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I found the July 18, 1912 Mazuma flood story [from the July/August 2012 issue; at right] very interesting. My family lost three boys and an aunt in the flood. My father is the 8-year-old, Lewis Keheo, who was able to save himself by clinging to a board.
There are a few corrections to the story I would like to make. The names of the parents of the children are: John S. Keheo (not William) and Mamie J. Keheo (not Edna). The family spelled their name Keheo at that time. My father, Lewis, changed the spelling to Kehoe.
The three sons who were lost in the flood were: Cletus J. Keheo, age 6; George S. Keheo, age 4; and Ronald W. Keheo, 18 months. Thank you for printing the story and allowing me to remember that this event took place 100 years ago.
William J. Kehoe
In the print article “Mazuma Wiped Out” we also incorrectly spelled William Kehoe’s father’s name as “Louis.” Edits have been made to the online version of the story.
I took a trip to the Mazuma town site on July 18, 2012—the 100-year anniversary of the Mazuma gullywasher. My great-grandmother was [postmistress] Maude Edna Ruddell, [who died in the 1912 flood].
Agua Dulce, California