Tippecanoe County and the 1913 Flood

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Heralding the coming spring, the weather forecast promised a warm and sunny Easter in 1913. Little did the citizens of Tippecanoe County realize that a furious deluge would cause the Wabash River to swell to an ungovernable and lethal height. Bridges collapsed, whole buildings came unmoored from their foundations and washed away and heroic rescue attempts saved lives and cost others. Using previously untold stories and images never before seen in print, Pete Bill and Arnold Sweet unfold the human drama of communities suddenly cut off from the rest of the world and facing a natural disaster that gripped twenty states.
ISBN: 9781467147583
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Indiana
Series: Disaster
Images: 147
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Dr. Pete Bill is a retired professor from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine and an amateur historian of Tippecanoe County and Purdue University history. He has amassed an extensive collection of rare and unusual artifacts from the local community, which he shares with the local historical association and the Purdue University archives. He frequently lectures on topics related to interesting historical characters and events related to Tippecanoe County, including portrayals of the local Pulitzer Prize–winning illustrator John T. McCutcheon. Dr. Bill currently serves as president of the board of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. Dr. Arnold Sweet is a retired professor from the Purdue University School of Industrial Engineering. He and his family moved to West Lafayette, Indiana, in 1960, when he received a Ford Foundation Fellowship that enabled him to start working on his doctorate degree. He had always been a “collector,” and he started to collect postcards from Tippecanoe County. He joined the Indianapolis Postcard Club in 1975, and they have greatly helped him in growing his collection. He has given lectures using his collection at meetings of the Wabash Area Lifetime Learning Association. He is a member of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. He also volunteers at book sales at the Tippecanoe Library in Lafayette.
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