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New London Flood around 1922 or 1924?

New London Flood around 1922 or 1924?

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 12:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Hickey, Rollo, Becker, McDermott
The photos my grandmother (Ella Becker McDermott) saved contain some pictures of a flood. On the back is "N.L. Flood" and I believe they're dated 1922 or 1924 - possibly August.

I tried searching on the Internet for "1924 flood New London" but haven't found much. Was there a flood, or does "N.L." stand for something else? Are the photos even of the same event? There is a chance that there were two, one in New London and one in North Fond du Lac - I'm not certain.

The photo attached is of the Exchange Billiard Room and Bowling Alley. Above the door it says "J C Hickey" - which I *just now* noticed and who was married to my great-grand aunt Marie Rollo. Does anyone know of this building, does it still exist and was it in New London?
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Re: New London Flood around 1922 or 1924?

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 11:00AM GMT
Classification: Query
New London is in Waupaca County. In the pic, the brick building on the right is the theater. The next 2 buildings burned down in the 60's.

Re: New London Flood around 1922 or 1924?

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 9:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 10 Sep 2012 9:23PM GMT
>>New London is in Waupaca County<<

yes, and is also in Outagamie Country. See a map for the line of delineation.

The issue of the Wolf River and flooding in the spring time was discussed intensely in the early 1920's. If you can access the Appleton Post Crescent on-line (ACOM and newspaperarchive), there's an front page article on a flood in New London, 10 Apr 1922.

Re: New London Flood around 1922 or 1924?

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 10:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
You are correct. Division St divides. :) The flood, as was in the late 60's or early 70's, was on the Waupaca side

Re: New London Flood around 1922 or 1924?

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 5:03AM GMT
Classification: Query
New London has high waters every spring but I never heard of it getting that high, apparently it did. I think it's the wolf river which isn't that wide but strong currents flow and is mainly a good fishing river. There is a lot of low land there and the river bank is almost the same level with the land. There is still a lot of the older buildings still standing and I would be willing to copy your photo and go up there and take a look.

Re: New London Flood around 1922 or 1924?

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 12:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks. Does New London have a historical society? I wonder if I could take the photos up there and get some help "officially" identifying them.

Re: New London Flood around 1922 or 1924?

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 10:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
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