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Allen "Chuck" Budden Collection

Collection 399

Budden, Allen “Chuck” (1902-1994). Collection, 1927

2 ½ inches

Allen “Chuck” Budden, was born in Palmetto, Louisiana in 1902. Palmetto, Louisiana was flooded when the Atchafalaya River broke through the levee at Melville. He was 24 years old when the flood of 1927 took place. In 1934, he opened his own business in Palmetto, “Budden’s General Merchandise Store.” Budden passed away in 1994 at the age of 91.

This collection consists of photographs taken during the flood of 1927 in Palmetto. His brother-in-law “Swan” Williams, who was with the U.S. Coast Guard, took most of the photographs. The rest of the photos were collected over the years from other people. These photographs are digitized and copied to a CD.

Donated by Bertha Reed, daughter of Mr. Chuck Budden.


A. Photographs: Thumbnails 1-01
B. Photographs: CD 1-02


List of photographs with details
1. Refugee children leaving Simmesport, May 12, 1927
2. Refugees being evacuated from Simmesport LA Railway & Navigation RR (LR&N)
3. Refugees gathering on railroad tracks at Simmesport
4. LR&N RR at Simmesport looking toward Point Coupee before the flood
5. “Rum Guardians” on rescue duty at Simmesport
6. Rescue boats at Simmesport
7. Refugees close to Simmesport
8. “Rum Chasers” at Simesport
9. Rescuing refugees near Simmesport
10. Seaplane on scout duty around Simmesport
11. LR&N Bridge looking East from Simmesport on May 12, 1927
12. Bayou des Glaises close to Longbridge around Cottonport
13. Backwaters from Bayou des Glaises
14. Backwaters from Bayou des Glaises
15. Bayou des Glaises, May 12, 1927
16. Bayou des Glaises looking toward Simmesport from N end of LR & N bridge
17. Levee Board employees at Bayou des Glaises
18. Bayou des Glaises
19. Rosewood looking toward Moreauville on the Simmesport Road
20. Driving stock out of flood at Rosewood just below Hamburg May
21. Driving stock at Rosewood
22. Driving stock
23. Highway near Boarderlonville just before “Crevasse”
24. Government levee between Moreauville and Boardelonville
25. Woodside engineers with sandbags May 13
26. Highway to Simmesport
27. Melville; Texas-Pacific RR Bridge across the Atchafalaya River
28. Ferry at Melville
29. Texas-Pacific Bridge Melville
30. Texas-Pacific Bridge Melville
31. Melville
32. Texas-Pacific Bridge Melville
33. Melville RR Bridge on Pointe Coupee side of river
34. Allen Budden on bridge where one span fell out; July 3
35. Texas-Pacific Bridge
36. Melville
37. Melville
38. Melville
39. Unidentified
40. Melville
41. Melville
42. Texas-Pacific RR Depot at Melville
43. Rowboat going through the “Crevasse” at Melville
44. Melville July 3
45. Melville sandbars
46. Waterworks at Melville; artesian well overflowing
47. Melville waterworks
48. Main street of Melville
49. Melville postcard
50. Melville postcard
51. Budden on ferry ramp at Melville, July 3
52. Budden standing in “the Crevasse” at Melville
53. Melville Standard Oil Plant; Budden on left June
54. Gatehouse on SO plant; Budden on R; flood and fire killed two
55. Texas-Pacific gooseneck; Melville motorboats wrecked; Bill Rogers killed
56. Texas-Pacific gooseneck just West of Melville
57. Debris alongside bridge
58. Melville; sandbars formed by flood; V.E. Harris Store, July 3
59. Able Hotel in Melville; telegraph on 2nd floor; dried money from bank here
60. Melville Able Hotel postcard
61. Pointe Coupee
62. Melville ferry on Pointe Coupee side of river; May
63. Driving cattle from flood on Jefferson Hwy between Melville and Palmetto May
64. Driving cattle between Melville and Palmetto
65. Unloading sandbags between Palmetto and Melville
66. Mexicans working on the RR near Palmetto; May
67. Mexicans sandbagging the RR between Melville and Palmetto
68. Unloading sandbags
69. Unidentified
70. Main Street in Palmetto
71. Texas-Pacific RR work train near Palmetto
72. Palmetto during flood; cotton gin is across RR tracks
73. A “Palmetto flapper” Mary Sliman (Burkhead)
74. Allen Budden’s home, Palmetto
75. Allen Budden’s home, Palmetto
76. Palmetto just before flood; high school is in the center
77. Main street Palmetto “Buffalo” is boat Budden used in gathering dead animals
78. Palmetto Sliman’s Store
79. Palmetto; back of Charlie Joseph’s Store ® and Goudeau’s Meat Mkt (L)
80. Palmetto; cars Budden helped to move to RR depot platform
81. Palmetto; L to R Mary & Blanche Budden Marys Habib & Sliman in front of Benhard’s
82. Sawmill; Brewer-Nienstedt office and commissary outside of Palmetto
83. Unidentified
84. J.H. Benhard’s home
85. Palmetto Benhard’s home
86. Rescue boat on Bayou Jack Hwy Palmetto
87. Rescue boat Bayou Jack
88. Bayou Jack outside Palmetto waiting for rescue boat
89. Faulkner’s Ferry Soileau’s house
90. Faulkner’s Ferry
91. J.A. Carter’s home Bayou Rouge near Palmetto on June 7
92. J.A. Carter’s home
93. Working on the levee
94. Equipment used to reinforce the levee
95. Refugees
96. Refugees
97. Unidentified
98. Unidentified
99. Close to floating pavilion near New Roads
100. Unidentified
101. Unidentified
102. Unidentified
103. Deserted chicken on fence, June 27
104. Unidentified
105. U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Ship
106. Unidentified
107. Rescue boat to the left of the picture
108. Unidentified
109. Unidentified
110. Unidentified
111. Hamburg on the morning of the Crevasse
112. Unidentified
113. Working on the levee
114. Unidentified
115. Plaquemine area debris
116. Unidentified
117. Unidentified
118. Unidentified
119. Unidentified
120. Unidentified
121. Mules working
122. Unidentified
123. Unidentified
124. Unidentified
125. Unidentified
126. Unidentified
127. Unidentified
128. Unidentified
129. Unidentified
130. Unidentified
131. Unidentified
132. Unidentified
133. Unidentified
134. Rice growing near Eunice, June 27
135. Rice fields near Opelousas, June