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Saturday, June 14, 2014

August 1888 Hurricane - Storm No. 3 - Pass Manchac Lighthouse

"The dwelling at Pass Manchac was home to the Succow family for over fifty years. Anthony Succow began his service as keeper in 1868. His wife, Mary, took over in 1873, and she was followed by her son Hugo in 1909." - Lighthouse Friends


A few storm notes - http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/Landsea/Partagas/1888-1890/1888.pdf

Much of the NOAA archive reprinted from 1888 cannot be read properly or appear missing.

 "August 18-20th, 1888. This hurricane was considered the "severest and most extensive" to hit Louisiana since the Racer's Storm of 1837. It affected much of northern Gulf coast. In New Orleans, all electric light, telegraph, and phone wires went down that Sunday night. By Monday morning, the storm was at its height. Ninety mile an hour winds rampaged through the city. Almost the entire city was submerged. The Teche also felt the storm. Sugar houses and sheds were blown down. Franklin had many homes with roofs blown off and leveled. Two churches in Morgan city were almost demolished. Local wharves were damaged and the rice crop suffered severely. Much wind damage was noted in Plaquemine, St. James, Donaldsonville, Houma, Convent, and Tigerville (named Gibson a couple weeks later after the senior Louisiana Senator at the time). Rain totals for southern and central Louisiana were commonly 3-4 inches. Produced 7.9" of rain in New Orleans; 14.14" that week. Maurepas had 11.48" of rain during the same period. All this water led to extensive flooding in Mandeville. Rice, sugarcane, and cotton crops were a total loss in some areas of Southeast Louisiana. Grand Coteau lost much of it fruit crop. Several churches were completely destroyed. Steamboats and sail boats alike were driven ashore by the wind and seas, including the steamers Keokuk, W.G. Little, and Laura, which were sunk. Trees were uprooted across the area. Several people perished in the storm. Damages totaled near $2.7 million with the worst occurring in Southeast Louisiana. Half the damage occurred to crops, with a third due to sunk coal in New Orleans harbor." - The Cajuns 
The original Pass Manchac tower was made of brick instead of the usual lime and sand on the same plan as the Tchefuncte River light and carried 10 lamps for illumination. The brick was not set in lime mortar but rather mud mortar and by 1840 falling apart. USCG indicates the light rebuilt with dwelling attached 1857.

Billy Crews, Photo - June 2013 The Advocate - http://theadvocate.com/sports/outdoors/6011406-123/groups-seek-answers-about-la Remains of Lighthouse destroyed 2012 Hurricane Issac
 July 18, 2013 Hammond Star

A history -  Pass Manchac Lighthouse By Brenda Brown Finnegan
USCG - http://www.uscg.mil/history/weblighthouses/LHLA.asp 

FAG - http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Succow&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=20&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=90033015&df=all&
New York Times February 18, 1911 - Mary Jane Curran Succow m. March 1, 1870 Anthony Succow Orleans Parish, Louisiana. 1911 Orleans Parish Death Index notes Mary J. Grey Succow 63yo died February 17, 1911 Buried in Greenwood plot marked Conrad-Succow 50 Walnut Aloe Orange - First internment noted at this plot

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