Hurricane Rescue Stories from the ‘Grand Isle’ Hurricane of 1909

With Hurricane Sandy pounding the United States East Coast, we are experiencing right now how hurricanes can cause pain and destruction. It is true today and was true for our ancestors.

Some of the bright spots in the major “Grand Isle” hurricane of 1909 that hit Louisiana are told in these newspaper hurricane rescue stories of “the rescue of a family in a small boat in which a baby had been born an hour before the relief steamer arrived” and another account of a 4-year-old child “found lodged in the branches of a tree…[in] Terrebonne Parish, having survived for three days without food or water.”

rescues during the "Grand Isle" hurricane of 1909, Kansas City Star newspaper article 24 September 1909

Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 24 September 1909, page 7

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