Ossman, an undertaker, who explored the flood district in a rowboat.
He said this report was made to him
by a man who said he had been able to reach the building and look through the windows.
Police who sought to confirm the story were unable to reach the church because of the current.
Ossman said nineteen bodies had been taken to his undertaking rooms and that
he has been asked to be prepared to care for sixty-nine other bodies. He said he counted
fully two hundred bodies in wreckage on West Park Avenue.
Members of searching parties who were able to explore the west side of the city,
south of Broad Street, for the first time reported that that section was a scene of vast desolation for a great area, much
of it being still under water*
The names of more than a half hundred persons were placed
under the caption "known dead,"
while the list of probable dead was too great to be collated at that time. The number of missing and unaccounted for, it was
said, would reach far into the hundreds.
An Associated Press operator, who was marooned for hours
in the flood after it broke
early Tuesday, reached the Columbus office Thursday after having traveled by a circuitous route covering more than forty-five
miles in order to get into the main portion of the city.
He saw more than a score of bodies washed through the flood, and said that house
after house was carried away in the flood. Many of the small frame cottages were wrenched to pieces by the currents and their
occupants thrown into the water to be seen no more.
It was believed that many bodies would be found at the Sandusky Street bridge
or lodged against such part of it as was left in the river at that point. Further exploration of that part of the west side
was begun Thursday afternoon.