Friday, September 12, 2008

High Water

Alice, one of the Gamble descendents, shared this scan of an original print. I've seen this before, but never the original. It was taken during the 1897 flood, one of the worst on record. She stated in her email how clearly you can see the faces of some of those in the photo, and it is true. The man in the boat, sitting in the middle, for instance, looks to be African American. Here is a larger, closeup view (click on it to enlarge...):Speaking of which, I recently came across new evidence that the first non-native child born in St. Vincent/Pembina was not a white child as has been contended in some places. No, it was a child of a black woman, an ex-slave. This was well before the Civil War. But more on that later...