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History of the Johnstown Flood
works, contracts representing millions of dollars being involved in the prompt delivery of the steel and iron they manufacture.
Haws & Co.'s large brick kilns and cement works, along the bank of the river opposite the Cambria works started up on June 11th. They were on high ground and were uninjured by the flood, but had been suspended because all the workmen were either drowned or put out of condition for work by the flood. General Hastings personally urged all employers in the city to get their works going as soon as possible, in order to make the people as nearly as may be self-supporting.
The Pennsylvania Railroad re-opened its offices in its station on June 10th. The building had been used since the flood as a morgue and supply station. The telegraph office was moved from its ten-by-fifteen foot coal-shed, at the south end of the bridge, to more permanent quarters in the Cambria Iron Company's office near the railroad station. The ceiling of the office was smashed and covered with queer white spots upon a muddy background. The desks in the office all went sailing to the ceiling when the flood came, and smashed the plaster. Pictures were floated up against the ceiling, and being held fast there, kept the plaster under them white. The building was a very substantial one of brick, and was
30 Mar 2008
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