VASHITA ANDREWS.
PEARL JONES and family.
JAMES WILLIS. .
FRED KRUG wife and four children
MR. and MRS. DAWSON and lour
T. HOWARD, wife and three daugh
m pride family of six.
HARRIAMAN. wife and father, ot
LISPIT and child.
ABE WELLS and wife.
MRS. ED ASHBAUGH and six chil
WALLA WALLA, WASHINGTON. THE EVENING STATESMAN, TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 1903.
GEORGE THORTON and wit,- and
MRS. KEITH LV and grandson.
MR. and MRS. GUNN.
MAUDE LEFFLER and mother.
MR. and Mrs. LONG and five chil
M AUDE KEITH LV.
MRS. ROBERT HYND ami two chil
FRED OX LEY.
ALICE BOY LI'S.
WILBUR HEARD and family.
ED ROOT and wife and baby.
PRES LOON FY.
R. C. HART and wile.
In addition to the foregoing list of
known dead are 20 babies and strang
ers that were not identified. The list
includes all the bodies buried as a
register was kept.
Three babies have been found whose
parents are lost and identification
has so far been impossible.
Families are broken to pieces.
Father alone remains, or a wife or a
son or a daughter. But the most hor
rible of ail the number of children
STRICKEN CITY INDEED.
List of Missing Steadiy Grows and
Fears Are Entertained That
400 Ar e Dead.
Heppner, Or.. June 16.—11 a. m. —
Special to tiie Statesman by long dist
Heppner is indeed a stricken city.
Such a desolate scene as the wrecked
town presents is SO fearful that the
survivors of Sunday night's awful
calamity hardly yet realize the terri
ble disaster which has overtaken the
Fp to 1! o'clock this morning 225
bodies hail been recovered but the
list of missing is still growing at an
alarming rate and it is feared the dead
will number 400. Yesterday turned
off hot and sultry and it was found
necessary to bury the dead as fast as
possible. Of caskets there are none
and many a loved one has been buried
in a plain pine box without the for
mality of a Christian burial service.
That such a calamity should overtake
the town is beyond realization. Such
scenes of terrible grief as have been
v " on all c idos are too awful to de
scribe. Children left homeless: par
ents wita children among the dead:
fr: rrds with loved ones cone can
hardly endure the agony of the mo
ment and are crying aloud to their
maker at the injustice of it all.
Heppner faces a situation more
acute than at any time since Sunday
nisht. Food is running short and the
railroads can give no definite time
the stricken inhabitants may expect
relief from This source. During the
awful flood much of the food supplies
were submerged and rendered worth
less or else carried away altogether
and another day without relief from
The outside will see much suffering
from this source. The roadbed is
washed out between here and lone
and iT is feared The work of repair will
not lie completed for a week. A re
port leached here this morning that
wrecking trains with material had ar
rived at lone and commenced the re
pair of the track, working this way.
The only way to reach the outside is
by horse and wagon, and this is slow
owing to washed out wagon roads.
Telephone communication with Hie
outside world was established early
Hundreds of People Flocking to the
Scene of the Disaster.
A relief party from The Dalles com
posed of 20 Elks, six Eagles, five doc
tors, and six trained nurses arrived
late last night and a carload of pro
visions and addtional supplies are at
lone. 20 miles away. The serious
question of transporting the supplies
faces the relief party, but wagons ami
teams will be put on the road immedi
ately. The Pendleton relief party
composed of six members arrived at
8 o'clock last night having traveled
to Echo by train and thence across
country horseback and in rigs. Hun
dreds of people from distances within
50 miles of the town are constantly
arriving and assisting in the search
and offering what assistance they can.
Owing to the general confusion it is
a hard matter to provide for the vis
itors, ami many slept in the court
house last night or any place it was
possible to stretch a bed.
FIRST NEWSPAPER MAN IN.
E. P. Dodd Rode 60 Miles to 111-fated
City From Pendleton.
Pendleton. June 16. —E. P. Dodd of
the Pendleton Tribune, the first news
paper man to reach the scene, gives
the following description of the ap
pearance of the town:
I rode horseback 40 miles to Hepp
ner and then 2<i miles to lone. Was
the first newspaper reporter on the
seen for several hours and the only
one to secure authentic list of names.
Heppner is in a terrible condition.
Court street 0 n the bank of the stream
is swept as clean as a gravel bar from
end to end. Not even the foundations
of a long line of beautiful residences
are left. All the Ayers home and the
Matlocks, Wells. Keithly and Kelly
are as if they had never been.
Every business house except the
hotel. Fair store and Odd Fellows' hall
and along the side of the street on
which the bank stands are wrecks.
A large building is jammed into the
drug store and several other structures
are in the middle of the street. Resi
dences are turned over or torn to
Mud. slime and misery everywhere.
The water was 15 feet high in Hepp
ner's streets and rose over the new
court house wall. It came down Palm
fork chiefly but was a torrent on all
hillsides. Enormous piles of rock and
gravel have washed down the can
yons for five miles up on the Butter
The flood came almost instantly
and lasted one hour. The people
thought it was only a repetition of tin*
cloud burst of a few days ago and
were not alarmed until it was too late.
Houses were surrounded by the rag
ing torrents which sucked everything
movable into their twisting eddies and
escape was impossible.
According to a reliable newspaper
authority at Pendleton Mr. Colin V.
Dyment, the Union's correspondent
was at the Western Union office in
tiiat city at '>:'■'>" last night sending
his Heppner story to the Union. He
did not leave for Heppner until this
DIDN'T TAKE ADVICE.
