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had gotten my grandparents, Corney and Caroline Lorow, from their house two houses down from the creek, and
brought them up to our house. I remember my brother Scott, who was only 13 then, being so excited when he
watched the water rise in the creek, and all I could think of was my grandparents worrying that they would lose
everything they had because they were sure the flood would take out their house. Fortunately the floodwaters di-
verted around their house and there was minimal damage. There were tragedies during the Flood of `72, but this is
the distinctive memory I have of the flood."
A couple of days later, Kelly posts this remembrance: "I remember the 1972 flood vividly. I was in Mrs.
Eloise Baker's 3
grade. We had gone to my brother's little league game at the field next to Jefferds house. The
next morning my uncle Dale (Lorow) knocked on the door and said, `There's been a flood! Pack your things and
I'll be back to get you.' My mother thought it was a joke at first... Uncle Dale the consummate joker. We lived on
Angelica Street next to Doug and Doris Montgomery in the house owned by Bill Snyder. (Montgomery's have a
garage there where the house was). We got on our clothes and made our way down Angelica Street with our
neighbor, Bernice Kaple Harman. I had never seen anything like it! A river flowing down Main Street Almond!! It
was really neat to a kid who was 9 years old of course but not to all the people who lost so much. We waited out
the flood at Uncle Dale's house with his family and my grandparents. After the flood, the kids all talked about it
like it was a neat adventure.. where everyone stayed.. what we did. Now as an adult I'm sure that it must have been
very traumatic for so many people. The Ide family that lost Johnny and Amy, losing valued possessions and seeing
their homes full of water and mud."
Also contributing was Milford Gridley, a former resident of Almond, remembers the Flood of 1935: "I
was living with my Aunt May Hosley and was visiting relatives in Shortsville NY. and came home to have a cellar
full of mud. I remember a boy named Bob Denine, that lived with Murphys on a farm across from the cemetery,
came and shoveled mud out of the cellar. I was told that the water came down Main St. and a boat had to come and
pick up our neighbor Mrs. Hubbart. Another thing I remember was hitchhiking to Hornell to the movies Saturday
and going to Havens model airplane shop and buying model airplanes and hitchhiking back home to Almond. I
would not recommend it today. Another thing I remember was going and picking sweet corn from somebody's
corn field and building a fire and cooking it with the husks on, boy it was sure good. Also playing baseball in
Ranger's cow pasture: Boys in town against the farm boys."
Why don't you check out our website, sign the guestbook, and leave a message?
From the AHS Website Message Board..
Almond Historical Society Newsletter
We Hear From Our Members--New Life Members!...
Harry Hurd, a lifelong resident of Almond whose family has owned a horse farm on the Karr Valley Road for
several generations, became a life member at the Strawberry Festival. Thank you, Harry, for your kind words, and
for your interest in AHS!
Diane Michell, one of our newest members who "found" considerable information about her ancestors via the
AHS website, e-mailed us about her great-grandfather, Elmer D. McIntosh. She was able to secure additional fam-
ily information from webmaster Kelly Taft Krause, who provided Elmer D.'s father's Civil War pension file, and
from another website visitor who provided her with a family photo and additional family information. Diane, who
also discovered cousins in the area, spoke via phone with Lona McIntosh, learning more about the Almond con-
Betty Ranger Lemen, whose father, Frank, owned the Ranger farm displaced by the flood project, wrote a long
letter of thoughts, memories and detail clarification on various homes and families in the neighborhood. She also
mentioned the herds of horses that Thachers imported from the west, which passersby could watch grazing in the
"big pasture near the barns" along the Hornell-Almond Road.
Ellen Shults reminded us that it was Bill Ninos, and not John Ninos, who owned the Beacon Inn.
Gift Ideas Christmas is Coming!...
GIFT IDEAS: Two Items for Sale with Profits Going to Almond Historical Society:
BEERS HISTORY OF ALLEGANY COUNTY: Beers History of Allegany County, 1806-1879, in-
cluding an alphabetical index on CD in PDF format, is available for sale at $13.50 from Dick Baker, 376
Karr Valley Road, Almond, NY 14804
AHS NOTEBOOKS: Lee Ryan has a few notebooks left, including more than 30 photos of "old" Al-
mond, a beautiful full color cover photo of Hagadorn House, as well as room for past issues of the AHS
newsletter. Cost of notebooks is $13.00 plus $3.95 shipping and handling, with orders to be placed with
Lee A. Ryan, PO Box 236, Almond, New York 14804.