The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 293
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Family in a Tree-Top All Night-Rescue of the PerishingRailroad
Trains Hurrying Forward with ReliefAt
~Pathetic Scenes in the Desolate City.
AFTER suffering untold privations for over a week on Bolivar
peninsula, an isolated neck of land extending into Galveston
bay a few miles from the east end of Galveston island, the Rev.
L. P. Davis, wife and five young children reached Houston, farlished,
penniless and nearly naked, but overcome with amazement
and joy at their miraculous delivery from what seemed to them
Wind and water wrecked their home, annihilated their neighbors
and destroyed every particle of food for miles around, yet
they passed through the terrible days and nights raising their
voices above the shriek of the wind in singing hymns and in
prayer. And through it all not one member of the family was
injured to the extent of even a scratch.
When the hurricane struck the Rev. Mr. Davis' home at Patton
Beach the water rose so fast that it was pouring into the windows
before the members of the family realized their danger.
Rushing out Mr. Davis hitched his team and placing his wife and
children into a wagon started for a place of safety. Before they
had left his yard another family of refugees drove up to ask assistance,
only to be upset by the waves before his very eyes. With
difficulty the party was saved from drowning, and when safe in
the Davis wagon were half floated, half drawn by the team to a
With clotheslines Mr. Davis lashed his 12 and 14 year old
boys in a tree. One younger child he secured with the chain of
1his wagon, and lifting his wife into another tree he climbed beside
While the hurricane raged above and a sea of water dashed
wildly below, Mrs. Davis clung to her 6-month-old babe with one
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/351/: accessed March 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .