If you grew up in Louisiana, then you know about the 1927 flood. This was the big flood that devastated south Louisiana. At least one song has been written about it.
I came across the picture above in the Houma Courier. The Walthers were once the leading family in Gibson (Terrebonne Parish). Their house and church still stand.
This is what the Walthers’ store looked like in 1927 after the great flood. Until the water receded, you needed a boat in order to shop.
The caption accompanying this photo mentions a 1978 memoir on the Walther family. Give a shout if you know where a copy of that is.