Summer, 1919 – The Year The Ouachita River Ran Dry

Photo #42, Ouachita Parish Public Library Collection

The above photo is part of the Library’s collection of area photos. It shows two people standing in a canoe on the bank of a river. Enclosed with the photo is a letter from the above lady, Mae Lucky, explaining what it is about.

“The enclosed kodak picture of myself and my husband [Robert E. Lee Lucky], was taken in the middle of Ouachita river July 1919.”

“There was a path on the west side of the river leading to the sandbar and the boat on which we were standing. There was no levee then or Locks and Dam.”

“I have lived in Monroe 52 years and I know there are people here now who cannot believe that the Ouachita River was ever dry.”

Link to Mrs. Lucky’s memorial on Findagrave:

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