. . . the church auctioned off the house for a dollar to anyone who would move it off the property, and they did; floated it down the bayou to the other side . . . what I pulled out from under leaf litter a foot thick, amidst a scattering of massive iron hooks, levers and free weights, was the arm of a 1910 farm scale, its wooden cabinet long rotted to dust, abandoned since my great great uncle died in 1942.
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Filed Under: Breaux Bridge Tagged With: 1900 St. Martin Parish census, 1904 port town of Lake Charles, abandoned farm derrick, Cajun literacy, Cajun wedding fais-do-do, Cajuns who read and write, Champagne family of 1890s Breaux Bridge, fais-do-do cooking and dancing, floating a house down the Bayou Teche, La., Louisiana Western Railroad Co., McDonald Pitless Scale, mystery driveway to nowhere, mystery railroad tracks, origin of Parks, railroad and Cajun isolation, rare south Louisiana snow, Reswebers of 1870s St. Martinville, rotting cypress hut, sugarcane fields of Bayou Teche, sugarcane weigh station