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Histories:  Trempealeau Co. Historical Accounts:

"Trempealeau County" by Clarence J. Gamroth: 

Volume 1A:
 

Miscellaneous:  A Spring Flood
 

by Eveyln Saverenske, from Mike Lyga, 1947

In the Spring of 1874, there was a great flood in Independence.  It passed under the railroad bridge near Frank Woychik's farm, east of Independence where George Woychik now lives.  Three men got on the bridge to watch the water.  Great pieces of ice hit the bridge hard enough to tip it half over.  The young men held on for their lives while the water continued to rise until they were in the water up to their knees.  The weather turned cold and the water froze. 

It turned dark and as no help came, the young men spent the night on the bridge.  Their legs were amputated as they were beyond saving.

 


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