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 Maria Anna Kintz

Maria Anna Kintz

Birth
Death 31 May 1889 (aged 26)
Burial Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 100097406 · View Source
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FLOOD VICTIM.

Info provided by Virginia Sobotkin:
"KINZ, Maria Anna (John/Maria Anna Nitsch) b. 4/5/1863 bp. 4/6/1863 gp: Dietrich and Marg. Allstadt, Friar Thaddeus, Immaculate Conception, page 477, Volume IV, Catholic Vital records"

Johnstown Flood," 1889, Willis Fletcher Johnson, Edgewood Publishing Company. "The lad is about 16 years old and his name is Hessler. His story of the calamity is as follows:--"With my father I was spending the day at my grandfather's house in Cambria City. In the house at the time were Theodore, Edward, and John Kintz, John Kintz, Jr.; Miss Mary Kintz, Mrs. Mary Kintz, wife of John Kintz, Jr., Miss Treacy Kintz, Mrs. Rica Smith, John Hirsch and four children, my father, and myself. Shortly after five o'clock there was a noise of roaring waters and screams of people. We looked out the door and saw persons running. My father told us to never mind, as the waters would not rise further. But soon we saw houses swept by, and then we ran up to the floor above. The home was three stories, and we were at last forced to the top one. In my fright I jumped on the bed. It was on old fashioned one, with heavy posts. The water kept rising, and my bed was soon afloat. Gradually it was lifted up. The air in the room grew close, and the house was moving. Still the bed kept rising and pressed the ceiling. At last the posts pushed the plaster. It yielded, and a section of the roof gave way. Then I suddenly found myself on the roof and was being carried down stream. After a little this roof commenced to part, and I was afraid I was going to be drowned, but just then another house with a shingle roof floated by, and I managed to crawl on it and floated down until nearly dead with cold, when I was saved. After I was freed from the house I did not see my father. My grandfather was on a tree, but he must have been drowned, as the waters were rising fast. John Kintz, Jr., was also on a tree. Miss Mary Kintz and Mrs. Mary Kintz I saw drown. Miss Smith was also drowned. John Hirsch was in a tree, but the four children were drowned. The scenes were terrible. Live bodies and corpses were floating down with me and away from me. I would see a person shriek and then disappear. All along the line were people who were trying to save us, but they could no nothing, and only a few were caught."
Kintz, Catharine (Katie?), 19, and Kintz, Mrs. Mary, 26, [of] Cambria were received at the Morrellville Morgue and were laid near the railroad until identified. They were buried in St. Mary's Cemetery (Lower Yoder). A Mary Kintz was found at the Millville Borough Morgue, at the schoolhouse. John Kintz of Cambria was found at Nineveh on the Indiana side. Theresa Kintz, 19, was listed as missing (published in the Johnstown Tribune on July 31, 1890).


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  • Maintained by: Virginia Sobotkin
  • Originally Created by: Lori
  • Added: 3 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100097406
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maria Anna Kintz (5 Apr 1863–31 May 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100097406, citing Saint Mary's Cemetery, Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Virginia Sobotkin (contributor 47297021) .