Jun 01

The Other Thing We Did in Paducah

I mentioned in an earlier post that my grandparents lived in Paducah, Ky during the 1937 flood. My dad took us there to see the place when I was about 14 or 15, but I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention – after all, we were really on our way to New Orleans and I was a teenager. I also didn’t really think of them as living there very long, probably because my Dad had totally grown up in Michigan and, by the time I came along, my grandmother was no longer with us and my grandfather was back in Michigan living with my aunt.

As we drove to Kentucky, I read aloud to my husband the letter that my grandmother had written to my aunt during the flood. She wrote it over the course of about 2 weeks because she couldn’t get anywhere to mail it. What we actually have now are some typed copies. I think my aunt made them. I can’t imagine my grandmother sitting and typing all of this, but I could be wrong. Anyway, it was very interesting reading her descriptions of everything that was going on around her at that time.

I should mention here that before the Paducah trip my sister visited me, and she and I went to the library to see if we could find addresses where my grandparents had lived in Paducah. We found two – one in the 1930 census and one on my grandmother’s death certificate. As my husband and I read the letter and later explored Paducah, we realized that there must have been a third address where they were living at the time of the flood.

On to the pictures! The first pictures are the Charleston Apartments. I’m guessing that this is where my grandparents lived when they first moved to Paducah in 1928, because this is where they lived at the time of the 1930 census. Some current residents of these apartments told us they were built in the 1920’s, so they would have been pretty new when my grandparents lived there.

Below is the home where they lived when my grandmother died. My sister says she found a picture of my grandparents sitting on the porch of this house, but she hasn’t scanned it or sent it to me yet. (Hint, hint, Brenda, if you are reading this!)

This is the part of town where, as far as we can tell, they must have lived during the flood. They may even have lived at the Madison, but all I know for sure is that they lived in a second floor apartment with a view of this intersection. These are pictures of some possible candidates.

I promise to get back to more quilty stuff soon!
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