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REPOST 4: BLACK HISTORY MONTH TRIBUTE: I LOVE MY FAMILY-MRS. BEULAH MAE ROWE-"FAMILY HEROIC TALE"



GOOD MORNING, FAMILY AND FRIENDS
BLACK HISTORY MONTH TRIBUTE: I LOVE MY FAMILY-MRS. BEULAH MAE ROWE-"FAMILY HEROIC TALE"-PART 4A

I REALLY LIKE THIS...I CALL IT THE "GLOWING GIRL"....TODAY, SHE REPRESENTS THE MAGICAL AND MIRACULOUS MYSTERY OF THE NIGHT AND EARLY MORNING THAT I EXPERIENCED WHEN HURRICANE CARLA HIT TEXAS AND THE SURROUNDING STATES WITH CATEGORY 5 WHIRLING WINDS, TORRENTIAL RAIN SHOWERS,  AND TWISTING TORNADOES CAUSING FEROCIOUS FLOODING!

I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS POST FOR AT LEAST 1 1/2 MONTHS...THIS TRIBUTE TO MY GRANDMA BEULAH...I HAD RUN INTO THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS:  1) I HAD NO PICTURE OF HER AND, 2) I HAD ONLY BEEN ABLE TO FIND TWO CENSUS RECORDS: 1930 AND 1940; WHEN SHE WAS APPROXIMATELY 29 AND 39 YEARS OLD; BUT, NO EARLIER RECORDS.  THIS HAS BEEN VERY DISAPPOINTING BECAUSE I HAVE SPENT MOST OF MY TIME LOOKING FOR THE 1910 AND 1920 RECORDS, WHICH WOULD TELL ME MORE ABOUT HER EARLIER LIFE.  I BELIEVE THE MAIN REASON IS THAT THE CENSUS RECORD TAKERS HAD BEEN TOLD TO WRITE THE NAMES OF THE PERSONS IN EACH HOUSEHOLD ....UNLESS THE NAMES WERE VERY COMMON, LIKE MARY AND JOHN...."PHONETICALLY"...BY THE WAY EACH NAME SOUNDED!!  SO, I HAVE SEEN "BEULAH"  SPELLED AS "BULAH" AND "BULA" ON OTHER RECORDS.  HER MAIDEN NAME, I BELIEVE, WAS WALTON; YET SHE DIED A "ROWE:".  HER MIDDLE NAME WAS "MAE": WHICH IS SOMETIMES SPELLED AS "MAY" ON RECORDS.  SO, IT HAS BEEN EXHAUSTING TRYING TO FIND THESE OTHER RECORDS; BUT, I, OF COURSE, WILL NOT GIVE UP.  FINALLY, REASON #3, I COULDN'T FIND A PICTURE OF OUR HOUSE, AS IT WAS THEN; UNFORTUNATELY, THE HOUSE WAS BURNED DOWN BY AN EVIL MANIAC (FORMER BOYFRIEND) OVER 20 YEARS LATER; AND, THE PROPERTY WAS SOLD; AND, ANOTHER HOUSE HAS BEEN BUILT ON THE PROPERTY...

***I WILL POST THE STORY ABOUT THE ARSON ATTACK ON ME AND MY FAMILY LATER, BUT, I WILL TELL YOU NOW THAT HE IS DOING "LIFE" RIGHT NOW...EVER SINCE 2001....FOR "AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, IN RETALIATION.....I FOUND OUT YESTERDAY, THAT HE HAD BEEN DENIED AN APPEAL; AND, WAS NOT UP FOR PAROLE CONSIDERATION....HE WILL REMAIN IN JAIL FOR LIFE...THIS MAN WAS 42 WHEN HE WENT TO JAIL IN 2001; HE IS NOW 57 YEARS OLD, AND I HOPE THEY NEVER LET HIM OUT...HE IS A TRUE PSYCHOPATH...BUT, THAT'S ANOTHER STORY...
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THEREFORE, I FINALLY DECIDED I WOULD USE AN "AVATAR" TO REPRESENT MY GRANDMOTHER BECAUSE I WANTED TO ADD A PICTURE TO THE POST....A PICTURE OF A WOMAN WHOM, I BELIEVE, RESEMBLES HER IN A LOT OF WAYS....MY GRANDMOTHER WAS A  TALL WOMAN...SHE WAS AT LEAST 5' 10"  IN HEIGHT...SHE ALWAYS STOOD WITH PERFECT POSTURE...I CHOSE THE AVATAR BELOW TO REPRESENT HER IN THIS POST.....
BORN DECEMBER 24, 1909, MY GRANDMOHER  WAS 51 YEARS OLD WHEN HURRICANE CARLA CAME THROUGH IN SEPTEMBER.  MY FATHER, BORN DECEMBER 16, 1932, WAS 28 YEARS OLD; SO, THEY WERE EXPECTING TO CELEBRATE THEIR BIRTHDAYS IN DECEMBER.  BUT, MY MOTHER, BORN AUGUST 25, 1934, WAS 27 YEARS OLD; MY BROTHER, OTIS, JR., BORN FEBRUARY 17, 1954, WAS 7 YEARS OLD; AND MY SISTER, CAROLYN ANN, BORN AUGUST 18, 1956, WAS 5 YEARS OLD.  AND,  I, BORN APRIL 2, 1953, WAS 8 YEARS OLD.

