Michael White on the Flood of 1838

Michael White's Oral History Continues: I had all my movements set down in my log book and kept it in my house at the place now called Compton on the way to Port San Pedro, when the freshet came 1839 in January, and ruined it.

The water was in the house waist-deep for 6 weeks.


My family was there when it began to rain in the latter part of December 1838. Two days before Christmas, I sent them off to Los Angeles and remained in the house and then never had a chance of getting away till February. The two rivers, San Gabriel and Los Angeles, met and overflowed the whole country.


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~ by ravenjake on January 2, 2010.

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