FEBRUARY 21, 1938

Mr. Richards,

Watchman John D. Thomas reported to me at his post #42 at 4:01am Feb. 20, at Orleans and Moss Streets, that a Ford car, license 191-659, ran into the pile driver which was standing crosswise on Moss Street completely blocking said st. There was a red lantern on each side of the driver. One lamp was broken.

Thomas phoned the police who took the man to his home. He was unhurt. I personally visited the police station and spoke with the officer who took him home. He said the man was unhurt and everything was ok. The driver’s name is Frank F. Collins, Address: Gretna, La.

The car was picked up by a wrecker.

(signed) Eves Legendre, Watchman Chief”

Um Mr. Collins, how did you miss the pile driver lying on its side across the entire width of the street, hung with red lanterns?? Was Mr. Collins a little tipsy??

In other news, here is a complete list of the creatively-named soils of New Orleans (from Richard Campanella’s Geographies of New Orleans):

commerce silt loam

commerce silty clay loam

sharkey silty clay loam

sharkey clay

frequently flooded commerce and sharkey soils

Harahan clay

drained Kenner muck

Clovelly muck

Lafitte muck

dredged aquents

frequently flooded dredged aquents

drained Allemands muck

Westwego clay

Gentilly muck

Lastly, a few of my favorite boat names recorded during a 1935 survey of permanently or semi-permanently moored vessels in the Bayou St. John:

“French Duck ”

“Black Cold”


“I’m Alone”

“Birth of St. Louis”

“Little Bit”


and, my number one fav,