Last weekend, I was in from college for my great-grandmother’s birthday. I figured it’d be a normal trip home and was more worried about driving through the mountains during a potential snowstorm. It turns out that those fears were entirely unfounded, but I ended up at home just in time for our worst flood since 2005.
Of course, we all know that baseball has always been a major pastime in Mason County, as it has across the country. However, a century of storytelling has turned a particular matchup into a local legend.
In 1910, during their annual pre-season “barnstorming”, the Cincinnati Reds stopped in Hartford. This was a common occurrence in the early 1900s, providing the major-league teams with a good way to practice and gain local support. The game, likely in October, was held at the town’s baseball field. This field was behind the school, now the community center, and is now completely covered in forest. All that we know for sure about outcome of the game is that the Hartford City Blues beat the Cincinnati Reds. Yes, for all of you currently scoffing at the paper, it is true.
Everyone in the Ohio Valley grows up hearing stories from the Great Flood of 1937. Tearing through the Valley, and cresting at a height of 79.9 feet in Cincinnati, it destroyed hundreds of lives and left only destruction in its wake. But less known is that 53 years prior, there was another flood which hit our region particularly hard.