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Pat Shingleton: "Ice on the Big Muddy"

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Posted: Feb 23, 2014 6:12 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: Winter Storm 1899. Ice Floes-Mississippi

We recently noted the Winter Storm of 1899 with records in Dallas, Washington, Tallahassee and Minden, LA. Buzz Obier validated this event with a letter he retrieved while reviewing family correspondence at LSU'S Hill Memorial Library. One letter was written by Buzz's great-grandmother, Mrs. C.J. Barrow, to her oldest daughter, Leila B. Mays. The letter also references "Little Daisy," Buzz's mother Daisy May Obier. Mrs. Barrow noted the ice floes blocking the Mississippi in Baton Rouge. She wrote, "Last week the intense cold and dreary dark days kept us busy keeping up fires." She continued, "The river was filled with great masses of ice from bank to bank and floated for days, no boats could run both the ferry and the mail boat were tied up."

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