52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Disasters

Anyone who has lived on the Texas or Louisiana Gulf Coast for any length of time is no stranger to hurricane season. As for me—I can’t even begin to count the number of hurricanes I’ve seen. Fortunately, most of them were relatively minor, with little or no damage. Others, however, left their mark. Those are the hurricanes that stand out in my memory.

Sulphur, Louisiana, The Storm Country

In her photo album, my grandmother (Lucy Courrege Benoit) documented the aftermath of one storm that blew through Sulphur, Louisiana in the early 20th Century.

Sulphur, Storm Country

This photo was labeled “Sulphur, The Storm Country.” My grandparents are not in these two photos, but they were in other photos with these people on the same album page.

Ruins - Sulphur, Louisiana

Ruins – Sulphur, Louisiana

Mystery – When Were the Photos Taken?

I wish I knew when these were taken. At first I thought they were taken after the devastating Southwest Louisiana hurricane of August 6, 1918. Then I realized that my grandfather was fighting in France at the time of that hurricane. So now I have no idea what kind of storm destroyed the two building in the photos. This may always remain a mystery to me. I hope not.

About 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History

For the third year, Amy Coffin of the We Tree Genealogy Blog has created 52 weeks of prompts for genealogy bloggers. The theme for 2011 is 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History. These are shared on the Geneabloggers.com web site, hosted by Thomas MacEntee.

Week 10: Disasters. Did you experience any natural disasters in your lifetime? Tell us about them. If not, then discuss these events that happened to parents, grandparents or others in your family.

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  1. I imagine, in that time, it may have taken a long while to repair the damage to the buildings. Perhaps the photos were taken after the war – it was over in January 1919.

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  3. Blue Eyes and Bluebonnets says:

    Amanda – Thank you! That makes perfect sense.

    Yvonne – Wow! What a wonderful honor. Thank you so much! :)

  4. This looks like tornado damage to me, especially in the first picture where one building has blown down and the other is still standing and the “Lunch” sign is still on the side of the building, untouched.

  5. Blue Eyes and Bluebonnets says:

    Debbie — That could very well be why the Sulphur High School mascot is a tornado! Thanks. :)

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