ACCORDING TO MY EARLIER POSTS OF THE WEATHER REPORTS, WE KNEW SEVERE WEATHER WOULD PROBABLY HIT AUSTIN; EVEN THOUGH, WHEN THERE HAD BEEN HURRICANES IN THE GULF OF MEXICO WHICH SPAWNED TORNADOES, AUSTIN SEEMED TO "LUCK OUT" MOST OF THE TIME AND NOT SUFFER THE SEVERE WEATHER WHICH MAINLY STRUCK THOSE CITIES AND TOWNS AROUND THE TEXAS COASTLINE; RARELY, HAD WE EXPERIENCED REALLY SEVERE WEATHER IN AUSTIN, AT LEAST, IN MY MEMORY, BEFORE HURRICANE CARLA.  WE WOULD BRAG TO OTHER RELATIVES FROM HOUSTON, GALVESTON, AND CORPUS CHRISTI, THAT OUR WEATHER WAS MUCH BETTER; SO, THEY SHOULD MOVE AWAY FROM THOSE MAIN STORM AREAS.

SO, EVEN THOUGH, WE KNEW THE HURRICANE WAS IN THE GULF, WE WEREN'T PARTICULARLY WORRIED ABOUT IT REALLY DRAMATICALLY AFFECTING US IN AUSTIN.   BUT, WE WERE WRONG; AS WERE MANY, ABOUT THE POWER OF THIS HURRICANE.  OF COURSE, LATER WE FOUND OUT JUST HOW POWERFUL IT WAS...THE WORSE HURRICANE IN AMERICAN HISTORY!

THE NIGHT OF THE STORM, MOST OF US HAD GONE TO BED...MY PARENTS, MY BROTHER AND I...MY SISTER, FOR SOME REASON, WAS AT MY MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS' HOUSE; BUT, MY GRANDMA BEULAH TOLD US SHE WANTED TO WATCH THE WEATHER LONGER...SO, SHE WAS THE ONLY ONE AWOKE WHEN THE STORM HIT AROUND 4:00 AM IN AUSTIN!


GRANDMA BEULAH TOLD US THAT ALL NIGHT SHE WATCHED AS THE WATER ROSE IN OUR FRONT YARD A LITTLE MORE EACH TIME....THEN, SHE WATCHED AS IT SANK BACK ALL THE WAY BELOW THE GROUND SURFACE; TO THE POINT WHERE YOU COULDN'T EVEN SEE IT....AS IF THE GROUND WAS SOAKING IT UP SLOWLY; BUT, EACH TIME IT ROSE AGAIN, IT ROSE HIGHER!

SHE SAID SHE DECIDED TO WAKE MY PARENTS UP WHEN SHE NOTICED THE WATER WAS BEGINNING TO GET TO THE BOTTOM STAIR OF THE FOUR STEPS LEADING TO OUR FRONT PORCH...EVEN THOUGH IT STILL WAS RECEDING BELOW GROUND LEVEL...IT WAS GETTING TOO CLOSE TO THE FRONT PORCH.
"THE FIRST MIRACLE"
SO, SHE WOKE MY PARENTS UP; THEY WOKE ME AND MY BROTHER UP; AND, WE PREPARED TO LEAVE THE HOUSE IF THE WATER GOT HIGHER!  IN MY OPINION, THE FIRST MIRACLE AND ACT OF SACRIFICE MADE BY MY GRANDMOTHER OCCURRED WHEN SHE, AFTER WORKING VERY HARD ALL DAY AS A HOUSEKEEPER AT THE LOCAL HOSPITAL...BRACKENRIDGE HOSPITAL, WHICH SHE LATER RETIRED FROM.....SCRUBBING BLOOD AND GUTS OFF THE SURGICAL AND HOSPITAL PATIENT FLOORS...DECIDED TO NOT GO TO SLEEP AT ALL....SHE DECIDED TO WATCH THE WATER.....IF SHE HADN'T MADE THAT DECISION, WE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE ALL DROWNED IN THE PENDING FLOODING WHICH SWEPT THROUGH A FEW MINUTES LATER.....
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MY STORY CONTINUES IN POST 4B WHERE I EXPLAIN THE "SKETCH" BELOW...


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