Dr. McSwords and John Ayers Lost
Their Lives by Peculiar Cir
An early morning dispatch to the
Pendleton Tribune says:
The death of Dr. McSwords and
John Avers was one of the many pe
culiar circumstances connected with
the flood. Had they hut taken the ad
vice of Mrs. George Conser they
would have escaped.
Mr. and Mrs. Const r and Dr. Me-
Swords and Mr. Avers were sitting
in the front yard watching the storm
on the mountains. They were enjoy
ing the sight and the cool of the eve
ning when Mrs. Conser saw the Hood
and storm coming. She spoke to the
gentlemen saying that they had bet
ter retire to the house to be out of
danger as she feared the river would
rise. To this Dr. McSwords and Mr.
Avers paid but little heed saying they
would remain where they were for a
time at least. Mr. and Mrs. Conser
retired to the house and started up
stairs to witness the storm from an
upper window. They left Mr. Avers
and the doctor sitting outside. That
was the last ever seen of the two men
alive. Before Mr. and Mrs. Conser
could gain the up stairs window the
flood had struck the house and it was
whirling on the crest. Mr. Avers and
the doctor were caught in the waters
The O. R. & X. depot at this is
still standing. Was not moved from
its foundation, but Agent Kernan and
his wife are among the dead, while
the two children are safe in the care
of friends. The attempt to reach high
er ground resulted in the death of Mr.
and Mrs. Kernan.
George Conser and wife remained in
their house while it floated down the
canyon half a mile. G. W. Phelps and
family stayed in the second story of
their home which was the only one for
blocks around that was not moved.
WAS BEAUTIFUL LITTLE CITY.
County Seat of Morrow County it En
joyed a Population of 1250 and
Heppner is the county seat of Mor
row county. Both town and county
are new and growing. The population
of the town was 1250 in 1902; and
there were five churches, a publio
school employing eight teachers, two
live newspapers, the Gazette and
Times. It had Bplendid waterworks
and electric light systems; a National
bank carrying $500,000 <>f de|>osits;
two hotels, one of them costing $40,-
--000; two restaurants, four wholesale
and retail general merchandise bouses,
three grocery stores, three drug
stores, on.' hardware store, two furni
ture stores, one agricultural imple
ment house, two saddlery and two
Jewelry stores, four blacksmith shops,
three livery stables a planing mill,
two large grain am! wool warehouses,
a cold storage plant and seven sa
loons. It had a (louring mill that op
erated day and night, with a capacity
of 7.". barrels of high grade flour a day.
The Heppner Mining company is de
veloping the Mayflower group of
mines, in trie Susanville district, with
tin,- gold prospects. The surrounding
country, though as yet thinly settled,
is rich in all agricultural and pastoral
resources. With a total population of
but 4151. the county last year pro
luced I.one.into bushels of wheat,
worth $450,000, or more than $100
a piece for . very man. woman and
child oi its limits. The great prize,
apple at tiie Chicago exposition grew
:;n Rock creek, in Morrow county.
Heppner handled 5,500,000 pounds of
wool last year, and was the trading
point lor large sections of Morrow.
Grant. Crook, Wheel..,-. Gilliam and
Malheur counties. It was one of the
most prosperous Town- in the North
Sad Incidents in Walla Walla.
Among tli*- dead at H< ppner ar<3
Louis Kinney and two children.
Charles Kinney, a son. is lying at the
Walla Walla hospital with a t'raetured
leg sustained a few days ago on a
hay ranch west of Waila Walla and
his mother, who has been visiting him
at the hospital, is on her way to her
home. The news of the flood was
communicated to the two yesterday
and Mrs. Kinney left yesterday eve
ning in ignorance of the terrible loss
she has suffered. The news of the
death of his father and brothers was
a terrible shock to the young man.
Worried over the probable fate of
his fa'lor and mother. Mr. and Mrs.
A T. Warren. R. H Warren, a son
who has been in Walla Walla two
days. left the city early this morning
for Heppner. He did not wait for a
train hut took the shortest cut through
the mountains with a team. He ex
pect, d to arrive there late this eve
ning. Mr. Warren's parents reside
several miles from Heppner. hut they
had contemplate d visiting the devas
tated city Sunday to do some trading.
Ip to the time of departure he had
not received any word from his par
LOCATION WAS BAD.
Town Built in a Narrow Valley Where
Floods Could Sweep Down
Heppner was a thriving, hustling
little city of approximately 1500 souls
Its location is most unfortunately ad*
vantageous for the destructive force
of su< li a Hood as was poured upon it.
The town is built on the banks of
Willow creek, in the neighborhood of
the converging point of four other
mountain streams that drain a large
area of rolling and hilly country that
reaches from three to -" miles to th-3
foothills, and along the course of Wil
low ci - efc itself for a distance of 25
miles to the base of the Blue moun
Willow creek and its confluents
have a general northerly course. To
the west ami the east of the town,
running southwest and southeast re
spectively until they empty into Wil
low creek, are two deep gulches,
which run back some three miles
among tiie foothills, as they narrow
to form the valley in which the town
has nestled in peace for so many
years. Flowing almost directly south
to 'he Willow, and joining but a half
mile or so above the town, is Bairn
creek, which drains in its course to
the foothills, for a distance of 15
miles, a wide region of hilly country;
next east comes the main
of Willow creek, with an immense
area of drainage that extends north
east for a distance of 25 miles to the
Blue mountains. Farther east yet,
some four miles or such a matter, is
Hinton creek, that runs practically
parallel with Willow creek for a dis
tance of 2" miles, having its rise in
the foothills, and entering into the
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