By the third day of The Great Dayton Flood — 100 years ago today — the NCR factory had been transformed into a massive relief center, turning out 1,000 loaves of bread, hundreds of gallons of soup and nearly 300 flat-bottomed rescue boats.
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In her own words
Dayton librarian Minnie Althoff wrote about the third day of being stranded at the downtown library: “All night the fire raged; morning came, and still no boats could get in. About 10 o’clock, two men, one in uniform, were seen slowly and cautiously working their way in a boat east on Second Street to the canal. At the bridge, their boat struck a railing and disappeared, while the white, frightened faces of the men could be seen turned upward. One swam, the other sank.
“Three weeks later to the day, while working over the books in the gallery, we noticed a great commotion on the bridge. The body of the soldier — a mere boy, it seemed — was taken from the water where he had disappeared from our sight.”
Follow the series: 100 years after the Great Dayton Flood
Sunday: An overview of the causes and events surrounding the historic flood.
Monday: The Dayton Daily News follows the events of March 25 through the written accounts of survivors, including the story of 104-year-old Margaret Kender, now living in Florida.
Tuesday: Flood survivors face new dangers as gas explosions rock the city.
Today: Survivors remain stranded in their attics and on their rooftops, not knowing when rescue might come. Snowfall is a blessing because it extinguishes fires throughout the city.
Thursday: The water starts to recede and some victims are able to leave their homes and begin the massive task of rebuilding.
To learn more about the flood:
Watch WHIO-TV chief meteorologist Jamie Simpson and reporter Jim Otte’s special report on the Great Dayton Flood of 1913 at http://youtu.be/rFYH9xINZ_Y