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In Years Past

October 3, 2011
The Post-Journal

In 1911, relief work revealed no new horrors and Austin, Pa., believed that it knew the worst of the calamity that overwhelmed it on Saturday afternoon when the waters of the broken Bayless Dam swept the valley. The number of known dead stood at 32, while the hastily counted census showed 54 still missing. Great inroads had been made into the mass of tangled debris. A steam log roller at work along the tracks of the Buffalo & Susquehanna railroad, whose tracks lay in the middle of the wreckage, picked up and tossed aside whole buildings. Beneath one of the buildings three bodies were found. They were those of a mother an infant and a child about 5 years of age. The children were found clasped in the mother's arms.

 
 
 

 

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