The viewpoint of a young man, full of energy and enthusiasm, is reflected in this excerpt from a letter written by Rutherford B. Hayes to his sister, Fanny Hayes Platt, on January 6, 1847:
"We have had a glorious
flood here. The water began to rise New Year's day and by the night
of the 2d [J.R.] Pease and myself could not get to our boarding house
dry shod. Sunday morning the 3d old 'Algiers' (the side of the River
in wh. I board) was afloat. I spent the whole afternoon building a raft
to get over to this (the 'Babylon') side to see the fun. In the afternoon
I and Pease got over. We chartered the finest boat in Lower [Sandusky]
in company with Sarah Bell's husband and went to getting out the women,
children, hogs, cows, and cats. In this way we spent part of Sunday
& all of Monday sailing all the way to our meals-over Pease's garden
fence and through the tops of apple trees beating Vermont snow drifts
all to death. It was royal sport … of course the damage was something-though
trifling in comparison to the losses of farms &c up about Tiffin
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