The History of Hardeman County, Texas Page: 73
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Oldtimers recall that on June 4, 1891, occurred the
"June flood." This was a cloud-burst lasting for
hours. Fourteen inches of rain fell in the first
four hours of the storm. The water ran knee deeD on
Johnson street. All bridges were washed out and
great damage was done to t e wheat crop which was
then ready for harvesting.
The rain fell over an area between Chillicothe in Harde-
man County to Kirkland in Childress County. The creeks and
rivers rose to unbelievable heights and for several days
Quanah was surrounded by sizable lakes.
This sounds like exaggeration, still when we add that
a man came very near drowning in front of the Quanah
Hotel, and that the band house on Mercer street was
washed away and the band instruments scattered all
over the country, the bass drum being found two days
afterwards in a treean Groesbeck creek, it seems some
water fell within a short time.5
This deluge of water was the worst of its kind in the
history of Hardeman County. No rain has fallen in such
amounts since this flood in 1891.
In 1890 and 1891 Quanah was in the midst of a building
program, largely due to the advent of the railroad a few
years previous, and to the moving of the county seat from
Margaret. All this building activity and most business en-
terprises came to a temporary halt because of a ravaging
fire which occurred early in the morning August 28, 1891.
The Quanah Tribune tells the story thus:
4Lardeman County, Agricultural and Industrial Edition,
5 anah Tribne-Cie, August 26, 1938, P. 8.
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Jones, J. Paul. The History of Hardeman County, Texas, thesis, August 1949; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc699591/m1/77/?q=Chillicothe%20fire:: accessed October 4, 2022), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .