May 1942 Flooding

“We are all down on the bridge.” Caption and photo by Irwin Briggs.
The 1942 flood at John the barber’s house, past the Spring House. Photo of Irwin Briggs.
Flooding on the Delaware River in front of the Barryville Methodist Church. Photo by Irwin Briggs.

Monday, May 18, 1942, Aida Austin was disappointed she could not get her cracked wheat bread at the A&P. She stopped in at Andrew Parker’s for a paper and saw Bertha Sullivan and her sister.

When Aida was at Randolph’s on Tuesday, she and Marge Parker had a long talk about the war.

Thursday brought quite the thunderstorm and flood along the Delaware River. Anna Leavenworth in Islip was relieved to talk to her sister Christina Hirsch in the evening and find out she was OK.

The paper on Saturday, May 23, reported terrible flooding in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, where Carl and Annie Walters and their son died in a flash flood. Annie Walters was a sister to both Bill Meyers Sr. and Joe Meyer.—From the upcoming Farewell to Eldred book.

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2 Responses to May 1942 Flooding

  1. Pat Gebhardt says:

    Carl Walters, Annie (Meyer) Walters and their one son actually died in the May 1942 flood in Hawley, Pa. Their house was torn from its foundation.

    Their two remaining sons were found alive clinging to a tree. Annie was actually a relative of mine. She was one of my great grandmother’s sisters. My great grandmother was Mary (Meyer) Sommer. Their parents were Christian Meyer and Magdalena (Hohmann) Meyer who both immigrated from Germany. If anyone has info on Christian and Magdalena I’d appreciate hearing from you. Thanks.

    Hello Pat, Thank you for the corrected location. Are you aware that Annie’s siblings William and Joseph were part of the story in Book 3: Farewell to Eldred? I have some information on Christian and Magdelena given to me by relatives of Annie’s siblings. Thank you for stopping by.—Louise

  2. Louise says:

    Recently Robin commented on the photo of her great-uncle John Traver.

    I sent Robin the photo of the 1942 flood (above) at John the barber’s house, in hopes of some identification of people, who I have long wondered who they were.

    Robin and her mother identified the people as the following (though they were not absolutely sure):

    The couple on the far left (the man is wearing a hat) are my great-grandparents Chris and Anna Swendsen Jensen. The couple in front (holding the young boy) are my grandparents Arthur and Maude Martin Jensen.

    The boy is probably John Traver Jr. My mother, who would have been almost 14 at the time, may be one of the people standing in the back.

    A special thank you to Robin and her mother!

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