The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 506
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506 GREAT STORMS AND VAST DESTRUCTION.
To have saved and then to have lost is if anything harder
to bear than to have lost at first. It was thus with Mr. William
H. Irvin, who succeeded in saving his wife and all but one of his
children from the death which the elements were so anxious to
administer, but afterwards lost his wife, who
succumbed to the
injuries she received that night.
The story of Irvin and his family's escape is like those of
others who succeeded in getting out alive. It is simply marvelous,
and their coming out with their lives can only be credited to
that supreme power which is even mightier than the winds and sea.
While he did all that any human could ill saving his loved ones,
yet his efforts were naught in that mighty battle of the elements.
GREAT DARING SHOWN.
In point of detail his story corresponds with the many others
that are told of that night, but it is one of great daring also, one
in which quick action and a trust in Divine Providence played an
important part. Irvin was living with his happy,family in a
little story and a half cottage near the corner of Nineteenth
street and Avenue 02 before the storm, but now all of that
happy home is gone, and two of that happy family are no
It was early in the afternoon that the water began rising
out there, but it was not until later, when all chance of getting
out and coming to town to a place of safety was gone, did they
become frightened. The house, though small was strongly built,
and it was this that caused several of the neighbors who were
living in frail houses to come to the Irvin home for refuge. They
were Mrs. Crowley, two sons and a daughter, and Miss Aldridge.
Along in the afternoon they became thoroughly frightened by
the waters, which were rapidly risiFg, and the wind which was
increasing in velocity every minute.
And well they might, for at that time the house was beginning
to groan under the fierce onslaughts of the wind and the water.
They stayed downstairs until the water had creeped up into the
house, coming up and up until it drove them to the stairs. Then
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/564/: accessed February 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .