Posted: Oct 22, 2013 6:54 PM by Pat Shingleton
On October 23, 1947, a cafe in Marksville was suddenly filled with news that fish were falling from the sky. As noted in a previous column, a Dept. of Wildlife Fisheries biologist noted, "In an 80,000 square foot area, thousands of native freshwater fish, landed on Main and Monroe Streets. They fell in intervals, hitting roofs and back yards." Marksville's Bank Director, J.M. Barnham discovered hundreds in his yard while his cashier, J.E. Gremillion was clunked on the head with a "hickory shad." Researchers have reviewed the data from this day that recorded mild weather, partly cloudy skies and light breezes but remain stumped as to the cause of the Great Fish Fall in Marksville. Tomorrow's column will offer another episode of flying fish.