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In Their Own Words

March 03, 1742

Salzburgers Dealt with Flooding

The Salzburger settlement at New Ebenezer on the banks of the Savannah periodically faced flooding, which could affect the operation of the community water-powered mill. In his journal, minister Johann Martin Boltzius recorded the Salzburgers’ efforts to divert flooding and keep their mill operational:

“… A great gift could not have pleased me as much as seeing the mill in operation again this afternoon, as it was my intention to voice a hallelujah to our dear Lord for the clattering of the mill. The water is rising to the point that the young Kieffer fears his plantation will be inundated again, yet God is so clearly standing by the laborers that they are plugging one hole after the other, directing the stream to the correct course, and leading the superfluous water over the dam and a sufficient quantity of it to the mill. Dresler understands water works very well… .”

Source: George Fenwick Jones (ed.) and Don Savelle (trans.), Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America… Edited by Samuel Urlsperger, Volume Nine, 1742 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1980), p. 59.