In Septermber of 1926 a Category IV Hurricane called the
"Great Hurricane of 1926" and also the "Great Miami Hurricane of 1926"
I can identify with absolute certainty only one person in this
photo taken in the
aftermath of the storm. Standing directly behind the floating
tin wash tub is my grandmother Mary Lee Haire Davis. I presume
that the small girl beside her is my mother. The woman on the far
left of the photo is probably my grandfather's sister, Liller Mae
Davis. Although the storm
made landfall in the Miami vicinity on the Florida East Coast, damage
by no means limited to that vicinity. This is the storm that
the dike on Lake Okechobee well inland and drowned an enormous number
people. This photo was taken in Fort Myers near the Gulf Coast,
but as I understand
it the storm pushed water from the Okeechobee down the Caloosahatchee
into this area which was near Whiskey Creek. The house grandma
her kids were in was coming apart in the storm, so when the eye passed
she put them, including my mother Pauline Davis, then 10 years old,
the wash tub and floated them across a field to another house.
would not have been necessary or even possible had the water not been
deeper than when this photo was taken after the storm had passed.
Created 22 July 2003
Expanded 25 October 2006