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A Disastrous Honeymoon August 13, 2006

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On May 31, 1889, a neglected dam and a phenomenal storm led to a catastrophe– one of the worst disasters in our Nation’s history–in which 2,209 people died and thousands more were injured. There was no larger news story in the latter nineteenth century after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The story of the Johnstown Flood has everything to interest the modern mind: a wealthy resort, an intense storm, an unfortunate failure of a dam, the destruction of a working class city, and an inspiring relief effort. It’s a story of great tragedy, but also of triumphant recovery.  - National Park Service: Johnstown Flood

 One year later, Phillip Arthur Watkins and Annie Dinsmore McFiggen Watkins spent their honeymoon surveying the damage.


Johnstown Flood Damage  

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Ruth Rodkey’s Scrapbook August 7, 2006

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Grandma Ruth let me borrow the photo album that Grandma Rodkey assembled when she and Jay celebrated their 50th anniversary.  It has photos of their family as children and their family together.  

 Here are my favorite portraits:

John Rodkey

Bush / Rodkey family portrait

Art Bush, Twins Hilda & Wilda (left & far right), Zelda next to mother Anna May, Leonard, Wendell & Jay 

Sarah, Anna May, Leonard, & Leonard Jr.

Grandma Sarah Rachel Bish-Williams-Rodkey, Leonard, Leonard Jr., and Anna May



View All of the Photos from Grandma Rodkey’s Scrapbook Here.  Please have patience while the page loads–there are a lot of photos.  To navigate: click a photo and use the arrow keys to view neighboring photos.

(The photos have also been uploaded to my yahoo photo album.)

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