They are largely just mounds of dirt covered in sod.The Mississippi has 3,500 miles of levees running its banks averaging almost 25 feet in height. The main difficulty, really, is getting enough dirt to build these huge artificial hills. A weir is like a dam that is designed to be topped.
As the rivers flow, they scour the channel in which they are flowing, creating "banks" to the river.It came to the Lucas County Historical Society from Carrie Williamson back in 1969, but who took the time to write all the names on the back isn't known.Here they are, beginning with the back row (right click on "open in new window" and enlarge for a better look): Second row down: Will Gookin, Alfred Nelson, Adda Callahan, Ida Yont, May Huntley, Lillie Woods, Burdette Rodgers, Elsie Courter, Della Arnold Anderson, Ira Wells, Nora Teas, Mary Briles, Wilma Nelson, Albert Kennedy, Lloyd Courier and Emory Parsons. Goltry, Vernie Bond, Roy Douglas, Mable Black, Harry Mc Neely, Lilly Fain, Rena Logan, Oscar Stone, Ida Patterson, Adda Clouse, Carrie Hamilton, Sadie Dale and Viola Staker.I think I'm in love --- with this faded old photograph of Prof. Goltry's scholars at Chariton Academy, taken during 1896. If you wish to see it contact the Lucas County Genealogical Society at email: [email protected]) Wish it were in a little better shape.The surface is scratched and it has faded during the last 117 years. But unlike the content of many photos from this era involving many people --- subjects arranged with military precision staring into the camera like so many deer caught in headlights --- there's life in the faces ofthe young people grouped rather informally here.During 1892, Charles married Clara E Crim and two years later, during November of 1894, they established the Chariton Academy together.The academy was described as "a school for students desiring to fit themselves for teaching or for special business." By 1895, enrollment had grown from 11 to 62.The Flood Control Act of 1928, "the largest public works appropriation ever authorized," grew directly out of the disaster.The 1973 flood was largest of the post-management era.The earlier episode devastated the valley and set many of the processes in motion that created the current river management system.26,000 square miles were inundated and 600,000 people displaced.