Monday, May 13, 2013

13 May 2013 Wake of the flood

          It’s nearly the season for the Osage Valley/Gasconade Valley annual parish picnics and floods.  As the spring rains and snowmelt fill the Missouri, the tributaries flow is somewhat impeded. 
          In concert, the little churches formed to serve the German and French Catholic/Lutheran towns founded in the middle 19th century begin to hold their annual celebrations.  About 7 years out of 10, the Gasconade and the Osage will overflow their banks to dampen at least one picnic.  In a truly great picnic/flood season, fully 100% of the picnics will be flooded.
          These towns demonstrate the ferocity of the religious wars fought in Europe as the Germanic states began to consolidate and the immigration patterns changed.  Many French named towns were founded in the Louisiana Purchase area before and after 1803.  The incoming Germans did not wish to live with the earlier established French communities and formed their own towns further up river or along new tributaries.  There also existed animosity between German Catholic and German Lutherans causing those populations to build and to live in separate towns.  This separation existed to some degree into the middle 20th century. 
No film at 1100, the water’s too high to film and tit’s to wet to plow.

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